Stimulus Bill Provides Major Increase in Plug-in Vehicle Purchase Credit Program

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The $787-billion stimulus bill (HR 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) that emerged from the joint House-Senate conference committee this week provides funds for a large range of transportation-related projects. It also made significant changes in the current plug-in vehicle tax credit program, including increasing the limit from a program total of 250,000 vehicles to a maximum of 200,000 plug-ins per manufacturer. Department of Energy.

DOE to Award Up to $300M in Stimulus Bill Funding for Projects to Expand Use of Alt-Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicles

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The US Department of Energy has issued a $300-million Funding Opportunity Announcement ( DE-PS26-09NT01236-04 ) for applications for cost-shared projects that expand the use of alternative fueled vehicles and advanced technology vehicles. The installation or acquisition of infrastructure necessary to directly support an alternative fueled vehicle or advanced technology vehicle is also eligible. Incremental cost of dedicated alternative fuel vehicles.

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New report showcases innovative finance tools to electrify truck, bus fleets; TCE Toolkit

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Broader collaboration among key stakeholders and a new generation of finance solutions will be needed to electrify trucks and buses at scale by 2050, according to a report released today by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), MJ Bradley and Vivid Economics.

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Dayton RTA Adding 10 Gillig Hybrid Buses

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Dayton RTA used two-thirds of the stimulus money it received in spring, 2009, to buy buses, offsetting the cost of fleet replacement and reducing the agency’s budget deficit. RTA purchased the hybrids along with a package of several 40-foot diesel and medium-duty buses at a total cost of $13.3 The Dayton, Ohio RTA is adding 10 hybrid buses to its fleet, which also includes electric trolley buses.

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EIA expects US motor fuel consumption to increase this summer, but remain below 2019 levels

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The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts an increase in demand for petroleum products during the 2021 summer driving season as the impacts of COVID-19 diminish in the United States. EIA’s annual Summer Fuels Outlook, released today with EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), expects a 15% increase in US highway travel this summer but still less highway travel than in the summer of 2019. per gallon this summer, compared with last summer’s average of $2.07/gal.

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Study Concludes Cash for Clunkers Program Is an Expensive Way to Reduce Carbon; Paying Nearly 10x the Projected Price of Carbon Credits

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program is paying nearly 10 times the projected price of carbon credits per ton in the best-case scenario, according to an analysis of the implied cost of carbon dioxide reductions under the program by UC Davis transportation economist Christopher Knittel. While carbon credits are projected to sell in the US for about $28 per ton (current price in Europe is about $20), Knittel found that the best-case estimates of the cost of the clunkers rebate is $237 per ton.

Brookings analysts recommend against repeating cash for clunkers program in future recession

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However, the cost of CO 2 reduced was comparable or lower than that achieved through less cost-effective policies such as the tax subsidy for electric vehicles, the analysis concluded. Cost per job created. Cost per ton of carbon reduced. 677,842 clunkers were traded in between 1 July 2009 and 24 August 2009 as part of the program, which issued $2.85 The small increase in employment came at a far higher implied cost per job created ($1.4

Study finds solo hybrid drivers in California HOV lanes amplify congestion, create up to $4,500 per car in adverse social costs annually

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Allowing single-occupant low-emission cars in California to use high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes on congested highways exacerbates the congestion and causes up to about $4,500 per car in adverse social costs annually, including increased commute times and carbon dioxide emissions, according to a new study in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. Between August 2005 and June 2011, California law allowed owners of hybrid vehicles achieving at least 45 mpg (5.2

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Azure Dynamics Sells Five Balance Hybrid Electric Buses to Votran

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The Votran-specified vehicles utilized a 22-foot Turtle Top Odyssey body and are flexible enough to accommodate 14 passengers or four wheelchairs or various combinations of the two. FTA stimulus funds covered 100% of the cost of the vehicles. The drive train also offers a significant reduction in maintenance costs including up to 75% reduction in brake maintenance versus conventionally equipped competitors.

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Pike forecasts 26.4% CAGR for electric-drive buses to 2018; hybrid, battery-electric and fuel cell

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6 years, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26.4% In a new report, “ Electric Drive Buses ”, Pike finds that China market will constitute the majority of global electric drive bus sales, while some of the more developed markets will see fluctuations in electric bus uptake. The Africa/Middle East countries will see very little uptake due to the high cost of electric buses and infrastructure, the report finds. million kWh by 2018, a CAGR of 42%.

