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Bus crash cause big fire

VALLEJO — Firefighters extinguished a fire that destroyed a crashed passenger bus on Interstate 80, igniting the surrounding eucalyptus trees and sending flames more than 100 feet into the sky. The multiple-alarm fire also burned a nearby fence and apartment complex.

No one, including the bus driver, was injured, but several people were evacuated from the complex.

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VALLEJO — Firefighters extinguished a fire that destroyed a crashed passenger bus on Interstate 80, igniting the surrounding eucalyptus trees and sending flames more than 100 feet into the sky. The multiple-alarm fire also burned a nearby fence and apartment complex.

No one, including the bus driver, was injured, but several people were evacuated from the complex.

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USA: Portable bike-sharing membership

Members of the B-Cycle bike-sharing program with an annual membership will now be able to rent bikes in 15 U.S. cities thanks to the ‘B-connected’ initiative. This is an expansion of a pilot program that started last Spring between Denver and Boulder in Colorado. Apparently it was successful because the participating cities now are:

Denver, CO
Boulder, CO
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Members of the B-Cycle bike-sharing program with an annual membership will now be able to rent bikes in 15 U.S. cities thanks to the ‘B-connected’ initiative. This is an expansion of a pilot program that started last Spring between Denver and Boulder in Colorado. Apparently it was successful because the participating cities now are:

Denver, CO
Boulder, CO
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Wireless charging for e-cars and buses is arriving

At TreeHugger we’ve reported with great interest on the schemes to have electric vehicles charge wirelessly via underground electricity induction, chronicling efforts to make e-car re-charging easy, and on-the-go (and also make range More

At TreeHugger we’ve reported with great interest on the schemes to have electric vehicles charge wirelessly via underground electricity induction, chronicling efforts to make e-car re-charging easy, and on-the-go (and also make range More

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China increases 2020 fuel economy standard to 47 MPG

34 MPG by 2015
The U.S. fuel economy CAFE standards of 34.1 MPG by 2016 and 54.5 MPG by 2025 were an important step in the right direction after decades of near-stagnation, and other countries are starting to follow suit. The Chinese government, through 5 different official bodies, has announced that passenger cars in the country will have to reach an average fuel consumption of 6.9 liters p More

34 MPG by 2015
The U.S. fuel economy CAFE standards of 34.1 MPG by 2016 and 54.5 MPG by 2025 were an important step in the right direction after decades of near-stagnation, and other countries are starting to follow suit. The Chinese government, through 5 different official bodies, has announced that passenger cars in the country will have to reach an average fuel consumption of 6.9 liters p More

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Consumer Electronics Are Driving Battery Advances

Strategic advising firm Lux Research claims that, although the motivation to develop next-generation battery technology typically comes from the automotive sector, the consumer electronics division is more apt to develop the technology first. This, said Lux research, is due to the need to constantly shrink the size consumer electronic equipment, while not diminishing battery capacity, the ability More

Strategic advising firm Lux Research claims that, although the motivation to develop next-generation battery technology typically comes from the automotive sector, the consumer electronics division is more apt to develop the technology first. This, said Lux research, is due to the need to constantly shrink the size consumer electronic equipment, while not diminishing battery capacity, the ability More

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Shipments of Direct Current Fast Charging Equipment Will Reach Nearly 100,000 Annually by 2020

Direct current (DC) fast charging technology promises drastic reductions in the time needed to restore a battery electric vehicle (BEV) to full charge. The barriers to adoption, however, are significant: installation of DC charging stations is still more expensive than conventional alternating current (AC) systems, and slower than expected sales of electric vehicles in general have caused automak More

Direct current (DC) fast charging technology promises drastic reductions in the time needed to restore a battery electric vehicle (BEV) to full charge. The barriers to adoption, however, are significant: installation of DC charging stations is still more expensive than conventional alternating current (AC) systems, and slower than expected sales of electric vehicles in general have caused automak More

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Ford C-Max Energi Feels Like the Car of the Future

One of Ford’s most technologically advanced products for 2013 is the C-Max Energi, a plug-in hybrid that Ford says gets 43 miles per gallon. I tested one for a couple of weeks, giving me plenty of time to see what it’s like to live with the latest electric-car tech.

