Report Finds That Urgent Changes in Transport Financing Required to Enable More Sustainable Transportation Globally

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Changes in how transport is financed are essential if cities and nations are to deal effectively with the rapid growth in motor vehicle traffic and related environmental and health problems, including climate change, according to a new report by the Transport Research Laboratory released at Fifth Regional EST Forum in Asia by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) and the Partnership for Sustainable Low Carbon Transport.

ITS-Davis study finds social influence a key element in transitioning to more sustainable transportation such as PHEVs

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Research from the Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California at Davis (ITS-Davis) suggests it will take more than a reasonable price and good information to get consumers to make more sustainable transportation choices, such as the purchase of a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). Car buyers are not just rational “automatons” affected by price and the availability of product information.

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Electrek Podcast: Tesla record numbers, prices, shareholders’ meeting, and more


This week on the Electrek Podcast , we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla’s delivery record numbers, Model 3 and Model Y prices, TSLA shareholders’ meeting, and more.

Podcast: Tesla price increases explained, Tesla diner, Model S Plaid gets new record, and more


This week on the Electrek Podcast , we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla price increases explained, Tesla is actually working on a diner, Model S Plaid achieves a new record, and more.

Podcast: Tesla opens Supercharger network to other EVs, Model 3/Y price & range update, VW CEO troubles, and more


This week on the Electrek Podcast , we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla openning the Supercharger network to other EVs, a new Model 3 and Model Y price and range update, VW CEO being in trouble with his workforce, and more.

Podcast: Tesla v11, Tesla accepts Bitcoin, another price increase, and more


This week on the Electrek Podcast , we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including Tesla’s v11 software update, Tesla accepting Bitcoin, another Model 3 price increase, and more.

Podcast: Tesla fatal crash goes viral in media, another price change, Cadillac Lyriq, and more


This week on the Electrek Podcast , we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including a Tesla fatal crash goes viral in the media, another Model 3/Y r price change, Cadillac Lyriq production version, and more.

Podcast: Tesla Cybertruck delay, Model Y in Europe, $40,000 cap on tax credit, and more


This week on the Electrek Podcast , we discuss the most popular news in the world of sustainable transport and energy, including the Tesla Cybertruck delay, the Model Y coming to Europe, and the proposed $40,000 price cap on electric cars to get the $7,500 tax credit.

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.

UC Davis study finds discontinuance rate of 21% for California PHEV adopters, 19% for BEV adopters

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PHEV discontinuance is related to being female; living in a multi-unit dwelling; having fewer household vehicles; dissatisfaction with the convenience of charging; purchase price and vehicle running costs; and undertaking more long-distance trips. UC Davis: National Center for Sustainable Transportation.” Discontinuance is the term applied to the abandoning of a new technology by someone who was once an adopter or user.

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New $22M CARB pilot to fund equitable, clean transportation options in disadvantaged communities

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The California Air Resources Board will provide up to $22 million in grants to address transportation needs in disadvantaged and low-income communities with clean transportation options under a new $22-million pilot project. The funding, available through the Sustainable Transportation Equity Project (STEP), will support the planning and implementation of clean transportation projects. Parking pricing program.

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ADB Transport Forum: shift to greener transport in Asia key to global sustainability; investment of $2.5T needed by 2020

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Asia must scale up sustainable transport development or face a bleak future of congested roads, pollution, ill health and economic damage, which could have ripple effects around the world, the third ADB (Asian Development Bank) transport forum heard earlier this month in Manila. —Bindu Lohani, Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development at the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

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Dana to provide e-propulsion system for Class 8 truck hydrogen fuel development project in Alberta, Canada

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They will be operated by Alberta trucking companies Trimac Transportation and Bison Transport. The Alberta Zero-Emissions Truck Electrification Collaboration (AZETEC) project will help ensure the continuation of a timely, efficient and cost-effective supply chain of goods, transported by 64-ton B-train tractor-trailers carrying very large freight loads over long distances.

