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Volvo Cars successfully places first green bond, raises €500M

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Volvo Cars successfully placed its first green bond, raising €500 million from a diverse group of institutional investors and further increasing the company’s financial flexibility. A green bond is a type of fixed-income instrument that is specifically earmarked to raise money for climate and environmental projects. The proceeds of the bond will be used to fund the design, development and manufacturing of fully electric cars in line with the company’s recently established Green Finance Framework

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EPA chief pushes back on California ban on sales of gas vehicles by 2035

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California's plan to ban sales of new gasoline cars in 2035 is already facing resistance from the federal government. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) boss Andrew Wheeler on Monday questioned the California plan in a letter, Reuters reported. The plan "raises serious questions regarding its legality and practicality," Wheeler reportedly.

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Polestar Precept on its way to production

Discover EV

As you might expect from a brand that started off as its performance arm, Polestar's two production cars – the 1 and 2 – are derived from Volvos. It has now confirmed that its first car developed completely in-house, the Precept, is on the way to development, and it's a car that will set the tone for future models.

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V2G Tech Solves EV & Energy Storage Markets' Pressing Problems

Electra Vehicles

Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) innovations are quickly overtaking the electric vehicle and CleanTech conversations worldwide as OEMs and grid companies alike search for solutions to common EV and energy issues. V2G technology presents promising results by directly reducing end user cost of ownership, increasing the available energy storage capacity in smart grids, and decreasing the wear on battery packs during fast charging by way of intelligent algorithms in both the vehicle and the charger.

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How serious is Norway about climate change? So much that its streetlights self-dim

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Rolls-Royce completes ground-testing of technology set to power the world’s fastest all-electric plane: ACCEL

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Rolls-Royce has completed testing of the technology that will power the world’s fastest all-electric plane. All the technology has been tested on a full-scale replica of the plane’s core—called an ‘ionBird’—including a 500hp electric powertrain powerful enough to set world speed records and a battery with enough energy to supply 250 homes.

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Mercedes-Benz offering world-first solid-state batteries in city bus

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After years of discussion and millions of dollars invested by automakers, Mercedes-Benz will put solid-state batteries into a production vehicle. However, that vehicle is not a car, but a bus. Mercedes announced Friday that its eCitaro and articulated eCitaro G buses are going into production with optional solid-state batteries, alongside.

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Announcing Canada’s electric vehicle industry leaders

Plug N Drive

Plug’n Drive and the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Electric Vehicle Awards. The Electric Vehicle Awards, now in their sixth year, recognize Ca­nadian car dealerships and electrical utilities that are leaders in the sale and promotion of electric vehicles. Dealerships that are being recognized have an impressive combination of sales, marketing efforts and public outreach to actively increase EV sales in their communities.

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ZeroAvia completes first hydrogen-electric passenger plane flight

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ZeroAvia recently completed the first hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered flight of a commercial-grade aircraft. The flight took place at the company’s R&D facility in Cranfield, England, with the Piper M-class six-seat plane completing taxi, takeoff, a full pattern circuit, and landing. This milestone on the road to commercial zero-emission flight is part of the HyFlyer project , a sequential R&D program supported by the UK Government and follows the UK’s first commercial-scale battery-electric flight,

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2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge electric SUV production begins, US deliveries by January

Green Car Reports

Volvo announced Thursday that production of its first fully electric vehicle, the XC40 T8 Recharge, has started in Ghent, Belgium. The electric SUV is bound for the U.S. starting late this year, and in terms of pricing, performance, and packaging, it’s shaping up to be one of the closest rivals yet to the Tesla Model Y. Volvo Cars North.

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Beijing Motor Show 2020 highlights

Discover EV

China's burgeoning domestic car industry is fast-tracking EVs and no event demonstrates this more than the Beijing Motor Show – aka AutoChina 2020. This year EVs dominated, with domestic manufacturers joined by European and US car makers keen to break into the Chinese market.

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Faurecia and Accenture partner on products and services for connected and autonomous vehicles

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Future Tesla buyiers guide

Supercharged EV

Looking for reasons to buy an EV ? You get some free supercharging if you place your order using a referral code ( here is mine if you want [link] ) You save the planet as EVs emit far less CO2 van ICE You save money on gas ( using free supercharge as per 1., and because electricity is cheap) You save on maintenance, as EVs are virtually maintenance free.

