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Propel Fuels Serves Largest US E85 Market in California
February 24, 2017 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

(Propel Fuels/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Propel Fuels, the nation’s leading retailer of E85 Flex Fuel, welcomed the 2017 National Ethanol Conference to California, America’s largest E85 market.  Having cracked the code to high volume E85 sales, …

Report: Six States Propose New Electric Vehicle Fees
February 24, 2017 – 9:45 am | No Comment

by Robert Walton (Utility Dive)  The Sierra Club says six states have proposed legislation this year that would add to the cost of owning an electric vehicle, worrying clean energy advocates who say owning emissions-free …

Big Corn Courts Old Foe Big Oil to Combat Electric Car Threat
February 22, 2017 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Chris Prentice (Reuters)  A U.S. biofuels lobbying group on Tuesday said it is seeking to work with longtime rival the oil industry to fight the threat to both from subsidies for electric vehicles.

The two …

ZEVs Don’t Have Zero Emissions: Letter
February 20, 2017 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Don Siefkes  (E100 Ethanol Group/Biofuels Digest)  In an unpublished letter to the Wall Street Journal, Don Siefkes, Executive Director of the E100 Ethanol Group writes:

Regarding Mike Spector’s Feb. 13 article, “Biggest Driver of Cleaner-Car Rules …

EPA’s Plan for Electric Vehicles Could Upend RFS Politics
October 14, 2016 – 4:19 pm | No Comment

by Eric Wolff (Politico/Governors’ Biofuels Coalition)  The Obama administration’s newest plan to stimulate sales of electric vehicles could deliver a political boost to supporters of the Renewable Fuel Standard, aligning automakers with biofuel backers against …

Jolt of Electricity for RFS
October 10, 2016 – 12:31 pm | No Comment

by Anthony Adragna (Politico’s Morning Energy)   The Obama administration’s latest effort to stimulate sales of electric vehicles could deliver a political boost to supporters of the Renewable Fuel Standard, aligning automakers with biofuel backers against the …

In Your Phone, in Their Air: A Trace of Graphite Is in Consumer Tech. In These Chinese Villages, It’s Everywhere.
October 3, 2016 – 10:06 am | No Comment

by Peter Whoriskey (The Washington Post)  … Smaller and more powerful than their predecessors, lithium batteries power smartphones and laptop computers and appear destined to become even more essential as companies make much larger ones to power …

The Cobalt Pipeline: Tracing the Path from Deadly Hand-Dug Mines in Congo to Consumers’ Phones and Laptops
September 30, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Todd C. Frankel  (The Washington Post)   …  This remote landscape in southern Africa lies at the heart of the world’s mad scramble for cheap cobalt, a mineral essential to the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that …

The Kochs Are Plotting A Multimillion-Dollar Assault On Electric Vehicles
September 30, 2016 – 2:34 pm | No Comment

by Peter Stone (The Huffington Post)  … A new group that’s being cobbled together with fossil fuel backing hopes to spend about $10 million dollars per year to boost petroleum-based transportation fuels and attack government subsidies …

Sell Last Gasoline Car by 2035 to Meet Climate Goals, Study Says
September 19, 2016 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Alister Doyle (Reuters)  The last gasoline-powered car will have to be sold by about 2035 to put the world on track to limit global warming to the most stringent goal set by world leaders last …

Survey Shows Suppliers Support for Existing 2025 Federal Light-duty Vehicle Fuel Economy Regulation
September 15, 2016 – 11:27 am | No Comment

(CALSTART)  First-ever fuel economy survey of auto suppliers:  70 percent don’t want policymakers to change standards  —  Tier 1 suppliers want long-term goals, support 2025 targets

Major automotive suppliers see national fuel economy standards as important for …

Could A Lithium Shortage De-Rail The Electric Car Boom?
August 25, 2016 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by James Stafford (OilPrice.com)  … Lithium is our new fuel, but like fossil fuels, the reserves we’re currently tapping into are finite—and that’s what investors can take to the bank. … And yet, despite this skepticism, lithium …