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Volvo Trucks’ D13 Turbo Compound engine now standard on all VNL models; 6% better fuel economy over 2020 engine

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Since the introduction of the first-generation D13TC engine in North America in 2017, fleet customers such as Tom MacDonald Trucking, VTS Transportation and Tyson Foods have seen improved efficiencies.

BMW providing 10 pre-owned i3 EVs to UC Davis for 18 months

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BMW is providing the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis with ten battery-electric, BMW i3 models for 18 months. Transitioning fleets to electric vehicles helps advance clean energy technologies and reduce emissions from transportation. We also want to learn how fleets can incorporate used electric vehicles, which are available at a lower price than newer generations. We’re moving toward a transportation system of reduced personal car ownership.

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Toyota plans $13.6B spending spree to develop EV battery tech by 2030


Toyota surged into sustainable transportation with the development and release of the Prius Hybrid years ago, but the company has not significantly contributed to the development or sale of fully electric powertrains.

Maker of 3-wheeler EV Arcimoto files for IPO under Reg A

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Arcimoto was founded in 2007 to catalyze the shift to a sustainable transportation system. The SRK delivers an estimated 230 MPGe with a target base model price of $11,900. Arcimoto, the maker of a three-wheeled electric “Fun Utility Vehicle”, has filed its Form 1-A Offering Circular for the offering of common stock under SEC Regulation A, setting the stage for a potential future listing on the NASDAQ Capital Market.

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Maven deploying its first all-electric shared-use fleet in Austin; 20 Chevy Bolts

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Maven is working with Austin Energy, the Austin Transportation Department, and Rocky Mountain Institute to create infrastructure solutions leading to an all-electric future. Pricing starts at $229 per week plus taxes. Drivers can see vehicle availability and pricing via the mobile app. Austin is a perfect partner for this launch because of the city’s commitment to innovation and sustainable transportation.

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ITF: worldwide transport activity to double by 2050, emissions to rise 16% compared to 2015

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Freight transport will grow by a factor of 2.6. Any currently expected emissions reductions will be more than offset by the increased demand for transport, according to the analysis. Emissions would exceed transport’s carbon budget more than three times.

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Tesla and local EV makers are eclipsing legacy auto in China’s electric car segment


As the country embraces sustainable transportation, it is no surprise that carmakers are looking to breach the emerging market. Crozz and the Toyota C-HR EV are priced between 200,000 yuan (US$30,850) and 300,000 yuan, making them a direct competitor to the Made-in-China Tesla Model Y.

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Tesla Aviation? Morgan Stanley says yes, and it could be worth $1,000 per share


Although Tesla is still working on EV development, Morgan Stanley made it clear that their expectations for the company are to eventually expand to aviation, working toward sustainable transportation in the air and not just the ground.

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Study finds renewable natural gas could meet ~85% of current natural gas use in transport in California by 2020s; much higher volumes possible with right policies

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A study by a team from UC Davis for the California Air Resources Board (ARB) has found that the state could produce 14 bcf (billion cubic feet) per year of renewable natural gas (RNG) (biomethane) by the 2020s, meeting roughly 85% of current natural gas use in transport California at LCFS (Low Carbon Fuel Standard) credits of $120 per metric ton of CO 2. Those derivatives prices generally ranged from $2.80 All costs and prices in the model are in 2015 constant dollars.).

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ABI Research sees annual EV sales at 2.36M units worldwide in 2020; importance of autonomous EVs in Internet of Things

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Overall, EV sales have been disappointing so far due to a lack of choice and perceived personal benefits, high purchase prices, and most importantly, consumer anxiety about range, maximum speed, recharging times, and the lack of public charging infrastructure. The study is part of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Research Service. According to ABI Research, the number of full electric vehicles (EVs) shipping yearly worldwide will increase from 150,000 in 2013 to 2.36

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Buyers Guide: Budget EV Options for Clean Transportation

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Price is one of the most significant roadblocks to clean transportation. Tesla, arguably the most iconic electric automaker right now, recently raised the price of several models in the U.S. That should come as no surprise, either, given the Leaf’s low price tag of $31,600.

