Of Interest

  • • The All-Electric Racing Plane Flight
    It's Sure to Make History!

    April 22, 2021 (AIRRACEE) -History will be made in Summer 2021 as an all-electric racing aircraft takes to the skies for the very first time – a landmark moment for Air Race E, its partners and the aviation industry as a whole. And what better time to have announced than Earth Day 2021.

    Air Race E – the world’s first all-electric air race series – will get underway in 2022 with many of the world’s top pilots going head-to-head at a number of high-profile events around the globe. The aircraft will race just ten metres above the ground at speeds of up to 450km/h (280mph), and this latest development represents a huge milestone for the pioneering series.

  • • United Airlines: No Choice But to Go Green
    If Aviation Were a country, it
    Would Be a Top CO2 Emitter

    Apr. 26, 2021 (Deutsche Welle)-Flying is one of the most carbon-intensive ways to get around. About 2-3% of global carbon emissions come from aviation, which means that, if the sector were a country, it would be the sixth-largest source of CO2 in the world.

    Besides these emissions from burning jet fuel, planes streaking across the sky also release gases and water vapor into the atmosphere that contribute further to global warming.

    The aviation industry has committed to halving its net CO2 emissions from 2005 levels by 2050. But the technology that could allow people to keep boarding planes without further damaging the planet doesn't exist yet. So making this green future a reality is going to require a huge transformation.

  • • How ‘Green’ Are Electric Cars?
    What Their "Greenness" Depends On

    Apr. 2, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) -The International Energy Agency predicts that by 2030, 125 million electric vehicles will be owned around the world and the UK government aims for almost every car and van on the road to be zero emission by 2050.

    But just how green are they?

    Electric cars are undoubtedly cleaner than fossil fuel run cars. Although more energy is required to make electric vehicles than petrol, you still save more energy in the long run. The deficit is paid off quickly and even, when with no alternative, the electricity used to charge the vehicles is driven by fossil fuels, they are still greener.

  • • Rolls-Royce's New, All-Electrical Airplane Engine
    Now, Recent Tests Have Been Successful

    (ZME SCIENCE), -Sept. 30, The company has announced in a blog post that it successfully completed the testing of the technology that will underpin its range of electric airplanes. The testing was part of Rolls-Royce’s ACCEL initiative, which aims to “build the fastest all-electric plane the world has ever seen”.

    The testing didn’t involve a proper aircraft, but rather a full-scale model of the front part of the ionBird — which is what Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited has christened their future plane.

    Still, the model included all the bits that needed testing. The electric engine developed around 500 horsepower, requiring 6,000 lithium-ion energy cells to do so. All in all, they store enough energy to fly the plane for around 320 km (~200 miles) at 480 km/h (~300 mph). To put things into perspective, the company explains that is roughly enough power to supply 250 houses, although they do not say for how long.

  • • How Would You Like That Car Printed?
    Your Next Car Could Be A 3D
    -Printed Electric Car

    Mar. 24, 2018 -With all the talk of hyper-performance electric vehicles (EV) and other ‘unobtainium’ cars, we’re happy to report a refreshing story that should appease those unhappy with electric vehicle (EV) affordability. How about a 3D-printed EV for $7,500? And the best part is that you won’t have to wait for it very long.

    Click to read more from Clean Technica.

  • • Eco Power (Rules the Waves)
    Changing the World
    One Wave at a Time

    July 24, 2019,(Scientific American) - EWPG Holding AB is a Swedish company, founded in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 2011, that has developed a patented, smart and cost-efficient technology for turning ocean and sea waves into green electricity. Eco Wave Power is the only wave energy company in the world, to own and operate a wave energy array, which is connected to the grid in accordance with a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

  • • Turn Almost Any Bike Into an Electric Bike
    Copenhagen Wheel Turns Any
    Bike Into an Electric Bike

    April, 2017 (Curbed.com)-From bike shares to newly redesigned electric bikes, there are more options than ever for biking in American cities. Bike companies are also working to change the industry, specifically through the use of “power-boosting technology.”

    Pedal-addicts might remember when the prototype of the bright red Copenhagen Wheel was released by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lab in 2009. The company Superpedestrian—which launched in 2013—just debuted a new version of the product to consumers after years of intense anticipation and improvements.

  • • The Future of Electric Vehicles
    Fuel Cells Could Be the Answer

    June 8, 2020,(Outsider Club) -The electric car revolution is in full swing. Countries all over the world are curbing emissions. Consumers are trying to stretch their miles per gallon and geopolitical concerns over oil never seem to go away.

    Gas guzzlers are on the way out...

    But while Tesla is getting the lion’s share of the media attention, there is another fuel that is a far better bet for investors.

    t’s a new kind of vehicle that could transform the way we travel. It doesn’t involve lithium or batteries or rare earths. It doesn’t involve solar, wind, water, biofuels, or any other form of renewable energy you’ve heard of.

    And best of all, it doesn’t involve oil, coal, or any other fossil fuel, and 100% emissions free...

    We're talking about hydrogen fuel cells.

    Click now for the story and a beautiful graph.

  • • To Clear Santiago’s Smog, Chile Pushes Electric Taxis
    The Government Program Would
    Cover Up to $11,000 Toward a New
    EV Plus Home Charging Equipment,

    Mar. 4, 2021 (Bloomberg CityLab), -Nestled in a valley at the foot of the Andes, the Chilean capital of Santiago is often shrouded in smog, especially in winter, when seasonal air inversions can trap pollutants over the city of more than 5 million people. Other major cities in Chile, such as Temuco and Osorno, sometimes face some of the world’s worst air quality levels due to the extensive use of wood for heating.

    The Chilean government says that about 10 million Chileans are exposed to air pollution levels above those recommended by the World Health Organization, contributing to about 4,000 deaths every year. Air quality improvements could lead to health savings of $8 billion per year, according to government data.

  • • Israel:A Driving Force Behind The Cars Of Tomorrow
    At The Wheel: Why Israel
    Is A Driving Force
    Behind The Cars Of Tomorrow

    Aug. 2, 2018 (nocamels)-Autonomous vehicles, electrification, connected cars and shared transport are the megatrends now remaking the auto industry. Offshoots of these four main forces include ways to detect sleepy drivers, infotainment solutions, digital cockpits, intelligent transport systems, vehicle cybersecurity, and satellite navigation technologies.

    The Israeli companies in the car arena address all these needs as well as future ones.

  • • UPS Orders 10,000 Electric Delivery Vans
    UPS Orders 10,000 Electric
    Delivery Vans From Arrival

    Jan. 29, 2020, CleanTechnica -When Hyundai and KIA announced last week that they were jointly investing $100 million in UK startup Arrival, they probably knew something we didn’t know — until now. UPS has signed a deal with Arrival to buy 10,000 of its electric delivery vans between now and 2024 and to possibly purchase another 10,000 after that.

    The vans will be placed in service in the UK, Europe, and North America. UPS has also invested an undisclosed amount in the company.

  • • E-Vehicles Did Not Begin in the Current Era
    Electric Transportation History

    PBS.org, Mar.15, 2019

    1832-39 Scottish inventor Robert Anderson invents the first crude electric carriage powered by non-rechargeable primary cells.

    1835: American Thomas Davenport is credited with building the first practical electric vehicle -- a small locomotive.

    1859: French physicist Gaston Planté invents the rechargeable lead-acid storage battery. In 1881, his countryman Camille Faure will improve the storage battery's ability to supply current and invent the basic lead-acid battery used in automobiles.

  • • Solar Bike Paths in Dutch
    Dutch Solar Bike Path Solar
    Road Successful & Expanding

    March 12, 2017 - The Netherlands is covered with bike paths, connecting more or less every destination a person might wish to go to and greatly increasing the convenience of cycling as a sustainable mode of transport.

    In the densely populated country, where space is scarce, a consortium of companies and research labs called SolaRoad is endeavoring to make those cycle lanes reduce carbon emissions in yet another way: by having them to generate solar electricity.

  • • Tesla Battery Day Big News
    Elon Musk Announces
    New EV Battery Design

    (Renewable Energy World), Sept. 23, 2020 -Elon Musk just presented a new battery design for electric vehicle (EV) giant, Tesla, during the company’s long-awaited event “Tesla Battery Day.”

