Of Interest

  • • British Airways Partners with Sustainable Jet Fuel Company
    The Fuel Used is Sustainable Ethanol

    Feb. 10, 2021, (Treehugger) -Earlier this week, British Airways announced that it is investing in LanzaJet, a technology and innovation company that’s aiming to create "sustainable aviation fuel" (SAF) at scale. Specifically, the initiative is geared toward building the first commercial-scale production facility in Georgia. The announcement comes in addition to the airline’s existing partnership with a separate SAF company called Velocys, which could see production at a UK-based facility starting in 2025.

  • • 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.

  • • How Compressed Air Can Fuel a Car
    How the Air Car Works

    July 28, 2021 (HowStuffWorks) - Compressing a gas into a small space is a way to store energy. When the gas expands again, that energy is released to do work. That's the basic principle behind what makes an air car go.­ ­

    The first air cars will have air compressors built into them. After a brisk drive, you'll be able to take the car home, put it into the garage and plug in the compressor. The compressor will use air from around the car to refill the compressed air tank. Unfortunately, this is a rather slow method of refueling and will probably take up to two hours for a complete refill.

    If the idea of an air car catches on, air refueling stations will become available at ordinary gas stations, where the tank can be refilled much more rapidly with air that's already been compressed. Filling your tank at the pump will probably take about three minutes [source: Cornell].

  • • 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.

  • • 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.

  • • Battery Powered EVs - the Most Efficient So Far
    The Chart Shows Why

    June 10, 2020 (CleanTechnica) -The page features a chart explaining the reasons why battery electric wins the efficiency race.

  • • 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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Green Transportation News(In the last 4 months)

  • • TESLA USA Sales Now Exceed Many Other Brands
    The Include: Lexus, Volkswagen,
    Mercedes, BMW, and More

    Oct. 18, 2021, (CleanTechnica), by Zachary Shahan -I just published a report highlighting the fact that Tesla’s US sales have been growing as the overall auto market has tanked, and I also published one looking at companies’ EV share of auto sales (Tesla being at 100%, of course). I nearly closed all my Google Sheets and left the topic of US EV sale until next quarter after those but then remembered one more key set of milestones that some readers have highlighted. That is that Tesla has been passing up automakers in terms of overall vehicle sales in the USA.

  • • Cities Must Consider Flexible Transit Options
    Here’s One Answer From UST

    Oct. 13, 2021, (CleanTechnica)-For decades, local governments have been trying to get people to ride transit more. Easing congestion, lowering the need for parking spaces, and reducing pollution are all great goals that a decent public transit system can go a long way toward solving. Though, when lives are at stake, these considerations have to take a back seat.

    When the COVID-19 pandemic started spreading, transit riderships dropped big time in cities around the world. A demand for new public transport is emerging – flexible, efficient, affordable, and capable of carrying as many passengers as aircraft and trains do, but at the same time avoiding large crowds. Such transport complexes are designed, manufactured, and maintained by Unitsky String Technologies, inc. (UST).

  • • Samsung and Tesla - the New EV Partnership
    Focus is on the Tesla Cybertruck

    Oct. 10, 2021, (CleanTechnica), -The deal between Tesla and Samsung is almost complete for the production of the next-generation Tesla FSD chip, aka HW 4.0 (Hardware 4). A report from The Korea Economic Daily revealed insight into the provider of this integrated chip that Tesla

    Tesla is currently using its HW 3.0 supercomputer in all of its cars produced in the United States and China. Tesla unveiled the HW 3.0 FSD computer back in 2019 during the Autonomy Day presentation.

  • • The Solar Motorhome is Here
    Now You Can Move In
    and Move at the Same Time

    Oct. 8, 2021, (REUTERS), -A solar-powered motorhome, shaped like a huge elongated teardrop, silently rolled into Madrid on Friday as part of a month-long journey from the Netherlands to southern Spain to highlight more sustainable modes of transport.

    Engineering students at the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands created the blue and white vehicle, named Stella Vita - Latin for "star" and "life" - to inspire car makers and politicians to accelerate the transition toward green energy.

    The adrticle includes a short video.

  • • Z?m’s School Transportation Plans
    They’ll Add 10,000 EVs
    to School Transportation Fleet

    Oct. 8, 2021, (CleanTechnica)-Every day, 26 million children in America ride the bus to school, almost all of them powered by diesel engines. We all love our children and want them to well educated, but take little notice when they are enveloped in a cloud of diesel fumes and fine particulates as they ride back and forth to school.

    Ritu Narayan, co-founder of Z?m, has always believed there is a better way to transport young children. Her business began by finding new, more efficient ways to run what amounts to America’s largest public transportation system.