Maryland Launches AFV Incentive, Infrastructure Programs
August 11, 2016 – 11:17 am | No Comment

(NGT News)  The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) says that it is now accepting applications for the Maryland Freedom Fleet Voucher (FFV) Program, which intends to provide incentives for various alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), over the 2017 …

Sustainable Transportation Summit–Day 1 Bits and Pieces
July 12, 2016 – 12:47 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  When it’s called the “inaugral Sustainable Transportation Summit,” you know the organizers anticipate more to come.  Discussed for the past four years or so, the US Department of Transportation’s …

California Ponders Changes to Fuel Rules as Tesla Cries Foul
July 8, 2016 – 10:47 am | No Comment

by John Lippert (Bloomberg) … The rapid growth of Tesla Motors Inc. and the increasing range of other electric vehicles have the state contemplating new requirements that anger both Tesla and competitors like Honda Motor Co. …

Modernizing the Electric Grid and Its Integration with the Transportation Sector
June 21, 2016 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

by Bill Brandon (Biofuels Digest/)  … Some, like Mark Z. Jacobson, assert battery electric vehicles (BEV) are “the key transportation solution”. … Just deploying BEVs does not guarantee they will be clean. The Dutch effort to push …

Electric Cars Are Not Necessarily Clean
May 26, 2016 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by David Biello (Scientific American) Your battery-powered vehicle is only as green as your electricity supplier  —  … Tesla has advertised its vehicles as having zero emissions, helping fuel the mania for the fun-driving sedan, but that’s …

California Zero Emissions Demonstration Project Includes Diesel Plug-In Hybrid Trucks
May 20, 2016 – 11:10 am | No Comment

(Diesel Technology Forum/PR Newswire)  Immediate Air Quality & Climate Benefits Are Available From Existing & Proven Technologies  —  New diesel technology will be part of a $23.6 million zero-emission transportation test program in California for …

Volkswagen Teams with Shell to Convince EU the Way to Decarbonize Transport
April 29, 2016 – 7:05 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Belgium, Volkswagen has teamed with Shell on a new report by Roland Berger promoting a policy path forward towards a European transport market that achieves environmental and GHG goals …

Tesla And Other Tech Giants Scramble For Lithium As Prices Double
April 14, 2016 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by James Stafford (OilPrice.com)  Demand for lithium—the hottest commodity on the planet and the only commodity to show positive price movement in 2015—is poised to continue on its upward trajectory, becoming the world’s new gasoline …

Fuel Option that Reduces Emissions Already Exists
April 5, 2016 – 5:31 pm | No Comment

by Mark Dorenkamp (Brownfield Ag News)  … A proposal introduced last week by Representative Pat Garofalo would provide rebates of up to $2,500 dollars for those who buy or lease a new electric or plug-in hybrid car. …

Tesla’s Model 3 Could Destroy Elon Musk’s Company
April 1, 2016 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Edward Niedermeyer (The Daily Beast)  It won’t hit the road for two years, it won’t be as cheap as promised, and it will be plagued with problems. Worst of all, the firm may run …

Electric Car Bill Will Do Little to Reduce Emissions
March 31, 2016 – 5:30 pm | No Comment

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Today’s Star Tribune reported of a proposal in the Minnesota legislature that calls for a financial incentive to boost electric or plug-in hybrid sales in the state to reduce emissions.

According to the …

2016 National Renewable Energy Policy Forum: What’s Next? Driving Growth in a New Policy Landscape Explores a World of Clean Power Plans and Favorable Tax Incentives; Exposes Potential Cracks
March 19, 2016 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  For a meeting about renewable energy held on St. Patrick’s Day, EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, Janet McCabe, began her address with appropriate …

Commentary: Implementing The Electric RFS
March 18, 2016 – 10:50 am | No Comment

by Jim Lemon and Michael Lemon (BioCycle/Biogas Researchers, Inc.)  Michael Lemon describes steps to move EPA forward on the RFS renewable electricity pathway on Tuesday, April 5 at BioCycle WEST COAST16.

