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The Electric Car Dilemma

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Zero emissions? That depends on where you get the electricity to charge your car.

In the age of global climate change, people are becoming more and more aware of their carbon footprints and taking measures to reduce them. Hybrid cars have become extremely popular, and some cars claim to be 'zero emission vehicles.' However, even if a vehicle does not create pollution, it is very likely that the source of the energy that is powering the vehicle does. The Nissan Leaf......read more

GE WattStation by fuseproject

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Smart EV charger from Yves Behar could start lining city streets as soon as next year.

We've been following green design guru Yves Behar since SHFT's inception, and this GE WattStation may be his most paradigm-shifting creation yet. The man behind fuseproject collaborated with GE Ecomagination to design an EV charger for both public and private spaces, with the stated goal of helping "accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles." The......read more

SHFT Sampler 7-15-10

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From a next-gen EV charger to the top eco-volunteer vacations, here are your weekly links from around the web.

Plug and play: The Yves Behar-designed GE WattStation will juice up electric vehicles and spruce up the streets. Oh, the humanity! When Humans Ruled the Earth explores the human consumption machine in animated form. An efficient water solution in the rural West: Farmers and ranchers are replacing windmills with solar power wells. Want to take an exotic holiday AND help the environment? Try one......read more

Oui! Paris to Launch EV Sharing

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French capital's electric car sharing program will take off this fall.

Sharing transportation is a great idea. Bike share programs are launching all around the world, and electric cars are the next step. In France, Parisian transportation officials are readying for the September launch of Autolib, the world's first electric vehicle sharing program. The scheme will enable participants to save money and emissions by using a green car only when absolutely......read more

Cars to Receive Environmental Grades

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Showroom stickers would rank cars based on fuel economy and emissions.

Under a proposal from the EPA and Transportation Department, cars could get environmental grades visible to consumers on showroom floors starting in 2012. The grades will account for the vehicles' overall fuel economy as well as its level of greenhouse gas emissions. According to the plan, the average vehicle would receive a B-. On the high-scoring end would be electric vehicles (A+) and......read more

The Electric Car Race

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Thomas Friedman on why the US needs to step up its EV game.

The government of China continues to make bold moves to move the country off of oil, announcing $15 billion in seed money for its electric car industry. Meanwhile, the US is mired in an intractable, expensive conflict in Afghanistan. If it's all about picking your battles, then the future is bleak for US industrial growth. In the newly-redesigned Opinion Pages of Sunday's New York......read more

Utilities Brace for Mass Market EVs

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Surging demand has electricity providers excited — and concerned.

Ladies and gentlemen, (silently) start your engines. After two decades of fits and starts, the electric car revolution is finally upon us. The Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf are both slated to start hitting dealerships next month, and combined sales are expected to surpass 30,000 over the next year. Meanwhile, electric utilities don't know whether to lick their chops or wring their hands. A......read more

Revenge of the Electric Car: Official Trailer

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Chris Paine returns with a behind-the-scenes look at the E.V. industry

Five years ago, director Chris Paine ruffled a few feathers with Who Killed the Electric Car, a blockbuster documentary that exposed the development and mothballing of electric vehicles in the early 2000s. Now, with the first mass produced electric cars on the road, Paine is back with Revenge of the Electric Car, a behind-the-scenes exploration of the nascent EV industry.......read more

How Green are Electric Cars?

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According to a new study, that depends on where you live

In news that will surprise no one who's considered the issue for more than three seconds, a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists found that electric cars are only as green as the power plants that fuel them. In regions where the electric grid is supplied by cleaner energy sources, such as natural gas, or renewable sources, like wind or solar, driving an electric vehicle produces......read more

Electric Vehicles Enter Federal Fleet

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116 EVs to be distributed to 20 federal agencies

With Obama calling for the federal government to lead the way in sustainable practices, government officials have been getting down to business. This week, the feds announced the purchase of the first electric vehicles in the federal fleet. The purchase involved 116 cars -- a smorgasbord of Chevy Volts, Nissan Leafs, and Think Cities -- which will make their ways to 20 different agencies. Martha......read more

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