Tag: alternative energy

36 Posts

Aug 19, 2015

Solar Cars? Very Cool, but Still a Pipe Dream

Jim Motavalli

Who wouldn't want a zero-emission greenmobile powered by the sun's rays? But the sad fact is that the panels don't generate enough energy. 

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May 22, 2015

Saying No to Big Oil: Four Bright Ideas Compete for $125,000

Jim Motavalli

Convoying trucks, wirelessly charging electric cars and clean fuel for boats--which one will win the Safe Energy Security Prize? Car Talk wants your vote, too.

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Nov 18, 2014

Toyota's Big Bet on the Fuel-Cell Mirai

Jim Motavalli

The zero-emission car can travel 300 miles on a five-minute fill-up, so the big challenge isn't the cars but the expensive refueling stations. But how does three years of free fuel sound?

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Nov 02, 2014

The Fast Track From Propane Grills to Propane Cars

Jim Motavalli

Can you run your car with the same stuff you use to grill that T-bone steak? Absolutely! Right now 150,000 American police cars, trucks and school buses run on propane, and that's just the beginning. Here's why.

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Jun 06, 2014

Ready, Set, Innovate: The College Car Challenge That Leads to a Job

Jim Motavalli

Fifteen colleges compete to build a better plug-in hybrid, and auto companies--from GM to Tesla--are hiring the seasoned veterans.

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May 13, 2014

Apply Here: $16 Billion in Green Car Loan Money

Jim Motavalli

An obscure Federal loan program saved Tesla and brought Nissan Leaf production to America. The program went quiet in the wake of the ill-fated Federal loans to Solyndra, but now it's back in business-- with $16 billion to share. Here's a look at what's coming. 

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Dec 12, 2012

Hurricane Sandy, Solar Power, and an "Aw Shucks" Moment

Jim Motavalli

Rob and Garrett's 6.5-kilowatt portable solar array--built for a zero emission trip across the U.S.--was in the right place at the right time to turn on the lights and help the relief effort in hard-hit Far Rockaway, Queens.

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Nov 15, 2012

Making the Case for Propane: From Gas Grills to Cars and Trucks

Jim Motavalli

Propane, the same stuff in our gas grills, also powers our cars? Southern cops are saying yes. Propane is an interesting fuel--liquid at near-room temperature, with relatively cheap refueling. The alternative--CNG and LNG--also have a case to make.

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Nov 08, 2012

All About Algae: Danforth's Quest to Turn Pond Scum Into Gasoline

Jim Motavalli

The Danforth Plant Science Center in Missouri is a cutting-edge lab for developing tomorrow's biofuels.

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Aug 23, 2012

It's a Gas: The Powerful Argument for CNG and LNG 18-Wheelers

Jim Motavalli

Big rig truckers are saving a lot of money by switching from diesel to natural gas, but we need a national network of filling stations before this cheaper, cleaner fuel takes over.

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