…   Steps to expand deployment of …

Biofuels Are Back on the EU Agenda
March 3, 2016 – 5:35 pm | No Comment

by Sonja van Renssen (Energy Post)  Biofuels are returning to the political agenda in Europe as EU policymakers start to shape a strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport after 2020. Biofuels producers continue …

Is The Electric Vehicle A Crude Oil Killer?
February 26, 2016 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Forbes) … Petroleum is in an entirely different category. It is used primarily for transportation, and it has held more than 90% of the transportation market for over 60 years.

Biofuels made a push …

Yogi Berra on Bioenergy
February 23, 2016 – 1:20 pm | No Comment

by Douglas Faulkner (Biofuels Digest/Leatherstocking)  … In reflecting recently about the state of bioenergy and trends in the transportation industry, I was reminded of one of my favorite sayings of his (Yogi Berra’s): “The future ain’t …

Gasoline Keeps Getting Dirtier while Alternatives Keep Getting Cleaner
February 10, 2016 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by David Roberts (VOX)  The Union of Concerned Scientists has issued a new report that takes a high-level look at three key transportation fuels: gasoline, biofuels, and electricity.

It compares their greenhouse gas emissions, taking into …

Why Flint? Why Dieselgate? Why Was the EPA Prevented From Acting?
February 9, 2016 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Robert E. Kozak* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Of all the grandstanding by politicians over the Flint, Michigan, drinking water disaster perhaps the most hypocritical has been that of Democrats such as Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton …

Next Step for Volt, Green Car of the Year, Should Be E85 Capability
January 25, 2016 – 1:23 pm | No Comment

by Landon Hall (Fuel Freedom Foundation)  Don’t let all the accolades go to your head, Chevy Volt. You’re still not a truly green car, despite what it says on your new piece of hardware.

But the …

Why Isn’t The 2016 Chevy Volt A Flex-Fuel Plug-In Hybrid That Can Use E85 Ethanol?
January 25, 2016 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

by John Voelcker (Green Car Reports)  … Michelle Malcho from Chevy’s communications group responded:

The engine was chosen to be the most efficient overall for the entire system. Plus, the goal was to get to regular unleaded gasoline …

Energy Department Announces $58 Million to Advance Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Technologies
January 23, 2016 – 11:45 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy) U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced more than $58 million in funding for vehicle technology advancements and released a report highlighting the successes of DOE’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) …

The Government Has Spent a Lot on Electric Cars, but Was It Worth It?
January 11, 2016 – 6:49 pm | No Comment

by Charles Lane (Washington Post)  In August 2010, I proposed this wager to a fellow journalist: President Obama’s declared goal was to get 1 million plug-in hybrid and all-electric cars on the road in the …

West Coast Mayors Form EV Consortium, Pledge Carbon Reductions
December 17, 2015 – 4:15 pm | No Comment

by  Bengt Halvorson (Clean Car Reports)  … (M)ayors of four large West Coast cities—Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland—met in Portland for a two-day summit and united to reduce carbon emissions on a regional …

Electric Cars Can’t Take the Cold
December 7, 2015 – 1:32 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Plungis (Bloomberg)  Batteries generate power less efficiently as temperatures drop.  —  … The trouble is, except for Oregon, none of the states have California’s temperate weather. The batteries used by the greener cars generate electricity …

Ten States Impose EV Flat Fees; Georgia Is Highest
December 3, 2015 – 2:46 pm | No Comment

by Danny King (AutoBlog)  Washington, Colorado, Virginia And Oregon Also On Growing List  —   These fees were put into place in order to offset the revenue shortfall from more fuel efficient vehicles, electrified powertrains, …