When I saw this unusual vehicle decked out in a Prius-like color Ford calls “Ice Storm Metallic,” it l More

One of Ford’s most technologically advanced products for 2013 is the C-Max Energi, a plug-in hybrid that Ford says gets 43 miles per gallon. I tested one for a couple of weeks, giving me plenty of time to see what it’s like to live with the latest electric-car tech.

When I saw this unusual vehicle decked out in a Prius-like color Ford calls “Ice Storm Metallic,” it l More

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Electric Vehicle Drive Motor Sales Will Reach 3.7 Million Units by 2020, Forecasts Navigant Research

BOULDER, CO–March 27, 2013: Electric motors and their controllers are an important but often secondary consideration in the cost premium of electric vehicles (EVs). Today, new electric motor technologies are being developed by many automakers and their supplier partners in an effort to gain advantages in performance and efficiency, just as they have done for years with their internal combust More

BOULDER, CO–March 27, 2013: Electric motors and their controllers are an important but often secondary consideration in the cost premium of electric vehicles (EVs). Today, new electric motor technologies are being developed by many automakers and their supplier partners in an effort to gain advantages in performance and efficiency, just as they have done for years with their internal combust More

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UK driving electric car push

The UK is taking a front seat in the production of the electric car.

The Nissan Leaf has been unvieled from its first production line – with British Prime Minister David Cameron as the first passenger.

The Japanese auto giant has invested 420 m More

The UK is taking a front seat in the production of the electric car.

The Nissan Leaf has been unvieled from its first production line – with British Prime Minister David Cameron as the first passenger.

The Japanese auto giant has invested 420 m More

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USA; TrafficCOM: A Data-Gathering Device For Friendlier Roadways

When I lived in a town overflowing with bike lanes and green ways, I biked and walked everywhere. Now I live in a sprawlish area right outside a huge city. No bike lanes. No easily accessible green ways. Limited sidewalks adjacent to very busy roads. And guess what? My bike and foot-powered journeys have decreased significantly (and much to my disappointment).

In many American cities, citiz More

When I lived in a town overflowing with bike lanes and green ways, I biked and walked everywhere. Now I live in a sprawlish area right outside a huge city. No bike lanes. No easily accessible green ways. Limited sidewalks adjacent to very busy roads. And guess what? My bike and foot-powered journeys have decreased significantly (and much to my disappointment).

In many American cities, citiz More

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LA transportation group taps two firms for comms support

LOS ANGELES: The Los Angeles County Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies, also known as LA SAFE, has selected two firms that will be eligible to provide communications support for its programs and services.

The state office hired Celtis Ventures and Frank Wilson & Associates after a competitive process for contracts that are task-order-based, meaning they will be contacted when t More

LOS ANGELES: The Los Angeles County Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies, also known as LA SAFE, has selected two firms that will be eligible to provide communications support for its programs and services.

The state office hired Celtis Ventures and Frank Wilson & Associates after a competitive process for contracts that are task-order-based, meaning they will be contacted when t More

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Exxon pipeline leaks thousands of barrels of Canadian oil in Arkansas

Exxon Mobil was working to clean up thousands of barrels of oil in Mayflower, Arkansas, after a pipeline carrying heavy Canadian crude ruptured, a major spill likely to stoke debate over transporting Canada’s oil to the United States.

Exxon shut the Pegasus pipeline, which can carry more than 90,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Pakota, Illinois, to Nederland, Texas, after the lea More

Exxon Mobil was working to clean up thousands of barrels of oil in Mayflower, Arkansas, after a pipeline carrying heavy Canadian crude ruptured, a major spill likely to stoke debate over transporting Canada’s oil to the United States.

