The Truth About Cars » Alternative Energy http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:00:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Report: Global Fuel Consumption To Decline 4 Percent By 2035 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/report-global-fuel-consumption-decline-4-percent-2035/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/report-global-fuel-consumption-decline-4-percent-2035/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 10:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=884393 Though peak oil usually refers to when production reaches the highest point it’ll ever see before coasting back down to the same level once experienced in the 1800s, a new report reveals a different oil peak will come in the next few years: the total product consumed worldwide. Autoblog Green says a report from Navigant […]

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Though peak oil usually refers to when production reaches the highest point it’ll ever see before coasting back down to the same level once experienced in the 1800s, a new report reveals a different oil peak will come in the next few years: the total product consumed worldwide. Autoblog Green says a report from Navigant […]

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US Energy Department Unveils Four-Year Strategy For Alternative Energy http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/us-energy-department-unveils-four-year-strategy-plan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/us-energy-department-unveils-four-year-strategy-plan/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:15:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=798026 The U.S. Department of Energy unveiled last week a four-year plan that would advance the goal of energy security by building upon as many alternative sources as possible, further reducing dependence on imported petroleum. Autoblog Green reports the 27-page plan illustrates the proposed aims of the DOE to double the amount of energy produced by […]

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The U.S. Department of Energy unveiled last week a four-year plan that would advance the goal of energy security by building upon as many alternative sources as possible, further reducing dependence on imported petroleum. Autoblog Green reports the 27-page plan illustrates the proposed aims of the DOE to double the amount of energy produced by […]

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DOT Sec’y Moniz: Revived ATVM Loan Program May Be Expanded to Suppliers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/dot-secy-moniz-revived-atvm-loan-program-may-be-expanded-to-suppliers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/dot-secy-moniz-revived-atvm-loan-program-may-be-expanded-to-suppliers/#comments Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:23:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=705882 Speaking at the Washington (D.C.) Auto Show, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said on Wednesday that part of reviving the dormant Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program may involve making suppliers as well as automakers eligible for the more than $15 billion allocated for the ATVM program that was never loaned out. The program stalled […]

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Speaking at the Washington (D.C.) Auto Show, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said on Wednesday that part of reviving the dormant Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan program may involve making suppliers as well as automakers eligible for the more than $15 billion allocated for the ATVM program that was never loaned out. The program stalled […]

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Are Graphene Micro-Supercapacitors An EV Gamechanger? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/are-graphene-micro-supercapacitors-an-ev-gamechanger/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/are-graphene-micro-supercapacitors-an-ev-gamechanger/#comments Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:30:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=478801 Energy density isn’t the only reason why battery-powered cars have never caught on. As was highlighted in Tesla’s somewhat less than successful media road trip, the amount of time it takes to fill batteries with electrons can be as significant a factor in the practicality of EVs as the amount of electrons those batteries can […]

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Energy density isn’t the only reason why battery-powered cars have never caught on. As was highlighted in Tesla’s somewhat less than successful media road trip, the amount of time it takes to fill batteries with electrons can be as significant a factor in the practicality of EVs as the amount of electrons those batteries can […]

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GM Signs Natural Gas Development Deal, Light Duty Prototype Possible In 18 Months http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/gm-westport-deal-hints-at-natural-gas/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/gm-westport-deal-hints-at-natural-gas/#comments Tue, 28 Jun 2011 23:25:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=400766 Smell that? It’s the gathering scent of a new industry trend towards natural gas. Honda’s expanded its pioneering Civic GX to 50 states, Sergio Marchionne wants to replicate his Italian CNG success at Chrysler (eventually), and now GM is jumping on the bandwagon while it’s still relatively uncrowded. The Winnepeg Free Press reports that GM […]

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Smell that? It’s the gathering scent of a new industry trend towards natural gas. Honda’s expanded its pioneering Civic GX to 50 states, Sergio Marchionne wants to replicate his Italian CNG success at Chrysler (eventually), and now GM is jumping on the bandwagon while it’s still relatively uncrowded. The Winnepeg Free Press reports that GM […]

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Chrysler Goes CNG… By 2017 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/chrysler-goes-cng-by-2017/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/chrysler-goes-cng-by-2017/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 22:05:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=391232 There’s been a recent groundswell of interest in natural gas as a fuel for cars in recent months, marked by Honda’s decision to sell a natural gas-powered 2012 Civic in 50 states, Edmunds CEO Jeremy Anwyl’s public paean to the fuel, and the EPA’s relaxation of natural gas conversion regulations. Honda alt-fuel manager Eric Rosenberg […]

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There’s been a recent groundswell of interest in natural gas as a fuel for cars in recent months, marked by Honda’s decision to sell a natural gas-powered 2012 Civic in 50 states, Edmunds CEO Jeremy Anwyl’s public paean to the fuel, and the EPA’s relaxation of natural gas conversion regulations. Honda alt-fuel manager Eric Rosenberg […]

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EPA Streamlines Alt-Fuel Conversion Regulations http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/epa-streamlines-alt-fuel-conversion-regulations/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/epa-streamlines-alt-fuel-conversion-regulations/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2011 20:49:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=390133 The NYT reports: The Environmental Protection Agency has revised its alternative-fuel conversion regulations for light and heavy-duty vehicles, making it easier for manufacturers to sell conversions that are compliant with clean-air laws. The 186-page ruling provides an exemption from a Clean Air Act prohibition against tampering when converting an engine to run on alternative fuel. […]