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New iron-based superelastic alloy capable of withstanding extreme temperatures

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Researchers from Tohoku University’s Graduate School of Engineering have discovered a novel iron-based superelastic alloy (SEA) capable of withstanding extreme temperatures—both high and low. A paper on the work is published in Science. SEAs are found in a wide variety of commercial applications because of their superelasticity, allowing them to regain their original shape.

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Chevy Bolt EV electric cargo van: Little-known official upfit makes it so

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General Motors has hinted at plans to launch an electric van aimed at commercial fleets, but it turns out GM already has one in its lineup. That vehicle is the Chevrolet Bolt EV, which is available as a cargo van through GM's fleet-sales division. That option went seemingly unnoticed—or at least forgotten—until The Drive spotted a GM.

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With 9M CR-Vs sold globally, Honda debuts its CR-V Hybrid

Current EV

The Honda CR-V has an incredible record of global sales. More than 9 million CR-Vs have been sold worldwide in 150 countries since ’95. In the USA, a total of 384,168 CR-Vs were sold in 2019 alone (wheelsjoint.com). In the SUV market, it ranks second only to the Toyota RAV4. By John Coulter, CURRENT EV CMO. Launched in Japan in 1995, the CR-V became one of the pioneer models of what has become the highly popular Compact SUV segment.

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ExxonMobil announces 6th oil discovery offshore Guyana with Ranger-1; Guyana may move from non-producer to regional powerhouse

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Tesla Battery Day summary :Battery Costs should Drop by Half Within 3 Years

Supercharged EV

Musk announced a series of advances, and these are realistic goals and incremental improvements in the individual components and processes, that will yield to : --> a 54 percent increase in range --> a 56 percent decrease in the dollar per kilowatt-hour pack price --> a 69 percent decrease in capital investment required for manufacturing. All these can surely enable Tesla to make a $25,000 electric vehicle in three years.

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Electrify America launches 8 solar-powered EV charging stations in rural Fresno County

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Electrify America (EA), the largest open DC fast charging network in the US, is increasing access to sustainable electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure for rural Californians with the deployment of eight new solar-powered, off-grid charging stations across Fresno County. The eight are the first tranche of 30 Beam Global (formerly Envision Solar) EV ARC charging stations to be deployed by EA in rural areas of the state.

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Ford points to its stand with California: Cleaner air, more EVs

Green Car Reports

As it prepares to launch mass-market electric cars, Ford is touting its stance in favor of California's stricter emissions standards. Ford was the only United States automaker to commit to a voluntary deal to meet tougher California standards—something the automaker reiterated in a short video last week. For decades, California has held a.

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BMW M3 and M4 Competition arrive with 503bhp

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Say hello to the new BMW M3 and M4 range, which is set to land in the UK in early 2021

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Proterra’s ZX5 next-generation electric transit bus

Electric Car Blog

Proterra has sold electric buses to over 120 customers in North America—more than any other manufacturer, the company claims. Now Proterra has introduced its fifth-generation battery-electric transit vehicle, the Proterra ZX5 electric bus. The ZX5 is available in 35-foot and 40-foot versions, and with battery capacity of 220, 440 or 660 kWh. The 660 kWh option (40-foot version only) delivers up to 329 miles of range.

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XL Fleet going public via merger with SPAC Pivotal Investment Corporation II; expanding fleet portfolio to all-electric solutions

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XL Fleet and Pivotal Investment Corporation II, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), have recently entered into a definitive merger agreement. Upon closing, the combined company will be named XL Fleet and is expected to remain listed on the New York Stock Exchange under a new ticker symbol, “XL”, with an anticipated implied enterprise value of approximately $1 billion and no material debt expected to be outstanding.

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Jaguar Land Rover is making luxury interiors of landfill waste

Green Car Reports

Luxury-car interiors usually feature wood and leather, but Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is opting for something different—landfill waste. The British automaker is the latest of several to begin using recycled materials for car interiors. JLR announced Tuesday that it will use Econyl nylon "to develop high-quality interiors from ocean and landfill.

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New Hyundai i30 N gets a range of driving enhancements

Green Cars News

The new Hyundai i30 N has been revealed which includes additional high-performance driving features, combined with updated safety and connectivity technology.

