California passes landmark rule for zero-emission trucks

July 1, 2020 by  
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California has passed a landmark rule requiring all truck manufacturers to sell more electric trucks starting in 2024. This rule comes amid efforts to reverse climate change’s effects in America.  Several states  are working to reduce carbon emission and improve air quality. Seven more states and the District of Columbia are expected to have similar legislation underway. The decision to require California car manufacturers to sell more electric trucks came on June 25. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) unanimously approved the measure. According to the California ARB, the state has set several objectives for attaining clean air . Key objectives include working toward the state only selling electric trucks by the year 2045. States planning new measures to combat climate change could learn from California. The California ARB stipulates five key targets for attaining clean air. Key goals include reaching a 40% reduction in greenhouse gasses by 2030, a 50% reduction in petroleum use by 2030 and an 80% reduction in GHGs by 2050. Such landmark decisions did not pass without opposition. Though most automakers express interest in making electric vans and trucks, some industry members have opposed the move. Despite this, many companies have been working on electric car technology in anticipation of a zero-emissions future. Jason Gray of Daimler Trucks North America explained that the company has already built 38 medium and heavy-duty electric trucks that work even better than gas-fueled trucks. These electric vehicles produce less noise and no gas emissions. Daimler Trucks has already given drivers several trucks for testing. As it turns out, even drivers favor electric trucks. “They have nothing but great things to say about them — how quiet they are, how, you know, they don’t come home smelling like diesel ,” Bill Bliem, Senior Vice President of Fleet Services at NFI Industries, a logistics company, said. If other states adopt such practices, the clean air conversation may improve in the next few years. As things stand, California’s work is just part of a nationwide revolution towards zero-emission vehicles. + NPR Images via Pexels

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Why the electric vehicle wave is still coming

April 29, 2020 by  
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Buckle up: this year will be rough, but this road trip still looks promising.

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Coronavirus has exposed the fragility of auto-centric cities

April 21, 2020 by  
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We need to develop neighborhoods that ensure access to food, healthcare, education and jobs — without relying on personal vehicles.

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This tech breakthrough could revolutionize lithium extraction

April 14, 2020 by  
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One huge potential benefit: reduced production costs for electric vehicle batteries.

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Electric motorboat features a sleek Danish design

April 3, 2020 by  
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Copenhagen-based Rand Boats has earned an international reputation for developing modern, affordable motorboats that are designed to be respectful to nature. Now, the company has unveiled the Leisure 28, a sleek motorboat built out of recycled plastic that runs on an all-electric motor . For many people enjoying a bit of fun in the sun, putting up with the hostile sounds and polluting smoke generated by motorboats is just a regular inconvenience when it comes to spending time on the water. Whether small lakes or large seas, these whirring beasts have ruled the waterways for decades, often at the cost of clean water and air. Related: Cool retro boats restored with electric motors Now, boat manufacturers are looking for a better, more eco-friendly way of boating. For Danish company Rand Boats , this means building sleek, minimalist boats with all-electric systems. Already well-known for its sustainable boat designs, Rand Boats’ latest project, Leisure 28, is outfitted with an electric propulsion system that lets it run up to 45 mph for up to two hours. In addition to providing boaters with a more eco-friendly electric motor, Rand Boats also ensured the materials used to manufacture its boats are environmentally sound. In fact, in most of its boats, the company uses materials developed from recycled plastic and bio-based hybrids in order to minimize the environmental impact of its fleet of cruisers. Not only is the sustainable boat created to bring a little more peace to the waterways thanks to its quiet motor, but it can also become the ultimate party boat. Leisure 28 was crafted to accommodate up to 12 people who can enjoy a nice outdoor lunch on the built-in adjustable dining table. When not in use, the table can be folded into a relaxing, king-sized sundeck to sit back and soak up some rays. There is also a sufficient kitchen and bar area on the top deck as well as a small cabin with enough room for a queen-sized bed below deck. + Rand Boats Via Uncrate Images via Rand Boats

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Toyota announces heavy-duty fuel cell truck development plans

March 31, 2020 by  
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Toyota has been a long-standing advocate of fuel cell vehicles. Now it’s partnering with its truck and bus focused subsidiary Hino Motors Ltd. to develop and test the new model.

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Volkswagen revamps classic 1960s microbus into a cool electric ride

March 25, 2020 by  
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Volkswagen campers have been the choice of many road warriors since the 1950s. Now, the iconic car manufacturer has just unveiled an electric option of the classic T1 Samba Bus. Although the new-and-improved microbus still boasts its original hippie-era coolness, the revamped e-BULLI is now powered by a 61kW electric motor. Since the 1960s, the T1 Samba Bus has been a symbol of road adventures across the globe. With enough seating to fit a large family or group of friends, the iconic microbus has been a top VW model for decades. Related: These campers made from 1970’s VW Bugs are the cutest things ever Now, the German car manufacturer has decided to bring the Samba into the 21st century by electrifying the beloved van. While keeping the recognizable shape of the 21-window body, VW added a 61kW electric motor. And lest you think that the new electric system will slow the van down, not to worry. The state-of-the-art electric motor actually provides twice as much power as the original engine. The new version of the VW classic was made possible by a collaboration with eClassics , a firm specializing in electric car conversions. Working closely with VW, the company replaced the engines in the Samba Bus models Type 1, 2 and 3 to run on 82-horsepower electric motors instead of the Sambas’ original 43-horsepower four-cylinder motors. The motors work with a 45-kilowatt-hour battery pack, which can charge from empty to 80% in less than an hour. The e-BULLI comes with an estimated range of 124 miles. As far as speed, it can reach a top speed of 81 miles per hour. The new electric system provides drivers with an extra-smooth ride. According to the company, “Compared to the T1, riding in the e-BULLI feels completely different. This is further enhanced by the chassis, which has also been redesigned: multi-link front and rear axles with adjustable shock absorbers and coilover struts, plus a new rack-and-pinion steering system and four internally ventilated disc brakes contribute to the new dynamic handling being transferred to the road with serene poise.” With its eight seats and convertible fold-back top, the van still retains its classic style with a few twists. The exterior is painted in a mix of “Energetic Orange Metallic” and “Golden Sand Metallic Matte”. Inside, the seating and the central driver console area have been restored with modern materials, and the interior lighting systems were updated with LED lighting . If you’d like to get one of these electric VW vans to hit the open road, it will cost $69,500. Unfortunately, they are only available in Germany at this time. + VW Via Dezeen Images via VW

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A conversation with Ford’s sustainability leader

March 3, 2020 by  
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How will the No. 2 American automaker focus on sustainability amidst restructuring and major transformation?

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Resilience, in this moment

March 3, 2020 by  
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Can we survive and thrive amid the multiple stressors coming our way?

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5 strategies that achieve climate mitigation and adaptation simultaneously

March 3, 2020 by  
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Otherwise known as a win-win for nature and more.

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