India’s Shoonya campaign aims to boost electric last-mile deliveries

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NITI Aayog, the Government of India’s official think tank, with support from RMI and RMI India, has launched a campaign to transform last-mile deliveries and eliminate pollution through consumer engagement. Even when electricity sector emissions are included, pollution from EVs are still less than gas-powered vehicles, and will only get cleaner as the grid decarbonizes.

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London study suggests PHEV vans a practical, accessible solution for cleaner air in European cities

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The trial—supported by a £4.7-million (US$5.9-million) grant from the UK Government-funded Advanced Propulsion Centre—consisted of 20 Ford Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid vans ( earlier post ) covering 240,000 km (150,000 miles) over a 12-month period. Commercial vehicles in London together make 280,000 journeys on a typical weekday, traveling a total of 13 million km (8 million miles); this figure is rising.

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Cleaner Cars from Cradle to Grave

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The article refers to a detail study comparing for example an average midsize midrange BEV with an average midsize gasoline-powered car : it takes just 4,900 miles of driving to “pay back” !!

EPRI-NRDC report finds widespread vehicle electrification and a cleaner grid could lead to substantial cuts in GHG by 2050

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Use of electric vehicles would achieve greater reductions in GHG emissions, corresponding to the rate that the electric grid becomes cleaner, through greater reliance on renewables and low- and non-emitting generation. For wide-spread adoption, the analysis assumes that the electric vehicle market share grows from approximately 1% today to a substantial share of total sales, such that by 2050 electricity is powering 53% of personal vehicle miles traveled.

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King County Metro to begin testing electric buses that can travel more than 140 miles on a single charge

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King County Metro, the public transit authority of King County, Washington, which includes the city of Seattle, will soon begin testing long-range battery-powered buses that can travel more than 140 miles on a single charge, the latest milestone toward a zero-emission fleet. Now it is using its purchasing power to demonstrate that there is strong market demand for quieter and cleaner battery-powered buses.

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ClearRefining Process Upgrades ULSD to Lighter, Cleaner-Burning Fuel; Nevada Designates it an Alternative Fuel

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Nevada-based Advanced Refining Concepts, LLC, (ARC) has developed a process—called ClearRefining—for the upgrading of ultra-low sulfur diesel to a lighter, cleaner burning, higher quality fuel. The site is on 10 acres owned by the company at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, located 10 miles east of Reno, Nev.

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UPS hits target of 1 billion alternative-fueled miles one year early

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UPS has achieved its goal of driving 1 billion miles in its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet one year earlier than planned, and marked more than 10 years of learning from its “Rolling Laboratory” of now more than 7,200 alternative fuel vehicles. With more than 100,000 drivers logging more than 3 billion miles per year, our future depends on our ability to meet the growing demand for global trade while reducing our impact on the environment.

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Allison Transmission’s eGen Flex electric hybrid solution introduced in NYC Transit buses

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The eGen Flex system—comprising the drive unit, inverter and rechargeable energy storage system—includes full electric drive capability for up to 10 miles, depending upon duty cycle and accessory load demands.

UCS: ride-hailing trips can produce nearly 70% greater emissions compared to private car trips

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This significant increase in emissions comes in part from “deadheading”—the miles a driver travels waiting for a ride request or picking up a passenger. The error bars for ride-hailing represent uncertainty in the percentage of deadheading miles.

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Spokane Transit adds 12 New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE EVs

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New Flyer of America Inc. announced that the Spokane Transit Authority (STA) unveiled its first 60-foot, five-door electric Xcelsior CHARGE City Line bus, as part of a contract that New Flyer won in June 2020.

NHTSA to propose new fuel economy standards soon; 8% increase per year for MY 2024-2026

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The new standards would increase fuel efficiency 8% annually for model years 2024-2026 and increase the estimated fleetwide average by 12 miles per gallon for model year 2026, relative to model year 2021. NHTSA’s proposal comes as the automobile industry is retooling future models in response to market demand for cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles.

REG to supply biodiesel/renewable diesel blend to 12 locations in Nor Cal

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On an annual basis, the fuel consumed through this agreement will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 250,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to more than 6 million miles driven by an average passenger vehicle.

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Phoenix Motorcars deploys electric cargo truck to service family-owned business in Sacramento

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Funded through the Sacramento Emergency Clean Air & Transportation Grant Program (SECAT), the electric box truck deployment highlights the appetite amongst fleets in California to choose cleaner, sustainable transportation options.

CARB scrap-and-replace incentive program Clean Cars 4 All reaches 10,000th participant milestone

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As a direct result of the state’s Clean Cars 4 All program, more than 10,000 Californians have now scrapped old, dirty cars and replaced them with cleaner alternatives such as new and used zero-emission, plug-in hybrid, or hybrid cars. miles per gallon.

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City of Santa Monica converting bus fleet to renewable natural gas

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The City of Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus (BBB) has become one of the country’s first municipal transit authorities to convert its fleet to renewable natural gas (RNG), rated 90% cleaner than diesel. The process of harvesting and processing Redeem provides a product that has fewer impurities than conventional natural gas and is a cleaner burning fuel source.

