Published on January 15th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan0
Wind Trains, Chevy Bolt Dealer Investigation … (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)
January 15th, 2017 by Zachary Shahan
We had some outside-the-box stories take the podium this week on CleanTechnica. If you missed any of them, check out these 20 biggies:
- All Dutch Trains Now Run 100% On Wind Power
- Would-Be Toyota Prius Prime Buyers Reporting Problems With Ordering & Dealers
- A Guy Walks Into A Chevy Dealer…
- Interesting Cost Analysis Of Chevy Volt Ownership (Gen 1 Volt)
- The Durabulb LED Lightbulb Delivers Improvements In Unexpected Places
- EV Charging Survey — This One Will Make A Difference!
- French Economy Minister Visits Tesla’s Fremont Facility — You Know Why
- The Totally Insane Carbon Bubble (still hot)
- Falco eMotors Launches E-Bike With Fully Integrated Digital Trainer
- Tesla Tweets Of The Week For January 7
- Renewables Expected To Account For Majority Of US Generating Capacity Additions In 2016
- Global Clean Energy Investment Is Down, But Solar Is Cheaper & Offshore Wind Is Booming
- 790 Gigawatts of Cost-Cutting Renewable Energy Potential in South East Europe
- 2017 CleanTechnica Car of the Year Award — and the winner is…
- UK Studies Possibility Of Track-Side Solar Panels To Power Electric Trains
- Chevy Bolt EV Review, From One Of The First Buyers To Get One
- Will It Or Won’t It? Cutting-Edge Solar Company Races To Meet Grant Deadline
- Is 2017 The Year An Electric Car Breaks Onto The USA’s Top 20 Best-Selling Cars & Trucks List?
- FBI Arrests Volkswagen Exec Oliver Schmidt For Conspiracy To Defraud The United States
- California High-Speed Rail Authority Begins Looking For High-Speed Rail Operator For Central Valley-Silicon Valley Line
How about my favorites? In no particular order (for the most part):
- My favorite story of the week was definitely Steve Bakker’s investigative look at how GM dealers in California have been treating customers coming in for or calling about the Chevy Bolt.
- Of course, the wind-powered train story was exciting, and it was great that Dutch writer Rogier broke the news on CleanTechnica before it had really hit the English media world.
- It was also interesting to learn of Tesla’s new Supercharger rules.
- I loved this focus on efficient, modern, mass transit as a key cleantech solution for the next 10 years — yes, yes, yes.
- I also want to emphasise again that this EV charging study should be useful for actual market products, so fill it out!
- And from another poll, I’m curious to find out what you think various 2017 EV sales will be, so please chime in if you haven’t. Article coming soon.
- Former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson’s answers to questioning from congresspeople during his confirmation hearing were insane, and so indicative of ridiculous corruption — mind blowing.
- As were his opening remarks.
- I loved the Obama climate highlights The Climate Reality Project summarized, and am just sad to see Obama leave office.
- Speaking of Obama.
- Hawaii possibly meeting its 100% renewable electricity targets 5 years early is clearly exciting.
- Announcing our 2017 CleanTechnica Car of the Year winner was also fun!
- As was the news that renewables likely accounted for the majority of new power capacity in the US in 2016.
- Google’s progress cutting LIDAR costs 90% is awesome, as is the rollout of autonomous Waymo/Chrysler Pacifica Hybrids later this month.
- Speaking of falling costs, I love IRENA’s new report on the massive potential of cost-competitive renewable energy in South East Europe.
- Clearly, I felt inspired and enjoyed writing about the chance that the Tesla Model 3 will jump into US top 20 auto sales in 2017. There is some sunshine in the world.
- The exciting cleantech prospects in general for 2017, 2018, & beyond thanks to the groundwork laid in 2016 have me tingling.
- And my story about the totally insane carbon bubble (an unexpected topic for an article when I was going into the 2017 IRENA General Assembly) was the type of longform story I’d like to write more often — stay tuned.
- I also thoroughly appreciated James Ayre’s take on the Mexican gas price situation & protests.
- And lastly, yay for the URB-E!
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