Author Archives: Steve Hanley

10,000 Nigerian Homes To Get Electricity From Solar Microgrids

March 2nd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

70% of people living in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to a conventional electrical grid. Even if they did, the service is often interrupted by a variety of factors. Now, Community Energy Social Enterprises Limited, a Nigerian company, and Renewvia Energy Corporation, an American firm, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide solar power to 25 communities across Nigeria using local microgrids

Lancaster Raises Rooftop Solar Mandate, Requires “Zero Net Energy” Homes

March 1st, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Lancaster, California, is located northeast of Los Angeles near Edwards Air Force Base. It lies at the edge of the Mojave Desert, where abundant sunshine is the order of the day. The city has been a leader in clean, renewable energy since 2011 and has been requiring builders to install solar panels on all new homes since 2014. Its policies have served as a model for other California communities, including Sebastopol, Santa Monica, and San Francisco. Now, the city seeks to raise the bar by requiring each new home to have a rooftop solar system large enough to meet its full energy needs

“Good Chance” Tesla Model 3 Will Be Most “Made In America” Car

March 1st, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

What is an "American-made car?" If it comes from GM, Ford, or Chrysler, does that make it "American?" Truth to tell, in the era of globalization, it's hard to say. Cars can be assembled in America from parts made in Canada or Mexico or any other country on earth. That shiny new Belchfire 5000 in your driveway may look like an American car, but how do you really know? Many people are curious about the upcoming Tesla Model 3. How "American made" will it be

Tesla Model S P100D Torque Stuns Drag Times After Dyno Test

February 22nd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Drag Times loves to play with the Model S P100D with Ludicrous Mode. Recently, it loaded one onto a Mustang Dyno to get a peak into what sort of numbers the car is capable of, down at the contact patch where the rubber meets the road

Why The US Army, Navy, & Military Veterans Love Solar Power & Electric Vehicles

February 18th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Donald Trump says he wants to create American jobs, but he is cool to the idea of renewable energy, which he claims is "too expensive." Don't tell that to the US military, however. Last year, the Navy broke ground on a 4 megawatt (MW) solar array at the Naval Construction Battalion Center in Mississippi and the Army completed a large 30 MW solar array at Fort Benning, Georgia. Many soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have seen first hand how human and economic resources are wasted to protect fossil fuel assets. After serving, they are also finding jobs in the solar industry

Solar-Powered Trike Ambulance In Bangladesh

February 18th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

A solar-powered, three-wheel ambulance may look like a crude oddity to those of us who are fixated on whether a Tesla Model S P100D with Ridiculous Mode is faster than a Lucid Air or a Faraday Future FF91. But in the final analysis, all those cars miss the greatest potential of electric vehicles. They are not some baubles for well heeled drivers to wear like an ornament on their charm bracelet. Rather they are the power humanity needs to cleanse the atmosphere of fossil fuel effluent. They are the promise of better health and longer lives. And in certain circumstances, they can mean the difference between life and death when a medical emergency arises

Petition Pushes Ford CEO Mark Fields To Wake Up, Act Morally

February 16th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Gas2 has been administering a well deserved drubbing to Ford CEO Mark Fields for the way he has crawled into bed with Donald Trump. It's all a calculated move to curry favor with the Tyrant in Chief so Ford can sell more Stupid Duty trucks to American housewives. Despite all the ballyhoo and blather about jobs and not pricing American consumers out of the market, it all comes down to Ford wanting to squirrel away more doubloons by selling bloated dinosaurs with faces designed to scare young children and intimidate other drivers

Tesla Pops Into Australia’s Largest Department Store

February 16th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Elon Musk has accomplished an amazing number of things in a few short years. He is the father of SpaceX, the Hyperloop, and Tesla. He has created disruptions within the world of transportation, solar power, space exploration, and artificial intelligence. But he has done something else extraordinary that few people are aware of. In less than a decade, he has created one of the most valuable brands in the world, a brand that other companies want to associate with. The power of the Tesla brand is what's behind a new pop-up showroom inside the Myer department store in Melbourne, Australia

Bentley Plug-in Hybrid EV Lineup Is In The Works

February 16th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

The head of Bentley told a group of industry leaders recently that plug-in hybrid powertrains will be available on all Bentley models going forward, starting with the Continental GT, but self driving cars are not part of Bentley's future.

Kansas City Power & Light Installing 1,000 EV Charging Stations

February 15th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

If there were more EV charging stations, there would be more EVs, the argument goes. If there were more EVs, there would be more EV charging stations, runs the counter argument. And round and round we go. Let's send some love out today to the folks at Kansas City Power & Light

Vattenfall To Switch Its Entire 3,500 Vehicle Fleet To Electric Vehicles

February 13th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Vattenfall is one of the largest utility companies in Europe, with operations in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, and the United Kingdom. The company has just announced it plans to switch its entire fleet to electric cars and trucks within the next 5 years

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