Minneapolis gets EV Ready

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Minneapolis will be getting 18 electric cars from Ford, and stimulus funding will be used to install charging points, as reported in the Twin Cities downtownjournal.com.

car2go pulls plug on car-sharing service in San Diego, Minneapolis/St. Paul

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Daimler’s car-sharing service car2go is suspending its operations in San Diego, California and in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. In San Diego, car2go faced a lack of use, the company said. In the Twin Cities, the issue is the high state car rental taxation rates. car2go will continue to operate as normal in both locations until 31 December 2016, at which time all vehicles will be taken out of service and will no longer appear in the car2go app.


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Corn Belt Mayor Plugs In

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GreenOptions blog reports that Mayor RT Rybak of Minneapolis is now driving a plug-in hybrid. Tags: rt rybak plug-in prius plug-in hybrid minneapolis His daily drive, a Prius, has been converted. He's also moving the Minnesota city along a solar fast track. He recognizes that plug-in cars, already cleaner than hybrids or ethanol vehicles and cheaper to fuel, can get even cleaner as the electricity gets greener. It's great to find a progressive Midwestern Democrat who gets it.

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2019 Honda Insight first drive mpg review: 55 mpg from hybrid sedan

Green Car Reports

During our drive around Minneapolis, its exurbs, and into Wisconsin, we wanted to put to the test Honda's claims that its 1.5-liter inline-4 and 96-kw electric motor combination could return an EPA-rated 52 mpg combined (48 mpg Last week, we drove the new 2019 Honda Insight sedan and found Honda's newest compact hybrid roomy and comfortable.

Xcel Energy, INL to use nuclear energy for clean hydrogen production; HTSE

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Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy will work with Idaho National Laboratory to demonstrate a system that uses a nuclear plant’s steam and electricity to split water.

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Which City Has The Worst Fuel Economy For All Its Used Cars?

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Minneapolis-St. If you want to buy a used Toyota Prius, don''t go shopping for one in Detroit. The Motor City has the worst fuel economy among used cars, according to a new study by iSeeCars.com, as reported by WardsAuto. The study found that 71.2 percent of used cars in metro Detroit get 22.5 mpg or less. Paul was the runner-up, with 71.1 percent

MPCA to expand EV charging network by more than 2,500 miles in Greater Minnesota; 38 additional fast chargers

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation reports that there are currently 12,957 EVs (7,403 BEVs and 5,554 PHEVs) on Minnesota roads (the vast majority in the Minneapolis/St.Paul area), with some 4,800 of those BEVs being Teslas, and another 1,400 Nissan LEAFs.

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Voith SensoTop technology nets up to 7% fuel savings for city transit buses

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Field tests were completed in Austin, TX, Lancaster, PA, Minneapolis, MN, Portland, OR, Salt Lake City, UT, and San Mateo County, CA. Over one particular week, Minneapolis saw savings over 12%. Field tests for Voith’s SensoTop transmission technology have shown a reduction in fuel use of up to 7% for heavy-duty transit buses. Savings were achieved across multiple transit authorities and routes varying in elevation and length.

Montréal and Laval award Canada’s largest-yet battery-electric bus contract to New Flyer

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With the announcement, Laval and Montréal join Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Portland, Palm Springs, and other cities across North America operating New Flyer’s zero-emission, battery-electric Xcelsior CHARGE buses.

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DOE to award more than $27M to 12 plastics recycling R&D projects

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University of Minnesota: Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN) - BOTTLE – Recyclable and Biodegradable Manufacturing and Processing of Plastics and Polymers based on Renewable Branched Caprolactones – DOE Funding: $2,499,997. The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $27 million in funding for 12 projects that will support the development of advanced plastics recycling technologies and new plastics that are recyclable-by-design.

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New Flyer unveils Xcelsior CHARGE H2 bus; first to offer two fuel-cell-electric models eligible for federal funding

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New Flyer currently has significant ZEB orders from major cities including Toronto, Boston, Minneapolis, New York, Portland, and Vancouver. New Flyer of America Inc. and New Flyer Industries Canada ULC, subsidiaries of NFI Group Inc. (“NFI”),

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New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions completes New York’s first OppCharge interoperable on-route charger solution for transit buses

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Infrastructure Solutions is also currently overseeing and supporting similar on-route OppCharge charging deployments in Portland, OR, Minneapolis MN, and Vancouver, BC. New Flyer of America Inc. announced that New Flyer Infrastructure Solutions ( earlier post ) has successfully deployed two rapid, OppCharge on-route chargers along New York City Transit Authority’s (NYCT) M42 route.

