$620 Million for Smart Grid and Energy Storage Projects will spur Renewables

By John Addison (11/24/09) The Department of Energy awarded today $620 million for projects around the country to demonstrate Smart Grid technologies and integrated systems that will help build a smarter, more efficient, and more resilient electrical grid. Electric cars will be smart charged and lithium batteries reused in some grid ... Read More...

Toyota Expands Hybrid Car Models

By John Addison (11/17/09) Over 1,000,000 Hybrids in U.S. Toyota Motor Corporation continues to dominate the global market for hybrid cars with its Toyota and Lexus brands. Last March, Toyota became the only car maker to have sold over one million hybrids in the United States. Hybrid sales are pushing 10 percent ... Read More...

2010 Honda Insight Test Drive

By John Addison (4/24/09) The new 2010 Honda Insight  EX demonstrated plenty of performance and hill climbing when I drove it in Monterey, California. It is rated 43 mpg highway and 40 mpg city. The Insight’s combined EPA rating of 41 contrasts with its competition the 2010 Toyota Prius fuel economy ... Read More...

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid Test Drive

By John Addison (original 4/24/09) The 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid easily seats five, has plenty of trunk storage, and delivers better mileage than 80 percent of hybrids due to Ford’s impressive hybrid drive system. Driving along the ocean and through windy forest roads in Monterey, California, the car delivered a smooth and ... Read More...

Mini Cooper Test Drive

By John Addison (original 4/24/09) On a 20 mile test drive along the ocean in Monterey, California, and on beautiful tree lined roads where I could easily see the next turn it was all fun behind the wheel of the MINI Cooper Convertible. I couldn’t stop smiling with the top down, ... Read More...