California Energy Commission awards UCLA $1.9M for research on sustainable communities; reduction in use of automobiles and VMT

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The California Energy Commission has awarded the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) $1.9 The center will provide data, models, methods, tools, and case studies to support: Creating more sustainable communities and assist in developing regional land use strategies; Reducing the use of automobiles and trucks and vehicle miles traveled (VMT); and. million to develop the California Center for Sustainable Communities.

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University of Tennessee to head $250M advanced composites manufacturing institute; Ford, Honda and Volkswagen members

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The Department of Energy and a consortium of 122 companies, nonprofits, and universities led by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville will invest more than $250 million—$70 million in federal funds and more than $180 million in non-federal funds—to launch a Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Advanced Composites—the fifth institute to be awarded of the eight national institute competitions launched earlier ( earlier post ).

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GM And University of Michigan Form GM/U-M Institute Of Automotive Research And Education; Focus On Fuel-Efficiency And Reinvention Of The Automobile

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General Motors and the University of Michigan have formed the GM/U-M Institute of Automotive Research and Education, with a strategic focus on reinventing the automobile and developing the next generation of high-efficiency vehicles powered by diverse energy sources. The Institute will be dedicated to clean and efficient vehicle technologies that address major societal challenges including energy diversity, sustainable mobility and technology innovation.

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Big Science tools for clean transportation: neutron scattering at ORNL

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This begins an occasional series on “big science” tools hosted at US national laboratories that are being applied to support the development of technology innovations for clean transportation. research facilities for scientists from universities, industry, and other laboratories, as well as to ORNL researchers: Building Technologies Research and Integration Center (BTRIC). Images of Li-air cathode produced by neutron-computed tomography. Source: ORNL. Click to enlarge.

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Electric Vehicle Initiative Launched at Clean Energy Ministerial in Washington DC

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At the Clean Energy Ministerial in Washington, DC, 19-20 July, ministers reaffirmed their commitment to previously-announced targets for the deployment of electric vehicles, which the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates will create global market momentum leading to at least 20 million electric vehicles on the road worldwide by 2020. to support the scale-up of electric vehicles; Exploring universal standards for vehicle evaluation, infrastructure, and communication protocols; and.

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Colorado State University Spinoff to Commercialize 3D Li-ion Battery Technology for Higher-Capacity, Longer-Life Cells

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Colorado State University’s Clean Energy commercialization arm, Cenergy, has co-founded Prieto Battery, a new company that will manufacture Li-ion batteries using a new 3D structure to enable a much larger functional surface area resulting in batteries up to 1,000 times more powerful and 10 times longer-lasting and cheaper than traditional batteries. Examples of prospective 3-D architectures for charge-insertion batteries, as proposed by Long et al. (a)

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DOE ARPA-E awards $156M to projects to 60 projects to accelerate innovation in clean energy technologies

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The new ARPA-E selections focus on accelerating innovations in clean technology while increasing US competitiveness in rare earth alternatives and breakthroughs in biofuels, thermal storage, grid controls, and solar power electronics. The projects selected are located in 25 states, with 50% of projects led by universities, 23% by small businesses, 12% by large businesses, 13% by national labs, and 2% by non-profits. University of Massachusetts, Amherst. University.

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CU Boulder study: routine household activities generate air quality on par with major polluted city

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Cooking, cleaning and other routine household activities generate significant levels of volatile and particulate chemicals inside the average home, leading to indoor air quality levels on par with a polluted major city, according to a study by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder. We wanted to know: How do basic activities like cooking and cleaning change the chemistry of a house?

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New exhaust catalyst features thermal durability and high reactivity at low operating temperatures

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Catalytic converters have been used in the US since the 1970s as a way to clean up pollutants from vehicle exhaust. As cars have become more fuel-efficient, however, they use less energy and the temperature of the exhaust gases is lower, which makes it harder to clean up the pollutants. This research directly addresses the 150-degree challenge identified by the US Department of Energy and by automobile companies.

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U. Houston-led project looking for new exhaust treatment catalysts for low-temperature lean-burn combustion engines

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A chemical engineer from the University of Houston is leading a $2.1-million project to find new catalytic materials that work at lower exhaust temperatures, allowing automakers to build vehicles that operate more efficiently while retaining the ability to clean emissions before they leave the tailpipe. The project also includes researchers from the University of Virginia (UVA); Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI).