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Chelsea Sexton has a Volt for a foster child

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Read about her cautious optimism for GM’s new electric car in her recent blog post: “I first learned of the Chevrolet Volt while standing on a Minneapolis street corner on June 23, 2006. Our Consulting Producer Chelsea Sexton was recently chosen as one of a small group of EV enthusiasts to field test a Chevy Volt: living with it and driving it on a daily usage basis.

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New York Turn On

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Turn on the Electric Road By DAVID MORRIS Published: October 8, 2006 Minneapolis LAST summer, New York State took a page from California’s playbook, using state policy to jump-start a 21st century automobile industry. The N Y Times ran a guest editorial on Sunday that effectively conveys the vast potential of the Plug In in both our transportation and stationary electric sectors.

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Azure Dynamics signs HEV/EV sales/service agreements with 76 additional dealerships

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Azure previously announced dealerships in major markets including Boston, Los Angeles, Edmonton, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, San Antonio and Toronto. Azure Dynamics Corporation has signed agreements with 76 additional dealerships to represent Azure’s products including the Transit Connect Electric and the Balance Hybrid Electric in key markets across North America. The new agreements bring the total number of dealerships in the Azure program to 103.

Stratasys responds to COVID-19 pandemic by ramping up production of 3D-printed personal protection equipment

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Stratasys said medical technology leader Medtronic and Minneapolis-based Dunwoody College of Technology will provide support for the plastic shield material. Stratasys Ltd. announced a global mobilization of the company’s 3D printing resources and expertise to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, spanning its Stratasys, GrabCAD, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing and partner network with donated printing capacity across all regions.

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Environmental Charter High School Gets Solar; Greenius Goes EcoMedia

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EcoMedia President and Founder, Paul Polizzotto , created the concept back in 2002 and now spends his time as the Eco-Evangelist making it happen week after week with one company after another and then crisscrossing the country to participate in ribbon-cuttings in cities like Arlington, Texas; San Francisco; Worcester, Massachusetts; Sacramento, California; and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Warburg Pincus to invest up to $355M in First Green; focus on early-stage technologies in the carbon value chain; renewable fuels and chemicals, and green-black tech

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Erickson is a co-founder and general partner of BlueStream Ventures, a venture capital partnership focused on technology companies, and a former research director and technology analyst at Dain Rauscher Wessels, a Minneapolis-based brokerage and. investment banking group at Piper Jaffray, a global Minneapolis-based investment bank.

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INRIX and Parkmobile bring end-to-end parking solution to the connected car

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Los Angeles, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Fort Worth, Indianapolis and Houston. INRIX, Inc., a leading provider of dynamic connected car services worldwide, and Parkmobile, the leading provider of on-demand and prepaid mobile payments for on- and off- street parking and mobility solutions, announced a strategic partnership at the annual International Parking Institute (IPI) conference. The two will partner to develop an embedded, end-to-end parking solution for the auto industry.

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New Flyer introduces first 60-foot hydrogen fuel cell bus in North America

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Representatives from two major transit Authorities—Alameda County Transit (AC Transit) of California, and Metro Transit of Minneapolis, Minnesota—participated in the vehicle’s debut and demonstration. New Flyer of America, a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc., the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses and motor coaches in the United States and Canada, conducted the inaugural road demonstration of the Xcelsior XHE60 heavy-duty articulated fuel cell transit bus.

Geographers provide new insight into commuter megaregions of the US

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Below are visuals from the study reflecting commutes to Minneapolis-St.Paul within a 50-mile radius based on the visual heuristic approach (top) as compared to commutes within the Twin Cities region using the algorithmic approach (bottom). The map of the Twin Cities region illustrates the spatial connectivity or in this case, the functional commuter regions or communities, within the broader megaregion of which the largest part is Minneapolis-St.

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Voith introduces topography-dependent shifting program SensoTop for N. American city transit buses

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The technology is currently being tested in a number of North American cities, including Portland, Oregon and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Voith has introduced its topography-dependent shifting program, SensoTop, for heavy-duty transit buses into the North American market. SensoTop is designed to optimize bus transmission gear-shifting to reduce fuel consumption.

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Summer Update

Plug In Partners

The bill, sponsored by Representative Frank Hornstein of Minneapolis, would require that the State of Minnesota begin buying PHEVs once they are commercially available and when the price is no more than 10% higher than similarly equipped vehicles. Roger Duncan gives Campaign Update The Plug-In Partners National Campaign has now been underway for six months.