    The presentation began with the introduction of a new 4680 cylindrical cell design, also known as “tabless” batteries. This design will allow for five times the energy, six times the power with a 16 percent range increase, and will replace the current cobalt in their batteries.

    Musk believes that the conditions in cobalt mining violates human rights, thus enforcing the replacement. Manufacturing has begun on these cells at the company’s pilot 10-gigawatt (GW) power production facility in California. The cell factory change alone enables a 14 percent cost per kilowatt hour (KWh) reduction, according to the company.

  • • The Highway or the Wattway!
    First Wattway Solar Road Pilot In
    U.S. Pops Up In Rural Georgia

    Feb. 7, 2017 - The first Wattway solar road pilot in America has popped up in rural west Georgia. The Ray C. Anderson Foundation, named for sustainable manufacturing pioneer Ray Anderson, is testing renewable technologies along an 18-mile stretch of road, and recently installed 538 square feet of Colas‘ Wattway solar road system near the border between Georgia and Alabama.

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  • • Mercedes-Benz Prepares To Go All-Electric
    Move Over, Tesla, and Make Room

    July 22, 2021 (CleanTechnica) -After Renault Eways’ disappointing plans to transition to BEV by 2030, we got a much more realistic vision on the future from Stellantis. Now we get a long term vision from Mercedes-Benz.

    The presentation of Mercedes-Benz is not an online mix of advertising and announcements as the previous two. It is in a simple word document. The company did not even make a flashy PDF. The content is as much revolutionary as the presentation is simpler.

  • • Electrify America to Double EV Charging Stations by 2025
    That's What It Will Take
    to Handle the EV Revolution

    July 14, 2021 (POWERGRID International) - Electrify America, an electric vehicle charging network funded with money paid by Volkswagen as punishment for its emissions cheating scandal, says it plans to more than double its number of charging stations throughout the United States and Canada.

    The expansion will include 1,800 fast-charging stations and 10,000 individual chargers to be installed by 2025 and is part of Electrify America’s previous commitment to invest $2 billion over 10 years on EV infrastructure, education and access in the U.S.

  • • Southern California Launches Program to Install 38,000 EV Chargers
    SCE Installing 38,000 EV Chargers

    July 14, 2021 (POWERGRID International) -Southern California Edison (SCE) announced this week that it is launching a new program through which it will add approximately 38,000 new electric car chargers throughout SCE’s service area over the next five years.

    The new $436-million Charge Ready program is the largest electric passenger vehicle charging infrastructure program in the nation run by an investor-owned electric utility company, said SCE in a press release.

  • • Lithium Shortages and Germany's EV Goals
    Could Those Shortages
    Derail Germany's E-Mobility Drive?

    July 2, 2021 (DW News) -Lithium is a critical component of e-car batteries. As demand for electric cars soars, this raw material could be heading for severe bottlenecks very soon if lithium production isn't ramped up dramatically. But what does this mean for the environment and just how far can we get with the 86 million tons of lithium resources identified globally?

    Click now to listen to the 25-minute story.
  • • Charging Equipment Producer Electriphi Acquired by Ford
    Electriphi Participated in (and Won) DISTRIBUTECH’s 2020 Initiate! Program

    June 25, 2021 (POWERGRID) -Last week, Ford announced it is acquiring Electriphi, a California-based provider of charging management and fleet monitoring software for electric vehicles.

    Based in Silicon Valley, Electriphi’s team of more than 30 employees has developed and deployed a purpose-built electric vehicle fleet and charging management platform that simplifies fleet electrification, saves energy costs, and tracks key operational metrics like real-time status of vehicles, chargers and maintenance services, according to the company.

    The team brings deep expertise in charging infrastructure, commercial electric vehicles and enterprise software, and has provided services to government, commercial businesses, energy utilities and OEMs.

  • • Airspeeder’s Electric Flying Racing Car
    It Launches Its Maiden Flight

    June 22, 2021 (CleanTechnica) -Flying racing cars are the stuff of science fiction dreams and futuristic video games. People of a certain age may remember the Wipeout game series that debuted on the very first Playstation console.

    More people are probably familiar with podracing as a sport that takes place in the Star Wars universe. Well, now Airspeeder is making these wondrous fever dreams a reality with its flying racing car and racing series.

  • • Tesla Adapted Model 3 For UK Emergency Services
    Includes Police, Fire,
    Ambulance and Paramedics

    June 19 , 2021 (CleanTechnica) -A new Tesla Model 3 police car was made available by Tesla to emergency services. The vehicle is being used for trials as a part of the UK government’s strategy. The specially adapted Model 3 will enable UK emergency services to transition their fleets to zero-emission vehicles.

  • • GM Bets Big on Electric Vehicles
    The Automaker Will Spend
    $35 Billion Through 2025
    On Batteries, Cars, Even Trains

    June 17, 2021 (Scientific American) -General Motors Co. said yesterday it will pour more resources into electric vehicles, in the form of $8 billion and two new factories to build batteries.

    The news comes amid a busy week for electrification at GM. On Monday, the company announced new support for electric autonomous vehicles and said it would furnish batteries and fuel cells for electric trains.

    The new money demonstrates how America's largest automaker is quickening its move toward EVs. In the last 15 months, GM has upped its investment from $20 billion to $27 billion and now to $35 billion, an overall increase of 75%.

  • • EVs: A $46 Trillion Market Opportunity
    This Could Happen Between Now and 2050

    June 14, 2021 (POWERGRID International) -The outlook for electric vehicles is brighter than ever, with BloombergNEF (BNEF) estimating that EVs represent a $7 trillion global market opportunity between today and 2030 and a $46 trillion opportunity between now and 2050, under its Economic Transition Scenario (ETS).

    This growth trajectory is clearly defined in BNEF’s latest annual Electric Vehicle Outlook (EVO). However, the report also urges governments aiming for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 to do more to spur their adoption.

  • • Tesla Don't Need No Stinkin' Steering Wheel
    Tesla Delivers First Model S
    Plaid Models Without a Steering Wheel

    June 12, 2020 (Green Car Reports)-The yoke is most definitely no joke. Some or all of Tesla’s first 25 deliveries of 2021 Model S Plaid sedans on Thursday evening featured one of the automaker's most controversial details: the yoke-style steering wheel.

    The feature set off plenty of debate when it was revealed in first photos of the Model X Plaid and Model S Plaid in January. Although it was expected to join the lineup at some later date—when it had been given more of a third-party safety blessing, perhaps—there it was, in the first models built for sale.

  • • Want to Turn Your Bicycle into an E-Bike?
    Swytch is Just the Gizmo to Do it

    June 11, 2021 (The Guardian) -New developments make cycling even more enjoyable and useful, not least near-puncture proof tires and tiny, retina-searing lights. Plus, of course, there’s the amazing world of electric-assist bikes, or e-bikes.

    There’s not space to fully get into why e-bikes can be a cycling game-changer, but they are increasingly common, even in the UK, whirring along with a passenger, or cargo of kids and shopping.

  • • Consumers Energy Announces New EV Program
    Consumers Energy Puts EV
    Transformation into High Gear with
    New Effort for Michigan Businesses

    June 10, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) -Michigan-based Consumers Energy is accelerating the electric vehicle (EV) transformation with a new program to help businesses statewide transition to carbon-free EVs. The utility’s PowerMIFleet program will focus on Michigan businesses, offering expertise and $3 million in rebates for charging locations throughout the state.

  • • Electric Car Charging Vs.Pumping Gas
    Which Will Be Faster?

    June 9, 2021 (National Geographic) -Electric vehicles are gaining popularity fast, but some prospective buyers remain hesitant. One big reason is that charging EVs is slow. While drivers today are accustomed to filling their gas tank in less than five minutes, EVs, depending on the size and specifications of the battery, typically take at least 30 minutes to get 80% charged at the fastest charging stations out there.

    In five to 10 years, though, far faster charging might be possible. Companies are developing new lithium-ion battery materials, as well as new “solid state” batteries, which are more stable at faster charging speeds. They could place recharge rates of 20 minute or less within reach.

  • • Candela C7 Electric Speedboat Takes Flight
    Want More Speed For Your Boat?
    - Lift it Out of the Water

    June 7, 2021 (CleanTechnica), -Water is a drag, literally! The same cohesive properties that make water wet also cause a lot of drag on the underside of a boat’s hull, but a hydrofoil uses an underwater wing to produce lift, just like an airplane, hoisting the boat up and out of the water for a faster, more efficient ride. It’s a clever solution that’s been around for a few decades already, but hasn’t really gone anywhere. At least, not until now. Enter: Candela, whose revolutionary, all-electric C7 has finally reached series production!

