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Published: February 14, 2016
Filed under: Green , Hirings/Firings/Layoffs , Technology , Autonomous Google appears to be ramping up its autonomous vehicle program by posting a series of job openings related to automotive engineering. Continue reading Google’s self-driving car project is on a hiring spree Google’s self-driving car project is on a hiring spree originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 14 Feb 2016 13:09:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds
Published: March 12, 2015
Filed under: Green , Driving , United States , Emerging Technologies , Technology , Autonomous An Oxford University study finds that nearly half of the jobs in the US could be replaced with machines in the next 20 years. Thanks to the rapid rise in autonomous vehicle technology, truck drivers might be the first to be affected.
Published: June 7, 2012
Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Manufacturing/Plants A123 Systems may have expressed doubt in its ability to continue as a going concern in a recent financial filing, but that doesn’t mean the company has given up. Indeed, due to increases in its power-grid and commercial transportation portfolios, it has announced it will be hiring an additional 400 workers over the next few months to boost production at its Livonia and Romulus, MI plants. The additional hires would more than reverse the cuts made last November and bring staffing levels to an all-time high of 1,181 employees.
Published: August 13, 2011
Filed under: MPG , Legislation and Policy , USA Yesterday, President Obama visited the Johnson Controls advanced battery manufacturing plant in Holland, MI (pictured) and talked about how cleaner cars will add jobs to the American economy. The White House blog chimed in , saying that there is a direct connection between the new fuel efficiency standards for both cars/light trucks and heavy trucks and increased jobs
Published: September 25, 2009
Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Green Daily , Aptera Aptera 2e – Click above for high-res image gallery Might Best Buy begin offering the Aptera 2e when the vehicle is finally ready for sale at some unknown time in the future? Possibly. Though the video has since been removed from YouTube, some sort of promotional material from the big box retailer highlighting electric vehicles reportedly featured at least two separate cars from Aptera
Published: September 21, 2009
Filed under: Emerging Technologies , EV/Plug-in While no one will mandate that the new Underwriters Laboratories 2580 standard be applied to all advanced electric vehicle batteries, the fact that there will soon be a UL listing for “large batteries in electric vehicles” is a good thing. UL’s unsurprising focus on the standard will be to “help mitigate the potential risk of fire and electrical hazards and enhance the overall safety of batteries for electric vehicles.” UL said in a press release that the upcoming increase in EVs increases the “potential for fire, electric shock and other safety hazards.” Therefore, UL will run the 2580 standard requirements through a comprehensive review process and a consensus body of made up of people representing “consumers, government agencies, regulatory authorities, manufacturers and other knowledgeable interested parties that develop and maintain effective product safety standards.” No timeline was given for when the standard would be ready, nor were specific batteries chemistries mentions in the press release.
Published: September 16, 2009
Filed under: Hybrid , Ferrari Ferrari Millechile concept – Click above for high-res image gallery Over the next few years, we’re expecting pretty much every automaker in the world to address its fuel consumption and overall emissions in the face of increased scrutiny from both the public and the various national governments.
Published: September 15, 2009
Filed under: EV/Plug-in , Nissan , Renault Renault-Nissan’s CEO Carlos Ghosn is a firm believer in the future of electric cars. According to an interview for le Journal du Dimanche , Ghosn says he expects the world’s EV market will rise to six million vehicles per year, which is 10 percent of global sales. Ghosn also explained that Renault-Nissan is the manufacturer that invests the most in green technologies and is currently investing €4 billion in EV development and research.
Published: September 12, 2009
Filed under: Emerging Technologies , Hybrid , Saab Saab 9-X Air concept – Click above for high-res image gallery Ever since Koenigsegg emerged as the chosen buyer for fellow Swedish automaker Saab, rumors of a number of eco-friendly automobiles from the two automakers have been making the rounds. In addition to a production version of Koenigsegg’s electric Quant concept from this year’s Geneva Motor Show , we’ve also heard that Saab is hard at work developing a hybrid version of its latest 9-5 sedan
Published: September 9, 2009
Filed under: Hybrid , China , USA China’s decision to begin hoarding using it’s rare earth metal resources to bolster productivity in Mongolia may have Toyota bracing itself (and making use of its long-term plans ) but the news is music to the ears of Molycorp Minerals LLC. They are the company with plans to re-open a Mountain Pass, California mine containing the world’s richest proven reserves of rare earth metals.