Phil Covington holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School. In the past, he spent 16 years in the freight transportation and logistics industry. Today, Phil's writing focuses on electric vehicles and sustainable business matters in general. Twitter: @PhilCovBlog

BMW ActiveE, electric car based on the current 1 Series

Future of Electric Vehicles Remains Bright, Despite Detractors

The success of electric vehicles will not be determined by looking at monthly sales figures or even on a quarterly earnings. Some things are working, some things are not, and some things need to be viewed in the context of changing consumer preferences and technological progress.

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Duo to Ride Across America By Electric Bike to Promote Awareness

Last week, a team of two cyclists, Boris Mordkovich and Anna Mostovetsky, began a two and a half month, 4,000 mile ride across America on a pair of electric-assisted bicycles, to promote an awareness of electric bikes as an alternative form of transport, and to prove that their machines are a reliable and efficient way to get around.

GM CEO Dan Akerson

Is GM Guilty of Funding Climate Change Denial?

Funds came from GM’s foundation, not GM the car company itself. This distinction is important, since in the interests of good governance, Mr Akerson is not permitted to sit on the board of the foundation as well as being CEO of General Motors. The point he wished to convey: GM itself is not culpable in funding climate change denial.

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Cleantech Accelerator Greenstart Launches Design Practice

many big changes [ in clean-tech] come in the second chapter we are now in, where software and IT will be critical; it’s now about the “energy internet.” This involves innovations around using energy more efficiently: How do you move it around? how do you push energy back to the grid? and how do you start making money? “IT has the ability to unlock the big changes.”

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Ford To Use Kenaf Plant Materials In New Escape

Following Ford’s recent announcement that they will use recycled plastic bottles for seat fabrics in the upcoming Focus Electric, the company’s efforts to increase the use of sustainable materials continues with the news that they will use kenaf plant fiber material for interior door bolsters for the new Escape. Kenaf, blended with polypropylene in a … Continued

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More Fuel Efficient Cars Spell Less Money For Mass Transit

Consumer Reports characterized this year’s North American International Auto show as “the rise of the mainstream plug-in hybrid,” foretelling a definite trend that’s emerging among automakers: fuel-efficiency is becoming the name of the game. This is great news for the environment, and for consumers, but with the vehicle fleet becoming more efficient in the USA, … Continued

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Electric Bicycle Trailer From Ridekick Offers a Useful Boost

Fort Collins, Colorado-based start-up, Ridekick, has a new take on the electric bicycle: they offer something that’s not a bicycle at all. Instead, they think an electric powered trailer that can be easily attached to most conventional bikes is a better solution. The Ridekick is an option for the cyclist who wants either full time, … Continued