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Li-Cycle to build battery recycling hub in upstate New York

Electric Car Blog

Battery recycling specialist Li-Cycle will invest over $175 million dollars in a lithium-ion battery recycling “Hub” at Eastman Business Park in upstate New York. The new facility will work in conjunction with Li-Cycle’s “Spoke” facility, which is already located at the Rochester site. Li-Cycle plans to begin construction on the Hub facility in 2021.

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Total BEV sales in California at 8.9% of 2030 goal

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The California Center for Jobs & The Economy has released an updated report ( earlier post ) on the progress of ZEV sales in the state during the first half of 2020, drawing on sales data from the California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA). For a baseline, the report uses the goal of 5 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) on California roads by 2030 set by Executive Order B-48-18, which expanded on the prior Executive Order B-16-2012, which set a goal of 1.5 million by 2025.

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Tri-motor Lucid Air already approaching Tesla Model S Plaid lap record

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The rivalry between Lucid Motors and Tesla is heating up. Last week, Tesla unveiled the 1,100-horsepower tri-motor Model S Plaid, claiming a 0-60 mph time of less than 2.0 seconds, a quarter-mile time of less than 9.0 seconds, and a top speed of 200 mph. Lucid was already known to be developing a tri-motor version of its Air sedan, and on.

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The top reasons to lease a Nissan LEAF

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Anzode gets $1.7-million CEC grant for non-lithium batteries

Electric Car Blog

Battery startup Anzode has received a $1.7-million award for a three-year effort to develop a new generation of non-lithium batteries, as part of the California Energy Commission (CEC) Grant Funding Opportunity “Developing non-Lithium Ion Energy Storage Technologies to Support California’s Clean Energy Goals.” The CEC has awarded almost $11 million for developers of energy storage technologies other than lithium-ion batteries to meet California’s 100% clean energy statutory requirement and the n

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EIA: US fuel ethanol plant production capacity creeps up to 17.4B gallons per year

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The US Energy Information Administration released its annual fuel ethanol production capacity report, with data for all operating US fuel ethanol production plants as of 1 January 2020. According to the EIA, total nameplate capacity for 2020 has creeped up to 17.378 billion gallons per year, up 2.8% from 16.908 billion gallons in 2019. That equates to 1.135 million barrels per day in 2020, up from 1.103 million barrels per day in 2019.

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GM reveals an all-electric Buick Electra, but it's for China

Green Car Reports

The Buick brand established a strong foothold for GM in China’s auto market long before the rapidly developing nation became the world’s electric vehicle leader. And Monday, the automaker showed China a grander piece of Buick’s future, incorporating GM’s latest electric propulsion systems and Ultium battery system. That.

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Audi Q5 Sportback set for 2021 launch

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Say hello to the new Audi Q5 Sportback

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Charging network ChargePoint to go public in $2.4-billion deal

Electric Car Blog

EVSE manufacturer and charging network operator ChargePoint plans to go public via the trendy vehicle of a special purpose acquisition company. ChargePoint will merge with Switchback Energy Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: SBE) to form a company called ChargePoint Holdings, which will be listed on the NYSE. The boards of both companies have unanimously approved the transaction, which is expected to close by the end of this year.

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ExxonMobil to proceed with $9B Payara development offshore Guyana

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ExxonMobil has made its final investment decision to proceed with the Payara field offshore development in Guyana after receiving government approvals. Payara is the third project in the Stabroek Block and is expected to produce up to 220,000 barrels of oil per day after startup in 2024, using the Prosperity floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. ( Earlier post.).

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Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV prices have been cut by up to $3,000 before arrival

Green Car Reports

The 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E electric SUV will arrive as a rival for the Tesla Model Y on the performance side and the Volkswagen ID.4 on the price-conscious side. With electric-car battery prices on the way down, and the competition heating up, Ford has decided it's better to drop those prices before deliveries even start—which is very.

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Why personalisation matters for electric vehicle transition

Clean Car

In a society focused on reducing air pollution and emissions, one of the most prominent up-and-coming solutions is the mass adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). However, the general public largely lacks the resources necessary to make informed decisions on EV transition. Electric vehicle fears. There are commonly discussed fears when it comes to purchasing an EV: Range : There is a widespread fear that with an EV, drivers will get stuck somewhere with no charging ability.