June 20, 2014
Automobiles have been a top contributor to pollution over the years. Now automobile makers are finding new ways to decrease their pollution and are introducing automotive technology to do so. Here are some of the ways eco-friendly car industry has advanced over the past week.
The biggest luxury electric car maker in the U.S. has decided to give its patents away for free! Why? Simply because it wants to advance and expand the electric car business. Tesla Motors’ CEO, Elon Musk, announced the decision Tesla’s blog and said, “Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.” This decision could be great for environment and eco-friendly cars because if more electric cars are produced, it could reduce gasoline-burning vehicle production and reduce air pollution. The Guardian reported that Telsa is already producing electric car technology for Toyota and Damlier and their free patents could expand Tesla’s business with other automobile makers. The International Business Times reported that there’s already discussion about Tesla collaborating with BMW and Nissan.
Channel 9 News in Colorado reported that college students from Ohio State University who entered the EcoCar2 competition have created a car that “doesn’t guzzle, but sips its energy.” The competition was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors. Ohio State University’s team re-engineered a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu to achieve a 50 miles per gallon gas equivalent (MPGGE), while only using 315 Watt-hours per mile (Wh/mi) of electricity, meaning that the students reduced emissions by 50 percent in comparison to the initial vehicle. These results show promise for the eco-friendly car industry and can reduce energy use while also reducing air pollution.
The Wall Street Journal reported that China’s high demand for electric cars has resulted in a battery shortage for drivers. It said customers are waiting for over two months to get BYD’s Qin, a plug-in hybrid sedan, because of the shortage. The article also said the growing demand for electric transportation and charging stations reduce battery production capacity, despite having a surplus of raw materials to make the batteries. It’s good to see that China has such a great interest in eco-friendly cars.
Photo Credits: Flickr/ Steve Jurvetson; Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions; Pooi Wang Chan