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Fun facts about electric vehicles: A Q&A with ourselves

July 3rd, 2013

A new Electric Vehicle Guide by Sierra Club features 14 EVs and Plug-In EVs available to American consumers. They’re here to stay, so let’s consider the field and answer some of those nagging questions.

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Green Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Corolla or wait for 2014?

June 24th, 2013

Toyota – with great fanfare – announced earlier this month that an all-new, redesigned-from-the-tires-up 2014 Toyota Corolla would arrive at dealers in September. But what if you’re in need of a car right now? What sort of ride is the 2013 Toyota Corolla?

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Tesla’s Musk shows system for powering up in 90 seconds

June 21st, 2013

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced a system for swapping a depleted battery in its electric Model S for a fresh one in as little as 90 seconds. Musk says the battery swap takes less time that it does to fuel up an Audi sedan.

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The true price of gas

June 14th, 2013

What is the true price of gasoline? It’s far more than you think when you step on the accelerator. This video shows the reckless reach of fossil fuel pollution.

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The Siva Cycle Atom captures kinetic energy, to power your gadgets during or after your bike ride

May 14th, 2013

Bicyclists, a pair of inventors in San Francisco are on the verge of making your life easier. The Siva Cycle Atom will capture kinetic energy from your ride and store it in a battery pack that you can use to charge your phone, tablet or other electronic device, via USB. Neat huh?

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Bike Month: Here are five bikes to light your imagination

May 7th, 2013

May is Bike Month. These videos review some of the cutting-edge options for serious bike commuters — or for people who just want to tool around town without burning fossil fuels. We’ve included an electric bike, a foldable commuter, a homemade electric bike, a three-wheeler and a surprise.

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Green Test Drive: 2013 Kia Rio SX

May 2nd, 2013

Those who doubt evolution just need slide behind the wheel of a Kia Rio – a dramatically different car than it was 10 years ago, shaped by the survival-of-the-fittest business model of the automobile industry. The 2013 Kia Rio SX – the highest of three available trims – may have you ponder what constitutes a luxury car.

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What’s Next for Electric Cars?

April 8th, 2013

Are electric cars really the future? Tesla is innovating not only the electric vehicle, but the way we think about energy. They’re working to revolutionize the automotive industry and reduce the country’s reliance on fossil fuels.

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Green Test Drive: 2013 Kia Soul

March 22nd, 2013

The 2013 Kia Soul shows hip can be practical. The distinctive styling and interior mood lighting of the four-door hatchback is designed to draw Gen Y hipsters, but the utility and value of this nice little car will appeal to every generation.

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A spritely, solar-powered ELF is coming to town

December 19th, 2012

Its creators call it an Organic Transit Vehicle (OTV), a “new class of velomobile” that’s positioned somewhere between a bike and a mini-car.
The game-changing aspect of this newfangled vehicle, one model of which is called the ELF, is that its carbon footprint is near zero.

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Electric car enthusiasts get charged up at Plug In Day

September 24th, 2012

Say what you will about the high costs and short ranges of electric vehicles , a good many people who’ve had the privilege of driving or owning one are awestruck in love with them.

We caught up with members of the unofficial EV admiration society at a National Plug In Day celebration in Frisco, Texas on Sunday. The event, one of dozens around the country, showcased commercially available EVs like the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf, as well as cars just entering production, such as the elegant Karma by Fisker, the popular Prius Plug-In Hybrid (available in selected states) and the petite Mitsubishi MiEV.

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French report: Fuel use of new cars can be halved by 2030, mostly with existing technology

September 19th, 2012

With advanced technologies and innovative government policies, fuel consumption in new vehicles can be cut in half by 2030, saving billions of dollars in fuel costs worldwide and significantly reducing CO2 emissions, a new report by the Paris-based Int…

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