Mazda is taking its own approach to clean vehicles

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Automaker intends to avoid battery technology and develop its own type of clean vehicles Several automakers are facing a somewhat challenging future due to the growing importance of clean transportation. Such is the case for Japanese automaker Mazda, which has been somewhat solitary in the market since Ford sold its shares in the company nearly a decade ago. Like other small automakers, Mazda is looking for ways to remain competitive in the transportation market and will have to embrace clean vehicles in order to do so. Instead of investing in…

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New solar energy system is taking form in Annapolis

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Annapolis will soon have a new, large-scale solar energy system A new solar energy system is set to be built in Annapolis, Maryland. The system will be called the Annapolis Renewable Energy Park and will be developed on 80 acres of land. The project is being developed on a once active landfill, which has been repurposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides believes that the new project will have a positive economic impact and may lead to new opportunities for students interested in solar energy. Project to…

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Clean Power plan has been struck down by new executive order from President Trump

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Trump signs executive order to repeal Clean Power Plan President Trump has signed an executive order to repeal the Clean Power Plan, which was first enacted by the Obama Administration. The Clean Power Plan was designed to place a greater focus on renewable energy and help curb emissions through lowering the consumption of fossil-fuels. Trump has been critical of the Clean Power Plan, promising to repeal the initiative in an effort to help revitalize the coal industry and lighten restrictions on fossil-fuels as a whole. EPA will work to withdraw…

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US could soon pull out of the Paris Agreement

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Trump Administration may be preparing to distance itself from the Paris Agreement The United States may soon pull out of the Paris Agreement, which it was ratified late last year. The Paris Agreement was originally drafted in 2015 and went into effect on November 4, 2016. The initiative has brought many countries together in an effort to reduce emissions production and embrace renewable energy. President Donald Trump has been an opponent of the Paris Agreement and he is expected to pull away from the endeavor in the near future. Trump…

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Trump appoints new head of the EPA, a denier of climate change

Scott Pruitt tapped to lead the EPA for the Trump Administration Difficult days may be ahead for energy policy and environmental efforts in the United States. President-elect Donald Trump has been working to fill out his administration, appointing several people to positions of power that could dictate the course of existing programs in the future. Trump has selected Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to be the next head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The decision has sparked significant controversy, particularly among environmentalist groups, as Pruitt has been a longstanding…

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Honda set to launch the Clarity Fuel Cell before the end of the year

Honda is releasing its new fuel cell vehicle before 2016 comes to a close Honda has plans to launch its new fuel cell vehicle, the Clarity Fuel Cell, before the end of this year and the first three of these vehicles have already received their license plates. The Clarity Fuel Cell is considered one of the most fuel efficient vehicles in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has given the Clarity fuel Cell with a range rating of 366 miles and the vehicle can travel…

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Hyundai’s Ioniq ranked as the most fuel efficient fuel cell vehicle

New Ioniq wins a major victory in the United States South Korean automaker Hyundai has achieved a major victory with its new electric sedan, called the Ioniq. The company has been promoting its latest fuel cell vehicle for a relatively short period of time, but this vehicle has already garnered significant praise. Much of this praise comes from the United States, where the Ioniq has been dubbed the most efficient electric vehicle every produced. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency claims that the Ioniq is even more efficient than its competitors…

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EPA gives Honda’s new fuel cell vehicle an efficiency rating

Clarity wins a favorable rating from the EPA The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has provided the new Honda Clarity fuel cell vehicle with an efficiency rating. Honda already has a fuel cell vehicle on offer in California, but only to lease. The automaker has found modest success with its fuel cell vehicle and the company plans to launch a new version of the Clarity in the near future. One of the appeals of hydrogen fuel cells is their acclaimed efficiency, which is something that has been highlighted by the EPA…

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Toyota releases more details of 2017 fuel cell vehicle model

2017 Mirai will be more efficient than its predecessor Toyota has revealed more details about its 2017 Mirai, the next model of its increasingly popular fuel cell vehicle. The first iteration of the Mirai was launched in early 2015. The vehicle quickly found success in Japan, where Toyota had to increase production due to higher than expected demand among consumers. Since then, Toyota has been eager to improve its fuel cell technology in order to produce a more efficient and attractive vehicle. EPA awards 2017 Mirai with a 312 mile…

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Honda speaks out on CAFE regulations concerning clean vehicles

Regulators will be reviewing CAFE standards soon A review of the United States’ Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations is coming up and automakers are offering their opinions on the matter. The CAFE regulations were introduced in 1975 and they work to improve the average fuel economy of various vehicles throughout the U.S. Many automakers support the regulations but these regulations may be falling short of supporting clean vehicles, such as those powered by batteries or hydrogen fuel cells. Honda is one of the companies that believes that this is…

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Connecticut devotes more money to support clean vehicles

New program aims to encourage consumers to purchase clean vehicles The Connecticut Department of Transportation has announced that it will be committing funds to help residents purchase clean vehicles. The state agency is now seeking proposals from organizations that want to bring their clean vehicles to the state. The funding that the agency has allocated will support the purchase of clean fuel vehicles (CFVs) and diesel retrofit technologies (DRTs). This new initiative is meant to augment one launched by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, which has made…

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Toyota shows off hydrogen fuel cell car in India

Toyota’s Mirai may be coming to India in the near future Toyota has shown off its new fuel cell vehicle, called the Mirai, at the 2016 Indian Auto Expo. The automaker has been working to promote the vehicle for some time, believing it to be the first step in a long clean transportation journey. The Mirai is equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell, which generates electrical power without also producing harmful emissions. The Mirai has been available in Japan since December of 2015, and is expected to make its way…

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Wind energy will help states comply with the Clean Power Plan

Wind may be the best solution to reduce emissions throughout the US Wind energy may be the most suitable form of clean power to promote compliance with the Clean Power Plan in the United States. According to a report from the Energy Information Administration, wind energy has become the most inexpensive solutions for states looking to reduce emissions production. Some states have been showing more support for natural gas or nuclear power as a way to reduce emissions, but wind power has proven to be more economically viable. Clean Power…

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Toyota has a waiting list for its hydrogen fuel cell vehicle in the US

Drivers are lining up for the Mirai Japanese automaker Toyota recently launched its fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai, in Japan and has found resounding success. The automaker recently reported that it would increase production of the Mirai due to outstanding demand. While the vehicle has yet to launch in the United States, there is already a waiting list of those that want to purchase or lease it. This may signal a shift in the company’s focus, as deliveries of traditional gas-electric hybrids have been down this year, with consumers showing…

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Wind energy could be a boon for Illinois

Data suggests that expanding wind power in Illinois could have major benefits for the state Homeowners and businesses in Illinois may be able to save money if wind energy continues to grow in the state. The American Wind Energy Association and the Wind Energy Foundation have released data that suggests that wind resources may become a financial boon for many in Illinois. The data also shows that wind energy is gaining more support throughout the U.S., especially when it comes to offshore projects that have high potential for energy production.…

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Obama announces revised plan for combating climate change

A new Clean Power Plan will make bigger cuts in greenhouse gas emissions than expected. U.S. President Barack Obama and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) announced a new Clean Power Plan on Monday, which calls for steeper carbon pollution cuts from American power plants, than has been previously expected, to help combat climate change. The plan will also grant states more time and expand their options to meet the new requirements. The new plan will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants by almost a third within 15 years.…

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