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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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Dr. Boaz Almog: Quantum Levitation

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Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) Superconductor Tech Could Be Final EV Solution

Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is all about user experience. The firm has managed to make the electric car a cultural phenomenon by making it simply better than an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicle for many users. There’s still some hiccups in the process, however. A move on the stock market earlier this week shows one possible solution.

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Solar-Powered Plane Lands in Hawaii After Flight from Japan – NBC News

KAPOLEI, Hawaii — A plane powered by the sun’s rays has landed in Hawaii after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan.

Pilot Andre Borschberg and his single-seat solar aircraft arrived Friday at Kalaeloa, a small airport outside Honolulu, after taking off from Nagoya about 120 hours ago.

His team says his trip broke the record for the world&# More

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The next-generation Nissan Leaf will be able to drive over 310 miles on a single charge | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

Here’s some news to go nuts about. Exciting research found that simply adding one type of food to your diet could drastically slash your risk of dying. According to the study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, eating nuts could save your life. The researchers found that eating a handful of nuts on a daily basis cut the risk of premature death from any serious illnesses by 20 perce More

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BYD launches car which can create electricity and return it to the grid

An electric vehicle has been developed which can store and return electricity generated from renewable sources to the grid.

BYD says its e6 is the only production electric car equipped as standard with the capability to return power to the grid (V2G – vehicle to grid) via the AC charging system which is widely publicly available.

The e6, sold for taxi and private hire uses in Europ More

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453 Tesla Supercharger stations worldwide

Tesla activated 5 more Supercharger stations last week, bringing the total to 453 worldwide. Each station has multiple chargers available. Combined, there are now 2,519 of them, ready and waiting to provide free electricity to virtually every Tesla every built. (Supercharger access was an extra cost option on some early cars.)

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Sales of electric vehicle show impressive growth: SMEV – The Times of India on Mobile

NEW DELHI: The sales of electric vehicle have shown significant increase in the last quarter indicating that much lauded FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles) programme is having a positive impact on the industry.

The electric vehicle industry witnessed 25 percent increase in sales at the end of the first quarter of the financial year 2015-16. The companies sold a t More

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Tesla, BMW Culled From Washington State Electric Car Sales Tax Break | NW News Network

A few minutes past the last minute, the Washington Legislature renewed an expiring tax incentive to promote non-polluting plug-in cars.

That measure was included within a larger highway spending budget that won approval early Wednesday morning.

The sales tax exemption for electric car buyers was capped as part of a four-year extension. That frustrated Republican state representative More

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Tesla Model X Reservations = ~24,000 (~Twice Model S Reservations Before Production) | CleanTechnica

Some serious crowdsourcing by members of the Tesla Motors Club (and, most specifically, Model X reservation holders) and some nice sleuthing by Fred Lambertreveal that there seem to be about twice as many reservations for the Model X as there were for the Model S when production began, 24,000 as compared to 12,000.

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Tesla to start charging 15 yuan per hour at charging stations in China: Shanghaiist

Tesla will begin charging 15 yuan per hour at its 1,300 charging stations across China. The charging service will also be open to non-Tesla electric cars.
CarTek, a manufacturer of auto filters and brake discs, recently posted a photo on its public account revealing that a Tesla charging station in Beijing has imposed the service charges, Leiphone reports.
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Gulf states reach $18.7B settlement with BP over oil spill – SFGate

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP and five Gulf states announced a record $18.7 billion settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant’s oil spill in 2010.

The settlement will likely mark the end of major litigation against BP, following the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. When the Deepwater Horizon oil r More

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[industrial] Duke Energy converting nation’s largest utility-scale battery to lithium – Charlotte Business Journal

Duke Energy Renewables has decided to upgrade the 36-megawatt storage battery at its Notrees Wind Power project in Texas, converting to lithium-ion technology from its the original lead acid battery.
Duke Renewables spokeswoman Tammie McGee say the battery has not been used so much to store wind energy for later use — the original plan — as it has been to help the Energy Reliable Council More

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Tesla Model S Is Top-Selling Plug-in Car For First Half of 2015 – HybridCars.com

Despite being a luxury product by a startup priced 2-4 times more the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt, the Tesla Model S has outsold the two other plug-in electrified vehicles this year and is thus far 2015’s top selling PEV in America.