    A video is included in the article.

  • • A Cal. School District Leads the E-Bus Revolution
    Part of the Clean Mobility
    in Schools Pilot Project

    (CleanTechnica), June 3, 2021 -As K-12 budgets continue to tighten and communities become increasingly concerned about sustainability issues, more and more school districts are evaluating green transportation options. El Monte Union High School District (EMUHSD) in Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley recently stepped forward as a leader on this front.

    The district has long prioritized sustainability and conservation-oriented curricula. In 2015, EMUHSD won the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Award, and the California Department of Education named it a “Green Achiever,” the agency’s highest level of Green Ribbon School awards.

  • •  7-Eleven Introducing 500 EV Fast-Charging Stations
    They Will Be Initially
    Available at 250 Locations

    (CleanTechnica), June 3, 2021 -Convenience store behemoth 7-Eleven has announced that it will be installing 500 EV charging ports at 250 selected stores across the US and Canada. The company currently has 22 charging stations located at 14 stories across four states in the US, so this represents a significant increase in provision and signals a big commitment to the EV charging market and infrastructure.

    Bringing EV charging ports to its stores makes sense for 7-Eleven for a number of reasons. Firstly, the EV market is rapidly growing in the US, and carving out a piece of this market share is good business sense. At the 7-Elevens that currently offer gasoline, this fuel is sourced from suppliers, whereas the EV charging ports will be wholly owned and operated by the company.

  • • Lyft’s New E-Bike
    It Aims to Conquer the
    Post-Pandemic City

    June 2, 2021 (Bloomberg CityLab), -As U.S. workers trickle back to the office, a new e-bike joining Lyft’s bike-share fleet is aimed at helping them get there.

    Launching in San Francisco on June 6, this updated model features a number of accessibility and durability improvements over the current battery-boosted bikes that Lyft rents by the minute in nine U.S. cities. Among them: a much longer battery life, a lower center of gravity, and a saddle that can better accommodate smaller riders.

    There’s no gear shifter: The electric motor mounted on the rear wheel has sensors that automatically adjust to the rider’s torque, cadence and speed...

  • • Electric Ford Mustang Mach-E: You've Come a Long Way, Baby
    The Vehicle Recreates
    Historic Ocean-To-Ocean Drive,
    Somewhat Faster Than Before

    (CleanTechnica), May 29, 2021 -Early on the morning of June 1st, 1909, Henry Ford entered two of his Model Ts in the first coast-to-coast, transcontinental American road race.

    And, while it wasn’t quite the Cannonball Run, that race tested the endurance and capability of an emerging technology that was still being referred to as a horseless carriage in many parts of the country.

    Twenty-three days and 4,106 miles after it had set off from New York, Henry’s number 2 Model T crossed the finish line at the Seattle World’s Fair, winning the race. Last week, another emergent technology set off from New York to recreate that historic drive in the form of the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E - and it didn’t take the Mustang twenty-three days to make it!.

  • • EV Popularity: We'll Need to Recycle Batteries
    Otherwise Do We Want to
    Keep Mining the Earth For New Ones?

    May 28, 2021 (National Geographic) -The F-150 Lightning, along with the hundreds of other EV models top automakers are rolling out in the next few years, signals that the EV revolution is finally going mainstream. But as this industry, which is key to combating climate change, matures, a new challenge is emerging: how to acquire all of the minerals needed to make EV batteries.

    The lithium, nickel, cobalt, and copper inside those batteries were all, at one point, mined from the earth.

  • • A Blimp That Can Cut Emissions by 90%
    Hybrid Air Vehicles Hopes
    to Produce 12 of its Airlander
    10 Airships a Year by 2025,

    (The Guardian), May 26, 2021 -For those fancying a trip from Liverpool to Belfast or Barcelona to the Balearic Islands but concerned about the carbon footprint of airplane travel, a small Bedford-based company is promising a surprising solution: commercial airships.

    Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), which has developed a new environmentally friendly airship 84 years after the Hindenburg disaster, on Wednesday named a string of routes it hoped to serve from 2025.

  • • The Ford F-150 Pro Electric Pickup
    It's Targeted at Commercial Customers

    (Green Car Congress), May 25, 2021 -Ford unveiled the all-electric 2022 F-150 Lightning Pro, a version of the electric F-150 Lightning targeted at commercial customers. The Pro joins E-Transit in the lineup of Ford work-ready electric vehicles, backed by a nationwide network offering EV-certified fleet sales, service and financing.

  • • The Pope's First EV
    The Popemobile Will
    Be a Fisker Ocean SUV

    (TechCrunch), May 21, 2021 -Fisker Inc., the EV startup-turned publicly traded company, is working on a modified version of its all-electric Ocean SUV for Pope Francis.

    The company said Friday that it plans to deliver to the Vatican late next year a Popemobile based on its upcoming Fisker Ocean SUV. An initial agreement was reached during a private meeting Thursday between Pope Francis and Fisker co-founders Henrik Fisker and Dr. Geeta Gupta-Fisker. Henrik Fisker showed a number of sketches, including one that Pope Francis signed.

    There aren’t many details about this new Popemobile, although a rendering of the modified Fisker Ocean SUV shows an all-glass cupola...

  • • Nevada Aims To Plug Vehicles Into Renewable Energy
    The State Could be
    Taking a Big Step Forward

    May 16, 2021(CleanTechnica), -Nevada is considering legislation that would help the state drive on cleaner, cheaper electricity. Senate Bill (SB) 448 (Brooks) would speed the approval of transmission lines needed to move low-cost, renewable electricity across the region and would accelerate the deployment of cars, trucks, and buses fueled by that clean electricity.

  • • Maryland County’s Smart Energy Bus Depot
    It's a Model of
    Sustainable Fleet Charging

    May 14, 2021(POWERGRID International), - This week Energy as a Service (EaaS) provider AlphaStruxure, which is a joint venture between Schneider Electric and the Carlyle Global Infrastructure Opportunity Fund, said it will deploy an integrated microgrid and electric bus charging infrastructure project for Montgomery County, Maryland.

    The project will enable at least 44 buses in Ride On Montgomery County’s transit fleet to transition from diesel to electric, helping it meet the goal of being net zero by 2035.

  • • The KBO Hurricane
    Belt-Driven Single-Speed Bi-
    cycle With a Built In Tailwind

    May 10, 2021 (CleanTechnica)-The KBO Hurricane is a new entrant into the world of e-bikes and strikes out on its own path. With a belt drive and no internal gearing, it carves out a new segment for single-speed bikes married together with all the benefits of electrification.

  • • Push to Electrify Mail Trucks Gains Wide Support
    USPS Had Long Spurned EVs Over Cost, But...

    May 9, 2021 (Washington Post)-House Democratic leaders are lining up behind a White House push to allocate $8 billion in taxpayer funding for the latest iteration of mail truck, paving the way for a fully electric fleet instead of the piecemeal strategy U.S. Postal Service leaders have been pursuing.

    The agency, which is generally self-sustaining and does not draw public money, has drawn up a bootstrap plan for new vehicles — the vast majority of which would run on gas — as it wrestles with $188.4 billion in liabilities and faces years of projected losses. The lawmakers’ plan would relieve the agency of the truck expense while significantly advancing one of President Biden’s key sustainability objectives.

  • • The Lithium Gold Rush
    Inside the Race to
    Power Electric Vehicles

    May 6, 2021 (NY Times)- Atop a long-dormant volcano in northern Nevada, workers are preparing to start blasting and digging out a giant pit that will serve as the first new large-scale lithium mine in the United States in more than a decade — a new domestic supply of an essential ingredient in electric car batteries and renewable energy.

    But the project, known as Lithium Americas, has drawn protests from members of a Native American tribe, ranchers and environmental groups because it is expected to use billions of gallons of precious ground water, potentially contaminating some of it for 300 years, while leaving behind a giant mound of waste.

  • • Porsche's Hydrogen-Based Efuel Vehicle
    It Turns Gas Guzzlers Into ECO-Cars

    May 3, 2021 (NIKKEIAsia)- While other automakers race to field electrified vehicles, Porsche looks to develop a fuel that will keep its iconic gasoline-burning cars relevant in the decarbonization era.