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CATL starts construction of Li-ion factory in Germany; 14 GWh by 2022

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CATL has developed partnerships with a number of European companies in the automobile industry including BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler, Volvo, and Bosch. This intelligent factory is designed and developed to root deeply in Europe and to work closely with customers to provide clean and reliable power for electro-mobility. CATL will also intensify its cooperation with local R&D institutes and universities, such as MEET, to extend its strong position in the industry.

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Mazda continues supporting algae biofuels research

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To that end, Mazda is lending research-accelerating technical support to the combination of research into genome editing by long-time academic partner Hiroshima University and plant physiology by the Tokyo Institute of Technology which is intended to lead to a breakthrough in these areas.

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GM to participate in Shanghai EV International Pilot City Partnership

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The Shanghai EV International Pilot City Partnership was organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers of China, the Jiading District Shanghai International Automobile City Management Committee Office and Tongji University. It will implement the EVI, which was jointly proposed by the governments of China and the United States at the Clean Energy Ministerial Meeting held in Washington, DC, on 19-20 July 2010.

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Why are some EV chargers more expensive than others?

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Recently, the automobile industry has developed quickly. The automobile industry is investing in protecting the environment. They utilise clean energy and help to reduce noise pollution. This type is widely becoming accepted as the universal charger type.

Researchers at KAUST, Saudi Aramco evaluating low-octane fuels for gasoline compression ignition engines

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Gasoline compression ignition (GCI) is an experimental engine technology that could consume 25% less energy than a conventional automobile engine. At the Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC) of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), significant efforts have been devoted towards formulating surrogates and developing combustion kinetics of gasolines with varying compositions and octane numbers. …

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A New Battery of Tools to Fight Patent Pollution

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Green automobile technology has a unique history that affects strategies for both navigating “patent pollution” (i.e. Because green automobile technology has its roots in the 19 th century, there is prior art relating to clean automobiles going back more than one hundred years. More recently, it seems that everyone with a garage and a creative thought is attempting to develop the next great thing in clean transportation. Perspective by David K.S.

2012 191

Tesla driving test hell: How DMV examiners’ biases are inhibiting the EV transition


After moving from the East Coast to teach at the University of California, it became pertinent for the 38-year old engineer and scientist to have his own driver’s license again. Insights from CA’s Clean Air Protectors.

DOE awards $14M to advance hydrogen fuel technologies

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To combat a limited supplier base, DOE is also announcing the launch of HFCNexus, an online tool for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, developed through a current DOE-funded project by Virginia Clean Cities at James Madison University. The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $14 million in funding for the advancement of hydrogen fuel technologies.

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Japan researchers successfully synthesize new lightweight thermoelectric material

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Researchers at the Materials Function Control Laboratory at the Toyohashi University of Technology and the Nagoya Institute of Technology have successfully synthesized a new thermoelectric material, CaMgSi, an intermetallic compound. One of the possible applications of the material is in automobiles to utilize waste heat emitted from engines, the research team suggested.

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New report suggests bioenergy crops are not a risk to food production

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Crops such as sugarcane, for example, can be eaten or converted into ethanol fuel for automobile engines. —Dr Glaucia Souza, University of São Paulo. Access to clean and reliable energy is integral to the United Nations’ sustainable development goals, along with the alleviation of poverty and eradication of hunger.

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Study: Urban grime releases NOx when exposed to sunlight

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Researchers at the University of Toronto have found that natural sunlight triggers the release of smog-forming NO x compounds from the grime that typically coats buildings, statues and other outdoor surfaces in urban areas. Urban grime, according to Dr. James Donaldson, is a mixture of thousands of chemical compounds spewed into the air by automobiles, factories and a host of other sources.

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Automotive Partnership Canada awarding nearly $19M to 6 new projects; lightweight materials, lower-cost fuel cells and Li-ion batteries

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These university-industry partnerships will receive almost $34 million in total project support. This project is led by Steven Holdcroft, Simon Fraser University, in partnership with Automotive Fuel Cell Corporation, Ballard Power Systems, Hyteon Inc., Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) are being developed worldwide as clean energy conversion devices. This project is led by Gillian Goward, McMaster University, in partnership with GM Canada, Bruker Ltd.,

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H2 Mobility initiative agrees on $474M plan for hydrogen refueling network in Germany; 400 stations by 2023

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Hydrogen is the most common element in the Universe. Accordingly the planned H2 Mobility joint venture will work closely together with the automobile industry. The Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) with its members (Air Liquide, BMW, Daimler, EnBW, Ford, GM/Opel, Hamburger Hochbahn, Honda, Hyundai, Linde, Shell, Siemens, Total, Toyota, Vattenfall Europe and Volkswagen) and others (Nissan and Intelligent Energy) welcomed the planned infrastructure development.

