Nissan Leaf withdrawn from New Zealand, electric-car sales plummet

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When it comes to thriving markets for electric cars, New Zealand doesn't exactly top the list. The Nissan Leaf is the bestselling electric car worldwide, but now Nissan will stop selling it from New Zealand. sales plug-in cars New ZealandSo what happens when a bestselling electric car is withdrawn from what is already a low-volume market? DON'T MISS: 2012 Nissan Leaf To Arrive.

New Zealand revs up for electric cars

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Widespread use of electric cars is just a matter of time: and according to industry experts in New Zealand, they could take over the roads within 10 years. Electric cars Green cars Latest news electric cars green cars New Zealand Tesla RoadsterHong Kong University President CC Chan spoke at the APEC Workshop in Wellington and stated that electric cars had made a significant breakthrough by capturing the attention [.].

New Zealand adjusts electric car guidelines

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In a bid to clear up the issues of electric car safety, New Zealand is offering new guidelines to electric car manufacturers and importers. Entitled: Deploying electric vehicles in New Zealand: A guide to the regulatory and market environment; the guidelines were put together by the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Economic Development, [.]. Electric cars Green cars Latest news electric cars green cars New Zealand

New Zealand issues new guidelines for EV manufacturers and importers

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New Zealand has issued new guidelines for electric vehicle manufacturers and importers to provide clarity about the regulations and rules for the safe use of electric vehicles in New Zealand. These guidelines aim to facilitate electric vehicle uptake in New Zealand by providing information in one place about the regulatory and market conditions that affect electric vehicles.

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia partner to investigate options for locally produced aviation biofuel

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In a trans-Tasman alliance, Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia are issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to the market to explore the opportunity to procure locally-produced aviation biofuel. Air New Zealand Chief Flight Operations and Safety Officer Captain David Morgan says the airline recognizes the impact aviation has on the environment and this RFI is a key initiative under its carbon management program.

E85 bioethanol fuel goes on sale in New Zealand

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A fuel supplier in New Zealand has launched a new 85 per cent bioethanol fuel- the first high blend ethanol content fuel available publicly through the country’s petrol stations. Gull New Zealand has launched the new Gull Force Pro fuel as a high-octane, low emission alternative to conventional petrol. Biofuels bioethanol ethanol Gull Force New Zealand Pro

New Zealand's First Free Public Charging Point Installed

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Despite New Zealand's international clean and green image, it's a country which has been trailing behind when it comes to electric vehicles, with almost every all-electric vehicle on the nation's roads being a home-conversion. The price of New Zealand's gasoline has now reached $6.12

Licella signs MoUs with Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand on renewable aviation fuels

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Australia-based Licella , a wholly owned subsidiary of Ignite Energy , has signed memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand to examine the development and commercialization of a process to convert woody biomass into sustainable aviation biofuel. The company’s new commercial demonstration facility at Somersby in New South Wales was just opened by the Minister for Resources and Energy, Martin Ferguson.

New Zealand Will Not Implement Fuel Economy Standard

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The government of New Zealand will not proceed with developing and implementing fuel economy standards as proposed by the previous government. While most countries deal with only a small number of importers and manufacturers, New Zealand does not have a domestic vehicle manufacturing industry and imports a large number of used vehicles through several thousand importers. The average CO 2 emissions of new vehicles entering the fleet have dropped from 220.6

CSIRO report concludes that sustainable biojet fuel industry is achievable for Australia/New Zealand

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Establishing an economically and environmentally beneficial, bio-derived Australian and New Zealand aviation fuels industry is a viable proposition, according to a report compiled by CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia’s national science agency) in collaboration with the region’s major aviation industry players. If this scenario is realized, then by 2030 Australia and New Zealand are expected to save more than A$2 billion (US$2.1

New Zealand Strategic Assessment of Biofuels Calls for Emphasis on Synthetic Diesel from Wood

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A report from the New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, is calling for a more strategic approach to biofuels. The report concludes, and Commissioner Wright emphasizes in an overview of the report, that if biofuels are to play a significant role in New Zealand’s energy future, then drop-in synthetic diesel made from wood is the pathway on which the country should concentrate.