    Porsche's eFuel, which is under development, combines green hydrogen generated by renewable energy with CO2 captured from the atmosphere. The methanol produced from the process is converted into gasoline.

  • • Are Automakers Still Investing In Gas & Diesel Engines?
    We Pole the Leading Automakers

    May. 3, 2021 (CleanTechnica)-Right now, Tesla is at the vanguard of an all-electric future. On Wall Street, the company’s market value has outpaced its auto industry counterparts who specialize in internal combustion engine (ICE) technology. Are things changing, though? To that end, are Tesla’s competitors still investing in ICE development anymore?

    Analyzing legacy automakers, Jim Motovalli at Autoweek reports, “It’s plain that traditional gas and diesel cars — by far the majority of the market now — will have limited to zero shelf life in the near future. A battery-powered Corvette? Why not? We already have a plug-in Mustang.”

  • • Just How Green Are Electric Vehicles?
    In short: Very green.
    But plug-in cars still
    have environmental effects.

    May 3, 2021 (NY Times)-Around the world, governments and automakers are promoting electric vehicles as a key technology to curb oil use and fight climate change. General Motors has said it aims to stop selling new gasoline-powered cars and light trucks by 2035 and will pivot to battery-powered models. This week, Volvo said it would move even faster and introduce an all-electric lineup by 2030.

    But as electric cars and trucks go mainstream, they have faced a persistent question: Are they really as green as advertised?

    Click now to read or listen to the story.
  • • Expect 145 Million EVs Worldwide by 2030
    This Comes From the
    International Energy Agency

    May 1, 2021 (CleanTechnica)-Forecasts for electric vehicle growth tend to be all over the map. This week, the International Energy Agency (IEA) published its predictions as they relate to the expected worldwide surge in EVs. CNBC reports, “The number of electric cars, buses, vans and heavy trucks on roads is expected to hit 145 million by 2030,” according to the IEA’s Global Electric Vehicle Outlook.

  • • Hydrogen Aviation Projected to Be Worth $174bn by 2040
    This, According to Gediminas Ziemelis, Chairman of the Board at Avia Solution

    Apr. 30, 2021 (H VIEWl)-Hydrogen has been touted as the future for aviation fuel for decades however with the high production costs associated with the fuel, it has never been plausible for widespread integration.

    With the rate at which the hydrogen market and infrastructure is currently expanding, the costs to produce hydrogen is declining making integration into aviation more economically viable.

    Because of this, it is expected to drive the growth of the global hydrogen aircraft market over the years to reach the anticipated value of $27bn in 2030 and further, $174bn by 2040.

  • • British Air Commits to Green Jet Fuel Use
    Owner IAG Has Set a Target
    For Use by 2030

    (Businesslive), Apr. 29, 2021 -British Airways’ owner IAG Group has committed to becoming the first European airline to fuel 10% of its flights sustainably by the end of the decade.

    The aviation giant, which also includes Aer Lingus and Iberia in the group hangar, is a partner with Velocys, the developer of a green jet fuel refinery on the South Humber Bank.

    It will involve a purchase of one million tonnes of sustainable fuel annually, enabling it to cut emission by two million tonnes by 2030 - equal to removing one million cars from Europe’s roads.

  • • FreeWire Technologies Gets a $3.4M Grant form the CEC
    California Energy Commission Awards EV
    Fast-Charging Company the Grant

    Apr. 28, 2021 (POWERGRID International)-FreeWire Technologies this week announced that it was awarded a $3,468,490 grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to advance its EV charging product, Boost Charger.

    The grant is from CEC’s BRIDGE 2020: Bringing Rapid Innovation Development to Green Energy grant program, which exists to fund continued technology development, demonstration and deployment of the most promising energy technologies, according to FreeWire. The company said it will use the money to further advance grid services functionality of its product and demonstrate enhanced ultrafast charging with energy storage at two project sites, including one in an under-resourced community.

  • • Canoo’s New Electric Pickup
    Featuring Modular Design
    and Hidden Storage

    Apr. 28, 2021 (INHABITAT)-One would think that designing a highly versatile electric vehicle with over 200 miles of battery range would be enough, but Los Angeles-based EV company Canoo didn’t stop there. Its newly revealed electric pickup truck comes fully loaded with a range of unique, sustainable elements, such as a modular truck bed, plenty of hidden storage and even built-in, multi-accessory charging ports.

    The article features a slideshow.

  • • France Just Ordered 12 Electric Hydrogen Trains
    A Historic Step Towards Sustainability

    Apr. 20, 2021 (ZME Science)- Rail transport has traditionally been the most environmentally friendly way to travel, having far lower greenhouse gas emissions per kilometer than cars or planes. But this doesn’t mean there’s no room for improvement.

    In the early 2000s, hydrogen trains gathered some attention, but they seemed to be decades away from actually becoming a reality — seemed being the key word.

    Click now to read or listen to the story.
  • • Automating the Detection of Air Pollution Hotspots
    It's an Algorithm
    that Can Help Tackle Air Pollution
    from Existing Satellite Data

    Apr. 20, 2021 (ZME Science)- Imagine there could be a way to autonomously identify hotspots of heavy air pollution, city block by city block. Governments could then detect problem areas and develop targeted measures and achieve optimal results. Researchers at Duke University have developed just that: a method that uses machine learning, satellite images, and weather data to track localized PM2.5 pollution.

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  • • All New US Vehicles Could be Electric by 2035
    This Could Be an Annual
    Household Saving of $1,000

    Apr. 19, 2021 (Green Car Reports), As California and Washington move to end sales of new gasoline vehicles, a new study claims all new vehicles in the United States could be made electric by 2035.

    The 2035 Report 2.0 from the University of California, Berkeley, also predicts major economic benefits from going electric. It would save households $1,000 annually over the next 30 years, and support a net increase of over 2 million jobs in 2035, according to the study.

  • • Wash. State Will Say Goodbye to Gasoline Engines by 2030
    The State Passed the Most Aggressive
    Timeline For Phasing Out Sales of New
    Gasoline Vehicles in the U.S.

    Apr. 16, 2021 (Green Car Reports),That's substantially earlier than the 2035-calendar-year target set by California Governor Gavin Newsom in an executive order last year. The Washington bill is also the first target for phasing out gasoline vehicles to be passed through the normal legislative process, rather than an executive order.

    Dubbed Clean Cars 2030, the bill covers passenger cars and light-duty trucks, but excludes emergency vehicles and vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds. Hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles are considered "electric" for the purposes of this legislation.

  • • France Bans Domestic Flight Where Rail is Available
    Sounds Like They're on the Right Track

    Apr. 12, 2021 (The Guardian), French MPs have voted to suspend domestic airline flights on routes that can be travelled by direct train in less than two and a half hours, as part of a series of climate and environmental measures.

    After a heated debate in the Assemblée Nationale at the weekend, the ban, a watered-down version of a key recommendation from President Emmanuel Macron’s citizens’ climate convention was adopted.

  • • Will Cities Actually Start Banning Cars?
    Are They Going Too Far?

    Apr. 9, 2021 (ZME Science) -As anyone who’s used the public transportation in Birmingham, UK, can tell you — it’s not great. There’s no subway, train stations are few and far between, and buses often find themselves delayed by traffic.

    But Birmingham is confident in its ability to compensate for all that and reduce people’s reliance on personal cars. Under plans being considered by the council to reduce emissions, the city would ban private cars from the city center completely, allowing only lorries, buses, and taxis.

  • • The Netherlands Is Getting All Charged Up
    They Plan To Install
    a Million Chargers By 2030

    Apr. 5, 2021 (CleanTechnica) -The Dutch discovered that they need an extra one and a half million (1,500,000) chargers by the end of this decade. They decided to get them all installed.

    In 2019, the Dutch government, political parties, and about 100 stakeholders signed the “National Climate Agreement.” Fourteen months of negotiations resulted in over 600 goals to realize, goals they needed to accomplish in order to meet what was agreed upon in Paris. One paragraph is called National Charging Infrastructure Agenda (translated from Dutch). It contains five goals about charging infrastructure to support the transition to emission-free transport.