  • • Norway’s Deep Plunge Into EVs
    They Could Be 100% of New
    Car Sales Sooner Than You Thought

    Oct. 8, 2021, (CleanTechnica)-Years ago, Norway decided it wanted to encourage the sales of electric cars and boy howdy, did it ever! It made them exempt from the sales taxes that buyers of conventional cars pay, and added in a bunch of other incentives ranging from rebates to free parking in cities, an exemption from paying tolls on highways, free passage on the nation’s extensive network of ferries, and a big push to get EV chargers installed everywhere.

    The objective was to get to the point where EVs were the only new cars sold in Norway by 2025. According to the Norwegian Automobile Federation, based on the latest sales data from Norway’s Road Traffic Information Council, the last internal combustion engine vehicle is set to leave the dealership next April — 3 years ahead of schedule.

  • • Electric Trucks: Not All the News is Good
    They Curb Emissions and
    Also Cause Serious Accidents

    Oct. 7, 2021, (Bloomberg CityLab)-Electric vehicles recently received a massive boost in the U.S., with a promotional spin by President Joe Biden on the White House lawn, and a non-binding federal mandate to make half the vehicles sold in the U.S. electric by 2030. 

    A number of car companies have piled on with their own electrification goals, and are committing to make even some of their most carbon-intensive vehicles electric.

    And there’s the bad news…

  • • Germany Aims to Cut Flying's Carbon Footprint
    Synthetic Kerosene May be the Answer

    Oct. 4, 2021, (Washington Post), -German officials on Monday unveiled what they said is the world’s first commercial plant for making synthetic kerosene, touted as a climate-friendly fuel of the future.

    Aviation currently accounts for about 2.5% of worldwide emissions of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. While other forms of transportation are increasingly being electrified, the challenge to making large, battery-powered planes is formidable.

    Experts say e-fuels can help solve the problem by replacing fossil fuels without requiring major technical modifications to the aircraft.

  • • How Cities Are Rethinking Transit
    They’re Trying Cable Cars and Electric Ferries

    Oct. 3, 2021, (NY Times Climate Forward)-The roar of engines has long been part of the soundscape of a city.

    For a century, for billions of urban people worldwide, getting around has meant boarding a bus powered by diesel or an auto rickshaw that runs on gasoline, or among the affluent, a car.

    Today, a quiet transformation is underway. Berlin, Bogotá and several other cities are taking creative steps to cut gas and diesel from their public transit systems. They are doing so despite striking differences in geography, politics and economics that complicate the transformation.

  • • Hopium’s Luxury Hydrogen-Powered Sedan
    They Already Have 1,000 Pre-Orders

    Sep. 28, 2021, (Energy Central), -Premium hydrogen-powered vehicle manufacturer, Hopium M?china, has revealed it has reached the first 1,000 pre-orders of its new luxury hydrogen sedan.

    The hydrogen sedan Hopium Machina Alpha 0 has been produced in the Linas-Montlhéry test workshop and, following design and architecture phases and implementation of components within the vehicle, the vehicle has been evaluated and perfected.

  • • GM Doubles Down on Electric Vans
    Verizon is the first Customer

    Sep. 28, 2021, (Treehugger), - Brightdrop, set up by General Motors to make electric delivery and maintenance vehicles, said on September 28 that it is expanding its fleet to include a smaller van that can fit into a normal parking space—and that Verizon is its first customer.

    The first Brightdrop van, the light commercial EV600, was announced at CES last January by GM CEO Mary Barra. The van has a 250-mile range and, as the name implies, the ability to carry 600 cubic feet of cargo (with a payload of 2,200 pounds). It’s fast-charge capable at 120 kilowatts DC and can add 170 miles of range in an hour. The EV410, on a smaller 150-inch wheelbase, can carry 410 cubic feet.

  • • How Green Can We Make Air Travel and When?
    Small, Battery-Powered Planes are
    on the Way. But Zero-Emission
    Airliners are a Daunting Challenge.

    Sep. 28, 2021, (National Geographic),by Sam Howe Verhovek -A fact and a figure keep popping to mind as I talk with aviation experts about whether commercial flight can ever go green. The fact is this: Everything you can think of that’s spurring a green revolution on the ground will be of little help in the sky anytime soon. Solar panels, wind turbines, electric engines, high-storage batteries, hydrogen fuel cells, magnetic levitation—they are all, bluntly put, useless at present when it comes to the technological challenge of launching a few hundred people into the stratosphere and carrying them thousands of miles. Here’s the figure: More than 80 percent of humanity has never flown at all.

    How this fact and this figure relate to each other is the crux of the problem facing airlines and aircraft manufacturers as they take on the critical task of decarbonizing flight.

  • • Ford Will Build 4 Factories in a Big Electric Vehicle Push
    Ford and a Supplier Will Spend
    $11.4 Billion On 3 Battery Factories and
    a Truck Plant, Creating 11,000 Jobs

    Sep. 27, 2021, (NY Times Climate Forward)-Ford Motor significantly increased its commitment to electric cars and trucks on Monday by announcing that it would spend billions of dollars to build three battery factories and an electric truck plant in the United States, creating 11,000 jobs over the next four years.

