April 23rd, 2011
Yes for a few million bucks you can have one too, at least a prototype. Who would have thought someone with that kind of extra green cash would give much thought to a fuel saving eco-lux land yacht. Well apparently some do. In a 4-23-2011 Wall Street Journal, titled The Face of Green, the paper cited the 6,000 pound, battery operated, e-machine by Rolls-Royce. The article claims even wealthy auto buyers have a multitude of motivations including being socially conscious and concerned about the earth. Read the full story.
Eco-friendly automobiles will continue be hot new offering from all the auto maker as all income consumer sectors seem to be desiring to be more responsible citizens, buy green and consume less fuel.
But, just how green will the auto buying market go? Will they care about the sustainability and full-cycle of the product they are buying? Will they demand eco-friendly flame retardants that could save their lives and will the release of carbon emissions from auto manufacturers be questioned?
Let’s hope so. Tell us what you think.
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August 20th, 2010
Seen in FastCompany.com BY Ariel Schwartz Thu Aug 19, 2010
China, that contradictory land of coal, smog, and renewable energy, may be on the verge of leadership in another green technology sector: electric and hybrid vehicles. The Chinese government announced today a plan to invest up to $15 billion in a state-run venture that will research, develop, and generate standards for upcoming hybrids and EVs. The venture will also put millions of electric cars on the road in the coming years, according to The New York Times.
The news will come as no surprise to anyone who follows the Chinese vehicle market. GM recently teamed up with Chinese state-controlled automaker SAIC to develop fuel-efficient engines and transmissions, for example, and we declared Chinese car company BYD as one of our Most Innovative Companies this year. Read full story.
More stories on green autos, green flame retardants in autos, China RoHS conference on halogen or non halogen debate.
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August 19th, 2010
EPA to Take Action on Chemicals Used in Dyes, Flame Retardants, and Industrial Detergents Efforts to limit exposure and reduce harm to people
Release date: 08/18/2010
WASHINGTON – As part of Administrator Lisa P. Jackson’s commitment to strengthen and reform chemical management, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released action plans today to address the potential health risks of benzidine dyes, hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) and nonylphenol (NP)/nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs). The chemicals are widely used in both consumer and industrial applications, including dyes, flame retardants, and industrial laundry detergents. The plans identify a range of actions the agency is considering under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Read full release
Our Green Lab blog commends the EPA for their continued efforts to make our planet a safe environment for all living things. These efforts align with the chemical industry’s commitment to sustainability in products and to consumer safety. Today, the chemical industry spends millions of dollars on green chemistry R&D to create and introduce new eco-friendly solutions for many business sectors.
For example, the flame retardants that are critical ingredients in many consumer electronic products, as well as the interiors of automobiles and airplanes, save lives and protect property from fires. These flame retardants are now available as eco-friendly alternatives to products from the past. Trial testing by industry leader Albemarle and its Earthwise brand are currently underway and many of these new green alternatives will be introduced to the market later this year.
High-efficiency polystyrene insulation is very important to everyone’s efforts to reduce energy consumption and global warming, but this insulation requires highly effective flame retardants to maintain fire safety. The chemical industry has been working to develop a new generation of flame retardants that does not present the same concerns as HBCD. The new products are based on polymers (like a plastic) with larger molecules, which impede their absorption by humans, animals and plants.
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July 26th, 2010
When it comes to innovation and consumer safety, it often appears that California wants to lead the charge and enforce change.
Does their plan have true green chemistry integrity? Or is it a greenwash without science?
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June 10th, 2010
Tesla Motors and Toyota enter electric vehicle partnership
Tesla Motors, Inc. and Toyota Motor Corporation announced that they intend to cooperate on the development of electric vehicles (EVs), parts, and production system and engineering support.
The two companies intend to form a specialist team to further those efforts. Toyota has agreed to purchase $50 million of Tesla’s common stock issued in a private placement to close immediately subsequent to the closing of Tesla’s currently planned initial public offering.
Tesla will purchase the New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI) automobile manufacturing plant in Freemont, California, to produce their upcoming Model S EV.
“This is one of the most exciting days in Tesla history as we are announcing this historic partnership. This consists of three major areas: Toyota is making a major investment in Tesla, we will be purchasing the NUMMI plant and making the Model S and other cars there, and finally we will create some electric vehicles together,” said Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk.
The Tesla Model S is slated for release in 2012
Tesla designs and manufactures EVs and EV powertrain components. It is currently the only automaker in the U.S. that builds and sells highway-capable EVs in serial production. Tesla’s stated goal is to produce increasingly affordable electric cars for mainstream buyers – relentlessly driving down the cost of EVs. Read about another green auto innovation here.
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April 2nd, 2010
Today, Earthwise and the new eco-friendly flame retardant GreenArmor were featured in AutoBlog Green. The article describes GreenArmor as “a non-toxic (flame retardant) designed to be incapable of passing through the skin”. This product is in the “market development stages and is being pitched to suppliers and automakers as part of a green engineering effort”.
To read the full article, visit AutoBlog Green.
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