New Zealand simplifies Road User Charges system, extends exemption for light electric motor vehicles from 2013 to 2020

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New Zealand is implementing revenue-neutral changes to its road user charges (RUC) system as of 1 August 2012. In New Zealand, diesel and electric-powered vehicles pay for their road use through road user charges. Among the modifications to the RUC, the New Zealand government has extended the current exemption for light electric motor vehicles from the requirement to pay road user charges—enacted in 2009 and due to expire in 2013—to 2020.

New Zealand will not implement fuel economy standard

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The previous government in New Zealand may have proposed a fuel economy standard, but now the new government has announced it will not proceed with those plans. He said that New Zealand does not have a domestic vehicle manufacturing industry and imports a large number of used vehicles so the proposal would have been difficult and costly to carry out. Tags: Green cars Latest news fuel economy fuel economy standard New Zealand

Renault-Nissan Alliance Partners with the Wellington City Council, New Zealand on Zero-Emission Vehicles

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The Renault-Nissan Alliance (the Alliance) and the city of Wellington in New Zealand have formed a partnership to explore the development of a Zero Emission Vehicles program. The two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under which a working team of representatives from the City Council and Nissan will identify potential areas of co-operation in promoting the use of zero emission vehicles in the city.

iMiev cheapest car to drive, according to New Zealand's new fuel economy ratings

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New Zealand unveiled yesterday a car new fuel economy rating label meant to give "consumers independent, comparative information on the efficiency and running costs of vehicles" In what might be a surprising result, they've declared

New Zealanders lured by clean diesel cars

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Motorists in New Zealand are increasingly turning to the power of diesel to reduce CO2 emissions and boost fuel efficiency, the country's Motor Trade Association (MTA) reveals. According to the association, while New Zealanders are now faced with a growing array of alternative fuel options, those moving away from petrol are increasingly likely to choose [.].

2012 Nissan Leaf To Arrive in New Zealand, Christchurch First

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The city of Christchurch, located on the southern of New Zealand's two large islands, is destined to become the first city to welcome the 2012 Nissan Leaf, its new electric car. According to the Christchurch City Council, 2012 will see the arrival of the highway-capable and affordable five-seat electric car. The council is also making plans to

National Drive Electric Week 2018 kicks off

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and several more in Canada and New Zealand. The annual National Drive Electric Week will occur this weekend with electric-car rallies and events in at least 300 cities across the U.S. The event aims to address one of the biggest challenges in promoting electric cars—known in the electric-car community as getting "butts in seats"—by

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Renault-Nissan finds another electric car partner

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The Alliance has formed a partnership with the city of Wellington in New [.]. Tags: Electric cars Green cars Latest news Nissan Renault electric car partnerships New Zealand Nissan LEAF Renault-Nissan Alliance Wellington zero emission mobility With partnerships now formed with more than 60 governments, cities, and other organisations around the world, it can be an exhausting task trying to keep track of the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s various electric car agreements.

2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Prius 'marvel,' electric-car tax credits: Today's car news

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Today, Toyota announces the refreshed 2017 Highlander Hybrid and a new Prius hybrid variant for the 2016 New York Auto Show, and we look at when electric-car tax credits expire. The Nissan Leaf is withdrawn from New Zealand, and electric-car sales there plummet as a result. All this and more on Green Car Reports. The refreshed 2017 Toyota. Today in Car News

NZ Super Fund makes $60M investment in LanzaTech, bringing total Series D to $112.6M

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The New Zealand Superannuation Fund has made a US$60 million equity investment in leading gas fermentation company LanzaTech. Founded in New Zealand in 2005 and now headquartered in Chicago, LanzaTech turns waste gas from steel mills into ethanol and other high value fuels and chemicals. In New Zealand, the Fund invests in expansion capital via investment managers Pencarrow Private Equity, Pioneer Capital Partners and Waterman Capital.

