Tesla is not a traditional auto company struggling to one better GM and Toyota in a move-by-move game of chess, it's a California high-tech startup. For Musk, this isn't about tactics and it's not even about strategy. It's about a new industrial revolution.
Unlike any other car, an electric car requires the driver to be able to do math in real time or you could get stranded. And not funny dealer math either.
The U.S. needs 10 million electric vehicles on the road by 2025 to have a shot at avoiding the worst effects of climate change. But even AlterAction's sunniest market projection indicates that we'll have only 4 to 5 million EVs on the road by 2025 if we charge ahead at the current modest pace of growth.
The U.S. electricity sector will be unrecognizable in 20 years. How-- and how-- fast it changes will be a big factor in how large a price the world pay for having disrupted climate equilibrium - but it is not the climate threat that will drive the changes.
IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Obama's big move to cut methane emissions - but there's a catch; West Virginia and the fight for science in science textbooks; Good news and bad news on sea level rise.
A widespread switch to EVs is one key way to slash emissions, so our "charge" (sorry, pun intended) was to estimate the potential impact of EV policy and program options in order to identify which ones are most likely to increase EV sales.
Whether a state has done a lot or a little in promoting EVs, it's not been enough to date. No resting on laurels!
In the 1920s the US was the largest user of electric cars in the world, and they outsold gasoline-powered cars
There's a lot to be thankful for -- from historic progress on climate to groundbreaking environmental laws that can serve as a model for the rest of the nation. Behind each of these accomplishments was grassroots activism, engaged citizens, and committed individuals who just didn't give up; and it's that kind of people power that I'm most grateful for this holiday season.
In a city that is still recovering from the shock of empty gas pumps in the chaotic aftermath of Superstorm Sandy two years ago, there are obvious advantages to being free from reliance on the island's declining gas stations.
Solar is a completely renewable and wildly abundant resource that slashes a household's carbon emissions. And it's something we can feel good about. Ever heard of a catastrophic solar spill? An asthma attack because of a solar panel? A military operation defending our access to the sun? Nope.
Last week, the Air Force unveiled its latest technological innovation. With a fleet of Nissan Leafs, Ford F-series trucks, and other vehicles, the Air Force took an important step that may eventually revolutionize how we think about the cars we drive and the way we keep the lights on.
Some utility companies are starting to encourage consumers to make the switch to plug-in electric vehicles (EVs).
A poll last year found that nearly half of American households could purchase an EV for their next car; it would be a great fit for their driving needs, and they would have a place to charge it with electricity. We're talking about many millions of people. Are you one of them?
The collapse of soaring oil prices signaled the beginning of the 2008 Great Recession. This milder repeat performance is not so confusing if we look at the basics -- and remember that what counts about oil is not where it is produced, or exactly how much we need, but its price.
I live in New York City and have come to endure my daily commute. Now, with clients in Silicon Valley, I'm frequently flying, and it's got me thinking: What kind of global footprint am I leaving? So I did some digging.