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Where this Renault Dauphine electric car led in 1975, hundreds of thousands are now following every year. Auto World Museum, Fulton, Missouri. Photo: JeromeG111 via Flickr.com.

Electric car numbers double in one year

The Ecologist

15th April 2014

There are now more than 400,000 electric cars on the world's roads - twice as many as a year ago, and on current trends there will be a million by 2016. Leading the market are the USA, Japan and China - while Europe trails behind. more...

Norway: electric vehicles lead the car market

Sophie Morlin-Yron

4th February 2014

In Norway, electric vehicles are out-selling conventional cars, giving the country the world's highest rate of EV ownership, writes Sophie Morlin-Yron. more...

Greening the car: can we really do it?

Gavin Haines

17th December, 2012

Motorists have been slow to embrace electric vehicles, but gradually they are starting to find their way onto the roads. Gavin Haines asks whether battery powered cars have finally turned a corner or whether their unpopularity thus far is surpassed only by their disappointing eco credentials? more...
Electric car charging at charging point

Oxford charges up new electronic car sharing scheme

Paul Creeney

12th July, 2012

Environmentalists living in and around a 50-mile radius of Oxford can now opt into the country’s first-ever electric car-sharing scheme. The Ecologist’s Paul Creeney reports
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How green is your fuel?

How green is your fuel?

Andrew Simms

12th April, 2012

In an exclusive extract from 'Ampera We're Electric', Andrew Simms takes a closer look at what powers our cars and asks whether motoring has a greener future to look forward to more...
Five of the best…electric cars

Five of the best… electric cars

Ruth Styles

29th March, 2012

If you can’t use public transport, the electric car is the next best thing – provided of course, you power it up with renewable electricity. We round up five of the most planet-friendly

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Pedal power: how ‘e-bikes’ are changing the way we commute

Pedal power: how ‘e-bikes’ are changing the way we commute

Ben Martin

1st March, 2012

Greener than cars and healthier than the tube, the ‘e-bike’ looks set to become one of 2012’s top travel trends more...
Vauxhall Ampera

Electric cars: could the new Vauxhall Ampera really make driving greener?

Ruth Styles

22nd July, 2011

From fossil fuel generated electricity to unreliable batteries, electric cars haven’t always lived up to the hype. But with the launch of the Vauxhall Ampera, could all that be about to change? Ruth Styles reports more...
Save our Solar campaign

TAKE ACTION to save the UK's solar industry

Matilda Lee

8th June, 2011

Solar could provide one third of the UK's electricity demand. So why has the government recently slashed the feed in tariff? more...

Electric Bicycles: The Complete Guide - Buyer's Guide, Technology, History

Ali Thomas

10th March, 2011

As the world looks to sustainable transport methods as one way to meet carbon emission targets, Ali Thomas says that the electric bike could be the car alternative we’ve been searching for
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An electric car

UK announces £5,000 subsidy for electric car buyers from 2011

Tom Levitt

14th December, 2010

Electric cars are no longer just a 'pipe dream' claims transport minister as he announces £60 million in funds for charging points and grants for people buying new vehicles more...
Heat pumps

Heat pumps no more eco-friendly than gas-fired boilers - new research

Tom Levitt

8th October, 2010

Government subsidies to replace oil or traditional electric heating with heat pumps ignore the global warming impact of their HFCs, argues new analysis more...

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Five steps to developing a community-based energy project

Mary Walsh

17th August, 2010

A practical guide to help would-be community developers turn renewable energy projects into climate change-busting reality more...
Electric car charge plug

Electric cars and wind turbines face metal supply shortages

Ecologist

12th June, 2010

The Government's much-vaunted ambition for a low-carbon economy could be threatened by shortages in key metals and the environmental cost of developing new mining facilities more...
Electric car trial results

Electric cars can 'fit with current driving patterns'

Ecologist

18th June, 2010

First results of UK-wide trials dispel fears about the 'range anxiety' of electric cars running out of power: typical users' driving habits can remain unchanged more...

Communities using hydro power to fund green renewal

Paul Miles

8th April, 2010

A pioneering community-based hydroelectric energy project in the Brecon Beacons is a blueprint for how green energy can provide more than just low-carbon power... more...
Tar sands oil refinery from the air

Tar sands money could pay for desert solar or electric cars

Ecologist

16th March, 2010

Oil companies planning 'billion-pound blunder' into environmentally damaging tar sands production in Canada, says Co-op/WWF report more...
Desert world

Letter: Desert solar power could scale up easily

Dr Gerry Wolff

17th February, 2010

Take away the subsidies from fossil fuels - and account for their carbon costs - and electricity from desert-based solar power will look like a no-brainer more...

The open-source hydrogen car set to change the industry

Alex McDonald

20th January, 2010

Cars are evil, right? But what if they ran on hydrogen, did 300 miles per gallon, were leased rather than owned, and were produced under an open source business model... more...
Biofuels

Biofuels rather than electric cars to meet renewables target

Ecologist

22nd October, 2009

Industry research says biofuels, not electric cars or biogas likely to make up majority of renewable transport targets but admits some will need to be imported more...
Jeremy Harrall

UK needs electric cars and nuclear power, says watchdog

Ecologist

12th October, 2009

Government climate watchdog says a 'step change' in Government policy is needed to meet carbon reduction targets more...
Solar Car 'Endeavour'

Under the hood of the solar electric car

Ecologist/Positive TV

25th August, 2009

Cambridge University's solar electric car 'Endeavour' was unveiled in July as a contender in the Global Green Challenge - a gruelling race across the Australian outback in October. Now, the Ecologist and Positive TV take a look at the guts of this remarkable vehicle, and ask - what does it mean for the average road user? more...
Greenpeace say nuclear is a distraction to the the real solutions

UK urged to triple nuclear power

Ecologist

5th August, 2009

Former Minister's call to triple the contribution of nuclear power in UK dismissed as scare tactics more...
Reliable grid access is crucial to business growth and prosperity in Africa

Local electricity: Africa goes off-grid

Tom Levitt

29th July, 2009

Giant wind farms may grab the headlines but plans to develop local off-grid electricity will have bigger impact on Africans and carbon emissions more...
Realtimecarbon.org

New website shows best time to use electricity

Ecologist

17th July, 2009

Realtimecarbon.org offers electricity-users a chance to understand how changing their power habits can help reduce emissions more...

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