Here’s How the U.S. Can Dump Fossil Fuels for Good
November 24, 2015 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by  Joe Uehlein and May Boeve (Grist.org)  The world must go fossil-free — and fast. But the proposals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that the U.S. and other countries are proposing for the upcoming climate summit …

Electric Cars and the Coal that Runs Them
November 24, 2015 – 10:01 am | No Comment

by Michael Birnbaum (The Washington Post)  Cheap electricity, a changing climate This is part of a series exploring how the world’s hunger for cheap electricity is complicating efforts to combat climate change.  —  …  But …

Energy Security and Reducing GHGs in Transportation: The Vital Role of Biofuels
November 20, 2015 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Dr. Bruce E. Dale (Michigan State University/25 x ’25)  U. S. renewable fuel policy has two primary objectives: 1) to reduce petroleum imports and thereby increase energy security and 2) to reduce greenhouse gas …

How Michigan’s New Road Funding Plan Affects Alt-Fuel Vehicles
November 19, 2015 – 10:51 am | No Comment

by Tony Antonelli (Next Gen Transportation News)  … Notably, three of the bills – H.B.4736, H.B.4738 and H.B.4614 (now P.A.174, P.A.176 and P.A.178, respectively) – directly impact the clean fuels industry.

P.A.174: Sponsored by State Rep. Michael …

New Research Shows Electric Cars 50 Percent Cleaner Compared to Gasoline Over Their Lifetime
November 17, 2015 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

(Union of Concerned Scientists)  Do battery electric vehicles really reduce global warming emissions compared to gasoline cars? The answer is a clear yes, according to a new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Over their …

No Rich White Guy Left Behind: The Selling of Electric Cars as Zero Emission Vehicles
October 26, 2015 – 5:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Electric cars and their $1600 cost per ton for CO2 reduction. And, yep, you’re paying for it.  Electric cars have environmental benefits, no doubt about it, and anyone who drives one …

Big Electric Shocks Big Oil: California’s New Emissions Law Enlists Utilities to Help Wean Drivers off Gasoline.
October 23, 2015 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Mark Hertsgaard (Bloomberg Businessweek)  When California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 350 on Oct. 7, it looked like a huge win for the oil industry. The original version of the bill included a mandate …

Zero Emission Vehicles: Not Really
September 21, 2015 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

by Don Siefkes, Debbie Baron and Eileen Broderick (E100 Ethanol Group, Mendo Alcohol Fuel Group) … California Governor Jerry Brown and other Governors, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and much of the major media …

EVs Could Cut Global Gasoline Use By 2040
September 8, 2015 – 1:14 pm | No Comment

by Mike Barnard (Clean Technica)  … The good news is that electric vehicles will reduce gasoline consumption even if no other levers are used related to personal transportation. The bad news is that it will be 15 …

As California Sizzles: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide to California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard
September 1, 2015 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Propel operates 43 Flex Fuel and 31 Biodiesel retail locations statewide, representing over 50,000 clean fuel transactions per month and 10,000,000 gallons of fuel sold to individual consumers annually. Between 2012 …

Tensions over U.S. Electric Vehicle Mandates Spill into the Open
August 5, 2015 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Joseph White (PlanetArk)  A long-simmering dispute between automakers and U.S. regulators over policies to promote electric vehicles spilled into the open on Tuesday, in the high stakes struggle over the future of automotive technology.