Its estimated 11,900 U.S. sales – even with room for error – clearly surpass Nissan’s 9,816 Leafs and Chevrolet’s 5,622 Volts from January 2015 through More

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Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) Second Quarter Sales: Model S Sedan Deliveries Rise 52% To 11,507

A Tesla Model S sedan stands at a Tesla charging station along the A7 highway near Rieden, Germany, June 11, 2015. Tesla announced second-quarter 2015 sales numbers on Thursday. Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Tesla Motors Inc. announced early Thursday it sold 11,507 Model S luxury electric cars in the April-June period. The sales data, released at the end of each quarter, was enough to push the c More

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NASA Satellite Images Show China Building A Massive Solar Power Plant In The Middle Of The Gobi Desert

Satellite images captured by NASA show that China has tripled the size of its solar power plant in the Gobi Desert since 2012. It’s another indication that China, pushed by the United Nations, is looking to become a global leader when it comes to solar power after decades of notorious pollution problems. That, and the NASA pictures just look really cool.

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX Plans To Launch 4,000 Satellites, Broadcasting Internet To Entire World

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has officially asked for permission to build a constellation of 4,000 satellites capable of beaming the Internet to the most remote regions of the earth. The plan, outlined in a request to the Federal Communications Commission, would transform Musk’s rocket company into a new Internet service provider to compete with the likes of Verizon and Comcast. And you thought More

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Oxis To Manufacture Li-S Batteries Achieving 400 Wh/kg

Many years ago, I learned of a technology that could turn the energy industry upside down — the lithium-sulfur battery. It could achieve a gravimetric energy density of 400 Wh/kg. The majority of electric vehicle batteries are well under 200 Wh/kg. This means that lithium-sulfur battery technology could at least double EV range without adding a single pound of weight, and quadruple most of them. More

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Wireless charging RC car + Formula E racer = Cool

Whether you are interested in wireless charging, remote control cars or Formula E race cars, you’ll have to admit that this video promoting Qualcomm’s Halo wireless charging technology is very cool. The video shows driver Lucas di Grassi in a Formula E race car racing against a tiny remote controlled replica that uses Qualcomm’s wireless charging. It’s a bummer that you can’t actually bu More

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Dubai Electricity & Water To Install 100 EV Charging Stations

From time to time, Dubai attracts our attention, like in case of introducing the BMW i8 for police.

One of latest EVs initiatives in Dubai is to install 100 charging stations by the end of this year.

Stations will be available to the public, but also used by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), which recently placed an order for 8Renault ZOE.

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June 2015 Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Report Card

Summer Months Are Traditionally Strong For EV Sales

The real start of plug-in vehicle sales in the United States each year have always been a fair-weather thing.

Once Again Saving The Month’s Sales From A Rainy Day – The Tesla Model S

Prior to heading into the first month of summer, sales jumped last month to an estimated 11,540 vehicles in May from about 9,000 the month p More

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June 2015 Plug-In Electric Vehicle Sales Report Card

Summer Months Are Traditionally Strong For EV Sales

The real start of plug-in vehicle sales in the United States each year have always been a fair-weather thing.

Once Again Saving The Month’s Sales From A Rainy Day – The Tesla Model S

Prior to heading into the first month of summer, sales jumped last month to an estimated 11,540 vehicles in May from about 9,000 the month p More

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Nissan Sells North Of 2,000 LEAFs In US For 2nd Month In A Row

How do we value Nissan’s sales of the LEAF this month in the United States? Good or bad? High or low?

None of the above. We are indifferent.

