Author: Neil Brooks

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars: Where are They?

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) are an intriguing subject for anyone remotely interested in green technology. Several Asian car manufacturers including Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai have bet big on fuel cell technology, even shunning all-electric vehicles (EVs) in favor of FCVs. Despite this move, FCVs are lagging way behind EVs in total global sales. Total volume for sales of FCVs was a paltry 2,...

PG&E Knew that their Power Lines were Dangerous…and did Nothing

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that California utility PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric) knew that their power lines were outdated and dangerous and did nothing to repair them.  According to the Journal, “the company knew that 49 of the steel towers that carry the electrical line that failed needed to be replaced entirely.” Documents obtained under the Freedom of Informat...

The Driving Experience Ten Years from now: What the Future Holds

I often like to speculate about the future of the automotive world. Part of me is going to miss the giant gas guzzling cars of old. I personally have owned a Cadillac El Dorado, a Chevy El Camino, and a Ford Mustang at various points in my life. Another, possibly less lizard-brained part of me looks forward to a future of lower emissions and less accidents caused by human error that future technol...

Earth to Toyota: Where are your EVs?

The Toyota Prius was nothing short of revolutionary when it was first released over two decades ago. Combining the promise of a smaller carbon footprint with a reduced gas bill, the Prius immediately became the vehicle of choice for environmentalists and cheapskates alike. Toyota can and should be praised for its hybrid program and the contributions that the program has made to a greener future. S...

BMW Hybrids can Switch to All-Electric in Polluted Cities

European auto-behemoth BMW recently announced that all of their new hybrid cars will automatically switch off their internal combustion engines (ICEs) upon entering specific polluted areas. After switching off their ICEs, the cars will engage a pure electric driving mode as a way to reduce vehicle emissions. This announcement comes at a tumultuous time for BMW. As we noted last week, Harald Krüger...

French Automotive Company Peugot Introduces an All-Electric SUV

For a company founded during the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte, Peugot is certainly not stuck in the past. The company recently announced that it will be releasing an all-electric version of the 2008 SUV, dubbed the e-2008. The e-2008 is the first electric SUV for the French automotive company, who plans to electrify all off its vehicles by the year 2023. Earlier this year, Peugot released their 208...

Karma Automotive Presents the Revero: Can this Phoenix Rise from the Ashes?

Anyone who follows the news when it comes to electric and/or hybrid vehicles can tell you the story of Henrik Fisker. Gross money mismanagement, a sexist ad campaign, and some good old fashioned bad luck all had a hand in the downfall of Fisker Automotive in 2012, (for an excellent run-down of the death of the company click here). Despite the colossal failure of Fisker’s original car, Chines...

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...