Southeastern Effort to Promote Alternative Fuels

Cindy Zimmerman

The Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition has joined sister Clean Cities organizations in the Southeast to promote the use of alternative fuels and vehicles. The joint effort includes U.S. Department of Energy designated Clean Cities coalitions in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. “Drivers recognize that gas prices historically won’t stay at these lower prices for long,” said Mark Bentley, executive …

Alternative Vehicles, biofuels, Electric Vehicles

Clean Energy Investments Jump

Joanna Schroeder

According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), clean energy investment rose for the first time in three years in 2014. New funds for wind, solar, biofuels and other low-carbon energy technologies gained 16 percent to $310 billion last year. It was the first growth since 2011, erasing the impact of lower solar-panel prices and falling subsides in the U.S. and …

Electric Vehicles, offshore wind, Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind

Chevy Premiers Bolt EV Concept

Joanna Schroeder

Chevrolet has premiered its Bolt EV concept car, a long-range all-electric vehicle designed to offer more than 200 miles of range starting around $30,000. Leveraging the electrification prowess established by Volt and Spark EV, the Bolt EV concept is designed to offer long-range performance. “The Bolt EV concept is a game-changing electric vehicle designed for attainability, not exclusivity,” said General …

Alternative Vehicles, automotive, Electric Vehicles

ChargePoint Home Debuts in the New Year

Joanna Schroeder

The new year has brought drivers of plug in electric vehicles (EV) a new way to charge at home. ChargePoint Home is now available and according to the company some notable features include its size as well as at its ultra-sleek, durable design – about the size of an average tablet. “ChargePoint has spent years perfecting commercial charging stations, and …

Electric Vehicles

Wyoming Biodiesel, CNG, Electric Drivers Could Face Tax

John Davis

Possibly trying to prove that no good deed goes unpunished, drivers of biodiesel-, compressed natural gas-, and electric-powered vehicles in Wyoming could face a new road tax. This article from the Jackson Hole News & Guide says a tax on alternative fuels is pending in the state’s legislature. Most Wyoming drivers pay 24 cents tax at the pump for gasoline; …

Biodiesel, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Electric Vehicles

DOE Honors Alabama Clean Cities Leaders

Joanna Schroeder

Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition Executive Director Mark Bentley and President Phillip Wiedmeyer have been honored for their work in making Alabama cities cleaner places to live, work and play by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). National Clean Cities Co-Director Linda Bluestein recently inducted the pair into the Clean Cities Hall of Fame where representatives from nearly 100 Clean Cities …

Alternative energy, Biodiesel, biofuels, Electric Vehicles, Natural Gas

NRG eVgo Expands EV Charging to Atlanta

Joanna Schroeder

NRG eVgo has announced plans to expand its comprehensive electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure to Atlanta, Georgia. According to IHS Automotive, Atlanta emerged as the second major metropolitan market for EV sales, following San Francisco. Atlanta is geographically large, meaning most people commute to work, and have a need for a sustainable, reliable charging infrastructure. NRG eVgo says its DC fast …

Electric Vehicles

New Program to Train Vets in Clean Energy

Joanna Schroeder

Cerritos College located in Norwalk, California has announced a new training program to certify military veterans and other applicants to meet the growing need for electrical field service technicians (EFSTs). These are the workers who help to maintain solar power and electric vehicle infrastructure. The program is the result of a partnership among Cerritos College’s Technology Division, the Advanced Transportation …

Education, Electric Vehicles, Solar

Sydney Int’l Airport Testing EV Passenger Bus

Joanna Schroeder

Carbridge Pty. Ltd., Australia’s leading airport ground transportation provider, has begun a six-month testing program with an Electric Bus at Sydney International Airport. BYD Company built the bus that was selected for the pilot program. The EV bus has been touted for its industry leading operational range and will be used as an airport passenger shuttle. During a launch ceremony …

Alternative energy, Electric Vehicles

EEI Announces EV Initiatives

Joanna Schroeder

Earlier this week several key utility leaders met with U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to discuss more wide-spread adoption of electric vehicles. During the discussions Edison Electric Institute (EEI) President Tom Kuhn announced two electric power industry initiatives to further commercialize electric transportation technologies. The first initiative is a commitment by more than 70 investor-owned electric utilities to devote at …

Alternative Vehicles, Electric Vehicles