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Sales of EVs continue to shatter records and show sustainable growth of the industry!
Buying An Electric Car: Why Charging Rate, DC Quick-Charging Matter, October 14, 2015, Green Car Reports
This article defines the terminology used to describe battery powered electric vehicles (EVs), and provides tips on what to look for when purchasing a clean energy vehicle.
Electric buses could save cities millions per year, October 8, 2015, Charged EVs Magazine
A study by the Volvo Group and KPMG has found that by replacing 400 diesel powered buses with electric buses, a city with a population of 500,000 could save $12 million annually. The use of electric buses would also lower health care costs because of reduced air pollution.
Makai Builds Ocean Thermal-Energy Demo Plant in Hawaii, August 21, 2015, Bloomberg Business
An ocean thermal-energy demonstration plant has been constructed in Makai, Hawaii to demonstrate the potential for generating electricity using the varying temperatures and depth of the ocean to drive a turbine and produce a steady amount of electricity. The plant generates enough electricity to power 120 homes, and the power production can be adjusted with demand.
First U.S.-Mexico cross border wind farm completed, August 20, 2015, San Antonio Business Journal
The first cross-border wind farm is located in the city of Tecate located in Baja California. The $300 million wind farm has 47 wind turbines and will provide enough electricity to power 70,832 homes in San Diego County, California.
Amazing New Process Treats Wastewater, Captures Carbon and Makes Renewable Energy, August 18, 2015, Alternet
University of Colorado, Boulder engineers have developed a wastewater treatment method, called Microbial Electrolytic Carbon Capture (MECC), that creates renewable energy and absorbs C02 from the air and water using an electromechanical process to make purified waste water.
England to test charge-as-you-drive ‘electric motorways’, August 12, 2015, BBC News
As part of the agency’s long-term plan to recharge low emission vehicles on the move, Highways England will test the use of wireless power transfer technology that would enable electric vehicles (EVs) to be charged while driving. This test would be on a private road before a trial will be conducted on a public road. Highways England also plans to install plug-in charging stations at 20 mile intervals along its highway system.
Officials hope 1st US offshore wind farm will boost industry, July 27, 2015, The Associated Press
A five turbine wind farm is now under construction off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island. The wind farm is expected to provide enough power for 17,000 homes by the end of 2016. Following this project, a second Rhode Island wind farm, with 200 turbines, will be built near Martha’s Vineyard.
Seattle Tries All-Electric Buses with Backing from Warren Buffet, July 23, 2015, Bloomberg Business
95% of Seattle, Washington’s electricity comes from renewables. The city is now testing the use of two all-electric buses made by Proterra Inc. Similar trials have already been done in Texas and Massachusetts demonstrating the benefits of hybrid or all-electric buses for public transportation. Bus routes and charging cycles can be planned in advance, and technological advances have lowered the cost of batteries, maintenance and lifetime fuel.
Nissan expands free charging for Leaf electric cars, July 7, 2015, USA Today
Nissan’s “No Charge to Charge” program is now available in Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, Fresno, Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, Denver, Portland, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. Nissa is expected to add 17 more cities to their “No CHarge to Charge” program which lets Nissan Leaf owners recharge their vehicle batteries to 80% in about 30 minutes for free.
Japan is building solar energy plants on abandoned golf courses – and the idea is spreading, July 6, 2015, Quartz
Japan plans to double its renewable energy sources by 2030. To achieve this goal, Japan is now converting abandoned golf courses into solar power plants. Each new power plant is expected to produce enough electricity to power up to 30,500 homes. The U.S. has already begun similar projects in several states, including New York and Minnesota.
South Korean plan turns ordinary 220V outlets into charging stations, July 3, 2015, Charged Electric Vehicles Magazine
The City of Seoul, South Korea recently announced a plan to install 100,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations using portable chargers that plug into standard 220V outlets and cost less than $1,000. Two South Korean companies, Powercube and Kodi, currently manufacture the 3.3 kW mobile chargers.
