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Earth Day certainly is something to celebrate

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Happy Earth Day, Big Blue Marble!

When we started AutoblogGreen on Earth Day 2006, we had no idea all of the places that covering the less-wasteful side of the auto industry would take us or how interesting the different eco-mobility strategies from the various automakers would be. Eight years later, we're still engaged with this topic. Now that we're celebrating our bronze anniversary, we're happy to once again look at the big picture and remember why every drop matters.

Not everyone is a fan of setting aside a day to celebrate the natural world, but we still agree with the idea of spending at least 24 hours in this sort of contemplation. The auto industry likes to get into the act as well. This year, the Diesel Technology Forum is promoting clean diesel, Toyota accepted the EPA WasteWise award for the fourth year in a row, General Motors talked about reducing energy intensity by 32 percent at four plants, Chrysler made some big natural gas savings and Nissan said it celebrates Earth Day every day. Let's see what tomorrow brings.

Earth Day certainly is something to celebrate originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Video: Solar Roadways puts up a parking lot, launches Indiegogo campaign [w/video]

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Solar Roadways demonstration parking lot

Joni Mitchell was wrong when she sang out against paving paradise and putting up a parking lot. Ok, maybe not. Still, we think the demonstration project just built by the folks over at Solar Roadways would get a pass from the Canadian singer-songwriter. That's because the real estate in question is covered with a textured glass surface that can, among many other things, generate low-carbon electricity, melt snow, and throw up safety warnings with its integrated LED lighting system.

This smart road has grown from its original conception to award-winning early prototype to actual installation in a few short years and is now ready for its next step: manufacturing. To do that, the family-based startup needs money for staff and other costs. While it has received funding from the Department of Transportation for its efforts so far, it's now turning to the world at large with an IndieGoGo campaign for help moving this ambitious vision forward.

If successful, the concept will next start appearing in parking lots, driveways and sidewalks before taking that final leap toward paving the way to a solar-powered paradise. Sound too idealistic, too utopian? Well, maybe. But, big change doesn't happen by thinking small. While we consider a lyric from another musician - "You may say I'm a dreamer, But I'm not the only one" - scroll down for a fresh video from Solar Roadways discussing the possibilities of this awesome idea, and showing off what they have achieved so far.

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Official: Epic Electric American Road Trip goes 12,000 miles on EV power

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EpicEVTrip tesla model s

Twenty-seven states. 12,000 miles. Zero gasoline. Those are the headline numbers for the "Epic Electric American Road Trip" that ended in Venica, CA today, just in time for Earth Day. Norman Hajjar, the managing director of Recargo's driver research division, PlugInsights, made the journey in a stock Tesla Model S both as a way to draw attention to electric vehicles (he's trying to get Guinness World Record to verify that this was the longest vehicle journey ever taken using 100 percent electric power) and to show that long-distance road trips are possible even with today's charging infrastructure.

This was certainly a trip for an EV diehard, since it was made up of 109 hours of charging and 213 hours of driving. That leads to the second part of Hajjar's reason for driving criss-cross across the US: to "draw attention to needs for further improvement." You can relive the journey over at Plugshare or on Twitter.

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Consumer Reports: Dealerships Don’t Understand, Like Electric Cars

Have you ever visited a car dealership with the intent of buying an electric car, only to find the last thing the salesperson wants to sell you is an electric car? We’ve heard some pretty terrible horror stories over the years — and so too it appears had Consumer Reports. So much so in fact, […]

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Thought of the Day: Range or Price? (Nikki, April 22, 2014)

Nikki responds to Mark’s thoughts from last week about EV Holidays and asks what’s more important: EV range, or EV price? Unlike our other shows, Thought of the Day is our chance to muse on one big story in the news each day, using it as a spring board to explore other topics, sometimes even outside of […]

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Staff Car Report: Nissan LEAF Loses its First Capacity After 3 Years, 52.8k Miles

Ageing, like bills, birthdays, taxes and death, comes to us all. While the middle two might only apply to us humans, battery packs know all about ageing, slowly losing their ability to store charge over time until one day, they can no-longer be useful in the purpose they were originally planned for. It doesn’t matter […]

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Tesla delivers electric cars – and apology – to Chinese customers - Financial Times

Washington Post

Tesla delivers electric cars – and apology – to Chinese customers
Financial Times
Tesla Motors made the first delivery of its premium electric cars in China on Tuesday, but only after chief executive Elon Musk apologised to some customers whose orders had been delayed. Tesla has made a late entry into the world's largest automotive ...
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Electric cars star at Beijing motor show - Financial Times

Forbes

Electric cars star at Beijing motor show
Financial Times
Tesla Motors' first delivery of a car to a Chinese customer on Tuesday will come in a week when electric vehicles are centre stage at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition – the biggest car show in the world's largest car market. But the ...
New Chinese Car Models Revealed On Twittersphere: Beijing Auto ShowForbes
New energy vehicles draw interest at auto showSouth China Morning Post
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Mahindra Reva looks to boost electric car ownership - Economic Times

Economic Times

Mahindra Reva looks to boost electric car ownership
Economic Times
PUNE: In a bid to boost sales of its electric car, Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles is working on making the car more easily accessible to people. Chetan Maini, Chief Executive Officer, Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles said, "As a leading electric ...