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Motiv Power Systems secures $15M in funding from GMAG Holdings Corp.

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This new funding comes as the commercial electric vehicle (EV) market is gaining momentum as fleet owners look to meet new regulations, reduce costs, and answer social pressures for cleaner transportation options. In April, Motiv logged 1 million electric miles among several of the largest fleets in North America, equating to 900 plus metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) eliminated—the equivalent to 213 passenger vehicles driven for one year.

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Con Edison, Lion and Posi-Plus developing all-electric bucket truck

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The class 8 truck will be capable of putting in a full day’s work and traveling an estimated 130 miles on a single charge.

London City Commuting: Why an EV makes sense

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Electric cars also contribute to better air quality in London and other city centres, making them cleaner and healthier for everyone. Commuters usually cover a lot of miles over a year, translating into huge savings on fuel costs when you go electric.

Wabtec signs MOUs with CMU, Genesee & Wyoming to decarbonize freight rail & improve safety; battery and fuel cell locomotives

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G&W’s Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad will pilot technologies developed by the Freight Rail Innovation Institute, including a zero-emissions battery and hydrogen-powered train that is planned for revenue operation over 200 miles of track between Pittsburgh and Buffalo, NY within the next three years.

Efficient Drivetrains introduces CNG PHEV for agriculture work truck applications

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The vehicle combines the benefits of a CNG Fuel system and Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) technology and is geared to help agriculture fleets switch from petroleum-based liquid fuels to domestically available, cleaner burning natural gas and electricity. The new vehicle provides 40+ miles of all electric, zero-emissions driving, and range extension utilizing CNG, resulting in a significant elimination of particulate matter that its traditional diesel counterparts expel.

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Electric cars buyers guide

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Outdated phrase coined in the mid 2000s when electric car ranges were sub 50 miles, pops up still, does not affect electric car drivers beyond their first week behind the wheel. New EVs have vastly improved battery technology, allowing them to cover many more miles on a single charge.

Panasonic working with with Tropos Motors to advance electric compact utility vehicles

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Panasonic is working together with Tropos Motors to address the needs of businesses that depend on small commercial vehicles with the right mix of technologies and electrification solutions that also add societal value by providing cleaner alternatives. Tropos ABLE vehicles vary in applications, ranging from emergency services to facilities, agriculture, and last-mile cargo delivery.

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California Governor orders all new cars and passenger trucks sold in California be ZEVS by 2035; medium-and heavy duty trucks by 2045

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The upfront cost of electric vehicles are projected to reach parity with conventional vehicles in just a matter of years, and the cost of owning the car—both in maintenance and how much it costs to power the car mile for mile—is less than a fossil-fuel burning vehicle. It supports companies who transition their upstream and downstream oil production operations to cleaner alternatives.

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PG&E launches $4M rebate program for customers using compressed natural gas as transportation fuel

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Each mile driven using compressed natural gas reduces vehicle greenhouse gas emissions by 30% compared to gasoline cars and 25% compared to diesel trucks. Compressed natural gas is mainly used by businesses or government agencies for their fleet vehicles as it can provide a cleaner and more affordable way to fuel. Additionally, compressed natural gas continues to get cleaner as both fuel and engine technologies advance and become more efficient.

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Micromobility: Shared Scooter Leader Bird Offers E-Bikes

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The 500-watt Bafang electric motor in the rear hub moves you along at 20 miles per hour with a range of up to 50 miles from the removable 36-volt battery. It lasts longer and is likely cleaner and easier to maintain. I can’t use one to pedal 29 miles to work.

UC Davis researcher finds ride-hailing EVs offer triple the emissions benefits of a personally owned EV

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Ride-hailing vehicles travel more miles than personal vehicles, making them more efficient. Electric vehicles are beneficial, and that benefit is larger if you’re traveling more miles and charging from renewable sources during the day. That said, California passed legislation in 2018 that compels transportation networking companies to become cleaner, and part of that involves electrification.

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Toyota introduces second-generation Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle as design and technology flagship

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The RWD layout also allowed for increased hydrogen storage to boost EPA-estimated range to 402 miles (Mirai XLE grade), a 30% increase over the first-generation Mirai. The inlet design and sound-absorbing material in the air cleaner prevent air column resonance.

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NY to award $18.9M to increase number of electric buses in state

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million for school bus operators to acquire cleaner forms of transportation with lower emissions. Under this program, purchasers of new all-electric transit buses are eligible to have 100% of the incremental vehicle cost covered on the condition that these buses are housed at bus depots or operate on routes located within a half-mile of a disadvantaged community. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a series of initiatives to increase the number of electric buses in New York.

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The environmental impact of electric cars

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This is cleaner and better for the environment than producing petrol and diesel. This will allow the grid to draw renewable energy from cars and vans which are plugged in, with their batteries replenished when energy is cleaner at off-peak times.

