Texas restores $2,500 electric-car purchase rebate, except for Teslas

Green Car Reports

Ah, Texas, the state that was formerly a nation and continues to do things slightly differently. Politics rebates dealers incentives Tesla Motors plug-in cars Texas state lawsIts politics is bare-knuckle, its hats are big, and so are its ranches. It also generates more renewable wind energy than any other state in the union. Its auto-dealer lobbyists, however, are equally large and powerful. DON'T MISS: Tesla Loses Legal.

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Texas fossil-fuel industry made state more vulnerable to hurricane

Green Car Reports

While the storm has dissipated, with this week's attention focused on Hurricane Irma, the effects and damage tolls will last for years—and one thing already seems clear: Texas' dependence on the fossil-fuel industry poses an. emissions Weather oil climate change Texas fossil fuelsHurricane Harvey will go down as one of the most destructive and costliest natural disasters in the United States.

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Texas reinstates incentives for electric and alternative fuel cars

Green Car Reports

After a three-year hiatus, Texas has reinstated purchase rebates for plug-in electric and other alternative-fuel vehicles. Texans who buy electric cars after Sept. 1 can get a $2,500 rebate from the state, according to a report in the Dallas Morning News, in addition to the $7,500 tax credit from the federal government. Buyers of fuel-cell cars

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Texas: From Shale Boom to Water Revolution

Green Car Congress

Texas is famous the world over for two things on a massive scale: oil and droughts. For the oil and gas industry, water-starved Texas is a highly competitive playing field and the competition between oil companies and other heavy users of water is intense.

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Solar panels at Toyota's new Texas HQ to provide 25 percent of its electricity

Green Car Reports

Texas may be known as an oil state, but it's also a sprawling and sunny state, making it a good place to set up solar panels. The Japanese carmaker's campus in Plano, Texas, will. Texas renewable energy solar clean energy energyToyota hopes to take advantage of that when it completes the move of its North American headquarters from Torrance, California, to the Lone Star State next year.

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Texas Automated Vehicle Proving Ground Partnership forms; applying for national designation

Green Car Congress

Cities and regions across Texas are partnering with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), the University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Transportation Research (CTR), and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to form the Texas Automated Vehicle (AV) Proving Ground Partnership. Members of the Texas Partnership are contributing their facilities, expertise and talents as part of a larger Texas network of proving grounds and test-bed sites.

Texas CNG, LNG motor fuel sales double FY 2014 estimate

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As of 31 July, fiscal 2014 tax revenue from sales of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) motor fuel totaled $2,178,199, according to the Texas state Comptroller’s office. Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter, who launched a Natural Gas Initiative to increase the use of natural gas motor fuel in Texas last October, hailed the Comptroller’s report.

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TxDOT, TTI sign MOU to test connected and automated vehicle technologies in Texas

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The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) recently co-signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to begin testing connected and automated vehicle (CV/AV) technologies on the state highway system. TxDOT is responsible for the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of 80,000 miles of Texas’ highway system. The plan will also describe how the tests can be safely demonstrated and piloted on Texas highways.

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Not big news: 450,000 gallons of oil spill in Texas

Plugs and Cars

Two vessels collided in Port Arthur, Texas. As much as 450,000 gallons of crude oil spilled. Some nearby residents have been evacuated from the area because of hydrogen sulfide that was emanating from the oil. Source: RawStory.com

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Dealing with petroleum addiction, Texas style

Plugs and Cars

The Texas House of Representatives votes in favor of increased gasoline consumption. I should add that Texas, in the form of Austin Energy's Plug-in Partners effort, shows us the right direction to head, promoting plug-in hybrids (and electric cars) to use the electrical grid to replace gasoline.

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USGS estimates 20B barrels of oil in Texas’ Wolfcamp Shale; largest USGS estimate of continuous oil ever in US

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The Wolfcamp shale in the Midland Basin portion of Texas’ Permian Basin province contains an estimated mean of 20 billion barrels of oil, 16 trillion cubic feet of associated natural gas, and 1.6

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WiTricity and Texas Instruments collaborate on wireless charging solution for EVs

Green Car Congress

Wireless power transfer company WiTricity has collaborated with Texas Instruments (TI) to use automotive-grade semiconductor components in WiTricity’s DRIVE 11 wireless charging systems and reference designs. WiTricity’s DRIVE 11 wireless charging system enables drivers to park their electric vehicles (EVs) and be assured of rapid and efficient charging without having to handle charging cables.

