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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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Now That’s Combo Quick Charging: CHAdeMO, CCS, Tesla Supercharger

The growing number of DC fast-charging stations is making life a little more convenient for electric-car drivers–provided they can match their vehicles to the right plug.

There are currently three major DC fast-charging standards in use–CHAdeMO, Combined Charging Standard (CCS), and Tesla Motors’ Supercharger–but only one charging site has them all.

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Powertree and Panasonic Bringing EV Charging to SF Apartment Buildings | Multi-Housing News Online

By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Writer

San Francisco—Scores of electric vehicle charging stations are coming to multifamily properties in San Francisco in coming months, thanks to an initiative teaming Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company and San Francisco-based Powertree Services Inc.

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Tesla to sell cars on Tmall|Companies|chinadaily.com.cn

Electric carmaker Tesla has opened a flagship online store on Alibaba’s e-commerce platform Tmall and announced it will start taking orders for its Model S there on Nov 11, adding an extra spark to the “11.11″ shopping festival, China’s largest 24-hour online shopping promo.

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New York State Now Home To 10,000 Plug-In Electric Vehicles

LEAF Takes On Some Juice In NYC

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In a recent news release on charging station installation in the state of New York, the New York Power Authority revealed the following information related to plug-in electric vehicles (and total number of charging stations) statewide:

“Since Charge NY was launched, nearly 500 EV charging stations have been added in New York, br More

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Nissan Delivers First All-Electric Taxis to Barcelona and Madrid

BARCELONA — October 21, 2014: Delivery marks significant milestone in the expansion of zero-emission transportation to Europe’s city centres Madrid and Barcelona (Tuesday 21st October) – The era of the 100% electric taxi has arrived to Spain’s two largest cities, as Nissan delivered its first 100% electric taxis to Madrid and Barcelona. The introduction the Nissan electric More

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Dongfeng Nissan Dalian Plant Commences Production

The Dalian plant of Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Company (DFL-PV) commenced production today. In addition to the existing production bases in Huadu of Guangzhou, Xiangyang and Zhengzhou, the Nissan cars produced in China – all of which are for the domestic market – offline from a total of four locations across the country.

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The West Coast Electric Highway | Intelligent Utility

The West Coast Electric Highway (WCEH) comprises 57 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Oregon and Washington. It is one of the largest contiguous networks of direct current (DC) fast chargers in North America. These stations enable EVs to charge approximately 80 percent of their battery capacity in 30 minutes or less, which provides EV drivers the peace of mind to travel from city to city More

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Growing Environmental Concerns Will Facilitate High Investments in the Global Hybrid Powertrain Systems Market by 2018: TechNavio | Business Wire

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–According to research firm TechNavio, the Global Hybrid Powertrain Systems Market will grow at a CAGR of 10.86 percent from 2014-2018, in response to increasing need for fuel-efficient, low-emissions vehicles.

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Smart Fortwo and Nissan LEAF Lead Germany Plug-In Car Sales In September 2014

The German plug-in car market increased by over 70% year-over-year in September to 1,145 units sold, which is 0.5% market share.

747 of the total were battery electric cars and398 were plug-in hybrids.

In total, this year registrations for plug-in electric cars in Germany amount to 9,100.

Plug-in registrations in Germany – September 2014

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Smart Fortwo and Nissan LEAF Lead Germany Plug-In Car Sales In September 2014

The German plug-in car market increased by over 70% year-over-year in September to 1,145 units sold, which is 0.5% market share.

747 of the total were battery electric cars and398 were plug-in hybrids.

In total, this year registrations for plug-in electric cars in Germany amount to 9,100.

Plug-in registrations in Germany – September 2014

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Lightweight Visio.M Electric Car Weighs in at Only 900 Pounds | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

The small, two-seater Visio.M is incredibly light at around only 900 pounds, which is half the weight of the Smart ForTwo electric car. One the reasons the Visio.M is so light is because the TUM team used lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum for the passenger compartment. Its windows are also made of polycarbonate instead of glass, since polycarbonate weighs only half as much as glass.

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Lightweight Visio.M Electric Car Weighs in at Only 900 Pounds | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

The small, two-seater Visio.M is incredibly light at around only 900 pounds, which is half the weight of the Smart ForTwo electric car. One the reasons the Visio.M is so light is because the TUM team used lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum for the passenger compartment. Its windows are also made of polycarbonate instead of glass, since polycarbonate weighs only half as much as glass.

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Michigan requires Tesla to sell cars through dealers

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Robert Reynolds, left, and his wife Sarah, right, are shown a new Tesla all electric car by Tesla representative John Van Cleave in Cincinnati. Now Michigan has banned direct sales
DETROIT — Governor Rick Snyder today signed bipartisan legislation aimed at discouraging Tesla Motors from selling its electric cars directly through company stores.

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Eight automakers join in electric car charging test

Eight automakers participated in a test to see if utility companies can tell plug-in electric cars to temporarily stop charging to avoid overloading the power grid, Ford Motor says.
Several electric utilities and Sumitomo Electric tested to see if they can send a message to electric vehicles via the cloud. The test last week was designed to ask the cars’ owners for permission to tempor More

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California Air Resources Board to Hold Hearing This Week on Softening Zero-Emission Requirements

The state of California has, for a long time, been one of the most supportive states of plug-in and zero-emission vehicles. Thanks to the state’s tough Zero Emission Vehicle mandate, requiring automakers to make and sell a set percentage of zero emission vehicles in order to sell within the state, California also has the largest choice of zero emission electric, hydrogen fuel cell, and plug-in h More

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BYD outs world’s largest battery electric vehicle

When we think of electric vehicles, we generally think of conveyances down the lower on of the size spectrum, like cars,bikes and maybe even skateboards. But at this year’s American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Expo in Houston, BYD Motors took things in the other direction with the premiere of what it claims is the world’s largest battery electric vehicle – the Lancaster eBus.