Ford, Uber and Lyft to share data through SharedStreets platform

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The public-private partnership is the result of a collaboration with the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), the Open Transport Partnership and Bloomberg Philanthropies, the consortium behind the innovative SharedStreets data platform. Already operating in more than 30 cities around the world, the SharedStreets platform and this new partnership will provide city leaders with far-reaching new instruments for managing transportation networks.

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Tesla makes ~$2.8B all-stock offer to acquire SolarCity

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per share, or a premium of approximately 21% to 30% over the recent closing price of SolarCity’s shares. In a blog post, Tesla management said that: Tesla’s mission has always been tied to sustainability. We seek to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transportation by offering increasingly affordable electric vehicles. Tesla Motora has made an all-stock offer worth approximately $2.8B

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Rivian introduces two quad-motor, AWD “Electric Adventure Vehicles”

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R1T pricing starts at $61,500 after Federal Tax credit. R1S pricing starts at $65,000 after Federal Tax credit. Founded in 2009 by RJ Scaringe, Rivian develops and produces vehicles, products and services related to sustainable transportation. Rivian, an electric vehicle manufacturer, unveiled two “Electric Adventure Vehicles”—the R1T, an all-electric pickup and the R1S, an all-electric SUV—at events surrounding the LA Auto Show this week.

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Electric Vehicle Industry Associations – Joining Forces to Drive Adoption


The association consists of three regional organizations – the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), the European Association for Electromobility (AVERE) and the Electric Vehicle Association of Asia Pacific (EVAAP).

UPS plans to build 9 additional LNG stations at cost of ~$50M

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UPS has used LNG vehicles for more than a decade and has benefited from lower fuel prices compared to imported petroleum. To accomplish this goal the company must continue to innovate and help pave the way toward more sustainable transportation solutions. UPS plans to invest approximately $50 million to build an additional nine liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling stations, bringing the total number of stations to 13.

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Navigant forecasts modest global annual sales growth of e-bicycles, reaching 40.3M units in 2023

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While numerous countries in Western Europe and Asia Pacific have developed mature e-bike markets due to strong commuter cultures that utilize e-bicycles for transportation purposes, e-bicycles still represent an emerging market in North America, where they have largely been treated as a novel type of sporting equipment rather than a vehicle for transportation, the report says.

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Social influences to drive plug-in hybrid vehicle take-up

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Whoever thought that the only elements people need to make more sustainable transport choices are reasonable prices and good information, should think again – because social influence will also play a significant role. That’s the verdict of research by the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California at Davis which suggests that more [.].

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XALT Energy, HED develop XBV telematics system for battery-electric powertrains

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Factors such as the battery system’s state-of-charge (SOC), overall health, driving range and charging times are critical considerations in optimizing urban and long-haul transportation networks that rely upon this alternate fuel option. This saves money for our customers and enables them to sell their product at a lower price point. As it does, so will their ability to identify and request unique system designs to resolve their specific transportation challenges.

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UC Davis, ITDP study suggests global shift to public transport, NMT and away from cars could save $100T through 2050 and cut GHGs

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One of the more affordable ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions is to design cities to give people clean options for using public transportation, walking and cycling and to move away from car-centric development, according to a new report released by the University of California, Davis, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP). gigatons of carbon dioxide annually—a 40% reduction of urban passenger transport emissions—by 2050.

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National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB acquires assets of Saab Automobile to create new EV company; first model based on 9-3 due year-end 2013/2014

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The price for the assets has not been disclosed. China’s progressive initiatives in sustainable transportation solutions. National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (NEVS)—an international consortium formed by Chinese, Japanese and Swedish stakeholders—and the Receivers of the Saab Automobile bankruptcy estate ( earlier post) signed a purchase agreement covering the main assets of Saab Automobile AB, Saab Automobile Powertrain AB and Saab Automobile Tools AB.

