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Thoughts on the failure of Better Place

By Anonymous “Well, this car is automatic, systematic, hydromatic, Why, it could be greased lightning” —Greased Lightening, by Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs A spectacular bubble Some weeks ago, we examined the challenge of commercializing battery-powered electric cars. Several caselets explored three alternate business models for commercialization: the pay-as-you-go model, the subscription model, and the […]

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Let’s not invest in electric charging stations yet when we don’t even know what type of alternative fuel vehicles the US government will support in 2017.

By Rita In any nascent industries where government support is crucial, the first step is to understand what the industrial policies are and assess whether they would drive enough demand to support the industry in the long run. The three caselets we discussed on electric charging stations, though fictional, gave the impression that the market […]

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Pricing Electric Vehicles

By Mary If you had asked me five years ago what technology I was most excited about, I would have told you electric vehicles like the Chevrolet Spark and the Nissan Leaf. With transportation contributing 28% of greenhouse gas emissions [1], innovations in fuel and motor technology have the potential to make a significant contribution […]

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How to best employ nuclear power and natural gas in the United States

By Jason W. Carmen Nobel’s 10/7/13 Working Knowledge article “The Case for Combating Climate Change with Nuclear Power and Fracking” highlighted Professor Lassiter’s thoughts on the role of nuclear power and natural gas and caused me to think about how to employ these abundant, more carbon friendly fuels in the context of US energy consumption.  […]

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The Crisis in Spain: A lost opportunity?

By Jose Carlos del Valle It is a known fact that Spain has been one of the countries most affected by the economic crisis. I don’t want to delve into the causes of the crisis; instead I want to propose a thinking exercise on how innovation in energy could have contributed to a solution. What […]

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