Wrightspeed partners with AxleTech on heavy-duty electric drive

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The partnership integrates decades of axle engineering experience into Wrightspeed’s electrification technology to meet growing demand from the company’s customers and partners, including Mack Trucks and New Zealand Bus (NZB). Wrightspeed Inc.,

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Bad News: Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Delayed Yet Again

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The Outlander PHEV is already on sale in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and has been on the market in Japan for over a year, but a series of small problems has seen its U.S. Those of you holding out for Mitsubishi''s Outlander Plug-In Hybrid will have to hold out even longer--as the car''s U.S. launch has been put back once again.

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Suzuki Swift beats official MPG with over 80mpg

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A Suzuki Swift completed an impressive marathon economy drive in the hands of a New Zealand motoring journalist, achieving an impressive 764 miles to a single tank. Auckland-based Donn Anderson drove a Swift DDiS down New Zealand’s North Island to Wellington and back, getting within 60km of reaching home before the tank finally ran dry. [.].

Wrightspeed in $30M deal to provide range-extended electric powertrains to NZ Bus

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announced a US$30M deal with Infratil-owned NZ Bus, New Zealand’s largest operator of urban bus services. The company’s patented Geared Traction Drive (GTD) digitally drives each wheel of the vehicle, providing the slip control needed to manage New Zealand streets.

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Volkswagen all-electric prototype racer to compete in Pikes Peak event in June

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The entire team behind our driver Romain Dumas is highly motivated to set a new record for electric cars. The record in the electric prototype class currently stands at 8:57.118 minutes, set in 2016 by New Zealand’s Rhys Millen.

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CSIRO and Australasian Aviation Partners Launch Study on Sustainable Aviation Fuels Industry

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Called the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Road Map, the study aims to accelerate the development and commercialization of a sustainable aviation fuels industry in Australia and New Zealand. The project has been developed in collaboration with the Australasian section of the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG)—including Air New Zealand, Boeing, Qantas and Virgin Blue—together with the Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO).

ZeoGas licenses ExxonMobil Methanol-to-Gasoline technology for Gulf Coast plant

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ExxonMobil’s methanol-to-gasoline technology was first commercialized in 1985 by New Zealand Synfuels, a 14,500 barrel per day gas-to-gasoline plant in New Zealand. ZeoGas LLC ( ZeoGas ), a developer of natural gas-to-gasoline projects, has entered into a license agreement to use ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company’s (ExxonMobil) methanol-to-gasoline (MTG) technology in the development of a natural gas-to-gasoline plant on the US Gulf Coast.

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Posco and LanzaTech to collaborate on conversion of flue gas to ethanol and key value-added products

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New Zealand-based LanzaTech, developer of a proprietary gas fermentation technology ( earlier post ) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with South Korea’s Posco, one of the largest steel producers in the world, covering the implementation of its gas fermentation technology to convert the steel maker’s flue gases to ethanol and other value added products. It provides a new way to produce green energy and it will also contribute to reducing CO2 in steel plants.

INVISTA and LanzaTech sign joint development agreement for bio-based butadiene

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LanzaTech’s 15,000 gal/year pilot facility at a steel mill in New Zealand produces ethanol and 2,3 BDO from waste carbon monoxide gas. Founded in 2005 in New Zealand and headquartered in Roselle, Illinois, LanzaTech has developed a novel gas-liquid fermentation process that produces low carbon fuels and chemicals from waste gas resources. Leading nylon producer INVISTA and biotechnology firm LanzaTech signed a joint development agreement focused on bio-based butadiene.

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Global sales of EyeSight-equipped Subarus reach 1 million

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EyeSight-equipped Subaru models are currently sold in Japan, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and China, and will continue to be rolled out to other global markets. In Japan, EyeSight-equipped models tested in the Japan New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP) preventive safety performance assessment have all received the highest possible rating. Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.

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Iranian researchers produce biodiesel from flixweed seed oil

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Under a project to deliver a new generation of green transport fuel, researchers the Islamic Azad University in Iran have produced biodiesel from flixweed seed oil. The invasive plant now occurs in 48 states, excluding Alabama and Florida; it has also been introduced in South America, Asia, southern Africa, and New Zealand.).

