GOOD

The GOOD 100: Electric Cars

Tesla As evidenced by the flashy concept renderings all over the internet, every established car company out there, from Ford...

Tesla

As evidenced by the flashy concept renderings all over the internet, every established car company out there, from Ford to Rolls-Royce, has a plug-in vehicle "in development." But the $109,000 Tesla Roadster is still the only highway-capable plug-in you can actually buy, fully assembled, in America. In July, Tesla accomplished something else car manufacturers should be jealous of: It turned a profit of $1 million.The road's been bumpy, though. There have been the nasty legal disputes between CEO Elon Musk and Tesla's co-founder Martin Eberhard, conflicts with inflexible Detroit suppliers, a brief recall fiasco, and the bankruptcy rumors of late 2008.This past summer however, with Daimler aboard as an investor, Tesla scooped up $465 million in low-interest government loans from the Department of Energy. With that money, it will begin producing the sleek $50,000 Model S sedan. In fact, this has been Tesla's plan all along: Gear an expensive, flashy electric car to the early adopters, establish a brand, generate some buzz, and then funnel that success into progressively cheaper models. Well played.


Coming soon to an outlet near you:

BYD F3DM

The F3DM, from car company BYD, is already available in China and is targeted to hit the U.S. market in 2011. At $22,000, it'll be cheap by electric vehicle standards.

Chevy Volt

The long-heralded savior of Detroit, the Chevy Volt, may finally reach U.S. markets in November of 2010, priced around $40,000.

Toyota Prius Plug-in

A plug-in version of the third-generation Prius is currently being tested in Japan, Europe, and the United States. It's expected to be in mass production by 2012.

Nissan Leaf

With a range of 100 miles and a price tag around $30,000, the LEAF will be introduced in 2010 in cities with an EV charging infrastructure.

Think City EV

The boxy City EV is shipping to customers in Norway now. Think is looking to build a factory in the United States to make 2,500 cars in 2010.

Fisker Karma

The exotic Fisker Karma is a 150-mph, $87,900 luxury four-door that looks like something James Bond would drive. Fisker is taking orders.

Articles

McDonalds sells a lot of coffee. Over a billion cups a year, to be exact. All that coffee leads to a lot of productive mornings, but it also leads to a lot of waste. Each year, millions of pounds of coffee chaff (the skin of the coffee beans that comes off during roasting) ends up getting turned into mulch. Some coffee chaff just gets burned, leading to an increase in CO2.

Now, that chaff is going to get turned into car parts. Ford is incorporating coffee chaff from McDonalds coffee into the headlamps of some cars. Ford has been using plastic and talc to make its headlamps, but this new process will reduce the reliance on talc, a non-renewable mineral. The chaff is heated to high temperatures under low oxygen and mixed with plastic and other additives. The bioplastic can then be formed into shapes.

Keep Reading Show less

For over 20 years, our country has perceived itself as more divided than united, and it's not getting better. Right after the 2016 election, a poll conducted by Gallup found that 77% of Americans felt the country was divided on the most important values, a record high.

The percentage of Americans who agree that we disagree got higher. During the 2018 mid-term elections, a poll conducted by NBC News/Wall Street Journal found that 80% of Americans felt the nation was "mainly" or "totally" divided.

We head into the 2020 presidential election more divided than ever. A new poll from USA Today found that nine out of ten respondents felt it was important to do something about the conflict in our country. We can't keep on living like this forever.

Keep Reading Show less
via Honor Africans / Twitter

The problem with American Sign Language (ASL) is that over 500,000 people in the U.S. use it, but the country has over 330 million people.

So for those with hearing loss, the chances of coming into contact with someone who uses the language are rare. Especially outside of the deaf community.

Keep Reading Show less