Chevrolet Funds Plug-In EV Chargers

Joanna Schroeder

Two of the most popular State Parks in Southern California – Leo Carrillo State Beach and Malibu Creek State Park – now have free electric vehicle (EV) charging for plug-in electric vehicle owners. The EV charging stations were made possible through Chevrolet’s EcoAd advertising with CBS EcoMedia Inc. The two, 240 volt, chargers can accommodate up to four plug-in electric …

Alternative Vehicles, Electric Vehicles

Mercer County Community College Goes Solar

Joanna Schroeder

Mercer County Community College (MCCC) located in West Windsor, New Jersey is going solar. The project was developed by MasTec, who selected Solectria Renewables’ SGI 500 inverters for the 8MW solar system located on a 45 parcel of land. The project is estimated to save MCCC nearly $750,000 in energy costs per year. “We’ve worked with Solectria Renewables on other …

Alternative Vehicles, Electricity, Energy, Renewable Energy, Solar

Refuel Colorado Fleets

Joanna Schroeder

Refuel Colorado Fleets, a pilot project to boost the use of alternative fuel vehicles in public and private sector fleets, has announced a new pilot program for several Colorado communities. The program is funded by a U.S. Department of Energy grant to the Colorado Energy Office. Counties selected for the year-long pilot are Routt, Larimer, Boulder, Jefferson, Adams, Garfield, Mesa, …

Alternative Vehicles, biofuels, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Electric Vehicles, Liquefied natural gas (LNG), Propane

Chrysler & NextEnergy Explore Battery Power

Joanna Schroeder

Chrysler Group has partnered with NextEnergy, a Detroit-based non-profit energy-technology and business accelerator, to evaluate vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology using four all-electric minivans. If the EVs prove to be viable storehouses of electricity, they could provide energy savings by sending surplus power to the grid. “This program is indicative of our broad-based approach to powertrain development,” said Bob Lee, Chrysler Group …

Alternative Vehicles, automotive, Electric Vehicles

The Real Reason Government’s Plug EV’s

Joanna Schroeder

According to a new study by researchers at the Indiana University Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the University of Kansas, contrary to common belief, many country’s promote the manufacture and sale of electric vehicles (EVs) for reasons of economic development, notably job creation, not because of their environmental benefits. The study looked at policies related to EVs …

Alternative Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Environment, Research

Solar Electric Motorcyle Takes A Win

Joanna Schroeder

During the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb held each year in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Lightning Motorcycles finished first in the Exhibition Powersports division, outperforming all its competitors, including those motorcycles running on gas. In addition, the Lightning SuperBike was powered by solar energy. The solar-powered Lightning SuperBike—under rider Carlin Dunne was the top qualifier on June 28 and posted a …

Alternative Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, Solar

For Summer Fun, Rent an Alt Vehicle

Joanna Schroeder

This summer, Disneyland is promoting energy efficiency to those coming to their famous theme park. MPG Car Rental gives California visitors a chance to try out some alternative energy cars including the Prius, the Volkswagen TDi and the fully electric Tesla Model S, winner of the 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year award. The tie-in to green cars and …

Alternative Vehicles, Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Opinion, PHEV

ACT Expo to Kick off in Washington, D.C.

Joanna Schroeder

The 2013 Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo kicks off at the Washington Convention Center today and during the three-day show, new technology diesel advancements in both heavy-duty trucks and light-duty passenger vehicles will be showcased by the Diesel Technology Forum. According ACT, their Expo is North America’s largest alternative fuel and clean vehicle technology conference and expo – representing electric, …

Alternative Vehicles, biofuels, Hydrogen, Natural Gas, Propane

New Energy Systems Integration Facility Announced

Joanna Schroeder

A new Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) will be built in Golden, Colorado, sponsored by the Energy Department and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) that will focus on utility-scale clean energy grid integration. The facility’s first industry partner – Colorado-based Advanced Energy Industries – has already signed on to start work at ESIF, developing lower cost, better performing solar …

Alternative Vehicles, Clean Energy, Smart Grid, Solar