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Government of Canada investing $6.5M in five next-generation auto R&D projects; total project value of $16M

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These university-industry partnerships will receive more than C$16 million (US$16.4 Two of Simon Fraser University’s projects will be in partnership with Future Vehicle Technologies and Ballard Power Systems; the University of British Columbia will work with Canadian Autoparts Toyota Inc; the University of Alberta will team up with Vida Holdings Incorporated; and McMaster University will collaborate with the United States Council for Automotive Research.

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1st French-American EV Technology Forum

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DURR ECOCLEAN : a specialist in cleaning, filtration and automation systems. ENSTA PARISTECH : university training engineers with a comprehensive scientific knowledge. FAM AUTOMOBILES : a company specialized in electric vehicle (2- and 4-wheel) conception and production. FAM Automobiles is also specialized in other automotive activities: design of new parts, chassis modification, engine improvement, product management for car manufacturers and importers.

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Satellite method provides insight into ozone-NOx-VOCs sensitivity for different locations

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With a combination of computer models and space-based observations, Xiaomeng Jin at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University and her colleagues used the concentrations of ozone’s precursor molecules to infer whether ozone production increases more in the presence of nix, VOCs, or a mix of the two, for a given location. They can also arise from paint fumes, cleaning products, and pesticides, and are a by-product of burning fossil fuels in factories and automobiles.

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UC Davis, ITDP study suggests global shift to public transport, NMT and away from cars could save $100T through 2050 and cut GHGs

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One of the more affordable ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions is to design cities to give people clean options for using public transportation, walking and cycling and to move away from car-centric development, according to a new report released by the University of California, Davis, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP).

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As Electric Car Makers Ante Up Billions, Software Is Ace in the Hole

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Hence, separating EV winners from losers will depend not only on financial wherewithal, but on each competitor's "relative strength in their cyber-physical systems engineering," states Chris Paredis , the BMW Endowed Chair in Automotive Systems Integration at Clemson University.

Study finds significant slowdown in decrease of NOx emissions in US; implications for air quality management

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Jiang, who conducted much of the research during a postdoctoral fellowship at NCAR, is now with the University of Science and Technology of China. Levels of the pollutants have declined significantly since passage of the 1970 Clean Air Act, which spurred development of emission-reducing technologies, such as catalytic converters on automobiles and low nitrogen oxide burners at power plants.

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IEA: improving efficiency of road-freight transport critical to reduce oil-demand growth; three areas of focus

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Logistics, German Aerospace Center, Heriot Watt University, IFSTTAR, KAPSARC, Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research [TNO], Kuehne Logistics University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Cambridge, University of Gothenburg, University of Westminster, VTT); and consultancy firms (Ricardo Energy & Environment , CE Delft, M-FIVE).

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Naysayer Alert – the hydrogen red herring

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Second, while hydrogen can be otherwise produced through the electrolysis of water, this process requires huge amounts of clean and fresh water – a vital and highly valuable commodity of life that can’t be wasted. (Guest Post by John Murray).

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ITF launches global initiative to decarbonize transport

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The International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD has launched a major global initiative towards carbon-free transport. Transport activity currently contributes 23% of global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels, with the share expected to rise. The long-term objective of the project is to define a commonly-acceptable pathway to achieve zero transport emissions by around 2050.

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DOE announces $70M for Innovation Institute on Smart Manufacturing; advanced sensors, controls, platforms, and modeling for manufacturing

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The US Department of Energy announced up to $70 million in funding ( DE-FOA-0001263 ) for the next Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute, which will be focused on smart manufacturing. DOE partners with private and public stakeholders to support the development and deployment of innovative technologies that can improve US competitiveness, save energy, and ensure global leadership in advanced manufacturing and clean energy technologies.