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Coulomb, MasterCard, and the future of public charging

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The charge stations and installations were paid for with federal stimulus and California Energy Commission grants won by Coulomb. Mayor Newsom and many city employees were there, along with large signs and representatives of MasterCard. Richard Lowenthal, Coulomb CEO, threw out the figure of $2 for the charge, but noted the host can set the fee. If you are a business in a program area, you can get the same deal - free charge stations paid for by stimulus money.

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Feds Offer Free Chargers

Revenge of the Electric Car

Nine United States regions will receive 4,600 free chargers for public and private use through the ChargePoint America program, funded in part by $15 million in stimulus funds administered by the Energy Department. We’re excited to be part of this program, because it gets both public and private infrastructure installed in key areas of the U.S.,” said Mike Tinskey, manager of vehicle electrification and infrastructure at Ford. Would-be buyers of E.V.’s

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PwC industry survey provides check-up on determining factors for EV success

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PwC has released the first edition of the “Charging Forward: Electric Vehicle Survey”, which it developed to provide a check-up on some of the major determining factors for the success of EVs in the near-, mid- and long-term. The survey addresses a range of topics relevant to the success of plug-in electric drive vehicles, including product design (i.e., of those surveyed. Global hybrid + EV assembly forecast. Source: PwC. Click to enlarge.

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Pike Research forecasts 37% CAGR for EV charging equipment, with 2.4 million units sold in 2020; wireless charging to show strong growth

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In a new report , Pike Research forecasts that global sales of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment (EVSE) will grow at a steady pace from 2012 to 2020 as the global market for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) grows. million in 2020 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 37%, according to Pike’s projections. Pike expects more than 80 different models of PEVs will be found on roadways across the globe next year, and at least as many models of.

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Report from the REFF-Wall Street; Themes in Renewable Energy Finance

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ACORE is an organization of member companies and institutions that are dedicated to moving renewable energy into the mainstream of America’s economy. Ed Feo is a partner with the law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and was voted one of the “Five Most Influential People in Renewable Energy” in 2008 by Euromoney / Institutional Investor. Energy Markets in a State of Change. M barrels/day of oil within the next 10 years ”. chance of default.

IRENA, IEA study concludes meeting 2?C scenario possible with net positive economics

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Perspectives for the Energy Transition: Investment Needs for a Low-Carbon Energy Transition —a joint study by IRENA and the IEA—launched on the occasion of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, presents the case that increased deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency in G20 countries and globally can achieve the emissions reductions needed to keep global temperature rise to no more than two-degrees Celsius, avoiding the most severe impacts of climate change.

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Saskatchewan and Montana Partner on Major Carbon Capture and Storage Project

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Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer to work together on the development of one of the largest international carbon capture and storage demonstration projects to date. Development of a North American training facility to meet the needs of a growing CCS industry and regulators, based primarily at the University of Regina and Montana State University.

GE to Open Sodium-Metal Halide Battery Plant in New York

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The battery business will be a part of GE Transportation and will serve customers in the rail, marine, mining, telecommunications and utility sectors. GE says the planned facility will produce approximately 10 million sodium-metal halide cells each year—equivalent to 900 MWh of energy storage, or enough to support 1,000 GE hybrid locomotives. The announcement coincides with GE’s submission this week for federal stimulus dollars from the US Department of Energy.

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ADB Study Finds Annual Economic Losses in Southeast Asia from Climate Change Could be More Than Twice the Global Average

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Southeast Asia, one of the most vulnerable regions in the world to climate change—due to its long coastlines, high concentration of population and economic activity in coastal areas, and heavy reliance on agriculture, natural resources, and forestry—is likely to suffer more from climate change than the global average, according to a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) study, titled The Economics of Climate Change in Southeast Asia: A Regional Review.

Renewable Energy Generation: Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy, a lesson exported from Detroit

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RPS policies as of March 2011. On May 25, 1961 President John F Kennedy, in a special joint session of Congress, declared, “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.” Instead there is a state-by-state voluntary program, influenced by private sector interests, with differing goals, means of execution and time frames.

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Major study concludes achieving EU 2050 transport decarbonization goals will require portfolio of advanced powertrains; fuel cells, battery-electric and plug-in hybrids

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The study focused on a portfolio of powertrains: BEVs, FCEVs, PHEVs and ICEs, taking into account significant advances in ICE technology between now and 2020. The study—“A portfolio of powertrains for Europe: a fact-based analysis”—compares the economics, sustainability and performance of fuel cell, battery-electric, hybrid-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in achieving the decarbonization goal.