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Generating Electricity from Air Flow

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They presented their concept at the 62 nd Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society’s (APS) Division of Fluid Dynamics at the Minneapolis Convention Center on 23 November. In Minneapolis, Andreopoulos and his colleagues presented wind tunnel data showing how the devices work in both situations.

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NREL study finds 2nd-generation diesel hybrid delivery vans show significant gains in fuel economy over conventional vans

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The NREL team collected and analyzed in-service fuel economy, maintenance, and other vehicle performance data on 11 hybrid (P100H) and 11 conventional diesel (P100D) step vans operated by the United Parcel Service (UPS) in Minneapolis. In 2010, UPS deployed 200 second-generation hybrid vans to eight US cities, including the 11 under study in Minneapolis. Laboratory and in-use fuel economy results Source: NREL. Click to enlarge.

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Omnitek receives EPA approval for 12L diesel-to-natural gas converted Mack E7 engine

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An assembly line engine remanufacturing/conversion process performed by the company’s strategic partner Reviva, based in Minneapolis, will assure that engines are in as-new condition. Omnitek Engineering Corp. has received a Certificate of Conformity from the US Environmental Protection Agency applicable for diesel-to-natural gas engine conversions of all Mack E7 electronic engines up to model year 2006.

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UPS Deploys 200 More Hybrid Delivery Trucks

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Long Island, Minneapolis and Louisville. UPS has expanded its fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles with the deployment of 200 next-generation hybrid electric delivery trucks in eight US cities. Earlier post.). The 200 new hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) join roughly 20,000 low-emission and alternative-fuel vehicles already in use and have been deployed in Austin, Houston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, D.C.,

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4,500th GE Evolution Series Locomotive enters service; reductions in fuel consumption and emissions

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GE’s $4-billion transportation business marked the milestone at Railway Interchange 2011 held in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from 18-20 Sept. GE Transportation’s 4,500 th more fuel efficient Evolution Series Locomotive has entered revenue service. The Evolution Series represents a $400-million investment the most technologically advanced, fuel-efficient and low-emissions heavy haul freight locomotive to-date.

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Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Navy issue RFI to advance drop-in biofuels for military and commercial transportation

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Representatives from USDA, DOE or Department of Navy will be present at the following events and available to answer industry questions: Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo, Honolulu, HI 13-15 September; SRI in the Rockies Conference, New Orleans, LA 2-5 October; Naval Energy Forum, Washington, DC 13-14 October; AIChE Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN 16-21 October; Global Cleantech 100 Summit, Washington, DC 17-18 October; Florida Energy Summit (Farm to Fuel), Orlando, FL 26-28 October.

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BioAmber closes $45M Series B to fund biobased succinic and adipic platforms

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The company has offices and research labs in Minneapolis, MN, an office in Montreal, a sales office in Shanghai, China and a production plant in Pomacle, France. BioAmber Inc., a developer of bio-based succinic acid ( earlier post ), has raised $45 million dollars in a Series B financing that will accelerate the commercialization of succinic acid and modified PBS (polybutylene succinate, a renewable, biodegradable polymer).

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Xcel Energy and Customer Coalition To Be Among First Users of Electric Transit Connect

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The company is finalizing agreements with others eligible to participate, including the city of Minneapolis and Hennepin County in Minnesota and the city of Denver in Colorado. Xcel Energy and a coalition of its customers have been selected to be among the first in the country to receive the all-electric Ford Transit Connect Electric commercial van. Azure Dynamics Corp. has named Xcel Energy to its “Lead Customer” program to receive a total of 13 vans.

Most Hybrid Cities In America

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Minneapolis. I made my first trip to San Francisco this week and although I expected to see a higher percentage of hybrid cars compared to most Midwest cities, I was really surprised. Throughout the Bay Area and north into the California Wine Country, it was nearly impossible to go anywhere without seeing a hybrid vehicle. And while the Toyota Prius was by far the green car of choice, the fact that it is also the most easily recognizable hybrid probably skewed my informal reporting.

Rent A Hybrid. Links To Green Rentals.

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As of February, 2009 you can enjoy an Enterprise hybrid rental in the following cities and states: Atlanta, GA | Austin, TX | Boston, MA |Charlotte, NC | Chicago, IL | Dallas, TX | Denver, CO | Detroit, MI | Houston, TX | Los Angeles, CA | Minneapolis, MN | New York, NY | Oregon | Orlando, FL | Philadelphia, PA | Raleigh, NC | California options include Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Orange County, & Fresno, CA | Seattle, WA | St.