Even though America’s besting selling EV crossed the 80,000 vehicles sold mark on the first of the month (82,000+ today), and another relatively strong month was recorded throughout June with 2,074 cars sold, there is just too much going More

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Are we on the brink of an electric car revolution? | Environment | The Guardian

Carlos Ghosn, the fast-talking head of the Renault-Nissan alliance, is not keen to be drawn on targets for electric car sales. A 2011 prediction of 1.5m Renault-Nissan electric vehicles by 2016 turned out to be wildly optimistic. The group just passed the 250,000 mark.

Ghosn was not alone. President Barack Obama predicted 1m electric cars in the US by 2015: in January the total was 280,000. More

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Tesla Motors Inc Partners With China Unicom To Expand Its Chinese Supercharger Network

A new smartphone-based means of paying for electric vehicle (EV) charging while traveling on the West Coast Electric Highway fast-charger network in Oregon and Washington was recently unveiled by AeroVironment and by the developer of PlugShare, Recargo, via a press release.

The new smartphone app will now allow drivers to pay for utilizing AeroVironment’s DC fast chargers and Level 2 char More

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AeroVironment + Recargo Unveil New "Pay With PlugShare" Option For West Coast Electric Highway’s Fast-Charger Network | CleanTechnica

A new smartphone-based means of paying for electric vehicle (EV) charging while traveling on the West Coast Electric Highway fast-charger network in Oregon and Washington was recently unveiled by AeroVironment and by the developer of PlugShare, Recargo, via a press release.

The new smartphone app will now allow drivers to pay for utilizing AeroVironment’s DC fast chargers and Level 2 char More

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Nissan diversifies leaf line-up with additional Acenta+ grade – FleetPoint

Nissan is celebrating the continued success of its 100% electric LEAF model with the introduction of a value-packed Acenta+ grade. Available from 1st July, the new Acenta+ model adds new features that make the British-built Nissan LEAF an even more complete package.

The new Acenta+ sits between the Acenta and range-topping Tekna model and enjoys a significant specification boost over the st More

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Gigafactory, Engine For Tesla Model 3 Growth, ‘Operational’ Within A Year: Report – Forbes

Tesla Gigafactory will supply batteries for the $35,000 Model 3. (Credit: Tesla Motors)

Progress on the Gigafactory is reportedly going according to plan, boding well for Tesla’s future mass-market Model 3.

“Certainly by one year from now, that factory will be producing batteries,” Steve Hill, director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, told Nevada lawmakers la More

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‘I Want Kandi,’ Says China’s Government As Electric Cars Get Boost – Investors.com

Kandi Technologies Group(NASDAQ:KNDI) said its electric car joint venture nabbed a $44.3 million subsidy from the Chinese government during the second half of last year.

The Jinhua, China-based Kandi Technologies Group is China’s top-ranked company in terms of pure electric vehicle sales and production figures. Its joint venture, Kandi Electric Vehicles Group, is run by it and Geely A More

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‘Tesla is our friend,’ says Renault boss – BBC Top Gear

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn promises more electric cars, and hits back at Red Bull’s criticism of his F1 engines

And as the man ultimately responsible for the world’s best-selling fully electric car – the Nissan Leaf – and zany goodness like the Renault Twizy, when Ghosn starts talking about the future of electric cars it’s worth listening.

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Old Model Given New Life? – Autoomobile

Nissan Leaf: Old Model Given New Life?

Nissan has just announce that their next Nissan Leaf will be getting a longer range thanks to the upgrades done on the lithium battery.

It is believed that the new battery will now be pushing out more kWh which means that the Nissan Leaf will be able to run longer. It is also believed that while it will contain more energy, the battery size will More

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New York City Can Carry On with "Taxi of Tomorrow" Program Based on Nissan NV200 EVs – autoevolution for Mobile

New York had a plan for turning the world-famous yellow cab fleet into a green arsenal of people carriers, but fleet operators had other plans.

Luckily, the Taxi of Tomorrow plan can go ahead after the Court of Appeal in Albany upheld the initiative, Bloomberg reports. It all started five years ago when the New York municipality wanted to replace the majority of the taxi fleet through a par More

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