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California to eliminate gas burning cars by 2050?

By on Aug 4, 2015 in Electric Vehicles, Environment |

California regulator Mary Nichols is looking to transform the auto industry.  In order to meet emissions reductions in California, the state will need 100% of vehicles to be zero emissions or almost zero emissions by 2050.  As a practical matter, that means that all vehicles sold in California will need to be battery electric vehicles, plug in hybrid vehicles, or...

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EV vs Gas Cars – Part 1 Efficiency

By on Jun 12, 2015 in Electric Vehicles, Environment |

Several articles and studies have been done recently regarding whether EV’s are really green. Are gas cars better for the environment? If we could switch to battery electric vehicles, should we? In reviewing this question, there are three areas that I feel merit review: Energy efficiency Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions Cost comparison Each is worth looking at...

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Toyota Banking on its Fuel-Cell Car, the 2016 Mirai

By on May 27, 2015 in Environment |

The number of car manufacturers that have invested in fuel-cell technology is slim, which isn’t to say that it’s an ill advised play. Toyota, since its inception, has long been at the forefront of automotive innovation, whether by design and styling, or technical savvy. It was the first automaker to give its cars curves, effectively removing the boxy...

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Big Oil Losing its Grip on Auto Industry

By on Apr 28, 2015 in Economy, Electric Vehicles, Environment |

Citing numerous empirical studies, analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) stipulate that the future of transportation is poised to look a lot different than the current oil-fueled model. Their analysis shows oil consumption peaking in 2004, and since then, it has remained flat for about a decade due to inventories surging through the fracking boom,...

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Fossil Fuels vs. Renewables, Who’s Winning

By on Apr 17, 2015 in Environment |

According to Bloomberg Business, the world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. Energy forecasters now believe that it’s no longer a question of if the world will transition to cleaner energy, but how long it will take. The International Energy Agency says solar could be the world’s biggest single...

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