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  • Germany to invest 1 billion euros in lowering air pollution

    11/28/2017 7:59:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 28, 2017 8:35 AM EST
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the federal government will provide €1 billion ($1.2 billion) to cities and towns across the country in 2018 in an effort to make traffic more environmentally friendly. […] Many cities in Germany face driving bans because the air pollution is frequently above the allowed maximum levels due to the many cars’ exhaust fumes. The funds are to be invested among other things into electric buses, electric charging stations and a more environmentally friendly traffic infrastructure. …
  • Norway seeks 'Tesla tax' on electric cars

    10/13/2017 6:56:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.no ^ | 13 October 2017 09:42 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Norway, a world leader of zero-emission vehicles, on Thursday proposed a “Tesla tax” aimed at cutting a tax advantage granted to large electric cars, in a heavily criticized move. Electric cars, which have hitherto been exempted from heavy taxes imposed on other vehicles, accounted for 20 percent of new registrations in the Nordic country since the beginning of this year, an unprecedented market share in the world. In a 2018 finance bill presented to the parliament on Thursday, the right-wing minority government suggested removing a one-off tax exemption for new electric cars weighing more than two tonnes. The proposal was...
  • Mass EV Adoption Could Lead To $10 Oil

    10/13/2017 3:30:37 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 145 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 13-10-2017 | Paraskova
    The adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) could lead to global peak oil demand as soon as 2023, which will result in oil prices crashing to $10, Chris Watling, CEO & chief market strategist at Longview Economics, told CNBC on Friday. Watling said he didn’t see oil crashing “in the next few weeks or months, or maybe even quarters, but I think the long-term outlook for oil—because of what’s happening in terms of electric vehicles” with 70 percent of oil used for transportation, is oil plummeting to $10 somewhere around 2023-2025. “We used to talk about peak oil in terms of...
  • Death of gas and diesel begins as GM announces plans for ‘all-electric future’

    10/02/2017 1:33:13 PM PDT · by NRx · 235 replies
    WaPo ^ | 0-02-2017 | Peter Holley
    After nearly a century of building vehicles powered by fossil fuels, General Motors — one of the world’s largest automakers — announced Monday that the end of GM producing internal combustion engines is fast approaching. The acceleration to an all-electric future will begin almost immediately, with GM releasing two new electric models next year and an additional 18 by 2023. At a media event at GM’s technical campus in Warren, Mich., on Monday, Mark Reuss, the company’s chief of global product development, said the transition will take time, but the course has been set. “General Motors believes in an all-electric...
  • Internal Combustion: If You Can’t Beat ’Em… Ban ’Em!

    09/14/2017 6:12:05 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 74 replies
    american spectator ^ | Eric Peters
    Since they can’t sell electric cars — not enough of them, anyhow — and not without subsidies so huge they amount to outright bribes — the solution appears to be to outlaw all cars except electric cars. This is no joke. There are IC engine No Go Zones in Germany and France. The Brits have just decreed a ban on the sale of internal combustion-engined vehicles period, beginning in 2040. This sounds like a long time from now but isn’t — because car companies begin designing cars about ten years before they see the light of production and so the...
  • Charging an electric car vs AC

    09/08/2017 6:32:23 PM PDT · by rey · 72 replies
    8 Sept 2017
    How much electricity is required to charge an electric car versus running an air conditioner. My county pushes electric cars big time but always blames AC for excessive power usage during a heat wave. While I am certain there are more AC units than electric cars, wouldn't unplugging a charging car make a significant contribution toward reduced energy usage during a crisis? What about electric heaters? Do they use as much as an AC?
  • Jaguar cars set to go electric from 2020

    09/07/2017 1:45:08 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 88 replies
    phys.org ^ | September 7, 2017 | Staff - AFP
    Jaguar Land Rover will make all its new vehicles available in electric or hybrid models from 2020, it said on Thursday, two months after a similar announcement from Volvo. The JLR group is the latest carmaker to embrace the move away from internal combustion engines in the wake of stricter government proposals after the Paris climate accord. "We will introduce a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles," JLR chief executive Ralf Speth said. Sweden's Volvo is also moving away from internal combustion engines, announcing in July that it plans...
  • Send This Story to Everyone You Know Who Drives an Electric Car

