Satellite study suggests California clean air regulations working to reduce PM2.5 emissions in state

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The study demonstrates the success of California’s air pollution control programs, regulations, enforcement efforts and clean-air plans in regions with the greatest air quality challenges: Southern California and the southern Central Valley.

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Chicago Area Clean Cities names American Lung Association 2017 Clean Fuels Champion

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The American Lung Association has been named the 2017 Clean Fuels Champion by Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC), a nonprofit coalition dedicated to promoting clean-energy and clean-air solutions for transportation in the Chicago area impacting nearly 9 million people. The Clean Fuels Champion was awarded last night at the coalition’s Annual Meeting. We are truly honored to be named a Clean Fuels Champion by Chicago Area Clean Cities.

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EPA issues ANPR on Clean Trucks Initiative, seeking input from public and stakeholders

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However, 100 million people live in areas of nonattainment for ozone and particulate matter (PM), and according to EPA estimates, heavy-duty vehicles will continue to be one of the largest contributors to NO x emissions—a precursor of ozone and PM formation—from the transportation sector in 2025. EPA last revised NO x standards for on-highway heavy-duty trucks and engines in January 2001.

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California ARB: GHG emissions fell below 1990 levels for first time in 2016; down 13% from 2004 peak; transportation emissions up 2%

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They fell 23% from a peak of 14 metric tons per person (roughly equal to driving 34,000 miles) in 2001 to 10.8 The carbon intensity of California’s economy has dropped 38% since the 2001 peak and is now one-half the national average.

2018 104

FCA unveils Chrysler Portal concept: next-gen family transportation for Millenials; electric, semi-autonomous, connected, flexible

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FCA US unveiled the Chrysler Portal concept, an all-electric, semi-autonomous (SAE Level 3) interpretation of the “fifth generation” of family transportation focused toward the millennial generation. A clean, simple high-mount instrument panel display features easy-to-use interfaces.

2017 78

XL delivers 154 hybrid GMC Savana vans to CalVans; largest single hybrid van deployment in California

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XL delivered 154 hybrid electric (HEV) GMC Savana Cargo vans to the California Vanpool Authority (also known as CalVans ) to improve the fuel efficiency and sustainability of its agriculture transportation fleet.

2019 101

Study Highlights the Importance of Considering Climate Effects of Non-CO2 Emissions from Transport in Mitigation Strategies and Policies

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The on-road transportation (ORT) and power generation (PG) sectors are major contributors to CO 2 emissions and a host of short-lived radiatively-active air pollutants, including tropospheric ozone and fine aerosol particles, that exert complex influences on global climate.

2009 78

Motiv Power Systems delivering 7 electric walk-in vans to USPS as part of CARB program; deployment in Central Valley

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Since 2001, the USPS has operated 30 electric two-ton vehicles on the streets of New York City, and these were later joined by a pair of two-ton hybrid electric vehicles in Long Island.

2019 101

Yosemite first US national park to purchase electric buses from Proterra

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In 2001, the park began replacing its diesel bus fleet with diesel-electric hybrid vehicles. Yosemite is now taking the next steps toward a state-of-the-art clean transportation system with the adoption of Proterra battery-electric buses. They will begin service in late 2018 and will operate year-round, transporting up to 1,480 visitors per day through the park’s Yosemite Valley. Yosemite National Park will add two Proterra Catalyst electric buses to its fleet.

2017 60

ICCT/TNO study: Real-world vehicle fuel consumption discrepancy widens to 42% in Europe

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The average gap between official fuel consumption figures and actual fuel use for new cars in the EU has reached 42%, according to the latest update by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) to its on-going research into vehicle fuel consumption and CO 2 emissions.

2016 130

Ballard signs fuel cell supply agreement with Solaris; initial order of 10 modules as range extenders for electric trolley buses

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Solaris has signed a contract with Rigas Satiksme, the transport operator in the city of Riga, Latvia for 10 of the Trollino trolley buses.

2016 93

California greenhouse gas inventory shows state is tracking to achieve 2020 AB 32 target

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Carbon intensity has dropped 23% from the peak in 2001, and declined an average of 1.9% tons per person in 2001 to 12.0 Emissions from the transportation sector rose by a single percentage point compared to 2012, but are still down 11% from the peak year of 2007.

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Trump directs EPA to begin rulemaking to allow E15 to be available year-round

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In 1978, a Clean Air Act waiver allowed the use of 10 volume percent ethanol in gasoline (E10). In June 2011, EPA approved a partial waiver for blends of 15 vol% ethanol in gasoline for use in model year 2001 and newer passenger cars, light-trucks and medium-duty vehicles. BIO applauds the Trump Administration’s decision to remove the regulatory barriers preventing the year-round sale of transportation fuel containing 15 percent biofuels (E15).

