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Infographic: How Electric Vehicles are the Future of Transportation

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 12, 2016 9:20:26 AM

The auto industry continues to invest heavily in green technologies to meet pollution standards.

An infographic supplied by autoloansolutions.com shows us how EVs are the future of transportation.

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The Future of Green Work Trucks

Posted by Jessica Porter

Jul 11, 2016 1:26:09 PM

Truck manufacturers compete to create efficient vehicles without sacrificing power.

TRUCK MAKERS ARE working overtime to squeeze more efficiency from work vehicles, without sacrificing range, power or turning off the market. That’s not an easy task. Builders expect heavy, rugged machines that can also travel on the highway to outlying jobsites. There’s no magic bullet solution, and everything is on the table: all-electric vehicles, cleaner diesel, biofuel, fuel cells and “smart” engines. All green work trucks have perks and challenges.

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Utilities Can Supercharge the EV Market

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 22, 2016 7:42:12 AM

The Natural Resources Defense Council calls on utilities to deploy more charging stations and raise awareness of the benefits of electric vehicles.

According to the NRDC, America's utilities are uniquely positioned to help the EV market with more charging stations, increasing awareness of the benefits of EVs, and providing incentives to charge cars at times that benefit the the grid.

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Cooperation is Necessary to Hasten Adoption of Electric Vehicles

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 8, 2016 2:04:33 PM

Here’s how states, utilities and the auto industry can accelerate electric vehicle adoption.

By The Sierra Club, Acadia Center and Conservation Law Foundation

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The Future of Transportation: Connected, Autonomous, and Electric

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Sep 3, 2015 10:10:04 AM

Smart, self-driving, clean vehicles are redefining mobility.

I have just spent the past few days in the Motor City. Downtown Detroit’s long-gone glory days still faintly reverberate from the crumbling brick Avant-Garde buildings, built in a distant glamorous age, but the city is only a shadow of its former prosperous self. Nonetheless, there are pockets of revival—a trendy restaurant here, a group of eager young professionals enjoying a night on the town there, and pride for the blighted city everywhere.

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Electrify Your Bicycle for Christmas

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Nov 17, 2014 1:46:00 PM

Pedaling uphill and for long distances puts off many people willing to commute via bicycle. The Copenhagen Wheel turns bicycles into hybrid vehicles powered by people power or electric and is about to change the world of bicycle riding for those willing to pre-order it for $799 and receive it by 2014's end.

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1942 L'Oeuf Electric Car on Display in Atlanta

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Jun 23, 2014 9:45:00 PM

Today, I saw the 1942 Paul Arzens' L'Oeuf Electric—The Electric Egg—likely the oldest electric car in the world. It is on display in the exhibit Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas at the Atlanta Museum Atlanta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1942 L'Oeuf Electric -- on display until September 7 at the High Museum, Atlanta. 

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Solar Roads: Are We There Yet?

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

May 27, 2014 1:07:00 PM

BATTERIES ARE THE PROBLEM. Could solar roads be the solution?  If you know anything about electric vehicles, you know that storing electrical energy has been the Achilles heel of the electric car dream for decades. But maybe the problem of long-distance EV travel can be solved in a completely different way--a solution that also solves other long-term environmental negatives associated with asphalt infrastructure.

If you examine some of the R&D and innovation going on in the auto industry,  you'll see a convergence of thought on this topic. For example, so called "
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Norway’s One Percent

Posted by Wyatt C. King

Apr 29, 2014 12:20:25 PM

Electric vehicles (EVs) are taking Norway by storm. After a banner year in 2013, nearly one percent of all the vehicles on Norwegian roads are now EVs, a far higher percentage than in the U.S. Since September of last year, one EV model or another has topped Norwegian monthly sales several times, and last November, EVs surpassed 12 percent of all vehicles sold during the month. The brisk sales have continued into this year.

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Can Elon do it Again?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Apr 3, 2014 9:06:00 AM

Elon Musk is changing the world. The visionary South African-born entrepreneur has radically changed the transportation sector through his groundbreaking companies Tesla and SpaceEx. His solar leasing company, SolarCity, is delivering affordable solar solutions to homeowners across the country. Now, Musk is poised to deliver a sea change in the battery industry, opening the door to massive advancements in clean technology.

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Trick My Ride

Posted by Ron Jones

Mar 11, 2014 11:59:00 AM

Let’s get one thing out there right in the beginning: I’m a truck guy, always have been. It’s not that my head can’t be turned by a great car—I still feel my heart flutter every time they roll out the latest Corvette. But so far, I have not let the mid-life crisis get the best of me, and it doesn’t take too long to refocus on my true ride of choice: a pickup, especially a vintage model.

Having made that clear, I am still reliving recent experiences from the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, which showcased a dazzling display of new auto technologies. In addition to driverless car demos and a concept crossover that features solar panels built into the roof so it can provide some onboard energy production to assist the hybrid power train, we were invited to take a real-life test drive through the streets of Las Vegas in a snazzy electric vehicle.

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Miles per Square Foot, Anyone?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Apr 22, 2013 1:00:00 PM

I had an unexpected moment of revelation during a recent conversation with John Viera, Director of Sustainability & Vehicle Environmental Matters at Ford. We were talking about the various ways that Ford is improving fuel efficiency to reduce carbon emissions, expanding its focus on electrification, and increasing the use of sustainable materials like plant-based insulation, soy foams, and recycled plastic bottles for components, fabrics, and finishes.

I had asked Viera what it will take to wean us off using petroleum to fuel our vehicles since the oil companies have such an oppressive stranglehold on the industry. He responded that it is a complex issue, not only because the oil companies are so influential, but also because many consumers still have a narrow definition of what they want in an “uncompromised vehicle”, which doesn’t necessarily include electrification.

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Largest Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Energy Capital of World

Posted by Michael Strong

Dec 6, 2010 11:44:00 AM

HOUSTON. THE TOWN I LIVE IN. THE SELF PROCLAIMED ENERGY-CAPITAL OF THE WORLD is trying to reinvent itself as the Energy Savings Capital of the World. Our previous Mayor, Bill White, former Deputy Secretary of Energy under President Clinton made national headlines a few years ago for offering refuge to Louisiana victims of Hurricane Ike. Other less visible efforts during his administration and the current administration of Anise Parker will however will have far greater and long lasting impacts for Houston and Gulf Coast region.

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