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Super stable garnet ceramics may be ideal for high-energy lithium batteries

ORNL researchers used scanning transmission electron microscopy to take an atomic-level look at a cubic garnet material called LLZO that could help enable higher-energy battery designs. Credit: ORNL

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered exceptional properties in a garnet material that could enable development of higher-energy battery More

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Magnesium-Ion Batteries Could Be The Future Of Energy Storage

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Lithium-ion batteries are ubiquitous today, but our future, especially our automotive future, will need a different battery, one that has gre More

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Nissan edges out Tesla for most ZEV credits sold in California

When it comes to California zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) credits last year, Nissan was selling and Mercedes-Benz was buying. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) put out its ZEV-credits numbers for the year that ended September 30, which is why we now know that Nissan, maker of the battery-electric Leaf, transferred 663.6 ZEV credits out of its account last year. That just edged out the 650. More

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Minister proposed sustainable Transportation Master Plan

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: Efficient road service network and connectivity plays key supporting roles to achieve Wawasan 2035. The Minister of Communications made the speech at the National Forum, Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies, (CSPS) entitled Master Plan for A Sustainable Land Transportation System for Brunei Darussalam, Brudirect reported.

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Daimler sells stake in Tesla for $780 million, electric vehicle partnership not affected

Daimler AG says it has sold its 4 percent stake in electric car maker Tesla for $780 million.

The buyer was not disclosed.

The Germany-based parent of Mercedes-Benz says its partnership with Tesla Motors Inc. is unaffected. Tesla made the battery packs and chargers for the two-seat electric smart and developed part of the electric drive system in the B-Class Electric Drive.
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New Li-ion anode achieves 70 percent charge in just two minutes

Researchers at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have developed a new, proof-of-concept anode for lithium-ion batteries that can charge to 70 percent of its capacity in only two minutes and has a very long lifespan of ten thousand charge/discharge cycles. The advance could lead to the production of high-rate lithium-ion batteries, with interesting implications for personal el More

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Solar power prices are dropping fast, NREL says

The price of solar power panels dropped as much as 19 percent nationwide in 2013 and are expected to drop by as much as 12 percent in 2014, according to a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden.

The price of solar power panels for utility-scale projects fell below $2 per watt in 2013 and have continued to drop in 2014 to about $1.80 per watt — 59 percent below More

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Fukushima film shows reality sinking in for ‘nuclear refugees’

A picture frame and water marks are seen over the wall of a kindergarten destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami in Ishinomaki, northern Japan, April 7, 2011.

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Miami track unveiled for Formula E race | The Miami Herald

Formula E cars race during the FIA Formula E 2014 Beijing ePrix at the Beijing Olympic Green Circuit in Beijing, China, on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.BRENT LEWIN/BLOOMBERG
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At speeds of up to 140 miles per hour, Formula E cars will speed up and down Biscayne Boulevard, hug corners on 18-inch tires around the AmericanAirlines Arena, and zoom beneath the MacArthur Cause More

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Nissan Sold Record 1,986 LEAFs In Europe In September

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Nissan announced that last month LEAF sales in Europe hit a new record of 1,986 units!

It seems that Europe finally is reaching sales levels that were previously reserved only for the U.S. and Japan.

Most of those European sales come from the UK – 851, or more than 43% of the total.

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Envision Solar Announces Over Two Million Dollars in New Orders

SAN DIEGO, CA–(Marketwired – October 21, 2014) – Envision Solar International, Inc. (OTCQB: EVSI) (“Envision Solar,” or the “Company”), the leading renewable energy Media and Branding, and EV charging product company, announced today that it has received multiple purchase orders for its EV ARC™ and Solar Tree® HVLC products totaling over $2M in less tha More

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EVs Make up 15% of New Car Purchases in Norway; Nissan Leaf 3rd Best-Seller

While EVs are struggling to make a difference in the grand scheme of cars sales around the world, Norway is showing us that their large scale use is feasible. The northern European country is loving using electrics sales of which have really taken off.

The Nissan Leaf, a niche vehicle, in pretty much any market you can name, is actually Norway’s third-best selling car full stop. The Japan More

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Panasonic Partners With Powertree Svcs to Construct 68 Solar-Powered EV Stations in San Francisco | AltEnergyMag Press Release

Powertree Services’ Innovative Solution Combines Solar Energy Generation with Battery Storage and Electric Vehicle Charging; Offers Supplemental Building Energy for Customers on Pacific Gas & Electric Grid

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Newark, NJ and San Francisco, CA, (October 20, 2014) Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company (Panasonic) announced it is providing enginee More

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Mercedes Benz Set to Introduce New technology | CarTrade

World renowned premium automobile manufacturer Mercedes Benz is planning to instil a plethora of new technologies to meet the new demands of the automobile legislations of Europe. The company will try to manufacture new engines with a better performance, electric vehicles, which cause lesser emissions and plug-in hybrids in the next couple of years.
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