    08/08/2017 2:18:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 8, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Those of you driving a Prius, those of you who have ordered a Tesla, those of you who think that you are saving the planet before it climate change or other horrible acts of nature because you are purchasing an electric car, which means that you are engaging in sustainable, renewable energy, this story is for you. ItÂ’s from the U.K. Daily Mail. Now, weÂ’re gonna link to this story at RushLimbaugh.com, and I want those of you out there to pass this story on to everybody you know that drives an electric car or a hybrid. I donÂ’t...
  • Child Miners Aged 4 Living a Hell on Earth so YOU Can Drive an Electric Car: Awful Human Cost...

    08/08/2017 12:05:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 67 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6 August 2017 | Barbara
    Child miners aged four living a hell on Earth so YOU can drive an electric car: Awful human cost in squalid Congo cobalt mine that Michael Gove didn’t consider in his ‘clean’ energy crusadePicking through a mountain of huge rocks with his tiny bare hands, the exhausted little boy makes a pitiful sight. His name is Dorsen and he is one of an army of children, some just four years old, working in the vast polluted mines of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where toxic red dust burns their eyes, and they run the risk of skin disease and...
  • 63,000 People Have Canceled Their Tesla Model 3 Orders

    08/04/2017 3:46:40 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 49 replies
    During a quarterly earnings call on Wednesday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that about 63,000 people have canceled their Tesla Model 3 orders over the past year. Total orders for the vehicle have fallen from 518,000 to 455,000, Musk said, according to Business Insider. But the drop in orders doesn’t hurt Tesla too much: The electric-car company has averaged about 1,800 new Model 3 reservations per day since last Friday.
  • Report: GM may kill Chevy Volt, Sonic and four other cars

    07/23/2017 1:56:49 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 86 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | July 22,2017
    General Motors has put six of its cars under review, including its once breakthrough Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid, and is evaluating whether to cancel them in the coming years, according to a report from Reuters. The news comes as sales of cars continue to plummet in the U.S. and as consumers increasingly turn to SUVs and pickups. Besides the Chevrolet Volt hybrid, other vehicles believed to be under consideration for elimination iinclude the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac CT6, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet Sonic, according to Reuters. GM spokesman Jim Cain declined to comment on the report. UAW President Dennis...
  • GM plans to launch 10 electric cars in China by 2020

    04/21/2017 7:29:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2017 8:24 AM EDT
    General Motors Co. says it plans to launch 10 electric and gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles in China by 2020 amid government pressure on the industry to promote alternatives to gasoline. The president of GM’s China unit, Matt Tsien, said Friday during the Shanghai auto show that the company will start production of a pure-electric model in China within two years. …
  • If Tesla Is Worth More Than GM, Why Are Taxpayers Still Subsidizing It?

    04/12/2017 3:49:38 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 55 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/11/2017 | Staff
    Motor City: The big news in the auto world was that Tesla topped the market value of General Motors. That means the car company that gets massive taxpayer subsidies is now worth more than the car company taxpayers bailed out a few years ago. Welcome to the world of crony capitalism. On Monday, Tesla's stock closed at $312.39, which meant the startup electric car company, which sold a grand total of fewer than 80,000 cars last year, was worth more than GM, which sold 80,000 Chevy Silverados every eight weeks. (Tesla's market cap edged below GM's on Tuesday.) Is this...
  • Electric vehicle fee proposed for Minnesota

