sustainability

  • Wiebe Wakker finishes electric-car tour

    Wiebe Wakker took one very long drive in an electric car—for a total of 1119 days, covering 59,000 miles and traversing portions of 33 countries on the way from the Netherlands to Australia. It was, by just about any standard, an epic road trip. Wakker reached Sydney last Sunday, April 7, and was welcomed with a parade of EVs, across the Harbour Bridge, through the city, to the Royal Botanic Garden. He claims to have made the trip “without money”—with the fuel for his trip revolving around the goodwill of electric-vehicle fans and people along the way, as he aimed...

  • Volkswagen ID Neo concept, 2016 Paris auto show
    Ahead of electric-car production, VW demands suppliers cut carbon emissions

    As Volkswagen ramps up to build a new generation of mass-market electric vehicles in the aftermath of its diesel scandal, regulators and environmental groups will likely be paying close attention to their emissions—especially the emissions created in making them. The Financial Times, in a...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV pre-production vehicles at Orion Township Assembly Plant, March 2016
    GM commits to more efficient, electric, and autonomous cars

    General Motors will focus more heavily on electrified cars and alternatives to traditional car ownership to meet anticipated future regulations and predicted consumer trends. The Detroit automaker won't achieve its goal of putting 500,000 electrified vehicles on U.S. roads by next year, it said...

  • George Matick Chevrolet, Redford, Michigan
    GM Lauds Greenest Dealers, Shares Best Practices For Cutting Energy Use

    As cars get greener, the environmental impact of the infrastructure used to sell them is getting increased attention. Making dealerships greener can not only lower the overall lifetime carbon footprint of a car (slightly), it can also yield significant financial benefits for the dealer in question...

  • 2015 Honda Fit  -  First Drive
    New Honda 'Green Dealer Guide' Spells Out Energy Efficiency For Dealership Buildings

    As global attention increasingly focuses on all facets of sustainability, more attention is being paid to the infrastructure that manufactures and sells cars and trucks. Honda has taken a particularly active approach, launching a "green dealer" program to provide technical assistance to dealers...

  • CA Governor Jerry Brown, State Sen. Alex Padilla, and Google's Sergey Brin beside an autonomous car
    Would Intelligent Cars Get Us Green Quicker Than Electric Cars?

    What technologies will have the most impact on making cars greener and transportation more sustainable--and provide that impact fastest? Suppose that the key isn't plug-in electric cars, but in fact connecting cars to each other and to the infrastructure around them--making traffic flow vastly more...

  • 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI test car running on Solazyme algae-derived diesel fuel

    For a century, we've gotten almost all our gasoline and diesel fuel from petrochemicals. Now Silicon Valley startup Solazyme [NSDQ:SZYM] is testing diesel fuel derived from refining renewable oils--produced by specialized algae--in two Volkswagen turbodiesel models. Since July 2012, the VW Passat TDI mid-size sedan and Jetta TDI compact sedan have covered about 20,000 miles together running exclusively on algae-derived diesel fuel. The results of the year-long test, a joint effort of Volkswagen and Solazyme, will be issued later this year. VW engineers and Solazyme will pay particular...

  • 2012 Fisker Karma
    No Bull With Fisker Karma's Low Carbon, Sustainable Leather

    It would be a shame to put so much effort into making a luxury super sedan like the 2012 Fisker Karma, only to fill the interior with materials that go against the low-carbon ethos. That's why Fisker and Scottish leather producer Bridge of Weir have announced their partnership for the Karma. The...

  • Chevrolet Volt battery cover planter
    Researchers Turn To Plants And Animals To Fuel Sustainable Car Development

    Edible car contests are a fixture at college campuses and grade school science classes, where whacky fun combines with an exercise in engineering and imagination, but it seems that foodstuffs are no longer confined to scale models. But as illustrated by Ford's newly announced use of soybean oil to...

  • His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales
    By Royal Appointment? Electric Cars Welcome in Prince of Wales’ Eco-village

    While many in the United Kingdom doubt that he will accede his mother Queen Elizabeth II to the throne and become King, HRH the Prince of Wales has never been one to shy away from helping his subjects combine quintessential British values with new technology. His latest project does exactly that...

  • Ford Rouge Assembly Plant, Michigan, where Ford F-150 pickup trucks are built
    Greening The Rouge: Ford's More Sustainable Pickup Plant

    A green roof is not at its most photogenic in a Michigan winter. In fact, it's hardly green at all--more like gray and brown--though it still insulates the building below just as well. But while some of the green aspects of Ford's showcase Rouge assembly plant have succumbed to the January weather...

  • 2012 Ford Focus Electric launch, New York City, January 2011 - Bill Ford Jr.
    Ford: Era Of EVs Calls For Closer Eye On Conflict Minerals

    Increasingly, in production electric vehicles such as the 2012 Ford Focus Electric and 2011 Nissan Leaf, automakers are turning to recycled and repurposed materials. But the rest of a modern car—even an ol' fossil-fuel burner—is no longer just sheetmetal, alloy, and plastics; extruded...