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CEC report sets out North American plan for change and investment to achieve sustainable freight transportation

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Cross-border cooperation to improve environmental performance of the North American freight system is urgently needed not just to enhance environmental sustainability, but to safeguard regional economic competitiveness, according to a new report from the Secretariat of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). This report is something of a roadmap to both sustainability and prosperity. Lack of integrated land-use and freight transportation planning.

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Revenge of the Electric Car

This Tesla is one of a number of electric cars coming on the market. From the article: ‘The New York study anticipates that by 2015, electric vehicle prices should decline because of reduced battery costs, that there will be a sufficient supply of electric vehicles to purchase, and that consumers will take advantage of the existing federal tax credit of $7,500 for new electric cars. percent of the city’s 11.8

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GM: Let's Hash Out Open Plug-In Car Standards

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We noted in December that the Society of Automotive Engineers, or SAE, was working to update standards for the interface between plug-in electric cars and the grid, and planned to agree on a set within months. Here we are four months later: GM is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy , and its turnaround plan — which gave the Chevy Volt a central role – has gotten a less-than-rave review from the Obama administration.

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The Most Powerful Greenius In America

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It’s not sexy and it doesn’t make a bunch of old school, balding, white, male, carbon collaborators stinking filthy rich, so it’s no wonder they’ve done every evil and despicable thing in their power to keep this weapon from being aimed at them. And the people who are going to try to stop us will be decimated along with their evil, hell-based philosophy, the one they’ve been spewing without fear of justice – until now.

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Has the cash for clunkers scheme failed? The Green Piece

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With payments of up to $4,500 for motorists willing to swap their ageing gas guzzling vehicles for more fuel efficient ones, it seemed like a ‘can’t lose’ scheme with consumers getting cheaper cars, the automotive industry enjoying more sales and the environment boosted by a reduction in harmful emissions. With General Motors and Chrysler also showing signs of modest improvement, all looked rosy. A money saving scheme that’s proving costly.

Chrysler unveils new electric minivan for the US Postal Service

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Postal Service Minivan - Click above for high-res gallery Chrysler is celebrating Earth Day today by unveiling the first four of what will be a fleet of 250 battery-powered minivans for the U.S. The USPS will be using the vans for a variety of duties at locations around the country – including daily home delivery. However, the electric drive portion of the vehicles, including the motor, electronics and A123 System lithium ion battery pack is identical.

Why Warren Buffett is investing in electric car company BYD - Apr. 13, 2009

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News | Markets | Technology | Personal Finance | Small Business | RSS Newsletters Video Home Fortune 500 Technology Investing Management Rankings Warren Buffett takes charge Warren Buffett hasnt just seen the car of the future, hes sitting in the drivers seat. But Buffett, who is 78, was intrigued by Mungers description of the entrepreneur behind BYD, a man named Wang Chuan-Fu, whom he had met through a mutual friend. "They are the top of the top," he says.

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Electric-Car Fans Rally Around the Volt - Green Inc. Blog -

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Supporters of the car say that’s shortsighted. Electric car supporters are rising to defend General Motors’ development of the Chevy Volt after the Obama Administration’s automotive task force proclaimed that the car was probably too expensive to be commercially successful in the near future. is hoping to launch the Volt in late 2010 with a price tag of about $40,000. report titled, “The Comeback of the Electric Car? the viability of GM as a company.

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Cleantech Blog: Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles

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A Perfect Storm for Water Counting Calories and Counting Carbon: The Role of. Review of Forestry Carbon Standards 2008 Ford Partners to Commercialize Electric Vehicles A New "Green" Deal.Direction for the economic re. People-Oriented Development Current Status of REDD Financing the Fifth Fuel Peak Phosphorus - Commence Urine Recyling on Space. The Three Prongs of the “Green&# Energy Stimulus Pa.

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Electric Cars and a Smarter Grid - Green Inc. Blog -

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Analysts are sanguine about this kind of thing becoming more common — someday. I would say that electricity is a vastly superior fuel for the light vehicle fleet,” said Willett Kempton , a professor and alternative energy specialist at the University of Delaware. Most days, most cars are going to have lots of extra battery capacity,” said Mr. Kempton, noting that on average, American automobiles get driven for just one hour each day. but not all of it.

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Rapid Charging Electric Cars: How Fast, How Soon?

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Written by Josie Garthwaite 9 Comments Posted March 31st, 2009 at 5:00 am in Automotive Before unveiling the concept version of its Model S sedan, an $57,400 electric car that Tesla Motors wants to build using loans from the Department of Energy, the startup said the Model S battery would be designed to handle rapid charging. While the Model S is in the concept phase of development, rapid charging represents a very real focus for battery developers and electric car makers.

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