Researchers develop “climate-immune” electric car battery

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New fast-charging EV (electric vehicle) battery can self-heat. Penn State engineers have developed an electric car battery that can stand up to cold weather. The newly designed battery is capable of self-heating, which allows it to rapidly charge in spite of frigid outdoor temperatures. EV batteries are negatively impacted by the cold. As is the case with most other batteries, the performance of an electric car battery suffers when it is subjected to cold temperatures. In fact, the Department of Energy (DOE) reported that extreme weather (either very hot or…

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Italy wants one million electric cars on its roads by 2022

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This ambitious electric vehicle (EV) goal could cost the nation $10 billion in incentives. Italy’s one million electric cars 2022 goal is no joke. Bloomberg reported that a spokesperson confirmed the Italian government is working toward the objective. However, what isn’t known is if every one of the million battery-powered vehicles will be fully electric or if this target also includes hybrids. Either way, such an endeavor would be an expensive one and could cost $10 billion in incentives. The estimated number of EVs on Italy’s roads today is less…

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New Uber EV Champions Initiative encourages electric vehicle rides

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The ride-hailing network wants to help lower transportation’s carbon footprint. The Uber EV Champions Initiative is a pilot program designed to increase electrical vehicle (EV) adoption. Participating driver-partners are encouraged to deliver a minimum of 5 million EV rides over the next 12 months. The pilot program has launched in seven cities. In partnership with leading electric vehicle adoption experts, the EV Champions Initiative has launched in San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin and Montreal. Uber drivers in each of these cities will receive different perks as…

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Electric cars could save California billions in storage

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Study shows the financial impact clean vehicles could have on storage Electric cars could become a boon to grid operators in California, according to a study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The study suggests that these vehicles could help resolve the state’s “duck curve” problem. The problem involves a significant drop in energy demand during midday hours, followed by a dramatic increase in demand when the sun begins to set. Storage mandate is doing little to solve the duck curve problem State regulators had hoped to solve the duck…

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Volvo sets sights on electric vehicles

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Volvo plans for electrics to make up 50% of its sales by 2025 Automaker Volvo has announced that electric vehicles will account for 50% of all its sales by 2025. The company has taken a firm stance on clean transportation recently. Volvo plans to begin offering a hybrid, plug-in, or all electric variant of all its vehicles beginning in 2019. Now, the automaker is working to ensure that its electric vehicles appeal to consumers in order to accomplish its latest goal. China may be Volvo’s primary focus for its new…

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Ontario makes changes to its rebate program supporting electric vehicles

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Rebate program will no longer support vehicles that cost more than $75,000 The government of Ontario is making changes to its rebate program that serves as an incentive to encourage consumers to purchase electric vehicles. In 2016, some $800,000 in rebates were provided to consumers that purchased vehicles with six-figure price tags. On average, consumers received approximately $5,000 to help cover the cost of their new clean vehicles. The government is now setting a limit on the rebate program, which will no longer support vehicles that cost more than $75,000.…

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Clean vehicles may begin to influence property developers

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Property developers may soon need to include charging points in their designs for apartment buildings Property developers in prominent markets are being urged to include electric chargers in their designs for new apartment buildings. Automakers are leading the call for developers to do so in an effort to ensure that consumers will be able to charge their electric vehicles at home. Property developers are also being urged to create strategies to retrofit existing properties with charging points. Hyundai is one of the companies that is more outspoken in these urgings,…

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Hyundai to invest $21 billion in clean vehicles and new technology

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Automaker will be investing heavily in artificial intelligence and new technologies South Korean automaker Hyundai has announced that it will be investing $21 billion over the next five years. This funding will be used to improve clean technology and aid the development of self-driving vehicles. The company has taken a strong interest in clean transportation and is among the first to have introduced a vehicle equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell to the global market. Now, Hyundai plans to continue its work with clean vehicles while also increasing its focus…

