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Sustainable Transportation Could Save the World (and Save $100 Trillion)

As protesters gathered in New York City to demand action on climate change, a new report shows how smart transportation policy can play a major role in reducing carbon emissions. Photo: South Bend Voice/Flickr

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New world record set with 507 EVs in parade [w/video] *UPDATE

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“The World in 2030″ by Dr. Michio Kaku

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Dr. Boaz Almog: Quantum Levitation

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Tesla Motors Deal For Nevada Gigafactory Land Concluded

Though Tesla Motors had already begun construction at the 980-acre site east of Reno where the Gigafactory is being built, the land didn’t actually belong to the company until a few days ago, when the deal for the land was finally concluded.

As per the arrangement between Tesla and the state of Nevada, the EV overlord is actually getting the land for free — as part of the $1.3-billion p More

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GM promises big performance improvements for Volt

Chevrolet’s Volt plug-in hybrid was born in crisis, coming to market not long after General Motors’ June 2009 bankruptcy. You’d expect the company would have learned a few lessons along the way.

And it has, says CEO Mary Barra. You’ll see proof in January at Detroit’s auto show.

When the 2016 Volt launches in the second half of 2015, it will represent a significant leap for More

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GreenWay to appear in world’s most prestigious cycling event: Tour de France

Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team is pleased to announce that it has renewed its partnership with janom s.r.o. for the next two seasons (2015-2016).

A partner of the team since 2012, janom s.r.o. is a private investment company operating in a number of renewable energy divisions, as well as in the information technology sector. It is also involved in electro-mobility activities throu More

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Tesla looks to solar to power Australian supercharging network : Renew Economy

Tesla looks to solar to power Australian supercharging network
By Giles Parkinson on 31 October 2014

Tesla Motors – the transformative US-based electric vehicle manufacturer that is about to launch its product in Australia – is looking to power its network of supercharging stations with solar.

The decision should not be surprising. Tesla is installing solar-powered supercha More

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Toyota to Test Expansion of EV and PHV Charging Infrastructure in Japan – MarketWatch

Tokyo, Oct 31, 2014 (JCN Newswire via COMTEX) — Toyota Motor Corporation announces that it will be testing electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Aichi Prefecture from November 1 until March 15, 2015. The tests will involve standard chargers for use with vehicles such as plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs) and electric vehicles (EVs). The tests will be conducted jointly with four municipalit More

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สำนักข่่าวแห่งชาติ : Collaboration to Develop Electric Cars in Thailan

PATHUM THANI, 31 October 2014 (NNT) – The National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) under the Ministry of Science and Technology signed a bilateral collaboration agreement with Loxley Public Company Limited today (31 October 2014). The goal is to develop technologies and equipment standards together to develop future electric car production in Thailand.

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USU-developed wirelessly-charged electric bus debuts in Salt Lake City – Allaccess – The Herald Journal

Press conference attendees gather around a wirelessly-charged electric bus made by Utah State University spin-off company WAVE at the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of WAVE)

By Kevin Opsahl |Posted 14 hours ago

A University of Utah wirelessly-charged electric bus designed by a Utah State University spin-out company made its ceremonial debut o More

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Norway’s EV Market Share Is Skyrocketing Past 15 Percent – HybridCars.com

If anyone was ever tired of hearing about U.S. “compliance cars” by seemingly tepid automakers merely trying to appease regulators, news that EVs now comprise 15 percent of new car sales in Norway could come as a breath of fresh air.

As previously reported, the tiny country of 5.1 million people is eager to make the switch to sustainability, has the political will to do so, and is heavi More

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The World’s 10-Best Selling Plug-in Cars – HybridCars.com

As of September 2014, the global number of plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) sold crested to nearly 604,000 with certain models rounding out the bulk of these.

In fact, the top-10 models from various manufacturers have accounted for 77 percent of the total at an estimated 464,956 units.

Counted are both all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids by sales total with the most-notable More

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Tesla Cuts Model S Lease Price; Initiates 90-Day ‘Happiness Guaranty’ – HybridCars.com

Tesla announced it’s now offering U.S. lease prices on Model S at up to 25 percent less, and these come with a 90-day “happiness guaranty” to let customers return the car if not satisfied.

