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 …

Utility planners are beginning to think about how distributed solar can serve system needs

Excerpt Cross-posted from Utility Dive, Sept 2018 “Utilities are starting to plan for customers adding distributed solar and for procuring it themselves,” Andrew Mills, lead author of the study, told Utility Dive. “We wanted to know how they are doing it.” The report also assesses planning by five system operators, along with distribution system analysis in California, New York, Hawaii, and …

Introduction to tiny house zoning regulations

Cross-posted from Curbed.com Despite the growing enthusiasm for tiny houses, it still isn’t easy to legally build them for full-time use. Zoning laws and building codes, by and large, require a minimum square footage for new-construction homes, and progress to reduce that square footage is slow. “There are only a handful of cities across the country that directly address tiny …

US to Fail Paris Emissions Pledge Without ‘Fundamental Change’: Report

‘This is a call to action to ensure we close the remaining gap’ By Nadia Prupis, staff writer on Common Dreams The country is so far behind in emissions slashing that even if it implemented a slew of new clean energy programs now, it could still miss its 2025 target by nearly 1 billion tons. (Photo: Ian Britton/flickr/cc) The U.S. is on …

New e-bus gets 350 miles on a charge

 PROTERRA IN THE WORLD of electric vehicles, Tesla gets most of the love. Over 100,000 of Elon Musk’s big, bad autos are zooming around the world, gasoline-free. But how many of those can claim to take an additional 40-odd cars off the road—each? That’s the promise of the Catalyst E2 Series, a new electricbus debuting today that’s aimed squarely at city …