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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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Hundreds Of Plug-In Hybrid Trucks For Port Of Shanghai −

A brand new fleet of plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) trucks are now set to be deployed at the Port of Shanghai following an agreement between the hybrid and electric drivetrain solutions company Efficient Drivetrains Inc (EDI) and Shaanxi Automotive.

The fleet in question is reported to consist of plug-in hybrid port trucks capable of operating with 99,000 pounds (44,907 kg) gross vehicle we More


[government news] Saft America Receives $6.13 Million USABC Award for Lithium-IonStop-Start Battery Technology Development – MarketWatch

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug 31, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Saft America Inc. today announced it received a competitively bid, $6.13 million award from the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for 12-volt stop-start battery technology development. The contract includes a 50 percent cost-share by Saft.

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Battery price to drop 60% by 2020

We know that technology behemoths like Microsoft and Facebook have successfully implemented lithium-ion battery systems in their data centers, but for small- or mid-sized facilities, they are often cost prohibitive.

That may change drastically over the next five years, according to a recent study by Australian consultancy AECOM. Although the report indicated that all battery technologies ar More


"Stranded Expertise" – Why Big Auto Isn’t Big On Electric Cars – Gas 2

I wrote about this years ago when summarizing and discussion this wonderful presentation from Tesla cofounder Marc Tarpenning, and I’ve brought it up in numerous comment threads, but it is still something that is little understood and very infrequently discussed. I’m talking about what I think is the #1 reason why large automakers are not throwing themselves into the EV revolution, why their e More


Scotland Launches New Electric-Car Incentive: Interest-Free Loans To Buy

Incentives to purchase zero-emission cars come in a wild variety of types, from California’s rebates–essentially a four-figure check in the mail–to single-occupant access to carpool lanes.

The U.S. government has a Federal income-tax credit of $2,500 to $7,500 for purchase of a plug-in car that varies with the car’s battery pack size.

Now Scotland has offered More


Chinese Electric-Car Sales Booming, But Not Because Buyers Want Them

In recent years, the Chinese government and some cities have instituted generous incentives on electric cars, hoping that putting more of them on its roads will curb air pollution.

Until late last year, car buyers didn’t seem to show much interest.

Since then, Chinese electric-car sales have climbed steadily.

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Tesla Motors Inc To Open Two New Stores In Canada

Tesla to launch two new stores and galleries in Calgary, Alberta, where lower crude prices have severely impacted the economy
Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is all set to launch two stores and galleries over the next year into the heart of Canada, marking the electric vehicle (EV) company’s first stores for consumers living in Calgary, Alberta. The move comes as the region’s economy is g More


Tesla deal makes Panasonic a big leader in EV batteries with 39% share

Tesla deal makes Panasonic a big leader in EV batteries with 39% share

Lux Research finds Panasonic has a 39% share in EV battery market. Lux Research forecasts a $30 billion EV battery market by 2020.

Further findings and analytical comments by Lux Research includes:

Panasonic’s 39% share of the battery market for plug-in vehicles makes it the leading supplier, but its re More


Apple Inc. iPhones Of The Future Could Be Powered By Hydrogen

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhones may hydrogen cell batteries installed in them, in the future; reports MacRumors . The technology would let a phone stay on for a week, and retain full charge. The Telegraph is the first major publication to report that a British power tech company; Intelligent Energy, continues to work on this technology.

Engineers at Intelligent Energy used iPhone 6 prototy More


Kelowna Hotels Help Spark EV Awareness in Third Annual E-Mazing Race – Press Release Rocket

Winners in the third annual E-Mazing Race make a pit stop at Kelowna hotels as part of a cross-country round trip that took place earlier this summer.

Kelowna, BC (PRWEB) August 26, 2015

They say winners are willing to go the extra mile to succeed. Bruce and Susan Stout did that, quite literally, to take top honours in the third annual E-mazing Race. Their cross-country adventure to More


The future is electric for taxi driver Reg – Portadown Times

A taxi driver is leading the way in green motoring, having bought an electric car – the first of Portadown’s cab firms to do so.

