India is focusing heavily on electric vehicles

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India may have a massive market for electric vehicles by 2030 India is making a major push to promote clean transportation. The country hopes to have an all-electric vehicle fleet by 2030 in order to cut down on emissions and reduce the costs associated with fuel imports. Electric vehicles are becoming more popular in India because they are somewhat less expensive than their conventional counterparts. They also provide those living in large cities with an easy and efficient means of transportation. Government may need to support electric vehicles until market…

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Hyundai unveils new FE Concept equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell

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FE Concept is yet another step forward in Hyundai’s clean transportation efforts South Korean automaker Hyundai has unveiled a new concept car that is equipped with hydrogen fuel cell technology. Called the FE Concept, the new vehicle is yet another step in Hyundai’s efforts to improve upon previous models of fuel cell vehicles. The FE Concept is equipped with more advanced technology than previous models, which may help Hyundai better demonstrate the capabilities of fuel cell vehicles and draw yet more attention to hydrogen fuel cells and how they can…

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New material could help improve electric vehicles in the future

Chemists develop new material that combines qualities of batteries and supercapacitors Chemists from Northwestern University have developed a powerful new material that could have major benefits for electric vehicles. Currently, electric vehicles rely heavily on a complicated system of batteries and supercapacitors that allow them to operate and increases the energy they have access to, allowing them to operate for longer periods of time. The new material developed by chemists combines the quality of supercapacitors and batteries. As such, the material can be used to replace the complex systems used…

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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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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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Nissan developing new solid oxide fuel cell system for vehicles

New fuel cell system will make use of bio-ethanol rather than hydrogen Japanese automaker Nissan has announced that it is researching and developing a solid oxide fuel cell system that will be used to power vehicles. The system is being designed to run on bio-ethanol, which will be used to generate electrical power. The new system is meant to serve as an alternative to hydrogen fuel cells, which have been growing in popularity throughout the transportation space for some time. The system will be complimented by what is called an…

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Tesla is establishing a strong lead in the clean transportation market

Tesla aims to grow the clean transportation market by making its patents free for all Tesla has been sending ripples throughout the auto industry for some time. The automaker has become one of the most well known and favored names in clean transportation, but it has not been satisfied with only developing and launching electric vehicles. Last month, Tesla began accepting orders for its new Model 3, which will cost approximately $35,000. On top of that, the automaker is also offering its patents without charging a fee. Free access to…

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The Netherlands may ban traditional vehicles to support clean transportation

European countries are beginning to fight climate change by focusing on the transportation sector Climate change is becoming a very concerning issue for Europe, and some countries are beginning to focus on the transportation space as a way to fight emissions. In Europe, vehicles account for 12% of the harmful emissions that are produced in the region. The Netherlands is considering a ban on the sale of traditional vehicles powered by gasoline or diesel, hoping that the ban would encourage the adoption of clean vehicles that produce no harmful emissions.…

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Daimler believes that battery electrics will win the clean transportation fight

Batteries may beat out fuel cells in the transportation space German automaker Daimler believes that clean transportation is the way of the future, but conventional electric vehicles, those equipped with lithium-ion batteries, may be the best option for consumers interested in clean vehicles. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche believes that electric vehicles are more likely to find success than those equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. While Daimler believes that fuel cell vehicles have a promising future, it may be several years before these vehicles become commercially viable. Battery technology is becoming…

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UK to show more support for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

Department for Transport will be adding more money to the country’s clean transportation grant program The United Kingdom’s Department for Transport is looking to boost the adoption of electric vehicles, particularly those powered by hydrogen fuel, and has begun offering more money for those purchasing these vehicles. The government will continue offering grants for battery-powered vehicles as well as those equipped with hydrogen fuel cells for at least another two years. Bolstering clean transportation may help the country achieve its environmental goals and help limit the production of harmful emissions.…

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British Columbia joins international alliance to promote electric vehicles

Province aims to push the adoption of electric vehicles in the coming years British Columbia, Canada, has joined an international alliance that is meant to make transportation more environmentally friendly. Canadian officials gathered with other world leaders in France to address issues concerning climate change. There, Mary Polak, British Columbia’s Environment Minister, announced that the province had joined with others to promote clean transportation. While British Columbia has had trouble making electric vehicles attractive to consumers, being a part of the international alliance may add momentum to the adoption of…

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Toyota finds success in the clean transportation market

Toyota has sold more than 8 million hybrid vehicles Japanese automaker Toyota has announced that it has sold more than 8 million hybrid vehicles throughout the world, making it one of the leading forces in the clean transportation space. Nearly 20 years ago, Toyota introduced its first hybrid concept car, the Prius, which had initially had a difficult time traveling more than 1,600 feet. Toyota’s hybrid technology has evolved quickly, however, and the Prius quickly became a staple of the clean transportation world. Prius had struggled to find traction, but…

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Honda cuts production of natural gas Civic

Honda will no longer be making a CNG Civic Automaker Honda has announced that it will no longer be making a hybrid or compressed natural gas version of its Civic. The company has plans to produce other electric vehicles, as well as those powered by hydrogen fuel, but natural gas will no longer be a part of the Civic’s future. Automakers have been showing some interest in vehicles powered by natural gas, largely because natural gas is a fraction of the price of gasoline. These vehicles have struggled to find…

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Electric vehicles may not be as clean as people think

Study finds electric cars may be dirtier than those powered by gasoline. A study from the University of Minnesota, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has found that electric vehicles (EVs) that are powered by batteries that have been recharged with electricity produced by coal-fired power stations are likely to cause more than triple the number of deaths from pollution compared to conventional vehicles powered by gasoline. The report analyzed the life cycle of car emissions. The study was conducted by Jason Hill, Christopher Tessum…

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Oregon and Washington aim to incentive clean transportation

States are working to promote clean transportation and the adoption of electric vehicles New incentives may emerge in Oregon and Washington that could promote the adoption of fuel cell vehicles and other clean cars. A coalition has formed in Oregon, which aims to introduce legislation that would provide those that purchase battery electric vehicles with a tax rebate. Washington’s Governor, Jay Inslee, recently proposed a bill that would provide those that own electric vehicles, including fuel cell vehicles, with credit for using the state’s ferry services. Electric vehicles continue to…

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Survey finds when gas prices decline so does consumer interest in alternative fuel vehicles

The primary reason most consumers would consider an AFV is to save on fuel costs. A recent alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) tracking study, conducted by the NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores), which examined U.S. consumer preferences in relation to vehicles powered by alternative fuel sources, has found that consumers are not as likely to considered switching to AFVs when the price of gas is lower. Since April, consumer interest in green vehicles has fallen. According to the NACS survey, 80 percent of participants who considered purchasing an AFV said…

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