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Author Archives: Kyle Field

A Chat With Sunrun VP Of Grid Services About Residential Energy Storage

October 15th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

Residential energy storage has the potential to be one key solution for effectively integrating distributed renewables into the future electricity mix. It is already seeing solid traction and offering respectable returns in some markets around the world. Hawaii and Australia, among others with their high electricity prices and vast solar resources, have become hotspots for residential energy storage


Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid Review (CleanTechnica Exclusive)

October 8th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

Moms and dads across the US have been eagerly waiting for an efficient plug-in hybrid that could haul big families and gear. Aside from the $80,000+ Tesla Model X, there weren't any plug-in vehicles that could haul around larger families with room for 7 and all the trimmings. Because of that, the Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid minivan has been a highly anticipated vehicle since it was first announced in January 2016. It has been watched very closely by eco moms and sustaina-dads alike


Unplugged Performance Amps Up Tesla Model 3 With New Body Kit Offerings

September 19th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

Unplugged Performance has brought its Model 3 body kit offerings out from hiding and the months of effort the team has poured into them have clearly paid off. The body kids transform the tame looks of Model 3 into an aggressive, race-ready stance that leaves no doubt what its intentions are


Proterra & LG Announce Jointly Developed Battery Cell [Hot!]

September 19th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

Proterra and LG Chem are blowing the lid off a new battery cell that the pair have co-developed. The announcement comes as Proterra brings its new battery manufacturing facility online, which is capable of cranking out over 500 MWh of high-voltage packs per year for its heavy-duty electric vehicles


Santa Monica Alt Car Expo Brings EVs To The People

September 17th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

The Santa Monica Alt Car Expo is consistently packed to the brim with useful people and experiences, which makes it one of the best events at promoting plug-in and alternative fuel vehicles. Year after year, I look forward to attending to not only see and drive the latest electric, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell vehicles, but to also meet up with the team of people who actually know all the ins and outs of the car


Solutionary Rail Proposes A Single Infrastructure Upgrade That Solves Two Chronic Problems

September 16th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

Solutionary Rail is a book with a strange title that proposes a plan to solve two critical infrastructure challenges with a single effort. Electrifying the US rail system and installing electrical transmission lines that serve to both provide power to the rail system and to transport electricity from capillary generation sources to the destination of most rail traffic — urban centers


BYD Announces 1st Commercial SkyRail Line In Yinchuan, China

September 12th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

BYD announced that the first commercial application of its SkyRail monorail mass transit solution opened for operation in Yinchuan, China, on September 1, 2017. The SkyRail system in Yinchuan is the first monorail solution installed in China that uses a straddle design where the vehicle sits on top of the monorail, hanging over both sides


VW Announces Return Of The Minibus … As An Electric Vehicle … In 2022

September 12th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

The VW Minibus is an iconic vehicle that just oozes beach vibes. Here in California, it is synonymous with surfing and the '60s and has a cult following even to this day. For that reason, it was impactful that VW CEO Dr. Herbert Diess chose California as the place to announce the return of the VW Minibus. He related as much to the crowd in Pebble Beach, California: "The Microbus has long been part of the California lifestyle. Now we're bringing it back by reinventing it as an electric vehicle."



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