    The company described the investment, which it said would enable it to produce more than one million electric vehicles a year in the second half of this decade, as the single largest in its 118-year history. All told, Ford and a South Korean supplier will spend $11.4 billion on the project.

  • • Germany Opens World's First Plant for Clean Jet Fuel
    But There's a Long Way to Go
    to Make Air Travel Eco-friendly

    Sep. 24, 2021, ( DW News)-On the day that the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced a commitment to reach "net zero" CO2 emissions by 2050, the nonprofit organization Atmosfair has opened the world's first plant to produce carbon-neutral jet fuel. 

    The group, which offers offsets for emissions from flights, announced Monday that its site in Emsland, in northern Germany, is expected to begin producing eight barrels (about 1 ton) of synthetic kerosene a day in early 2022. Atmosfair did not disclose how much the project cost or how it was funded.

  • • Why Electric Planes Will Be the Next Great Challenge
    French Startup Carbios Just Opened a Demonstration Plant

    Sep. 23, 2021, (National Geographic) -Aviation has completely changed our world. It services our need for transportation, shipping cargo, and just bringing those distant lands a little closer. But could it be time for aviation itself to change? Airplane emissions from jet fuel usage are projected to climb as more and more planes enter the sky. A future without planes seems unimaginable, so we need to rethink how they fly. This could usher in the next wave of aviation driven by electric power.

    Click now for the story and some videos.
  • • Ford is Adding 450 Jobs to Meet Demand for New Electric Truck
    Enter the Ford 150 Lightning

    Sep. 17, 2021, (POWERGRID International), -Ford Motor Co. plans to spend $250 million and add 450 jobs at three Michigan plants to meet demand for the new F-150 Lightning.

    Ford already has taken more than 150,000 reservations for the new electric version of its immensely popular F-150 pickup truck, Kumar Galhotra, Ford’s president of the Americas, said during a news event Thursday.

    “As the orders have been coming in, as the reservations have been coming in, it was just time for us to (increase) the capacity to meet that demand,” he said.

  • • Does Driving an Electric Vehicle Matter if the Grid Is Fossil Fueled?
    Whether or Not It's Better for
    the Climate Depends on Where You Live

    Sep. 16, 2021, (GIZMODO), -Driving an electric vehicle may seem like the ultimate signal that you’re doing your part to save the planet. But just the ability to plug in a car doesn’t automatically make it climate-friendly if that electricity comes from a dirty source.

    Figuring out how EVs actually stack up to gas-powered cars involves a heck of a lot of math and moving parts. There are nuances electric vehicle-curious folks should recognize before taking the plunge, from the materials used to make a car to the power source you’re plugging it into and how efficient your vehicle is at using that charge.

  • • Biden's Plan for Cleaner Jet Fuel
    But How Clean Would It Be?

    Sep. 13, 2021, (NY Times), -At first glance, it’s a big step forward in curbing climate change. In a deal announced Thursday, the Biden administration and the airline industry agreed to an ambitious goal of replacing all jet fuel with sustainable alternatives by 2050, a target meant to drive down flying’s environmental toll.

    As early as 2030, President Biden said, the United States will aim to produce three billion gallons of sustainable fuel — about 10% of current jet fuel use — from waste, plants and other organic matter, reducing aviation’s emissions of planet-warming gases by 20 percent and creating jobs.

  • • UK Legislation: All New Homes Must Have EV Chargepoints
    The Effect Will be to Reduce
    Sales of Fossil Fuel Vehicles

    Sep. 11, 2021, (CleanTechnica) -If pending UK legislation becomes law, all new home construction will include electric vehicle (EV) charging installations. New office buildings are part of the plan, too: they will need to provide charging infrastructure per every 5 parking spaces.

    Starting in 2022, the new law will accelerate the rate of installations, which would move the current 500 charging point installations per month up to 700.

  • • Hyundai's Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Vision
    Price Parity with BEVs by 2023

    Sep. 7, 2021, (Green Car Reports)-Hyundai early Monday announced that it plans to achieve a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle price point comparable to that of a battery electric vehicle by 2030.

    That was just one aspect of a grand Hydrogen Wave vision that includes new-generation fuel-cell hardware, plans to apply fuel-cell tech to all of its commercial-vehicle models by 2028, and an exhibition of a fuel-cell sports car co-developed with Rimac, an innovative e-Bogie concept for electrifying trucks, fuel-cell emergency and rescue vehicles, and the idea of bringing fuel-cell tech to “all types of mobility,” as well as homes, buildings, and other energy solutions.