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New Proposal for Discrete Road Systems for High-Speed Vehicles and Low-Speed Modes of Transportation Seeks to Enhance Sustainability Without Compromising Benefits of Motor Vehicle Use

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Noting that “ virtually all that is undesirable in the current land use transportation system stems from the fact that FHVs [fast, heavy vehicles] are present everywhere ,” Dr. Mark Delucchi at the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at UC Davis is proposing a novel urban plan designed on two universally accessible but completely independent transportation networks: one for low-speed, lightweight modes (LLMs) of transportation and one for fast, heavy vehicles (FHVs).

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Cal Energy Commission adopts report outlining how state transforming transportation system to meet climate goals

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The California Energy Commission adopted its 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR) Update, which outlines, among many things, how the state is working to transform the transportation system to zero- and near-zero technologies and fuels to meet its climate and clean air goals. The PEV market continues to grow in California with 20 models of full battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles offered by almost every automobile manufacturer to California consumers.

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Working paper argues new US energy efficiency regulations are ineffective at GHG reduction and incorrectly override consumer preference

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Instead, according to a new working paper by a duo from The Brookings Institution and Vanderbilt University, the bulk of the estimated benefits from the regulations stem from private benefits such as fuel savings to consumers, based on the regulators’ presumption of consumer irrationality. Kip Viscusi, Vanderbilt University Distinguished Professor, with primary. 12-21, Mercatus Center, George Mason University.

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GM Unveils EN-V Concepts for Future Urban Mobility

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By comparison, today’s typical automobile weighs more than 1,500 kilograms and is three times as long. In addition, today’s automobiles require more than 10 square meters of parking space and are parked more than 90% of the time. EN-V’s smaller size and greater maneuverability mean the same parking lot can accommodate five times as many EN-Vs as typical automobiles. The Jiao EN-V model. Click to enlarge. GM and its strategic partner Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp.

2010 225

DOE awards $54M to 13 projects for transformational manufacturing technologies and materials; top two awards go to carbon fiber materials and electrodes for next-gen batteries

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The selected projects range from improving manufacturing processes that reduce the energy needed to make components for aircraft and vehicles, to lowering the production costs of carbon fiber for a wide range of clean energy products. Low-cost carbon fiber has widespread application in automobiles, wind turbines, and various other industrial applications. Collaborators include Duke University and Veolia, Inc. Collaborators include Purdue University; Georgia Institute of.

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SAE New Energy Vehicle Forum: China’s focus on NEVs may have profound impact on future of transportation

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But the ironic piece is that the [Chinese] companies that are trying to reinvent transportation have the least experience at developing the automobile. The first target (1999-2002) was compressed natural gas (CNG), liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and other combustion alternative fuel vehicles (CAFVs), in a program called the Clean Auto Auction. Biofuels and clean combustion.

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GE study finds 5% of worlds natural gas production wasted per year by flaring

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Gas flaring emits 400 million metric tons of CO 2 annually, the same as 77 million automobiles, without producing useful heat or electricity. —David Victor, director of the Laboratory on International Law & Regulation at the University of California San Diego. Targeted technology funds and carbon partnerships also can facilitate projects, along with carbon financing and expanded eligibility for flare gas reduction within the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism.

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National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Batteries Opts for Kentucky Site for Li-ion Plant

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President Obama has specifically noted the importance of developing lithium-ion batteries to ensure that the United States plays a central role in producing the next generation of clean technology automobiles. The National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Batteries (NAATBatt) ( earlier post ) has selected a site in Hardin County, Kentucky to build a more than $600-million automotive lithium-ion battery plant.

One Million and 300 Million

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Here's part of Obama's plan thanks to Politico : Obama calls for 'clean energy' nation By MIKE ALLEN Sen. Barack Obama on Monday called reducing the nation’s energy consumption “the great test of our time” and proposed billions of dollars in subsidies for business and consumers to encourage a “ clean energy “ future. “We John McCain Will Propose A $300 Million Prize To Improve Battery Technology For Full Commercial Development Of Plug-In Hybrid And Fully Electric Automobiles.

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Revenge of the Electric Car

Last week, the Obama administration announced new fuel economy standards for automobiles that provides some incentives for electric cars. “We can see a role for more efficient vehicles in a New York City with vastly diminished automobile use.&#. Robert Paaswell, director of the University Transportation Research Center, would probably agree. “It’s a conundrum because ultimately there aren’t too many clean energy sources.

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