The heads …

The Future of Low-Carbon Road Transport: What Role for Second-Generation Biofuels?
July 29, 2015 – 6:48 pm | No Comment

by  Joern Huenteler and Henry Lee (Belfer Center Programs or Projects)  The promise, prospects, and public policy trade-offs related to second-generation biofuels in road transport were addressed in an executive session convened at The Henry …

Hybrid Electric-Biodiesel Buses: Cleaner, Fuel-Saving Alternative for Public Transportation
July 10, 2015 – 3:51 pm | No Comment

by Milsa Vijayadharan* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Hybrid Electric-Biodiesel Buses used in California, Washington and Michigan Model Lower GHG Emissions Options for Cities Everywhere

Public transportation plays an important role in green and sustainable practices. Public transportation use means fewer cars …

Study: Even with High LDV Electrification, Low-Carbon Biofuels Will Be Necessary to Meet 80% GHG Reduction Target; “Daunting” Policy Implications
July 3, 2015 – 3:48 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A study by researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Michigan State University colleague has concluded that even with a relatively high rate of electrification of the US light-duty fleet (40% …

Energy Department Announces Funding to Develop Aggregate Purchasing Models
June 22, 2015 – 11:04 am | No Comment

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Energy Department today (June 8, 2015) announced up to $2 million to support aggregate purchasing models for plug-in electric and other alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, subsystems, components, alternative …

Usage of Non-Petroleum Fuels on the Rise, Yet Vehicle Sales Stall
June 17, 2015 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Braden Kelner (Power Source)  Non-petroleum fuels are being used for transportation in amounts not seen in 60 years, according to federal data.

Alternative fuels — ethanol, natural gas and electricity — have more than doubled their share of …

Obama Scales Back Overly Ambitious Goals for Electric Car Use
May 26, 2015 – 4:18 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Green/Angela Greiling Keane (Bloomberg)  In a 2009 executive order, the president had called for 1 million plug-in vehicles on the road by 2015, but poor sales and lower gas prices have intervened.

President Barack …

Energy Union Pushes for E-Mobility and Alternative Fuels in Transport
February 27, 2015 – 6:28 pm | No Comment

(EurActiv)  The European Commission plans further steps to decarbonise the transport sector through a shift to alternative fuels and electro-mobility, according to the latest draft of the Energy Union proposal,  …

According to the draft proposal, …

Biofuels vs Hybrids vs Plug-ins vs Gasoline: Who’s the Cost Winner?
February 10, 2015 – 11:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Have low gas prices changed the equation for drivers looking to reduce pain at the pump? Who’s the best on cost?   And, is there surprising news on emissions?

We looked at …

Father of the Prius Sees Long Road to a Fully Electric Future
October 1, 2013 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by Howard Schneider (The Washington Post)   Toyota Motor Corp. Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada rode his pioneering work on the Prius hybrid to the top of the world’s biggest car company.

But that doesn’t mean he is a …

Unclean at Any Speed: Electric Cars Don’t Solve the Automobile’s Environmental Problems
July 2, 2013 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Ozzie Zehner (IEEE Spectrum)  …Some states offer additional tax incentives. California brings the total credit up to $10 000, and Colorado to $13 500—more than the base price of a brand new Ford Fiesta. …

The Electric Car Mistake
February 12, 2013 – 9:59 am | No Comment

by Charles Lane (The Washington Post)  The Obama administration’s electric-car fantasy finally may have died on the road between Newark, Del., and Milford, Conn.

The New York Times’s John M. Broder reported Friday that the Tesla Model S …

Energy Secretary Steven Chu Ignores Biofuels at DC Auto Show and in Resignation Remarks
February 1, 2013 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  In yesterday’s address on Policy Day at the Washington, DC Auto Show, Energy Secretary Steven Chu spoke passionately about the need for the US to reduce dependence on foreign …

Washington Auto Show Policy Day Brings Biofuels Conversation to Capitol Hill
January 30, 2013 – 3:38 pm | Comments Off on Washington Auto Show Policy Day Brings Biofuels Conversation to Capitol Hill

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA) “Affordable Mobility: A Roadmap to Energy Efficiency” framed a public discussion of automotive issues for Capitol Hill staff which ranged from fuel efficiency and the new CAFÉ (Corporate Average …

