Cheap batteries under the hood add power to cut fuel consumption

Next-generation hybrid cars combining electric and gas power in new ways are emerging as a low-cost alternative for consumers as batteries get cheaper and more efficient.  
Ed Andrieski/AP file photo
Solar installer SolarCity said Friday it plans to hire at least 300 new employees in 2015 as it opens a larger office in Roseville.  
 
Kristopher Skinner
Because nearly 23 percent of California's energy now comes from renewable sources such as solar and wind -- and the state is on track to reach its goal of generating one-third of its energy from renewables by 2020 -- the energy has become much harder to manage.
 
 
Green Autos
( Eugene Hoshiko )
Toyota to launch first fuel-cell car this year

There will only be a few hundred, and they won't be cheap, but Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles. 
SOLAR
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SolarCity to offer solar loans to homeowners

SolarCity will begin offering loans to homeowners for solar systems, a move that industry analysts say could reshape the market for rooftop solar and propel its rapid adoption. 
Energy
( Gary Reyes )
Q&A: Jim Pape, CEO of energy storage startup EnerVault

Battery-based energy storage -- for homes, businesses and the electric grid -- is a hot new industry in Silicon Valley, driven by advances in battery chemistry and state policies designed to spur technological innovation.  
Next-generation hybrid cars combining electric and gas power in new ways are emerging as a low-cost alternative for consumers as batteries get cheaper and more efficient.  
 
Ed Andrieski/AP file photo
Solar installer SolarCity said Friday it plans to hire at least 300 new employees in 2015 as it opens a larger office in Roseville.  
 
Kristopher Skinner
Because nearly 23 percent of California's energy now comes from renewable sources such as solar and wind -- and the state is on track to reach its goal of generating one-third of its energy from renewables by 2020 -- the energy has become much harder to manage.
 
 
 
'The Sopranos' Drea De Matteo loses New York home in explosion

'Modern Family’ actress Sarah Hyland grew up across the street from buildings that burned and collapsed in accident caused by gas and plumbing work.