Green Transportation

The latest and greatest on the many ways to move around, from electric cars and hybrid vehicles to commuter and electric bikes.

MAX Update No. 102: The Update Index

By Jack McCornack

A searchable index for the MAX Updates posts, and a few more thoughts on the Progressive Automotive X Prize.

Our Solar-Powered Tractor

By Kathryn Griffin

The solar-powered tractor was painted Terry’s favorite color—green—before the motor was strapped in. After the motor was installed a battery stand was welded over the top of the DC drive motor which is large enough to accommodate twelve 250-amp deep-cycle batteries. Once the performance controller was installed battery cables were run, linking the batteries together.

Tips to Keep Electric Car Batteries Healthy in the Heat

By PluginCars

Electric car batteries are at risk of warming up too quickly in high temperatures. Here’s how to help EV batteries beat the heat.

Solar-Powered Plane Completes First Cross-Country Flight

By Soli Salgado

The Solar Impulse has made history as the first solar-powered airplane to fly across the North American continent.


Nissan to Install More Than 100 Charging Stations Nationwide

Press release

The automaker plans to add new DC quick-charging stations, capable of recharging to 80 percent in about 30 minutes, to dealerships across the country.

League of American Bicyclists Releases Educational Videos

By Joanna Hlavacek

Instructional videos from the League of American Bicyclists provide basic bicycle safety tips.

Our First Two Weeks of a Trans-America Cycling Tour

By Rick Stiles

Rick Stiles shares chronicles the first two weeks of his cross-country trip on a recumbent bicycle.

Find a Fuel-Efficient Car

By Megan E. Phelps

Whether you’re looking for a sporty two-seater, a large family vehicle, or a heavy-duty farm or work truck, here's how to find the best options for vehicles that use less fuel and save you money.

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Aug. 5-6, 2017
Albany, Ore.

Discover a dazzling array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance.