The United States are entering a post-oil world

When Bloomberg writes that in the United States  Big Oil Is About to Lose Control of the Auto Industryyou know there is something going on, especially when they rely on solid BNEF study and data. 

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Hydrogen is ” an incredibly dumb ” car fuel

That’s Elon Musk’s opinion so that must be true. Tesla’s genius founder put yet another nail in the hydrogen coffin and stated what we knew all along : hydrogen is a technology that may well be too complex to ever be significant.

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Oil prices are going down. Wait, what ?

This was my reaction when I saw oil prices drop recently to levels below $90. Not long ago they were indeed more around $110 than anything else. Lucky for us Thomas L Friedman from the New York Times brings some answers…

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Crazy air pollution levels in Paris

Last week and earlier this one, the French capital was hit by important levels of air pollution. The situation was so out of hand on Monday that the city of Paris decided to ban half the cars off the roads as TreeHugger reported. According to the local ADEME, France is a severe offender regarding air … Read more

Ford to boost start-stop systems

According to TreeHugger, ” a Ford representative is saying that they are “going to be aggressive rolling [stop-start] out”. As we have seen previously, such innovation enable cars to stop automatically their engines when not moving. Such a simple system could cut the oil consumption by ten percent for urban driving while only costing around … Read more

United States emissions decreased by 3.8 percent in 2012

Solar energy and American flagAccording to new data from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA, how confusing…), the national energy-related carbon dioxide emissions declined by 3.8 percent last year, thus reaching their levels of 1994 while the economy grew.

Many factors contributed to this drop in emissions. Among them are a warmer winter, a more efficient economy (notably new mileage for cars), less miles driven and a switch from dirty coal to cleaner natural gas and renewables.

The latter, including wind power, seem to have had a very limited role in this trend. This is why it’s important to increase our efforts in the clean energy transition.

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Soon the self-driving car

I think it is safe to write that everybody just hate traffic congestion which combines wastes of time, money and energy on top of being helpless. The dream of ultimate mobility offered by cars is often transformed in cities as an immobile nightmare. Given how Google has mapped the Earth and how computers have gain … Read more

Peugeot to introduce Hybrid Air car

The Peugeot Hybrid AirYour next car could run on air (and gas). The French carmaker Peugeot is working on a vehicle that could run partially on air. Highly efficient, the car will be doing approximately 2.9 liters for 100 kms or 81 MPG.

As the New York Times, the Guardian and Le Figaro [Fr] reported, the Hybrid Air combines a hydraulic drive that recovers energy each time the car brakes or decelerates as well as a conventional thermal engine.

These models would be ideal for urban driving. Due to be sold as early as 2016, it would be cheaper -and more efficient in city driving – than a Toyota Prius.

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The huge cost of traffic congestion

Cleantech and sustainability is not only about energy efficiency and renewables, it is also about how we move around. So my latest piece for Cleantechies is about traffic congestion. Here is the introduction : ” According to a new study carried out by the English Centre of Economics and Business, traffic congestion in the United … Read more

Start-stop systems are simple, yet brilliant

A Citroen C3 Stop and startA great innovation I have seen on French cars recently is called Stop and start. Peugeot Citroen (PSA) started selling this anti-idling technology as early as 2006. The gains in urban driving are no less than ten percent…

Indeed, thanks to start-stop systems, the internal combustion engine is automatically shut down while you are stuck in traffic or at the red lights. This important gain reverberates immediately on lowered greenhouse gas emissions.

Years later, Climate Progress tackle the subject by stating it could enable America to save up to 10 billion gallons per year ( around 40 billion liters or 250 million oil barrels )

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How to save money on your commute

CommutingMy current job – which I have been doing for almost a year now – makes that for the first time in my life, I have to commute by car. In my previous jobs I was indeed commuting by using public transportation or simply walking.

This current situation is quite embarrassing as I have been dedicated to help protect our civilization from climate change and environmental perils. This is also a financial issue as I spend over 100-120€ on gas each month.

So after reading an article from the French ADEME, I decided to cut my speed on my way back home by 10 kmph, saving fifty euro cents per day, or around ten euros per month.

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