Rafe Husain and the 40c3: Q & A with an Ebike Transportation Innovator

[caption id="attachment_35057" align="alignleft" width="480"] The 40c3 Ebike and Rafe Husain, inventor. Courtesy of Rafe Husein and Calibike.[/caption] Imagine you live in Riverside County and work in Orange County, or LA.  But you want to use bike and public transportation.  Clearly there's a problem.  So you try as best you can.  You...

Audi has taken another big step in the development of new, CO2 neutral fuels: A pilot plant in Dresden has started production of the synthetic fuel Audi e diesel.

Audi Makes Diesel Fuel from Global Warming

This is diesel fuel. It wasn't grown in a giant petrochemical plant.  It was made like a small batch bourbon, but in an laboratory owned by Audi partner Dresden energy technology corporation sunfire. It is made of water and carbon dioxide.  If that escapes you, carbon dioxide is the primary ingredient...

Nissan Debuts Murano Hybrid at Auto Shanghai 2015

In what may be seen as a "duh" moment, Nissan introduced a hybrid version of the very popular Murano mid-sized SUV.  Using Auto Shanghai 2015 as a backdrop may be seen as an nod to Chinese environmental sensitivities; or that the vehicle wasn't ready for NYIAS or the Chicago Auto...

2016 Cadillac CT6 Hybrid: Finally, a Proper American PHEV

In Auto Shanghai 2015 news, today Cadillac announced a 335-horsepower, 432-lb/ft of torque-y monster of a plug-in hybrid vehicle.  And they're packaging it in a CT6. “The first-ever CT6 is a technological showcase throughout, making it an ideal platform for Cadillac to offer its first plug-in hybrid,” said Cadillac President Johan...

Auto Shanghai 2015

Auto Shanghai 2015: Opulence is the Unofficial Theme

Last week I saw a writeup on the new Lincoln Continental Concept, separate from the excellent one we did here at HECN.  The big takeaways were that the car was aimed squarely at the Chinese market, where there are just enough rich people (and poor people) to make the idea...

Porsche 919 Hybrid, Porsche Team: Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb. Image courtesy of Porsche Motorsports

2015 FIA WEC Video Update: Silverstone

FIA WEC stands for Formula International Association World Endurance Championship.  WEC is the racing circuit that sponsors one of the most famous races ever, the 24 Hours of LeMans. Like Formula One and Formula E, racing technology for this circuit has long outstripped the need for the Big Heavy Engine.  WEC is...

Litium ion cost trends, courtesy of Björn Nykvist & Måns Nilsson

Nails in the Combustion Coffin: EV Battery Production Prices Plummet

I saw this snippet in Jesse Jenkins' "Full Spectrum", and my eyes bulged out: Electric vehicle (EV) battery costs have fallen more rapidly than many projections, according to a new survey of battery costs published in Nature Climate Change. Researchers from the Stockholm Environment Institute scoured peer-reviewed journals, consultancy reports, and news items to...

2015 Clean Energy Trust Competition, courtesy of the Clean Energy Trust

2015 Clean Energy Challenge

When we heard about the 2015 Clean Energy Challenge; where the best ideas and applications for new energy are showcased, we were immediately intrigued.  We believe in the promise and the future of clean energy sources.  We are an automotive media startup and share a kind of kinship with these...

Nelson Piquet Jr Wins Formula E at Long Beach

From FIA Formula E, April 4, 2015: Thirty five years on, the Brazilian national anthem was played again at Long Beach to celebrate a Piquet victory. This afternoon, Nelson Jr. took his first Formula E win in the same spot where his father scored his maiden Formula 1 victory. Also confirming...

2016 Chevy Sonic RS Turbo, image by Hybrid and Electric Car News

A Few Days with a Chevy Sonic: Way More than a 4-banger

Here at HECN, we like our hybrids, diesels, electrics and fuel cell vehicles.  But a thrifty 4-cylinder, known as a high-mileage car, isn't outside of our jurisdiction.  The higher the vehicle's MPG the better.  If it can be done the old-fashioned way, more power to it.  Especially if it allows...

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