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Renault-Nissan Alliance sees 100,000th E.V. on road

A Nissan Leaf is the 100,000th zero-emission car sold by the Renault-Nissan Alliance. With the delivery of this 100,000th car – to an American graduate student in Atlanta, Georgia - the Renault-Nissan Alliance has now sold more zero-emission vehicles than all other major automakers combined. The Alliance, established in March of 1999, is a strategic partnership between the French Renault and Japanese Nissan that jointly...

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Honda to release new hybrid with highest fuel economy in Japan

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. will be releasing an all-new hybrid vehicle that has a fuel economy of 36.4 kilometers per liter – the highest fuel economy among all hybrid models in Japan. The new hybrid vehicle, which is scheduled to be introduced and to go on sale in Japan this September, is the Fit Hybrid. It will be the first model to be equipped with the Sport Hybrid Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive, a lightweight and compact one-motor...

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Quebec evaluating BYD electric bus

The capital city of Quebec in Canada has put its first all-electric bus in action. BYD Company Ltd. has provided its electric bus for a program in Quebec being coordinated by AVT or the Société de gestion et d'acquisition de véhicules de transport, an association of nine transit corporations in Qeubec. AVT was formed to evaluate advanced, zero-emissions public transit technologies for the city. The bus will be put...

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BYD providing buses for largest electrical fleet in Europe

China’s BYD Company, Ltd. will be supplying its vehicles to Europe’s largest, zero emissions, all-electric bus fleets. A fleet of 35 pure-electric BYD buses will be used to transfer passengers to and from airport terminals and aircraft at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Starting July of 2014, the BYD electric buses will replace an ageing fleet of conventionally powered buses. “Winning this contract was...

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Ford to improve hybrid fuel economy following increase of sales

Ford plans to improve the on-road fuel economy of its hybrid vehicles, following the quadrupling of their electrified vehicle sales in the United States. Electrified vehicles use electrical systems for propulsion, these include pure electric vehicles and hybrids which use a mix of electricity and conventional fuels. Currently, Ford’s share of U.S. electrified vehicle market grew from a modest 4...

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Network of E.V. chargers to span Dutch highways

More than 200 electric vehicle fast-charging stations will make up a nationwide network that will span the Dutch highways. The Netherlands is looking to have the world’s largest nationwide network of E.V. chargers, with one available within 50 kilometers of all of the country’s 16.7 million inhabitants. Dutch start-up Fastned conceived the plan to have an E.V. charging network along Dutch highways in 2011. The...

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Toyota Motor Corporation to spend $7 billion on hybrid R&D

Toyota Motor Corporation expects to spend $7 billion on hybrid research and development, following high sales of their gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle Prius. Since the development and launch of their first-generation Prius hybrid in 1997, Toyota has positioned hybrid technology as their core model for the development of various types of environment-friendly vehicles and has placed emphasis on the development and...

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Volvo noiseless electric buses to hit streets of Gothenburg in 2015

The Volvo Group has announced plans for a new line of electric buses that promise not just emission-less driving but noiseless driving as well. In cooperation with the Swedish Energy Agency, the city of Gothenburg, Västtrafik, Lindholmen Science Park and Johanneberg Science Park, the Volvo group will be bringing these buses to the streets of Gothenburg by 2015. “This represents an entirely new mode of travel...

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The sound of silence is rolling into your town

Susan Jones, founder of Xenon Motor Company and an electronic vehicle enthusiast, shares with EcoSeed her experiences as part of an attempt to traverse the United States on her electric scooter. Less than 30 days and counting until I hit the road on my 100% electric scooter for the 2013 Ride The Future event. I will be joined by a group of electric vehicles aiming to set the Guinness Record for...

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United Airlines to use biofuel in L.A. flights by 2014

By 2014, United Airlines will be using sustainable aviation biofuel on their flights departing from LAX. United has executed a definitive purchase agreement with AltAir Fuels to buy 15 million gallons of lower-carbon, renewable jet fuel over a three-year period, with the option to purchase more. AltAir expects to begin delivering five million gallons of renewable jet fuel per year to United starting 2014. "This...

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