The progress electric cars have made in the last decade is, frankly, staggering. As recently as 2008, in fact, you could win engineering awards at SEMA for building a "hybrid" concept car that was basically a normal car with eight extra car batteries stuffed into the trunk. You can trust me on that, since building that very car is what got me started writing about "green … [Read more...] about Out-Darwined by EVs, are Hybrids Going Extinct? Let’s Hope Not!
With great power comes great responsibility-- and, with its international engineering and manufacturing empire spanning six continents, it would be hard to argue that Toyota didn't have great power. That's why it's so nice to see the giant automaker take corporate its responsibility seriously. Toyota's Environmental Challenge 2050 goal of cutting global emissions from plant … [Read more...] about Infographic: Toyota Set to Reduce Carbon Emissions 40% by 2022
Member nations of the UN body charged with regulating ocean shipping announced, earlier this year, a new strategy to curb the industry's massive impact on climate change. The UN asked for major shippers to commit to cutting their harmful carbon emissions 50% by the year 2050, by which time most of the ships currently in service will be scrapped. The Danish shipping giant, … [Read more...] about Maersk Sets Net Zero Emissions Target for 2050
EICMA is known for its concept bike reveals and new product launches, and Honda didn't disappoint, revealing a raft of new or updated products for 2019. We already covered the sporty new 2019 Honda CB650R, but now we're shifting gears and playing a round of, "Roads? Where we're going we don't need- roads" with Honda's CRF line of trail bikes. All of which are getting electronic … [Read more...] about EICMA 2018: Honda Trail Bikes Get Fuel Injection
Volvo has made a number of commitments to reducing improving the Earth. Sometimes that means donating profits to help clean up the ocean, while other times that means reducing its own carbon footprint. This story is one of those latter cases, as Volvo announces the installation of 15,000 solar panels at its SPA platform car factory in Ghent, Belgium. The Belgian factory … [Read more...] about Volvo’s Ghent Factory Gets a Solar Upgrade
You may recall last year the release of Dethleffs E.Home electric motorhome. The first-of-its-kind all electric camper was a veritable mobile solar generating station that would get you well over 100 miles out of the city, and charge itself while you camped for the trip back. Now the new towable E.Home Coco caravan trailer joins Dethleffs' growing stable of ways to save … [Read more...] about Dethleffs New Self-propelled Electric Camper Wows in Düsseldorf
Exhaust gas re-circulation (EGR) is nothing new in automotive circles. Neither is the concept of trying to turn exhaust gas energy and heat into usable power. What is new, however, is using what would otherwise be waste heat to specifically heat up an engine at cold start-- and that's pretty exciting. "Until a cold engine reaches its optimal operating temperature, it is much … [Read more...] about Borg Uses Exhaust Heat to Improve Emissions, MPG
Volvo Cars’ engine factory in Skövde, Sweden, has become the company’s first carbon neutral manufacturing plant, having switched to renewable heating as of 1 January 2018. Skövde is the first plant in Volvo Cars’ global manufacturing network to reach this status, which marks a significant step towards the company’s vision of having climate-neutral global manufacturing operation … [Read more...] about Official: Volvo Engine Plant is Now Carbon Neutral
Hot on the heels of the recent implementation of Tesla Model S sedans and Model X SUVs as taxis, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai has launched a new pilot program for hydrogen fuel cell taxis. The taxis are based on a specially modified Toyota Mirai. Meanwhile, the program is part of the RTA’s ongoing efforts to continue exploring options for reducing the E … [Read more...] about Hydrogen Future Rolls On: Toyota Mirai Taxis Launched in Dubai
New ideas always make us nervous at first. Airplanes and automobiles were once considered dangerous but now are part of every day life. Electric cars are a relatively new idea. Some early adopters can't wait to own one but the majority of people are skeptical. If electric cars suddenly went mainstream, traditional auto makers and fossil fuel companies could lose a lot of … [Read more...] about 10 Myths About Electric Cars. Are Any Of Them True?