Are Electric Cars Bad for the Environment?
October 23, 2012 – 5:59 pm | No Comment

by Leo Hickman (The Guardian)  Academics in Norway have published a study arguing that electric cars can be more polluting than is widely assumed. Leo Hickman, with your help, investigates.
A study by engineers based at …

Representative Bob Filner Introduced the Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act of 2012, H.R. 6275
August 9, 2012 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

(Clean Energy Victory Bonds)  On August 2, Representative Bob Filner and 10 cosponsors introduced the Clean Energy Victory Bonds Act of 2012, H.R. 6275 in the House of Representatives. The bill, officially entitled “To promote …

Electric Cars and Liberals’ Refusal to Accept Science
March 6, 2012 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

by Charles Lane (The Washinton Post) OpEd:  President Obama boasted at a United Auto Workers conference last week that General Motors was back in business, producing cutting-edge vehicles like the plug-in electric Chevrolet Volt. He even promised to …

Crash-Testing the Plug-In: Ford CEO Alan Mulally on the Pitfalls of His Company’s Newest Car.
January 26, 2012 – 3:06 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Lipman (The Daily Beast)  For more than three years, President Obama has been singing the praises of electric cars. He’s repeatedly called for 1 million plug-in and hybrid vehicles on the road by 2015. He’s …

Flex-Fuel Cars Find Few Pumps, Chargers Aplenty: BGOV Barometer
December 23, 2011 – 2:30 pm | No Comment

by Angela Greiling Keane  (Bloomberg)  Public charging stations for electric autos outnumber outlets for alternative motor fuels by almost two to one, even though there are hundreds of times more flex- fuel vehicles than plug-in …

Battery-Car Future Undercut by Europe, Improvements in ICE Technology
December 19, 2011 – 8:26 am | No Comment

by Neil Winton (Detroit News)  Investment bank Morgan Stanley came up with a nasty surprise for Nissan-Renault and other cheer-leaders for battery powered cars when it cut its electric vehicle sales forecast by nearly 50 …

Electric Cars May Not Be So Green after All, Says British Study
June 20, 2011 – 10:13 am | No Comment

by Ben Webster (The Australian)  Electric cars could produce higher emissions over their lifetimes than petrol equivalents because of the energy consumed in making their batteries, a study has found.

An electric car owner would have …

LowCVP Study Demonstrates the Increasing Importance of Measuring Whole Life Carbon Emissions to Compare Vehicle Performanc
June 20, 2011 – 10:09 am | One Comment

(Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership)  Electric and hybrid cars create more carbon emissions during their production than standard vehicles – but are still greener overall, according to a new report.

The report highlights the increasing importance of …

JD Power: Battery, Hybrid-Electric Cars Are Overhyped
May 9, 2011 – 3:20 pm | No Comment

by Matthew Lynley  (VentureBeat/Reuters)  Plug-in electric and hybrid electric vehicles are over-hyped and won’t meet many car companies’ 2020 sales targets, according to global marketing information firm JD Power & Associates.

Battery-powered and hybrid-electric cars will …

Twin Cities Clean City Coalition Top Gas Use Reducer
April 28, 2011 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Joanna Schroeder (DomesticFuel.com)  The U.S. Department of Energy has released a national ranking of Clean Cities programs that have had the most impact in the reduction of gasoline use. At the top of the …

Lott, Dorgan, Jones, Reilly form Bipartisan Policy Center Energy Project
April 13, 2011 – 3:04 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, former Senators Trent Lott (R-MS) and Byron Dorgan (D-ND), former National Security Advisor General Jim Jones (Ret.) and former EPA Administrator William K. Reilly announced they will lead …

Volvo’s Ethanol-Powered Electric Car
March 24, 2011 – 9:03 am | No Comment

by Gary Gastelu  (Fox News)  …Starting in 2012 the Swedish automaker will begin selling a plug-in hybrid version of the V60 – a wagon version of the S60 sedan that is not offered in the United …

