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 reach 114 USD a barrel

Oops, we did it again. Oil prices are again on the rise and reached recently $114 a barrel. This is their highest levels since 2008. Fears of current events in Iraq are explaining this. As Bloomberg noted : ” The international benchmark surged above $114 on June 13 for the first time in nine months … Read more

Worth an article : My July & August 2013 tweets

https://i2.wp.com/www.elrst.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/twitter-earthrise-128x128.jpg?resize=128%2C128If you have been away from Twitter and your environmental news sources for all summer, here is the perfect article to know what were the most important news besides the ones I covered here.

Given this selection I believe it is safe to say we are reaching tipping points for both the seriousness of our multiple crises and in some way, how we are starting to address some of them (mostly climate change).

I believe this selection of news offers a good complement to this website. So if you are on Twitter and like this selection, don’t hesitate to start following me.

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ZOE electric car does 1,000 miles in 24 hours

If you are feeling range anxiety regarding electric cars, rejoice. One of Renault’s electric cars, the ZOE, has been tested for 24 hours and it was able to go for almost one thousand miles (1,600 km) during this period. Of course, it had been recharged nine times, but the ZOE did better than the Nissan … Read more

Throwing money out of the window

In this economy, I am sure you are careful about how you spend your money and really think about how you will make ends meet this month or the next as the economy might head toward another recession as oil prices go up.

However, each time you are putting 50 euros in your gas tank, you are literally burning two-twenty euro notes as current cars’ internal combustion engines are 85 percent inefficient.

Similarly, if you live in an inefficient building, you may throw out of the roof or the windows up to 80 percent of your $1,000 or 1,000€ heating bill. Yes, that’s 800€ or $ right out of the windows.

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Oil refining : another reason to prefer electric cars

While browsing my tweets of January and February, I found an interesting article giving a new reason of why electric cars and vehicles in general are great and necessary in a low carbon economy.

Indeed, removing the need for oil not only reduces greenhouse gases emissions from the burning of that said oil, but also of refining it. The latter activity being to Solar Charged Driving higly energy and water intensive.

It indeed takes 6 kWh to refine a gallon (3.8 liters) of gas. This is why  It takes more electricity to drive the average gasoline car 100 miles than it does to drive an electric car 100 miles.

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Electric cars batteries’ prices to drop by 2015

Now having to commute by car to get to my new job I can’t wait for having an electric car. But current prices are way to high for me to afford one. Luckily, this might change quite quickly. To AutoBlog Green : ” U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu estimates that plug-in vehicle battery costs will … Read more

Paris introduces EV-sharing program

To Ecogeek :  ” Paris has introduced plans for a city-wide EV car-sharing network that will operate much like its successful Velib bike-sharing system.  The car-sharing program will begin on December 5 with 250 EVs available. “ ” The system will allow to pick up and drop off the cars at different locations as long … Read more

Converting old cars to electric is pure genius

Electric cars are great as they consume much less energy and don’t rely on dirty foreign oil to transport people. They promise to be all the rage in the years and decades to come, but to date, we see very few of them.

But what if we transformed today’s cars into electric ones ? This is the question raised by Andrew Revkin’s article on Dot Earth. This got me thinking and I wanted to document myself on that promising matter.

To Gas 2.0 this has been the case many times over already with various kinds of cars such as a Corvette, a roadster or a VW Beetle to name but a few.

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An electric car goes 1,600 km on a single charge

Is this the car of tomorrow ? Gas 2.0 published an article on an electric car that did more than 1,600 kilometers (a thousand miles) with a single charge. The top speed was less than 50 kilometers per hour. As they note : ” The record for longest drive ever in a battery-powered vehicle (no … Read more

Renault Z.E. : The best electric car ad ever

As you surely know now Renault – a French carmaker – plans to sell four different electric cars this year and next. The first model, the  Fluenze Z.E. ,  will be available in September.

To this effect, the company presented today an excellent and hilarious advertisement, that will hopefully stays in everyones’ mind when it comes to THE technology of this decade, electric cars.

I have been thinking for some time now that electric cars have a really revolutionary potential (and I am not the only one to think so). This one-minute video clearly shows why.

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Better Place going to China

Do you remember Better Place, the great electric car project ? To Ecogeek : “Better Place has entered into an agreement with Chinese utility China Southern Power Grid to bring their battery swap stations to the Asian country.” “(…) Better Place founder Shai Aggasi sees this partnership leading to a shift in Chinese EV manufacturing … Read more

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