Is the Avis / ZipCar Acquisition Green?

On January 8, 2013, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I am selling my little Honda in California, since I moved to Texas two years ago, I left a car in San Francisco to drive when I’m here. So I’d been looking into getting car share.  Absolutely loving the concept, been trying to figure out if it is a better deal for me than renting […]

Shell uses Hydrogen Pipeline for Fuel Cell Cars from Toyota, Honda and Mercedes

On May 17, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

Shell Opens Third Hydrogen Station in Southern California Shell announced the opening of a new demonstration hydrogen station in Torrance, California, the first in the US to have hydrogen delivered to the site directly from an existing underground pipeline. Excess hydrogen is typically available on the hydrogen pipelines used by oil refiners. Hydrogen is used […]

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New Ford Focus EcoMode for Better Miles per Gallon

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

New Ford Focus owners can learn a thing or two about driving skills that can maximize their miles per gallon – and they can have a little fun in the process. EcoMode is a handy software application aimed at helping coach customers in the art of eco-driving – and then rewards those that practice more fuel-efficient driving skills with in-car kudos displayed on the instrument cluster.

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General Motors Looks Beyond Oil

On April 17, 2008, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison. “One of the most serious business issues currently facing General Motors is our product’s near total dependence on petroleum as a source of energy. To address this issue, we have been implementing a strategy to displace petroleum through energy diversity and efficiency,” explained Dr. Larry Burns, Vice-President of Research and Development for […]

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Transonic: The Best of Both Diesel and Gasoline?

On March 10, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Whereas diesel engines have made great strides in the European auto markets, here in the U.S., gasoline still dominates. Apparently, the prospect of much higher fuel mileage and lower CO2 emissions from diesels doesn’t overcome the objections of U.S. environmental regulatory authorities concerned mainly about local air quality issues. I suspect […]

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FedEx’s Absolutely, Positively, Cleaner Fleet

On March 4, 2008, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (3/4/08). When something must absolutely, positively, arrive the next day, people increasingly turn to FedEx. Shipped is everything from million dollar loan documents to birthday presents. FedEx is also integral to the just-in-time supply chain that allows businesses to grow, even as they shrink inventory. FedEx generates over $35 billion annually. FedEx […]

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Heavy-Duty Vehicle Trends for 2008

On February 8, 2008, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (2/8/08). Most oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from transportation are not from passenger vehicles; they are from the heavy-duty vehicles, ships, and planes that move all our goods, serve public transit, and provide the infrastructure that keeps cities running. Heavy-duty operators have often been years ahead of passenger vehicle owners in […]

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Let in the Sun Shine

On November 30, 2007, in Blog, by John Addison

(11/28/07 by John Addison) Gene Coan does not worry about the price of gasoline, nor is he concerned with his gas and electric bill. Gene powers his home and car with solar photovoltaics (PV) and also uses solar hot water heating. With his Zenn electric-vehicle (EV) Gene rides on sunlight. Gene is following his beliefs. […]

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Muggles Perform Magic in California

On July 30, 2007, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (7/30/07) Everyone is mesmerized with Harry Potter and the fate of the world. My niece proudly wears a wrist band proving that she waited seven hours to buy book seven. My brother, reported that 30% of passengers on his business flight were reading the book. Harry and his fellow wizards have access […]

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Micro Fuel Cell Killer – What’s Next?

On June 14, 2007, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

About 4 or 5 years ago micro fuel cells were quite a hot topic in cleantech. They were going to power our laptops, cell phones, PDAs, blackberries, hand held multimedia devices, etc. The story ran like this: The digital age and increasing customer demand for more power hungry features like bandwidth, multimedia, et al on […]

Honda’s FCX: Out-Priusing the Prius

On May 21, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi While the Toyota Prius is the current “must-have” of the “green” community, Honda (NYSE: HMC) is aiming to trump Toyota (NYSE: TM) in the eco-friendly car derby. Recently, Honda announced that it will commercially-unveil a fuel cell vehicle aimed for U.S. drivers, the FCX — not 10 years from now, not […]