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13 Dec 2014 - To listen to the US Energy Department's Energy Information Agency, as well as the American oil and gas industry, the nation is not only in the middle of a boom in fossil fuel production, but one that is likely to last for decades to come. However, a group of academics centered around the University of Texas at Austin have started to question all the rosy forecasts about 100 years of natural gas supplies.


Third round of 2014 FIA Formula E electric car race in Punte del Este, Uruguay


John Gilkison

John Gilkison


How run away climate change may mean the collapse of industrial civilization before the end of this century and there may be little we can do about it. Since humans have never tried the experiment before we do not know all the details on how it plays out really. The third option few people are talking about is extinction.

Bill Moore

Bill Moore


To read the headlines appearing in the wake of the latest university study on electric cars, you'd have to conclude only a giant meteor strike would be worse for the planet.

Joshua Levin

Joshua Levin


The U.S. Department of Defense has twin programs that pays small businesses to do research: Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR). The current set of topics will be open for proposals from January 15 through the wee hours of Wednesday, February 18. For those American readers of EVWorld who are engaged in such research, this is an opportunity to advance their activities.


How the Motor Car Saved the City

Eric Morris essay chronicles how the invention of the automobile in the late 1890s spared the world's growing cities from drowning in a tsunami of horse manure and urine.


40 Total Articles for Week of 14-Dec-14 to 20-Dec-14

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VW Group Evaluating Developing Electric Hybrid Lamborghini Asterion
With an estimated price of £350K, Lamborghini reportedly aiming for 50 kilometre all-electric range and sub 3-second 0-60 mph acceleration.
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Audi Q7 to Get Diesel Electric Hybrid SUV Option in 2015
Audi Q7 E-tron Quattro will likely be priced comparable to similar diesel plug-in from Volvo at around $70K
Total Page Views: 156

Fuel Cells V. Electric Cars: Both Are Winners
Senior engineer with the Clean Vehicles Program David Reichmuth sees benefits in both technologies, especially when they are combined in vehicles like the Audi A7 h-tron quattro prototype.
Total Page Views: 185

Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Car Goes on Sale in Japan
Of the 700 hydrogen-fueled cars that will be built in the first year, most will go to governments and companies.
Total Page Views: 119

The Sad State of the EV World in India
In the last 15 months, Mahindra Reva has managed to sell only 1000 e2o electric cars; reasons are attributed to price tag, design, and slow government action.
Total Page Views: 156

BYD Shares Nosedive 47 Percent
Third quarter drop in share price and speculation that Berkshire Hathaway is considering selling off its shares seen as possible plunge in share prices.
Total Page Views: 137

Kandi Sells 1,000 Vehicles for Electric Carshare Program
The car-share program began last year in Hangzhou and has since been used in other Chinese cities including most recently in Chengdu.
Total Page Views: 114

Aussie Solar Electric Car Reaches Crowd-Funding Goal
Launched on December 1, 2015, Pozible's crowd-funding campaign reaches its $30K goal in just ten days, with the funds to be used to make the solar-powered car street legal in Australia.
Total Page Views: 174

Stunning New Electric Car Debuts in Montreal
Montrealer Mike Kakogiannakis of Dubuc Motors SLC is looking for investors to help develop the Tomahawk electric sports car, as well as a taxi based on the platform.
Total Page Views: 287

The Future Role of Supercapacitors in Electric Cars
Australian and US researchers team up to develop light-weight supercapacitors that when combined with normal batteries can improve the performance of electric cars.
Total Page Views: 286

Nissan V2H Can Keep Your Beer Cold
Nissan LEAFs ability to share its battery power with the local grid via its Leaf-to-home system can keep the lights on and the beer cold should the grid go down...temporarily.
Total Page Views: 160

In Bid To Spur Electric Hybrid Sales, China to Invest 1 Billion Yuan Into Charging Networks
Lack of personal garages or places to charge an electric car is seen as major impediment to public adoption of plug-in vehicles.
Total Page Views: 159


Will Cheap Gas Kill the Electric Car?
For a host of very good reasons, Green Car Reports' John Voelcker is skeptical that 'plug-in electric car sales will fall just because gas prices have gotten a lot lower.'
Total Page Views: 259

BMW Plans Carshare in London
Besides some 300 vehicles, DriveNow's London fleet will include 30 i3 electric cars starting in the Spring of 2015.
Total Page Views: 174

Nissan LEAF Owners Never Want to Go Back to Their ICE-age Autos
One LEAF owner in the UK traded in his Aston Martin for two of the electric cars, one for him, one for his wife, who he wouldn't have to argue who got to drive it.
Total Page Views: 755


GE, ConEd, Columbia U Team Up to Cut Electric Car Charging Costs
Collaborators are looking at ways to use smart charging to reduce the costs to EV drivers and building owners.
Total Page Views: 256

Greenest Cars Are Electric Running on Renewables, Study Finds
The takeaway from latest University of Minnesota study on automotive emissions is clear: Invest heavily in clean energy and use electric vehicles.
Total Page Views: 225

