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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Coming to Kohl’s

By EarthGarage
February 6, 2012
File under: Alternative Transportation, Electric, Fuel Efficiency, Innovation, Sustainable Practices

Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) recently announced it will install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across America. 33 stores in Arizona, California, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington will take part in the pilot program.

Kohl’s customers will be able to charge their EVs for free while they shop. Charging stations can be activated with radio frequency identification cards (RFID) or by using telephone numbers located on the charging stations. Each participating store will have one to four parking spaces reserved for EV drivers.

According to Kohl’s Chief Administrative Officer John Worthington, “Not only are these stations an added shopper convenience, they also encourage environmental responsibility among our shoppers. We will continue to explore additional locations to pilot charging stations at our stores nationwide.”

Read the entire article at EnergyBoom

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Driverless Cars: What’s Holding Back the Automobile of the Future?

By EarthGarage
February 2, 2012
File under: Auto Industry, Innovation, Sustainable Practices

Google Driverless Car

As convenient as cars are, each and every one of us has gotten frustrated at the unbearably slow driver in the left lane or the rude driver who refuses to drive any farther than two feet away from your rear bumper.

Unsafe driving practices such as these cause traffic jams, accidents, and deaths every single day on our roads and highways. And what is the root cause behind all of these issues? Humans.

Google, the company behind some of the most influential technological innovations of the past decade, is committed to creating the safest, most practical, eco friendly car of the future: the driverless car.  …read more of Driverless Cars: What’s Holding Back the Automobile of the Future? here

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Oil Majors Warming to Biofuels

By Ted Nelson
October 26, 2009
File under: Alternative Fuels, Innovation, Sustainable Practices


The status quo isn’t a problem for big oil companies, who seem to be constantly breaking their own record profits. However, these corporations know that they must also look to the future and sustain their competitive edge.

The competitive landscape of the future is not clear for the oil industry, with financial, political, and environmental considerations coming into play.

The technologies and processes behind various renewable energy sources are improving, and may eventually lead to a renewable product that is cost competitive with oil. …read more of Oil Majors Warming to Biofuels here

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Ford Talks Green Initiatives at Frankfurt Auto Show

By Ted Nelson
September 21, 2009
File under: Auto Industry, Innovation, Sustainable Practices


Ford is not as in your face about their green initiatives as other large car makers. Of course, that’s due in part to not taking a leadership position on the green end of the market.

SUVs and pick-ups have become Ford’s bread and butter in recent years. Ford has hybrid models, but didn’t trail blaze like Toyota and Honda or produce a hybrid version of almost all their models like GM.

They are not making much noise about electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), either. Then again, GM seems to be the only major carmaker pushing PHEVs in the short-term.

Keeping with the industry wide trend, Ford does have the environment and fuel efficiency in mind. …read more of Ford Talks Green Initiatives at Frankfurt Auto Show here

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Details on Fuel Efficiency Standards Released

By Ted Nelson
September 17, 2009
File under: Auto Industry, Economy, Sustainable Practices


“This is the single biggest step the American government has ever taken to cut greenhouse-gas emissions.”

That’s what Daniel Becker of the Safe Climate Campaign said back in May about the Obama administration’s plans to raise fuel efficiency requirements for motor vehicles progressively over the next several years.

You could, of course, call this damning with faint praise. However, this is a strong step in the right direction that will hopefully be followed up with further environmental sustainability legislation and a strong international agreement in Copenhagen.

On Tuesday September 15, the details of this plan were filled in. The plan incorporates fuel efficiency requirements in both miles per gallon (mpg) and carbon emissions terms. …read more of Details on Fuel Efficiency Standards Released here

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