US States want 3.3 million green vehicles on American roads by 2025

Is it possible we could see 3.3 million zero emissions vehicles on American roads by 2025? That’s the ambitious dream of eight states across the country, which inked an agreement last week to try and nudge the fledgling green vehicle market into electric overdrive.

Report: Antarctic ozone hole slightly smaller than average this year

The ozone hole that forms each year in the stratosphere over Antarctica was slightly smaller in 2013 than average in recent decades, according to NASA satellite data.

Breakthrough claimed for solar cell efficiency

Did you know that crystals form the basis for the penetrating icy blue glare of car headlights and could be fundamental to the future in solar energy technology?

Is this the cheapest solar light bulb in the world?

Nokero has made a bit of a name for itself in marketing and selling environmentally friendly solar-based technologies such as solar lights and solar battery chargers. It is now introducing what it says is the most affordable solar light bulb in the world, and it is aimed at emerging markets.

Report: Hybrids are becoming more affordable

Are all hybrids created equally? Certainly not, especially when you consider how many of them have overall ownership costs which are now considered lower than their all gas counterparts. That’s one of the main takeaways from recent research data released by Vincentric around this topic.

Forest waste used to develop cheaper, greener supercapacitors

Researchers report that wood-biochar supercapacitors can produce as much power as today’s activated-carbon supercapacitors at a fraction of the cost – and with environmentally friendly byproducts. The report appears in the journal Electrochimica Acta.

US eyes 11 offshore wind farms

The U.S. is steadily inching toward installing some offshore wind power, with nearly a dozen projects in the works, according to a new report prepared for the Department of Energy.

Volvo showcases next-gen EV charging

Turns out ”pure tension” is not what you experience when your plug-in vehicle is running out of juice and there’s not a charging station to be found.  (Ba-dum-tish.)

McLaren P1 is a slick hybrid supercar

The forthcoming McLaren P1 hybrid supercar, which debuted earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, is set to be a demon on the roads. With only 375 units planned for production, it will also command a high price tag of over $1 million, which demands of course amazing performance figures.

Is wind power making a comeback?

As we reported just yesterday, wind power has hit a bit of a rough patch, with first-half-of-year installations down for the third year in a row. But don’t look for this trend to last very long, says the International Energy Agency.

This aquaponics farm is powered by a fuel cell vehicle

If you happened today to be outside of London’s Design Museum, you might have noticed a curious sight – an aquaponics ecosystem powered by a fuel cell vehicle from Hyundai. Known as the Fuel Cell Farm, it was a one day “piece of design theatre” aiming to educate people about the real-life benefits of hydrogen fuel-cell technology.

Toyota prices 2014 Prius, Avalon Hybrid models

Toyota last week priced out two of its 2014 hybrid offerings as it continues to look to dominate the category. The pricing for the most part for the Avalon Hybrid and Prius trims remains the same, likely reflecting a desire to continue to bring in through the door more consumers wanting to buy a hybrid from the Japanese automaker.

Claim: Traffic-related air pollution a substantial public health concern

Traffic-related air pollution is increasingly shown to have negative health effects according to a growing body of epidemiologic evidence and is a substantial public health concern in Canada, argues a commentary published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).

Tiny 'LEGO brick' -style studs make solar panels a quarter more efficient

Most solar cells used in homes and industry are made using thick layers of material to absorb sunlight, but have been limited in the past by relatively high costs. Many new, lower cost designs are limited as their layer of light-absorbing material is too thin to extract enough energy.

Future electric cars could store energy in panels

Volvo seems to want to be on the cutting edge of electric vehicle research, despite the fact it doesn’t have that much in the way of actual green car offerings as of yet. It’s already been involved in a project that puts power lines in roads to consistently charge EVs passing overhead, and now it is tinkering with energy storage built directly into car panels.

Introducing.... Solar-powered airplane windows!?

No, the idea isn’t to power commercial air travel with photovoltaic solar – that’s being left that to super-lightweight, experimental efforts like Solar Impulse.

Report: 2014 Acura ILX Hybrid hits 39 MPG in city

Honda luxury brand Acura is now in the second year of production of its more entry level ILX sedan, which is based upon the Honda Civic platform. It is also the second year of a hybrid offering for this model, and it has just been released to Acura showrooms for a starting price of $28,900.

Manually charging your iPhone with Mipwr

Back-up batteries and solar chargers are fine, but if you’re in a real emergency where phone power is a must, both can be cumbersome and time-consuming. A new gadget on Kickstarter clears through the clutter and puts the power back in your hands–literally.

Kenya will tag rhino horns with microchips: suck it, poachers!

The Kenyan Wildlife Services (KWS) is going all 2013 on poachers' asses by making rhino horn 100% traceable. Now that's what you call disruptive technology that really makes a difference.

Scientists develop heat-resistant materials that could vastly improve solar cell efficiency

Scientists have created a heat-resistant thermal emitter that could significantly improve the efficiency of solar cells. The novel component is designed to convert heat from the sun into infrared light, which can than be absorbed by solar cells to make electricity – a technology known as thermophotovoltaics.