UPS to deliver packages in Florida via electric bikes

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UPS has launched its first silent electric delivery trike along Las Olas Boulevard and the surrounding neighborhoods of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. bicycle youtube Florida electric bikes UPSIf you're the type of person that stays at home listening for the UPS truck to arrive as you wait for a delivery, we have bad news for you: that just got a lot more difficult.

How to pay most of a million bucks to use the carpool lane in Florida

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Like many other states, Florida offers drivers of greener cars solo access to its high-occupancy vehicle lanes, also known as carpool lanes. carpool Plug-In Hybrids incentives plug-in cars hov FloridaSome people will do anything to avoid a little traffic. That privilege is extended to hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and battery-electric cars. DON'T MISS: Porsche 918 Plug-In Hybrid Supercar Ends Production After.

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Tesla battery reignites twice after fatal Florida crash: NTSB report

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Following a crash in early May that killed two teenagers, the battery in the Tesla Model S the teens were driving reignited twice after firefighters had initially extinguished it, according to the preliminary report released Tuesday by the NTSB. The report notes that the car was traveling 116 mph seconds before it crashed into a wall, which tore. battery fire

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Agrisoma expanding partnership with Univ. of Florida on biojet fuel in US; Carinata seed

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is expanding its partnership with the University of Florida (UF) to advance the supply of biojet fuel in the United States. The research project will operate under the oversight of the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture, in conjunction with the Florida-based Southeast Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata ( SPARC ). —David Wright, project lead and an agronomy professor at the University of Florida.

Florida repeals state Renewable Fuel Standard

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Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed into law HB 4001 , the “Florida Renewable Fuel Standard Act”, which repeals the state’s Renewable Fuel Standard, effective 1 July 2013. The bill repeals the Florida Renewable Fuel Standard Act (ss. which requires that, beginning 31 December 2010, all gasoline sold or offered for sale in Florida by a terminal supplier, importer, blender, or wholesaler be blended gasoline.

15 companies form Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition

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A group of 15 companies, including TECO/Peoples Gas, Florida Natural Gas, Champion Brands, and JJ Taylor Companies, has formed The Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition ( FNGVC ). FNGVC advocates incentives for natural gas vehicles in Florida similar to those in Texas and nearly a dozen other states. 5.9% (1,992 vehicles) of AFVs in Florida. Florida State Representative Lake Ray believes that NGVs will be considered in the 2013 legislative session in Tallahassee.

Hasner’s Florida State Electric Car Tax Break Gets Boost

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Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner. Josh Hafenbrack posts this informative entry covering the status of Hasner’s Florida State electric car tax break on the SunSentinel.com. Florida State Representative (and House Majority Leader) Adam Hasner (R) has just introduced the bill HB 879 - Financial Incentives for Electric Vehicles. There are just 100 plug-ins on the road on Florida.

U Florida team using fungi to extract cobalt and lithium from waste batteries

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A team of researchers University of South Florida is using naturally occurring fungi to drive an environmentally friendly recycling process to extract cobalt and lithium from tons of waste batteries. The researchers presented their work at the 252 nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Philadelphia. Although a global problem, the US leads the way as the largest generator of electronic waste. It is unclear how many electronic products are recycled.

LS9 starts up Florida demonstration facility; 135,000 liter scale

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LS9, a synthetic biology company producing renewable fuels and chemicals directly by microbes ( earlier post ), announced the successful start-up of its Florida operations with an initial production run of fatty alcohols. Initially, the Florida facility will be used to enhance LS9’s production capability and generate large commercial samples for testing and product qualification by key partners and prospective customers.

CNG Ford Focus Available in Florida

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and Altech-Eco have signed an exclusive agreement to bring EPA-certified dedicated and bi-fuel (gasoline/compressed natural gas) retrofitted Ford Focus vehicles (MY 2008 and 2009) to Florida consumers. The Ford Focus with CNG option is now available in Florida through Wise Gas, Inc. is in the permitting and planning process for the state’s first public CNG fueling station in South Florida. Wise Gas , Inc.

Hasner’s Florida State Electric Car Tax Break Gets Boost

Revenge of the Electric Car

Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner. Josh Hafenbrack posts this informative entry covering the status of Hasner’s Florida State electric car tax break on the SunSentinel.com. Florida State Representative (and House Majority Leader) Adam Hasner (R) has just introduced the bill HB 879 - Financial Incentives for Electric Vehicles. There are just 100 plug-ins on the road on Florida.

Tesla Model S: NY-To-FL Trip, Day 3, South Carolina To Florida

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The third day of my New York-to-Florida electric-car road trip, using the newly completed string of Supercharger stations along the East Coast, brought me almost to my destination in Florida. DAY 3: Santee, South Carolina, to Ormond Beach, Florida SANTEE, SOUTH CAROLINA, to SAVANNAH, GEORGIA I

LS9 expands operations at its Florida demonstration facility with successful customer trial

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LS9, a developer of renewable chemicals and fuels, has expanded operations at its Okeechobee, Florida demonstration facility with a successful customer trial. The Florida facility was initially designed, and has been used, to scale-up LS9’s fermentation technology and generate large commercial samples for testing and product qualification by key partners and prospective customers.