  • • UK’s First Solar-Powered Park and Ride Launches in Leeds
    It Aims to Drastically Lower
    Commuting Costs, Improve Air Quality
    and Heavily Reduce Carbon Emissions

    Sep. 6, 2021, (Renewable Energy Magazine)-The £38.5 million public transport project will consist of solar panels and innovative battery storage system that will provide energy for the entire site. Zero-emission electric buses will take people into the heart of Leeds, every 10 minutes, along dedicated bus lanes with the journey taking only 15 minutes.

    Solar energy will also power 26 electric vehicle charging points. The site will provide secure cycle storage and 1,200 vehicle spaces, including dedicated disabled, family and motorcycle bays.

  • • The Juiced HyperScrambler 2 E-Bike
    Read the CleanTechnica Review

    Sep. 6, 2021, (CleanTechnica)-Juiced Bikes has been pushing the limits on what is possible with electric bikes for years now, but we’ve never seen anything like what they just sent us. The new HyperScrambler 2 takes the extremely capable HyperScrambler and turns everything up to 11.M

    The first thing you’ll notice right out of the gate is that it has two batteries packed into its motorcyclesque frame. These aren’t your average 14Ah battery packs, instead packing an insane 19.2Ahs into each battery for a combined 38.4 Ahs of battery capacity onto the bike. That translates to an estimated range of 100+ miles per charge. On a bike!

  • • NASA Begins Air Taxi Flight Testing with Joby
    It's an All Electric Takeoff and Landing Vehicle

    Sep. 5, 2021, (CleanTechnica)-NASA began flight testing Monday with Joby Aviation’s all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft as part of the agency’s Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) National Campaign. This testing runs through Friday, Sept.10, at Joby’s Electric Flight Base located near Big Sur, California. This is the first time NASA will test an eVTOL aircraft as part of the campaign. In the future, eVTOL aircraft could serve as air taxis for those in cities and surrounding areas around the country, adding another mode of transportation for moving people and goods.

  • • Two Shipping Companies Take Baby Steps Into Zero Emissions Future
    Maersk Moves Toward Bio-ethanol;
    Norwegian Container Ship Uses Batteries

    Aug. 27, 2021, (Treehugger) -When the Shady Ships Report called out 15 US retailers for their humungous shipping emissions, campaigners from Stand.earth demanded a shift to 100% zero emission shipping by 2030 at the latest. That felt like a pretty ambitious demand then, and it feels like a pretty ambitious demand now. But two recent news stories suggest that zero and/or lower emission shipping is going to be a growing priority in the years to come.

    First up, shipping giant Maersk—which has been touting its efficiency and renewables efforts for some time—made headlines by ordering eight new ships, each of which is capable of running on 100% bio-ethanol.

  • • Toyota Will Make Hydrogen Fuel-cell Modules
    That Will Begin in 2023

    Aug. 26, 2021, (Green Car Reports)- The fuel-cell stacks, in modular form, will be part of a kit that will essentially replace a traditional heavy-duty diesel engine in big Class 8 semi trucks. The system is capable of delivering up to 160 kw (214 hp) of continuous power.

    Although passenger vehicles aren’t mentioned here, hydrogen fuel-cell technology was part of the “shared aspiration” of automakers to achieve 40% battery electrics, fuel-cell vehicles, and plug-in hybrids by 2030.

    This is the first time such a fuel-cell setup has been built by Toyota outside of Japan, and the plant it's to be made in currently builds the Toyota Camry and Lexus ES—both offered as hybrids. With the discontinuation of the big Avalon sedan, fuel cells will essentially take its place.

  • • The Barriers Slowing EV Growth
    Can the Infrastructure
    Keep Up with the Demand?

    Aug. 26, 2021 (Energy Central),-Since Tesla gained popularity in 2013 following its Model S release, other vehicle manufacturers entered the electric vehicle (EV) market. The eco-consumerism movement increased the demand for emission-less cars, shrinking driver's carbon footprints. Now, after Biden established the national carbon-neutrality goal, the need for a sustainable transportation system is higher than ever.

    As the industry expands, researchers evaluate environmental roadblocks decreasing the sustainability of EVs. Though emission-less cars are substantially less degrading than fossil fuel-reliant versions, they still generate a carbon footprint. Before evaluating the potential solutions to ecological challenges, we must examine the barriers.

  • • Finding EV Charges While You Drive
    Electrify America Will Make That Happen

    Aug. 26, 2021, (Green Car Reports)-Electrify America is adding Apple CarPlay (ACP) and Android Auto (AA) support, the company announced Thursday in a press release. That should allow EV drivers to find charging stations much more easily on the go.

    ACP and AA support allows drivers to access the Electrify America app through a car's infotainment system. Previously, in some vehicles, drivers had to pull up the app separately on their devices, which involves pulling over and closing any apps already in use through ACP or AA.

