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Will hydrogen fuel cell vehicles be to their makers as the failed Edsel was once to Ford? Or, despite flak being piled on them from certain quarters, will they arise from a questionable proposition today to a clear win within 10-15 years, or less? No one really knows, but to be sure, FCVs do present […]

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk likes to do things differently, but ironically his latest demonstration of a seemingly futuristic robotic “snake” is a way to stick with tradition – wires and plugs – when others are going wireless. He is extremely busy however, and if he doesn’t know, he wouldn’t be the only one unaware that Momentum […]

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One portion of the ongoing debate over fuel cell vehicles questions how environmentally friendly the technology actually is; one new study said the answer depends on the source of the hydrogen fuel. Dominic Notter, a researcher with Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) and his colleagues used a life cycle assessment approach […]

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Electric cars are presented as a solution for society’s needs to curb emissions and reduce petroleum consumption, but are they really environmentally friendly? The way researchers try to answer this question is by a “cradle-to-grave” life cycle analysis. This normally takes into account three phases – 1) the manufacturing process, 2) a car’s life in […]

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Advocates call electric cars a solution to combat global warming, critics have suggested coal-fed grids make them dirtier than conventional cars, but critics have the right to be wrong. The question is over well-to-wheel greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the short answer is electric vehicles (EVs) are cleaner; it’s only a matter of how much […]

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Out of the many types of alternatively fueled powertrains, Big Oil is chiefly threatened by only one: the battery electric. And Tesla is its poster child. Oil and gas magazine Alberta Oil recently spotlighted the Tesla Model S as “one of the most beautiful and interesting automobiles to ever get made” but possibly also “one […]

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It’s a concept that’s been slowly building momentum for about 20 years: not only can electrified vehicles draw power from the grid, but they can also be used to supply power in return. Vehicle to grid technology (V2G), as it’s known, is based on the premise that any vehicle with an electrified powertrain – including […]

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The message from scientists last week during a climate change conference was clear and unequivocal: the need to further reduce greenhouse gases is critical and changes must be implemented without delay. The Our Common Future Under Climate Change conference was hosted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Attended by almost 2,000 […]

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Despite cutbacks in May to generous incentives, Norway’s love affair with cars that can run on electricity means plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) now account for 22.9 percent of new cars sales. Comprised of battery electric cars and plug-in hybrids, if the same thing were to happen in the U.S. on a percentage basis, it would […]

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A new request from Detroit’s major automakers asks for carbon emissions credits from technology such as reflecting solar rays, which may help save fuel. The reasoning behind the requests is that technologies such as solar reflexive paint and active seat ventilation keep vehicles cooler, which taxes the air conditioner less. This, in turns, saves fuel. […]

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