WIth the right policies, passenger vehicles could shift to power by electricity and renewables

By Patricia Monahan and Dan Adler in Utility Dive. Patricia is the director of the transportation program at the Energy Foundation, and was previously a senior analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists and a team lead at the Environmental Protection Agency. Dan is vice president of power strategies at the Energy Foundation and was formerly a managing director at the California Clean Energy Fund and senior …

Over the last two years, I’ve written four articles about the massive problem with methane emissions from hydropower dams and reservoirs. Finally, the mainstream media covered this story Thursday after an international team of scientists released a new study that synthesizes more than 100 scholarly articles on the topic. The Seattle Times headline read, “Hydropower Isn’t Carbon Neutral After All” …

Colorado wind (2 GW) can economically and reliably replace 6000 GWh of Coal

 Today’s changing economic realities are significantly boosting renewable energy’s potential to lower utility costs for consumers. In Colorado, Ron Lehr and a team of financial analysts revealed the stunning results of a two-year study of clean energy generation potential. Grover, Colorado wind farm. Credit: Carlye Calvin, UCAR.edu, Colorado Renewable Energy Realities in Colorado At the end of 2013, following a …

City of Austin adding 330 EVs by 2020, Poland aims for 1 million EVs by 2025, $37/wk EV subscription service in Einhoven

In contrast to the rest of the automotive industry, the PEV industry supply chain is more horizontally structured (see Figure 9).27 PEVs use fewer components and typically require less collaboration between parts/component manufacturers and vehicle manufacturers, which means that parts manufacturers can be less specialized and that they can produce generic products to be used by many actors in the …

Otto big rig self-driving truck is real, says NYTimes, after a ride amid other vehicles

Excerpt from a Sept 2016 NY Times article… “The self-driving truck is real, and it’s spectacular. Two months ago, I rode in a prototype autonomous big-rig developed by Otto, a trucking company” from the NYTimes.  After self-driving was flipped on, the rig handled most conditions fairly well — it steered itself around bends and maintained a consistent distance from other vehicles. …

VW electric van and delivery vehicle will re-charge to 80% in 45 minutes

Cross-posted from Clean Technica Another day, another new Volkswagen electric vehicle concept. This time, the concept is somewhat compelling — an electric van with a 100 kilowatt (kW) motor and a 43 kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack, accompanied by a single-charge range of over 200 kilometers (~125 miles) on the NEDC testing cycle. “Somewhat compelling” ignores the fact that Nissan has been offering …

Zip comprehensive local transportation

By Cynthia Shahan, cross-posted from Clean Technica, 26 Sept 2016 Most urban environments don’t need more cars. Most times, they need fewer cars. Zipcar has joined the solution to problems of space, parking, congestion, and air pollution in yet another way (aside from its leadership in carsharing). Zipcar recently decided to launch Zipbike, a partnership with a startup called Zagster. The new vehicle-sharing venture …

Modelling the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Hamburg

September 30th, 2016 by Roy L Hales. Originally published on the ECOreport. Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein have achieved Germany’s renewable target for 2025. They already obtain 40% of their energy from renewables on an annual basis. A technological breakthrough, the digitization of industry, will be required to go further. This region of 4.5 million people expects to obtain 70% of its energy from renewables by 2025 and …