SPECIAL SERIES: Net Impact 2017

Toyota Brings Mobility Inside with Human Support Robots

Toyota may be known as a car company, but it’s the concept of mobility that is driving the company forward. The Human Support Robot or HSR helps with basic household tasks like fetching water and is making a world of difference to quadriplegics and other folks in need of a hand.

North American Transit Systems In Dire Need of Help

A recently concluded study concluded that despite advances in technology, sustainable transit is severely lacking across North America. No U.S. or Canadian city made it into this survey’s worldwide top 20 sustainable transportation systems.

Tesla Faces String of Harassment Lawsuits

Tesla has been caught up in what some critics have described as the “bro culture” that plagues Silicon Valley. The latest chapter involves a lawsuit accusing the company of looking the other way at anti-gay discrimination in its factory – and the company’s reaction to the litigation is making the situation worse.

Catalytic Converter Demand Pushes Price of Palladium Over $1,000 an Ounce

The demand for palladium, which sent prices surging over $1,000 an ounce, is being driven by the automotive industry, which covets palladium for its effectiveness in catalytic converters – the exhaust emission control devices in cars that turn toxic gases into less harmful pollutants.

Business Owners Have the Last Say in Catalonia’s Secession Bid

Voters in Spain’s most economically successful region, Catalonia, want independence and have even gone to the polls to declare their intentions to secede. Many of capital seat Barcelona’s biggest companies have demonstrated their own version of a referendum: they’re leaving town for more stable commercial landscapes.

London’s Mayor Urges German Automakers to Contribute to Air Quality Fund

Last week, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, called out Germany’s leading automakers, urging them to contribute to the city’s air quality programs. Khan has argued that diesel vehicles manufactured by BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen have been contributing to London’s worsening air pollution and as a result, increased public health problems.

EasyJet: All-Electric Plane Possible in 10 Years

The British discount airline easyJet made waves over the past week in announcing a partnership with U.S.-based Wright Electric to develop an all-electric commercial airplane that could launch within a decade. Is such technology a reality in the near future, or just a public relations stunt?

JetBlue Launches 100-Day Push for Puerto Rico Disaster Relief

JetBlue has boosted its relief and recovery operations for Puerto Rico with an extended three-month push to help the U.S. territory rebuild. Dubbed “100x35JetBlue,” the program includes 35 various programs the airline says it will launch, starting with discounted fares that aim to help the island rebuild.

U.S. Energy Dept. Needs Hydrogen for Future Grid Resiliency

The U.S. energy infrastructure has been in the news this week as the devastation from Hurricane Harvey continues to ripple through the Gulf Coast region of Texas, a major oil and gas hub. The hurricane demonstrates some of the risks of centralized production and processing. But efforts are already underway to diversify our mix of clean energy.