There's still a lot of public education that needs to be done in order to make people aware of electric cars... and their many benefits.
A Tata Motors electric concept car I recently ran across is one of the most "futuristic" cars I've seen this year. The Tata ConnectNext EV Concept, as you can see, is very inviting thanks to its extensive use of glass. Additionally, the seats sort of hover above the ground. The car, of course, is an electric car, or to be more precise, a plug-in hybrid electric.
The widespread belief is that people who buy electric cars do so in order to protect the planet. That is an important factor for many buyers, but many buyers don't actually care about that, or it's not the driving factor that inspired them to buy an electric car (sorry for the bad pun).
We see a lot of high-flying ideas about futuristic technology. Maybe we see too much, because most of us have a very hard time realizing when a transformative technology is really going to overtake a dated on. Closely following the solar, wind, and energy storage industries for the past several years, I'm convinced that these technologies are going to quickly replace fossil fuels and nuclear energy. However...
I think the #1 challenge to an electric vehicle revolution is now simply awareness. Electric vehicles are better and often cheaper, but most people probably can't name a single electric car. A new campaign from Smart does an excellent job getting the word out about its Smart Electric Drive, at least in San Francisco.
Our Planet is not doing very well. Desertification, devastating storms, droughts, flooding, loss in biodiversity and many more increasingly worrying environmental / climate change related threats. Why are we not changing this? Do we have the power, the strength to change? Do we care?
While current energy outlooks to 2030 and beyond retain a dominant role for fossil fuels in the world’s energy mix, simple mathematics indicate that at the current pace of renewable energy investment (~0.3% of global GDP) the energy available to humans at the end of the century will be a small fraction of the current..
Energy outlooks to 2030 and beyond indicate growing global energy demand and a continued dominant role for fossil fuels in the world’s energy mix, even as utilization of renewable energy sources expands rapidly…
Renewable energy is entering a period of uncertainty that mirrors the increasing uncertainty about oil prices. Will increased demand from China and revitalized Western economies maintain oil prices at current levels in the face of increased supply from fracking and possibly from Iran? If so, government support for renewable energy should remain strong. If oil prices fall, however, then as in the 1980s many governments may cut their investments in new energy technologies so that alternative energy sources are unavailable when oil prices rise again. What can we do now to ensure continuing support for renewable energy initiatives in the face of possible short term economic and political pressures?
Since the invention of electricity, ABB has played a critical role in shaping the modern world.
Dr. Ashok Gadgil’s life and work exemplify sustainable invention. Among the solutions he has pioneered is UV Waterworks, which affordably...
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Solar power was just a niche application 10 years ago. Many people liked the idea of solar power, but it was too expensive for all but a small percentage of the population. Now, solar power is cost-competitive with other electricity options for hundreds of millions of people. The biggest challenge is simply making people aware of that.READ MORE
Renewable energy is massively important for so many reasons. The most prominent of them is the greatest challenge modern civilization has faced -- global warming and climate change. However, renewable energy also helps to improve political stability in many regions, helps to clean the air and water, helps to boost local and national economies, and helps to provide energy security and reliability.READ MORE
Since the middle of 18th century, mankind has been using fossil fuel energy as a bank account, from which we collectively withdraw every year using a peculiar sort of ATM.READ MORE
Wind power and solar power together now produce as much electricity in Germany as nuclear power. In the first half of 2014, each of them produced 45 TWh of electricity. Wind power produced 26.7 TWh while solar produced 18.3 TWh.READ MORE
In the clean energy revolution, much attention gets put on China, the US, and Europe. These are, of course, very big and influential markets, and it's good to see each of them promoting clean energy in their own ways, but focusing on them so much sometimes leaves out other inspiring stories, like South Korea's cleantech story.READ MORE