Author: Neil Brooks

Indonesia to Offer Incentives to EV Producers and Buyers

The Indonesian Government will offer a series of incentives to increase production of electric vehicles (EVs) according to Reuters. Indonesia is hoping to become the EV hub of Asia, and wants 20% of all cars produced in the country to be EVs by 2025. The island nation is home to Southeast Asia’s largest economy and hopes to begin production of EVs in 2022. “By 2022, production of electric-ba...

Prometheus Looks to Make Gasoline from Air

In the world of Greek mythology, Prometheus is credited with stealing fire from the gods and giving it to man. In similar fashion, the California startup Prometheus Fuels is looking to do the impossible and perfect a process that turns air into gasoline. Impossible you say? Hardly. According to Prometheus’ founder Rob McGinnis, “It can sound like magic, but it’s really just chemistry.&...

5 Ridiculously Cool Autonomous EV Concept Car Videos

As my regular readers know, I like to scour the Internet for cool videos so they don’t have to! I’m happy to do it, no need to thank me. My latest list of must see Youtube content features 5 short videos of autonomous, all-electric vehicle (EV) concepts that I hope to see on the road one day. Enjoy! 1. BMW Vision Next 100 So…it kind of looks like a reptile, but not in a bad way. ...

Clean-Vehicle Sales May Be Headed for a Slump in China

It may surprise our readers to learn that China, the undisputed heavyweight champion of pollution is also leading the world in sales of all-electric vehicle (EV) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs). China reported sales of 1.26 million EVs and PHEVs last year, up 61.7 per cent from 2017. This is in comparison to sales of 360,000 in the U.S. and 408,000 for the E.U. During the same time frame. Whil...

VW to Test Self-Charging Autonomous EVs

As first reported by The Verge, Volkswagen will be teaming up with Stable Auto, a California startup, to test self-charging autonomous all-electric vehicles (EV’s). The effort will be conducted under VW’s Electrify America project, an undertaking we mentioned earlier here. The goal of the project is to develop fast-charging stations where self-driving EVs can pull-up and attach to a ro...

Columbus Yellow Cab Adds Several Tesla Model 3s to Its Fleet

As first reported by cleantechnica.com, Columbus Yellow Cab announced last week that it has purchased ten Tesla Model 3s to add to its fleet. The mid-sized taxi company currently owns about 170 cars, 20 of which are all-electric vehicles (EVs). These newest additions to the fleet demonstrate Columbus Yellow Cab’s efforts to transition to cleaner transportation methods, as well as the company...

JD Power Finds Americans Lack Confidence in EVs and Autonomous Vehicles

In a recent press release, J.D. Power (I guess he ditched his associates) revealed that consumers in the United States are not so sure about the future of self-driving vehicles or all-electric vehicles (EVs). According to the J.D. Power 2019 Mobility Confidence Index Study, only 36% of consumers think autonomous vehicle technology will be viable. That number is higher for EV technology at 55%. Whe...

Installing a Fast Charger: Is It Worth It?

My mom made fun of me the last time she came to visit. The topic of conversation wasn’t my unfashionable clothes or my bad haircut but rather the charger that I use to charge my all-electric (EV) Nissan Leaf. You see, my mother is also a Leaf owner and unlike her plebeian son, has a fast-charging system installed in her garage.  I hadn’t really ever considered installing a fast-charger...

Lucid Motors: A Company Profile

Lucid Motors (formerly known as Atieva Motors) made headlines earlier this month when it landed Peter Hochholdinger as its new Vice President of Manufacturing. Hochholdinger previously held the position of Tesla’s Head of Production. This isn’t the first time Lucid Motors has taken talent from Elon Musk’s behemoth of an automaker. In April of 2019, Lucid announced that it had app...

Five Fantastic Failures Featuring Electric Cars

Like most Americans, I goof off at work. I’m fortunate in that the company I work for doesn’t block Youtube, and I take advantage of this generosity. During a recent youtube binge, I thought it would be a good idea to see what kind of electric car mishaps I could find. I found five gems that I think you will enjoy. Little Boy Pushing a Nissan Leaf  Okay so hes got a little help from Da...

New Senate Bill Includes $1 Billion for Clean Transportation

The U.S. Senate introduced a bill on Monday that will include funding for clean transportation and clean car infrastructure. The bill, which has been a promise of President Trump’s for several years is titled America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 and will earmark up to $1 billion for clean modes of transportation. The act was approved in committee by a vote of 21-0, with ...

The Truth About EV and PHEV Batteries

Aside from concerns about range, consumer worries regarding battery replacement seem to be the largest hindrance in keeping people from buying all-electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). While it can be expensive to replace the large litium-ion batteries in EVs and PHEVs (current estimates range from $1000 to $6000 depending on make, model, and year of the vehicle), the need to...