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Four Major Cities Move To Ban Diesel Vehicles By 2025

The leaders of four major global cities say they will stop the use of all diesel-powered cars and trucks by the middle of the next decade… The mayors of Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens say they are implementing the ban to improve air quality… They say they will give incentives for alternative vehicle use […]

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Electric Cars Could Save Big Bucks

A bold commitment by California and nine other states to achieve a huge shift toward electric cars and other nonpolluting vehicles would, if successful, slash annual health and climate change costs by $21 billion and prevent 2,246 premature deaths each year by 2050, a new report has found.
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In pictures: The amazing journey of Solar Impluse 2 – The Express Tribune

A solar-powered aircraft successfully completed the first fuel-free flight around the world on Tuesday, returning to Abu Dhabi after an epic 16-month voyage that demonstrated the potential of renewable energy.
via In pictures: The amazing journey of Solar Impluse 2 – The Express Tribune.

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Better deliveries to urban crowds

The Guardian reports:
“I call it the rolling deckchair,” says Johan Erlandsson as his six-wheeled cargo bike, the Velove Armadillo, glides down the cobbled pedestrian streets of central Gothenburg. Stretching 14ft long but only 34 inches wide, the sleek machine is crafted from red-coated aluminium with a pedal-assisted electric drive and a trailer that is low […]

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Electric Police Cars? Seattle Uses Nissan Leafs For Traffic Enforcement

They may not have the most intimidating presence, but electric cars can play an important role in law enforcement.
Police vehicles spend a lot of time idling or negotiating traffic, particularly in urban areas.
With adequate charging infrastructure, electric cars can be perfectly suited to certain tasks, while radically reducing the emissions of a city’s fleet.
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Jobs Are Getting Further From People; That Means More Driving

For the first time since the postwar suburban boom started 65 years ago, it appears U.S. residents may be starting to drive less.
Analysts have noted a stagnation in annual vehicle-miles traveled, and a mix of changing behavior patterns and environmental concerns have led to rising use of alternative forms of transportation.
Renewed interest in mass transit […]

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Top 10 Cities For Electric Cars: San Francisco Leads, But It’s Not All California

After more than four years of modern electric-car sales, it’s clear that some areas are more favorable for plug-ins than others.
Whether it’s local incentives, available charging infrastructure, or just a cultural climate more attuned to green-car ownership, some parts of the U.S. have embraced electric cars more than others.
So what’s the best place in the […]

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The First Solar-Powered Flight Around The World Just Took Off

On Monday in Abu Dhabi, two Swiss pilots set off in a solar-powered airplane in an attempt to circumnavigate the world — a first-of-its-kind, 22,000-mile endeavor that is scheduled to come full circle in five months.
The pilots, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, will take turns flying the Solar Impulse-2, which, with its one-person cockpit and […]

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Some Electric-Car Public Charging Stations Get Used, Others Don’t: Why?

Nearly five years ago, as a tidal wave of charging stations were rapidly planned for some West Coast regions, in support of a new wave of all-electric and plug-in vehicles, the question may have become, ‘Where can the stations be installed?’—when it shouldn’t have budged from, ‘Where should they be installed?’
And therein lies one significant […]

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Elon Musk Is Right: Hydrogen Is ‘An Incredibly Dumb’ Car Fuel

Cars that use hydrogen as fuel have been in the news a lot recently.
Last month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk explained at length why hydrogen fuel cell cars “are extremely silly” and why “hydrogen is an incredibly dumb” alternative fuel.
Musk also said, “there’s no need for us to have this debate. I’ve said my peace on […]

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CA Electric Utility Applies To Build 25,000 Electric-Car Charging Stations

California already leads the nation in electric-car adoption, and that momentum will likely increase if a new infrastructure plan is approved.
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)–one of the state’s biggest electric utilities–recently submitted a proposal to the Public Utilities Commission asking for permission to build 25,000 new charging stations for plug-in vehicles in its Northern California […]

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EU To Toughen Emission Testing, Replicate ‘Real-World’ Driving

Europe is set to adopt tougher emissions standards intended to produce results closer to what cars achieve in real-world driving.
And despite strong efforts by carmakers to delay or dilute the proposed new testing rules, they are expected to take effect in 2017.
Recently OKed by European Commission vice president Frans Timmermans, the “real world” emissions tests […]

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Would Stressing Personal Risk Of Air Pollution Sell More Electric Cars?

When it comes to electric cars, buyers are often interested in two types of green.
The lower environmental impact of a zero-emission vehicle, and the potential to save cash by eliminating gasoline use are both typically factors that motivate the purchase of an electric car, to varying degrees in different individuals.
It’s also generally assumed that–for the […]

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New Lightweight Steel Could Improve Cars’ Fuel Efficiency

The price of petrol may have fallen, but car makers are still keen to improve fuel efficiency. Building vehicles with lighter materials is one approach: trimming a car’s weight by one-tenth can boost fuel economy by 6–8%. But steel remains the preferred construction material for cars—other metals are costlier and harder to work with. The […]

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Could Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Crack The Texas Tesla Sales Ban?

Tesla can’t sell its electric cars directly to customers in Texas, but CEO Elon Musk still has ambitious plans for the state.
As he often does, Musk dropped a bombshell on Twitter last week, announcing that he plans to build a test track for his “Hyperloop” transportation concept in the Lone Star State.
However, some Tesla-watchers suggest […]

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Energy Department Announces $55 Million In Grants For Fuel-Efficient Car Research

The future of fuel-efficient cars looks a little brighter after a round of grants announced this week by the Department of Energy.
Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced Thursday that the Department of Energy will be providing $55 million to universities, research laboratories, and companies to find new ways for vehicles — both plug-in electric and […]

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BMW i3 Electric Car To Appear In Super Bowl TV Ad

Advertising is crucial for automakers trying to explain the benefits of electric cars to an often-skeptical public. So what better forum than the advertising mecca that is the Super Bowl?
While teams battle for the National Football League championship during Super Bowl XLIX, BMW will try to catch customers’ attention with an ad for its i3 […]

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Meet The New Chevy ‘Bolt’: An Electric Car For The Masses

Watch out Tesla, General Motors has you in its crosshairs. On Monday, Chevrolet, a division of GM, revealed plans to launch the $30,000 Bolt, a car that the company intends to directly compete with Tesla’s forthcoming third vehicle, the Model III, which will have a similar price tag and a similar range of slightly over […]

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High-Speed Rail Is a Waste of Time and Money

Construction work began in California on Tuesday for the nation’s first truly high-speed rail project, which will eventually connect San Francisco and Los Angeles. The promised travel time between the two cities is just three hours with top speeds up to 220 mph. (The current trip by Amtrak is 12 to 15 hours, not counting […]

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Jordan Wants To Boost Electric-Car Adoption; Solar Charging To Come

Jordan may soon join the list of countries that heavily promote electric cars.
Located between Israel and Saudi Arabia, Jordan isn’t generally thought of in connection with electric cars, but its government hopes to change that with a combination of incentives and infrastructure buildup.
The country will waive import tariffs in electric cars–which would normally double their […]

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