PHOTOS: 2017 Shell Eco-Marathon & Make the Future Festival — Part Two

TweetAmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo was LIVE at Cobo Center for the 2017 Shell Eco-Marathon. More than 100 student vehicle teams from across the country have descended on Detroit. They are here to show off their ultra-fuel efficient vehicles that they designed, built and of course, race them! There are two vehicle classes to choose from: prototype and urban concept. Three energy sources are available: battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell or internal combustion which includes compressed natural gas. Teams must complete 10 laps or 6 miles with an average speed of 15Read More

Smart headlights, rear-view camera mirrors top J.D. Power Tech Choice Study

TweetDETROIT — Smart headlights and rear-view camera mirrors are the most requested technologies that consumers would like to have in a future vehicle, according to a new J.D. Power study released on Tuesday. However, most consumers are still skeptical of self driving technologies. The findings were announced on Tuesday during an Automotive Press Association meeting inside the Detroit Athletic Club. The J.D. Power study took place online from January-February 2017. It is based upon more than 8,500 consumers who purchased or leased a new vehicle within the last five years.Read More

PHOTOS: 2017 SAE World Congress Experience (WCX17) @ Cobo Center

TweetAmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo was LIVE at Cobo Center for the 2017 SAE World Congress Experience (WCX17). At WCX™17: SAE World Congress Experience practical meets potential. The premier talent in the automotive and mobility industry converge to address current challenges, discover new avenues of exploration, and explore the promise of the future of transportation engineering in an interactive experience. Attendees and exhibitors have access to numerous interactive events, including: Facebook Live at WCX, The Learning Lab, The Experience Lounge and The Exchange: Tech Hub and Leadership Summit. For more information aboutRead More

EARTH TALK — Cleantech: Still The Next Big Thing For American Venture Capitalists?

TweetDear EarthTalk: Is alternative energy still the next big thing for American venture capitalists? —Jeffrey Moss, Fairfield, CT A decade ago, in the wake of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and rising gas/oil prices, many of the same venture capitalists (VCs) who had made fortunes betting on software, hardware, Internet and biotech start-ups began shifting significant chunks of their investment dollars over to alternative renewable energy and related investments, putting the so-called “cleantech” sector in the spotlight as the “new new thing.” Given growing global concern about greenhouse gas emissionsRead More

EARTH TALK: A Revolution in Lighting — Back to Incandescents?

TweetDear EarthTalk: What’s new in eco-friendly light bulbs? Is it true that incandescent bulbs are back in a much more efficient form? —Barbara Birke, via e-mail The consumer landscape for light bulbs in the U.S. changed drastically in 2007 when Congress passed the Energy Independence & Security Act mandating, among other things, that household light bulbs in the 40-100 watt range needed to up their energy efficiency standards by at least 25 percent. This change effectively took the tried-and-true yet inefficient incandescent bulbs that lit up the entire 20th centuryRead More

EARTH TALK: What’s new with batteries these days?

TweetDear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that one of the big hurdles to growth in renewables is energy storage. What’s new in the world of battery technologies? And will better forms of storage really accelerate the development of solar, wind and other alternative forms of energy? —Maxwell Jay, Erie, PA It’s true that energy storage has been an Achilles heel in the emerging renewable energy sector, given the large environmental footprint required to produce and distribute our current crop of lithium ion and other types of batteries—and the fact that they doRead More

PHOTO GALLERY: Sunday Press Conferences at Automobili-D at the 2017 NAIAS

TweetAmericaJR’s Jerome and Gloria Rzucidlo were LIVE at Cobo Center for the first day of the Automobili-D technology symposium. It kicked off press week at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. In this gallery, you’ll see photos of Disney•Pixar’s Lightning McQueen from “Cars 3” coming to theaters in June. In addition, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder welcomed the media and industry officials to the auto show. Finally, we’ll end with Waymo CEO John Krafcik, who announced that 100 self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans will begin testing on roads inRead More

EARTHTALK: Rooftop Solar Finally Cost Competitive with Grid in U.S.

TweetDear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that the price of getting solar panels installed on a home is lower than ever, but has it gotten to the point anywhere in the U.S. where it’s actually cheaper than traditional grid power yet?            –Lester Milstein, Boston, MA Rooftop solar panels on have always been the province of well-to-do, eco-friendly folks willing to shell out extra bucks to be green, but that is all starting to change. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the cost of putting solar panels on aRead More

DENSO’s virtual reality and interactive exhibits bring technology to life at the 2017 NAIAS

TweetSOUTHFIELD, Mich. — Global automotive supplier DENSO will showcase interactive and virtual reality displays to bring its autonomous driving, safety and environmental technologies to life at the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Cobo Center in Detroit, Jan. 8-22. It is DENSO’s 13th consecutive year exhibiting at the show. DENSO is a premier sponsor of the event. Virtual Reality Experience DENSO’s Virtual Reality Experience introduces the participant to DENSO’s world of Smarter Mobility and Smarter Living. An animated, virtual guide takes viewers through three scenarios to show howRead More

2018 Toyota Camry to be revealed at NAIAS this January in Detroit

TweetAmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo was LIVE at the Westin Book-Cadillac Hotel in downtown Detroit for the Toyota and Lexus holiday luncheon. Bob Carter, Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations at Toyota Motor Sales, announced that the group will hold three press conferences at the 2017 NAIAS: One for Toyota, another for Lexus and a third related to technology. The 2018 Toyota Camry will make its debut during the Toyota press conference. “Lexus has a vehicle coming out in the Spring that you know about,” Carter said. “That’s the new LC 500.Read More