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The NYT reports: The Environmental Protection Agency has revised its alternative-fuel conversion regulations for light and heavy-duty vehicles, making it easier for manufacturers to sell conversions that are compliant with clean-air laws. The 186-page ruling provides an exemption from a Clean Air Act prohibition against tampering when converting an engine to run on alternative fuel. […]

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A Dangerously Dispassionate Look At The EV Market http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/a-dangerously-dispassionate-look-at-the-ev-market/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/a-dangerously-dispassionate-look-at-the-ev-market/#comments Sat, 02 Apr 2011 16:50:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=389557 One of the toughest challenges facing industry analysts right now involves determining what the market for electric vehicles actually looks like, what kind of volumes it will support and for how long. It’s a problem that I’ve hashed over at length with an old college buddy who now works at a cleantech investment firm, and […]

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One of the toughest challenges facing industry analysts right now involves determining what the market for electric vehicles actually looks like, what kind of volumes it will support and for how long. It’s a problem that I’ve hashed over at length with an old college buddy who now works at a cleantech investment firm, and […]

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Pope Benedict XVI Shopping For Electric Popemobile http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/pope-benedict-xvi-shopping-for-electric-popemobile/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/pope-benedict-xvi-shopping-for-electric-popemobile/#comments Thu, 02 Dec 2010 04:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=375286 According to Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, the Warlord of Vatican City, His Holiness “would certainly prefer an electric popemobile to a traditional, petroleum-powered one.” I suggest the 1976 Sebring-Vanguard Citicar! Of course, Benedict VXI might be more of an old-school electric-car guy, in which case he’ll want something a little more classic than the Citicar. How […]

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According to Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, the Warlord of Vatican City, His Holiness “would certainly prefer an electric popemobile to a traditional, petroleum-powered one.” I suggest the 1976 Sebring-Vanguard Citicar! Of course, Benedict VXI might be more of an old-school electric-car guy, in which case he’ll want something a little more classic than the Citicar. How […]

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Without EVs, Chrysler Gets Gassy. Will Washington? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/without-evs-chrysler-gets-gassy-will-washington/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/without-evs-chrysler-gets-gassy-will-washington/#comments Wed, 30 Jun 2010 15:43:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=359857 Today, natural gas is a rational alternative to gasoline that can provide a near-term environmental solution on the road to vehicle electrification. It is the most effective solution, in terms of costs and timing, to lessen this country’s reliance on oil Chrysler/Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne tells the Detroit News that despite not having an electric […]

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Today, natural gas is a rational alternative to gasoline that can provide a near-term environmental solution on the road to vehicle electrification. It is the most effective solution, in terms of costs and timing, to lessen this country’s reliance on oil Chrysler/Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne tells the Detroit News that despite not having an electric […]

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Hyundai-Kia Jump On The Fuel Cell Bandwagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/hyundai-kia-jump-on-the-fuel-cell-bandwagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/hyundai-kia-jump-on-the-fuel-cell-bandwagon/#comments Sun, 06 Jun 2010 17:36:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=358271 With Honda and Toyota suddenly taking hydrogen fuel cells seriously, Hyundai-Kia is jumping on the bandwagon. Byung Ki Ahn, general manager of Hyundai-Kia’s Fuel Cell Group tells Autocar There are already agreements between car makers such as ourselves and legislators in Europe, North America and Japan to build up to the mass production of fuel […]

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With Honda and Toyota suddenly taking hydrogen fuel cells seriously, Hyundai-Kia is jumping on the bandwagon. Byung Ki Ahn, general manager of Hyundai-Kia’s Fuel Cell Group tells Autocar There are already agreements between car makers such as ourselves and legislators in Europe, North America and Japan to build up to the mass production of fuel […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Yesterday’s Future Today Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-yesterdays-future-today-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-yesterdays-future-today-edition/#comments Tue, 30 Mar 2010 20:25:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=350870 Well, Lear’s vapor turbine never ended up being built in the millions by 1975… but the prediction that electric cars would be best for taxis, delivery vehicles, or a family’s second car for commuting and shopping seems to be coming true. Oh, and we all know how the lead or no-lead fuel debate worked out. […]

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Well, Lear’s vapor turbine never ended up being built in the millions by 1975… but the prediction that electric cars would be best for taxis, delivery vehicles, or a family’s second car for commuting and shopping seems to be coming true. Oh, and we all know how the lead or no-lead fuel debate worked out. […]

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Germany’s Vanishing Veggie Diesel http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/germany%e2%80%99s-vanishing-veggie-diesel/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/02/germany%e2%80%99s-vanishing-veggie-diesel/#comments Wed, 17 Feb 2010 12:52:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=345715 Europe, and especially Germany, reports declining diesel dependency. From a nearly 50 percent share a few years ago, the share of diesel driven cars in Germany dropped to 31 percent in 2009.  Two reasons: The favorable taxation of the oil had been scrapped. And speaking of scrapped, the “Abwrackprämie, or cash for clunkers, had favored […]

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Europe, and especially Germany, reports declining diesel dependency. From a nearly 50 percent share a few years ago, the share of diesel driven cars in Germany dropped to 31 percent in 2009.  Two reasons: The favorable taxation of the oil had been scrapped. And speaking of scrapped, the “Abwrackprämie, or cash for clunkers, had favored […]

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