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Oil Majors Warming to Biofuels

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

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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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Energy Department Money Going To Big And Small Carmakers

By Ted Nelson ecomii.com
October 8, 2009
File under: Alternative Fuels, Alternative Transportation, Auto Industry, Economy, Electric, Innovation

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The energy department has begun to dole out $25 billion in loans designated for the development of fuel-efficient vehicles. The program is designed to grease the wheels for technological innovation that will drive the auto industry of tomorrow to occur here in the United States.

After decades of job cuts in the US auto industry, the federal government is hoping that innovation can revitalize the sector and create employment.

The first $8 billion was handed out back in July, with Fisker being announced as a loan recipient just this week. GM and Chrysler have been excluded from this program to date, since they do not meet the economic viability standard for loan recipients. …read more of Energy Department Money Going To Big And Small Carmakers here

 
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Good Karma

By Ted Nelson ecomii.com
October 5, 2009
File under: Alternative Fuels, Auto Industry, Electric, Innovation

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The man behind some of the most iconic sports cars of recent vintage has gone green. Henrik Fisker built his reputation designing the BMW Z8 and Aston Martin DB9 & V8 Vantage. The Z8 and the V8 Vantage both have the well earned distinction of being Bond cars: appearing as the ultra-classy 007′s tricked out rides in the James Bond films.

Fisker has since decided to venture out on his own and bring exquisite luxury design to environmentally friendly vehicles. Fisker Automotive is a joint venture that combines Henrik’s world-class vehicle design talent with Quantum Technologies‘ plug-in hybrid electric propulsion systems. The result is amazing karma…

The Karma is Fisker Automotive’s first model, set to be released  in the summer of 2010. It’s a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) with a wide, low stance and a 50 mile all-electric range before the traditional gas engine kicks in. This green car packs a punch, though, doing 0-to-60 in under 6 seconds and reaching 125 miles per hour. …read more of Good Karma here

 
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Ford Talks Green Initiatives at Frankfurt Auto Show

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

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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 ecomii.com
September 17, 2009
File under: Auto Industry, Economy, Sustainable Practices

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“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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