The automaker that is known for zigging when everyone else zags says its low lease rate is thanks to US Bank which has significantly reduced costs of capital than does Tesla.

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Carmakers race ahead of EU emissions targets

The average passenger car sold in 2013 emitted 126.7g/km – well below the EU limit of 130g/km set for 2015
Almost all car manufacturers have met European carbon emission reduction targets ‘several years ahead of their deadlines’, and the uptake of electric vehicles is continuing to increase rapidly.

That’s according to new data from the European Environment Ag More

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Nissan LEAF Sets Annual U.S. Electric Vehicle Sales Record – Again – Yahoo Finance

With more than two months remaining, Nissan LEAF has shattered the record for the most U.S. electric vehicle sales in a single calendar year, surpassing the previous record of 22,610 that it set in 2013.

“With nearly 20 electric cars or plug-in hybrid models on the road today, Nissan LEAF remains at the head of the class, outselling the nearest competitor by 50 percent through September, More

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Renault Electric Car Sales Approaching 50,000

One of our readers inspired us to dig for some more data and create one more graph illustrating sales of the four all-electric Renault models.

As it turns out, according to the manufacturer’s preliminary data (possibly inaccurate by a few hundred units one way or the other), total Renault electric car sales already exceed 48,000units.

Almost all of those cars (46,500) were delivere More

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Nissan LeafHome Electric-Car Power Tests: More Practical For U.S. With Longer-Range Cars?

Nissan and other makers are beginning to view electric cars not as just as transportation, but as mobile energy-storage units that can provide emergency power and take stress off electrical grids.

This month the carmaker will begin testing its Leaf-To-Home energy station in Japan, testing the ability of electric cars to provide temporary electrical power to buildings in real-world circumsta More

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[government] California Update: New Laws Give Residential and Commercial Tenants Rights to Install EV Charging Stations and Streamline Residential Solar Permitting | The National Law Review

Last month Governor Brown signed AB 2565, which gives residential and commercial tenants new rights to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, and AB 2188, which directs cities and counties to streamline permitting for residential solar projects.

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AB 2565 provides that for a residential lease executed, extended, or renewed after July 1, 2015, “a lessor of a dwelling More

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Green tea from Japan to be tested for radiation | Economics | FOCUS TAIWAN Mobile – CNA ENGLISH NEWS

Taipei, Oct. 29 (CNA) Sweets, cookies and teas and tea products imported from Japan into Taiwan will be subject to tests for radioactive substances beginning next year, the acting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) director-general said Wednesday.

Chiang Yu-mei said that under the proposed measure, importers of the Japan-made items will not be able to apply for the necessary imported food i More

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CarCharging to Expand Operations into China — MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Oct. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Oct. 29, 2014/PRNewswire/ — Car Charging Group, Inc. (OTCQB: CCGI) (“CarCharging”), the largest owner, operator, and provider of electric vehicle (“EV”) charging services, announced that it plans to expand its operations intoChina beginning in the fourth quarter of 2014. Car Charging China Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of CarCharging, was created More

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PayPal signs up for easy electric car charging | ecomento.com

Electric car charging station provider ChargePoint is now accepting Paypal in an effort to improve convenience for customers.

The electronic payment system, which made Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk a fortune in the early 2000s, will allow both members and first time users to charge their cars without a credit card.

When asked for payment information, drivers at one of ChargePoint’ More

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FDA proposes radiation tests for Japanese snacks – Taipei Times

FDA proposes radiation tests for Japanese snacks

Starting next year, Japanese companies intending to import teas, candies or cookies may have to submit a radiation detection report issued by a local authority, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said yesterday.

“The administration on Tuesday published a draft regulation requiring importers of tea products, snacks, cookies and gr More

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VW will launch more than 20 electric, plug-in hybrid models in China

SHANGHAI (Reuters) — Volkswagen Group said today it will launch more than 20 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in China over the next few years.

“In the near future, Volkswagen will be offering Chinese drivers over 20 NEVs, from small cars to large-sized SUVs, from plug-in hybrids to pure electric cars,” Jochem Heizmann, head of Volkswagen Group China, said.