New Effort: Electric-Car Rentals And Charging For Orlando, Florida

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That woud be Orlando, Florida. What''s the best way to persuade people that electric cars are a viable alternative to gasoline cars? Get "butts in seats." And what''s one of the largest car-rental markets in the United States? Now a new initiative, Drive Electric Orlando (DEO), is coordinating rental agencies, charging stations, hotels, theme parks

Gevo signs letter of intent with Highlands EnviroFuels to license isobutanol technology for Florida plant; sugar cane and sweet sorghum

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Highlands will build a commercial-scale “Brazilian-style” syrup mill in Highlands County, Florida, which would have a production capacity of approximately 200,000 metric tons of fermentable sugar per year. In particular, isobutanol has a significant market opportunity in Florida with the boating industry given isobutanol’s favorable properties as compared to ethanol.

Tesla Model S: NY-To-FL Trip, Day 4, Florida Destination--Made It!

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The final segment of my New York-to-Florida electric-car road trip, made possible through Tesla''s new network of Supercharger stations along the East Coast, provided what I''d come for--time spent with old comrades--but it started gloomy. The grueling 380-mile day was brightened by the kindness of friends. It began with the sound of a frigid rain

Parker Hannifin and Autocar Deliver Hydraulic Hybrid Refuse Vehicles to Florida Communities

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Parker Hannifin Corporation, in partnership with Autocar, delivered hydraulic hybrid refuse vehicles to three South Florida municipalities ( earlier post ): City of Miami, the City of Hialeah, and Miami-Dade County.

Fuel cell company Bing Energy sets up HQ in Florida; partnership with FSU

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BEI) of Chino, California, a manufacturer of advanced components for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, is moving its headquarters to Tallahassee, Florida. BEI, in collaboration with Florida State University’s (FSU) Dr. Jim P. The institute’s director, Dr. Ben Wang, is the assistant vice president for research at Florida State University. s move to Florida is tied to a $1.9-million award it received from the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development.

Florida Governor Rick Scott rejects proposed Federal high-speed rail project

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Florida Governor Rick Scott has informed US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood of the state’s decision to reject President Obama’s Tampa to Orlando high-speed rail project. The Governor said the decision to reject the project comes down to three main economic realities: Capital cost overruns from the project could put Florida taxpayers on the hook for an additional $3 billion. As a note, Florida subsidizes Tri-Rail $34.6

Pike Research projects California, New York and Florida to lead US in PEV sales

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Pike forecasts that, “unsurpisingly” California, New York and Florida will likely lead the way in PEV sales in the early years of the decade, with 366,099, 146,242 and 101,530 cumulative vehicle sales between 2011 and 2017, respectively. Pike projections of cumulative light duty plug-in electric vehicle sales, 10 largest MSAs by population, 2011-2017. Click to enlarge.

QuantumSphere and University of South Florida Exceed 2010 DOE Goals for Solid State Hydrogen Storage

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and the University of South Florida announced that they have exceeded the 2010 Department of Energy (DOE) goals for solid state hydrogen storage. Material capacity vs. temperature in developing hydrogen storage systems. Source: DOE. Click to enlarge. QuantumSphere, Inc.

LS9 Purchases Florida Site to Manufacture Renewable Diesel; Commercial-Scale Demonstration

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LS9, a synthetic biology company developing fermentation-derived drop-in renewable fuels and chemicals ( earlier post ), has acquired an existing production facility in Okeechobee, Florida. The new Renewable Petroleum Facility. Click to enlarge.

South Florida Communities Purchase 11 Hydraulic Hybrid Refuse Trucks with Parker Hannifin System

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The Florida communities of Hialeah, Miami-Dade County, and the City of Miami are purchasing 11 Autocar E3 refuse trucks fitted with parker Hannifin’s RunWise hydraulic hybrid technology. During a full month of testing in South Florida, the RunWise system registered a 72% improvement in fuel efficiency.

University of Florida IFAS, Buckeye Technologies and Myriant Partner on Research and Demonstration Cellulosic Biorefinery

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The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF IFAS), and Myriant Technologies LLC (formed by BioEnergy International, LLC) are planning a research and demonstration plant that will explore ways to harness byproducts from some of the most promising cellulosic ethanol techniques to make bio-derived versions of petroleum products. The project will seek to combine several technologies developed by Dr. Lonnie Ingram at the University of Florida.

Univ. of South Florida Researchers Link Subsurface Clouds of Degraded Oil to BP Well

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University of South Florida researchers say they have definitively connected clouds of degraded underwater oil found in the northern Gulf of Mexico to the Deepwater Horizon well (MC252) through Compound-Specific Isotope Analysis (CSIA). The clouds were found near the DeSoto Canyon, a critical area that interacts with Florida’s spawning grounds.

