A Johnny Appleseed for Solar "Trees" and "Groves"

05.25.2010

It's a no-brainer: The seas of barren asphalt we devote to cars can bloom with solar car charging--and provide shade at the same time. Throw away that cardboard sun shade!

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Volts Wagens: Old Bugs go from Gross Polluters to EV Stars

05.13.2010

The mid-60s VW Beetle was a green icon in its day, but in terms of smog it's a gross polluter even when compared to a Hummer. So converting old Bugs to electric drive turns out to be a great idea.

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Motavalli Raises the Level of Discourse... a Bit

05.13.2010

Wednesdays, Tom and Ray often find themselves slaving away (translation: an hour or more of work) across town, at WBUR. This week, we were joined by our pal Jim Motavalli, our new blogger on the web site. What's it's like having lunch with the guys?

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Heavy Metal: Reclaiming End-of-Life Cars

05.03.2010

Americans talk a good game about recycling, but the Europeans are way ahead of our blue bins--they're making manufacturers (including carmakers) responsible for their waste. We're starting to get the message over here, though. When your car is junked, 80 percent of it is recovered, but we can do better. The technology exists to reclaim the last 20 percent--plastics and seat foam

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