Top Ten Production Electric Cars in Driving Range
Pablo Erbar lists the ten electric cars based on their EPA-designated driving range starting with the shortest, the Smart EV and culminating with the Telsa Model S P85.
Total Page Views: 466

A Few Antique EV Suggestions to Replace Central Park's Horses
Wired Online comes up with a number of suggestions for antique electric cars that might make suitable replacements for the much-embattled carriages in New York's Central Park.
Total Page Views: 252

Where Electric Cars Roam in America... And Why
Of the top five states for electric car sales, all have 'lucrative' rebates and other incentives, while the bottom five have no incentives in place.
Total Page Views: 442

Will This Be the Last Christmas for Georgia's Generous Electric Car Tax Credit
Georgia’s generous $5,000USD tax credits have been a major reason behind his choice to drive an electric vehicle, placing it just behind California in numbers of EVs on the road.
Total Page Views: 212

Tam Hunt Pulls the Plug On Oil with Fiat 500e Electric Car
Santa Barbaran ditches his Prius C for Fiat's electric 500e finding it not only saves upwards of $6,000USD in fuel costs, but with California's $2,500 credit, its nearly free to drive the first year.
Total Page Views: 239


Meet the First Tesla Model S P85D Owner
Business Insider's David Smith speaks with Kevin Babineau, a southern California contractor and first customer for the dual-drive, $130,000USD Model S
Total Page Views: 319

Tesla Model X Will Have Towing Option
In addition to offering a factory-installed hitch, the optional tow package can also be adapted to hold ski and bike racks without affecting its aerodynamics too much.
Total Page Views: 254

Falling Oil Prices Only Bump In the Road for Tesla Motors
Tesla Motors share prices continue to slide as oil prices crash towards the $50 a barrel mark.
Total Page Views: 227

Germans Preparing 'Slew' of Tesla Model S Challengers
Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche mapping out an electric car offensive with models ranging in price from just below the Model S to over $125,000.
Total Page Views: 669

The Ground Is Shifting Under Tesla Motors As Competitors Take Aim
Edward Niedermeyer sees its competitors starting to grow 'weary' of Tesla's success at their expense.
Total Page Views: 427


6 Reasons Lower Oil Prices Will Not Slow Green Energy Revolution
Allegations that lower oil prices will slow the shift away from fossil fuels is unlikely to be true even in the short term, and it is laughable in the medium to long term, writes respected Middle East expert Juan Cole.
Total Page Views: 501

Why One Toronto Family 'Pulled the Plug' on Buying An Electric Car
Cold Canadian weather, limited range and a commute just too far has stalled this family's desire to drive the current crop of affordable electric cars
Total Page Views: 340

Why I Married My Nissan LEAF Electric Car
After buying his Nissan LEAF EV, RMI's Peter Bronski came to the realization that he'd entered into a lifestyle commitment not unlike marriage.
Total Page Views: 307

Electric, Hybrid Cars Sales In Perspective
Despite the current slump in the sales of certain models of hybrid and electric-drive vehicles, the trends are clear: electric-propelled vehicles are the future.
Total Page Views: 254

Carlos Ghosn: Why Electric Cars Are A 'Win' For Consumers, Environment
CEO of Renault-Nissan Alliance enumerates the reasons why his companies will continue to pursue battery electric vehicles instead of hydrogen.
Total Page Views: 330

BMW Issues Recall for Possible Leaking Fuel Tank on i8
Recall affects some 223 i8 electric hybrid super cars in the USA.
Total Page Views: 548

Volvo Will Sell Its XC90 Electric Hybrid in North America
The electric hybrid, which offers an EV-mode range of up to 25 miles while carrying as many as 7 passengers, will go on sale starting Spring of 2015.
Total Page Views: 260

Why Electric Hybrids May Be the Car of the [Near] Future
Inside Science senior editor Chris Gorski reports on studies that seek to understand why more people are interested in electric, plug-in hybrids than pure battery cars.
Total Page Views: 301

Skip Hydrogen, Buy A Hybrid to Help Cut Green House Gases
Kevin Bullis finds the carbon dioxide released in making the hydrogen for the Hyundai fuel cell SUV is comparable to a gasoline car getting 38 mpg, while the roomer Prius V gets the equivalent of 42 mpg.
Total Page Views: 235

Don't Write Off Fuel Cell Cars Just Yet, Folks
John McCormick finds that recent advances in technology are making hydrogen fuel cell cars a viable alternative to the ICE-age culture of the last 100 years.
Total Page Views: 272

Hyundai Fuel Cell Engine Named Among 10 Best for 2015
The hydrogen fuel cell powertrain is the first to be recognized by Ward's in its annual 10 Best Engines awards.
Total Page Views: 269

2014 Shaping Up as Banner Year for eBike Sales in Britain
Nearly 50,000 electric bicycles were imported into the UK according to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs for the 12 month period ending July 2014, an 80% increase over the previous period.
Total Page Views: 395

You're Never Too Old To Cycle When You're Riding an Electric Bike
65 year-old Ray Wookey rides an Haibike eQ Xduro RC electric-assist bicycle from London, England to Paris, France, a distance of some 300 miles in just 3 days time and all of it off-road.
Total Page Views: 284

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