Episode 80: Sustainable tourism, VERGE Hawaii preview, the coming electric bus

June 16, 2017 by  
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In this week’s episode, the GreenBiz team covers the journey to sustainable tourism, BMW’s investment in electric buses and the fate of globalized corporations.

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Brighton company aims to convert city’s biodiesel buses to run on solar power

October 10, 2016 by  
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Brighton transportation company The Big Lemon has announced plans to make their green buses even greener. Although their bright yellow biodiesel buses are already fairly low impact given that they are powered by recycled cooking oil, the company is teaming up with renewable energy enterprise Brighton Energy Cooperative to develop new zero-emissions vehicles powered by the sun . The Big Lemon, a Community Interest Company (CIC), is planning to make the switch to electric vehicles. Their 10 current yellow buses can’t be converted, but The Big Lemon has started converting a few other buses. The solar energy required will be sourced from a rooftop solar array on one of their depots that will comprise 120 solar panels with capacity to generate 30 kilowatt-hours of energy. According to The Big Lemon, that would be the equivalent of ” 1.8 million kettle boils .” The converted buses will run on Route 52 between the city center of Brighton and Woodingdean. Related: Sweden opens one of the world’s first electric roads The Big Lemon managing director Tom Druitt estimates the company could save about 20,000 pounds each year, which is close to $25,000, because of lower maintenance and fuel costs. He told The Guardian it’s easier for The Big Lemon to try out the electric bus project due to their “independence, background, and philosophy.” They encourage local participation, and aim to work closely with the community. CICs are a UK company classification for ” people who want to conduct a business for community benefit, and not purely for profit .” The M&S Community Energy Fund , an organization offering grants for community renewable energy projects, shortlisted The Big Lemon . People had the opportunity to pledge money to their project and vote for them to win, and out of a target of 12,500 pounds, or just over $15,000, they raised 13,315 pounds, or more than $16,000. The Big Lemon has loftier goals beyond their Brighton electric and solar project. With Brighton Energy Cooperative, they also hope to ” bring zero emissions buses to communities across the UK by 2030 .” + The Big Lemon + Brighton Energy Cooperative Via The Guardian Images via The Big Lemon CIC Facebook

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Electric Buses Plug In to US Market with New Models, More Bucks

October 25, 2011 by  
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Electric buses in the news from the likes of BYD, Smith Electric Vehicles and Proterra.

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Seoul Welcomes Electric Buses to Its Streets

January 3, 2011 by  
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Seoul is very dependent on public transportation, with its large population (over 10 million) and its equally large, sprawling size.  The Korean city has many, constantly running bus routes, and now, one of the major routes is getting cleaned up.  Through a partnership between Hyundai Heavy Industries and Hankuk Fiber five new electric buses have hit to streets and there are more to come. The buses, which have started running on the Mt

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Cameo all-electric minibus for congested urbanities of the future

October 8, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Zero-emission concept bus powered by electricity. The Cameo is the brainchild of auto designer Martin Pes , who believes that the cities of the future need compact buses that can transport a decent number of passengers without getting stuck in endless traffic jams

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Opbrid Shows Overhead Fast-Charging System for Electric Buses

October 7, 2010 by  
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Photo: Opbrid Goodbye Diesel Fumes? Opbrid, a company based in Spain, has just unveiled its B?sbaar charging system for electric buses. It leverages technologies developed by the European rail industry and a special type of Lithium Titanate (nLTO) battery that allows rapid charge capability and a very large number of deep discharge cycles

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Pete Bethune Says Sea Shepherd Deliberately Sunk Its Own Ship to ‘Garner Sympathy’

October 7, 2010 by  
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It’s been a couple months since Captain Pete Bethune (then of Sea Shepherd) was given a suspended sentence by Japanese authorities for boarding the Japanese whaler whi… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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