President Obama: U.S. Should Be Leader In Renewables, Hybrid Vehicles

Eco Friendly Daily

President Obama Thursday as he toured an electric vehicle facility. President Obama toured the Electric Vehicle Technical Center in California prior to discussing his plan for electric vehicles and the United States‘ future with renewable energy. Spain generates almost 30 percent of its power by harnessing the wind, while we manage less than one percent and Japan is producing the batteries that currently power American hybrid cars.”

Obama Looks to Hybrid and Electric Cars for the Future

Eco Auto Ninja

Barack Obama’s State of the Union address saw him repeat his push for of seeing over 1 million plug-in hybrid and electric cars on the roads by 2015. Government / Industry Barack Obama biofuel Electric Car Hybrid VehicleAlong with an increased reliance on biofuels he declared that the future could be won through scientific innovation. How will we get there? He suggested an $8 billion investment in these advanced tech automobiles and battery pack research.

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Hi Brett. Amrit here. I just read this article in the New Yorker, which is saying basically that hybrid vehicles won't help our environment at all. In fact, they will do the opposite. That the more energy efficient we make things, the increase in demand will more than offset the energy savings. What do you think? [link]

Blue Earth

Drivers buy hybrids not so much for economic efficiency (because the higher capital cost hardly covers the savings in operating costs) but for personal reasons. Maybe they like the fact that hybrids are less stinky when they back out of the garagge. Also, hybrid owners spend less time at the gas station, so there is an opportunity cost savings there. Hi Amrit, Great question. The answer is not so straight forward.

Empowered Qatari girls win first GCC hybrid electric car competition

Green Prophet

An all-women team of Qatari students won the first GCC hybrid electric vehicle competition held in Abu Dhabi over the weekend. Showing some serious girl power, Gernas 114 from Qatar University beat 10 other teams to become the 2014 TAQA GCC Hybrid-Electric Challenge champions. Each team was given a basic kit, with which they spent five months building a hybrid, one-seater vehicle designed to maximize energy efficiency.

“Fly” Through Morocco on Three Wheels with Twike Maroc

Green Prophet

A hybrid electric vehicle on three wheels, this ergonomic two seater can travel 10,000km on the equivalent of just 50 liters of fuel, and you can ride one yourself. Unlike any other light vehicle we’ve seen, all of the Twike’s functions are controlled with a single joystick. It is super lightweight, given that it is constructed out of aluminum and plastic, and uses a lithium-mangan battery that can power the vehicle for up to 300 miles on a single charge.

Luxury Hybrid Leader Lexus Supports Environment and Education With Its Eco Challenge

Eco Chic

Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader with five low-emission hybrid vehicles available. Since its very first Luxury hybrid in 2005, Lexus has helped advance the concept of sustainability without sacrifice. Escapes Education environmentalism hybrid Lexus Lexus ES luxury hybrid vehiclesEco-Chick had the opportunity to test drive the new Lexus ES at the ESPN Women + Sports Summit in Tucson, Arizona in October. Suffice it to say we were beyond impressed.

Reducing Air Pollution With Hybrids & Electric Cars

Living Green & Saving Energy

There’s a general understanding that hybrid vehicles are good for the environment. A study by a private, Washington-based non-profit, National Research Council, founded by congressional charter to proved expert advice on scientific matters, claims that hybrid vehicles could reduce vehicle emissions in [.]. reduce fossil fuels saving energy energy efficient cars hybrid car reducing CO2 emissions

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Realizing the Dream of a Luxury Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle with Fisker Karma

Green Living Ideas

Henrik is the man responsible for the much-anticipated luxury plug-in hybrid vehicles, the Fisker Karma and the Fisker Karma S convertible. Post from: Green Living Ideas Realizing the Dream of a Luxury Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle with [.] Realizing the Dream of a Luxury Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle with Fisker Karma. PHEVs Revving the Hybrid Future. Hybrid Cars Defined. Choosing a Hybrid Car.

Three Car Engines that Require Zero Gasoline

Living Green & Saving Energy

Most of the buzz when it comes to cars that run on alternative fuels is generated by electric and hybrid vehicles. Granted these automobiles can save you thousands of dollars on gas over the life of the car, there are engines that can run on fuel that costs next to nothing. You probably won’t be [.]. alternative energy eco-innovation reduce fossil fuels saving energy biodiesel green innovations save energy save fuel

Daily demand and supply

Environmental Economics

Hybrid vehicles, ethanol, alternative-fuel research, and car-sharing programs are some of the ideas being examined or phased in at many larger institutions. The law of demand: With gasoline prices high again, universities are looking for ways to reduce their long-term reliance on the fuel. The plans will take years to execute, but officials hope to have the fuel-price problem under control within the next few years. via chronicle.com.

