Why the future of cars is electric, by Zach Shahan

Technology changes at a fast pace these days, but even so, we typically think that today’s technology norms will remain for a long time, just with incremental improvements. That hasn’t been how the story goes, though. When I was in high school, a few people had beepers, and basically no one had a cell phone. If you were away from home …

US cities consider ways to transform transportation

San Francisco The pilot would try to lure people from their own cars to shared, clean-running electric vehicles, either with drivers or without (if robot cars prove cheap and trusty enough). The carrot? Ease and relative speed. Those in shared rides can use new dedicated carpool lanes (either marked on the pavement or drawn virtually using navigation apps such as …

How the EV boom could be good for the grid

Earlier this year, breathtaking numbers of pre-orders for the Tesla Model 3 not only shocked the auto industry but suggested that a transition of the U.S. and world auto fleet toward electric vehicles could happen faster than expected. There are still only a little more than 400,000 electric vehicles on the road in the United States, or just 0.16 percent of all …

Advice from Warsaw, on its way to becoming a Clean City

Every few years I visit Warsaw, where I grew up and lived until moving to Vancouver 24 years ago. Warsaw and its surrounding communities comprise roughly the same size and population as Greater Vancouver. Both cities underwent rapid population growth in the last couple of decades. Both invested heavily in infrastructure and public transit with mixed results. The average car …

World nearing peak fossil fuels for electricity: Coal and gas will begin their terminal decline in less than a decade, according to a new BNEF analysis.

The way we get electricity is about to change dramatically, as the era of ever-expanding demand for fossil fuels comes to an end—in less than a decade. That’s according to a new forecast by Bloomberg New Energy Finance that plots out global power markets for the next 25 years. Call it peak fossil fuels, a turnabout that’s happening not because we’re running out …

Pursuing grid modernization in a monopoly model

June 13th, 2016 by John Farrell  Originally published on ilsr.org How can a state modernize its electric system when it’s in the hands of vertically integrated monopolies? We offer some thoughts via recent comments on a grid modernization docket being reviewed by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Background: the grid modernization docket is a relatively new requirement, asking the state’s largest investor-owned …

“The cost savings for the electric trucks are staggering = stemming mostly from fuel costs and maintenance costs” say fleet operators

It is quickly becoming a common notion that the future of utility trucks will be zero-emission, battery-electric [1]. It is hard to dispute, especially when considering fixed-route urban services such as waste management trucks and street sweepers. Even low mileage utility trucks such as cement mixers and yard trucks are all presently integrated with truck chassis that have horrible fuel …