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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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China’s EV market lags in global race – report

China’s electric vehicle industry is moving more slowly compared with other major auto markets as sales significantly drop and market share remains small, according to a report by global management consultancy McKinsey & Company. During the second quarter, the country sold 235 EV’s, a 31 percent plunge from the 343 units sold from January to March. This is the sharpest decline among other EV markets, according to the company’s Global Electric Vehicle Index.

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Better Place official shares updates and trends on EV markets

The recent years have seen remarkable activity in the global electric vehicle industry. For the past three to five years ago, the EV market has gone through a normal “hype circle,” Joe Paluska, vice president for communications at venture-backed American-Israeli company Better Place tells EcoSeed. “Everyone sees EV’s are coming,” Mr. Paluska says. And while the expectations began rising years ago, the market is very much alive and electric cars...

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