German Wind-to-Hydrogen Plant Takes Car-Fuel Battle to Tesla, July 2, 2015, Bloomberg Business
Linde AG, the world’s largest industrial gas supplier, has opened a plant that converts water into gas using wind power. Linde AG is working with several international companies on H2 Mobility, the German hydrogen initiative, to develop carbon-free hydrogen, manufacture hydrogen powered vehicles, and install 400 hydrogen refueling stations by 2023.
New Efforts Address Electric Vehicle Affordability, July 2, 2015, Forbes Magazine
The United States and the European Commission are taking steps to lower the upfront cost of electric vehicles (EVs), especially plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). California residents in the San Joaquin Valley Air Quality Pollution Control District and the South Coast Air Quality Management District can take advantage of incentives of up to $9,500 for the purchase of a PEV. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is working with Edison Electric to reduce the operational cost of EVs. The European Commission is currently conducting three research projects, called 3Car, which focus on reducing the costs of electronic components.
Study: You’re Really Paying More than $6 Per Gallon for That Gas, March 5, 2015, Forbes Magazine
A study published in the journal of Climatic Change found the true cost of gas is more than $6 per gallon due to pollutants released into the atmosphere when fossil fuels are burned, affecting environmental and public health. The study was conducted by Drew Shindell, a Professor of Climate Science at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University.
Portland Now Generates Electricity From Turbines Installed In City Water Pipes, February 24, 2015, Good Magazine
The City of Portland has partnered with Lucid Energy to generate clean energy by replacing a portion of the existing water supply network with pipes containing 42-inch turbines. As water flows through the pipes the turbines power attached generators that feed the electricity into the city’s electrical grid.
Study: Host-Owned Rooftop Solar Improves a Home’s Resale Value, January 16, 2015, GreenTech Media Solar
A study by the Lawrence National Laboratory finds that rooftop solar panels or PV (photovoltaics) owned by the homeowner can add up to $4 per watt generated, or approximately $15,000 to the value of the average home.
A Solar System Is Installed in America Every 2.5 Minutes, January 12, 2015, GreenTech Media Solar
New data shows a solar system installation was completed every two and a half minutes in the United States last year.
Are electric cars greener? Depends on where you live, November 16, 2014, Los Angeles Times
The generation of electricity to power an electric vehicle determines whether it is the environmentally friendly choice.
Which States Have The Most Efficient Cars and Homes? Study Ranks Them, October 9, 2014, Green Car Reports
WalletHub has released a report that ranks the states with the most energy efficient cars and homes. View the complete report here.
SolarCity launches loan program for homeowners, October 8, 2014, The Sacramento Bee
California-based SolarCity has launched a loan program, MyPower, that provides homeowners with a 30-year loan for the purchase and installation of rooftop solar panels. The duration of the loan repayment period is based on how much electricity is generated by the solar panels.
Dakota Access Seeking Public Input on Proposed Pipeline, October 7, 2014, Keloland TV
Energy Transfer Partners has proposed a $3.7 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline that would transport oil 1,100 miles from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa to Illinois.
Solar Roads Being Implemented in the U.S., September 29, 2014, ConstructionEquipmentGuide.com
The Oregon Department of Transportation (DOT) partnered with Portland General Electric in 2008 to build the first solar highway project in the Americas. In 2012, they opened their second solar station, which is ten times the size of the first, and plans for a third station are still in the works. These stations were built without the use of state funds.
New Formula Could Cut Pollution from Concrete, September 26, 2014, Scientific American
Concrete is a major contributor to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and research by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) suggests that using a different formula could strengthen the material and reduce its carbon footprint.
New California Law Cuts Solar-Permitting Red Tape, September 23, 2014, Green Tech Media
California Governor Jerry Brown has just signed a new law that streamlines the process for permitting and inspection of small residential solar energy systems which is expected to save up to $1,000 for installation of a 5-kilowatt system.