Reg Chapman took possession of the 2012 Nissan Leaf last month and in just one week’s motoring reckons he has saved between £120-£150.



Electric-Car Driver To Plant Trees In 48 States On Cross-Country Trip

Despite its name, National Drive Electric Week is actually an international awareness event for plug-in electric cars.
And in concert with this year’s event, one driver is taking a road trip. Quite an impressive road trip, actually–in an electric car, naturally.

Formerly known as National Plug-In Day, it’s organized by advocacy group Plug-In America, the Sierra Club, More


What Does Providing Free Charging Cost Tesla Motors, Inc.? — The Motley Fool

Providing free charging for Model S owners costs Tesla less than you think.

One of the perks of buying one of Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) Model S sedans is that it comes with free long-distance travel, forever. Tesla’s Supercharger locations positioned strategically along major highways, combined with the Model S’ industry-leading range, enable Model S owners to travel up to abo More


3 GW More Solar Power Capacity For Madhya Pradesh In 2 Years | CleanTechnica

According to an announcement made by senior government officials, the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh plans to enhance its solar power generation capacity to about 3 GW in the next two years.

Domestic as well as international developers are bidding aggressively for new projects in the state due to availability of vast barren land, high solar irradiation, and favourable solar policy in the st More


10 GW Solar Power Policy Launched In Gujarat | CleanTechnica

The Department of Energy and Petrochemicals has released a new solar policy for the Indian state of Gujarat which aims to scale up solar power generation to 10 GW by 2020.

The new policy (called “Gujarat Solar Policy-2015“) promises to achieve solar energy targets in a sustainable manner. The policy, effective till March 2020, aims to encourage investors to set up large-scale solar proj More


Electric cars expected on Jordan’s streets in two years — importer

August 2015
AMMAN — Electric cars may hit the streets of Jordan in a couple of years, according to the president of the Jordan Free Zone Investors Association (JFZIA), Nabil Rumman.
In a phone interview with The Jordan Times on Thursday, Rumman said electric vehicles are dubbed “the cars of the future” across the world, urging authorities to prepare the infrastructur More


Self Charging Electric Cars May Use Tiny Solar Cells – Gas 2

Self-charging electric cars are just a dream, right? Maybe not. A team of researchers at Case Western Reserve University think they may have found a way to recharge the battery of an electric car using solar cells. And no, they are not considering a car that has a billboard-sized array of solar panels bolted to the roof. They are are talking about flexible cells that could be integrated seamlessly More


[government news] Tesla Motors Inc. Seeks White House To Pressure China On Restrictions On US Carmakers: Report

Tesla Motors Inc. is seeking to get the Obama administration to pressure Chinese President Xi Jinping to make it easier for U.S. automakers to operate in China, during his state visit to the U.S. next month, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

According to the Journal, Tesla’s move comes as several new Chinese-backed electric car startups are emerging in the U.S., pres More


Counterintuituve: You’d Probably Spend Less Time Charging An Electric Car Than Fueling A Gas Car −

I’ve written about it before, but I’ve never put it in such clear words as Brian Kent did recently in a video explaining the 48-state negative-carbon US road trip he just started in his Nissan LEAF:

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Uruguay Adds 50 BYD e6 Taxis To Fleet

BYD is entering Uruguay with delivery of 50 all-electric e6 taxi in Montevideo.

This is another project in South America, as the Chinese company earlier delivered 45 e6 taxisin Bogota, Colombia.

Before introduction, the vehicles were in testing since February this year.

There are some 5,000 taxis in Uruguay (3,000 in capital Montevideo). The first batch of 50 EVs translates to More


[government news] Norwegian MPs push for all cars to be electric in 10 years

Norway’s Liberal Party has suggested that the country make a full switch to electric cars by the year 2025, ridding its roads entirely of diesel and gasoline powered vehicles over the next 10 years – an initiative Bellona fully supports.