  • • Electrifying the Entire US Federal Vehicle Fleet
    NREL Expanded its Fleet Electric Vehicle
    Charging Capabilities Earlier this Year
    by Installaing EV ARC 2020

    Apr. 5, 2021 (CleanTechnica) -National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Federal Fleet Project Leader Cabell Hodge has a lot to think about these days. With the Biden administration announcing a push to electrify the entire federal fleet, NREL’s work supporting energy-savvy fleet management is more critical and timely than ever.

    The president’s ambitious new goal requires a considered plan: Which fleets and vehicles should go electric first — and when, and how — among the more-than-614,000-vehicle domestic fleet of federal cars, vans, and trucks, including 225,000 Postal Service vehicles, across the United States?

  • • Tesla Rival Brit Wants to Save the Planet
    Meet the Lucid Air EV

    Apr. 3, 2021 (The Guardian) -The Lucid Motors boss Peter Rawlinson is fluent in the language of the new breed of electric carmaker: he wants to save the planet and he wants to do it fast.

    The California carmaker is only starting production of its hotly anticipated first model in the second half of this year but it has quickly come to be seen as one of the leaders in the pack of would-be rivals to Tesla. A recent $24bn (£17bn) deal to list on US stock markets will give it $4.6bn in funds to play with.

  • • The Environmental Benefits of Driverless Cars
    Letting Your Car Steer You
    Environmentally in the Right Direction

    Apr. 2, 2021 (greener ideal) -With Tesla’s renowned Autopilot feature, Google’s autonomous car, Uber’s self-driving fleet, and even a rumored Apple car, autonomous vehicles are about to become a mainstay of our culture.

    But outside of the obvious benefits of driverless cars (e.g. watching Netflix while commuting), there are many other societal and environmental implications that make a driverless future exciting for environmentalists.

    This article takes a look at all of the positive developments a driverless future will bring.

  • • Can Cruises Kick-Start the Decarbonization of Shipping?
    TUI Cruises is Planning
    for a Carbon-Free Future

    Mar. 26, 2021 (Deutsche Welle) -Cruises are among the most carbon-intensive ways to travel. They're also one of the fastest-growing tourism sectors — the number of passengers boarding cruises almost doubled in the past decade, peaking at 30 million in 2019.

    But cruise liners make up just a tiny fraction — less than 1% — of the ships crisscrossing the world's seas, which in total are responsible for around 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Despite their small share in international shipping, experts say cruise companies are uniquely positioned to drive emission-cutting innovations in the sector as a whole. Their huge profit margins, for example, mean they have the money to invest in alternative fuels and decarbonization technologies that could later be rolled out to larger ships.

  • • Capturing CO2 From Trucks as they Drive
    Now There's a Device
    That Does Just That

    Mar. 26, 2021 (FastCompany) -It’s turning out to be difficult to electrify semi trucks that regularly travel thousands of miles carrying freight. Manufacturers such as Volvo and Peterbilt have begun to produce electric models—and Tesla’s twice-delayed semi may come out later this year—but it isn’t yet clear how quickly they’ll be adopted.

    In the meantime, in the U.S. alone, there are around 2 million such trucks on the road. A Detroit-based startup called Remora designed a different solution for them: a device that can capture carbon emissions directly from each tailpipe.

    Click now to read or listen to the story.
  • • Shouldn't All EVs Have Solar Roofs?
    A Tesla Model 3 Experiment
    With a Portable Solar Roof

    Mar. 22, 2021 (CleanTechnica) - The Story includes a neat video of a Tesla owner charging his Model 3 with the power of the sun. the owner, who has the YouTube channel The Tech of Tech, shares exactly how he achieved this in his video.

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    and view the 12-minute video.

  • To Clear Santiago’s Smog, Chile Pushes Electric Taxis
    The Government Program Would
    Cover Up to $11,000 Toward a New
    EV, Plus Home Charging Equipment

    March 21, 2021 (Bloomberg CityLab) -The global push for a transition to cleaner energy, driven by strong policies and financial support, will heavily impact the future of renewables, according to GlobalData. The leading data and analytics company notes that renewables are expected to take almost 40% of the power mix by 2030.

    Their latest report, Global Power Mix in Transition, reveals that there is increasing investment in solar and wind plants, and new technologies such as hydrogen, energy storage, carbon capture and smart grids are driving change in the power sector - supporting a path to smart decarbonization.

  • • When Will Electric Cars Rule the Road?
    250 Million Cars, S.U.V.s, Vans and Pickup
    Trucks on America’s Roads Today.
    The Vast Majority Run on Gasoline.

    Mar. 16, 2021 (NY Times Climate Forward) - Around the world, governments and automakers are focused on selling newer, cleaner electric vehicles as a key solution to climate change. Yet it could take years, if not decades, before the technology has a drastic effect on greenhouse gas emissions.

    One reason for that? It will take a long time for all the existing gasoline-powered vehicles on the road to reach the end of their life spans.

  • • River-Powered Turbine Technology
    DOE Awards ORPC More than
    $3.6 Million For that Development

    Mar. 15, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) - U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) in Portland, Ore., has been awarded $3,615,260 to build, test and operate a modular current energy converter to improve the next generation of river-powered turbines.

    This competitive funding was awarded through the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Water Power Technologies office.

  • • Vehicle to Grid Charfing is on the Way
    First Charging Pilot
    in the US Midwest Underway

    Mar. 15, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) - EV Connect, a California-based software-as-a-service company, announced that it is collaborating with the Indiana-based Battery Innovation Center (BIC) and Energy Systems Network (ESN) to deploy Indiana’s first large-scale Vehicle-to-Grid capable charging system to support school bus fleet, HD truck, and other customer segment applications.

    EV Connect provided the electric vehicle charging management and a 500-kW bi-directional bus-scale superchargers from Rhombus. The extended test case aims to generate data on overall battery life, the number of available cycles and an understanding of discharge rates to assist companies in the EV ecosystem in determining how V2G will impact their products and systems.

  • • BYD Norway Has Orders For Electric Trash Trucks, & Electric Bus
    BYD is a Major Seller of Electric Vehicles

    Mar. 12, 2021 (CleanTechnica) -One of the most consistent and considerable electric vehicle producers this past decade has been BYD. In fact, it was probably #1, especially if you roll in all of the electric buses and electric trucks it has sold. In the past couple of weeks, though, BYD (which stands for “Build Your Dreams”) has put out some particularly interesting updates. The article rolls through four of them.

  • • Petaluma Tells Gas Stations Where to Go
    And It's Not Petaluma!

    Mar. 7, 2021 (CleanTechnica) -Today, the 60,000 residents of Petaluma, 40 miles north of the City by the Bay, are served by 16 gas stations. The city council thinks that’s enough and has passed an ordinance banning the construction of new gas stations.

    “Prohibiting new gas stations serves the public interest by preventing new sources of pollution that adversely impact environmental and human health,” it states. The ordinance makes permanent a temporary ban that went into effect in 2019.

  • • FedEx Will be Carbon-neutral by 2040
    Company Going All-Electric
    and Funding a New Yale Center for
    Applied Research Focused on
    Carbon-Negative Technologies

    Mar. 5, 2021 (Renewable Energy World) -FedEx Corp. announced this week that it wants to achieve carbon-neutral operations globally by 2040. The company laid out three key areas it will focus on via a $2B investment: vehicle electrification, sustainable energy, and carbon sequestration.

    This includes a pledge of $100 million to Yale University to help establish the Yale Center for Natural Carbon Capture, which will be focused on developing natural solutions for reducing atmospheric carbon.

  • • Just How Green Are Electric Vehicles?
    Very Green. But Plug-in
    Cars Still Have Environmental Effects.

    Mar. 2, 2021 (NY Times Climate Forward) -Around the world, governments and automakers are promoting electric vehicles as a key technology to curb oil use and fight climate change. General Motors has said it aims to stop selling new gasoline-powered cars and light trucks by 2035 and will pivot to battery-powered models. This week, Volvo said it would move even faster and introduce an all-electric lineup by 2030.

    But as electric cars and trucks go mainstream, they have faced a persistent question: Are they really as green as advertised?

  • • Electric Cargo Bike That Can Haul 400 Lbs.
    Not Your Old Man's Cargo Bike

    Mar. 2, 2021 (CleanTechnica) -Mastretta launched its first 3-wheeled e-bike in 2019, before the e-bike market really began to take off. That bike, the MX3, featured an ingenious steering mechanism that allowed the 3-wheeler to lean into turns like a 2-wheeler, giving riders a more planted, stable-feeling ride while delivering a more natural riding experience.

