Ford to Sell Multiple EV and Hybrids in 2012

On April 3, 2012, in Blog, by John Addison

excerpt from original post at Clean Fleet Report With gasoline prices over $4 per gallon in many states, Ford is rolling out a variety of exciting hybrid cars and electric cars. In April, consumers will start buying the new Ford Focus Electric. Yesterday, I rode in this beautiful compact hatchback. I silently cruised down the […]

California Gains 10,000 EV Charge Points in NRG Agreement

On March 26, 2012, in Blog, by John Addison

from original post at Clean Fleet Report California already has over 10,000 of the new electric vehicles on the road and 2,000 public charge points. Over 10,000 new electric charge points will be added to give EV drivers added range. The charge stations will be built by NRG with private money, not public funds. This […]

Dr. Sherwood Rowland – Tribute to a Nobel Laureate

On March 20, 2012, in Blog, by John Addison

This excerpt from my book is a tribute to Dr. Sherwood Rowland who was awarded the Nobel Prize for his co-discovery of how CFCs were destroying our atmosphere. He died on March 10, 2012 at the age of 84. His wife Joan survives him. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this June. He […]

Record Public Transit Ridership Reduces U.S. Oil Dependency

On March 14, 2012, in Blog, by John Addison

from original post at Clean Fleet Report The United States is reducing its dependency on oil as we now consuming 18.3 million barrels a day, down from our peak of 21 million barrels a few years ago. Record use of public transit is a major factor – less solo driving in gridlock and we use […]

Ten Ways to Reduce U.S. Dependency on Oil

On February 28, 2012, in Blog, by John Addison

from original post at Clean Fleet Report Iran stopped shipping oil to the United Kingdom and to France. Global oil prices shot-up and we pay more at the pump. With the threat of oil shipment disruption in the Strait of Hormuz, prices are likely to stay high. In the USA, over 96 percent of our […]

Coal Powered Electric Cars – Fact and Fiction

On February 21, 2012, in Blog, by John Addison

from original article by John Addison at Clean Fleet Report “The electric car doesn’t do any good because it’s just powered by coal” gets repeated by the oil industry, by news pundits who ignore fact checking, and even by some environmentalists. In the past three years of writing about electric cars, I have yet to […]

San Francisco Doubles Taxi Fleet while Cutting Gasoline Use in Half

On February 14, 2012, in Blog, by John Addison

from original article at Clean Fleet Report San Francisco has about 1,500 taxis, double its fleet of 15 years ago. The total gasoline used each year by those 1,500 taxis is about half the total used by the 750, in years past. San Francisco taxi operators are saving millions by with a fleet that is […]

Tesla to Ship 5,000 Model S in 2012

On February 9, 2012, in Blog, by John Addison

from original post at Clean Fleet Report I’m sitting behind the wheel of this new Tesla Model S wishing that I could drive it away. I can’t. This prototype does not have a drive system. It is on display at the Clean-Tech Investor Summit, getting serious interest from attending CEOs and venture capitalists that can […]

Electric Car and Hybrid Car Sales will Triple in Next Six Years

On January 28, 2012, in Blog, by John Addison

from original post at Clean Fleet Report Pike Research’s John Gartner forecasts that global sales of hybrid and electric cars will grow from 995,000 in 2011 to 2,870,000 in 2017. Half the hybrid cars and all of the EVs will use lithium battery packs by 2017. In fact, the latest hybrid cars from Ford, Buick, […]

Gartner Forecasts 100,000 Electric Car Sales for 2012

On January 24, 2012, in Blog, by John Addison

from original post at Clean Fleet Report Gartner, the largest technology market research firm, is forecasting 100,000 electric car sales in 2012 in the United States. Yesterday, I took in the presentation at the SV Forum and then talked with Thilo Koslowski, Vice President of Gartner’s Automotive and Vehicle Practice. He acknowledged that 100,000 is […]