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Tesla Model 3 refunds, Toyota Prius Prime award, and Texas electric car rebates: Today's Car News

Green Car Reports

Texas has reinstated rebates and incentives for electric cars. Tesla has reportedly refunded 23 percent of Model 3 deposits. The Toyota Prius Prime has been recognized for its low environmental and social impact. And we ask what electric car readers would purchase after Tesla's federal tax credits expire. All of this and more on Green Car Reports

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Texas in process of raising speed limits

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In May, the 82 nd Texas Legislature passed and the Governor Rick Perry signed House Bill 1353 , which took effect on 1 September. This legislation allows the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to create a 75-mph speed limit on sections of the highway system found to be reasonable and safe through a speed study. As soon as practicable, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) would have to conceal or remove any old speed limit signs and install updated ones.

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Planet-Warming Texas Oil Refineries Embrace Communist Chinese Stance on Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions. CO2-Belching Texas Polluters Pony Up Millions To Overturn California’s AB 32

Creative Greenius

Just mosey on over to the Republic of Texas where two of America’s biggest polluting oil companies are ponying up millions of dollars to pay for an initiative on the California ballot that would suspend our state’s Global Warming Solutions act, AB 32.

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BTI, Texas A&M team devises new droplet bioreactor to accelerate search for optimal algal strains for biofuels

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Researchers from Boyce Thompson Institute and Texas A&M University have developed algal droplet bioreactors on a chip that can accelerate the search for optimized algal strains for the production of biofuels. —senior author Arum Han of Texas A&M University.

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Texas A&M team developing photocatalyst to turn CO2 into renewable hydrocarbon fuels

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Researchers with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, led by Dr. Ying Li, associate professor of mechanical engineering, are developing a photocatalyst to convert CO 2 into renewable hydrocarbon fuels.

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Why I leased a 2017 Chevy Volt (in Texas) to replace a Volvo

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Texas is the land of pickups and SUVs, of oil wells and full-day drives from your Texas home to Grandma’s Texas home. Your everyday driver had better be your highway car, because every drive involves a highway. I’ve owned every size of SUV, from Chevy Suburban to Toyota Land Cruiser to BMW X1 to Subaru Outback (not exactly an SUV. Plug-In Hybrids plug-in cars

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paragon AG US subsidiary Voltabox opens Li-ion battery pack assembly plant in Texas

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Voltabox of Texas , the US subsidiary of German automotive supplier paragon AG, officially opened of its new plant in Cedar Park where Voltabox is now operating one fully automated assembly line for Li-ion battery packs. Voltabox of Texas obtained certification that more than 60% of its value creation is based in the US at the end of 2014.

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Tesla Vs Franchised Car Dealers In Texas, Arizona: Battles Continue

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Both Texas and Arizona have seen skirmishes before between Tesla and groups representing franchised car dealers. The battle between Tesla Motors and car-dealer groups has flared up again on two familiar fronts. Franchised dealers, who have long enjoyed a state-mandated monopoly on retail car sales, appear to feel threatened by the automaker''s

Could Elon Musk's Hyperloop Crack The Texas Tesla Sales Ban?

Green Car Reports

Tesla can''t sell its electric cars directly to customers in Texas, but CEO Elon Musk still has ambitious plans for the state. As he often does, Musk dropped a bombshell on Twitter last week, announcing that he plans to build a test track for his "Hyperloop" transportation concept in the Lone Star State. MORE: Elon Musk''s Hyperloop: 30 Minutes In

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2018 Leaf range, Honda plug-in hybrid, used VW diesels, Texas fossil fuels: Today's Car News

Green Car Reports

Today, we've got news on a pair of Honda hybrids, a remarkable announcement on the future of cars out of China, an explanation of how Texas exacerbated its hurricane damage, and a philosophical question about the 2018 Nissan Leaf. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Over the weekend, we ran down last week's top green-car stories. Owners who. Today in Car News

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Propane Council of Texas offers business fleets incentives for new or converted propane autogas vehicles

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The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT)—a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of cleaner-burning, domestically produced propane—is offering incentives to private Texas vehicle fleets that are new to propane autogas. The Propane Council of Texas defines a private fleet as a business fleet with three or more vehicles registered in Texas. —Jackie Mason, Education and Marketing Director for the Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT).

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Toyota to establish new North American headquarters in Texas; consolidating from California, Kentucky and New York

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Toyota is establishing a new headquarters in North Dallas (Plano), Texas for its North American operations. Toyota is consolidating its North American headquarters operations in Plano, Texas, just north of Dallas. GST), a private distributor of Toyota vehicles based in Houston, Texas.

Texas Mineral Resources to establish lithium subsidiary to market Round Top lithium

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Texas Mineral Resources Corp. Texas Mineral Resources Corp.’s s primary focus is exploring and, if warranted, developing its Round Top heavy rare earth and industrial minerals project located in Hudspeth County, Texas, 85 miles east of El Paso.

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Oil Jobs Lost: 250,000 And Counting; Texas Likely To See Massive Layoffs Soon

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According to an analysis by the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, a new round of layoffs could be underway in Texas, for example. The Texas Alliance predicted that the first drop in oil prices last year would lead to 40,000 to 50,000 layoffs in Texas. by Charles Kennedy of Oilprice.com. Crude oil just capped off a third straight week of declines, as WTI nears the $40 per barrel threshold.

