About Steve Hanley

Steve Hanley writes about the interface between technology and sustainability from his home in Rhode Island. You can follow him on Google + and on Twitter. "There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest." Elie Wiesel

Author Archives: Steve Hanley

Is General Motors Recreating The Saturn Disaster With The Chevy Bolt? (CleanTechnica Original)

July 19th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Yesterday, we published a story about how Chevrolet will shut down the Orion Township assembly plant where it builds the Chevy Sonic and Chevy Bolt for a few extra weeks this summer. Most legacy manufacturers take a two week break from production each year to do plant maintenance and reconfigure the assembly line for next year's models, but the Orion summer recess will be longer than normal to reduce excess inventories. The story got a lot of comments

Google Creates “Dandelion” To Promote Geothermal Energy

July 18th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Google has set up an independent business outside the Alphabet umbrella called Dandelion. The new company was created to promote new geothermal system technology. Dandelion will attempt to do for residential heating and cooling what SolarCity has done for rooftop solar

Musk Warns Governors About Homicidal Robots & Other AI Dangers

July 17th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Elon Musk was the keynote speaker at the National Governors Association conference in Providence, Rhode Island, last weekend. He used the occasion to remind the group of his oft voiced concerns about artificial intelligence, calling it the “biggest risk we face as a civilization.” In the absence of appropriate government regulations, Musk fears AI could progress to the point where homicidal robots roam the cities of the world, making them even more dangerous than Chicago

BMW Plows Low-Range Plug-In Hybrids Into The Market — Who Wants Them?

July 14th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

The battle over whether a plug-in hybrid is really an "electric car" continues and BMW is doing nothing to tamp down the controversy. The latest EPA figures show the BMW 530e and 530e xDrive both have a minuscule all-electric range of just 16 miles or less. Hardly the "compelling electric car" Elon Musk has been begging legacy manufacturers to build for several years

Volkswagen: 40 Battery Gigafactories Needed For Electric Car Revolution

July 14th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

The electric car revolution is coming. In fact, it is picking up speed as companies like Volvo say that all of their cars will have a battery and electric motor by 2025. Whole nations such as India and France are suggesting they may ban the sale of cars with internal combustion engines in coming years. Most people assume that lack of charging infrastructure is the primary barrier to more electric cars being on the road, but Volkswagen believes (as others do) that a lack of batteries will be the biggest factor. In fact, Volkswagen believes the world will need the equivalent of 40 Gigafactories by 2025 to meet the demand

EVEN Electric + Microsoft Sweden Team Up To Sell Electric Cars

July 14th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Swedish entrepreneur Gisli Gislason is the CEO of EVEN Electric. He says selling cars today is based on a model developed a century ago -- a model that is inappropriate for selling electric cars. In order to promote his vision of fossil fuel free future, he is partnering with Microsoft Sweden to further develop a new a EV sales and trading platform designed exclusively for the needs of electric car buyers and sellers

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