Category Archives: They Strive

Things others are doing to produce clean energy, increase efficiency of our automobiles and more.

A123Systems Announces Plan to Build U.S.-based Lithium Ion Battery Mass Production Facilities

Planned $2.3 Billion facilities will support aggressive expansion plan to deliver energy storage systems to A123’s multiple OEM customers in the Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicle market

Watertown, MA – January 7th, 2009 – A123Systems today announced it has submitted an application under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Incentive Program to qualify for $1.84 billion in direct loans to support the construction of new world-class lithium ion battery manufacturing facilities in the United States, with the first construction location in southeast Michigan. Continue reading A123Systems Announces Plan to Build U.S.-based Lithium Ion Battery Mass Production Facilities

Greensburg – A study in the trials of going green

ECOstrive – Greensburg is a town in Kansas that was 95% destroyed on May 4, 2007 by an EF5 tornado. But, instead of moving away, the citizens of Greensburg decided to turn this disaster into an opportunity to rebuild their city in a more environmentally responsible way. They decided to make Greensburg a green city.

The Discovery Network’s Planet Green channel has been covering the recovery since July of 2007 and runs a series called Greensburg that premiered in June of 2008. The Planet Green coverage keeps with the Discovery Network’s other documentary series like Deadliest Catch and others to show the good and the bad for the green rebuilding initiative in Greensburg. Continue reading Greensburg – A study in the trials of going green

IBM Opens Its Greenest Data Center in North America

BOULDER, CO – 17 Jun 2008:  IBM officially opened its “greenest” data center in North America today at its Boulder, Colo., site. The 115,000-square-foot, energy efficient facility includes 70,000 square feet of raised floor space and is part of a $350 million investment by the corporation in Boulder to help meet customer demand worldwide for green data centers, while helping IBM and its clients reduce energy costs. Continue reading IBM Opens Its Greenest Data Center in North America

New York City Announced as First Stage of the $10 Million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE Competition

Michael Bloomberg
Michael Bloomberg

March 24, 2008

New York, NY—Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that New York City will kick off the $10 million cross-country Progressive Automotive X PRIZE race in September 2009. The announcement came just weeks before the one year anniversary of PlaNYC, the City’s plan to create a greener, greater New York. Continue reading New York City Announced as First Stage of the $10 Million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE Competition

X PRIZE Foundation & Progressive Insurance Join Forces to Officially Announce the $10 Million Progressive Automotive X PRIZE

Automotive X Prize
Automotive X Prize

NEW YORK (March 20, 2008) – Today at the New York International Auto Show, the X PRIZE Foundation and Progressive (NYSE:PGR) jointly announced the company’s Title Sponsorship of the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE competition and its funding of the $10 million prize purse.

The newly renamed Progressive Automotive X PRIZE is an international competition designed to inspire a new generation of viable, super fuel-efficient vehicles. The independent and technology-neutral competition is open to teams from around the world that can design, build and bring to market 100 MPGe (miles per gallon energy equivalent) vehicles that people want to buy, and that meet market needs for price, size, capability, safety and performance. Continue reading X PRIZE Foundation & Progressive Insurance Join Forces to Officially Announce the $10 Million Progressive Automotive X PRIZE

Subaru to Evaluate Quick Charge Electric Car with New York Power Authority

Subaru R1
Subaru R1

NEW YORK, March 20, 2008 – Subaru today announced that it would begin evaluating its R1e electric vehicle (EV) in the United States this summer. The Subaru R1e will be on display at the New York International Auto Show, from March 21-30 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

Based on the Subaru R1 minicar sold in Japan, the R1e was developed by Subaru in partnership with the Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc. (TEPCO). The utility has been testing a fleet of R1e electric cars since 2006. As part of a U.S. test program, two of the Subaru R1e electric cars will join the New York Power Authority (NYPA) fleet. Continue reading Subaru to Evaluate Quick Charge Electric Car with New York Power Authority

Tesla Motors Begins Regular Production of 2008 Tesla Roadster

Tesla
Tesla

San Carlos, Calif. – (March 17, 2008) — Regular production of the 2008 Tesla Roadster commenced today, marking an historical milestone for Tesla Motors and a watershed in the development of clean, zero-emissions vehicles.

First unveiled as a prototype on July 19th, 2006, the revolutionary Tesla Roadster generated an extraordinary response from people everywhere who were inspired by the vision that beautiful, high performance cars could generate zero-emissions and burn no oil. Continue reading Tesla Motors Begins Regular Production of 2008 Tesla Roadster

Biofuels maker says airlines worried about survival, not CO2

Aircraft
Aircraft

By Nichola Groom

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. airlines are too worried about survival to address the big impact their planes are having on the environment, the company behind the world’s first commercial bio jet fuel plant said on Tuesday.

Solena Group, which is developing a facility in California to make renewable jet fuel from municipal waste, is banking on the European Union’s proposal to cap airlines’ emissions of greenhouse gases to drive demand for its product. Continue reading Biofuels maker says airlines worried about survival, not CO2

Better Battery Technology Could Soon Power Your Car

A123's m1 Lithium Nano Battery
A123's m1 Lithium Nano Battery

ECOstrive – A123Systems has a battery technology that powers DeWalt tools today, but could be powering electric and Plug-in Hybrid cars tomorrow.

DeWalt’s new 36 volt cordless systems use A123Systems’ new m1 Nanophosphate™ lithium ion battery technology to get 2 to 3 times the run time, and cut charging time to about 1 hour. But the real promise will be the use in electric vehicles. The technology yields an incredible amount of power for the weight, and is much safer than traditional lithium ion technology. Continue reading Better Battery Technology Could Soon Power Your Car

Tesla: Taking Action

Tesla Roadster
Tesla Roadster

ECOstrive – Tesla Motors has taken action in making electric cars more mainstream. They were not content with the current state of the electric vehicle, boxy, small, slow and very limited range. They decided to take electric cars to the opposite extreme. The Tesla Roadster is sexy, fast, and has a range that is manageable for a sports car of its class. Continue reading Tesla: Taking Action