  • • Ford- 150 Lightning Production Target Doubles
    Electric Truck Anticipation Builds

    Aug. 25, 2021, (Green Car Reports)-Ford may be poised to double its production target for the F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck in response to strong customer interest, Reuters reported Monday.

    The automaker is targeting annual production of 80,000 units in 2024, up from the initial target of 40,000 units, according to the report, which cites anonymous sources familiar with the matter.

  • • The First Hydrogen-Powered Helicopter
    Here is a First Glimpse

    Aug. 25, 2021 (H2 VIEW),-HyPoint and Piasecki Aircraft Corporation (PiAC) on Tuesday (August 24) shared the first glimpse of what their hydrogen-powered helicopter could look like – and the two firms say it could be in the skies by 2025.

    In what the two companies are calling the world’s first manned helicopter, the duo will utilize Hypoint’s existing technology to develop five 650kW hydrogen fuel cell systems that will boast twice the specific power of existing hydrogen fuel cell systems.

  • • Locomotives of the Future Will Run On Solar Power
    Solar Panels Could Help
    Spark a Solar Power Revolution
    in the Railroad Industry

    Aug. 24, 2021, (CleanTechnica)- The creators of the solar-powered locomotive of the future were aiming to set a Guinness record for speed last weekend, and that is more than just your ordinary attention-getting stunt. Demonstrating the functionality of PV panels on rail cars could help set the stage for solar power to knock diesel fuel out of the railroad business. No word yet on the official results, but solar is beginning to wiggle its way into a field dominated by fossil fuel.

    Bye-bye, diesel engines.

  • • Danish Fleet Decarbonization with New Vessel Order
    Green Methanol Will Power these Vessels

    Aug. 24, 2021 (REUTERS), Moller-Maersk said on Tuesday it had ordered eight vessels which are able to run on carbon-neutral methanol to accelerate the decarbonization of its fleet and meet increased customer demand for greener transportation.

    The Danish company has vowed to only order new vessels which can use carbon-neutral fuel as it seeks to deliver net-zero emissions by 2050. As vessels typically have a lifetime of 20-35 years, this means it must have a carbon-neutral fleet by 2030.

  • • Climate Change is an Infrastructure Problem
    This Map of Electric Vehicle
    Chargers Shows One Reason Why

    Aug. 23, 2021 (THE CONVERSATION), -Most of America’s 107,000 gas stations can fill several cars every five or 10 minutes at multiple pumps. Not so for electric vehicle chargers – at least not yet. Today the U.S. has around 43,000 public EV charging stations, with about 106,000 outlets. Each outlet can charge only one vehicle at a time, and even fast-charging outlets take an hour to provide 180-240 miles’ worth of charge; most take much longer.

    The existing network is acceptable for many purposes. But chargers are very unevenly distributed; almost a third of all outlets are in California. This makes EVs problematic for long trips, like the 550 miles of sparsely populated desert highway between Reno and Salt Lake City. “Range anxiety” about longer trips is one reason electric vehicles still make up fewer than 1% of U.S. passenger cars and trucks.

  • • 800V EVs Will Recharge in Half the Time
    Pumping Up the Voltage

    Aug. 19, 2021, (The Economist)-Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming commoner. Some 750,000 of them were sold in the first quarter of 2021 according to JATO Dynamics, a British consultancy.

    JATO reckons EVs now account for just over 4% of new-car sales, up from 2% in the same quarter last year. Yet many potential buyers still suffer from “range anxiety”, a wariness about having to interrupt a long journey while an EV’s battery is recharged. The good news is that the time required to do this is about to be slashed.

  • • Volvo to Build Steel Cars Without fossil fuels by 2026
    Swedish Company Ships First
    Batch Made Coal-Free

    Aug. 16, 2021 (The Guardian), -Volvo plans to build cars using steel made without fossil fuels by 2026, as part of a deal that could significantly reduce the carbon emissions from manufacturing its vehicles.

    The Swedish carmaker and compatriot steelmaker SSAB signed a letter of intent to commercialize technology that replaces coal with hydrogen in a crucial part of the process.

  • • Blue Hydrogen is Worse for Climate than Fossil Fuels
    Not All Hydrogen Fuel is the Same

    Aug. 14, 2021 (ZME Science), - Blue hydrogen, an energy source that involves obtaining hydrogen by using methane in natural gas, is usually described as a low-carbon option for generating electricity, powering vehicles, and even heating buildings. But researchers believe it may actually cause more harm to the climate than conventional fossil fuels.

    In a new study, a team from Stanford and Cornell universities found that the CO2 footprint of blue hydrogen is more than 20% greater than that generated by natural gas or coal and around 60% higher than burning diesel oil for heat. The finding comes at the time the Biden administration is funding a set of regional hydrogen hubs.