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Hotels charge you (for free)

Green Traveler Guides

Major car rental companies, which have been offering hybrid vehicles for years, are now getting into the electric car (EV) market. Curious about electric cars? On your next vacation, give one a test drive—and instead of paying high gas prices, charge up for free. And an ever-growing number of hotels, resorts, and even B&Bs Hotels charge you (for free) is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

Green pioneering on the Southern Oregon trail, part 1

Green Traveler Guides

So you will understand why, one recent fine morning, we begin loading up our covered wagon—our new hybrid vehicle. | Oregon Coast to Grants Pass | It’s an American birthright, roaming toward the distant horizon. This pursuit of happiness is in our DNA. We are heading north. On a green expedition: in search of charming [.] Green pioneering on the Southern Oregon trail, part 1 is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

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Virginia Governor unwittingly makes the case for a mileage tax

Environmental Economics

percent and an annual $100 fee assessed on drivers of alternative-fuel and hybrid vehicles. On top of that, to jettison the gas tax but then tax owners of alternative-fuel and hybrid vehicles because "these vehicles generate little federal gas tax revenue and therefore need to contribute their share to fund the roads they use" seems disingenuous.

Green pioneering on the Southern Oregon trail, part 2

Green Traveler Guides

In our modern-day covered wagon—our new hybrid vehicle—we have been on the trail of charming towns, fascinating locals, natural beauty and a palpable eco-conscious ethic in Southern Oregon. | Grants Pass to Ashland | Our journey continues. As we made our way up the craggy coast from the state border, then east to Grants Pass, [.] Green pioneering on the Southern Oregon trail, part 2 is a post from: Green Traveler Guides.

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Toyota to Sell Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Sedans Next Year

Celsias

Toyota, which has said it wants to sell an “affordable” hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle by 2015, has further committed to launching a zero-emission fuel-cell sedan and will likely begin selling the cars in the US next year, according to media reports. The automaker, which has put more than 5 million hybrid vehicles on the road worldwide since 1997, will showcase the fuel-cell car at the Tokyo Motor Show in November, Bloomberg says.

2012 Chevy Volt Production Tripled

Eco Auto Ninja

The increase in Volt production is critical to GM competing against other plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles in the U.S. GM production facilities have started building the 2012 Chevy Volt in Detroit again. The Michigan plant hasn’t produced a Volt for a month now but are returning to it hard by producing them at triple the previous rate. By the end of June the Nissan Leaf had outsold the Chevy Volt by 3,875 to 2,745 cars.

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EU to Ban Gas-powered Cars by 2050?

Eco Auto Ninja

The ambitious departure from fossil fuel reliance is expected to be achieved primarily through a focus on hybrid vehicles leading up to 2030 and then a more firm transition into purely electric vehicles by 2050. It looks like the European Union intends to make a bold pledge to ban all diesel and gas-powered cars by the year 2050. This plan is expected to be part of the EU’s Roadmap on Transport which will also aim for a cut in gas-powered cars on the road by 50% by 2030.

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Toyota Addresses Noise Issue With Prius

Eco Friendly Daily

This title is partially due to the popularity of their hybrid vehicle, the Prius. million of these hybrid vehicles have been sold worldwide, with a massive strong-hold in the country of Japan. The main complaint you hear most often from those arguing against the Prius hybrid vehicle is the noise level of the vehicle. According to studies, the vehicle is simply too quiet to be considered safe for pedestrians, especially pedestrians which are blind.

Major Companies Benefiting From Hybrid Usage

Eco Friendly Daily

Companies in the United States are readily becoming proponents of hybrid vehicles. Not only are such vehicles a step-up in terms of reducing pollution, they are also assisting the companies in saving money in fuel costs. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which is part of the United States’ Department of Energy, studied the use of hybrid vehicles by UPS. All of these figures were them compared to the conventional vehicles still in use by UPS.

Heather Peters Lawsuit Against Honda Hybrid, Honda Finally Shows Up

Eco Auto Ninja

Heather Peters, a former litigation lawyer, feels that she’s a groundbreaker, and hopes others will follow her by filing small claims lawsuits against Honda for deceptive advertising on Honda Civic Hybrid vehicles. Honda advertised on window stickers that vehicles would get 42 mpg., Heather owns a 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid and chose not to sign onto a lawsuit filed and settled out of court in 2009. A software update was made to 2006-2008 Hybrid vehicles.