Ford Expands Customer Choice – Lowers Manufacturing Cost

On January 17, 2012, in Blog, by John Addison

original post at Clean Fleet Report The new Ford Fusion gives car owners unprecedented choice in powertrains and fuel economy. The Ford Fusion can be offered with an efficient EcoBoost engine or as a hybrid with better mileage than any midsized sedan or as a plug-in hybrid that allows many trips to use zero gasoline. […]

Kia Optima Hybrid – Car Review

On January 10, 2012, in Blog, by John Addison

from original post at Clean Fleet Report It’s an ideal California day for this test drive of the Kia Optima Hybrid. As the day warms, we will be able to open the sunroof, even though it is January. The sky is so clear that we can see the Farallon Islands 26 miles from shore. The […]

Think Small – Electric City Cars

On January 6, 2012, in Blog, by John Addison

Volkswagen’s “Think Small” is ranked as the most successful campaign in advertising history according to AdAge.com. The ad campaign ranks ahead of iconic Nike’s “Just do it,” Clairol’s “Does she … or doesn’t she,” and Apple’s “1984.” VW’s agency DDB launched the “Think Small” campaign in 1959. The VW Beetle soared in popularity at the same time that GM, Ford and Chrysler cars were expanding, adding weight and growing fins.

300 Smart Electric Cars in New San Diego Car Sharing

On November 29, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

I am driving the new 2012 smart fortwo electric drive vehicle (smart ed) through the busy downtown streets of San Diego, America’s eighth largest city. San Diego presents itself as “America’s Finest City” with some justification. The temperature is in the sixties on this November day as ships sail in the vast harbor, towering office […]

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Best of Both: Diesel and Plug-in Hybrid

On November 22, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

Audi e-tron Spyder Diesel Plug-in Hybrid Original Post at Clean Fleet Report Just looking at this hot sports car invites you to get behind the wheel and leave this LA Auto Show and not stop until navigating breathtaking hairpin turns along the coast of Big Sur. The Audi e-tron Spyder is a convertible sports coupe […]

High-Speed Rail Expands from 14 to 24 Countries

On November 9, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

By Worldwatch Institute (11/8/11) The number of countries running high-speed rail is expected to double over the next few years, according to new research by the Worldwatch Institute. By 2014, high-speed trains will be operating in nearly 24 countries, including China, France, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the United States, up from only 14 countries today. […]

10,000 EVs for San Francisco in 2012

On November 1, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

San Francisco Bay Area may be the nation’s first region with 10,000 electric cars. It could happen in 2012 for the region with 7 million people and 5.3 million vehicles. Electric utility PG&E reports that they are now charging 1,800 Nissan LEAFs and 250 Chevrolet Volt residential owners. Add to these numbers a growing number […]

New Car Safety, Telematics and Infotainment

On October 25, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

When you drive down the road getting navigation help to a restaurant that you just picked while listening to favorite music on Pandora you are internet connected. The internet technology in new cars will soon be a $10 billion business, as people want the best in entertainment, telematics, and infotainment. By the end of the […]

Chevrolet Spark EV with A123 Nanophosphate Lithium-ion Batteries

On October 12, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

The 2013 Spark EV is Chevrolet’s new 100% battery-electric car. It is GM’s fourth electric car model that includes the Chevrolet Volt, the Opel Ampera, and the Cadillac ELR. GM needs a pure-electric offering; Nissan Leaf is dominating the early adopter market. Reuters reports that Nissan LEAF’s U.S. sales through September were about 27,500 — […]

Chevron Launches Largest Solar Enhanced-Oil-Recovery (EOR) with BrightSource

On October 4, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

Chevron Technology Ventures launched an enhanced oil recovery (EOR) demonstration project using solar energy to recover oil. The 29MW project uses BrightSource technology including 7,644 mirrors to focus the sun’s energy onto a solar boiler. The steam produced is injected into oil reservoirs to increase oil production. The project is the largest of its kind […]

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