  • • Designing More Sustainable Electric Vehicle Motors
    Pitt Researchers Partner with Powder
    -met Inc.to Design More Sustainable
    Electric Machines for the DOE

    Aug. 14, 2021 (CleanTechnica) -The global market for electric vehicles (EVs) is expected to grow by more than 25% by 2030, with some politicians and manufacturers alike calling for a phase-out of gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035. The White House is even expected to ask automakers to commit to at least 40% of its new vehicle sales being electric by the year 2030.

    However, most electric motors for electric vehicles rely on permanent magnets made with rare-earth metals, which are — as the name implies — a limited resource. In addition to their rarity, extracting and processing these materials has severe environmental consequences, leaving behind a significant amount of toxic waste. And since China accounts for the vast majority of rare-earth production, price volatility is another concern.

  • • Hydrogen-Powered Vehicles: A Realistic Path to Clean Energy?
    It Depends Upon the Hydrogen Source

    Aug. 13, 2021 (AP News) -Each morning at a transit facility in Canton, Ohio, more than a dozen buses pull up to a fueling station before fanning out to their routes in this city south of Cleveland.

    The buses — made by El Dorado National and owned by the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority — look like any others. Yet collectively, they reflect the cutting edge of a technology that could play a key role in producing cleaner inter-city transportation. In place of pollution-belching diesel fuel, one-fourth of the agency’s buses run on hydrogen. They emit nothing but harmless water vapor.


  • • Betting Big on Sodium-ion Batteries
    World's Largest Battery
    Maker is Doing Just That

    Aug. 12, 2021 (greener ideal), -China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. (CATL) is the world’s uncontested leader in lithium-ion batteries, providing products to Tesla, Volkswagen, BMW, and just about every important name in the electric vehicle (EV) space.

    But despite its market position, CATL is looking towards the future. The trillion dollar company just unveiled a new sodium-ion battery that is significantly cheaper than lithium-ion power packs, which may perhaps alleviate supply chain pressure and accelerate the transition of road transportation away from dirty fossil fuel-powered cars.

  • • Electric Cargo Bikes: the Future of Urban Deliveries?
    Traffic Congestion Remains a Major Issue Across Many European Cities

    Aug. 12, 2021 (The Guardian), -However, the rise in delivery vans has brought about bad tidings through traffic congestion and carbon emissions. Vans are increasingly becoming the top CO2 emitters in the transport sector, accounting for 13% of emissions in the EU.

    The World Economic Forum projects that delivery vehicles will grow by more than a third by 2030; spelling doom for the already crowded city roads.

    The rising van traffic has prompted countries to seek viable alternatives that could significantly reduce emissions and traffic congestion. It is here where electric cargo bikes could prove the solution to these problems.

  • • Before You Buy that Electric Car
    3 Key Things to Consider:
    Range, Charging Stations and Insurance

    Aug. 11, 2021 (greener ideal), - Before you commit to buying an electric car purchase, you’ll need to think deeply about how charging your car will change your daily routine and habits. Depending on the resources available to you, you may even have a hard time getting a charge at all.

    For instance, a standard wall outlet will take longer to charge your car than a higher voltage one would. If you plan to install a charging station at your home, you may need to invest in a new wired outlet or wait hours for your vehicle to reach a full charge.

  • • The Only Union-Made EV In the U.S. Today
    And Tesla's Not It

    Aug. 10, 2021 (Green Car Reports) -Only one fully electric vehicle model family fits the U.S.-made and UAW labor requirements today: the Chevrolet Bolt EV and EUV. Those models are made at GM’s Orion Assembly in Lake Orion, Michigan, as this sticker above proudly proclaims on a 2022 Chevy Bolt EV.

    Tesla has not only built more electric vehicles in the U.S. than any other automaker, it’s also exported more EVs than any other automaker. However none of them have used UAW labor.

  • • Biden is in a Push to Phase Out Gas Cars
    Pollution Rules to be Tightened

    Aug. 5, 2021 (NY Times Climate Forward) -President Biden on Thursday announced a multistep strategy aimed at rapidly shifting Americans from gasoline-powered cars and trucks toward electric vehicles — a central part of his plan to reduce the pollution that is heating the planet.

    Mr. Biden is first restoring and slightly strengthening auto mileage standards to the levels that existed under President Barack Obama but were weakened during the Trump administration.

  • • DHL Express Is Buying Electric Cargo Planes
    The Company Will Buy 12 Electric
    Cargo Planes from Eviation
    For its US Delivery Operations

    Aug. 3, 2021 (CleanTechnica -DHL Express, the world’s leading express service provider, announced that it has agreed to purchase 12 Alice electric cargo planes from Eviation to create the first electric air freight network in the world.

    The 12 airplanes will be utilized in the company’s US operations. Eviation expects to deliver the zero emissions cargo aircraft to DHL Express in 2024 with the maiden flight scheduled to take place later this year.