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Lenoardo DiCaprio Buys Fisker Karma Hybrid Supercar

Eco Auto Ninja

Leonardi DiCaprio is known for environmental bent which is highlighted by his recent purchase of a $100,000 2012 Fisker Karma Hybrid Supercar. So the Karma is technically a hybrid vehicle, DiCaprio’s new ride doesn’t share much in common with a Toyora Prius. Hybrids fisker Karma Leonardo DiCaprio

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U.S. May Ban Electric Car Noise Maker Off Switch

Eco Auto Ninja

Federal authorities are considering removing any option of running in stealth mode in your electric and hybrid vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently setting a timetable on a bill passed by the Obama Administration that bans car manufacturers from producing vehicles with the option to shut off the noise makers installed in electric cars and hybrids.

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Chevy Investigating Volt Battery Fires

Eco Auto Ninja

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration started to look into lithium-ion batteries used in electric and hybrid vehicles after a Chevy Volt caught fire in a storage facility this summer, after it went through a side-impact crash test. NHTSA is not aware of any roadway crashes that have resulted in battery-related fires in Chevy Volts or other vehicles powered by lithium-ion batteries,” an NHTSA release said.

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How Your Hybrid Can Save You Money on Auto Insurance

Sustainability Ninja

It’s no secret that sales of hybrid cars have been on the increase. the percentage of hybrids to traditionally fueled vehicles has nearly doubled in four years, increasing from 2.8% of all vehicles in 2008 to 5.3% It’s also no wonder that they have, of course, given the benefits that arise from driving a hybrid vs. a traditional vehicle. Hybrids offer a hedge against that by extending fuel mileage – as much as 55 miles per gallon.

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Solar Charging Option for Ford Focus Electric

Eco Auto Ninja

If you’re looking at electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles with the environment being as big a factor in the choice as saving at the pump, then Ford’s recent announcement that the Electric Focus will come with a solar charging option will be of definite interest to you.

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Electric Vehicles Produce More Carbon Dioxide Than Hybrids

Eco Friendly Daily

That is the case unless the energy used to charge the vehicles come from alternative energy sources. But as for now, most electric vehicles are charged essentially by burning coal, natural gas and petroleum. Recently, a comparison of electric cars was made to determine how much carbon dioxide actually goes into running an electric vehicle. It must be said, however, that electric cars do cause much lesser emissions than a regular vehicle does.

Dubai Green Store Dubbed “World’s Most Sustainable Building”

Green Prophet

” Before opening this store and purchasing a hybrid vehicle, Singh worked as a banking executive until he realized that “none of this makes sense,” he told The National in an interview last year. Gundeep Singh used to own a yacht and a porsche before he turned over a green leaf to open what is now known as the “world’s most sustainable building.”

The Finer Points of Owning a Hybrid Car

Eco Friendly Daily

You want to make the eco-friendly choice, so you decide to look into a hybrid vehicle. However, there are several things to consider before investing in a hybrid in order to make the most out of your earth-friendly choice. There are different types of hybrids. If you commute and drive in city traffic primarily, then a series hybrid is your best option. If you drive long distances at a stretch, you’d be better off with a parallel hybrid vehicle.

Toyota Top Global Green Brand for Third Year

Celsias

Toyota was recognised for their development of innovative hybrid vehicles like the Prius, as well as ongoing efforts Toyota has been named the Best Global Green Brand for the third year in a row; Toyota New Zealand’s environmental initiatives are part of the brand’s global commitment to sustainability.

California Approves Even Stricter Vehicle Emissions Standards

Celsias

million electric and hybrid vehicles on the state’s roads by 2055. On January 27 th , the California Air Resources Board (ARB) made history by unanimously approving a comprehensive package of new emissions rules for cars and light trucks, including a mandate that promises to put 1.4 The rules also promise a 75-percent reduction in smog-producing pollutants from new cars by 2025, and a 50-percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to those that currently exist.

Electric cars for city dwellers?

Sierra Club Compass

Set to open within eight months, the program will include up to 500 electric vehicles, 200 service locations, and 1,000 charging stations. In Indiana, which relies heavily on coal for its electricity, full battery electric vehicles are at least 37 percent lower in carbon emissions than the average comparable conventional car -- but a bit higher than today''s hybrid vehicles. Many city dwellers don''t have cars.

Switching Fleets to EVs Could Drastically Reduce Company Fuel Costs

Celsias

Businesses that switch to electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles could reduce their fleet fuel costs by 75%, according to a new report. Published today and based on The Plugged-in Fleets Initiative (PIFI), the report explores the potential savings organisations could make by introducing plug-in vehicles such as electric and plug-in hybrid cars and vans, into their company fleets.

?Fuel Economy: How Are We Doing?

