Category Archives: Green Tech

Tesla Sues BBC's "Top Gear"

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Tesla claims the popular show faked a scene that appeared to show Tesla’s Roadster car running out of energy (about 5 minutes in): In the episode, first broadcast in December 2008, Jeremy Clarkson takes a dubious approach to “brown rice, … Continue reading »


We'll Build Buses for China

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This might have snuck past you over the weekend. Harbor City-based Balqon has signed a $16 million deal to build 300 drive systems for inner-city buses in China. Balqon began building electric drayage trucks for Southern California ports in early … Continue reading »


What Germany Knows

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A shout out today to Robert Marquand of the Christian Science Monitor who considers, among other things, why Germany is flourishing while other developed economies flounder. Marquand takes us to an industrial park near Dresden, where solar company Roth & … Continue reading »


Zero Motorcycles to Manufacture More in Santa Cruz

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The new facility in Santa Cruz is expected to double the company’s current production capacity, and then some. Zero recently announced a $1.84 million ‘next generation’ powertrain project. Said Steve Salyer, Vice President of Operations: “Quality Control at the highest … Continue reading »


Are You Willing to Pay to Keep Manufacturing Here?

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Jeff Weir is economic development director for the city of Salinas. When he first arrived in Salinas three years ago, the first thing he did was review the past. “Salinas used to have large numbers of manufacturing jobs: baggage handling … Continue reading »


California: EV Designer for the World

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Like it or not, California is competing for manufacturing jobs, with other states and overseas. In fact, local governments in foreign countries are competing with each other as well to lure American business. Priscilla Lu, board chair of Zap in … Continue reading »


Stoking Electric Car Lust in Detroit

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As the Detroit Auto Show gets ready to open to the public this Saturday, I direct your attention to one of the most detailed discussions of Tesla’s hope for the future, by Wired’s Chuck Squatriglia. The Palo Alto automaker sent … Continue reading »


Eating Bitterness in Solitude

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A shout out today to a compelling piece in the New York Times by Keith Bradsher. He explores why many American companies would rather suffer in silence than complain when Chinese authorities steer green tech contracts to homegrown manufacturers, sometimes … Continue reading »


Plug In Buses

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They’re not just for golf courses anymore. Electric delivery trucks, city buses and other heavy-duty vehicles constitute a “huge potential market,” according to Reuters.  Now, it  shouldn’t come as a complete surprise, as commercial players like UPS and Fed Ex … Continue reading »


As the Solar Panel Price Turns

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The most concise explanation yet of Solyndra’s struggle to stay afloat comes this week from Susan Kraemer of CleanTechnica.com. She tells us, as PV Tech reports, that Solyndra has completed a 1.2 MW solar installation on a large warehouse roof … Continue reading »