Go Green With an Environmentally Friendly Motorcycle

Automobile manufacturers often tout the benefits of hybrid and electric vehicles when they talk about environmental friendliness Motorcycles also deserve to be in that discussion, especially as the Motorcycle Industry Council reports that 27 million people have ridden motorcycles and 6.8 percent of the population owns at least one bike. Bikes have several factors that work in their favor, such as good fuel economy and lower base material costs. However, when you want to maximize the environmental friendliness of your vehicle, you have a few additional considerations to keep in…

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Chrysler sets sights on electric vehicles

Chrysler may revive electric vehicles program American automaker Chrysler may soon join the ranks of companies working to develop and commercialize electric vehicles. In 2009, Italian automaker Fiat formed a strategic partnership with Chrysler in order to save the company from bankruptcy. Fiat quickly put Chrysler’s electric vehicle ambitious to rest, suggesting that the economics surrounding such vehicles were unfeasible. Fiat claimed that Chrysler would lose more than $10,000 for every electric vehicle sold. Now that the American automaker has found stable financial footing and its partnership with Fiat has…

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Electric vehicles pick up momentum in the US

Electric vehicles are becoming more common in the US Electric vehicles are still considered somewhat rare around the world, but they are becoming much more common in the U.S. A new report from the Electric Drive Transportation Association, a clean transportation trade group, shows that the sales of electric vehicles in the U.S. tripled in 2012. Moreover, the sale of electric vehicles has been growing at a fast pace over the past three years, partly due to the falling costs associated with these vehicles and the various financial incentives that…

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Electric vehicles to benefit from new research efforts

Batteries and electric vehicles subject of new research initiative from the Department of Energy Batteries have long held a place within the renewable energy sector. Lithium-ion batteries, in particular, have been praised as effective storage systems for clean energy and they have also become an integral part of clean transportation. Today, these batteries are being used in electric vehicles, which are becoming more popular around the world. As the demand for electric vehicles grows, however, the need for more efficient storage technologies is also growing. Cloteam wins DOE contract Cloteam,…

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IEA launches ambitious plan for electric vehicles

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Electric vehicles becoming a powerful weapon in the fight against climate change The attention surrounding electric vehicles has been swelling as they begin to be considered a strong weapon against the potential effects of climate change. Transportation is considered one of the most significant contributors to climate change due to the massive amount of emissions that are produced by travel, commercial and otherwise. In order for electric vehicles to have a significant impact on climate change, the number of these vehicles on the world’s roadways must increase by 7 million…

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Grant program for electric vehicles extended in British Columbia

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Province aims to continue support of electric vehicles The Canadian province of British Columbia has become a strong supporter of clean transportation in recent years. The province has set up for itself ambitious emissions reduction goals that it plans to meet without trouble. Clean transportation is to play a significant role in this endeavor, as conventional vehicles contribute heavily to the emissions problem that the province has targeted. The province currently offers a financial incentive to encourage residents to purchase electric vehicles, such as those equipped with hydrogen fuel cells.…

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Methanol fuel cells may see a future in electric vehicles

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Oorja aims to bring methanol fuel cells to clean transportation Oorja Protonics, a developer of methanol fuel cells, has announced its partnership with the U.S. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Through a Memorandum of Understanding with the laboratory, Oorja will help develop a manufacturing process that could make methanol fuel cells more popular in the field of transportation. Currently, much of the auto industry is enthralled by the prospects of hydrogen fuel cells, but methane may be an adequate alternative to hydrogen in many cases, especially where clean transportation is involved.…

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Tesla scores major victory with electric vehicles

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Tesla electric vehicles reach monumental milestone Tesla Motors, a manufacturer of electric vehicles, has been seeing major progress in the transportation market over the past year, despite some challenges. Late last year, Tesla was caught in a controversy involving a review of one of its electric vehicles, in which the reviewer suggested that the vehicle itself was faulty and could not perform as well as conventional vehicles. The vehicle in question, however, was equipped with equipment that tracked the performance of the vehicle, which served to debunk the notions of…

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Motorcyclectric: The Future of Electric Motorcycles

