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Renewable diesel: 90 percent lower carbon emissions than regular diesel, Neste claims

The lifecycle carbon emissions of renewable diesel fuel are significantly lower than those of conventional diesel, says a new study from a company …

Carbon Emissions

Are Ontario’s electric car ambitions realistic?

If recently reported details of Ontario’s multi-billion dollar climate action plan remain accurate, it’s safe to say that vehicle owners can expect …

Path

Sustainable Transport

Germany Just Produced So Much Renewable Power, It Had to Pay People To Use It

If only for a brief while, the country was almost entirely powered by solar and wind–and the grid didn’t collapse.<p>On Sunday, May 8, sun and wind energy was so bountiful in Germany, that the utility had to pay people to use it all up. Due to weather conditions that day, the combined spike caused …

Renewable Energy

The Great Electric Bus Takeover Has Begun

<b>Published on</b> May 17th, 2016 | <i>by Tina Casey</i><p>32<p>The Great Electric Bus Takeover Has Begun (CleanTechnica Exclusive Interview)<p>May 17th, 2016 by <b>Tina …

Transportation

How To Hold A Dead Star In Your Hand

Objects in space are rather far away. The Moon is our closest celestial neighbor at nearly a quarter million miles from Earth, and the nearest star, our Sun, is 93 million miles away. These extreme distances mean that it’s usually impossible to touch real objects in space (meteorites that fall to …

Wild-Looking Glow-In-The-Dark Sidewalks Could Spell The End Of Streetlights

Cement is about to get lit.<p>The world's dullest building material just got a lot more exciting.<p>A scientist in Mexico announced earlier this month that he had developed solar-powered, glow-in-the-dark cement that could be used to illuminate roads, bike lanes and walking paths, according to the news …

Ford is turning air pollution into car parts

In a small lab in a research facility near Ford’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, there’s a picture of Henry Ford whacking a plastic fender made with soybeans with a sledgehammer, and another of him wearing a soybean-fiber suit. He even built a soybean car in 1941. Ford wanted, as his museum …

Carbon Dioxide

2017 Chevy Bolt EV sales could go as high as 80,000 per year

The world's best-selling electric car, the Nissan Leaf, had its highest-sales year in the U.S. in 2014, when just over 30,000 Leafs were delivered.<p>Despite a range boost from 84 to 107 miles for 2016, Leaf sales have never returned to that level.<p>Volumes for the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV have been …

The BMW i8 Futurism Edition is the most incredible-looking i8 yet

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BMW

These fierce-looking electric motorcycles are fun, affordable, and durable

A California-based company is working to make electric motorcycles just as popular as electric cars.<p>Since 2007, Alta Motors has worked to bring two electric motorcycles to mass-production.<p>They're just about here.<p>Check out what this motorcycle company of the future has in store:

A Tesla Model S crashed, and the driver is blaming Autopilot

The driver of a Tesla Model S blames the company’s Autopilot autonomous-driving system for a recent crash on Interstate 5 in California. Tesla …

Excavation finds early Shakespeare theatre was rectangular

Foundations of the Curtain, where Romeo and Juliet and Henry V were possibly first staged, uncovered in Shoreditch<p>The foundations and shoulder-high walls of the Curtain theatre, where Shakespeare performed as an actor and may have staged the first performances of Romeo and Juliet and Henry V, have …

Google self-driving pioneers think big-rigs could get there before cars, started company to prove it

Fifteen former Google engineers, including long-time self-driving pioneer Anthony Levandowski, have left the company to create Otto, a start-up based on bringing partial autonomous driving to big-rig trucks.<p>As the <i>NYT</i> notes, the start-up has great creds: Levandowski designed a self-driving …

VW's New Four-Cylinder Aims to Bring High Tech to the Mass Market

In the wake of its diesel-emission cheating scandal, VW has been saying that its strategy now is all about electrification and/or autonomous driving—but before that shift, the company had been working on a number of conventional engines that it hopes will raise the bar across the industry. Case in …

Engineers Just Created The Most Efficient Solar Cells Ever

Yes!<p>Australian engineers have taken us closer than ever before to the theoretical limits of sunlight-to-electricity conversion, by building …

Clean Energy

Hyundai Creates Iron Man–Like Exoskeleton Robot Suit

Now here’s a head scratcher for you: Hyundai, known primarily as a purveyor of increasingly excellent but otherwise entirely mainstream vehicles, has announced that it is working on a so-called wearable Iron Man suit. Forget being first to in-car Android Auto integration—this is the Hyundai tech …

Robotics

Tesla losses soar to $889m - but shares jump as Elon Musk forecasts a profit

Electric car company's losses approach $1bn but Elon Musk's electric dream remains undimmed<p>Shares in Elon Musk’s Tesla have spiked despite the electric car company falling further into the red, with annual losses tripling to $889m.<p>Investors were undeterred by the California-based company failing to …

Ex-VW boss 'aware of emissions cheating for a year' but did nothing, leaked report suggests

Martin Winterkorn, former Volkswagen chief, was told millions of vehicles had cheated emissions tests - more than a year before the scandal emerged<p>The former boss of Volkswagen was aware the company was rigging emissions tests on its cars more than a year before the scandal emerged but did nothing …

Automotive Industry

Rich Kids in Tiny Tesla Model S Ride-ons Will Now Be Looking Down on You Too

What you’re really paying for when you buy an electric car like the Tesla Model S isn’t the savings on fuel, or even the whisper quiet ride. You’re …

Huge triceratops blocks traffic on the Isle of Wight

<b>You might have seen a traffic cone on the road – maybe even a sheep.</b><p>But have you ever seen a triceratops triumphantly bridge the carriageway?<p>This was …

Mystery 'hobbits' not humans like us, study finds

Homo floresiensis 'were not Homo sapiens' according to researchers<p>Diminutive humans that died out on an Indonesian island some 15,000 years ago were not Homo sapiens but a different species, according to a study published Monday that dives into a fierce anthropological debate.<p>Fossils of Homo …

Auto industry pushes £500bn road maintenance plan as ‘green’ initiative

Critics react with disbelief as car companies suggest EU should spend public money to resurface roads so that mandatory car emissions cuts are not required<p>Europe’s car industry has suggested that the continent’s entire road network be resurfaced at a cost of hundreds of billions of euros as a …

Tesla Model X Vs Tesla Model S: Ludicrous Drag-Strip Faceoff (Video)

We've seen plenty of videos of the Tesla Model S showing its taillights to other cars in drag racing--sometimes even embarrassing some expensive …

The Russians Make The Best Truck In The Universe For $50K

Would you like to go wherever the hell you want? Using its self-inflated tires, Russia’s SHERP ATV can give you that pleasure. It will climb over …

Tesla has officially killed off the mid-range Model S 85

If you had your heart set on the mid-range 85-kilo-Watt-hour Model S, I have some bad news: Tesla Motors has officially ended production of that …

Volkswagen’s Stalling Strategy for Emissions Clarity

Volkswagen is racing against time. Last week the embattled car maker delayed its annual results, due March 10, citing “remaining open questions and the resulting valuation calculations” linked to the emissions scandal. It now expects to report four to six weeks later.

Tesla Model 3: Everything we know about the 'electric car of the people'

The Model 3 would be the most important moment in Tesla's history to date. It would be the car that takes Tesla from a niche company into the …

VW promises world's first mass market electric car

In the wake of its emissions cheating scandal last year, Volkswagen has been working hard to distance itself from the diesel market. To further that …

Automotive Industry