Exxon shut the Pegasus pipeline, which can carry more than 90,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Pakota, Illinois, to Nederland, Texas, after the lea More

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LA Zipcar Fleet Now Includes 2013 Honda Fit EVs

Zipcar, the top carsharing network in the world, just announced that it is introducing the 2013 Honda Fit EV into its Los Angeles fleet of vehicles. The addition comes as a result of Zipcar’s recently created partnership with Honda, which will see the manufacturer’s top-of-the-line electric and hybrid vehicle make their way into the car-sharing network’s fleet.
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Zipcar, the top carsharing network in the world, just announced that it is introducing the 2013 Honda Fit EV into its Los Angeles fleet of vehicles. The addition comes as a result of Zipcar’s recently created partnership with Honda, which will see the manufacturer’s top-of-the-line electric and hybrid vehicle make their way into the car-sharing network’s fleet.
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India: Roof over roads to tap solar power?

Gandhinagar, Mar 31 (IANS): India’s major roads may double up as solar highways, if an innovative proposal by some scientists gets the government’s approval. The proposal is the brainchild of scientists at the Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI) in the state capital.

In a paper just published in the International Journal of Energy, Environment and Engineerin More

Gandhinagar, Mar 31 (IANS): India’s major roads may double up as solar highways, if an innovative proposal by some scientists gets the government’s approval. The proposal is the brainchild of scientists at the Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI) in the state capital.

In a paper just published in the International Journal of Energy, Environment and Engineerin More

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Top Tech Cars 2013: Tesla Model S

? Every electric vehicle comes freighted not only with batteries but with political baggage, too. Saviors to some, scapegoats to others, their honeymoon period is clearly over.

But in wintry Chicago, the Tesla Model S sedan managed over two fast-paced days to reaffirm the e-car’s potential—not as a political chip but as a means of transport. And judged on its lofty technical achievement More

? Every electric vehicle comes freighted not only with batteries but with political baggage, too. Saviors to some, scapegoats to others, their honeymoon period is clearly over.

But in wintry Chicago, the Tesla Model S sedan managed over two fast-paced days to reaffirm the e-car’s potential—not as a political chip but as a means of transport. And judged on its lofty technical achievement More

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Fisker Woes Grow on Staff Furloughs, Dongfeng’s Retreat

Fisker Automotive Inc., a maker of luxury plug-in cars that’s seeking investors to fund operations, lost a potential automotive partner and furloughed employees for a week to save cash. Fisker also retained restructuring lawyers, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Dongfeng Motor Group Co. (489), a Chinese carmaker that had considered buying a stake in Anaheim, California-base More

Fisker Automotive Inc., a maker of luxury plug-in cars that’s seeking investors to fund operations, lost a potential automotive partner and furloughed employees for a week to save cash. Fisker also retained restructuring lawyers, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Dongfeng Motor Group Co. (489), a Chinese carmaker that had considered buying a stake in Anaheim, California-base More

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USA: Green Wheels: Our Plugged-In Rally

If you live in Connecticut (or just across its borders) and have an electric car or plug-in hybrid, it’s worth considering taking part in an exciting road rally planned for the weekend after Earth Day.

The first annual Connecticut EV Road Rally takes place Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by an informal get-together. The course is 40 miles of scenic territory, begi More

If you live in Connecticut (or just across its borders) and have an electric car or plug-in hybrid, it’s worth considering taking part in an exciting road rally planned for the weekend after Earth Day.