    Two years later, the company has a followup act that’s even better than the first. Meet the MX3 Cargo, a full line-up of cargo e-bike solutions for commuters, bike taxis, urban delivery, and just about every human-powered thing in between.

  • • Promising Day For Electric Transportation In East Africa
    The UN Environment Program (UNEP) Launched a Pilot Electric Bikes Project

    Mar. 2, 2021 (CleanTechnica) -Forty-nine electric motorcycles raised a lot interest in Nairobi’s Karura Forest on the 2nd of March, as UNEP launched a pilot electric bikes project in the presence of Kenyan government officials and business leaders. The 49 electric motorcycles are part of a larger pilot program that includes another 50 electric motorcycles in neighboring Uganda.

  • • Gasoline & Diesel Cars Make Much More Waste than Electrics
    Battery Electric Vehicles are
    Superior to Their Petrol and Diesel Counterparts

    Mar. 1, 2021 (The Guardian) -Fossil fuel cars waste hundreds of times more raw material than their battery electric equivalents, according to a study that adds to evidence that the move away from petrol and diesel cars will bring large net environmental benefits.

  • • USPS Cuts Emissions With New Delivery Vehicle Fleet
    The US Postal Service
    Is Taking the Right Steps

    Mar. 1, 2021 (INHABITAT) -The United States Postal Service announced last week that it was awarded a multi-billion-dollar contract to update the postal delivery fleet. Oshkosh Defense of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, won the 10-year contract to build more efficient vehicles with fewer emissions.

    In recent years, the USPS has faced stiff competition from private delivery services and has endured derision over being less reliable. Investing in a modernized fleet is just part of an overarching, soon-to-be-released plan for USPS to triumph and once again become the nation’s preferred delivery service provider.

  • • The Role Green Hydrogen, Waste Hydrogen Can Play
    A New Gigascale Green Steel
    Project in Sweden Aims at
    Sprinkling Green Hydrogen Fairy
    Dust on Electric Vehicles Everywhere

    Feb. 24, 2021 (CleanTechnica) - Now that all the big carmakers are on board with electrification, what are they going to do about all that carbon entwined with the steel supply chain? And what about decarbonizing the rest of the automotive supply chain? So many questions! Somewhat ironically, the answer appears to be hydrogen — green hydrogen, that is. Recycled waste hydrogen is also beginning to flesh out the mobility decarbonization picture.

  • • The Chinese City With Almost 40,000 E-Busses and E-Taxis
    Shenzhen, a City That
    Has Reached a Future That
    the U.S. Can Only Dream About.

    Feb. 14, 2021 (Forbes) -The city, home to about 12 million people, has made a wholesale conversion to electric transportation, with 16,000 Electric Buses and 22,000 Electric Taxis, as Fully Charged explains in the video at bottom (via Electrek and InsideEVs).

    Shenzhen is the home base of BYD, one of the largest electric vehicle makers in the world.

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  • • The World’s 1st Zero-Emission Tanker
    Project Will Use
    Corvus Energy Storage System

    Feb. 13, 2021 (CleanTechnica) -Corvus Energy was selected to provide an energy storage system (ESS) to Kawasaki Heavy Industries for the zero-emissions electric e5 tanker it is building, the world’s first zero-emissions tanker. The electric tanker is under construction for Tokyo’s Asahi Tanker Co.

    The battery-powered vessel was designed by e5 Lab Inc., which is a consortium of leading Japanese shipping and maritime services companies.

  • • Tiny Sunlight Powered Aircraft Are About to Take Off
    Light is All that’s Needed
    to Levitate These Microfliers

    Feb. 12, 2021 (ScienceNews) -Flight isn’t easy at the edge of space. But tiny “microfliers” could soar high in Earth’s atmosphere fueled only by sunlight, experiments suggest.

    At heights between about 50 and 80 kilometers above Earth’s surface, in what’s known as the mesosphere, the atmosphere is so thin that airplanes and balloons can’t stay aloft. But mechanical engineer Mohsen Azadi and colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania saw promise in a technique that uses light to levitate objects.

  • • 2020 European Sales Up 137% for Plug In Vehicles
    Results Differed Greatly From One Continent to Another

    Feb. 8, 2021 (CleanTechnica)- Plugin electric vehicles (fully electric vehicles as well as plugin hybrids) had a sales increase of 43% in 2020 compared to 2019 according to new data from EV Volumes.

    That meant a rise from 2.5% market share in 2019 to 4.2% share of the global light-duty vehicle market in 2020.


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  • • The Grid is Ready for EVs But...
    Long-Term Transformational
    Planning is Still Necessary

    Feb. 8, 2021 (POWERGRID International)-Last week during the Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) San Francisco Summit, Drew Murphy, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development at Edison International offered his thoughts on where we are today with regard to EV adoption and the electricity grid and where we need to go. He said that whereas in past EV-focused BNEF summits, EV adoption progress was mostly just talking points and future scenarios, now we are finally starting to see real action.

    The grid today is up to the challenge of managing the EVs already on the roads — the first ever ‘mobile load’ as Murphy pointed out — but utilities could quickly fall behind if they don’t start thinking further ahead.

  • • EVs Can Save Nevada $20 Billions
    Report is From Plug-in Electric Vehicle Cost-Benefit Analysis: Nevada

    Feb. 5, 2021 (CleanTechnica)-Nevadans can save more than $14 billion through 2050 by moving from gas-powered cars to electric vehicles (EVs), according to a report released today. EVs can also reduce air pollution, providing an additional $3 billion in benefits for public health and the climate, and EVs can help make the electricity system more efficient, reducing utility customer bills by more than $3 billion. Altogether, the report identifies $20 billion in benefits.

  • • Powerpaste ‘goo’ stores 10x the Energy of Lithium-ion Batteries
    The Hydrogen Economy
    isn't Dead After All.

    Feb. 5, 2021 (ZME Science)-Researchers in Germany may have finally solved a bottleneck that has been halting the progress of hydrogen power tech for years. Instead of storing hydrogen in cumbersome tanks, the researchers have proposed utilizing a magnesium-based paste that can store hydrogen energy at 10 times the density of a lithium battery.

    The adoption of electric vehicles is growing at a breakneck pace — and I think we’re all very happy to finally see this transition away from fossil fuels. The same can’t be said about hydrogen-powered vehicles, unfortunately.


    Click now to read or listen to the story.
  • • G.M. to Sell Only Zero-Emission Vehicles by 2035
    Part of a Broader Plan by the Company
    to Become Carbon Neutral by 2040.

    Jan. 28, 2021 (NY Times Climate Forward)-The days of the internal combustion engine are numbered.

    General Motors said Thursday that it would phase out petroleum-powered cars and trucks and sell only vehicles that have zero tailpipe emissions by 2035, a seismic shift by one of the world’s largest automakers that makes billions of dollars today from gas-guzzling pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles.

  • • Electric Cars Are Cheaper & Cleaner
    This Was Reported in the NY Times

    Jan. 24, 2021 (CleanTechnica),- For two decades now, the mainstream press has been feeding peoples’ natural skepticism about new technology, dismissing electric vehicles as a quaint fad that will never “catch on.”

    Now that EV sales are soaring in Europe, Volkswagen and GM are getting serious about electrification, and a new US president has put protecting the environment on the priority list, national newspapers and TV networks are finally starting to acknowledge some of the things that we EVangelists have been writing about for years.

  • • Can California Go 100% Electric by 2035?
    It Starts By First Breaking Down Barriers

    Jan. 23, 2021 (Green Car Reports)- With a new President no longer focused on denying California its Clean Air Act waiver, the electric-car industry group Veloz has rolled out a campaign that attempts to break down the barriers surrounding EV adoption that serve as critical first steps toward making the 2035 target a reality.

    According to the group, which moderated a call Thursday on the target, California fluctuates between 45% and 50% of nationwide EV sales. As of the third quarter of 2020 there were about 764,000 cumulative EV sales in California, versus nearly 1.7 million nationwide.

  • • Has the Moment of Electric Cars Finally Arrived?
    We’re on the Cusp of Transitioning to
    EVs—if the Right Steps are Taken

    Jan. 22, 2021 (National Geographic)-Biden is proposing sweeping reforms to the nation’s energy system to tackle climate change. But they aren’t just aimed at greening the electric grid or driving the nation away from coal and natural gas. Transportation accounts for more than a quarter of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions; it’s proven particularly thorny to figure out how to reduce that, given the number of vehicles on the roads. So, Biden is pitching a host of ways to steer the country toward electric vehicles, or EVs.