  • • Italy’s EV Market More Than Quadrupled
    And This is Just In
    the First Half of 2021!

    Aug. 3, 2021 (CleanTechnica -The first six months of 2021 have marked a period of exceptional growth for electric mobility on a global scale. Europe is leading the charge, and Italy — the continent’s fourth largest auto market — is now on the verge of reaching double-digit market share for plug-in vehicles, following consistent monthly growth and quarter-end peak registrations.

    Click now for the story and a striking graph.
  • • Sustainable Aviation Fuel is a Greener Alternative
    Reducing Aviation Carbon Emissions

    Aug. 3, 2021 (Investor Ideas -The aviation sector is increasingly looking towards sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) as a greener alternative to reduce its emissions footprint, according to GlobalData. The leading data and analytics company notes that the advantages offered by SAF over conventional jet fuel, coupled with government and company initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, will significantly drive the adoption of SAF in coming years.

    Nachiket Kaware, Oil and Gas Analyst at GlobalData, comments: "SAF could be a game changer towards sustainable aviation. Demand for this renewable fuel, which is produced from various feedstocks ranging from municipal solid waste to used cooking oil and agriculture/forestry waste, is expected to grow substantially over the next few years as countries push more and more for industries to go green.

    Just look at the UK, which has already announced the 'Jet Zero' plan to reduce carbon emissions from transatlantic flights to zero by 2050. This plan includes funding a commercial-scale production facility in the country to deliver SAF to airlines. This could be the first of many such examples."

  • • The Cheapest Electric Vehicles in the US Today
    They are Incredible Efficient and Their
    Costs are Constantly Going Down

    July 28, 2021 (ZME Science) - Electric cars have a reputation for being more expensive than their traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) counterparts. But improvements in technology mean that the gap is closing every day — up to the point where many electric cars are cost-competitive with their petrol-based equivalents.

    There’s a considerable selection of affordable electric cars that provide all the benefits of an EV without really breaking the bank. Here’s our list of our favorite cheapest electric cars available in the US today — and you should be paying attention to cheap EVs.

  • • Targeting Benefits of Vehicle
    Electrification to Communities that Need it Most
    Zero Emission Zones

    July 28, 2021 (CleanTechnica) -Zero-emission vehicle technologies, like battery electric and fuel cell vehicles, are critical to reducing air pollution and climate-changing emissions from transportation. State and federal policies that require and incentivize zero emission vehicles sales are important tools to ensure that this transition away from fossil fuel combustion happens as rapidly as possible.

    The reduction in tailpipe pollution will help address harmful and inequitable air pollution exposure from on-road vehicles. And, there are tools that could be used to target these benefits to specific communities — communities that are disproportionately burdened by air pollution. One promising tool is the use of low- or zero-emission zones to prioritize the use of cleaner vehicles.

  • • U.K.: Motorway Cables to Power Lorries
    E-highway Study Given £2m to
    Draw Up Plans For Overhead Electric
    Cables on Motorway Near Scunthorpe

    Jul. 27, 2021, (The Guardian), -The government will fund the design of a scheme to install overhead electric cables to power electric lorries on a motorway near Scunthorpe, as part of a series of studies on how to decarbonize road freight.

    The electric road system – or e-highway – study, backed with £2m of funding, will draw up plans to install overhead cables on a 20km (12.4 miles) stretch of the M180 near Scunthorpe, in Lincolnshire. If the designs are accepted and building work is funded the trucks could be on the road by 2024.

  • • Toyota Led on Clean Cars - and Now?
    Hydrogen Fuel May Be Stopping Them

    July 25, 2021 (NY Times Climate Forward) -The Toyota Prius hybrid was a milestone in the history of clean cars, attracting millions of buyers worldwide who could do their part for the environment while saving money on gasoline.

    But in recent months, Toyota, one of the world’s largest automakers, has quietly become the industry’s strongest voice opposing an all-out transition to electric vehicles — which proponents say is critical to fighting climate change.

  • • 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.

  • • Is e-Mobility Going to Crash Over Lithium Shortages?
    Certain Raw Materials are Running Short, and the Biggest Challenge is Yet to Come

    July 22, 2021 (DW News) -The year 2020 wasn't just the year of the pandemic — it was also the year that e-mobility took off in earnest in Europe, with registrations of new plug-in electric vehicles soaring by 137%.

    Of the 20 different materials used to produce e-car batteries, lithium is considered the most pivotal because this unique light metal is a key component of high energy-density rechargeable batteries thanks to its electrochemical potential. It also can't be substituted with any other material.

  • • EV Chargers Coming to Stewart’s Shops
    Bali has Long Been Overrun with
    Tourism-Related Trash and Plastic

    July 20, 2021 (Stewart's Shops) -Stewart’s Shops broke ground on their first NYPA EVolve Electric Vehicle Fast Charging Station on July 1st in Schodack, New York. These chargers are powerful enough to provide a full charge to your electric vehicle in just 15 to 30 minutes. You can stop in and enjoy one of our fresh, hot and prepared meals and then be on your way with a fully charged battery.