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Majority of electric vehicles are acquired through leasing programs

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Study shows most consumers lease their clean vehicles The penetration of electric vehicles in the United States is heavily reliant on leasing, according to a new study from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In many cases, leasing allows consumers to avoid potentially high upfront costs. In the case of vehicles equipped with fuel cells, leasing programs also grant consumers guaranteed access to the hydrogen fuel they need to power these vehicles. The study shows that the vast majority of electric vehicles and hybrids in the United States are gained through leasing…

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Kia unveils its new clean car and plans for future electric vehicles

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Kia’s Niro EV has been revealed Automaker Kia has unveiled its new Niro EV concept car. The new model is an all-electric version of Kia’s existing Niro Hybrid. The automaker has become heavily committed to releasing electric vehicles in the coming years and has focused on making these cars as efficient as possible. The Niro EV concept is expected to be able to travel some 238 miles before needing to be recharged. The vehicle is also equipped with new technology that has been developed by Kia and its partners. Kia…

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Toyota has ambitious new plans for electric vehicles

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Toyota intends to launch more than 10 new electric vehicles by 2020 Japanese automaker Toyota has unveiled plans to ramp up production on electric vehicles. The company believes that clean transportation is becoming more important and it must adapt in order to remain competitive in the global market. Toyota plans to launch more than 10 new electric vehicles by 2020. Some of these vehicles may be powered by hydrogen fuel cells, which have garnered a great deal of attention from the company in recent years. Hydrogen fuel cells remain a…

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Hyundai has big plans for new electric vehicles

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Automaker is beginning to place more focus on electric vehicles South Korean automaker Hyundai has plans to ramp up its production of electric vehicles. The automaker has already established a position in the clean transportation market, but believes it has been late in doing so. Hyundai senior vice president Lee Ki-sang suggests that the company could have been the first to bring electric vehicles to the market. Instead, the company has focused on more conventional cars, only recently investing more heavily in clean technology. Hyundai plans to launch a new…

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GM looks to make electric vehicles cheaper with new batteries

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Affordable batteries could lower the price of electric vehicles Automaker General Motors hopes to see profits from its electric vehicles largely because they are equipped with less expensive batteries. The company is currently working to develop batteries that are approximately one-third less expensive than the batteries it currently uses. These batteries are expected to be used to power the 20 new electric vehicles that GM plans to introduce by 2023. Clean vehicles are still fighting for a place in the market GM has been struggling to sell its clean vehicles…

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Volkswagen aims to bring new electric vehicles to China

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Automaker has a $11.8 billion plan to bring electric vehicles into the Chinese market German automaker Volkswagen has an ambitious plan when it comes to China’s clean transportation market. The company is looking to bring new electric vehicles to China in order to take advantage of the growing demand for such cars. Volkswagen will be investing more than $11.8 billion in this endeavor over the next seven years. China is currently the world’s leading market for electric vehicles. More of these cars are sold in the country than anywhere else.…

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Clean vehicles to take center stage at Tokyo Motor Show

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Automakers plan to showcase their clean vehicles at upcoming event The famed Tokyo Motor Show has arrived and this year automakers are showcasing their clean vehicles. For years, automakers have been working to develop new technology that will allow vehicles to operate without producing harmful emissions. Only recently has this technology progressed enough to be considered viable and even competitive with internal combustion engines. This year, most of the world’s leading automakers plan to highlight the capabilities of clean vehicles and how such cars will be made more available in…

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GM unveils plans for new electric vehicles

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Automaker announces plans to produce two new electric vehicles General Motors has announced plans to begin selling new electric vehicles within the next 18 months. The new vehicles are part of the automaker’s overarching clean transportation plan. By 2023, GM plans to have no less than 20 electric vehicles as part of its lineup. The automaker has shown significant interest in clean vehicles in recent years and is even working with other companies to develop new technology that will power these vehicles in the future. New vehicles may be powered…

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