Author: Neil Brooks

Tesla Sees Highest Ever Sales in Q2 2019

Shares of Tesla Inc. spiked this week on news that the company had set a record for quarterly deliveries. The news came as a crushing rebuke to critics who had been questioning whether or not there was sufficient demand for the company’s luxury electric cars. Tesla continues to be silent on overall profits for the quarter but investors seem bullish on the company which has seen its share of ...

BMW Seeks New CEO as Sales Slump

German automotive giant BMW announced Friday that Harald Krüger, Chief Executive, will not seek a second term as head of the company. This announcement comes on the heels of BMW issuing a profit warning to its shareholders in March and overall slow sales. It is worth noting that BMW has been reluctant to embrace changes in the global automotive market. Last month, Director of Development Klaus Frö...

Ireland Aims to Achieve Net Zero Emissions by 2050

Ireland’s new climate action plan is ambitious to say the least. With the goal of putting 950,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2030, and shooting for the achievement of net zero emissions by 2050, the aggressive approach is in response to the recent declaration of a climate emergency made by Irish Parliament earlier this year. The new climate action plan would fully ban the sale of new g...

Jaguar’s First All-Electric Vehicle: Meet the I-Pace

The I-Pace from British automotive company Jaguar Land Rover is the first electric offering from the company and the first all-electric luxury SUV to hit the market. The I-Pace can be categorized as a crossover model and features five doors and all-wheel drive. The I-Pace was originally envisioned as a five-seater sports sedan, but the company eventually decided on a mid-sized SUV as the appropria...

Electric Bikes and Scooters now Legal in NY

A new law passed by the New York State Assembly has made it legal for all New Yorkers to own and operate electric bicycles and scooters. While this may not seem like a big deal for New Yorkers living outside of the Big Apple, these forms of transportation have been illegal inside New York City up until now. This new legislation legalizes electric bikes that have a top speed of up to 25 mph and leg...

Indian Motorcycle Company ReVolt Reveals new 150cc Class Electric Motorcycle

Rahul Sharma is a busy man. When he’s not serving as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Product Strategy and Channel Sales for Micromax, the tenth-largest cellphone company in the world, he is hard at work bringing the latest in electric motorcycle technology to the masses. According to Sharma, ReVolt Motorbikes aims “to make personal mobility practical, affordable, ...

Majority of Electric Vehicles were Made in the U.S., says the DOE

According to the Untied States Department of Energy (DOE) roughly 75% of all plug-in electric vehicles sold in the U.S. in 2018 were produced right at home. In fact, from 2012-2018, the United States has been the leader in both EV manufacturing and overall sales. Since 2011 when the DOE began collecting data on EV sales, sales of EVs have skyrocketed worldwide from approximately 18 thousand units ...

GE Natural Gas Plant to Close 20 Years Early

General Electric has announced that it will close one of its massive natural gas power plants in California by the end of the year. The decision was made despite the fact that the plant has roughly 20 years of remaining useful life and could conceivably operate safely during that time. Deeming the plant too “uneconomical to support further,” GE has stated that it would like to focus mo...

Destructive Mining: The Downside of Electric Vehicle Technology

Electric vehicle owners tend to also be rightfully concerned about our environment and how the negative effects of climate change are ravaging our planet. Many of us think of ourselves as climate warriors, fighting on the front lines of a war to change the way our fellow humans think of consumption and how damaging the over-consumption of fossil fuels can be for all of us. We imagine a world where...

Summer Fun! Electric Mopeds are here and will soon be Available for Rent using your Existing Bird App

A recent development on the streets of Washington D.C. has been the emergence of the electric scooter as a means for both students and workers to get from point A to point B. Once a novelty that would turn heads around our capital city, electric scooters are near ubiquitous and can be rented cheaply using an app on the user’s smartphone. While I will admit that I have been annoyed on occasio...

Electric Air Taxis may be a Reality Sooner than Expected thanks to German Startup Lillium

Imagine stepping out of your office and onto the street. Your taxi has arrived, ordered a few minutes earlier through an app on your smartphone. Your taxi is all electric and can travel up to 186 miles on a single charge. You get in, shut the door and fly away? While this may seem like a scenario from the distant future, the small German startup Lillium is pushing for this to be the norm sooner th...

Electric Cars in Cold Climates: Why do EV Batteries Lose so Much Range when the Weather Drops?

I am the proud owner of a 2012 Nissan Leaf. I am also a resident of the greater Washington, D.C. area. If there is one thing I or any of my fellow residents of this area can tell you, it gets cold here in the winter. If there is one thing my zippy little red car doesn’t like, it’s cold weather. While sub-zero temperatures are rare, temperatures in the teens and twenties are not uncommon. My first ...