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ICCT analysis finds real-world vehicle fuel consumption gap in Europe at all-time high of 42%

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The average gap between official fuel consumption figures and actual fuel use for new cars in the EU has reached 42%, according to the latest update by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) to its on-going research into vehicle fuel consumption and CO 2 emissions.

2017 85

Fast charger comes to Voltageville: Envisioning the Future

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In 2001 I began driving an electric car, obtaining the last of the ZEV mandate-required EVs. If swap stations can be commercialized and the batteries can be charged at Level II speeds and below, they too might offer benefits and be part of the clean transportation quilt. As I got turned on to the benefits and technological readiness of electric cars, the writing was on the wall and EVs began to disappear from California's roads.

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13 environmental groups urge USPS to select plug-ins for next-generation delivery vehicles

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Thirteen environmental groups working on clean transportation solutions sent a letter to the United States Postal Service (USPS) urging it to select plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) for the next generation of delivery vehicles (NGDV). The USPS operates a fleet of more than 200,000 vehicles in all areas of the United States and its territories; approximately 163,000 of these are right-hand drive, light-duty carrier route vehicles (CRVs) purchased between 1987 and 2001.

2017 76

Plug-In Hybrids (or Plugin Hybrids)

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And were gratified that General Motors recognizes this study as validation of its decision to evolve to the electrification of transportation. model in 2001 by the DOEs Argonne National Lab estimates hybrids reduce greenhouse gases by 22%, and plug-in hybrids by 36% (see table 2).

Cummins Westport announces MY 2018 natural gas engine line-up; near zero NOx

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Cummins Westport (CWI) announced its model year 2018 dedicated natural gas engines for regional haul truck / tractor, vocational and transit, school bus, and refuse applications at the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, California. g/bhp-hr) since 2001.

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ICCT update finds real-world vehicle fuel economy gap continues to widen in Europe to 40%

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The gap between official fuel-economy figures and the real world for new cars in the EU has reached 40 per cent, according to the latest update by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) to its on-going research into in-use vehicle fuel efficiency and CO 2 emissions.

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MassCEC Approves $5M Forgivable Loan for A123 Systems; Targeted at Expansion for Grid Storage Systems

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The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) has approved a $5-million forgivable loan for Li-ion battery manufacturer A123 Systems contingent on its hitting job creation and private investment milestones. Founded in 2001, A123 Systems develops and manufactures advanced lithium ion batteries and battery systems for the transportation, electric grid and consumer markets.

ICCT study finds increasing discrepancy between type-approval and real-world fuel consumption in European cars

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A new study by the International Council on Clean Transport (ICCT) has found that the gap between type-approval and “real-world” fuel consumption / CO 2 values for European cars increased from about 8% in 2001 to 21% today, with a particularly strong increase since 2007.

2012 111

The Greenius Goes Into Overdrive

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The EPN has been around since 2001 and to be honest, I should have gotten involved with them a long time ago. Free, Clean, Renewable Electricity From The Wind: Visiting PacWind with Dency & J.R. The Greenius in Yosemite.

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California Governor announces $120M settlement with NRG will fund electric car charging stations across California; new Executive Order to accelerate commercialization of ZEVs

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stemming from claims reaching back to Dynegy and the California energy crisis in 2000 and 2001) that will mostly be applied to fund the construction of a statewide network of plug-in vehicle charging stations, including at least 200 public fast-charging stations and another 10,000 plug-in units at 1,000 locations across the state. California’s clean, efficient vehicles will annually displace at least 1.5 California Governor Edmund Brown Jr.

2012 105

ICCT: gap between official and real-world fuel economy figures in Europe reaches ~38%; call to implement WLTP ASAP

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The gap between official and real-world fuel-economy figures in Europe has risen to about 38%, according to a new report published by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).

2014 139

U-M and Shanghai Jiao Tong University fund 6 energy and biomedical projects; batteries, policy and fuels

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Integrated energy-economy-environment (3E) modeling for clean vehicle development in China. This project will develop a model to simulate and evaluate the impacts of renewable energy policy on the economy and the environment, and to apply the model to provide policy suggestions for clean vehicle development and deployment in China. Engineering the right fuel for sustainable transportation.

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ICCT study finds that transitioning to low-GWP MAC refrigerants in China could avoid up to US$150B in costs

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A new study from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) assesses the feasibility, benefits, and costs of phasing out HFC-134a as the refrigerant in mobile air conditioning (MAC) systems in the Chinese LDV fleet, focusing on three alternatives with lower global warming potential (GWP) most likely to be adopted by automakers with a global supply chain: HFO-1234yf, HFC-152a, and CO 2.