Global Rise Reported in 2013 Greenhouse Gas Emissions, September 21, 2014, The New York Times
Scientists report global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased 2.3% in 2013, slightly higher than the 10-year average annual increase of 2.5%. The U.S. increase was 2.9%. If GHG emissions continue to increase at current rates, the world’s temperature could increase by up to 10 degrees Fahrenheit.
Brown signs several clean-air vehicle bills, The Sacramento Bee, September 17, 2014, ecomento.com
The California Fuel Cell Partnership released a report detailing the locations of approximately 50 hydrogen fuel cell recharging stations that will be operational in California by 2016. Hydrogen fuel cell cars can travel long distances with zero emissions, and only take about five minutes to refuel. By the end of 2015 there will be five ‘early adopter clusters’ in Berkeley, Irvine, San Francisco South Bay, Santa Monica/West Los Angeles, and Torrance. A link to the full list of stations can be found here.
Chicago orders 20 electric garbage trucks, September 16, 2014, Charged, Electric Vehicles Magazine
The City of Chicago has ordered twenty electric garbage trucks from Motiv Power Systems. Each truck has ten battery packs that provide a range of 60 miles, plus a three-phase on-board charger to deliver a full charge in eight hours. The electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) is designed to enable minimal changes between fossil fuel and battery power. Motiv is also set to provide four ePCS-powered electric school buses to Kings Canyon School District in California.
Transport for London tests wireless charging with diesel hybrid buses, September 8, 2014, Charged, Electric Vehicles Magazine
Transport for London (TfL) will test wireless charging technology on four diesel hybrid double-decker buses.
Californians Propel Plug-In Car Sales with 40% of Market, September 8, 2014, Bloomberg News
California continues to lead the way in clean emissions vehicles. Over the last four years 250,000 hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles have been sold throughout the U.S. and 102,440 of those vehicles were sold in California.
GM to become first automaker to roll out “connected” vehicles, September 8, 2014, Michigan Radio, news for Michigan, part of the NPR digital network
GM will offer vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and driver-assist options in their vehicles starting with the 2017 Cadillac CTS. The V2V and driver-assist (or Super Cruise) technologies enable cars to communicate with other cars and roadside centers to help avoid collisions and reduce traffic jams.
Work begins on $1 billion solar power plant near Primm, September 5, 2014, Las Vegas Sun
Construction of a $1 billion solar power station in the Mojave Desert has begun. This renewable power source is expected to be completed in 2016 and will provide enough electricity to power 80,000 California homes.
Adomani EV school bus approved for use in California, August 20, 2014, AutoBlogGreen.com
Adomani has converted a 2007 Blue Bird All American school bus from diesel to electric and the California Highway Patrol has approved it for use in the Gilroy Unified School District (GUSD).
US automakers firmly on track to meet EPA fuel-economy goals, August 7, 2014, Charged, Electric Vehicles Magazine
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard requires automakers to produce vehicles that reach an average of 35.5 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2016 and 54.5 mpg by 2025. As of June, the average fuel usage was 25.5 mpg due to new technologies and efficiencies being developed faster than projected.
The Narrative That Residential PACE is ‘Dead’ is Now Pretty Much Dead Itself, August 6, 2014, GreenTech Media
California’s Financing Initiative for Renewable and Solar Technology (FIRST) is a property assessed clean energy (PACE) program that provides assistance for homeowners retrofitting their homes to be more energy efficient. This program provides loans that are repaid through property taxes that increase by a set rate over about 20 years. CaliforniaFIRST is currently available in 140 cities, and 31 states have passed legislation supporting PACE programs.
Students Build an Electric Car with Better Range Than a Tesla, August 4, 2014, Autopia
A group of Australian university students built an electric vehicle, called the Sunswift eVe, that set a new world record for fastest average speed of more than 60 mph over 500 kilometers (310 miles) on a single battery charge. The previous record was held by the Tesla Model S with the fastest average speed of 45 mph.
