Green Transportation News(In the last 6 months)

  • • 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.

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  • • 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.

    Click now to read the story
    and view the 12-minute video.

  • • 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.

  • • 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.

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  • • 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.

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  • • 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.

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  • • 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.

  • • Norway is Selling More EVs Than Conventional Ones
    This Small European Country
    is Leading the EV Revolution

    Jan. 6, 2021(ZME Science),-Norway has become the first country in the world to sell more electric vehicles (EV) than petrol, hybrid, and diesel engines, figures from 2020 show. The achievement is part of a long-term government scheme to lead the EV revolution, giving tax breaks and financial incentives to encourage the purchase of more sustainable vehicles.

    Electric vehicles accounted for 54.3% of new car sales in 2020, up from 42% in 2019, according to figures published by the Norwegian Road Federation (OFV). Meanwhile, vehicles with diesel-only engines have fallen from a peak of 75.7% of the Norwegian vehicle market in 2011 to just 8.6% last year.

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  • • Madrid Kissing Diesels Goodbye by 2023
    Madrid Goes Green!

    (CleanTechnica),by Jo Borrás Jan. 5, 2021, -As I type this, there are some 390 diesel-powered buses roaming the storied streets of Madrid, but they represent the end of an era. That’s because the Spanish city’s City Council has placed fresh orders for 520 electric and natural gas (CNC) powered buses, committing itself to mothball its remaining diesel fleet by 2023.

    The move away from diesel is part of the city’s comprehensive Madrid360 plan to promote green and sustainable procurement habits. The project integrates a multidisciplinary team of engineers, sociologists, scientists and jurists, who have worked together with the contracting authorities of the City Council and other stakeholders to develop guidelines for government purchasing that put the continued health of the citizens of Madrid — and the environment they live in! — ahead of short-term cost savings. So far, the holistic, “360 degree” approach seems to be making real progress.

  • • Scotland: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Trains For Zero Emission Railway
    They Hope to Have It By 2035

    (CleanTechnica), Jan 1, 2021, - Scotland set a 2035 decarbonization goal for its passenger rail system last summer, and they sure have their work cut out for them. Squeezing diesel locomotives out of the picture is not as easy as it may seem. Electrification has been the weapon of choice, and now they’re moving in for the kill with new hydrogen fuel cell trains. Wait, what happened to electrification?

    Funny you should ask. Nothing happened to electrification. It just depends, that’s all.

    Installing new electric infrastructure on previously un-electrified routes can run into cost and engineering obstacles, which cuts off that option for some railways. Trains can also be electrified with on-board batteries, like any other electric vehicle. However, battery packs for locomotives and other heavy-duty uses can take forever to charge, leading to conflicts with scheduling and fleet availability in some cases.

  • • Know When to Charge Your EV
    This Could Boost Emissions Reductions

    (ENN Network), Dec 30, 2020, -Transportation-related emissions are increasing globally. Currently, light-duty vehicles — namely passenger cars, such as sedans, SUVs, or minivans — contribute about 20 percent of the net greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. But studies have shown that switching out your conventional gas-guzzling car for a vehicle powered by electricity can make a significant dent in reducing these emissions.

  • • Get That Chevy Bolt for Under $20,000
    Five Will Be Available in 2021

    (CleanTechnica), Dec. 27, 2020 -There are many new electric vehicles coming out in 2021, which is great for all us EV enthusiasts because we’ll have more options to consider for purchasing and more new EV content to consume. This new EV interest surge may also draw more attention to all electric vehicles, including the ones on the used market even though this market may not be nearly as exciting or intriguing.

    Not all vehicle owners can afford a new EV, because of their relatively high sticker prices. Note this cost can be somewhat misleading to many who are new to EVs, because in some cases total cost of ownership over five to ten years might be less than the cost of a new internal combustion vehicle — but a price that’s too high is still a price that’s too high.

    Used EVs don’t get much press or any, but there are some interesting deals out there right now. And those EVs also benefit from very low operational costs.

  • • EV Trucks Face Roadblocks in Transportation Sector Modernization
    Not That Easy to Get it Done

    (Renewable Energy World), Dec. 18, 2020 -With most major car manufacturers releasing electrical vehicle (EV) models, along with newcomers such as Tesla and NIO securing billions of dollars in investments, there remains no doubt that the EV revolution is upon us. The electrification of our transportation sector comes as good news to renewable energy advocates, environmentalists, and electric car enthusiasts. Implementing mass change across the automotive industry, however, does come with its own set of challenges such as sourcing raw materials for car batteries, safety of autonomous vehicles, electrical grid capacity, and EV charging infrastructure to name a few.