Saft Confirms Location for Li-ion Battery Factory in Jacksonville, Florida

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Following receipt of a $95 million grant from the US Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and successful negotiations between Saft, the state of Florida, and the city of Jacksonville, construction will soon begin in Jacksonville for a lithium-ion battery factory.

INEOS Bio JV Closes $75M in private financing under USDA loan guarantee program for advanced BioEnergy Center in Florida

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INEOS Bio announced that its joint-venture project, INEOS New Planet BioEnergy (INPB), has finalized $75 million in private financing utilizing the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) loan guarantee program for its new Indian River BioEnergy Center located in Florida. million dollar cost matching grant from the State of Florida.

Renault-Nissan Alliance Forms EV Partnership with City of Orlando, Florida

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OUC has been working towards helping Central Florida become plug-in ready, and recently installed two charging stations in downtown Orlando, one of which is solar powered. Nissan is entering into an agreement with the City of Orlando and the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) to promote the development of an electric-vehicle charging network and policies to support widespread adoptions of electric cars.

Walt Disney World Resorts Adding Exciting New Group Options

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As a one-stop option for a dine-around or another fun group outing, Disney Springs is a dining, retail and entertainment area that, in keeping with Disney’s knack for storytelling, has a rich, albeit fictional, history as a Florida waterfront town.

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Report: JR Tokai and 11 partners to team on bid for high-speed rail system in Florida

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JR Tokai) plans to team up with 11 partners to bid for a high-speed rail system in Florida. Florida will likely ask the prospective bidders to add US companies to their teams for such work as rail line construction, train operation and maintenance. The Nikkei reports that Central Japan Railway Co.(JR JR Tokai aims to win an order for a 130 km [81 miles] line connecting the cities of Tampa and Orlando.

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University of South Florida Spinout Targeting FT Jet Fuel from Biomass with New Catalyst and Process

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A spinout from work at the University of South Florida is developing a new Fischer-Tropsch-based (FT) process to produce hydrocarbon transportation fuels—initially jet fuel—from biomass. Instead of using an iron catalyst as in conventional FT systems, COSI Catalysts Inc. has developed a new cobalt silica-supported eggshell design catalyst.

Proterra to deliver 3 electric transit buses and charging station to StarMetro in Florida

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Proterra has signed an agreement with StarMetro, the transit provider in Tallahassee, Fla., to deliver three new EcoRide zero-emission transit buses and a charging station. Earlier post.) The contract stems from a Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant received by StarMetro to pursue fast-charge, electric transit buses and charging stations. Six other urban transit agencies received similar FTA grants. Foothill Transit in Pomona, Calif.,

INEOS Bio JV awards Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract to AMEC for BioEnergy Center in Florida

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INEOS Bio’s joint venture (INEOS New Planet BioEnergy) has awarded the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract to build its bioenergy facility in Southeast Florida to AMEC of Tucker, GA. The BioEnergy Center project has already received its major permits and approvals from the State of Florida and the US Government.

Solar Powered Greenius Producing Massive South Bay Energy

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To put that in perspective for you, if Los Angeles County were a state, it would rank ninth in population behind the states of California, New York, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan. Marilyn Lyon of the SBESC with your Creative Greenius at the PV Street Fair June 7.

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Rentech receives term sheet for loan guarantee from DOE for recently-acquired advanced-stage renewable power project in Florida

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Joe, Florida, that would employ a Rentech-SilvaGas biomass gasifier to produce renewable power. Most of the project’s power output has been contracted for sale to Progress Energy Florida under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), with a small fraction available for sale on a merchant basis. The PPA has been approved by the Florida Public Service Commission. Rentech, Inc.

Collaboration of Bosch, Stanford and Univ. of South Florida receives $1.2M grant from NSF/DOE partnership for automotive thermoelectric waste heat recovery

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded a collaboration between Stanford University, the University of South Florida and Bosch Research and Technology Center North America a $1.2-million, three-year grant (award # 1048796 ) to address various topics relevant to automotive waste heat recovery using thermoelectrics. Research discoveries will be integrated in undergraduate and graduate classes at both Stanford and The University of South Florida.

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Green Police? Cops In Florida Go Undercover In Hybrid, Greener Cars

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For years, the unmarked police car has helped law enforcement agencies around the world capture speeding drivers, pounce on unsuspecting criminals and provide covert investigative opportunities. Powered by a large, powerful engine capable of high-speed pursist, the traditional unmarked cop car is giving way to a new breed of covert law-enforcement

Florida's Avera Motors Teases New High-Efficiency Vehicle

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It seems these days that a new ultra-high mileage vehicle is announced almost every month and this month will be no different. The latest is from Florida’s Avera Motors, which has announced plans for a new high-efficiency vehicle as well as release this teaser of the upcoming car. According to Avera the project has been in development for

Electric Sports Car: Before Tesla, There Was Porsche!

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Interview with Paul Liddle, electric Porsche builder in Florida Has the best electric sports car already been made?

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AAA Mobile Charging Stations!

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Triple A is planning to add mobile charging units in California, Florida, Georgia, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington.including some with 500V charging capability New treatment for range anxiety: AAA.