Azure Dynamics announces sales of 29 Transit Connect Electrics

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Boyer Ford in Minneapolis, MN. Azure Dynamics Corporation announced 29 new Ford Transit Connect Electric sales, including 8 units in Europe and 21 units in North America, which includes a 3-unit reorder from Johnson Controls, Inc. Azure is a provider of electric drive technology for light to medium-duty commercial fleet vehicles in North America and is the first authorized provider of electric and hybrid electric solutions on Ford’s light-and medium-duty commercial vehicles.

APTA reports record public transportation usage in US in 2013; growth outpacing population and VMT growth

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The following five commuter rail systems saw double digit increases in 2013: Austin, TX (37.3%); Harrisburg-Philadelphia, PA (33.9%); Anchorage, AK (30.0%); Lewisville, TX (23.0%); Stockton, CA (19.9%); Minneapolis, MN (12.5%); and Portland, OR (10.3%). Growth in public transit ridership since 1995 has outpaced population and VMT growth. Data: APTA. Click to enlarge. In 2013, Americans took 10.7

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Where Plug-In Hybrid Conversions (mostly Priuses) Are

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Rybak of Minneapolis , 2007 Prius by Hymotion , Oct 2007 (Minneapolis, MN), contact sustainability@ci.minneapolis.mn.us. About CalCars Plug-In Hybrids FAQ How to Get a PHEV Where PHEVs are Car-Makers Say. Our PRIUS+ Project Photos PHEV Resources Global Warming Take Action News and Events Contact Us Where Plug-In Hybrid Conversions (mostly Priuses) Are This is a mirror of the map at Googles RechargeIt site (including icons for YouTube videos on both PHEVs and EVs).

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Aviat, Aviation Foundation unveil concept CNG-fueled single-engine aircraft

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and Minneapolis-based Aviation Foundation of America, Inc. Aviat Husky CNG. Click to enlarge. Airplane manufacturer Aviat Aircraft, Inc. unveiled the first dual-fuel, piston-powered aircraft to operate on both compressed natural gas (CNG) and aviation gasoline. The Aviat Husky CNG is on display outside the Innovations Pavilion throughout AirVenture 2013 in Oshkosh, Wis. (29 29 July through 4 August).

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TomTom launches Congestion Index based on traffic database; congestion levels in 57 cities in North America and Europe

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Conversely, Edmonton, New York, Boston, Minneapolis and Toronto experienced a reduction in congestion levels. TomTom, the leading supplier of in-car location and navigation products and services, launched its first quarterly Congestion Index. The Index accurately identifies and analyzes traffic congestion in 57 major cities across North America and Europe.

ICCT assesses factors driving EV market in US cities

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The markets of Charlotte, Detroit, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Providence, and Virginia Beach showed charging infrastructure growth of approximately 30% to 80%, corresponding with at least a doubling of their electric vehicle uptake from 2015 to 2016.

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UCLA researchers develop exceptionally strong and lightweight new metal nanocomposite

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of Minneapolis; and Suveen Mathaudhu of UC Riverside. A team led by researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has created a super-strong yet light structural metal nanocomposite with extremely high specific strength and modulus, or stiffness-to-weight ratio. The new metal is composed of magnesium infused with a dense and even dispersal of ceramic silicon carbide nanoparticles.

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car Adds 5,000 Hybrids to Nationwide Fleet

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Markets include California (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and Fresno); Colorado (Denver); Florida (Orlando, Tampa); New York (Albany, Ithaca, New York City, Rochester); Oregon (Eugene, Portland); Texas (Austin, Dallas, Houston); Atlanta; Boston; Detroit; Minneapolis; Philadelphia; St. Enterprise Rent-A-Car is adding approximately 5,000 additional gas/electric hybrids to its nationwide fleet and designating nearly 80 rental locations across the country as “hybrid branches.”

New yeast engineered by BESC, Mascoma could accelerate production of cellulosic ethanol

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The results were presented at the 31 st International Fuel Ethanol Workshop this week in Minneapolis. Consolidated bioprocessing technology company Mascoma LLC and the US Department of Energy’s BioEnergy Science Center (BESC) have developed a new strain of yeast that could help significantly accelerate the development of biofuels from nonfood plant matter.

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Air Line Pilots Association Calls for Temporary Ban on Li-ion and Li-metal Battery Shipments on Airliners

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The incidents, which took place in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and Honolulu, Hawaii were similar to a 2006 battery fire aboard a DC-8 in Philadelphia, Pa. The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) is calling on the US government to prohibit shipments of lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries on passenger and all-cargo aircraft until new regulations are in place to ensure the safe transport of these materials.