The first annual Connecticut EV Road Rally takes place Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by an informal get-together. The course is 40 miles of scenic territory, begi More

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Stanford’s solar cell turbocharger could boost solar power output by 50%

Scientists at Stanford University have improved the efficiency of a revolutionary solar cell by around 100 times. Unlike standard photovoltaic cells, which only capture light energy, Stanford’s new device captures both light and heat, potentially More

Scientists at Stanford University have improved the efficiency of a revolutionary solar cell by around 100 times. Unlike standard photovoltaic cells, which only capture light energy, Stanford’s new device captures both light and heat, potentially More

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Velomobiles Practical and Performance Personal Transport

Photo of ELF velomobile and staff outside Organic Transit’s premisesOrganic Transit’s Kickstarter project has been a huge success. ”Roll out the ELF to your City,” finished this weekend $225,789 was raised from 547 backers against a goal of $100,000. More

Photo of ELF velomobile and staff outside Organic Transit’s premisesOrganic Transit’s Kickstarter project has been a huge success. ”Roll out the ELF to your City,” finished this weekend $225,789 was raised from 547 backers against a goal of $100,000. More

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USA: Join Us for the EV Road Rally Saturday, April 27th

WHY HAVE AN EV ROAD RALLY?
The Westport Electric Car Club Road Rally is our way of being proactive in showing the community that electric cars are real, practical, and can make a difference in our world of energy resource sustainability. As a club we have More

WHY HAVE AN EV ROAD RALLY?
The Westport Electric Car Club Road Rally is our way of being proactive in showing the community that electric cars are real, practical, and can make a difference in our world of energy resource sustainability. As a club we have More

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Electric Scooter

Thanks to Neal Farris’s negotiating skills, he picked up a pair of electric scooters at a very good price. Neal kept the smaller one for his kid and I took the larger one (Thanks, Neal!).

The one I ended up with is a 2008 model XM-3500 from http://www.x-tremescooters.com . It has a 3.5kw motor and 20 Thundersky 40Ah cells. It had only 479km on the odometer, but the pack was only readi More

Thanks to Neal Farris’s negotiating skills, he picked up a pair of electric scooters at a very good price. Neal kept the smaller one for his kid and I took the larger one (Thanks, Neal!).

The one I ended up with is a 2008 model XM-3500 from http://www.x-tremescooters.com . It has a 3.5kw motor and 20 Thundersky 40Ah cells. It had only 479km on the odometer, but the pack was only readi More

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Could EV +PV be a win-win?

Dear EV enthusiasts,

This Yahoo Group group seems to have been quiet for a while, so I am posting an idea to stir up some discussion. If this is a completely daft and unworkable idea then please tell me so.

I included the following article in issue 61 (April 2011) of Energy Watch. It stirred up little interest in the SEF community. Any comments from the NZEVA community?

FREE More

Dear EV enthusiasts,

This Yahoo Group group seems to have been quiet for a while, so I am posting an idea to stir up some discussion. If this is a completely daft and unworkable idea then please tell me so.

I included the following article in issue 61 (April 2011) of Energy Watch. It stirred up little interest in the SEF community. Any comments from the NZEVA community?

FREE More

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Guest column: The Electrics Are Here, the ‘Autonomobiles’ Are Coming

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Electric cars have established a beachhead and though glacial be the pace, they are here to stay.

There are over 50,000 Nissan Leafs worldwide. The much anticipated Tesla sedan has an 18,000-car order backlog; the factory operates at top speed, yet they cannot keep up with demand.

Europe is far more enthusiastic about electrics than we are. Tiny Norway, with about the same p More

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Electric cars have established a beachhead and though glacial be the pace, they are here to stay.

There are over 50,000 Nissan Leafs worldwide. The much anticipated Tesla sedan has an 18,000-car order backlog; the factory operates at top speed, yet they cannot keep up with demand.

Europe is far more enthusiastic about electrics than we are. Tiny Norway, with about the same p More

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Green energy sells electric cars, not fossil-fuelled plug-ins: SFU study

Electric vehicles would generate more buzz if North American utility companies offered to power the cars with renewable energy instead of fossil-fuelled electricity.

It’s an argument made in a new study from Simon Fraser University published in the latest edition of the scientific journal Environmental Research Letters.

Would-be car buyers were 23 per cent more likely to say they w More

Electric vehicles would generate more buzz if North American utility companies offered to power the cars with renewable energy instead of fossil-fuelled electricity.

It’s an argument made in a new study from Simon Fraser University published in the latest edition of the scientific journal Environmental Research Letters.

