MILWAUKEE (AP) — Harley-Davidson has introduced its first electric motorcycle, a sleek, futuristic bike that sounds like a jet airplane taking off and can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds.
The bike isn't in production yet. Instead, the public will get its first look at handmade demonstration models at an invitation-only event Monday in New York. The company will then take the models on the road for riders to try and provide feedback. Harley will use the information to refine the bike, which might not hit the market for several more years.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors is giving other companies open access to its patents to accelerate the development of electric vehicles.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Thursday the company will share several hundred patents and won't sue those who use them.
"If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal," Musk wrote in a blog on the company's Web site.
Volkswagen will enter the all-electric car market in the U.S. in November, with the introduction of the e-Golf in ten states and the District of Columbia at a price tag of around $35,000 before any reductions from incentives, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Tesla shares may have quadrupled in value in 2013 but Standard & Poor’s has slapped the electric car maker with a B- junk rating because of the company’s uncertain long-term prospects and niche market position, Bloomberg reports.
Workplace charging stations will encourage more employees to use electric cars, a top GM official said in a statement, as the automaker passed the 400-mark in the number of stations it has installed in its own workplaces, The Hill reports.
After a diversion – and Securities and Exchange Commission investigation – because of former chairman Terry McAuliffe, GreenTech CEO Charles Wang told The New York Times his company will now move ahead producing and marketing cars, ranging from supercharged to small plug-ins.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A French company unveiled an electric car charging station Monday that's the first piece of a car-sharing service set to debut late this year in Indianapolis, giving drivers a chance to rent plug-in electric cars for errands and short excursions.
Bollore Group Chairman Vincent Bollore joined Mayor Greg Ballard for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the downtown charging station that's part of Bollore's $35 million plan for the system. The men also tried out a kiosk like those drivers will eventually use to rent one of the company's Bluecars.
The rebound in oil prices following Wednesday’s slump was wiped out late Thursday by news of a jump in the number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. Light, sweet crude for August delivery settled down 3 cents to $56.93 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent finished up 6 cents to $62.07, Dow Jones reports.
The Grain Belt Express, a $2.2 billion transmission line proposed by Clean Line Energy to bring wind power from Kansas to points east, through Missouri, has been rejected by the Missouri Public Service Commission, The Kansas City Star reports.
A $15,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to fund research into cutting particulate emissions from barbecues has attracted criticism from Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, who declared his constituents “should be able to grill in peace,” The Hill reports.
The U.S. role in Copenhagen climate talks in 2009, and media coverage of it, had Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s attention, judging from the emails released by the State Department this week, E&E reports.
After last month’s pipeline leak near Santa Barbara, Calif., the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is proposing a requirement that operators notify regulators within an hour of any problem, The Hill reports.