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  • • Getting a Charge Out of Green Funding
    Ct. Green Bank and EV Charging
    Companies Together For Future Funding

    (POWERGRID International), Dec. 10, 2020 - Connecticut Green Bank and its partners are proud to announce a collaboration that is the first joinable, grouped carbon offset credit project registered under the new methodology for electric vehicle (EV) charging systems. The project design has been successfully validated under Verra’s internationally recognized Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Program by third-party verification firm, SCS Global Services.

    CT Green Bank’s expanding roster of project partners, which currently includes EV pioneers Volta, U-Go Stations which was recently acquired by Blink Charging, Proterra, and the Ev Structure Company – with Dominion Energy joining – already have 725 EV charging stations across the United States enrolled with the project. With registered carbon credits, this validated project, once verified in mid-2021, is expected to bring in new funding from the carbon capital markets, which will increase the value proposition and accelerate the deployment of EV charging infrastructure in communities across the U.S.

  • • A Solar Batmobile
    3-Wheel Solar-Powered
    EV Could Have 1,000 Mile Range

    (ZME Science), Dec. 9, 2020 -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.

    Electric vehicles have been bashed by skeptics for a number of reasons since they rose to prominence in the past decade. Two arguments usually come to mind. One is their limited range compared to a conventional petrol car on a full tank of gas, the other is environmental, with many critics highlighting the irony of buying a car to “go green” while charging using electricity from a coal-powered plant.

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  • • Japan Banning Sales of New Gasoline Cars by 2030
    Part of the Country's Plan
    to be Carbon Neutral by 2050

    (ZME Science), Dec. 4, 2020 -Japan will soon join the growing list of countries set to ban sales of new gasoline-engine cars. The new policy, which should be announced as soon as next week, would ban sales by the mid-2030s, encouraging instead the use of electric or hybrid cars across the country to lower the country’s carbon emissions.

    Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga wants to accelerate the decarbonization of the automobile industry as part of the country’s climate goals. Japan has already committed to being carbon neutral by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, but questions remain on how it will accomplish this.

    The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry will hold a meeting next week with automakers representatives to discuss the details of the policy to reduce the use of gasoline vehicles. Electric and hybrid cars currently account for about 29% of the country’s 5.2 million new registration.

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  • • An e-Bike Ambulance Can Save Lives
    Here's How

    (CleanTechnica), Nov. 29, 2020 -At first glance, the idea of an e-bike ambulance sounds absurd. Where would the patient go? How does this get an injured or dying person from wherever they are too much needed hospital care? In cities, congestion is a major issue for ambulances, often causing long delays before EMS personnel can get to the patient. By sending somebody ahead who can cut through congestion, care can begin much faster, greatly upping their chances of survival.

    To make this possible, Wunderman Thompson and Ecox teamed up to build custom e-bikes in Paris. With a lot of insulated onboard storage space, there’s room for critical medical supplies that can be used to stabilize a patient while waiting for the full ambulance to arrive. According to the video, the bike can often arrive at the patient’s address twice as fast as the ambulance, and in the event of major traffic problems or disasters, many times faster.

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  • • Largest Train Station In Asia Gets Solar Roof
    Solar's Got You Covered

    (CleanTechnica), Nov. 28, 2020 -The Xiongan Railway Station is a new train station in China that is the largest in Asia, covering 680,000 square meters. It’s 2020, so, naturally, the train station is covered in solar panels — 6 megawatts (MW) worth of them.

    The large rooftop solar system is expected to create 5.8 gigawatt-hours of electricity a year for the train station.

    Mibet Energy provided the rooftop solar power system, including a steel tracking system. This seems to extend beyond the company’s normal work, as it is primarily a rack and tracker supplier. “This project has tested our overall ability, including sales, design, technical support, teamwork, manufacturing, logistics control, and etc.,” Leo Lin, the domestic sales director of Mibet Energy, said.”Mibet has been proved capable to meet requirements of customers in such a complex environment.”

