David Herron is a writer and software engineer living in Silicon Valley. He primarily writes about electric vehicles, clean energy systems, climate change, peak oil and related issues. When not writing he indulges in software projects and is sometimes employed as a software engineer. David has written for sites like PlugInCars and TorqueNews, and worked for companies like Sun Microsystems and Yahoo.

Vectrix pondering bankruptcy

Vectrix was the first company to deliver a “high performance, zero emission, electric motorcycle” in commercial quantities. The VX-1 is in the shape of a maxi-scooter, driven by an electric drive train, could go at near highway speeds, and (for an EV) has a long range. For the most part…

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Clean green US postal service vehicles

The U.S. Postal Service has a lot of vehicles on the road every day through mud and sleet and all that. Their vehicle fleet is one of the largest on the planet. They’ve long had efforts to study alternative fuel vehicles and recently announced a one-for-one replacement of 6,500 vehicles…

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Electric bikes coming to big box retailers

Wal-Mart, Best Buy and REI have either already or will soon enter the electric bicycle market (as noted in an earlier Green Transportation article). In the U.S. electric bicycles are little known but in other countries (notably Europe and China) they are more popular and widely known. In the U.S.…

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BMW Mini E program has major problems, maybe

There was excitement last year when news of an officially electrified Mini from BMW.  But now that the vehicles are in owners hands some problems have cropped up.  Some may be the matter of small flubs on BMW’s part but one is a an accusation by Plug In America that…

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Green parking lots and porous pavements

Have you ever wondered what happens to the ground underneath parking lots and streets?  Traditional pavement is impervious to rain water, instead the rain water runs off into the sewer systems where it is efficiently channeled into the nearest stream or river.  If the pavement wasn’t there the rain water…

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Gov. Palin and certain fallacies about energy independence

Alaska Governor Palin has announced her resignation in a surprise move which leaves many questions. During the announcement statement she stated an objective to continue pursuing her objectives which includes “Energy Independence”. The phrase obviously hearkens back to certain slogans of last years Presidential election race and since she didn’t…

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Silicon Valley’s role in the electric vehicle revolution

A recent Scientific American article, San Jose’s Electric Car Revolution, was disappointing because it only covered the work of Coulomb Technologies. While they’re doing wonderful things, Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay area has so much more electric vehicle activity happening than just Coulomb Technologies and Tesla Motors (the…

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Environmental benefits (or not) of the Cash for Clunkers program

Ideally a program like the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS) really would cause a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy security, reduce oil dependence costs, and increase energy sustainability.  The program’s key is to incentivize replacement of inefficient cars with more efficient transportation choices.  An earlier article (The Cash…

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