Cars

Fleet Experts Name Hyundai IONIQ Electric “Best Plug-in Car” For Fleets

Published on March 23rd, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric has gotten a lot of accolades from early reviewers, including from us. A new press release from the UK reports that an expert panel has now served up a prestigious award to the car as well. Fleet News chose the IONIQ Electric as the "Best Plug-in Car (0g/km)" for fleets. Hyundai seems to have really earned this award (even if it didn't win) and is developing a name for itself in the world of future mobility. The company actually won a second award as well — "Green Manufacturer of the Year."... Read More


Cars

1st UK Owner Of New Volkswagen e-Up! Gets His Car

Published on March 23rd, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

A positive Volkswagen story from the Isle of Wight shares that the first buyer in the UK of the new Volkswagen e-Up! has now received the car. Sporting a range up to 99 miles* per charge, the zero-emissions car sits somewhere between the modern era's "first-generation" EVs and "second-generation" EVs. It is perfect for daily trips. The joy of driving all-electric comes with a price at £20,780 (RRP OTR incl. Plug-in Car Grant)... Read More


Coal

Total Number Of Coal Plants Plummeting Globally

Published on March 23rd, 2017 | by Joshua S Hill

The global total number of coal-fired power plants under development plummeted in 2016, including a 48% decline in overall pre-construction activity, a 62% decline in new construction starts, and a massive 85% decline in new Chinese coal plant permits. ... Read More


Clean Power

Canadian Solar Feeling Bite Of Falling Solar Prices

Published on March 23rd, 2017 | by Joshua S Hill

Canadian Solar published its fourth quarter and full-year 2016 financial results this week, and despite impressive and record-high shipment figures, the company finished the year well behind on revenue due in part to the massive cost declines we have seen in the global solar industry. ... Read More


Batteries

Tesla Wins Battery Innovator Of The Year (#CleanTechnica Original)

Published on March 23rd, 2017 | by Matt Pressman

With over 800 battery industry insiders in attendance, the International Battery Seminar featured Kurt Kelty, Senior Director of Battery Technology at Tesla, as its keynote speaker. The house was packed — it was standing room only to hear Kelty’s keynote. Kelty leads Tesla in forging key partnerships and battery cell material sourcing at the Gigafactory. He’s also responsible for material cost reduction efforts and the overall performance of Tesla's batteries. Before joining Tesla, Kelty worked at Panasonic for nearly 15 years. Sitting nearby (and listening intently) were competitors from other automakers like China’s BYD. Outside the conference hall, a gleaming BMW i8 was on display... Read More


Autonomous Vehicles

When Self-Driving Cars Must Make Ethical Decisions

Published on March 22nd, 2017 | by Carolyn Fortuna

Self-driving cars that kill to save? This is an ethical dilemma known as the “trolley problem.” A runaway trolley will kill people on either of two tracks. Which lever will you choose: the one that kills more people or fewer people? In either case, people will be killed, and you make the choice who lives and who dies... Read More


Cars

US Automakers Fighting Themselves & America — Stupid & Selfish? Or Are We Missing Something?

Published on March 22nd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it, the old expression goes. After dropping their drawers and bending way over in supplication to the new president and his designated EPA wrecker Scott Pruitt, US automakers cheered when the putative president announced last week in Michigan that he is ordering a CAFE review for the standards due to take effect in 2025 — the same standards the Obama administration did its best to set in stone just before leaving office... Read More


Cars

Chevy Bolt Pricing Changes With The Wind

Published on March 22nd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

The Chevy Bolt is now available in 7 states. If you want one, it may pay big dividends to shop around. In a pattern that is typical for clueless franchise dealers, some are offering steep discounts on the cars while others are tacking on equally steep dealer markups... Read More


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