  • • Fiat 500 3+1 EV Gets a Fresh Redesign
    To Attract Customers Who Want
    a Smart, Sustainable Ride

    (INHABITAT), Nov. 26, 2020 -The Fiat 500 3+1 electric car is designed to attract customers who want a smart, sustainable ride that blends style and functionality. The addition of a third door is practical, and the car features the same Fiat 500 aesthetic. Best of all, the electric vehicle capabilities are a big win for the planet.

    For the interior, Fiat chose a warm and soft color pallet on the interior textiles to emphasize a stronger bond with nature. Eco-friendly and recyclable materials are featured as well. Seats are made from a combination of vegan leather and Seaqual fiber derived from recycled plastic, some of which was collected from the ocean. Additionally, chrome replacement paints and mats are made of recycled fibers, and components of the dashboard are made of wood.

    Click now for the story and slideshow.
  • • Who Needs Planes When Trains Can Go 1k MPH?
    At That Speed, It
    Would Go From Paris to Moscow
    in Under Three Hours

    (ZME Science), Nov. 13, 2020 -What if you could reach airplane speed in a train? It sounds far fetched, but it’s exactly the concept that Korea Railroad Research Institute (KRRI) is working on, and it seems to be going well. The institute has just announced a working proof-of-size model that can reach a whopping 620 mph (or 1000 km/h).

    The official plans started in 2017. “We hope to create an ultra-fast train, which will travel inside a state-of-the-art low-pressure tube at lightning speeds, in the not-too-distant future,” a KRRI official said at the time. The goal was to create a train system capable of reaching speeds double those of magnetic levitation (maglev) trains, which can currently travel at around 500km/h. Now, the first results have been announced.

  • • Philippines: Obstacles On the road to E-mobility
    Manilla is a Particularly Polluted City

    (Deutsche Welle), Nov. 12, 2020, -Pollution has long plagued the Manila. E-mobility could help reduce traffic and improve air quality. But e-vehicles are expensive and a rare sight on the city's streets. manufacturers such as Tojo?Motors rely on?foreign funding and know-how.

    Click now for a six-minute video.
  • • Top ‘Green’ Models for 2021
    The Journal's Editors' Picks

    (Green Car Journal), Nov. 10, 2020 -Widely recognized as the most important environmental awards in the automotive field, the Green Car Awards recognize 30 of the best-and-brightest ‘green’ models of the year and 6 stand-out vehicles driving away with Green Car Journal’s 2021 Green Car Awards.

    Green Car Journal’s Green Car Awards, the annual awards program honoring the year’s most standout new ‘green’ models, was presented at the Virtual Greenbuild Conference + Expo in November this year. The 2021 virtual awards program was an innovation during an unusual year, amid the postponement and cancellation of international auto shows where the Green Car Awards typically take place.

  • • Volvo Trucks: Battery Electric, Hydrogen Fuel Cell by 2025
    Volvo Has the Full Line In Mind

    (CleanTechnica), Nov. 9, 2020 -Last week, Volvo Trucks announced that its full range of heavy duty trucks and haulers would be available with battery-electric drive trains as early as next year. The move is seen as a massive step towards eliminating fossil-fuel use throughout Europe, and a realization of Volvo’s commitment to be a fully “climate-neutral” company by 2040.

    They are currently running real-world tests of battery-electric FH, FM, and FMX model heavy duty trucks and semis, as well as the more familiar (to US eyes, anyway) Mack-branded versions of these trucks. And, keep in mind, these are big trucks. Some have a gross combination vehicle weight rating of over 40 tons, and would feature a driving range of nearly 200 miles between charges.

  • • The Kandi Electric - For Under $8,000 (With California Incentive)
    At Last: An EV
    Practically Everyone Can Afford

    (Green Car Reports)), Nov. 4, 2020 -Kandi America announced Tuesday that the lowest-priced of its two small, Chinese-made electric cars has been EPA certified and cleared for California roads, and the company is preparing to start deliveries in the state.

    Considering both the federal EV tax credit and Kandi’s eligibility for the state’s $2,000 incentive, the K27 has an effective cost of just $7,999, the company reported.

    In September, The Company updated its website to include estimated EPA-cycle numbers, with an expected 59-mile range from the 17.7-kwh battery pack. It lists a seven-hour charge time on 240V AC (Level 2). The K27 isn't for everyone, though. While it appears to be certified as a full-fledged passenger car, it can only reach 63 mph.

