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[government news] Car sharing to expand in San Mateo San Mateo Daily Journal

San Mateo officials are beginning to kick the city’s new Climate Action Plan into gear by expanding car-sharing services which, if successful, could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 2,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

After being awarded a nearly $260,000 grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the city plans to engage a vendor that could create a robust network o More

San Mateo officials are beginning to kick the city’s new Climate Action Plan into gear by expanding car-sharing services which, if successful, could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 2,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

After being awarded a nearly $260,000 grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the city plans to engage a vendor that could create a robust network o More

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Support California’s EV and environmental goals San Mateo Daily Journal

California — and especially Silicon Valley — has always been known as a source of great innovation and progress. This is particularly true when it comes to supporting our environment and championing policies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and it’s a big part of the reason why many green technology startups have launched and thrived here. It’s also the reason why California le More

California — and especially Silicon Valley — has always been known as a source of great innovation and progress. This is particularly true when it comes to supporting our environment and championing policies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and it’s a big part of the reason why many green technology startups have launched and thrived here. It’s also the reason why California le More

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EU Parliament votes for ‘noisy’ E-cars

The European Parliament has voted in favor of a European Commission proposal to make electric cars more “noisy.” At the same time decrease the maximum allowed noise for new cars, vans, trucks, buses and coaches, in an effort to reduce “vehicle noise nuisance” by 25 percent.
The EU has supported a proposal to force carmakers to fit electric and hybrid electric vehicles with a sound ge More

The European Parliament has voted in favor of a European Commission proposal to make electric cars more “noisy.” At the same time decrease the maximum allowed noise for new cars, vans, trucks, buses and coaches, in an effort to reduce “vehicle noise nuisance” by 25 percent.
The EU has supported a proposal to force carmakers to fit electric and hybrid electric vehicles with a sound ge More

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No Injuries In Tesla Model S Fire — Contained In Front Trunk, As Designed (& Putting This Fire Into Perspective)

Whether you love them or not, electric cars are one of the hot cleantech consumer products that incite people to take notice and make their thoughts known. People comment about electric vehicles a lot. They are green chic. Come on, who does not want a Tesla.

Point of fact: over 180,000 vehicles catch fire on average every year in United States. But a few days ago, a car fire near Seattle (i More

Whether you love them or not, electric cars are one of the hot cleantech consumer products that incite people to take notice and make their thoughts known. People comment about electric vehicles a lot. They are green chic. Come on, who does not want a Tesla.

Point of fact: over 180,000 vehicles catch fire on average every year in United States. But a few days ago, a car fire near Seattle (i More

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European Lithium-ion Battery Market for Industrial Applications

NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:

European Lithium-ion Battery Market for Industrial Applications

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NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:

European Lithium-ion Battery Market for Industrial Applications

http://www.reportlinker.com/p01623806/European-Lithium-ion-Battery-Market-for-Industrial-Applications.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Battery

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ABB receives CE marking for EV fast-charging multi-standard solutions

In 2012, global lithium iron phosphate industry continued enjoying a strong development momentum. Regionally speaking, however, the growth of lithium iron phosphate industry claimed severe differentiation. In regions beyond China, since the EV industry, the biggest lithium iron phosphate battery consumption market, developed not as well as expected, industrial players are confronted with the risk More

In 2012, global lithium iron phosphate industry continued enjoying a strong development momentum. Regionally speaking, however, the growth of lithium iron phosphate industry claimed severe differentiation. In regions beyond China, since the EV industry, the biggest lithium iron phosphate battery consumption market, developed not as well as expected, industrial players are confronted with the risk More

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Improving lithium-ion batteries with nanoscale research

Sep. 30, 2013 — New research led by an electrical engineer at the University of California, San Diego is aimed at improving lithium-ion batteries through possible new electrode architectures with precise nano-scale designs. The researchers created nanowires that block diffusion of lithium (Li) across their silicon surface and promote layer-by-layer axial lithiation of the nanowire’s german More

Sep. 30, 2013 — New research led by an electrical engineer at the University of California, San Diego is aimed at improving lithium-ion batteries through possible new electrode architectures with precise nano-scale designs. The researchers created nanowires that block diffusion of lithium (Li) across their silicon surface and promote layer-by-layer axial lithiation of the nanowire’s german More

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Tesla promises to add charging stations

Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. promises to boost the number of fast-charging stations in the U.S. and Canada to make cross-country travel by electric car possible in the next year.