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Orbital Sources Motonic for Australian LPG Business

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Orbital Corporation Limited, through its LPG business Orbital Autogas Systems, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Motonic Corporation of Korea to source Motonic LPG components for the Australian and New Zealand LPG autogas markets. Motonic components will form part of the Liquid LPG systems that Orbital has been contracted to supply to Ford Australia and other customers.

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DOE awards LanzaTech $4M for low-carbon jet & diesel demo plant; 3M gpy; Audi evaluating fuel properties

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In the DOE funded project, LanzaTech will work with ArcelorMittal to evaluate US opportunities for leveraging this expertise to demonstrate an entirely new pathway to low carbon fuels from industrial wastes that are either flared or underutilized.

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China Steel Corporation making $46M investment in LanzaTech commercial waste-gas-to-ethanol project

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CSC has long been a champion of utilizing new technologies to create a better future and we are proud to help make this a reality.

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Mack Trucks to showcase Wrightspeed turbine-based extended range electric powertrain in Class 8 refuse truck

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Wrightspeed counts FedEx, Ratto Group and New Zealand Bus as early Route customers.

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Waze adds speed limits feature, planned drives

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Waze is rolling out the new feature first in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Czech Republic, El Salvador, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad, Tobago and Uruguay. Waze, the popular “connected driver” app that combines navigation with driver contributions on traffic, accidents and other road data, is adding a speed limit feature that will automatically notify drivers when they are exceeding the speed limit.

GM to cease manufacturing in Australia by 2017

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General Motors announced it will transition to a national sales company in Australia and New Zealand. The sale and service of Holden vehicles will be unaffected by this announcement and will continue through the network of Holden dealers across Australia and New Zealand. The company will discontinue vehicle and engine manufacturing and significantly reduce its engineering operations in Australia by the end of 2017.

SEAT to introduce 500 km MEB-based EV, Leon PHEV in 2020

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Built on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform, the new EV will feature a range of 500 km (311 miles). The EV launch comes as part of a product offensive, in which SEAT will launch one new car every six months until 2020. Next year the new generation SEAT Leon will be available in dealerships with two variants, the five-door model and the ST family sized version. SEAT is going to launch one new car every six months until 2020.

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Evonik and LanzaTech working on bio-processed precursors for specialty plastics

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LanzaTech, founded in New Zealand and headquartered in the US is now a global organization with partnerships and investors in India, Malaysia, Japan, the UK and two commercial facilities slotted for construction in 2014 in China.

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ArborGen and GreenWood Resources for strategic alliance to supply purpose-grown poplar trees for biomass

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One of the leading providers of conventional and technology-enhanced seedlings to the global commercial forestry industry, ArborGen has sold approximately 240 million seedlings in the United States, New Zealand and Australia in fiscal 2010. ArborGen and GreenWood Resources have formed a strategic business alliance to meet the growing demand for woody biomass with purpose-grown hardwood trees in the Southeastern United States.

DOE launches new database to support sustainable development of ocean energy resources

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As part of an international collaboration with the International Energy Agency, the US Department of Energy (DOE) launched a new database that includes results of environmental monitoring and research efforts on wave, tidal, and current energy development worldwide. Partner nations in the Ocean Energy Systems initiative, including Canada, Ireland, Spain, Norway, New Zealand, and South Korea, also provided funding and substantial input to this effort.

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Neste Oil’s NEXBTL renewable diesel to be sold at Propel Fuel stations in California

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Neste Oil filed five applications for low carbon fuel pathways for its NEXBTL renewable diesel with the CARB ( earlier post ), using different feedstocks at its Singapore plant: used cooking oil (gutter oil); Southeast Asian rendered fish oil; New Zealand tallow; North American tallow; and Australian tallow. California-based Propel Fuels has launched Diesel HPR (High Performance Renewable) at its retail stations. Diesel HPR contains 98.5%

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