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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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Aerovironment, P.N.N.L. work on grid-friendly E.V. charger

A partnership between technology provider AeroVironment, Inc. and the United States Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory aims to bring grid-friendly plug-in electric vehicle solutions to grid operators and drivers. Under the terms of a commercial license agreement, AeroVironment will use a portion of licensed P.N.N. L. technology in a new prototype version of its Level II charging...

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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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