The company said Thursday that by the end of next month, it will triple the number of charging stations it runs from the current eight, and the number will go to around 100 in the coming year, putting stati More

Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. promises to boost the number of fast-charging stations in the U.S. and Canada to make cross-country travel by electric car possible in the next year.

The company said Thursday that by the end of next month, it will triple the number of charging stations it runs from the current eight, and the number will go to around 100 in the coming year, putting stati More

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Nissan To Compete With Google’s Self Driving Cars; Plans To Sell Autonomous Cars By 2020

Nissan announced Tuesday that it is committed to begin selling cars with self-driving technology as early as 2020 and plans to showcase its own autonomous technology at Nissan 360, later this year.

Nissan, one of world’s leading car making companies, Tuesday revealed plans of building and selling its first self-driving cars by 2020. The car maker known for its revolutionary Nissan LEA More

Nissan announced Tuesday that it is committed to begin selling cars with self-driving technology as early as 2020 and plans to showcase its own autonomous technology at Nissan 360, later this year.

Nissan, one of world’s leading car making companies, Tuesday revealed plans of building and selling its first self-driving cars by 2020. The car maker known for its revolutionary Nissan LEA More

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Charge your electric car at the New York State Fair

Syracuse, N.Y. — You can charge up your electric and plug-in hybrid cars at the New York State Fair for free, according to Fleet Management Company of Canandaigua.

The charging stations at the fairgrounds in Geddes are in the Gate 10 parking lot, which can be accessed from Gates 6 or 7, according to the company.

Other charging stations in the Syracuse area include Destiny USA, More

Syracuse, N.Y. — You can charge up your electric and plug-in hybrid cars at the New York State Fair for free, according to Fleet Management Company of Canandaigua.

The charging stations at the fairgrounds in Geddes are in the Gate 10 parking lot, which can be accessed from Gates 6 or 7, according to the company.

Other charging stations in the Syracuse area include Destiny USA, More

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JUST A SPARK – SO FAR As electric-powered cars slowly take hold, infrastructure begins to follow

LVEDC announces new leadership in management shakeup
100-year-old hall is Lafayette’s first LEED-certified building
ESSA Bank & Trust eyes Monroe acquisition
Table games up in July, while overall Pa. casino revenue drops
Township hires law firm in ongoing, problematic township garage project
Business: Statoil sells stakes in four oil More

LVEDC announces new leadership in management shakeup
100-year-old hall is Lafayette’s first LEED-certified building
ESSA Bank & Trust eyes Monroe acquisition
Table games up in July, while overall Pa. casino revenue drops
Township hires law firm in ongoing, problematic township garage project
Business: Statoil sells stakes in four oil More

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USA: Colorado Springs getting 2 more charging stations for vehicles

Two more car-charging stations have opened in Colorado Springs to replenish battery-powered vehicles.

The newest is inside the city administration parking garage at 130 S. Nevada Ave. The garage is open daily, 24 hours a day.

The station opened Thursday and is available to anyone who pays to park in the garage. It can recharge two vehicles at once.

No local tax dollars are bei More

Two more car-charging stations have opened in Colorado Springs to replenish battery-powered vehicles.

The newest is inside the city administration parking garage at 130 S. Nevada Ave. The garage is open daily, 24 hours a day.

The station opened Thursday and is available to anyone who pays to park in the garage. It can recharge two vehicles at once.

No local tax dollars are bei More

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BMW vs. Tesla: The electric car race heats up with the i3

Until just recently, Elon Musk’s Tesla had the market for electric luxury cars all to itself. It was building some 400 units a week of the Model S at its factory in Fremont, Calif. and selling them for upwards of $90,0 More

Until just recently, Elon Musk’s Tesla had the market for electric luxury cars all to itself. It was building some 400 units a week of the Model S at its factory in Fremont, Calif. and selling them for upwards of $90,0 More

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Electric Cars Sell Faster Than Hybrids Did At Same Point

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.

Above is a graph comparing the relative sales volumes of hybrids (starting in 2000) to those of plug-in electric cars (starting in 2011).

It comes from the U.S. Department of Energy, which tweeted the image last Friday.

(We’re not sure why the units on the vertical axis say “USD,” which stands for U.S. Dollars More

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.

Above is a graph comparing the relative sales volumes of hybrids (starting in 2000) to those of plug-in electric cars (starting in 2011).

It comes from the U.S. Department of Energy, which tweeted the image last Friday.