  • • EVs Close to ‘Tipping Point’ of Mass Adoption
    Plunging Battery Costs Mean The Cars Will
    Soon be the Cheapest Vehicles to Buy

    Jan. 22, 2021 (The Guardian)-Global sales rose 43% in 2020, but even faster growth is anticipated when continuing falls in battery prices bring the price of electric cars dipping below that of equivalent petrol and diesel models, even without subsidies. The latest analyses forecast that to happen some time between 2023 and 2025.

    The tipping point has already been passed in Norway, where tax breaks mean electric cars are cheaper. The market share of battery-powered cars soared to 54% in 2020 in the Nordic country, compared with less than 5% in most European nations.

  • • Miami-Dade County Public Schools to Shift to Electric Buses
    The Act Was Student-Inspired

    Jan. 22, 2021(INHABITAT),-Holly Thorpe, a middle school student at Miami-Dade County Public Schools, has pushed the school district to shift from diesel-fueled buses to electric buses. The district arrived at the decision to convert after Thorpe made insightful points on electric vehicles through her science fair presentation. Thorpe’s research revealed that carbon dioxide fumes inside the buses were 10 times more than the levels recommended by the EPA.


    Click now for the story and slideshow.
  • • An Electric Car Batteries With Five-Minute Charging Time
    Factory Production Means Recharging
    Could Soon be as Fast as Filling
    Up Petrol or Diesel Vehicles

    Jan. 19, 2021(The Guardian)-Batteries capable of fully charging in five minutes have been produced in a factory for the first time, marking a significant step towards electric cars becoming as fast to charge as filling up petrol or diesel vehicles.

    Electric vehicles are a vital part of action to tackle the climate crisis but running out of charge during a journey is a worry for drivers.

    Click now to read or listen to the story.
  • • Greener Air Travel Will Depend on Emerging Technologies
    Electric Engines, Alternative Fuels,
    and Better Navigation Could Reduce
    Emissions—and Mitigate the Impacts
    of a Global Return to the Skies.

    Jan. 15, 2021(ZME Science)-Here’s a word you may have overlooked in 2020: flygskam, a Swedish term for the feeling of being ashamed to fly. In a year that saw a 66 percent decrease in flights, compared to 2019, you might think that flygskam has flown the coop.

    But with a recent uptick in air traffic—and the anticipation of travel’s rebound thanks to COVID-19 vaccines—flygskam is taking flight again.

  • • The Endurance All-Electric Pickup Truck
    Range: about 250 Miles Market: Utility Companies and Municipal Governments

    Jan. 11, 2021(POWERGRID International)-An upstart electric vehicle maker said Monday that it now has more than 100,000 orders for its new pickup truck.

    Lordstown Motors Corp plans to begin production of the Endurance All-Electric Pickup Truck in September at a former GM assembly plant near Youngstown.

    The company took over the plant after GM in 2019 ended its more than 50 years of car manufacturing at the plant. The automaker employed 4,500 workers there just a few years ago.






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Hydrogen-Powered Tram
(Developed in China)
Energy Source: Hydrogen
Hudrogen Tram

In an effort to reduce China’s harmful and plentiful greenhouse gas emissions, Chinese company Sifang (a subsidiary of China South Rail Corporation) has developed the world’s first hydrogen powered tram. The tram took two years of research and development to complete, and will be powered entirely by hydrogen fuel cells. Since this is a tram and not a train, the top speed will only be 70 kilometers per hour and it will be used in urban areas only. It is designed to carry 380 passengers.
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Hyperloop
Energy Source: Electro Magnetic Propulsion
HyperLoop
Hyperloop brings airplane speeds to ground level, safely. Passengers and cargo capsules will hover through a network of low-pressure tubes between cities and transforming travel time from hours to minutes.
HyperloopTT's technology breakthrough is a next generation passive magnetic levitation system. It's called Inductrack. Magnets arranged in a Halbach array configuration enable passive levitation over an unpowered but conductive track. And as capsules move through the low pressure environment, they use very little energy on route thanks to the reduced drag forces. To learn more about this futuristic mode of transportation, click on the image.

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Kia Niro PHEV

Energy Source: Plug-in Hybrid
Kia Niro PHEV
The Kia Niro plug-in hybrid will be available in US showrooms early in 2018. List price is $28,840 for the LX model, which comes with more features and standard equipment than the entry-level Kia Niro hybrid. That price includes a $940 destination fee. Kia says customers will be able to get a 12,000 mile per year lease for $259 per month for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing. The lease price takes into consideration the $4,543 federal tax credit.
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Chevy Bolt
Energy Source: Plug-in Electric
Chevy Volt
From your weekday commute to weekend trips and all the places in between, Bolt EV is ready to take you wherever you want to go. This ride is an affordable all-electric vehicle that offers an EPA-estimated 259 miles of range on a full charge.† Plus, it offers advanced safety technologies, plenty of space and good looks on top of that. With Bolt EV, there’s nothing holding you back
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Toyota Mirai
Energy Source: Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Toyota Mirai

Mirai means “future” in Japanese, and the exterior of the car reflects its aspirational nature. The futuristic aerodynamic lines of Mirai scream out that it is the rogue of the family, the non-conformist of the bunch. It looks and feels like a Prius that ran off 2 generations ago to do its own thing and has spent every spare minute since watching Back to the Future over and over. Or I may just be having flashbacks to Toyota’s Back to the Future themed Mirai for SEMA a few years back.
The exterior is normal enough to blend in, but at a closer look, it is polarizing. The sweeping bank of lights across the rear of the vehicle accentuate the sweeping line that arcs from the nose to the tail. During the day, the lighting arrays are muted, but at night, they pop out to cut bold lines into the exterior of the vehicle.
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H2 Fuel Cell
Energy Source: Hydrogen

Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Several manufacturers have announced plans to open the market for hydrogen powered cars and other vehicles (including planes!). Toyota will introduce a fuel-cell vehicle in 2015. Challenge: prodicing hydrogen that does not require fossil fuels. Currently, most hydrogen is made from natural gas.
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Volkwagen ID.3
Energy Source: Electricity Only

VW ID.3

Volkswagen issued a press release this week focusing on the upcoming launch of its ID.3 electric car. It confirms that deliveries of its ID.3 First Edition models will begin this summer and adds this interesting twist. The company says virtually all of those cars — 30,000 of them — will be delivered simultaneously. “The objective is to deliver the 30,000 pre-booked ID.3 vehicles in the 1st Edition to customers throughout Europe at almost the same time,” the company says.
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Hundai Kona
Energy Source: Electricity Only

VW ID.3

A big adventure is no small feat. And KONA packs plenty of style and versatility in its compact SUV body. Plus it gives you the confidence to experience more with intelligent safety features that look out for you. So be spontaneous and keep exploring this great, wonderful world. KONA is ready to go.
 

The Rayvolt Beachin’
Energy Source: Electricity

Rayvolt sent a Beachin’ in Laguna Blue across the pond for Clean Technica to run it around the beaches here in Southern California and boy, does it pull in the looks. From the cloud-like 26? x 4? natural rubber tires to the oversized aluminum beach cruiser frame to the removable luggage style battery, the Beachin’ is dressed to the nines.
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Air Race E
> Source: Electricity
The aircraft will race just ten metres above the ground at speeds of up to 450km/h (280mph), and this latest development represents a huge milestone for the pioneering series.
This inaugural flight is the culmination of months of planning, designing, concept developing, testing and manufacturing for the innovative all-electric air racing series.
Further trials over subsequent weeks and months will then focus on fine-tuning the high-performance aspects of the aircraft, ensuring it is ready to race in 2022.
The date, location and the crew members involved will be released over the coming weeks, in what is one of the most highly anticipated and significant events in the ongoing preparation and development for Air Race E.
GOLDiOn H18 Bus
Energy Source: Hydrogen & Electricity
The H18 bus will run on both hydrogen and electricity, offering long range, extended warranty and competitive pricing.
Developed under the GOLDiON project, the bus is designed to use a charge depleting strategy for the battery, draining only electricity. The battery is discharged until it reaches a minimum state-of-charge.
When the state-of-charge level is reached, a charge sustaining strategy is then engaged and the state-of-charge is maintained. The fuel cell is used to help propulsion and to provide additional energy to maintain the battery state-of-charge.
With its advanced energy management system, the powertrain efficiency is fully optimised by considering both zero emission technologies which are taking part in propulsion.
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Meet CityQ -
$ Wheeled Car-eBike
Energy Source: Battery

 
the CityQ looks like a good fit for our micromobility coverage, as it’s a 4-wheeled enclosed electric “Car-eBike” with a range of up to 43-62 miles (70-100 kilometers) per charge, a 5-hour charge time, and it can carry 2 adults (or one adult and two kids) and/or cargo.
The CityQ is a Euro-compliant small electric vehicle e-bike, which means it only has a 250W electric motor and a top speed of just 25 kilometers per hour (15.5 mph), and is similar to a sit-down cargo bike in its application, minus the need for balancing necessary for riders of 2-wheelers.
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EXO ONE Single Person
Energy Source: Battery & Solar