Would-be car buyers were 23 per cent more likely to say they w More

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Check out Fiat’s Cherokee, M&M’s e2o

Check out Fiat’s Cherokee, M&M’s e2o
It is no secret the Indian auto industry is facing its slowest growth in over a decade and new regulations are mudding waters even further. In that context, Indian companies will need to rely on strong br More

Check out Fiat’s Cherokee, M&M’s e2o
It is no secret the Indian auto industry is facing its slowest growth in over a decade and new regulations are mudding waters even further. In that context, Indian companies will need to rely on strong br More

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Just a lease, but in Illinois it’s complicated

Shopping electric vehicles can be like dating: They look and sound great. You get charged up. But you don’t know enough to commit to a relationship.

The lure of buying a green, gas-free electric vehicle leads to worries about the long term. Maybe there will be breakthroughs in batteries or driving range, and you’ll feel like moving on.

That is why car manufacturers push 36-m More

Shopping electric vehicles can be like dating: They look and sound great. You get charged up. But you don’t know enough to commit to a relationship.

The lure of buying a green, gas-free electric vehicle leads to worries about the long term. Maybe there will be breakthroughs in batteries or driving range, and you’ll feel like moving on.

That is why car manufacturers push 36-m More

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Electric Car Enthusiast Unveils Unique, Custom-Built Charging Bollard

BALTIMORE, MD – Last week, Rick Hesel, a self-taught electronics expert, unveiled an extremely unique and “green,” custom-built charging bollard for his electric car. After placing an order for a P28 Tesla, he began searching for ways t More

BALTIMORE, MD – Last week, Rick Hesel, a self-taught electronics expert, unveiled an extremely unique and “green,” custom-built charging bollard for his electric car. After placing an order for a P28 Tesla, he began searching for ways t More

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Wireless Charging Electric Bus Tested in Germany

A small scale test currently being conducted in Germany might one day change the way we use both public and private transportation. Two local buses have been fitted with a unique system that can charge them wirelessly using PRIMOVE inductive wireless charging plates located under the surface of the road where the bus stop at each station.

During the next 12 months the “Primove Mannheim More

A small scale test currently being conducted in Germany might one day change the way we use both public and private transportation. Two local buses have been fitted with a unique system that can charge them wirelessly using PRIMOVE inductive wireless charging plates located under the surface of the road where the bus stop at each station.

During the next 12 months the “Primove Mannheim More

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MPG confusing? Ford holds a contest for app developers to help.

With all of the options available to drivers, and the multitude of fuel efficiency claims, finding the greenest option can be difficult. But Ford is offering prizes of $50,000 to software developers to come up with a smartphone app that helps people make sense of the barrage of information.

A Ford logo is seen on a car during a press preview at the 2013 New York International Auto Show in N More

With all of the options available to drivers, and the multitude of fuel efficiency claims, finding the greenest option can be difficult. But Ford is offering prizes of $50,000 to software developers to come up with a smartphone app that helps people make sense of the barrage of information.

A Ford logo is seen on a car during a press preview at the 2013 New York International Auto Show in N More

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GS Yuasa lithium battery problems continue at Mitsubishi factory Read more: GS Yuasa lithium battery problems continue at Mitsubishi factory

TOKYO — The crisis that GS Yuasa has been battling since the overheating of its batteries grounded Boeing 787 jets is deepening.

One lithium-ion battery caught fire while being tested at a Mitsubishi factory in Japan last week, and another melted in an electric car. The automaker Friday said faults were detected in two more vehicles. The incidents are the latest involving the Kyoto-based More

TOKYO — The crisis that GS Yuasa has been battling since the overheating of its batteries grounded Boeing 787 jets is deepening.

One lithium-ion battery caught fire while being tested at a Mitsubishi factory in Japan last week, and another melted in an electric car. The automaker Friday said faults were detected in two more vehicles. The incidents are the latest involving the Kyoto-based More

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