(We’re not sure why the units on the vertical axis say “USD,” which stands for U.S. Dollars More

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U.S., Europe launch center for smart grids and plug-in vehicles


The interior of the Electric Vehicle-Smart Grid Interoperability Center at Argonne National Laboratory in southwest suburban Lemont, Ill. is one of three in the world to develop and harmonize global standards for smart grid technology and the mass More


The interior of the Electric Vehicle-Smart Grid Interoperability Center at Argonne National Laboratory in southwest suburban Lemont, Ill. is one of three in the world to develop and harmonize global standards for smart grid technology and the mass More

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L.A. Expands Electric Car Charger Program

An effort by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to promote customer installations of chargers for electric cars was so successful that the utility is expanding it. LADWP will be offering rebates up to $750 for residents and busines More

An effort by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to promote customer installations of chargers for electric cars was so successful that the utility is expanding it. LADWP will be offering rebates up to $750 for residents and busines More

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Electric Car Fuels Dreams

Converting Monte McCord’s 1988 Porsche 924 from gas power to electric is a project taken on by the Payson High School auto shop class. Although staff turnover and summer vacation has s More

Converting Monte McCord’s 1988 Porsche 924 from gas power to electric is a project taken on by the Payson High School auto shop class. Although staff turnover and summer vacation has s More

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ABB plugs into electric car market with $10M ECOtality investment

The ABB Group, which relocated its North American corporate headquarters from Connecticut to Cary in 2009, has invested $10 million in San Francisco-based ECOtality (Nasdaq: ECTY) in a deal that gives ABB a foothold in the electric vehicle market.

ECOtality which is developing battery charging devices for electric vehicles, will use ABB products in its work, according to the agreement. More

The ABB Group, which relocated its North American corporate headquarters from Connecticut to Cary in 2009, has invested $10 million in San Francisco-based ECOtality (Nasdaq: ECTY) in a deal that gives ABB a foothold in the electric vehicle market.

ECOtality which is developing battery charging devices for electric vehicles, will use ABB products in its work, according to the agreement. More

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Tesla service center in Raleigh portends NC showroom

Take a peek inside the Tesla service center in Raleigh, not far down the road from the Angus Barn steakhouse, and you will get a glimpse at what some believe is the future of the American automobile.

The single bay garage is just big enough to squeeze in a pair of lifts, shelves of wipers and battery packs stacked in wooden crates.

But notice what’s not there: no motor oil, no bel More

Take a peek inside the Tesla service center in Raleigh, not far down the road from the Angus Barn steakhouse, and you will get a glimpse at what some believe is the future of the American automobile.

The single bay garage is just big enough to squeeze in a pair of lifts, shelves of wipers and battery packs stacked in wooden crates.

But notice what’s not there: no motor oil, no bel More

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Freeport Firm Eyes Electric Car Growth

A Freeport company is in talks with electric car and modular home firms to further expand its light manufacturing capabilities, with its workforce “potentially doubling” by year’s end.

#Robert Myers told Tribune Business that his VTrade Company’s existing energy efficient light bulb manufacturing business could “triple in size” within a year, having launched this line just one m More

A Freeport company is in talks with electric car and modular home firms to further expand its light manufacturing capabilities, with its workforce “potentially doubling” by year’s end.

#Robert Myers told Tribune Business that his VTrade Company’s existing energy efficient light bulb manufacturing business could “triple in size” within a year, having launched this line just one m More

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backed Asian forum highlights transportation’s role in sustainable development

23 April 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed efforts by Asian countries meeting at a United Nations-backed regional forum to address transportation as part of the effort to fight climate change and achieve sustainable development.

In his message to the opening of the Seventh Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport Forum in Asia and Global Consultation on Sustainable More

23 April 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed efforts by Asian countries meeting at a United Nations-backed regional forum to address transportation as part of the effort to fight climate change and achieve sustainable development.

In his message to the opening of the Seventh Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport Forum in Asia and Global Consultation on Sustainable More

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Solar Energy In The Australian Outback – At 8c/kWh

An Australian solar thermal technology developer says it can provide concentrated solar thermal energy to outback and remote locations for just 8c/kWh, and hopes to sign for its first two commercial projects within the next few months.

Graphite Energy, an Australian company privately owned by an un-named “entrepreneurial family”, has been operating a 3MW solar thermal power plant at Lak More

An Australian solar thermal technology developer says it can provide concentrated solar thermal energy to outback and remote locations for just 8c/kWh, and hopes to sign for its first two commercial projects within the next few months.

