It was a short week with President’s Day, and with all of those car dealership sales that are a requisite part of President’s Day you might have missed some of the news this week. Not to worry, we gathered all of the pertinent headlines here for you. We’re just waiting for the day when President’s Day means the electric car dealerships start offering super-charged PHEVs with no money down and an interest-free first year lease. We’re pretty sure that’s what Washington and Lincoln would have wanted.
- Guess the Name of Tesla’s New Electric Sedan: Think you can beat Tesla’s uncreative marketing team? I mean, “The Roadster?” Seriously? Well, give us your electrically charged two cents and propose a name for Tesla’s forthcoming sedan, code-named “White Star.”
- 5 Ways to Reclaim Engine Heat and Deliver More Efficient Cars: Stand behind the tail pipe of a car and you can feel the wasted energy in the form of heat being shot out in the exhaust. Scientists are working to reclaim that energy to make your car zippier and cooler.
- Solar Study: ‘The Costs Far Outweigh the Benefits’: Director of the UC Energy Institute Severin Borenstein says that people who install PV panels today are “throwing money away” because the current solar technology “is a loser.” Ouch.
- Coskata Branding Non-Food Biofuel: In an online chat with Coskata VP Wes Bolsen we learned this week that the waste-to-fuel ethanol maker plans to try branding it’s specific brew “C85,” stressing that this is “non-food-based” fuel.
- 1-Solar Converts Inverters to Dollars: 1-Solar says their inverters, a necessary electrical component between a solar panel, fuel cell or wind turbine and the grid, last three times as long and cost half as much as traditional inverters. The founder tells us he has $5 million in capital coming in and an order for $72 million worth of inverters.