Chevy Volt to Get California Tax Credit in 2012
February 3, 2011 – 12:59 pm | No Comment

by Michael Kanellos (GreenTechMedia)  A crazy wrinkle in a California law makes it a bit difficult for the Volt to qualify for the $5,000 rebate, but the company believes it will make it. Also, updates …

Cost of Electricity Will Not Rise: Dr. Joseph Romm at the Green Car Summit. Bartlett Proposes Open Fuels Act
January 31, 2011 – 2:25 pm | 2 Comments

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Produced by the Green Car Journal and the Washington Auto Show, each January the Green Car Summit convenes a panel of experts “to address the critical issues of the …

Plug-in Vehicles and Their Dirty Little Secret
January 7, 2011 – 9:52 am | No Comment

by John Petersen  (Renewable Energy World)  …The dirty little secret of plug-in vehicles is that they’ll all charge their batteries with inherently dirty night-time power and be responsible for more CO2 emissions than a fuel …

GM Exploring Increased Production of Chevrolet Volt, New E85 Flex-Fuel Version
December 3, 2010 – 11:00 am | No Comment

(MLive.com)  …The Volt is capable of traveling around 35 miles on electricity before a gasoline-powered generator kicks to provide up to an additional 300 miles.

GM global product chief Tom Stephens on Tuesday told Barkholz the …

EU-Wide Study Confirms Hydrogen Is a Key to Zero-Emission Road Transport
November 22, 2010 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

(MarketWatch/Linde)  …Linde is currently researching various production options aimed at gradually increasing the share of “green” sources in the hydrogen landscape. One of these uses liquid biomass (glycerine), a by-product of biodiesel production, as the …

Governor Rendell Says Latest Investments in Alternative Fuels Make PA More Energy Independent, Spur Innovation
November 22, 2010 – 11:14 am | No Comment

(Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection)  Announces Nearly $8 Million for 21 Projects Promoting Biofuels, Natural Gas- and Electric-Powered Vehicles

Governor Edward G. Rendell said today that Pennsylvania is cutting its appetite for foreign oil by more …

Survey: Interest in Electric Cars Is growing, but Practical Concerns Remain
November 22, 2010 – 8:59 am | No Comment

by Eric Evarts   (Consumer Reports)   …Overall, 63 percent expect to get a significant increase in fuel economy, regardless of the type of vehicle they buy. Only 67 percent said they are considering a traditional gasoline …

Obama’s Electric-Car Cult
October 31, 2010 – 4:09 pm | No Comment

by Charles Lane (The Washington Post)  …The pitch is lyrical, almost religious. It asks consumers to make an economic and technological leap of faith – just as both GM and the firm’s biggest backer, the …

Why Is China Still Hoarding Its Rare Earths?
October 14, 2010 – 2:01 pm | No Comment

by Steve LeVine  (Foreign Policy)  …China’s ban on the export of the 17 so-called rare-earth metals — indispensible as of now in the manufacture of high-tech products like wind turbines, advanced batteries and flat-screen TVs …

New Fuel Economy Window Stickers Chock Full ‘O Numbers
August 30, 2010 – 2:08 pm | No Comment

(Jalopnik)  One of the draft window stickers released today will give buyers of 2012 models efficiency data for gas and electric vehicles. U.S. regulators want you to decide: How do you like letter grades? UPDATE: …

Low Voltage
August 3, 2010 – 8:35 am | No Comment

(Washington Post) Editorial:   PRESIDENT OBAMA was back in Michigan recently, breaking ground on a plant that will make batteries for the Volt, the plug-in hybrid electric car forthcoming from government-owned General Motors. The Energy Department paid …

Firm to Deploy 15,0000 Electric-Car Chargers in 13 Cities, Including District
July 6, 2010 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Danielle Douglas (Washington Post/Capital Business) …Many of the nearly 200,000 electric hybrids on U.S. roads use internal generators to create power, but a fraction of these cars are plug-in hybrids, the market’s fastest growing segment. …

