The number of electric vehicles on the streets could triple in two years

May 30, 2018 by  
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Good news for the planet: the electric vehicle (EV) industry hit a new record last year, with more than one million EVs sold, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). The result? There are now over three million electric vehicles on roads worldwide. And if that weren’t good enough news,  Bloomberg has reported  that the number of EVs traveling the streets could triple in just two years. The IEA just released their Global EV Outlook 2018 report, and it contains some exciting news for the electric vehicle industry. On average, sales could climb 24 percent each year up to 2030, and by the end of this decade alone, the global EV fleet could boast 13 million vehicles. The number of electric buses increased to 370,000 from 345,000 in 2016, and there are now 250 million electric two-wheelers such as scooters or motorcycles. Related: World’s first electric road that charges moving vehicles debuts in Sweden In their press release on the report, IEA said China is still the world’s biggest electric car market; it accounted for over half of the electric cars sold in 2017, with almost 580,000 cars total. The United States followed with approximately 280,000 cars sold last year. To keep up, the world will require at least 10 more battery gigafactories , Bloomberg said. Demand for cobalt and lithium is increasing and could rise tenfold unless technological advances reduce that figure. 60 percent of cobalt in the world is mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where child labor still occurs, so battery manufacturers have been pressured to show their wares are made sustainably. Charging infrastructure is keeping pace with the electric mobility revolution, according to the IEA, which said there were nearly three million private chargers around the world at homes and workplaces in 2017. There were also 430,000 public chargers, and about one-quarter of those were fast chargers . The IEA credited electric vehicle growth largely to “government policy, including public procurement programs, financial incentives reducing the cost of purchase of EVs, tightened fuel-economy standards and regulations on the emission of local pollutants, low- and zero-emission vehicle mandates and a variety of local measures.” + Global EV Outlook 2018 + International Energy Agency Via Bloomberg Image via Wikimedia Commons

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Canada set to purchase Kinder Morgan pipeline for $4.5 billion

May 30, 2018 by  
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The Canadian government is planning to buy the Trans Mountain oil pipeline from major energy corporation Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion in an effort to secure its construction. The controversial project, which would triple the current capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline and run from the tar sands of Alberta to the Pacific Coast, is a major priority for Ottawa . The pipeline has suffered delays due to opposition from indigenous communities and environmental groups. Alberta and British Columbia have also been at odds over the potential environmental risks of the project. With the Canadian government’s financial and political support, the project is more likely to move forward. The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project would vastly increase Canada’s ability to export oil to Asia. Canada possesses the world’s third largest oil reserves, but 99 percent of its oil exports are sold in the U.S.  While the government’s takeover of the project has reassured its backers that it will be built, with construction starting in August, it also raises the stakes for Ottawa. “It’s a chess move that allows the project to proceed and positions it as a national interest,” infrastructure expert Matti Siemiatycki told the Guardian . “[But] it’s also highly risky because now the government bears the risk.” The government intervention to save the project is based on the idea that investing in oil today will pay off in the future, something that is far from certain. “The pipeline expansion presumes there’s going to be a high demand for oil going forward for decades — but there’s significant risk that that may not prevail because of changing technologies and changing demand,” explained Siemiatycki. Related: The Keystone Pipeline leak was nearly twice as big as we thought Meanwhile, environmental and indigenous groups continue their opposition. “The cost that they did not calculate in their $4.5 billion purchase is that Indigenous frontlines will stop this pipeline,” Tsleil-Waututh member and Coast Salish Watch House spokesperson Will George said in a statement. “The Watch House will continue to stand in the way of pipeline development, and I will continue to meet the responsibility passed on to me by my ancestors to protect the water and land.” In a statement, Greenpeace campaigner Mike Hudema asserted that “Trudeau is gambling billions of Canadian taxpayer dollars on an oil project that will never be built — a project that Kinder Morgan itself has indicated is ‘untenable’ and that faces more than a dozen lawsuits, crumbling economics and a growing resistance movement that is spreading around the world.” Even with government support, it remains to be seen whether the project will ultimately be completed. Via the Guardian Images via Bureau of Land Management Alaska (1, 2) and William Chen

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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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