Author Archives: Charis Michelsen

Floating Wind Turbines May Be Coming Soon…

March 8th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Offshore wind turbines are placed to take advantage of strong, steady coastal winds. Their placement is in one way ideal – dependable energy, and lots of it – but it’s also not exactly easy to build a turbine tower in several feet of moving water


And a Nissan Leaf for All (in the United States)

March 1st, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

While a variety of electric cars is on the market for U.S. consumers, pretty much all of them are only available in select locations (California, for one) – except for the Nissan Leaf. Starting today, Nissan is making the Leaf available


How Wind Turbines Work

March 1st, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Wind-generated electricity is one of the first images that comes to mind when someone says “renewable energy.” But how exactly does a wind turbine work? It’s actually


Eco-Conscious Porsche Sports Cars (May Be) Coming Soon

February 24th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Porsche is one of the last automakers I'd expect to see start worrying about fuel efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions; after all, their customers typically just want something loud that goes really, really fast (in straight lines around corners). Imagine my (pleased) surprise when


Over 31? You May Still Buy a Hybrid by 2020

February 23rd, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

More car buyers than just those belonging to Generation Y may be looking to buy hybrids, at least according to a report published by New York-based marketing research firm ABI Research. The firm’s analysts foresee


Hagent, the Heat-Storing Robot

February 16th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Developed by German designers – Andreas Meinhardt and Daniel Abendroth – Hagent is a sort of mobile space heater. Only, instead of plugging into the wall


Hertz Tests Wireless EV Charging in the U.S.

February 10th, 2012 | by Charis Michelsen

Electric cars need to be charged – they run on rechargeable batteries. But taking a long cord and plugging it into an actual outlet seems so… so… 20th-century. Enter



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