Lexus teases RC Coupe Hybrid

And, boom, just like that, there’s a new luxury hybrid coming our way. Lexus, the upper end brand for Japanese automaker Toyota, announced earlier this week plans for the RC coupe. Two powertrain options will be available, including one making use of low carbon emissions technology.

Big beats bolster solar cell efficiency

Playing pop and rock music improves the performance of solar cells, according to new research from scientists at Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College London.

What is Apple doing with an empty solar factory?

What a long, strange trip it’s been for the planned First Solar factory in Mesa, Arizona.

The oldest ice core – finding a 1.5 million-year record of Earth’s climate

How far into the past can ice-core records go? Scientists have now identified regions in Antarctica they say could store information about Earth’s climate and greenhouse gases extending as far back as 1.5 million years, almost twice as old as the oldest ice core drilled to date. The results are published today in Climate of the Past, an open access journal of the European Geosciences Union (EGU).

SunPower wants to employ panel-cleaning 'bots

If robots can keep solar panels facing the sun for less cost then traditional methods – as the company Qbotix claims with its novel tracking system – it only makes sense that a similar technology be put to use to keep the panels clean.

Ford hybrid unseats Prius variant

Toyota last month said it would be dropping the price of its Prius Plug-In hybrid by $2,000 for the more basic model, suggesting sales may not have been as the automaker wanted with this variant of the Prius.

Microsoft eyes Texas wind power

How important can it be when giant companies that consume vast amounts of energy commit to buying renewables?

Acura readies Luxury Hybrid Sedan for roll out

Acura, Honda’s luxury division, is getting set to debut its first luxury sedan to use hybrid powertrain technology later this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. TheRLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD will sport the same fuel efficiency gear as its much more zippy sibling, the upcoming Acura NSX.

GM showcases Spark EV

The Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association Show (SEMA) is the place each year to showcase vehicles, concepts and otherwise, that are accessorized “to allow personalization while maintaining excellent refinement and ride characteristics.”

Alstom's tidal turbine achieves 100-MWh

Alstom said its 1-megawatt tidal turbine that’s undergoing testing at the European Marine Energy Centre has now sent 100 megawatt-hours of electricity onto the grid. The device first hit full operating power at the EMEC back in July.

Tesla clinches EV battery deal with Panasonic

Tesla Motors, in a move which shows aggressive growth plans, inked a deal this week with Japanese giant Panasonic to expand the latter’s supply of automotive-grade lithium-ion battery cells to the electric vehicle manufacturer. This expansion targets nearly 2 billion cells over the course of four years.

Global warming as viewed from the deep ocean

Some climate change skeptics have pointed out that global atmospheric temperatures have been stable, or even declined slightly, over the past decade. They claim it's a sign that global warming has either ceased, slowed down or is not caused by human activity. So, where did all that heat that we're supposedly producing go?

Toyota details 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid

For 2014, Toyota isn’t doing much new with its Camry Hybrid. Why change up a good thing when it is clearly a decent seller for the Japanese auto manufacturer? The model family has done quite well, selling over 10 million units in the U.S. alone since being introduced here i 1983. It is one of the benchmark mid-size sedans on the market, and its hybrid design looks to continue the trend as time marches along.

Tesla fires up West Coast Supercharger Network

Are you ready to drive your Tesla Model S from San Diego, California to Vancouver, British Colombia? That’s the tantalizing possibility now that the electric vehicle company’s Supercharger Corridor along the West Coast is filled out enough that, staying to major roads, you could likely do it without breaking much of a sweat.

Japan kicks off floating wind turbine program

Japan officially began drawing power from a 2-megawatt floating wind turbine off its southwestern coast on Monday, the first of two floating turbine test projects that the country hopes could prove to be a significant source of energy in the post-earthquake/tsunami era.

Suzuki showcases X-Lander hybrid concept

Suzuki plans to unveil a number of new concept vehicles at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. One of the most interesting ones from a green vehicle perspective will be the X-Lander, described by the Japanese automaker as a “real 4WD hybrid with a distinctive personality.”

This electric Harley is a ‘Batpod’ motorcycle

The seller says the bike is “titled, registered, & insured as a street-legal 2002 Harley V-Rod,” but if you want to take him up on the flamethrower option, well, you might be wise to check with law enforcement where you live.

Nissan details 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid

Nissan has released pricing, fuel economy and hybrid system information for its newest hybrid the 2014 Pathfinder Hybrid. We will detail the basics of the first two, but include for you full detailed information from the Japanese automaker on what makes the hybrid drivetrain in this SUV tick.

Report: Urban underground holds sustainable energy

Vast energy sources are slumbering below big cities. Sustainable energies for heating in winter and cooling in summer may be extracted from heated groundwater aquifers.

Volvo accelerates EV research projects

A week ago I wrote up a story about how Volvo is involved in multiple cutting edge low carbon transportation projects, despite not really having much of a green vehicle fleet yet. Now word comes of another undertaking the automaker is just now wrapping up which involves wireless electric vehicle charging.