The Green Wrap-up 2.February, 2013

A Tesla Model S for hoi polloi? Not quite, but the luxury electric vehicle maker apparently has started deliveries of its “middle-ground” sedans fitted with 60-kWh batteries, Green Car Reports says, citing threads from the online Tesla Motors car club.
EV buyers need better access to charging stations for the cars to be as practical as ICEs. Nissan knows this, and estimates there are currently only 160 public fast-charging stations in the US. Not enough, the company (correctly) figures. 500, though?
How’s this for a “willing buyer”? Toyota is going to recycle nickel-metal hydride batteries from old hybrids into energy management systems and will then sell those systems to Toyota dealerships in Japan.
Enthusiasm and camaraderie among plug-in vehicle owners are high. Very high, in fact. Constantly frustrated by hearing others’ silly misconceptions of our electric vehicles, and dismayed by the oily misinformation that saturates media coverage of our beloved cars, we turn to one another for sanity and support. To us, the rest of the world just doesn’t get it. And we wish you did. On behalf of misunderstood electric-car fanatics everywhere, I’d like to explain a few things.
…Then, the leaf’s precise angle causes the balls of water to roll off due to gravity, taking the attached dirt particles with them and cleaning the leaf without expending energy. Cleaning without energy–now there’s an idea we can all appreciate!
Federal officials propose listing wolverine as endangered because its cold-weather habitat could shrink as the climate warms. But US says it won’t use wolverine’s status to regulate greenhouse gases.
  • GreenJoyment(Ally): I find it sad yet unsurprising that the plight of endangered animals who are losing habitat due to global warming has no impact on regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. Wolverines are pretty near and dear to the hearts of Michiganders like me and it is good to hear that the well-being of the species is being fought for by wildlife officials and advocates.
Here are some of the top stories in eco news for the month of January, 2013.

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