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Kia Soul EV Range Autonomy Demonstration Nets More Than 100 Miles

Today, we tested a new Kia Soul EV for range autonomy. I met the car’s owner, Andrew, at a Walgreens drug store in Gardena, California at the appointed time of 9am. It was an absolutely beautiful Saturday morning as I drove my 2014 RAV4 EV up from San Diego, about 115 miles (184km), to meet Andrew and his fully charged and ready-to-go car. It was interesting to learn that Andrew had started his More

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BC’s Electric-Car Charging Stations: 2 Years Of Data And What It Tells Us

British Columbia’s public charging stations got twice as busy in the past year, roughly tracking the increase in the Canadian province’s plug-in electric vehicle population.

The results were announced earlier this month by the Fraser Basin Council and Powertech Labs, two members of the Plug in BC initiative working to support the adoption of electric transportation.

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Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard plans 425 electric vehicles by 2016

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Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard plans to have 425 plug-in electric vehicles in more
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s quest for an all-electric fleet of city vehicles has gotten a $32 million jump-start.

Ballard on Tuesday unveiled the beginnings of what he calls the “Freedom Fleet” — 425 plug-in sedans that are expected to save the cit More

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GM to Relocate Volt Drive, Invest $300 Million in Michigan

General Motors Co. will move production of the electric drive unit for the next-generation Chevrolet Volt to Michigan from Mexico and plans to announce almost $300 million in investment in the state this year.
The automaker will build the electric drive in Warren, Michigan, the company said in a statement. GM Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra discussed the investments and the Volt as part o More

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Kia Soul EV Range Autonomy Demonstration Nets More Than 100 Miles

Today, we tested a new Kia Soul EV for range autonomy. I met the car’s owner, Andrew, at a Walgreens drug store in Gardena, California at the appointed time of 9am. It was an absolutely beautiful Saturday morning as I drove my 2014 RAV4 EV up from San Diego, about 115 miles (184km), to meet Andrew and his fully charged and ready-to-go car. It was interesting to learn that Andrew had started his More

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Electric-car drivers trading gas for solar power – Yahoo News

DETROIT (AP) — Owners of electric vehicles have already gone gas-free. Now, a growing number are powering their cars with sunlight.

Solar panels installed on the roof of a home or garage can easily generate enough electricity to power an electric or plug-in gas-electric hybrid vehicle. The panels aren’t cheap, and neither are the cars. A Ford Fusion Energi plug-in sedan, for example More

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The States Where Electric Car Sales Are Skyrocketing [Infographic] – Forbes

The Atlanta metropolitan area has becomethe fastest growing market for electric cars in the United States. Last March, the state of Georgia had a grand total of 1,469 registered electric vehicles. 12 months later that number grew to 10,482, a whopping 614 percent increase.

So why are electric cars becoming so popular in Georgia? Several factors are contributing to the boom, with the state More

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Greenkraft Inc. and Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. Jointly Receive Grant from California Energy Commission to Develop CNG-PHEV Class-4 Truck | Business Wire

SANTA ANA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Greenkraft Inc. (OTCQB: GKIT), a California based manufacturer of alternative fuel trucks and alternative fuel systems, today announced that the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved Greenkraft’s and Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.’s (EDI) joint application for a grant to develop a compressed natural gas (CNG)-hybrid electric vehicle. The CEC thr More

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Panasonic and Powertree Services to build solar-storage EV chargers : Renew Economy

THE ELECTRIC car has been talked about for ages but fans say it’s time has finally come.

Engineer and electric vehicle expert Dr Andrew Simpson, whose career has included stints at Tesla and the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory, says the EV is at a “tipping point”.

“It does stack up financially now,” he said.

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Electric car technology ready and price is right | Northern Star

THE ELECTRIC car has been talked about for ages but fans say it’s time has finally come.

Engineer and electric vehicle expert Dr Andrew Simpson, whose career has included stints at Tesla and the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory, says the EV is at a “tipping point”.

“It does stack up financially now,” he said.

“The technology is ready More

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