New Economy Coalition

AN INTRODUCTION TO NEC We believe that all our struggles —racial, economic, and environmental— are deeply interconnected and that the most powerful solutions are those that tackle the systemic roots of our issues, rather than treat them in isolation. In 2016 we saw social movements step up to disrupt the status quo, challenge the political establishment, and demand economic, racial, …

Lyft aims for 100% renewable energy & self-driving Bolt fleet

By Steve Hanley on Clean Technica June 16th, 2017. Originally published on Gas2. General Motors makes the Chevy Bolt, a fully electric car. General Motors also has a half billion dollar investment in Lyft, the on-demand taxi service that competes head to head with Uber. In the future, the Chevy Bolt may be the backbone of Lyft’s fleet of autonomous …

Renewable record: wind and solar supplied 10% of US electricity in March

By Julian Spector, Greentech Media, June 14, 2017 Wind and solar together crossed the 10 percent mark of total U.S. electricity production in March, reports the Energy Information Administration. That’s the first time they’ve reached double-digit market share for a month, marking an important milestone in the growth of renewables nationwide. Wind supplied 8 percent of U.S. electricity and solar produced 2 percent. …

India’s plan to transition to EVs is underway with rickshaws and buses by the end of the year: plan minimizes costs by using 40-mile swappable batteries

India has floated an audacious plan to turn every car, bus, truck, and everything in between, into an electric vehicle (EV) by 2030.  To get there, according to a recent report (PDF) by India’s NITI Aayog and the Rocky Mountain Institute in the US, between six and seven million EVs will have to ply on Indian roads by 2020. But …

Little time left to make a rapid shift; Alex Steffan on “The Last Decade and You”

By Alex Steffen, The Last Decade and You, 5 June 2017 We all know that at the very center of that crisis is growing climate chaos. Most people living on Earth know this now. What fewer of us know — and even fewer have deeply explored — is the spring driving the mechanism of our greenhouse disaster.  That tight-wound spring is time; specifically, how little of …

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 …

Renewable energy is ‘unstoppable’, declares Financial Times:  ‘Fossil fuels have lost. The rest of the world just doesn’t know it yet.’

At least 14 battery gigafactories are being built or planned, nine in China.  Joe Romm shares some highlights from a new, must-read, 4000-word article in the Financial Times, “The Big Green Bang: how renewable energy became unstoppable.” Traditional energy companies and mainstream financial publications are finally waking up to the new reality: The shift to renewable energy, electric cars, and …

No one can deny that something big is happening to the automotive industry. Companies like Nissan, Ford, Honda, and Zipcar are all entering the electric automotive race to offer sustainable cars that meet consumer demands, government regulations, and stand up to the gas-powered vehicle. Take a look at Tesla, which has a permanent spotlight on its all-electric cars. From its flagship Model S …

Volvo Cars CEO: Newest generation of diesel engines likely to be our last

By James Ayre, Clean Technica, 20 May 2017 Before then backtracking a bit for whatever reason, the CEO of Volvo Cars was quoted by Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as saying that the company’s current generation of diesel engines was likely its last. The quote from the CEO, Hakan Samuelsson, read: “From today’s perspective, we will not develop any more new-generation …