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!
Criminal charges were officially filed against former Audi CEO, Rupert Stadler, earlier today, for his role in the 2015 Volkswagen-Audi emissions cheating scandal that's become known as "Dieselgate". The public prosecutor's office in Munich revealed that Stadler, along with three other defendants, are being formally charged with false certification and criminal advertising … [Read more...] about Ex Audi CEO Gets Criminally Charged for Diesel Cheat
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
Back in March, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed charges against VW and its former CEO, Martin Winterkorn, for defrauding U.S. investors by raising billions of dollars through the corporate bond and fixed income markets while making a series of knowingly deceptive claims about the environmental impact of the company's so-called "clean diesel" vehicle offerings. … [Read more...] about SEC Defends Defends Diesel Emissions Cheating Case Against VW
It's an oft-repeated phrase, but it's true: commercial vehicles are the worst polluters in urban cities, and do the most harm to the greatest number of people per vehicle of just about anything else. Most of those commercial trucks-- be they city buses or garbage trucks or Amazon delivery vans-- are diesel powered, and diesel is, you know, bad. You already know that, but did … [Read more...] about Ford Transit Hybrid Van a Practical Solution for Cleaner Cities
In the aftermath of VW's multi-billion dollar diesel emissions cheating scandal that saw several executives face criminal charges and jail time, VW has been trying to reinvent itself as a clean, electric carmaker. It's been making big moves, too. In addition to developing an entire family of VW and Audi electrics, it's put big money aside to secure its battery supplies until … [Read more...] about VW Says “Carbon Neutral” is the Only Way Forward
It's the first day of summer, and nothing says summer quite like the sound of the ice cream truck pulling up to a park full of kids. As fun and wholesome as that image may be, however, having kids hang out around the potentially harmful emissions of those old-school ice cream trucks could aggravate issues like asthma-- and that's a big problem. Enter: Nissan, who just showed … [Read more...] about Nissan Launches Electric Ice Cream Truck … for Kids!
The French government this week moved to turn their stated goal of making the country carbon-neutral by 2050 into law, in a move that will uphold a planned ban on the sale of fossil fuel-powered cars after 2040. "We have target for carbon neutrality by 2050, and we need a credible trajectory towards that, which includes a ban on the sale of vehicles that consume fossil fuels … [Read more...] about French Gov’t Votes to Uphold 2040 Fossil Fuel Ban
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
Volkswagen is spending more than $40 billion to get past its dieselgate scandal. Slick electric products like the Volkswagen ID Buzz (read: new-age Microbus) are going to be the customer-facing side of those dollars, of course-- but it doesn't end there. VW plans to make its electric ID line available to more people than ever. “The ID. will prove to be a milestone in terms of t … [Read more...] about Volkswagen Ramps Up its E-mobility Program