Europe officially has more than one million electric cars

August 28, 2018 by  
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More than a million electric cars can now be seen on the streets of Europe, thanks in part to a sales surge in the first half of 2018. Europe has reached this benchmark more quickly than the United States, which is on track to meet it later this year. Europe and the U.S. have trailed behind China, which reached one million electric vehicle sales in 2017; however, Europe’s achievement is no small feat. Related: The number of electric vehicles on the streets could triple in two years Europe saw 195,000 electric cars sold during the first half of this year, a 42 percent increase from last year. This figure includes electric cars sold in the European Union as well as in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and Norway, the latter of which continues to lead the way, with the highest number of electric vehicles sold. Related: World’s fastest electric car charger offers 120-miles of range in 8 minutes Industry analyst EV-Volumes  estimates that European sales of electric vehicles will reach 1.35 million by the end of the year. The figure includes both fully electric vehicles as well as hybrid plug-in models that switch to conventional engines after their short-distance battery runs out of power. Industry leaders are optimistic about the outlook for environmentally friendly cars, despite plug-in hybrids only accounting for 2% of market share. Viktor Irle, market analyst at EV-Volumes, commented, “a stock of one million electric vehicles is an important milestone on the road to electrification and meeting emission targets but it is of course not enough.” One thing, though, is certain – Europe definitely has the drive to achieve fossil-fuel-free roads. Via The Guardian    

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Inside automakers’ Jekyll-and-Hyde approach to emissions rules

April 3, 2018 by  
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The auto industry is embracing electrification like never before. Why is it also looking to relax crucial fuel efficiency standards?

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Can the healthcare sector match big tech in going 100 percent renewable?

April 3, 2018 by  
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Hospital, heal thyself.

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In praise of ExxonMobil’s reporting transparency

April 3, 2018 by  
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What if the largest U.S. oil company published an annual report that integrated sustainability and financial metrics?

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Climate action depends on cities and companies

April 3, 2018 by  
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Presidents and prime ministers have limited policy control over national carbon footprints. Subnational entities can prove that “We Are Still In.”

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How to make solar+storage projects work for low-income communities

April 3, 2018 by  
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Alternatives models of financing and ownership are imperative. Here are some ideas for new ones.

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US vehicle emissions hit record low as fuel economy climbs to record high

November 4, 2016 by  
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The transportation sector accounts for 26 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Recognizing the opportunity to reduce carbon pollution from vehicles to mitigate climate change , in 2012 the Obama Administration mandated 54.5 miles per gallon fuel efficiency standards for the model year 2025. The auto industry is not only responding – it’s outperforming. A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finds that compared to 2014, the average fuel economy of model year 2015 vehicles increased 0.5 mpg to a record high 24.8 mpg. New vehicle carbon dioxide emissions averaged 358 grams per mile — 7 grams per mile better than required by the 2015 greenhouse gas emissions standard and a 13 gram per mile improvement over the 2014 requirement. “Car buyers can go to the showroom knowing that no matter what kind of vehicle they buy, it will be better for the climate – and their wallets – than ever before,” Christopher Grundler, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, said in a statement . “This report highlights that the industry is providing vehicles that customers want, while reaching new levels of environmental performance.” Related: US sues Volkswagen for up to $90 billion for violating the Clean Air Act The EPA attributes the fourth consecutive year of automakers outperforming GHG standards and the record high fuel economy to new fuel-efficient technologies such as “turbo charging, engine downsizing, more sophisticated transmissions, vehicle weight reduction, aerodynamics and idle stop-start, along with improved accessories and air conditioning systems.” Car manufacturers are increasingly using lighter materials like aluminum and high-strength steel to achieve weight loss and increase fuel economy. 2015 model year vehicles were on average 25 pounds lighter than the previous year. The EPA estimates that the GHG emissions standards have slashed nearly 130 million metric tons of carbon emissions. However, Grundler recently warned that even steeper fuel economy standards will be needed in order for the US to meet climate targets called for in the Paris climate agreement . “What we know is, just from the math, if we’re going to achieve what science tells us we need to achieve by 2050, we’re going to need to see a lot of zero and near-zero emissions technology coming into the fleet,” Grundler told Bloomberg Politics . “Facts are facts.” + EPA fuel economy trends report + EPA manufacturer performance report Via Phys.org Images via Public Domain and Wikimedia

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Honda’s new $210 million paint facility will cut 18 percent of CO2 emissions

September 30, 2015 by  
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A few minutes northwest of Columbus, Ohio, past the suburban subdivisions and sprawling farmland, sits Honda ’s first and largest auto plant in North America. There, the company will soon break ground on one of the single biggest initiatives the car maker is taking to reduce its overall environmental impact. The Marysville Auto Plant (MAP) will be renovated to add a $210 million painting facility for select Acura models, so that a new paint process can be implemented to cut CO2 emissions by 18 percent, on top of saving untold quantities of water and waste. With this investment, Honda will move closer to its global goals for reducing GHG emissions up to 90 percent based on per unit sales. Read the rest of Honda’s new $210 million paint facility will cut 18 percent of CO2 emissions

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Why Google’s Autonomous Cars Probably Won’t Kill the Auto Industry

January 25, 2013 by  
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It’s undeniable the Google’s autonomous driving tech is pretty awesome—impressive enough that even a blind man can travel behind the wheel of one of the web giant’s self-driving cars. And there’s been a lot of buzz surrounding it, as Google became the first company to gain the legal right to test autonomous cars Nevadan roads, and autonomous cars were recently legalized in California . But, as a recently published editorial by Johann Muller in Forbes discusses, the successes of—and the hype surrounding—Google’s self-driving developments don’t necessarily pose a threat to the conventional auto industry. Read the rest of Why Google’s Autonomous Cars Probably Won’t Kill the Auto Industry Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: accident prevention , auto industry , automakers , autonomous car , autonomous vehicle , google car , google self-driving patent , google self-driving prius , google self-driving technology , self-driving car , self-driving technology , self-driving vehicles

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With Gas At 4 Bucks A Gallon, Who’ll Un-Pimp My Ride This Time?

April 27, 2011 by  
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“big engine, little car!” Image credit:Flicker, Stephen Bowler Five years back I wrote an Earth Day Plea to car makers of the world: “Un-Pimp My Ride” , making the point that all we need is smaller engines to make a cost saving, quantum leap in mileage improvement. I was chastised, of course, by the freedom of choice crowd – a crowd that predictably did not consider that those of us who’d prefer a smaller engine are given no

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