Green Home Blog

More and more people are opting for electric or hybrid vehicles even if they have to pay a little more. It will take time before everyone owns a high fuel efficient or solely electric vehicle. Middle Purchase – Choose a better car with more MPG capability before purchasing an expensive hybrid or electric vehicle. Crossover – Finally be able to afford a lower priced, highly efficient hybrid or electric vehicle. Fuel Economy: How Are We Doing?

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3 U.S. hotels win as green ‘earthkeepers’

Green Traveler Guides

The hotel uses environmentally friendly cleaning products, offers discounts for parking hybrid vehicles, has installed a state-of-the-art energy-saving system, offers organic, biodynamic and sustainable wines at its hosted wine reception, serves complimentary organic and fair trade-certified coffees and teas and much more. | Green Travel News |. H otels in Washington, D.C. Stone Mountain (Georgia) and San Francisco get this year’s Good Earthkeeping honors.

A Green Globe: 4 Surprisingly Sustainable Countries

Environmental News Network

Hybrid vehicles are on the rise, and companies from Verizon to Ikea are working to make their products more environmentally friendly. Singapore provides citizens with electric vehicle charging stations and alternate fuel public transportation. By: Guest Contributor, Christopher Beck. Going green is trendy these days. Everyone has reusable water bottles, canvas grocery bags and recycling bins.

Eco-anxiety affects nearly 70% of all Americans, new survey

Green Prophet

carpool, drive an electric or hybrid vehicle, use public transportation, walk or bike) (67%) or their diet (e.g., As the effects of climate change become more evident, and more awareness to it is felt, more than half of U.S. adults (56%) say climate change is the most important issue facing society today, yet 4 in 10 have not made any changes in their behavior to reduce their contribution to climate change, according to a new poll by the American Psychological Association. .

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1 million Priuses- Prii(?)

Celsias

Toyota announced last week that it had sold the one millionth Prius hybrid in U.S. 1-selling hybrid vehicle in the U.S," said Bob Carter, Toyota vice president and general manager. Since the Prius went on sale eleven years ago, not a year has gone by when it hasn't been the No. Rising fuel prices have lifted demand further and in the first quarter this year Toyota sold nearly 43,000 units, up 52% on the previous year. Prius sales world wide reached 2 million in October 2010.

CasualMafia.com Spoofs Prius Drivers

Green Life Smart Life

We all need to laugh at ourselves to stay sane and while there’s nothing funny about global warming and greenhouse gas emissions, there is some chortle-worthy perspective to be absorbed from drivers of hybrid vehicles.

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Eco-Hybrid Car From Qatar Unveiled During Climate Talks

Green Prophet

Counteracting overwhelming criticism leveled at Gulf nations for their lack of environmental accountability, the Gulf Organisation for Research and Development (GORD) unveiled a low-emission, lower fuel consumption hybrid car-concept that can be applied to any vehicle. Initial studies show that this technology emits 50% less carbon monoxide (CO) & nitrous oxide (NOX) than conventional oil or natural gas-powered vehicles.

Green Grab Bag

Green Life Smart Life

Toyota and Honda are waging an advertising war over hybrid vehicles. I came across some interesting green bits and bytes lately, and thought I’d list them here: So just what are “green clothes” and why are they so scratchy? A rather cool “green tech” site. The results are a bit hippy-dippy, but it’s much better than the days when SUV makers were battling over who could make the most misogynistic ad. Who has the greenest school in America ? You decide!

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Ritz-Carlton green campaign takes root in Riyadh ?

Green Prophet

There’s a Level I and Level II-capable electric vehicle charging station and free parking for guests who drive electric and hybrid vehicles. A hundred employees from The Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh planted over 300 trees in the hotel’s surroundings as part of a new environmental campaign called Green Earth, Clean Earth.

Qatar to Invest Up to $20 Billion in Solar

Green Prophet

The convention center hosting the COP18 event is solar-powered and the state research group GORD unveiled a homegrown hybrid vehicle concept that would produce fewer emissions and use less coal. Like Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia, Qatar uses up a lot of its own fossil fuels – either to power energy-intensive desalination plants or complicated subsidies.

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Two Major Vehicle Manufacturers To Create Hybrid Engine

Eco Friendly Daily

Many car manufacturers have begun focusing on hybrid and fuel efficient vehicles in recent years as consumer demand has increased. While hybrids continue to lag behind traditional vehicles, their popularity is expected to grow, especially alongside gas prices. All major car manufacturers have some variety of hybrid currently on the road. In a rare collaborative move, both Ford and Toyota have announced an agreement to work together to create hybrid vehicles.