Ethanol Likely to Have Major Role as Fuel
July 5, 2010 – 4:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Kenzie  (Wheel.ca)  …So far, everyone seems to think that the only way we’ll wean ourselves off decomposed dinosaur remains is if we either can’t find any more, or it becomes so expensive to find/extract/ship/refine …

California Energy Commission Approves $114.3 Million for Electric and Ethanol Vehicle Infrastructure
June 26, 2010 – 1:42 pm | No Comment

(Los Angeles Times)  …The California Energy Commission approved three awards to help set up electric- and ethanol-powered vehicle infrastructure around the state. Of the funds, $15.4 million comes from state coffers, $49.6 million is federal …

Battery-Only Cars Face Avalanche of Negatives
June 9, 2010 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Neil Winton (Detroit News)  …The only way that unaffordable, impractical, battery-only cars will sell is because of huge government subsidies, and a few early-adopter zealots with too much money who don’t mind being stranded …

230 MPG For Chevy Volt? Not Likely
April 22, 2010 – 2:06 pm | No Comment

by Reilly Brennan (AOL Autos)  EPA Mulls New Fuel Economy Guidelines

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will soon draft a new regulation for the way it calculates fuel efficiency for electric cars, potentially deflating the stratospheric …

V2G: Transportation Electrons vs. Power Electrons
April 9, 2010 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

by Eric Weshoff (GreenTechGrid)  Integrating electric vehicles into the smart grid is an enormous and potentially explosive challenge.

Erfan Ibrahim of EPRI has said that if electric vehicles reached a high level of market penetration and …

GSA Doubles the Federal Hybrid Fleet, DOE Takes the Lead in Updating to Hybrids
April 6, 2010 – 9:25 am | No Comment

Agencies Move to Increase Energy Security and Fuel Efficiency. 

President Obama announced March 31, 2010, that the Federal Government will lead by example in replacing older cars in the federal fleet with fuel efficient hybrids and plug-in …

North American Grid Operators Study Concludes 1M Plug-in Electric Vehicles May Be On the Road by 2020; Staggered Charging Can Reduce Potential Negative Impact on Grid
April 2, 2010 – 12:56 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  A group of US and Canadian power grid operators, who manage most of the North American bulk electric grid collectively, studied the effect that plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) would have on the …

The View From Big Oil
March 22, 2010 – 4:10 pm | No Comment

by Alan Murray and  Kimberley Strassel  (Wall Street Journal)  These days, giant oil companies find themselves trying to balance two big pressures on their business. Governments are trying to slash carbon emissions—but the world’s thirst for …

GM Confirms First Gen Volt Will Not Support E85 Ethanol
February 18, 2010 – 3:07 pm | No Comment

by Nick Chambers (Gas2.0)  This morning I wrote a piece about how GM is lamenting the lack of E85 fueling stations in the United States. But the other interesting tidbit of information in there was …

Why Does the Electrification Coalition Want $124 Billion of Your Tax Dollars to Charge Electric Cars?
January 24, 2010 – 7:21 pm | No Comment

Robert E. Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The Electrification Coalition, an industry group composed of Cisco, Pacific Gas and Electric, NRG Energy, Nissan, and various investment bankers among others, wants to spend $124 billion dollars of …

Electrification Coalition Publishes Roadmap Describing Challenges Facing Electric Cars
January 24, 2010 – 7:12 pm | No Comment

…It is one thing to sprinkle a modest number of electric-drive cars throughout a nation as large as the United States; it is quite another for even a seemingly small number of those cars to …

As Hybrid Cars Gobble Rare Metals, Shortage Looms
September 2, 2009 – 12:43 pm | No Comment

by Steve Gorman (Reuters)  The Prius hybrid automobile is popular for its fuel efficiency, but its electric motor and battery guzzle rare earth metals, a little-known class of elements found in a wide range of …