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Aug 15, 2014 - 4:25pm
BMW-i3Photo courtesy of BMW The BMW i3 made its debut in U.S. markets in May. The...
Photo courtesy of BMW The BMW i3 made its debut in U.S. markets in May. The best way to describe the car is that it's radically different. It really looks like a concept car; its design is futuristic and colorful, with the added bonus that you can actually buy it today. The i3, though dead silent, has impressed with a 22kwh battery that has a range of 81+ miles between electric charges and can take you from 0-60 in under 7 seconds. "It takes off like a rocket!" says i3 owner Charlie Rabie, a Tufts University professor and former business leader, who took delivery of the first i3 in the U.S. [...
Aug 4, 2014 - 1:39pm
Click to take actionI've been struck by Pepsi’s "Live for Now"...
I've been struck by Pepsi’s "Live for Now" advertising theme. "Now" is good, but I keep wondering: what about tomorrow? PepsiCo, which owns Pepsi, Gatorade, Quaker Oats, Frito-Lay, and dozens of other brands, is one of the largest companies in the world and has a tremendous impact on people and the planet. For example, the company uses toxic tar sands fuel in its massive fleet of delivery trucks. By "living for now," is the company saying it could care less about tomorrow?I know we can expect more from PepsiCo. Why? I've met the CEO, Indra Nooyi.I had the opportunity to meet Nooyi at the...
Jul 21, 2014 - 7:00am
PepsiOver the last year, activists have been...
Over the last year, activists have been pushing PepsiCo and other companies using tar sands in their massive corporate vehicle fleets to do the right thing and stop using this dirty source of fuel that's poisoning our water, our climate, and our communities.You might remember when activists unveiled a Pepsi can re-design in the hottest spots of San Francisco and New York City to highlight the company's use of tar sands. You might remember when a no tar sands protest showed up outside the door of an environmental conference for the food and beverage industry that PepsiCo sponsored.You might...
Jul 1, 2014 - 8:16am
800px-New_Teslas_at_the_factoryJust about every...
Just about every day, I'm hearing about new innovation in electric vehicle (EV) technology on the market or in the works.Sustainia, an annual guide to innovative sustainable solutions worldwide, just announced its 100 top picks. Among the companies were at least five in the EV space. One is Proterra, the electric bus company about which we've blogged before, for its EcoRide Fast Charging Electric Buses. Proterra says these buses get the equivalent (in terms of efficiency and emissions) of 20.8 mpg as compared to 5.25 mpg for hybrid, 3.86 mpg for diesel, and 3.27 mpg for CNG. These e-buses are...
Jun 12, 2014 - 7:20am
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Today medium and heavy-duty vehicles - everything from delivery trucks to tractor trailers - represent one of the fastest growing sources of oil use in the transportation sector. Though our passenger cars have grown more efficient in recent years, the average tractor-trailer gets around six miles per gallon on the road, the same as it has for decades. The Obama administration has an opportunity to propose strong efficiency standards for medium and heavy duty vehicles that can reduce new truck fuel consumption 40 percent by 2025. These standards will cut carbon pollution, reduce oil use, and...
Jun 5, 2014 - 11:56am
No-Tar-Sands-flotilla By Rachel Rye Butler, Sierra Club Beyond Oil...
By Rachel Rye Butler, Sierra Club Beyond Oil Campaign Organizer "No Tar Sands!" That's the message the activist light brigade delivered to attendees of the Sustainable Brands conference in San Diego this week when they crashed the corporate beach party -- via kayak flotilla. You read that right: light brigade via kayak flotilla. The activists weren't invited to the corporate beach party at the conference, but they came anyway because the message is so important. America’s biggest corporations are also America’s biggest consumers of oil -- meaning that unless they institute policies to avoid...
Jun 4, 2014 - 7:32am
Click to learn moreThis week, some...
This week, some of the biggest companies in the world are coming together for the Sustainable Brands Conference in San Diego, where companies like Coca-Cola and PepsiCo want to showcase a shining environmental image. On the ground at the conference and online, activists are making sure that these companies can't hide from the fact that by using tar sands fuel to power their tens of thousands of delivery trucks, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are worsening climate destruction. The first night of the conference, a team of activists made sure that conference participants got the message - literally - by...
Jun 3, 2014 - 12:19pm
EVsIn recent days, eight states came together to...
In recent days, eight states came together to release a 'Zero Emission Vehicle Action Plan;' it fleshes out their governors' commitment last fall to slash greenhouse gas emissions and get 3.3 million plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) on the road by 2025.Making up 28 percent of the U.S. vehicle market, California, Oregon, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, and Maryland will "drive economies of scale, lowering prices and creating more options for consumers," said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune in response to the action plan. He continued, "When it comes to...
May 23, 2014 - 7:35am
Front 3Q indy Many city dwellers don't have cars. Ideally, they rely on their...
Many city dwellers don't have cars. Ideally, they rely on their bikes, their feet, and public transit to get around. Certainly that's the best environmental choice.But what about when they need to go farther, or biking or transit aren't viable options? Some cities and their residents are getting creative about electric cars.This week in Indianapolis, where the Electric Drive Transportation Association held its annual conference, Mayor Greg Ballard announced a major new electric car sharing program. Other companies, such as Car2Go and Zipcar, have been experimenting with electric car-sharing...
May 7, 2014 - 2:44pm
Pepsi-truckPhoto by Mobius DaXter, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons By Michael...
Photo by Mobius DaXter, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons By Michael Marx & Kristi Chester Vance This morning, at a PepsiCo shareholder meeting in New Bern, North Carolina, representatives of the Sierra Club and ForestEthics delivered more than 64,000 petition signatures to CEO Indra Noyi, asking the company to stop buying fuel from tar sands refineries for its cars and delivery trucks. The petition delivery caps off nine months of campaigning that has mobilized activists nationwide to hold corporate consumers of oil accountable for the sources of their fuel. At the meeting, the Sierra Club'...

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