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The Chinese Trackless Electric Train

November 1st, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

It might sound like something that comes straight out of a nightmare, but China is working on a trackless electric train. Our curiosity peeked, we had to bite. What exactly is a trackless electric train


BYD & Egyptian City Alexandria Explore Possible SkyRail Installation

October 26th, 2017 | by Kyle Field

BYD has announced an effort with the Egyptian city of Alexandria to explore the possible installation of BYD's SkyRail system in the port city. The announcement comes after BYD's General Manager for the Middle East & Africa Auto Sales Division, AD Huang, and Chairman of the Alexandria Passenger Transportation Authority, Khaled Eleiwa, signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the effort


Tryin’ To Make The World A Better Place — Help Us

October 23rd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

We sometimes get carried away just covering what interests us, following our passions, and pursuing our obsessions. I think that's often quite useful — the stuff that interests us often interests you. However, the core aim of the site and one of my core life goals has long been to help make the world a better place, or "help society help itself" as I often put it


New Nissan LEAF Marketing … China Electric Car Sales Record … Tesla Model 3 Charging Costs … (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

October 23rd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Did you spend 38 hours driving last week and fall behind on CleanTechnica reading? No? That was just Kuba and me? Well, either way, below are the 20 articles that were most popular on CleanTechnica in the past 7 days. Check 'em out. And share with your friends! (Revolution doesn't happen by itself.)


Hydrogen Isn’t For Cars But Still Might Have A Transportation Role

October 15th, 2017 | by Michael Barnard

Hydrogen seemed like a viable contender to displace a lot of fossil fuels in 2000. But in 2017, it’s not credible for as many applications. We now know very well what it takes to get useful power from fuel cell applications, what it takes to store hydrogen, and what it takes to distribute it. And we know very well the trajectory of battery electric applications, its primary long-term competitor in most situations


The Most Effective Individual Steps To Decrease One’s Carbon Footprint

September 27th, 2017 | by James Ayre

What are the most effective ways for an individual to reduce their carbon footprint? Oftentimes when people discuss the need to "do something" to avoid extreme anthropogenic climate change, the focus is entirely on actions that could be taken on the national, global, or commercial levels. It's not too often the case that people discuss what can be done individually to limit one's contribution to rising atmospheric greenhouse gas levels and the problems accompanying them


BYD Expects China To Shift 100% To Electrified Vehicles By 2030

September 25th, 2017 | by James Ayre

The China-based auto and battery manufacturer BYD is expecting that China's shift to so-called "new energy vehicles" — battery electric vehicles, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, etc. — will be completed by the year 2030, according to recent reports


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


Indian Trains Get Solar Panels

July 25th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

Most people are not aware that the train system is one of the most efficient means of moving people and merchandise around. However, there is room for improvement and some Indian train operators are turning to solar panels on cars, as well as wind and solar energy near the tracks


Musk & His Hyperloop Announcement, Take Two

July 21st, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Judging from the latest news cycle, Elon Musk is the most powerful person on earth right now. With just a few tweets, he pushed everything else in the overnight news cycle into the background. His claim that he has "verbal government approval" to build a Hyperloop system from New York to Washington, DC, spurred the news media to try to find out exactly who had given the approval. A blizzard of phone calls to state and local authorities by the New York Times, the BBC, the Washington Post, the National Inquirer, and the South Succotash Tattler all failed to turn up a single clue


Getting The Last 20% Of Our Energy From Renewables

July 10th, 2017 | by George Harvey

A number of people made some really interesting comments on my recent CleanTechnica article, “Mark Z. Jacobson & The 100% Renewable Energy Naysayers.” Some of these had to do with the problem of getting the last 20% of our energy from renewable sources, after we got to the 80% mark


Old-School Autopilot Still Wins

July 8th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I’m a fan of autonomous cars, but every once in a while, it strikes me how much hype they get, especially compared to “old-school autopilot” that I think is actually still a better option


Hyper Chariot Aims To Go Faster, Further, & Cheaper Than Hyperloop

June 24th, 2017 | by Nicolas Zart

The concept of low- to no-pressure travel through tubes has been around for a few hundred years, but it's clearly facing a revival of inspiration lately. It continues to capture imaginations as a promising future mode of transport, but also now investment dollars. Today, the idea of achieving high-velocity travel in a controlled tube environment may have made a step forward, thanks to the startup Hyper Chariot Network


Trump’s 2018 Budget = Severe Cuts To Federal Funding For Transit, Bicycling, & Walking — Is Not Pro-Life, Not Pro-Child

May 30th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Study after study after study after study shows exhaust from gas cars and diesel engines to be a major factor of disease in our world, and — tragically — in our children. With such a large amount of information on air pollution out there, why on earth would an administration claiming to care for children cut funding for clean transport (not to mention the EPA)? Is the party and its president simply disrobing its pro-child guise, its pro-life guise with the understanding that voters won't pay attention or care


California Rail Electrification Funding Trump’s Transportation Secretary Wanted To Kill Gets Funded In New Budget Deal

May 4th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

A proposed new budget deal in Congress would preserve funding to electrify rail lines between San Jose and San Francisco. That corridor is one of the busiest in the nation as it serves the tech community on the San Francisco peninsular known as Silicon Valley. Bringing electrification to the rail transport system would have a significant effect on carbon emissions in the region and reduce the area's well known traffic congestion



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