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Inner city electric buses to be developed in Sichuan province

Electric vehicle technology developer Balqon Corporation and Chinese vehicle manufacturer Sichuan Automobile Industry Co., Ltd. have signed a joint development agreement for inner city electric buses. Under the terms of the agreement, Balqon’s proprietary electronic drive system will be purchased and integrated into a 22-foot bus chassis. “With the recent introduction of electric taxis in Sichuan Province, we have...

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London mayor promotes green transport with $1.49 billion investment in cycling

London Mayor, Boris Johnson, intends to create a “crossrail for the bike” as part of his plans to invest nearly £1 billion ($1.49 billion) in London cycling. “The reason I am spending almost £1 billion on this is my belief that helping cycling will not just help cyclists. It will create better places for everyone. It means less traffic, more trees, more places to sit and eat a sandwich,” said Mayor Johnson. “It means more seats...

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Grenoble to start urban E.V. car-sharing project by 2014

A zero-emission ultra-compact urban electric vehicle car-sharing project will be in place in Grenoble, France by the end of 2014. The multinational automaker Toyota Motor Corporation, together with the city of Grenoble, the agglomeration community Grenoble-Alpes Métropole, car-sharing service operator Cité lib and energy provider Électricité de France, are collaborating on the project. It will see around 70 ultra-compact...

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First mass produced fuel cell vehicle rolls off Hyundai assembly line

Korea’s Hyundai Motor Company is now the first automaker to begin mass production of fuel cell vehicles. The first ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle rolled off the assembly line at the Hyundai Motor Company’s Plant No. 5 in Ulsan, South Korea on Tuesday (February 26). “The ix35 Fuel Cell is the most eco-friendly vehicle in the auto industry and proves that hydrogen fuel cell technology in daily driving is no longer a dream,” said Hyundai...

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Estonia adopts world’s first nationwide E.V. charging network

Estonia is now the world’s first country to adopt a nationwide fast-charging network for electric vehicles. Officially launched on Wednesday, the network of 165 web-connected direct current fast chargers stretches across the country’s major roads with installations in urban areas with over 5,000 people as well, making for the highest concentration of DC chargers in Europe. Along highways, these chargers keep a minimum distance of 40...

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South Korea develops wireless power transfer technology for transport systems

The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and the Korea Railroad Research Institute have teamed up for a wireless power transfer technology that can be used in high capacity transportation systems. The new technology can supply 60 kilohertz and 180 kilowatt hours of power remotely at a constant rate to railways, harbor freight, and airport transportation and logistics, according to a Phy.org report. This was ...

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Philippine Senate approves bill on green vehicles

The Philippines is making the shift to more sustainable transportation with the Senate’s approval on third and final reading of a bill that seeks to provide incentives to manufacturers and importers of alternative fuel vehicles. The enactment of Senate Bill No. 2856 or the Alternative Fuel Vehicles Incentives Act into law will lead to an era of cheaper, cleaner cars that will help reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels,...

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Ford, Renault-Nissan and Daimler partner to boost fuel cell vehicle technology

Ford, Renault-Nissan and Daimler AG have teamed up to accelerate the commercialization of zero-emission fuel cell electric vehicles. Under a three-way agreement, the automakers aim to launch the “world’s first affordable, mass-market fuel cell electric vehicles” by 2017. They plan to come up with a common fuel cell stack and fuel cell system that each company can use to power their own fuel cell electric vehicles. “Working...

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How to be Eco-Friendly and Stylish

With the price of gasoline continuing to rise, now is the best time for car buyers to take advantage of General Motors’ 25 percent discount on the new Chevy Volt. Most dealerships should provide all the details of their in-stock Volts, complete with videos and enough photos for a consumer to know exactly what they want before arriving at the Tucson dealership. Mind on the Eco, And Eco on the Mind. The eco-friendly...

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2013 Nissan Leaf to be produced on the U.S.

The latest model of the all-electric Nissan Leaf begins production in the United States this year. By assembling the 2013 model year Leaf at its manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tennessee, Nissan is taking a step toward its goal to manufacture 85 percent of its U.S. sales volume in North America. The company believes that, by manufacturing vehicles for the U.S. market in the U.S. and increasing local content, they will...

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