“By 2025, it is entirely possible to fully eliminate cars that run on diesel and gas, and completely switch to ecological alternatives,” said Ola E More


Apple Revs Up Electric Car Titled ‘Project Titan’ – NewsWatchTV

Apple seems to be gearing up to put their electric car, Project Titan, in overdrive. It was just reported by Reuters that they’ve added yet another former Tesla engineer, Jamie Carlson, to the project.

Back in February a report surfaced that Tim Cook had approved the Apple electric car project all the way back in early 2014. The Wall Street Journal at the time added to the story revealing More


EU-funded project develops wireless recharging solutions for electric cars – Xinhua |

BRUSSELS, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) — The European Union-funded FASTINCHARGE project designed a wireless means of recharging electric vehicles (EV), according to an EU statement issued on Friday.

In doing so, the project aimed to make electric vehicles more appealing to consumers, therefore helping car makers become more competitive, said the statement.

FASTINCHARGE, due for completion More


Study Shows Improved Solar Charging Of Lithium Batteries

Scientists at an Ohio university recently developed a system that can charge lithium ion batteries with solar power at unprecedented efficiency.

The study, conducted at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University and published in the journal Nature Communications, could eventually contribute to cleaner transportation and homes, researchers said.


Tesla is giving away 100 free electric vehicle charging stations to Airbnb hosts | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

In its latest bid to make electric car charging stations available everywhere, Tesla is partnering with Airbnb to provide at least 100 free charging stations to eligible hosts. The program is kicking off in California, one of Tesla’s biggest markets. According to the Airbnb website, the program will expand “to select homes across the globe” with the goal of helping “the Tesla community fee More


[government news] California EPA Announces New Initiative Accelerates Global Transition to Zero-Emission Vehicles

August 2015 – SACRAMENTO— California, The Netherlands and Québec have announced they are launching the International Zero-Emission Vehicle Alliance (ZEV Alliance) to accelerate global adoption of ZEVs. The three partners also committed to recruiting other countries and sub-national jurisdictions to join them as founders of the alliance.

Large-scale adoption of electric-drive vehicl More


Million dollar caravan: Weekend electric vehicle rally starts in Colorado Springs |

Want to see what a million dollars worth of electric vehicles looks like?

Take a spot by the side of the road on Saturday and watch 10 Tesla Model S EVs, each worth about $100,000, caravan from Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek during the Million Dollar Tesla Electric Vehicle Rally. Car owners will meet in the Cripple Creek city parking lot and eventually move to the parking lot at Wildwood More


[government news] EU-funded project develops improved Lithium-ion for electric cars | GlobalPost

This article was produced by the Xinhua News Agency, the official press agency of the People’s Republic of China. Xinhua describes itself as the “information organ of the central government.” Given China’s size and importance, GlobalPost publishes Xinhua’s press feed as a resource for its readers and makes no claims as to journalistic accuracy.



Many baby seals dying of leukemia-linked disorde r along California coast — Blamed for over 1/3 of recent deaths at San Francisco Bay rescue center (CHART)

Many baby seals dying of leukemia-linked disorder along California coast — Blamed for over 1/3 of recent deaths at San Francisco Bay rescue center (CHART)

Of the 46 recently weaned northern elephant seals deaths reported by the San Francisco Bay Area’s Marine Mammal Center between April 20 and August 1 of this year, Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation was listed as a cause of death i More


Tesla expands rapidly in China, launching centers in Hangzhou and Shanghai

Tesla expands rapidly in China, launching centers in Hangzhou and Shanghai (Shanghai August 27) Tesla is expanding rapidly in China, with its experience centers officially launched in Hangzhou and Shanghai.

On August 18, two days after the official launch of Tesla experience center in Hangzhou, the experience center in Shanghai Xintiandi also had its official opening. More