Electric cars have been rising in popularity as people take action to protect the environment, but what about electric motorcycles? Various companies in the motorcycle business are developing new technologies and designs to usher in a new age of motorcycles powered by electricity. Together with the nascent sport of electric-bike racing and innovative enclosed bikes, electric motorcycles are garnering more acclaim with each zero-emission mile. Electric Motorcycles MotoCzysz, a renown electric-motorcycle company, is looking to create a motorcycle that will set a new speed record, according to SlashGear.com. Should MotoCzysz…

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Electric vehicles in the US to get a boost from Nissan

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Nissan takes aim at US electric vehicles infrastructure Nissan recently made alternative energy news headlines in its partnership with Daimler and Ford concerning the future of hydrogen-powered vehicles. The automaker is not solely devoted to the development of hydrogen fuel cells, however, and retains a strong focus on electric vehicles, like its acclaimed Leaf. Electric vehicles have been growing in popularity around the world, and especially in the U.S., where the federal government is bent on an initiative to put 1 million new electric vehicles on the nation’s roads. In…

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AeroVironment announces new charging station for electric vehicles

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AeroVironment makes charging stations portable Though much of the auto industry’s attention is being consumed by hydrogen fuel cells, electric vehicles that run on batteries are still growing in popularity amongst consumers. This growing popularity is leading to increasing demand for electric vehicle charging stations, a demand that AeroVironment, a leading manufacturer of unmanned aircraft systems, is happy to oblige. The company, though specializing in technology for aircraft, has announced the development of a new, portable electric vehicle charging station made specifically for private use. New charging station an expansion…

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Electric vehicles posed for major expansion in near future

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Electric vehicles will see exponential growth, according to Pike Research A new study from Pike Research indicates that the number of charging stations for electric vehicles is set to grow exponentially around the world. The supply of equipment for electric vehicles is also expected to grow significantly over the next few years as electric vehicles become more popular with consumers looking to save money on fuel. The study notes that the U.S., China, Canada, Germany, France, Japan, and the United Kingdom are all “breakout” markets for electric vehicles and supplies.…

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Electric scooters gaining foothold in Asia

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Electric scooters expected to see growth in sales in coming years Electric scooters are poised to become a major part of Asian transportation, according to a new study from Pike Research. These vehicles are beginning to establish a major presence in the Asia Pacific region, largely due to the demand for affordable transportation. Concerns regarding the environment and emissions have also contributed to the growing popularity of electric scooters. With the way consumers are responding to the availability of these vehicles, Pike Research expects to see a major boom in…

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UCLA and UC Berkeley release policy paper on electric vehicles

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Policy paper calls for legislative action to support adoption of electric vehicles A new policy paper from the UCLA and UC Berkeley Schools of Law has been released and highlights the legislative actions that should be taken to ensure the mass-adoption of electric vehicles. Electric vehicles had once been considered a novelty, but have proven their capabilities and prowess over the past several years. Now, electric vehicles are often considered a viable replacement for traditional cars, especially for those that are concerned for the environment. Though consumers have been showing…

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Electric vehicles the subject of new partnership between GE and PayPal

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Companies team to tackle the infrastructure issue General Electric (GE) has teamed with PayPal to create a new payment system that can be used to charge electric vehicles at GE’s Wattstations. GE’s charging stations will be equipped with the payment technology developed by PayPal and will allow consumers to pay for electricity using their smart phone or credit card. PayPal has already produced a mobile application for the system, which is currently only available for iOS platform. With bolstered infrastructure, electric vehicles may thrive The initiative comes as electric vehicles…

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Mitsubishi aims to make all of its vehicles electric within four years

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Automaker undertakes ambitious initiative Japanese automaker Mitsubishi has announced that all of the vehicles it produces in the future will have plug-in capabilities. This means that the company’s vehicles will either be entirely electric or make use of some type of hybrid technology. Mitsubishi plans to implement this concept throughout its model range within the next four years. If Mitsubishi is successful in its endeavor, it will become the first automaker in the world to make a complete transition to electric power. Steps taken to meet new goals The automaker…

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