Japan’s support for clean vehicles reaches a major milestone

Japan has more charging stations than gas stations, according to study Nissan has released the results of a new study, which show that Japan has more electric charging stations than normal gas stations. The country has become a very successful and prominent market for clean vehicles. Companies like Nissan have focused their efforts on launching electric vehicles of all kinds within Japan. Many of these vehicles have exceeded expectations in terms of demand and Japan’s infrastructure to support clean vehicles has grown aggressively. More than 40,000 charging stations now support…

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Initiative for electric vehicles rolled out in Seattle

A new city initiative implemented in Seattle is designed to improve infrastructure for EVs. Drive Clean Seattle was recently announced by the city’s mayor Ed Murray. To help reduce carbon emissions and pollution from transit, the green initiative seeks to improve infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs). This will not only include installing more public charging stations to help encourage drivers to make the switch to electric cars, but will also include electrifying the city’s own vehicle fleet, reported Capitol Hill Seattle. The initiative has big goals and will need to…

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First of four electric car charging stations opens on U.S. 95

The first in a series of EV charging stations planned for U.S. 95 is up and running. One of four electric car charging stations has opened along the portion of the U.S. 95 highway that runs from Las Vegas to Reno. The 450-mile stretch of road (an approximate 7 hour car ride), that links Southern Nevada with Northern Nevada’s largest city, now has its first electric vehicle (EV) charging station ready to serve in Beatty. Plans for the “electric highway” were announced last summer. Governor Brian Sandoval announced plans for…

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Montreal aims to install 1,000 Electric car charging stations by 2020

The Canadian city has unveiled its ambitious plans for an electric car charging network. By next spring, Montreal will have 106 electric car charging stations at on-street parking spots; the start of its ambitious plan to install 1,000 of these charging stations throughout the city over the next five years. According to Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, the project makes the city the first in Canada to create an electric vehicle (EV) charging network, reported the Montreal Gazette. By 2020, Montreal hopes to lower its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30%.…

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China aims to throw more support behind electric vehicles

Government intends to develop a better infrastructure to support electric vehicles The Chinese government intends to speed up the construction of a national network designed to charge electric vehicles. The country has become more supportive of clean transportation in recent years, looking to reduce the emissions found in its largest cities. These emissions have been linked with serious health concerns and several cities have begun taking steps to limit the number of conventional vehicles on their roads and support clean vehicles. The Chinese government wants to see 5 million clean…

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EV charging stations are coming to every IKEA store in Canada

Canadians will soon be able to charge their electric vehicles and shop for furniture at the same time. Thanks to IKEA, the world largest furniture retailer, Canadians may find that charging their electric cars will become a little easier, as the Swedish company announced at the Climate Summit of the Americas, last week, that it plans to install 60-amp EV charging stations at all 12 of its stores in Canada by the end of August, reported CBC News. The charging stations will be free to use. To start, each of…

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Electric vehicles could be charged at street lights in the future

New technology could provide innovative solution for EV charging stations in urban regions. Called Light & Charge, BMW’s Mini unveiled this high-efficiency street lighting system, which also functions as a charging station for electric vehicles (EVs). The famous car manufacturer demonstrated its new technology for electric cars at its factory in Oxford (Plant Oxford) as part of Low Carbon Oxford week, which was also the first time it was demonstrated in the UK. The system utilizes the latest advances in energy efficient LED street lighting. The Daily Express reported that…

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Alternative fuel sources become an important part of China’s latest mandate

30 percent of government cars must be fueled by alternative energy sources in the next two years. According to an announcement made by China and reported by Bloomberg News, China’s plan for “new-energy vehicles” includes vehicles that use alternative fuel sources, which can include electric cars, hydrogen electric fuel cell vehicles, and plug-in hybrids, and a minimum of 30 percent of government vehicles bought between now and 2016 must be one of these types of vehicles. Local provinces will also need to meet the new green fuel target after 2016.…

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Nissan gives American drivers incentive to purchase electric vehicles

The purchase or lease of a new Nissan LEAF could lead to free charging for two years. One of the biggest setbacks of owning electric vehicles is the cost of the car, but now, some drivers in the United States may actually consider going green the next time they lease or purchase a car because they will not have to pay for the electricity required to power the vehicle. 25 U.S. markets are set to participate in the new program from Nissan. The Japanese automotive manufacturer has recently announced its…

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Program aims to make electric vehicles more attractive in Texas

Program may help boost the sale of clean vehicles in Texas Electric vehicle sales in Texas may grow quickly thanks to a program that has received relatively little attention. NRG Energy, a prominent energy organization, is currently managing a “No Charge to Charge” program. This program allows those with Nissan Leaf vehicles to charge their vehicles for free from any of its Texas Freedom Station public charging stations. The program aims to give electric vehicle owners what is essential free fuel, thereby increasing the attractiveness of these vehicles to consumers.…

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New charging stations to support electric vehicles in Denmark

CLEVER to install new fast chargers CLEVER, an operator of electric charging stations in Denmark, has ordered 50 new fast chargers from ABB, a developer of charging technologies for electric vehicles. The chargers are meant to augment Denmark’s infrastructure for electric vehicles. The country has been working to embrace clean transportation somewhat aggressively recently, with the government showing a strong interest in fuel cell vehicles. Consumers, however, have been showing their favor for battery electrics, and demand for these vehicles has put pressure on Denmark’s current infrastructure. Fast chargers could…

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Demand for BMW electric vehicles is on the rise

Electric vehicles are gaining popularity German automaker BMW has become a strong advocate of clean transportation, as have other companies in the auto industry. Countries around the world are beginning to adopt stringent emissions regulations in order to curb their impact on the environment. Many of these regulations specifically target vehicles because of their production of carbon dioxide and their rampant popularity. This has pressured many automakers to develop electric vehicles, powered either by batteries or hydrogen fuel cells. While regulations have encouraged automakers to develop these vehicles, consumer demand…

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New laws in California favor electric vehicles

Governor passes new laws to support electric vehicles California Governor Jerry Brown has signed six bills into law in order to help promote clean transportation throughout the state. California is represents approximately 35% of the electric vehicle market in the U.S. and is considered one of the auto industry’s ideal markets. The state is set to be the launching pad for hydrogen-powered vehicles that automakers will release in the coming years. The new laws emerging in California are meant to promote clean transportation among consumers and make the state even…

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New charging stations for electric vehicles opens in San Diego

Drivers of electric vehicles have a new place to charge their cars NRG eVgo, a company specializing in building charging stations for electric vehicles, has opened its first high-tech station in San Diego, California. The company claims that the station is capable of charging every electric vehicle currently operating on San Diego’s roads. The growing popularity of electric vehicles is calling for more charging stations to take form throughout California. The state currently boasts of a relatively robust infrastructure capable of supporting these vehicles, but more stations are needed to…

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