Graphite Energy, an Australian company privately owned by an un-named “entrepreneurial family”, has been operating a 3MW solar thermal power plant at Lak More

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USA: The latest update on DC Fast Chargers

Currently there are over 130 DC fast chargers in the US, with the numbers expected to triple by the end of 2014. ChargePoint is partnered with Fuji and Eaton to support Level 3 chargers so that EV drivers and EVSE owners will have more options to choose from. While Level 2 continues to be the more mainstream option for residential, workplace, and commercial charging due to lower installation and e More

Currently there are over 130 DC fast chargers in the US, with the numbers expected to triple by the end of 2014. ChargePoint is partnered with Fuji and Eaton to support Level 3 chargers so that EV drivers and EVSE owners will have more options to choose from. While Level 2 continues to be the more mainstream option for residential, workplace, and commercial charging due to lower installation and e More

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The State of the Plug-In Campaign & The Future of DrivingElectric

A month ago, Felix Kramer, Founder of CalCars.org and DrivingElectric, gave a 15 -minute update to the annual meeting of the Electric Auto Association, held February 23, 2013 in Palo Alto, with an in-person audience and participants online and by phone links. Reading the transcript is the best way for plug-in car drivers and advocates to find out about importance of getting “Butts In Seats,& More

A month ago, Felix Kramer, Founder of CalCars.org and DrivingElectric, gave a 15 -minute update to the annual meeting of the Electric Auto Association, held February 23, 2013 in Palo Alto, with an in-person audience and participants online and by phone links. Reading the transcript is the best way for plug-in car drivers and advocates to find out about importance of getting “Butts In Seats,& More

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Nissan May Build Leaf Cars in China, Government Site Says

Nissan Motor Co. (7201), Japan’s second- largest automaker, may build Leaf electric vehicles in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, according to a government statement.

Nissan’s More Chinese joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Group Co. (489) may invest 2 billion yuan ($322 million) on the project, the National Development and Reform Commission’s Guangdong branch said on its web More

Nissan Motor Co. (7201), Japan’s second- largest automaker, may build Leaf electric vehicles in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, according to a government statement.

Nissan’s More Chinese joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Group Co. (489) may invest 2 billion yuan ($322 million) on the project, the National Development and Reform Commission’s Guangdong branch said on its web More

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Turkey Determined to Run for Electric Car Race

Turkish state institutions are set to provide full support to local electric car production as Turkey’s science agency will provide 100 percent in research aid while the Science Ministry is promising to buy 200 electric cars over five years.

“Turkey will make a name for itself with domestic electric car production and development,” Turkish Science, Industry and Technology Minister Nih More

Turkish state institutions are set to provide full support to local electric car production as Turkey’s science agency will provide 100 percent in research aid while the Science Ministry is promising to buy 200 electric cars over five years.

“Turkey will make a name for itself with domestic electric car production and development,” Turkish Science, Industry and Technology Minister Nih More

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China’s GAC shows stunning E-JET plug-in hybrid concept

While big names like Corvette and NSX hogged the spotlight, one of the most visually attractive vehicles at this year’s Detroit Auto Show came from a name that may be completely unfamiliar to the western autophile. China’s Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) had the E-JET concept perch More

While big names like Corvette and NSX hogged the spotlight, one of the most visually attractive vehicles at this year’s Detroit Auto Show came from a name that may be completely unfamiliar to the western autophile. China’s Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC) had the E-JET concept perch More

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Lithium batteries face tougher flight regulation

This year is likely to see more stringent safety regulations for shipping lithium batteries on planes, though there has been a mixed reaction about the concerns. However, the Civil Aviation Authority has told TechEye it is aware of the discussion.

Over 1 billion rechargeable batteries are made each year. While typically they are safe, faulty or overheated goods threaten to explode and can s More

This year is likely to see more stringent safety regulations for shipping lithium batteries on planes, though there has been a mixed reaction about the concerns. However, the Civil Aviation Authority has told TechEye it is aware of the discussion.

Over 1 billion rechargeable batteries are made each year. While typically they are safe, faulty or overheated goods threaten to explode and can s More

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New Vehicle Extrication: EV Charging Stations in Downtown Indianapolis

While on a lunch break at FDIC 2012 in April I came across a series of charging stations in downtown Indianapolis just outside of the convention center. As plug in hybrids and electric vehicles become more popular, first responders across the country will have a greater potential to encounter charging stations installed in their response districts. If you are unsure if you have any of these statio More

While on a lunch break at FDIC 2012 in April I came across a series of charging stations in downtown Indianapolis just outside of the convention center. As plug in hybrids and electric vehicles become more popular, first responders across the country will have a greater potential to encounter charging stations installed in their response districts. If you are unsure if you have any of these statio More

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