Tritium, Miller providing fast chargers and light-duty EVs for mining industry

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At 175kW of output, the RT175-S can provide 171 kilometers (106 miles) of range to an EV in as little as 10 minutes. In 2011 Miller realized that new technologies were needed to offer a cleaner, safer environment for mine workers and the general environment.

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2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid First To Meet SULEV20 Standards

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The plug-in Accord's per-mile output of only 20 milligrams of smog-forming emissions allows it to meet the California Air Resources Board's new SULEV20 standards. SULEV20, or "Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle 20" is one-third cleaner Honda's 2014 Accord Plug-In Hybrid has become the first vehicle to meet California's latest new emissions standard.

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ARB fines 12 ocean-going shippers $476,750 for violating low-sulfur fuel regulation

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The California Air Resources Board has fined 12 shipping companies a combined $476,750 for failure to switch from high-sulfur diesel “bunker” fuel to cleaner, low-sulfur marine distillate fuel upon entering Regulated California Waters, as required by state law. All were fined for either failing to switch to cleaner fuel within 24 nautical miles of the California coast, or for switching fuels in an untimely manner: Univan Maritime Ltd.

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California trucking firm switches fleet of 600+ trucks to Neste renewable diesel

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Ecology, a transportation and logistics company in California, has switched its fleet of more than 600 trucks to run on Neste MY Renewable Diesel and is reporting cleaner fuel filters, fewer maintenance problems and reductions in tailpipe emissions. Switching 600 trucks, which drive on average 25,000 miles per year at approximately 2.5

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PNNL’s hydrothermal liquefaction shows promise for turning toxic algal blooms into biocrude

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The location—Lake Okeechobee, Florida—is a shallow lake covering roughly 740 square miles where massive blooms form annually and have increased in severity during the past decade. In other words, with removal of the algae and associated nutrients such as phosphorus, the water was much cleaner when returned to the lake.

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Electric company car tax explained

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The ability to claim 4p per mile if you drive your company car on business. Whether you’re more concerned about reducing your carbon footprint or cutting costs, the UK’s ever-expanding charging network means it’s easy to keep your battery topped up even if you cover a lot of miles each day.

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BMW Group and PG&E launching ChargeForward Phase 3 pilot; V2G testing

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Highlights from the ChargeForward Phase 2 pilot include: More than 1 million miles were powered by 100% renewable energy charging during a one-year period. The pilot is designed to further explore how to optimize EV charging with renewables on the electric grid and enable more customers to power their EVs with cleaner energy.

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Octopus launches ‘Electric Dreams’ – An EV leasing company unlocking salary sacrifice for businesses

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Being able to offer something that promotes cleaner transport has been a real benefit to helping our team live our mission of a more sustainable world – they are amazed at what a brilliant deal this is.”

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CARB adopts electric truck rule: Advanced Clean Trucks

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This new rule directly addresses disproportionate risks and health and pollution burdens affecting these communities and puts California on the path for an all zero-emission short-haul drayage fleet in ports and railyards by 2035, and zero-emission “last-mile” delivery trucks and vans by 2040.

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CARB puts HVIP on hold after receiving voucher requests for entire $142M budget

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CARB, in partnership with CALSTART, launched HVIP and Low NO x Engine Incentives in 2009 to accelerate the purchase of cleaner, more-efficient trucks and buses in California. In total, the program has helped more than 1,500 California fleets buy cleaner vehicles. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has put the Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project (HVIP) on hold after receiving voucher requests for its entire $142-million budget.

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Big Blue Bus receives nearly $900K to purchase 58 new Cummins-Westport Near-Zero NOx engines

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Serving Santa Monica and the Los Angeles area since 1928, Big Blue Bus operates a fleet of almost 200 vehicles transporting more than 61,000 passengers daily across a 51-square mile service area. Nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to a cleaner environment, the entire fleet operates on alternative fuels, including renewable natural gas (RNG).

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Ricardo partners with Achates Power to launch West Coast powertrain team

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Achates Power, based a couple miles south of the new Ricardo facility, develops opposed-piston internal combustion engine technology for international clientele. Both companies are located in the San Diego area, we both develop cleaner, more efficient engines and our first order of business is to support Ricardo as they work on an expanding set of opposed-piston internal combustion engine projects.

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Port of Los Angeles surpasses 2023 pollution reduction targets five years ahead of schedule; NOx down 60% from 2005

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This is why cleaner technology and increased efficiency matter. The more cargo we move, the more CO 2 emissions we generate, and greater the need to switch to cleaner low-carbon based equipment, while continuing to optimize port operations. The largest ships tend to be new-builds with cleaner engines, another contributor to clean air gains reported in 2017. More ships also are reducing fuel consumption by slowing down within 40 nautical miles of the Port.

EIA projects decline in transportation sector energy consumption through 2037 despite increase in VMT, followed by increase

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EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2019 projects continued robust growth in US energy production, emergence of the United States as an energy exporter, and a cleaner S electric power generation mix. For the Transportation sector, EIA projects that energy consumption will decline between 2019 and 2037 (in the Reference case) because increases in fuel economy more than offset growth in vehicle miles traveled (VMT). trillion miles in 2018 to 3.5

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