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Study concludes no one strategy sufficient for targeted GHG reduction from LDVs; positive combinatorial effects

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However, they also found that many of these changes have positive combinatorial effects, “ so the best strategy is to pursue combinations of transportation GHG reduction strategies to meet reduction goals.” to achieve the required GHG reductions in transportation, dramatically more efficient vehicles will need to travel fewer kilometers using an energy source with substantially reduced GHG emissions. Travel demand management (TDM) measures include pricing (e.g.,

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Volvo Group to acquires 45% of Dongfeng Commercial Vehicles for $900M; Volvo to become world’s largest manufacturer of heavy-duty trucks

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The purchase price is RMB 5.6 Payment of the purchase price will increase Volvo’s net debt by approximately SEK 6 billion (US$929 million). We are pursuing a clear strategy to achieve our vision of becoming the world leader in sustainable transport solutions. China is the world’s largest truck market. Click to enlarge.

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Researchers urge Chinese government to encourage bikes, buses and rail over cars and commercial vehicles due to emissions and health concerns

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Based on the results of their analysis of the potential air quality and health impacts of travel demand in China under business-as-usual and alternative transport scenarios, a team of researchers in China is urging policymakers to encourage the replacement of private cars for short trips with bicycles or public buses and the replacement of commercial vehicles with rail transport. In China in 2013, The transport sector consumed 348.19

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Study: natural gas heavy-duty trucking fleet could benefit economy, but has mixed environmental effects

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Switching from diesel fuel to natural gas may hold advantages for the US heavy-duty trucking fleet, but more needs to be done to reach the full environmental benefits, according to a new white paper released by the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis, and Rice University. —lead author Amy Myers Jaffe, executive director for Energy and Sustainability at UC Davis and an affiliate at ITS-Davis.

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EEA report suggests road charges for heavy-duty goods vehicles should reflect varied health effects of pollution in different countries

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The revenue from such schemes should be invested in sustainable transport, the Directive states. Such health effects also have a heavy economic cost—the report’s authors estimate that the air pollution from HGVs alone costs EEA member countries €43-46 billion (US$56-60 billion) per year, making up almost half of the approximately €100 billion (US$130 billion) cost of air pollution from road transport. European economies rely on transporting goods long distances.

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Washington governor proposes slate of measures to curb GHG emissions & transition state to cleaner energy; cap-and-trade and EV incentives

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The Governor’s office projects that the program will generate about $1 billion in the first year, and more thereafter, which will be used for transportation, education, tax relief for working families and other purposes. Cleaner transportation options for consumers. Nearly half the state’s CO 2 emissions comes from cars, trucks and other transportation sources. Sustainable transportation planning.

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DOE releases five-year strategic plan, 2014-2018; supporting “all of the above” energy strategy

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DOE will also advance research and development for sustainable hydropower technologies, as well as technologies that harness energy from wave and tidal resources. Accelerate development and deployment of new transportation system technologies to diversify fuel sources, increase efficiency and reduce emissions. DOE will partner with industry to discover and promote advanced sustainable transportation technologies.

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Taking another look at methanol as an alternative transportation fuel for the US

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Cheng of the Sloan Automotive Laboratory assessing the prospects for methanol as an alternative transportation fuel in the US concludes that methanol is a safe and viable transportation fuel, although it not as good as ethanol in terms of energy density and ease of handling. Methanol first surfaced as a potentially interesting transportation fuel in the wake of the oil crisis in 1973. option towards transition to renewable methanol for sustainable transportation.

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Expert group report finds alternative fuels could replace fossil fuels in Europe by 2050

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Alternative fuels have the potential gradually to replace fossil energy sources and make transport sustainable by 2050, according to a report presented to the European Commission last week by the stakeholder expert group on future transport fuels. The EU will need an oil-free and largely CO 2 -free energy supply for transport by 2050 due to the need to reduce its impact on the environment and concerns about the security of energy supply. —Future Transport Fuels.

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