The “first feel-good sustainability story of 2012,” so long as you ignore the costs

Michael Giberson Consider the claim in the headline, “How One Man’s Roof Paid for His Car.” Here’s the introduction: It’s the first feel-good sustainability story of 2012. A man in Orlando, Florida installed solar panels on the roof of his home, sold the excess power back to the grid, and then used that money to … More The “first feel-good sustainability story of 2012,” so long as you ignore the costs

Better Place has deal to provide taxis in Toyko

Michael Giberson Japanese taxis represent a mere two percent of all passenger vehicles on the road in Japan, yet they emit approximately 20 percent of all carbon dioxide (CO2) from vehicles due to their average distance traveled in a given day. From a news release by Better Place.  The company statement highlights the projects ability … More Better Place has deal to provide taxis in Toyko

The U.S. Postal Service projects smart grid revenue needed to make electric vehicle fleet cost effective

Michael Giberson John Petersen at AltEnergyStocks comments on a recent analysis by the U.S. Postal Service of the economics of converting to an electric vehicle fleet.  Petersen observes that, “after years of reading up-beat promotional materials that talk about ten-year battery lives and seven- to ten-year payback periods, it was refreshing to see a more … More The U.S. Postal Service projects smart grid revenue needed to make electric vehicle fleet cost effective

Will V2G prove profitable to PHEV owners?

Michael Giberson When I read someone suggesting that “vehicle-to-grid” (V2G) operations will make money for owners of plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV), I wonder how carefully they’ve thought through all the implications.*  The analyst might assume a particular battery technology and characteristics, for example, and then run a simulation against market data to see how much … More Will V2G prove profitable to PHEV owners?

Low entry barriers in electric car market

Lynne Kiesling Very interesting story in today’s Wall Street Journal about BYD, a Chinese firm manufacturing electric vehicles. One of the most interesting points in this article: despite the global economic downturn, BYD is increasing its operations, first in China and then planned for US and Europe, because entry barriers are lower in the electric … More Low entry barriers in electric car market