2016 76

Bloom Energy Debuts SOFC Fuel Cell System for Distributed Generation

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Founded in 2001, Bloom Energy can trace its roots to the NASA Mars space program. Bloom Energy’s investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, representing the firm’s first clean tech investment, as well as Morgan Stanley, NEA, and Northgate Capital.

2010 99

Plug In America - Links and Resources

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Take Action Now Act Contact Automakers Events Downloads Donate Join Multimedia Center Audio 2008 Podcasts EVS-23 PHEVs and Air Quality 2007 Podcasts Video Photo Gallery Reviews Plug In Hybrids Coming Clean Plugged In Internal Combustion Electric and Hybrid Cars The Hype About Hydrogen The EV and HEV Forward Drive The Car that Could Additional Links News and Press Press Room Newsletters 2008 to Present Newsletter Vol. Learn About Plug-ins What Are Plug-ins? Where Can I Buy One?

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Canada seeking to strengthen oil tanker safety system

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Denis Lebel, Canada’s Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Joe Oliver, the country’s Minister of Natural Resources announced the implementation of eight tanker safety measures along with the introduction of the Safeguarding Canada’s Seas and Skies Act, and the creation of a Tanker Safety Expert Panel to review Canada’s current tanker safety system and propose further measures to strengthen it.

2013 78

Alberta Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation Awarding C$37.5 Million in Funding for Renewable Energy Projects from Biofuels to Home Generation

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Enerkem’s technology converts residual materials, such as non-recyclable municipal solid waste, into transportation fuels and advanced chemicals. Through this project, Enerkem and its partners will use waste, such wood and straw, to produce clean biofuels, and will also incorporate carbon dioxide directly in the process, demonstrating the potential for greenhouse gas reductions in biofuels production.

2010 81

California ARB mods to ZEV regulations for IVMs would result in ~1.9% drop in total ZEV/TZEV units 2018-2025; no impact on air quality requirements

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The ZEV regulations, which are now part of California’s comprehensive Advanced Clean Cars (ACC) program which also includes the LEV III tailpipe emissions standard, is the “technology-forcing piece” of the state’s regulatory package for light-duty vehicles.

2014 113

EPA proposes reduction in cellulosic biofuel and total renewable fuel standards for 2014

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billion gallons; the original target as specified in the Clean Air Act is 18.15 EPA is setting the troublesome cellulosic biofuel target at 17 million gallons—significantly lower than the Clean Air Act (CAA) target of 1.75 In 2010, EPA approved E15 for use in vehicles newer than model year 2001 and developed labeling rules to enable retailers to market E15.

2013 86

Rentech Planning to Build Biomass to Synthetic Fuels and Electric Power Plant in California

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The low carbon footprint of RenDiesel would help the transportation sector meet targets established by the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Product gas is cleaned in a scrubber. The Rentech Process is based on Fischer-Tropsch chemistry. Click to enlarge. Rentech, Inc. ,

2009 85

Navigant Research forecasts new EV global sales of > 346,000 units in 2014; 10 predictions for the year

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Taking legal action over the ZEV mandates would be a repeat of the late 1990s: automakers filed a federal lawsuit that led California to water down its ZEV requirements beginning in 2001, thus effectively ending most automakers electric vehicle (EV) programs for more than a decade.

2014 145

Researchers Propose Solar-Driven Biomass Gasification Pathway for Synthetic Fuel Production

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The researchers modeled the production of methanol, which can be used directly as transport fuel or as input for DME and FT-diesel synthesis. Hot syngas from the gasifier is cooled and cleaned, then compressed to the reformer (methane reforming) and the reverse water gas shift (Re-WGS) reactor. Total cost estimate (2001$/GJ), inc. Ninety percent of total carbon from biomass is converted to biofuel and emitted to the atmosphere after utilization as transportation fuel.

2009 69

ICCT study concludes no technical barriers to use of higher blends of ethanol

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A team at the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has released a paper assessing technical barriers to the use of higher blends of ethanol. As with metals, studies on legacy vehicles (model years 1994–2001) did not observe any degradation of elastomers, polymers, or any other materials with E15 or E20. Two scenarios of US ethanol consumption and projections of original, revised, and repealed RFS2 requirements from the present to 2022.

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ICCT study finds increasing gap between rated and actual passenger car fuel consumption in Europe

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The divergence of real-world CO 2 emissions vs. manufacturers’ type-approval (100%) in Europe from various on-road data sources. Source: ICCT. Click to enlarge.

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