Environment, Hybrid

2018 Honda Clarity Hybrid Leads in All-Electric Range Ratings

With EPA range rating of 47 miles/charge, Honda’s 2018 Clarity Plug-in Hybrid has received the highest all-electric range rating among midsize plug-in hybrids.1  The hybrid will be released later in the year. Clarity has an EPA fuel economy rating of 110 combined MPGe1, and a gasoline only 44/40/42 MPG rating (city/highway/combined).1

According to Ray Mikiciuk, assistant VP Honda Auto Sales at American Honda Motor Co., “We think the combination of a class-leading 47 miles of all-electric driving range rating and a large, luxurious 5-passenger package will give us an advantage in the plug-in hybrid game.”

1 2018 model-year EPA ratings. Use for comparison only. MPG/MPGe and range vary depending on driving conditions, driving style, and vehicle maintenance, lithium-ion battery pack age/condition, etc.


‘Green Bullets’ vs. Renewable Energy: WHY isn’t there a level subsidy playing field? — JBS News Renewable Energy

Why should Oil

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Researchers have been underestimating the cost of wind and solar — Our Finite World

How should electricity from wind turbines and solar panels be evaluated? Should it be evaluated as if these devices are stand-alone devices? Or do these devices provide electricity that is of such low quality, because of its intermittency and other factors, that we should recognize the need for supporting services associated with actually putting the […]

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The ‘big green bang’ in renewable energy

Make Wealth History

“The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function” said the late professor Albert Bartlett. We’re just not very good at projecting growth into the future. We tend to underestimate it and then be surprised by how large things have become. Often that’s bad things, ending in shortage or overshoot. But sometimes we underestimate good things too.

As commentators such as Chris Goodall or Jeremy Leggett argue, people have looked at things like solar power and gone ‘only 1% of global energy? It’ll never come to anything!’. But they argue that if you understand the exponential function and the natural logic of growth, renewable energy will overtake fossil fuels. Add developments in battery technology to the mix, and it’s not unreasonable to imagine that solar power will eventually be our main source of energy.

The Financial Times had a special report out last week…

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Renewable energy cost and reliability claims exposed and debunked

Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by Larry Hamlin


A new paper  published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) from NOAA’s Earth System Laboratory, Boulder Colorado exposes and debunks the contrived claims of a recent renewable energy study which falsely alleged that low cost and reliable 100% renewable energy electric grids are possible.

The new paper concludes that the prior study is based upon significant modeling inadequacies, is “poorly executed” and contains “numerous shortcomings” and “errors” making it “unreliable as a guide about the likely cost, technical reliability, or feasibility of a 100% wind, solar and hydroelectric power system.”

Additionally the new paper harshly chastises the previous study by noting “It is one thing to explore the potential use of technologies in a clearly caveated hypothetical analysis; it is quite another to claim that a model using these technologies at an unprecedented scale conclusively shows the feasibility and reliability…

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