California program to demonstrate electric school buses with V2G technology, July 29, 2014, Charged, Electric Vehicles Magazine
Six electric school buses will be operated in three California school districts to show the benefits of using V2G (vehicle-to-grid) technology, which include zero-emissions, and lowered maintenance and fuel costs.
Communications platform would link electric cars, utilities, July 29, 2014, SFGate.com
Eight automakers are participating in an alliance with the Electric Power Research Institute, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and 14 other utility companies to develop one communications platform for electric vehicles to communicate with community grids. The alliance will begin testing a basic version of the communications system in California.
UC Davis launches website to compare driving costs of electric vehicles, July 29, 2014, The Sacramento Bee
The University of California, Davis launched a new website “Electric Vehicle Explorer” as a resource for consumers to determine which electric vehicle might best suit their needs.
New study: V2G-equipped buses could save school district millions, July 6, 2014, Charged, Electric Vehicles Magazine
A new study analyzed the cost benefits of using a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capable school bus in comparison to a traditional diesel school bus. The study concluded that an electric school bus could save a school district roughly $230,000 over the bus’s estimated 14-year life span.
Study: Electric Vehicle sales spiked by 500 percent in last two years, June 25, 2014, Triangle Business Journal
“In the last two years, annual sales of electric vehicles have increased by 500 percent, and a recent report shows that there are more than 1,600 electric plug-in vehicles on North Carolina’s roads.” The study was released by Environment North Carolina and it has nothing but good news for the future of EVs in the state and the benefits they’ll provide for the environment. Read on for more details!
Study Finds that Electric Cars are Putting the Brakes on Pollution, June 24, 2014, Oakland Tribune
A new report has confirmed the benefit that EVs have had on reducing green house gas and other pollutants. Sales of EVs have increased by 500% mainly because of mandates at the state level that set EV adoption goals. If every state had such a program, there could be 13 million EVs on the road which would save 2 billion gallons of gasoline a year!
Massachusetts Pushing to Expand Use of Electric Cars in State, June 18, 2014, Boston Herald
This article takes a look at the rebates and other incentives that Massachusetts will now offer owners of EVs. This is the first program like this the state has adopted and it will be interesting to see the impact it has in the future adoption of EVs in the state.
Grid-connected Electric Buses Could Displace Diesels, May 29, 2014, IEEE Spectrum
The University of Delaware spearheads a continuing study on the health, environmental and economic benefits of using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology. The study primarily focused on use of V2G with the Mini Cooper and Honda electric vehicles (EVs), and now they are studying the use of V2G in school buses. V2G technology allows the vehicle to be used for storage of energy that can be returned to the community power grid when the vehicle is not in use.
Climate Change is Here, Action Needed Now says New White House Report, May 7, 2014, CNN
The third National Climate Assessment Report was released in early May 2014 by the White House and it’s findings are troubling to say the least. The United States can expect more serve droughts, storms, and in general worsening climate degradation. The results should urge more cooperation and awareness of the issue in this country and hopefully meaningful change can be made. The full report can be accessed here.
The Problem of Finding Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Just got Sunnier, May 1, 2014, The Atlantic Cities
Learn about the obstacles facing the integration of EV charging stations into existing infrastructure and a new concept that could solve them-solar powered charge stations.
What Running Out of Power in a Tesla on the Side of a Highway Taught Me About the Road Trip of Tomorrow, April 29, 2014, CityLab – From The Atlantic
Here is a humorous look at what it’s like to road trip in a Tesla Model S.
Watch this Solar Powered Plane Take Flight!
Solar Power ‘Up and Coming,’ EIA Says, April 24, 2014, UPI
Solar power now makes up more than 1 percent of total US grid capacity according to a new report released by the Energy Information Agency (EIA). This is a 418 percent increase from 2010!
The Forever Battery, April 24, 2014, The Atlantic
Article takes an in-depth look at a battery being developed in Silicon Valley, California. When finished the battery will be able to store enough energy to take a whole neighborhood off the grid!
As Nuclear Power Dies, Solar Rises, April 22, 2014, CNN
Happy Earth Day!! This article takes a look at how much solar power has grown and the ways in which it is replacing nuclear has the energy source of the future.
