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EVs and PVs, a match made for each other

Interest in electric cars and vehicles, often called E.V.s is growing as is interest in solar and photovoltaics (P.V.s) for homeowners, and at least two recent studies show that an owner of one is more likely to become an owner of the other. After all, people who are interested in reducing the use of fossil fuels in their home or in their car are likely to look at other means of reducing their use of fossil...

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Hong Kong launches its first electric taxi fleet

The first all-electric taxi fleet in Hong Kong has been officially launched following a ceremony held at the Hong Kong Science Park on May 16. China’s BYD Company Limited is helping Hong Kong to electrify public transport system, announcing in March that the company would be providing the city with its BYD e6 electric cross-over sedans to be used as taxis (see related story). BYD closely collaborated with...

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Coda Automotive files bankruptcy

American electric vehicles manufacturer Coda Automotive has filed bankruptcy. Its parent company, Coda Holdings, Inc. has announced that it is focusing its business strategy on the energy storage market and will implement the restructuring of the business through a voluntary filing under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. “After concluding a comprehensive review of our strategic options, the Board...

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BYD opens manufacturing facility in U.S., fields more electric buses in Europe

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for China’s BYD with the technology company announcing several key developments in both its automotive and battery technology businesses. BYD specializes in battery technologies but has branched out into other environmentally-friendly technologies such as electric vehicles, solar panels and L.E.D. lighting systems. It has developed a high storage Iron Phosphate battery that it uses in...

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Geely, Detroit Electric to bring E.V. to China’s roads by 2014

China-based global car manufacturer, the Geely Automobile Group, is teaming up with electric vehicle manufacturer, Detroit Electric Inc., to develop pure electric vehicles and electric drive systems for the Chinese market. The two companies will put out their first model of pure electric vehicles – the EC7-EV - under Geely’s Emgrand brand starting in 2014. The Geely’s Emgrand EC7 model will be the base...

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E.V. market passed 100,000 sales mark in 2012

Global electric vehicle passenger car market grew more than twofold between 2011 and 2012, surpassing the 100,000 sales mark last year, found the first Global E.V. Outlook report. Released by the Electric Vehicles Initiative, a multi-government policy forum aimed at accelerating the introduction and adoption of electric vehicles worldwide, the report showed that world E.V. stock now has over 180,000 vehicles...

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Seeing America’s natural wonders with sustainable transport

America’s National Parks have always provided a way for people to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but getting to these parks requires people to take various modes of transportation and the emissions from vehicles can have a negative effect not just on the park’s environment but to the global environment. In order to reduce air pollution and lower fuel costs, the National Park Service...

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Tesla Model S named World Green Car of the Year

The all-electric Tesla Model S has been hailed as the 2013 World Green Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show. The Model S won over the all-electric Renault Zoe and the Volvo V60 plug-in hybrid who were tough contenders for the prestigious award. Three finalists emerged from an initial entry list of 21 new vehicles worldwide. “The success of Model S is a critical step towards the widespread adoption of...

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BYD fielding electric taxis in Hong Kong, buses in Bogota

BYD Company Ltd. is participating in an initiative that could bring down Hong Kong’s vehicle emissions by nearly 56 percent. By introducing e6 pure electric taxis in the region starting this May, BYD will help Hong Kong electrify their public transport system which mostly consists of diesel buses and LPG taxis. “Hong Kong has been dedicated to promoting green transport for quite some time – electrifying public transportation will not...

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Fuel economy saw notable growth in the U.S. in 2012 – E.P.A.

A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency finds that vehicles across the United States made major improvements in efficiency, bringing down oil consumption and reducing carbon emissions. According to the report, between 2007 and 2012, fuel economy values grew by 16 percent while carbon emissions fell by 13 percent. Similarly, a significant one year increase of 1.4 miles per gallon for...

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