Designer Piotr Czyzewski is well aware of traffic jams and parking issues, so he decided to try to tackle the problem by developing EXO ONE, a single-person electric vehicle, in the hopes that it will replace the multiple-person cars cramming the roadways.
The EXO ONE is futuristic, even by 2020 standards, and it addresses many environmental and societal issues that will continue in the years to come. The motor, brilliantly tucked inside the back wheel to save space inside the vehicle, propels the three-wheeled car at 0-60 km/h in just 3 seconds. That will help the vehicle seamlessly and safely merge into traffic. Although the electric battery can last up to 130 km on a single charge, it also contains 126 solar power cells for power assistance.
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Zoox Self-Driving Car
Energy Source: Battery

 
Zoox, a self-driving car company that Amazon bought in June, 2020 has finally revealed its robotaxi after six years of gnarly prototypes and secrecy. And while it broadly resembles other first-generation autonomous vehicles from automakers and Silicon Valley startups, Zoox’s robotaxi has a few standout features, as well as an overall polish to it that makes obvious why Amazon thinks it might be the cornerstone of a fledgling autonomous ride-hailing service. Click image to see a video and a slideshow.

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3-Wheel EV by Aptera

Energy Source: Solar
Aptera
Aptera Motors, an American startup company based in San Diego, California, recently announced a new three-wheeled electric car with a range of up to 1,000 miles. If you have at least one eyebrow raised in skepticism, you’re not alone. That’s because no other auto company, not even market leader Tesla, has come up with a vehicle close to this range. The catch? You can charge the car’s 100 kWh battery from an electrical outlet, but also while driving or parked thanks to its solar harvesting roof.
 
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Solar Light Passenger Train
Energy Source:The Sun

 
The Australian coastal town of Byron Bay is now easily accessible via a solar-powered train. It might not look cutting-edge, but it is.

Why all the fuss? It’s all about the roof. Following a refit, its passenger carriages are now equipped with specially designed, curved solar panels that are capable of generating 6.5kW. Additional panels on the storage shed roof can produce a further 30kW to top up the train’s lithium-ion batteries if necessary.
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Solectrac eUtility Tractors
Energy Source: Electricity

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All the power you expect from a diesel tractor - without the diesel.
The eUtility Electric Tractor is ready for your most demanding jobs on the farm. Engine noise and diesel fumes are things of the past, you will literally breathe easier. And, when your work is done for the day, recharge the tractor with renewable energy.
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Honeywell
Aircraft Propulsion

Source: Electricity& Hybrid Electricity

Powering the future of flight:

The future of flight is electric, and Honeywell is enabling that future with integrated propulsion systems that make aviation safe, quiet, efficient and clean.
We’ve teamed with DENSO, the global leader in electrification technology for the automotive industry, to create a new generation of light, dependable aircraft motors. Our turbogenerators for hybrid aircraft boast the highest power density in the industry, and we’re a pioneer in hydrogen fuel cells for UAVs. Our Micro Vapor Cycle System is the lightest and most efficient cooling system of its kind.


Candela C7 | Shallow Mode
Source: Electricity
Candela C-7 is the first all-electric speedboat created for long-range trips without polluting our seas. By combining an advanced flight control system with fully submerged hydrofoils, the C-7 flies silently above the waves, creating a completely new boating experience.

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Lagonda SUV by Aston Martin
Energy Source: Electric
Lagonda
When it comes to Aston Martin, the Lagonda holds a special place in the unobtainium world of collector cars aficionados. Reviving the brand name for a high-end electric SUV is a bold, smart, and darn risky step.
Lagonda has confirmed plans for its first vehicle in the new era – the first in the newly revived brand, which has spun off from Aston Martin. The all-electric Lagonda SUV will be unveiled in 2021 and will be based on the Vision Concept showcased at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show.
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Tesla Semi Electric Truck
Energy Source: Much Electric Power
Kia Niro PHEV
The all-electric truck, which Musk unveiled on a mid-November night in a Hawthorne Municipal Airport Parking lot (adjacent to his SpaceX headquarters) just outside Los Angeles and has a remarkable 500-mile range, may be most notable for what it doesn't include. To learn more about this vehicle, click on the image.
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BMW Hurricane
Energy Source: Propane

BMW Propane Hurricane

The world's fastest propane vehicle. Cost: about $45k. Engine: 660HP, top speed: 207mph - 0-60 in 6.2 seconds.


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AC Cobra-Series 1
Energy Source: Electric

AC CobraCarroll Shelby didn’t design the AC Ace, which was a moderately successful little British roadster with a modest, four-cylinder powerplant under the long hood and a willing chassis. What Shelby did was take that tiny little convertible, stuff it chock-full of American V8 muscle, and give it the best car names ever. Thus the Cobra was born, and its legend has endured for decades, and now, thanks to some forward-thinking people at AC, it might get to live on just a little longer … as an EV.
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The Elf

Energy Source: Electricity & You

The Elf


Organic Transit™ brings you the Elf. It's a trike with a power assist.
It gets 1,800 MPG, weighs 150lbs, load capacity of 350lbs and has a top speed of 20mph.
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ACAL Hydrogen Fuel Cell Engine
Energy Source: Hydrogen
A 300,000 Mile Hydrogen Vehicle
ACAL Fuel Cell Engine


ACAL Energy Ltd, the British chemical engineering company, has announced today that its FlowCath® chemistry and engineering has enabled a PEM hydrogen fuel cell to reach 10,000 hours runtime on a third party automotive industry durability test without any significant signs of degradation. ACAL Energy’s breakthrough approach is also significantly cheaper than conventional fuel cell technology.

 

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Tesla Motors/S
Energy Source: Electricity Only

 

Electric Only: Up to speed: 0-60 im 3.7 seconds. Tailpipe emissions: 0.
Miles per charge: 345.Charging? No problem. Watch the vTesla Roadsterideo.
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Sono Motors SION
Energy Source: Solar and Electric

Sion Solar Vehicle

The dream of being able to commute to work in a solar-powered car is finally becoming a reality. Sono Motors just unveiled the SION solar-powered electric car that can travel up to 18 miles using nothing but energy from the sun. The best part is that the SION isn’t just for the wealthy, since it only costs 16,000 Euros (around $18,600) plus the cost of the battery, and it is packed with incredible features like built-in moss filtration, bi-directional charging and integrated solar panels.
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VoltAero Cassio
Energy Source:Hybrid Electric

Sion Solar Vehicle

In the airborne electricity area is a newly unveiled family of low carbon aircraft called Cassio, from the startup VoltAero. The plan is to introduce Cassio (pictured above) in 4-, 6-, and 10-seat variations that meet EASA CS23 certification in the single-engine, general aviation category. However, there is a lot more going on under the hood than “single” would suggest.
The rundown from VoltAero:
“Cassio utilizes VoltAero’s hybrid-electric power module in an aft fuselage “pusher” configuration, integrating a cluster of electric motors with a high-performance internal combustion engine that serves as the range extender.”
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Airspeeder Flying Racing Car
> Source: Electricity
The brainchild of entrepreneur Matthew Pearson, Airspeeder is the motorsports series set up to fly the Alauda-manufactured flying cars. Airspeeder and Alauda are two separate companies set up by Pearson. Alauda is the production wing that designs and builds the vehicles, whereas Airspeeder is the company that will run the races and organize the series.
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