    The DC (Direct Current) fast chargers have three kind of plugs to make sure you and your electric vehicle of choice can stop in and get a charge on the go.

  • • 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.

  • • A New Green Way to Power Lorries in Britain
    E-highway Study Given £2m
    to Draw Up Plans for Overhead Electric
    Cables on Motorway Near Scunthorpe

    July 27, 2021, (The Guardian)-The government will fund the design of a scheme to install overhead electric cables to power electric lorries on a motorway near Scunthorpe, as part of a series of studies on how to decarbonize road freight.

    The electric road system – or e-highway – study, backed with £2m of funding, will draw up plans to install overhead cables on a 20km (12.4 miles) stretch of the M180 near Scunthorpe, in Lincolnshire. If the designs are accepted and building work is funded the trucks could be on the road by 2024.

  • • 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.

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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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    Energy Source: Electro Magnetic Propulsion
    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.

    Hypoint Helicopter
    Source: Hydrogen
    HyPoint and Piasecki Aircraft Corporation (PiAC) on Tuesday (August 24) shared the first glimpse of what their hydrogen-powered helicopter could look like – and the two firms say it could be in the skies by 2025. In what the two companies are calling the world’s first manned helicopter, the duo will utilise Hypoint’s existing technology to develop five 650kW hydrogen fuel cell systems that will boast twice the specific power of existing hydrogen fuel cell systems.
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    Qinetiq Zephyr
    Source: Solar
    Airbus Defence and Space has successfully completed a new test flight campaign for its Zephyr High Altitude Platform Station (HAPS) in Arizona, U.S.A. The 2020 flight campaign succeeded despite global slowdowns due to the Covid19 pandemic. It focused on aircraft agility, control and operations to build upon previous campaigns, which have already proven the day and night stratospheric persistence of the unmanned aerial system (UAS) essential in military and commercial markets.
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    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 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
    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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    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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    MDI AirPod One
    Source: Compressed Air
    Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM) was poised to produce the first compressed air-powered car for sale in the United States by mid-2019. Production in Europe was scheduled for the first quarter 2019, for US buyers estimate delivery, for those who paid their deposits is 2nd half 2019.
    The AIRPod vehicle, developed by MDI (www.mdi.lu), is the solution to urban pollution and urban mobility. With its small size, a tiny price, zero pollution, and a fun and futuristic design, AIRPod marks a turning point in the range of urban vehicles. It is a real breath of fresh air in cities and the prelude to travel without pollution.
    Zero Pollution Motors, LLC hoped to launch the urban car of the future, but stuff happens.
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    Stella Vita Motor Home
    Source: Solar Enrgy
    A new electric solar car project with a living extension and expandable solar panels is giving us a glimpse into what the future might hold for RV/van life.
    Solar Team Eindhoven, a group of engineering students from the Technical University of Eindhoven (Netherlands), is probably the most famous team that has competed in the World Solar Challenge, a competition to create super-efficient solar cars.
    The people behind Lightyear came up from that team, and now they are trying to use the knowledge acquired through the creation of the original Stella and Stella Lux solar cars to bring to market a road-legal solar car.
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    Opener Blackfly
    Source: Electricity
    We spend too much time confined to a two-dimensional network of concrete and asphalt. The dream of futurists has always been a flying vehicle capable of efficiently moving passengers from A to B.
    Opener is realizing this dream in a safe, easy-to-operate, electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle: BlackFly.
    Opener's BlackFly heralds a new era of aviation. Time and money spent traveling and maintaining infrastructure will be reduced. People will go places they never thought possible.
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    Lagonda SUV by Aston Martin
    Energy Source: Electric
    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 Cobra

    Carroll 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


    Tesla Roadster
    Electric Only: Up to speed: 0-60 im 3.7 seconds. Tailpipe emissions: 0.
    Miles per charge: 345. Charging? No problem. Watch the video.
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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.

    Joby Flying Taxi
    > Source: Electricity
    Joby is developing an all-electric, zero-emissions vertical aircraft which it is aiming to deploy as an air taxi service by 2023 at the earliest. The Santa Cruz, California-based company last month agreed to take over Uber Technologies Inc's (UBER.N) flying taxi unit Elevate. Uber took a stake in Joby as part of the deal.
    LightYear One
    > Source: Solar
    Lightyear, a Dutch company that focuses its activities on the mobility of tomorrow, has just unveiled a surprising prototype. The Lightyear One is a 100% electric car that has a wide range of 710 kilometers while having a small battery of 60 kWh. How is it possible ? It’s very simple, the Lightyear One is covered with solar panels.
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