    03/21/2017 7:31:30 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 21 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 3/21/17 | Mike Hughlett
    Electric vehicle owners in Minnesota would have to pay a $75 to $85 annual "surcharge" under proposed legislation since they do not pay the state's gasoline tax. State governments across the country are increasingly seeking to slap such fees on electric vehicles, some exceeding $150 per year. The Minnesota fee would cover vehicles that are all-electric and plug-in hybrids based on electric motors, but exclude gasoline-electric hybrids. The fee is aimed at making electric vehicle drivers pay their fair share of road maintenance costs, which are partly funded by gasoline taxes, said Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, the author of the...
  • Hawaii bill aims for 100 percent renewable transportation

    01/19/2017 7:34:21 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 19, 2017 4:34 AM EST | Cathy Bussewitz
    Hawaii has the most aggressive renewable energy targets in the nation, aiming for its utilities to get 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2045. Now advocates want to extend that goal to the transportation sector to urge all forms of ground transportation to fuel up using renewable sources by 2045. “The majority of our fossil fuel goes into transportation, and that’s a challenge that we have to solve, and we currently don’t have a vision for what that future looks like,” said Jeff Mikulina, executive director of the Blue Planet Foundation, which is pushing the bill. But...
  • How Not to Predict the Future

    12/30/2016 4:01:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Real Clear Future ^ | October 13, 2016 | Rob Tracinski, editor
    When you spend a lot of time thinking about emerging technology, you begin to notice certain things that are naturally just assumed to be true about the future, as if everyone just knows them. These ideas are so widespread and infrequently challenged that they come to seem inevitable. These are also things that a lot of people really want to be true. What a coincidence. So we take for granted that electric cars are the future, and the internal combustion engine is on the way out. That we're going to power everything with renewable energy, especially solar, and oil is...
  • California to adopt first U.S. energy-saving rules for computers

    12/14/2016 11:30:35 AM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 26 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | December 14, 2016 | Steve Gorman / Reuters
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California regulators were poised on Wednesday to adopt the nation's first mandatory energy efficiency rules for computers and monitors - devices that account for 3 percent of home electric bills and 7 percent of commercial power costs in the state. The state Energy Commission said that when fully implemented, the plan will save consumers $373 million a year and conserve as much electricity annually as it takes to power all San Francisco's homes. Final approval of the standards, expected at a meeting in Sacramento of the five-member commission, caps a nearly two-year planning process that had...
  • Ford will ask Trump to cut fuel-economy rules, CEO says; 'no demand' for hybrid, electric cars

    12/05/2016 8:48:34 AM PST · by GonzoII · 125 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | Dec 5, 2016 | Stephen Edelstein
    Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ruled that existing emissions limits for passenger cars for 2022 through 2025 should remain in place. It's a decision that is already opposed by lobbyists representing the auto industry, and possibly by the incoming Trump Administration. Sure enough, one automaker says it has already begun talks with President-elect Donald Trump that include a request for lower emissions targets.
  • Surge in electric cars could strain energy grid, warns EU agency

    10/01/2016 10:29:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Sep 30, 2016 | James Crisp
    The large scale roll-out of electric cars on EU roads will help fight climate change but more electricity will have to be generated to power the vehicles which, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has warned, could have its own impact on global warming. The European Environment Agency this week said that larger numbers of electric vehicles will not be enough to make to the transition to a low-carbon economy. The EU’s transport sector still depends on oil for 94% of its energy needs. The reductions in carbon dioxide emissions in road transport gained from the scaling-up of electric vehicles would...
  • Worsening highway traffic slows down paid express lanes

    09/21/2016 11:51:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Rundown (PBS Blog) ^ | September 12, 2016 | Rebecca Beitsch, Stateline
    Highway express lanes provide a faster trip for carpoolers, people who drive low-emission cars, and solo travelers who are willing to pay more.ThatÂ’s the idea, anyway.But as Americans drive more miles than ever before, express lanes are facing a challenge: they are too popular. So many drivers of all kinds are using the lanes that it is increasingly difficult for transportation officials to keep them speedy.For solo drivers, the tolls in express lanes typically vary based on demand. In some places, drivers pay more during peak travel times, and in others prices go up as more cars enter the lane....