  • • Ford Will Build Affordable Electric Cars
    Trying to Stay Ahead
    of Its Expensive Competitors

    (CleanTechnica), Nov. 3, 2020 -In an obvious swipe at General Motors, whose first battery electric vehicle to feature its Ultium batteries will be a $112,000 Hummer, Ford’s latest CEO, Jim Farley, told analysts yesterday on a conference call the electric vehicles coming from his company will be cars ordinary people can buy.

    “We are not going after the $100,000-plus market. These are affordable vehicles,” he said.

    When will they go on sale? That is a matter of intense speculation. The first all electric car from Ford will be the Mustang Mach-E, an SUV about the size of their Edge. That car is expected to find its way into the hands of private owners before the end of this year. With a starting price of $43,995, it will cost less than a Tesla Model Y, although the current Model Y has dual motors while the entry level Mach-E will have one. The Mach-E is expected to have a range of 300 miles while the Model Y can travel about 22 miles further without recharging. Fully optioned versions of the Mach-E are expected to sell for around $65,000.

  • • World's Largest Wind Powered Vessel Has Sailed
    It Can Effortlessly Transport
    7,000 Cars Across the Oceans

    (Luxury Launches), Oct. 23, 2020 -The only way to progress sometimes is by delving into the past. That’s exactly what Wallenius Marine,a shipbuilding company out of Sweden, is doing with Oceanbird taking cues from aviation and the old-fashioned way of seafaring. Call it an outsized sailboat, but this could be the way to move ahead in a sustainability-driven world.

    This futuristic transatlantic car carrier holds 7,000 vehicles; the 650 foot-long vessel is a similar size to conventional car carriers, but it will look radically different with five wing sails that stand 80 meters high, replacing traditional fabric sails. Oceanbird will be the world’s largest wind-powered vessel, promising an average speed of 10 knots, making it capable of traveling across the ocean with a total journey time of 12 days which when compared to a carrier powered by fossil fuel takes only four days long and emits 90 percent less CO2 in the journey.

    This is a groundbreaking step towards bettering the environment as maritime freight transport counts for 10 percent of trade in the whole world.

    Click now the story and photo.
  • • GM Is Rolling Out an Electric Hummer
    Battery-powered Trucks
    Head to Showrooms

    (POWERGRID International), Oct. 21, 2020 -Seven auto companies have plans to roll out new battery-powered pickup trucks over the next two years, aiming to cash in on a popular and lucrative market for expensive vehicles.

    General Motors is among them, and on Tuesday its GMC brand introduced a new electric Hummer pickup, with a high-end version due in showrooms sometime in the fall of next year.

    The Hummer will be joined by crosstown rival Ford’s electric F-150, Tesla’s Cybertruck and pickups from four startup companies. All intend to start producing them between June of next year and the end of 2022.

    Prices announced thus far show they range from roughly $40,000 for a base Cybertruck to a loaded off-road Hummer “Edition 1” that will start at more than $112,000.

  • • Electric Cars Not Perfect, But Still Best For the Environment
    One Myth That Just
    Needs to Go Away, Scientists Say.

    (ZME Science), Oct. 19, 2020 -Pick a region of the globe — any region. There’s a 95% chance electric cars in that area will be greener than petrol cars, even if the electricity comes from fossil fuels. In some areas, the difference is already huge.

    The sale of electric cars is taking off in the world. Places like Scandinavia, China, California, or Japan are leading the way, but the rest of the world is also catching up. It’s a bumpy road, however, and misleading myths aren’t helping.

    A particularly pervasive myth is that electric cars aren’t really that eco-friendly, that they produce more emissions than regular old cars. But while electric cars have their own environmental concerns (especially in regards to the elements in their batteries), when it comes to emissions at least, electric cars are almost always better. A study recently published in Nature clearly shows it.

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  • • 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 ( 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.

  • • 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, 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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Alternative-Fuel Vehicles

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AC Cobra GO:LDiOn H18 Bus Sono Motors SION
ACAL H Fuel Cell Engine H2 Fuel Cell Solar Light Train
Aptera Three-Wheel Solar Hydro Powered Tram Tesla Model S
BMW Hurricaine Hydroloop Tesla Semi Electric Truck
Chevy Bolt Lagonda SUV Toyota Miral
CityQ EBike Hundai Kona VoltAero Cassio
The Elf Kia Niro PHEV Volkswagen ID.3
EXO ONE Solectrack Electtic Tractors Zoox Robotaxi

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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


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


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.
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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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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 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

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 icon
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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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