Cars of the year and other important stuff
December 21, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
BMW sold 100,000 electric vehicles in 2017 well ahead of the 60,000 it sold last year. The company sais it plans to offer a dozen fully electric cars by 2025 and it has a 4-door sedan in the pipeline for 2021 according to Tech Crunch. Meanwhile USA Today reports the...
Disruptive innovation, EV’s and the charging station
December 14, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
King Champ (K.C.) Gillette invented the popular form of the safety razor and made his money selling blades. He was so successful that the approach became a business model and in entrepreneurial conversations phrases like, “We plan to make money on the blades” is all one needs to say to...
Alt fuels driving K-wave formation
December 11, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
[caption id="attachment_564" align="alignright" width="496"] Mary Barra, CEO, GM[/caption] Have you noticed how petroleum companies like Exxon-Mobile and Shell are talking about their research into alternate fuels or ways of using them that don’t cause pollution such as fuel cells? Those commercials are designed to make us feel good by reassuring...
Feeding electric cars
December 08, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
Time to build more electric infrastructure… Ford will build a new factory in Cuautitlan, Mexico to produce electric vehicles beginning in 2020. The company also said it will use a suburban Detroit factory in Flat Rock, MI, to build driverless cars, according to the Wall Street Journal. Full story here....
Watershed year for EV’s coming in 2019
December 08, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
Chinese owned Swedish car company NEVS, National Electric Vehicle Sweden, has announced it is returning the Saab 9-3 to the market as an electric vehicle. The new 9-3 will have a 300-kilometer range or about 185 miles, which should easily be enough to commute to work and perform errands especially...
Strange reporting in solar market
December 07, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
I collect a lot of information from the Internet about sustainability issues including the photovoltaic market (PV), geothermal energy, wind power, carbon offsets, and more. Generally the articles I find are well written by experts and there’s a high degree of transparency in the coverage. But the latest crop of...
Aston Martin’s first electric car
December 06, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
In case you were wondering about the viability of the electric car market, you can relax. Aston Martin, the venerable carmaker which has been in the business of making high end luxury cars for over a century, today announced the RapideE a pure electric take on its road-eating 12-cylinder gas...
Age of Sustainability dawning
December 04, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
This is a tiny roundup of positive eco news happening now. Lots more to discover if you want it. What’s different about this than the stale argument about what causes climate change and whether or not humans bear some responsibility for the mess is this: All of this news is...
Free market round up, November 29, 2017
November 30, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
Greenfield (MA) Recorder Local farms receive energy grants Statewide 38 farms share $908,259 in state renewable energy and energy efficiency grants mostly for solar energy projects. In all the projects will save $200,000 per year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 660 tons annually. PowerEngineering.com Aera, GlassPoint Plan 876.5-MW...
The new energy paradigm
November 29, 2017 by Denis Pombriant
One of the more interesting free market responses to climate change has been a reexamination of how we distribute energy. Generally the fossil fuel paradigm is a vertically integrated network of miners and oil producers, retailers and utilities. But we’re moving to a distributed paradigm of energy development and consumption...