$7,800 electric microcar? (Coming soon to Europe from China)

June 20th, 2017 by Steve Hanley, Originally published on Gas2, 20 June 2017 While Elon Musk and Tesla start the electric car revolution from the high end of the market, Chinese company CHJ Automotive plans to start from the low end. Co-founder Kevin Shen says the company plans to introduce an ultra-compact electric car starting at around $7,800 in 2018. The …

Working smart, as a team

Excerpt from Working Hard is not the same as working smart  I pointed out to Rahul that what he was watching was that his entire company had bought into the “culture of working late” — but not because they had work to do, or it was making them more competitive or generating more revenue — but because the CEO said it was what mattered. …

Neighborhood at a time thermal imaging to uncover energy waste in Vancouver

By Jacob Corvidae, RMI, 23 May 2017   Have you ever wanted x-ray vision, or to see the hidden features of your home? The City of Vancouver has launched a new effort to make energy use more visible to its residents, complete with rainbow-colored images of their homes that show details invisible to the naked eye. Using thermal imaging to show …

Harnessing energy from glass walls: Semi-transparent perovskite solar cells have been developed that could be great candidates for solar windows

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Science Daily, 29 May 2017  A Korean research team has developed semi-transparent perovskite solar cells that could be great candidates for solar windows. Scientists are exploring ways to develop transparent or semi-transparent solar cells as a substitute for glass walls in modern buildings with the aim of harnessing solar energy. But this has …

David Suzuki: Not looking away…We can and must stop dramatically cut down on our use of fossil fuels and plastics

By David Suzuki, EcoWatch, 24 May 2017 People who deny that humans are wreaking havoc on the planet’s life-support systems astound me. When confronted with the obvious damage we’re doing to the biosphere—from climate change to water and air pollution to swirling plastic patches in the oceans—some dismiss the reality or employ logical fallacies to discredit the messengers.  It’s one …

Cleaning up our cities: top 5 innovations for low carbon cities goes beyond the normal set

By Michael Barnard, Clean Technica, May 15th, 2017 At first blush, the list seems obvious. Electrification of transportation Buying clean energy from wind and solar generation, and Some low-carbon building changes. But that seems a bit too facile. What’s really changing cities? My personal list of major urban low-carbon innovations includes net metering, vehicle fleet emissions standards, complete streets zoning, …

Lighting/Lumens as a Service – can it help unlock investment in building energy efficiency retrofits?

RMI, May 2017 Lighting represents about 10 percent of commercial electricity consumption, as reported by the U.S. Energy Information Administration in 2016. A 2012 report by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Deutsche Bank Group found that $279 billion of investment in building energy-efficiency retrofits could yield more than $1 trillion of energy savings over 10 years, not to mention an …

2017 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard reveals top cities, best practices and strategies

D. Ribeiro, V. Hewitt, E. Mackres, R. Cluett, L. Ross, S. Vaidyanathan, and S. Zerbonne, The 2015 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard  (Washington,  DC:  ACEEE,  2015). aceee.org/research-report/u1502. The 2017 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard compares cities across five policy areas: Local government operations Community-wide initiatives Buildings policies Energy and water utilities Transportation policies Boston earned the top spot for the third City …

95% of U.S. Car Miles Will Be Traveled in Self-Driving, Electric, Shared Vehicles by 2030

Business Wire, May 4, 2017 LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A historic revolution in transportation will end over 100 years of individual vehicle ownership and reshape the world’s energy economy in the process. That’s according to a groundbreaking new research report, Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030: The Disruption of Transportation and the Collapse of the ICE Vehicle and Oil Industries.   Assuming existing …