Even in the Digital Age, building a great gadget doesn't guarantee success
Publish a book on paper, says a sheepish Beth Collins, and "I'm hesitant to read it." But send it through the ether to her feather-light Kindle 2, Amazon's whiz-bang electronic reading machine, and she's eager ...
Britons offered cash grants to buy electric cars
British motorists could receive up to 5,000 pounds (5,700 euros, 7,500 dollars) if they buy an electric car under government proposals unveiled Thursday.
EarthTalk: Are hybrid cars really better for the environment?
Dear EarthTalk: If you have an electric or plug-in hybrid car, you're paying for electricity rather than gasoline all or most of the time. How does that cost compare to a gas-powered car's cost-per-mile? And since the electricity ...
Nanotech Batteries for a New Energy Future
(PhysOrg.com) -- In order to save money and energy, many people are purchasing hybrid electric cars or installing solar panels on the roofs of their homes. But both have a problem -- the technology to store ...
Startup gives boost to electric cars: 'vending machines for electricity'
Richard Lowenthal used to worry about the electric-auto industry's chicken-and-egg question: Which will come first, the chargers or the cars?
Hybrids gather dust at AutoNation dealerships
AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson has a problem: There are way too many Toyota Prius hybrids sitting on his car lots across America.
Advanced car battery makers seek juice from stimulus plan
The U.S. is struggling to catch up with China, Japan and Korea in a race to build the advanced batteries needed to power the electric cars of the future.
Mass production micro-hybrid technology set to cut emissions and fuel use in cars
The EUREKA (Belgium) i-StARS project is developing a compact, fully integrated and low-cost start-stop system for cars to replace conventional alternators in mass production. This second-generation starter alternator reversible ...
Increased interest in hybrids among non-hybrid owners
Current owners of hybrid vehicles are very satisfied with them and most will buy a hybrid again, say University of Michigan researchers.
Solo hybrid drivers in carpool lanes amplify gridlock
Allowing single-occupant hybrid cars to use carpool lanes – on some of Los Angeles' busiest highways during rush hour, no less – creates crushing congestion and about $4,500 per car in adverse social ...
Scarcity of elements in products like smartphones needs addressing, say scientists
Many of today's technological innovations from the iPhone to electric motors for hybrid cars require the use of materials—elements—that are scarce or difficult to obtain. As demand for these devices grows, the problem ...
WTO upholds 'rare earth' ruling against China (Update)
The World Trade Organization has upheld a ruling that China violated trade rules with restrictions on the export of "rare earths," the minerals used in mobile phones, hybrid cars and other high-tech products.
China to scrap purchase tax on electric vehicles
China will exempt electric cars and other types of "new energy" vehicles from purchase tax, the government said, as it seeks to reduce pollution and conserve resources.
Beware the green car 'big switch'
Charging up an electric car can put as much strain on the energy grid as a small family home. So how can we embrace this new technology while keeping an eye on sustainability?