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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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India unveils national electric vehicle plan

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has unveiled a national electric vehicle plan to boost consumer adoption and domestic production of electric and hybrid electric vehicles across the country. The National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020 lays the vision, sets the target and provides the roadmap for achieving significant penetration of efficient and environmentally-friendly electric vehicles technologies in India by 2020...

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Electric locomotive gets a boost in battery power – Penn State

The first all-electric, battery-powered locomotive in the United States is looking at a boost in performance after researchers from Penn State devised a new way to decrease sulfation damage in its rechargeable batteries. The researchers were able to increase battery cell capacity by 41 percent and overall battery capacity by 30 percent. The Norfolk Southern 999 of the Norfolk Southern Corporation is a prototype 1,500 horsepower...

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Annual E.V. sales to reach 3.8 million globally by 2020 - report

Annual sales of electric vehicles globally will reach 3.8 million by 2020, forecasts market research and consulting firm Pike Research. The hybrid E.V. market is expected achieve a compound annual growth rate of six percent, while the plug-in E.V. market’s CAGR will reach 39 percent between 2012 and 2020. Overall, the E.V. market will increase by about two percent per year. “Sales of E.V.s have not lived up to automakers’ expectations and politicians’ proclamations,...

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British Airways commits to buying biofuel from GreenSky London project

British Airways will buy over $500 million worth of aviation biofuels for ten years from the low-carbon jet fuel production project GreenSky London. The British Airways’s agreement represents the largest advanced biofuel commitment made by an airline and is part of its drive to lower its carbon emissions. “Our GreenSky London project will provide clean, sustainable fuels at market competitive prices that...

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China unlikely to meet ambitious E.V. production and sales goals

China has ambitions plan for their electric vehicle industry, aiming to hit a production and sales mark of 5 million units by the end of the decade. By supporting the electric and hybrid vehicle sector, China hopes to bring in investments as well as ease their oil consumption and pollution levels by 2020, according to plans of the State Council. The governments want manufacturers to have an annual production...

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G.E. and Ford in 2,000-hybrid car partnership

Two American industry giants – Ford Motor Company and General Electric – are joining forces to push for alternative fuel vehicle adoption. G.E. will be purchasing 2,000 Ford C-Max Energi plug-in hybrids for its fleet. The industrial conglomerate aims to convert half of its global fleet, around 25,000 vehicles, to alternative fuel vehicles under its Ecomagination program. The addition of the plug-in hybrids...

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Pressure to develop more sustainable transportation sector growing in Asia

There is a growing need for Asia to scale up its development of a sustainable transport system in order to resolve pressing road problems, such as congestion and pollution, with their resulting economic impacts, an Asian Development Bank transport forum observed. Booming cities and rising incomes are said to be fueling a dramatic surge in vehicle fleets across the region. In 1980, only one out of 10 motorized vehicles in the world was found in Asia...

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BYD, Greentomatocars deploy EV minicabs in London

Chinese car manufacturer BYD and British minicab service provider Greentomatocars are teaming up to bring all-electric minicabs to the streets of London. The all-electric minicab fleet will be the first of its kind in the British capital. BYD will supply Greentomatocars with an initial 50 units of its pure electric E6 for trial use. The E6 is a five-seater crossover vehicle that BYD designed with the private hire market in mind...

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