Plug-in hybrids help drive demand for electric car charging stations that are critical to electric car success, Dikeman writes, and electric cars drive the cost down on the batteries that brings the plug-in costs into line. Unlike with the Prius over a decade ago, it’s not a single car changing the world, it’s the combination that’s working well for us.
What is a manufacturer to do about electric car batteries susceptibility to heat? As it turns out, the answer depends on what the warranty says, not so much on what the owner’s manual warns you not to do, Finley writes.
President Obama's plan to cut overseas funding of coal plants got the support of five Nordic countries during the president's trip to Stockholm ahead of the G20 summit. Can China and other emerging economies reduce their coal dependence?
Although Latin America’s oil production has grown steadily in recent years, the region’s refineries have been unable to keep pace with rising demand, Arthur writes. US Gulf Coast refineries have responded quickly to rising global demand, and Latin America has become their largest overseas market.
The US is becoming less dependent on Arab oil, Salhani writes, making it less of an issue when it comes to decisions about Syria and the Middle East.
A strike on Syria would at least temporarily boost oil prices on fears of violence spreading across the Middle East. But production problems elsewhere in the Middle East and Africa are keeping energy markets on edge.
Tesla Motors opened its first assembly plant in Europe last month, and the electric carmaker is expanding its 'Supercharger' network abroad. Will Europeans warm to the Tesla Motors Model S?
Electric utilities are usually characterized as ‘anti-innovators’ as their ultimate goal is only to sell electricity at the lowest cost and highest reliability, Nicholson writes. But a new study suggests some paths forward for the electric utility industry.
A joint US-Israel missile test Tuesday boosted oil prices and renewed worries that a spread of conflict in the Middle East could block oil supplies. If oil prices continue to rise, would the US tap emergency oil supplies to avoid damaging a fragile economic recovery?
Global warming could further lower the likelihood of the atmospheric conditions that last year shoved superstorm Sandy due west into New Jersey, a new study says. But stronger storms will worsen with global warming, the study found, and outweigh changes in steering currents predicted by the study's computer models.