The 20 Best Cities in for Solar Power in America,April 17, 2014, The Huffington Post
Takes a look at the US cities that are the most advanced when it comes to solar power. Includes great quotes from former Vice-President Al Gore about solar power and how it will revolutionize the future of energy.
How to Generate Solar Power Where the Sun Don’t Shine, April 16, 2014, Time Magazine
Provides a glimpse at emerging technologies to generate and capture solar power when there is no direct sunlight.
Meet the Pilots Behind the Sun-Powered Plane that Can ‘Fly Forever’, April 15, 2014, CNN
Article provides in-depth look at the pilots of Solar Impulse 2 and what has driven them to be involved in the project. The plane is the sequel to the one featured in We’ve Got the Power!
Electric Vehicles Spark Growing Interest, March 17, 2014, The Wall Street Journal
Article examines the efforts of the South Korean government to promote the sale of EVs and also the way the market is reacting to it. Indication that popularity of EVs is continuing to grow worldwide!
EV Everywhere: 10 ways communities can pave the ways for PEVs, February 18, 2014, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
Ten great ways that anyone can help accelerate the transition to EVs!
Shiny and New: World’s largest solar plant opens in California, February 14, 2014, NPR
Largest thermal solar plant in the world opened in California, it has the ability to power 140,000 residential homes!
Better batteries are key to climate change: Kemp, February 11, 2014, Reuters
In depth article takes a look at one of the greatest barriers to renewable energies worldwide: battery size and storage. Finding a better way to store energy will unlock huge potential not only in EV adoption but in all realms of clean energy.
China to extend subsidies on Electric Cars, February 8, 2014, Reuters
In a reversal of its previous position, the Chinese government has decided to continue its EV subsidies past 2015 when they are currently set to expire. Widely seen as an acknowledgement that EV adoption is crucial to stem the growing air pollution in China.
Payback is a switch: Business case for EV charging, February 6, 2014, CNBC
Here is a look at the benefits one company reaped from installing EV charge-stations for its patrons and employees.
With Planning, electric vehicle ownership is accessible to apartment dwellers, February 4, 2014, PluginCars.com
This article provides a look at a different facet of charging-station availability: what to do if you live in an apartment building. Reviews the main obstacles and strategies for how to deal with them. With the growing EV market, charge-station availability will only become more important!
Electric-vehicle production worldwide forecast to surge 67% in 2014, February 4, 2014, The Los Angeles Times
More good news for the EV market in 2014, huge growth expected, click on the link to learn why!
Georgia 4th in electric vehicle adoption, January 30, 2014, Atlanta Business Journal
May come as a surprise to some but Georgia is right after California, Washington, and Hawaii in terms of EV sales and adoption. Article provides a look at the incentives that Georgia offers and how the rest of the states stack up.
California offers electric car subsidies for low-income families, January 2014, CleanTechnica.com
The California Air Resources Board has launched a new program to make EVs more affordable to low income families by offering them rebates on EV purchases. This is an important step to ensure EVs permeate the market at all levels.
Tesla completes L.A.-to-New York electric Model S drive chargers, January 26, 2014, Bloomberg
Now possible to drive across the country in Tesla Model S! EV charging network continues to grow and as car sales continue hopefully the infrastructure needed will continue to keep up. More details on this story available here.
Plug-In electric car sales in Canada in 2013: Up 50 percent, January 15, 2014, Green Car Reports
EV market continues to grow! Canada is no exception.
US DOT Announces availability of $24.9 M to put more zero-emission buses into service across America, January 9, 2014, Federal Transit Administration
The Federal Transit Administration announced in early January 2014 that it was making more funds available for transit agencies across the country to purchase green energy buses.
EVs could explode to more than 35 M worldwide, January 8, 2014, Fierce Smart Grid
According to 2013 data and current market trends it is predicted that during 2014 the global EV industry will grow by 86 percent with more than 345,000 new vehicles sold.