Category Archives: They Strive

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

A123Systems Signs Production Contract for Think Electric Vehicles

A123Systems
A123Systems

GENEVA and WASHINGTON – March 5, 2008 – GE (NYSE: GE) announced it is ramping up its efforts to enable global electrification of transportation by investing in Norwegian electric car manufacturer Think, which unveiled a five-seat crossover concept car in Geneva today. To power its vehicles, Think has signed a commercial supply agreement with lithium-ion battery manufacturer A123Systems. GE is in a unique position to help both companies commercialize technology to make electric transportation practical and affordable. Continue reading A123Systems Signs Production Contract for Think Electric Vehicles

Detroit Electric Car to Return After 100 Years

Detroit Electric
Detroit Electric

JINHUA, China and SANTA ROSA, CA (February 7, 2008) – In a joint announcement, US electric car pioneer ZAP (OTC BB: ZAAP) and China Youngman Automotive Group announced today they are reviving the 100-year-old electric car brand Detroit Electric for their automotive joint venture. Detroit Electric officials look forward to bringing new vehicle technologies to market by 2009, and beyond that the possibility of bringing new manufacturing and green collar jobs to California.

Detroit Electric plans to introduce its first electric cars and buses in 2009. The ZAP Alias, which is under development for the joint venture, will be one of several vehicles being planned to carry the Detroit Electric brand. ZAP is planning a presentation on Detroit Electric for North American auto dealers at NADA 2008, the world’s largest auto show for dealers. Learn more about the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) annual meeting and exhibition, February 9-12, 2008 in San Francisco at http://expo.nada.org. Continue reading Detroit Electric Car to Return After 100 Years

AFS Trinity Unveils 150 MPG Extreme Hybrid (XH™) SUV

AFS Trinity XH
AFS Trinity XH

DETROIT, January 13, 2008 . . . In just completed road tests, a 2007 SUV straight off an American automaker’s showroom floor and subsequently equipped with the patent pending Extreme Hybrid™ (XH™) drive train, exceeded 150 mpg, AFS Trinity Power Corporation reported today at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

AFS Trinity CEO Edward W. Furia provided details of the tests and the patent pending Fast Energy Storage™ system that makes the Extreme Hybrid™ possible. During Furia’s report, a second, identically-equipped and fully functional SUV demonstrator of the XH™ technology was unveiled and will remain on display throughout the Auto Show. Continue reading AFS Trinity Unveils 150 MPG Extreme Hybrid (XH™) SUV

Boeing set to unveil 787 amid order flurry

Boeing 787
Boeing 787

By Bill Rigby Sun Jul 8, 3:35 PM ET

SEATTLE (Reuters) – Boeing Co. prepared to unveil the first carbon-composite 787 Dreamliner on Sunday amid a flurry of 55 new orders for the lightweight, fuel efficient plane.

European, Middle Eastern and Australian carriers trumpeted new purchases at various Boeing events in Seattle, as the plane maker got ready to host 15,000 or so employees, customers and suppliers at its nearby Everett, Washington, plant. Continue reading Boeing set to unveil 787 amid order flurry

Zap to make electric sedan based on its sports car

ZAP-X
ZAP-X

By Michael Kanellos, CNET News.com
Published on ZDNet News: June 22, 2007, 9:55 AM PT

Electric-vehicle maker Zap says it will come out with an electric car that will go about 100 miles on a charge but cost only $30,000, a combination of features that so far hasn’t been achieved.

Whether Zap will succeed is an open question.

According to the company, the sedan will be a derivative of the Zap-X, a sport SUV scheduled to hit the market toward the end of 2008. The Zap-X is designed to go 350 miles without a charge and from 0 mph to 60 mph in about 4.8 seconds. Continue reading Zap to make electric sedan based on its sports car

General Motors Reports Progress Toward New All-Electric Car

Chevy Volt concept car by GM
Chevy Volt concept car by GM

By John Bichard

Washington – 19 June 2007 – In January of 2007, General Motors (GM) unveiled a concept car powered solely by electricity. The Chevrolet Volt is a big step beyond today’s hybrid, that uses both a gasoline engine and electric motor. VOA’s John Birchard reports on the progress GM is making toward turning the Volt from an attractive idea into a production vehicle.

As vice president of research and development and strategic planning for General Motors, Larry Burns is responsible for the company’s efforts to reinvent the automobile, so to speak – to move beyond conventional gasoline-powered vehicles to environmentally sound “green” cars of tomorrow. Continue reading General Motors Reports Progress Toward New All-Electric Car

IBM Unveils Plan to Combat Data Center Energy Crisis

IBM's Green Data Center Marketing Photo
IBM's Green Data Center Marketing Photo

NEW YORK, NY – 10 May 2007: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it is redirecting $1 billion per year across its businesses, mobilizing the company’s resources to dramatically increase the level of energy efficiency in IT. The plan includes new products and services for IBM and its clients to sharply reduce data center energy consumption, transforming the world’s business and public technology infrastructures into “green” data centers.

The savings are substantial — for an average 25,000 square foot data center, clients should be able to achieve 42 percent energy savings. Based on the energy mix in the US, this savings equates to 7,439 tons of carbon emissions saved per year. Continue reading IBM Unveils Plan to Combat Data Center Energy Crisis