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Apache confirms significant new resource play in Texas: 75 Tcf gas, 3B barrels of oil

Green Car Congress

Apache Corporation has confirmed the discovery of a significant new resource play—the “Alpine High”—in the southern portion of the Delaware Basin, primarily in Reeves County, Texas. The company estimates hydrocarbons in place on its acreage position are 75 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of rich gas (more than 1,300 British Thermal Units) and 3 billion barrels of oil in the Barnett and Woodford formations alone.

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Texas A&M-led team identifies synthetic hydrocarbon pathway in green alga B. braunii

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Now, a team led by researchers from Texas A&M AgriLife Research has identified the first committed step in the biosynthesis of hydrocarbon oil in B. The green microalga Botryococcus braunii is considered a promising biofuel feedstock producer due to its prodigious accumulation of hydrocarbon oils that can be converted into fuels. braunii and has described a new enzyme which carries out this reaction.

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UPS to expand use of renewable natural gas; liquefied renewable natural gas in Texas

Green Car Congress

UPS has expanded its agreement with Clean Energy Fuels to use up to 500,000 gallon equivalents of renewable liquefied natural gas (RLNG) annually in Texas. UPS stations in Houston and Mesquite will dispense the RLNG to a fleet of about 140 UPS tractors. The deal builds on UPS’s current agreement with Clean Energy Fuels whereby UPS is using approximately 1.5

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Car sharing to continue in Texas

Green Cars News

The two-year car2go North America Pilot Programme in the state capital of Texas – Austin – has come to an end. Green cars Latest news Austin car sharing car sharing scheme Car2go Daimler TexasHowever, a new agreement has been signed to ensure that car2go will continue its operations in the city. Developed by Daimler, car2go is the world’s first free floating car sharing network and it launched [.].

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First natural gas GM half-ton pickups with 5.3L DI engines delivered in Texas

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Nat G CNG Solutions has pre-orders for more than 50 units of the DuraDrive DI, which will be delivered to customers in Texas and Louisiana before the end of the year. Nat G CNG Solutions has delivered the first natural gas half-ton pickup trucks with General Motors’ 5.3-liter direct injection engine. The 2015 model vehicles were purchased by local Houston company NewTex Plumbing and San Antonio-based Pioneer Energy Services.

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EPA finalizes GHG permit for $1B gas-to-gasoline plant in Texas; 8M barrels per year

Green Car Congress

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permit to Natgasoline LLC to construct a new motor-grade gasoline production facility in Texas that uses natural gas as feedstock (gas-to-gasoline, or GtG). EPA has finalized 54 GHG permits in Texas, proposed an additional seven permits, and currently has 12 additional GHG permits in development in Texas.

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Shell Oil replacing Ryder diesel trucks with with Ryder LNG trucks for operations in Louisiana and Texas

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and Houston, Texas. Ryder has deployed CNG and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) vehicles into the fleets of Ryder customers in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Quebec, Canada. Shell Oil Company has signed an agreement with Ryder System for 15 liquefied natural gas (LNG) heavy-duty vehicles supporting oil and gas logistics operations in Lafayette, La.

Saint-Gobain Proppants and Texas A&M Energy Institute collaborate on investigation of proppants for hydraulic fracturing

Green Car Congress

Researchers from Texas A&M University’s Energy Institute and Saint-Gobain Proppants have begun a collaborative effort to better understand the behavior of proppants in hydraulic fracturing operations. The work, led by Hisham Nasr-El-Din, professor in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M, is expected to lead to better understanding of how to improve proppant stability and performance.

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Texas electric-car buying, Ford 10-speed automatic, Kia Rio details: Today's Car News

Green Car Reports

Today, one owner describes what it's like to buy an electric car in Texas, the 2017 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck is set to launch next month with a new 10-speed automatic transmission, and we have more details on the new Kia Rio debuting at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

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The Curious Story Of Electric Cars And Texas

All Cars Electric

When people think of Texas, there’s always certain stereotypes associated with it: cowboys, twangs, conservative politics, boots, guns and big, gas-guzzling trucks. While some stereotypes are rooted in truth, Texas can surprise you. Like when people actually visit a major city and realize that most Texans are neither cowboys nor all heavily

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Researchers find Nissan LEAF creates less CO2 than Toyota Prius hybrid in west US and Texas, but more in N. Midwest

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When considering GHG reductions alone, this would mean the western US and Texas (where there is high confidence that GHG emissions of the Nissan LEAF are lower than the best gasoline vehicles) and in Florida and New England (where the LEAF also likely has lower GHG emissions).

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Tesla Loses Legal Battles To Texas, North Carolina Dealers

Green Car Reports

In Texas, the state legislature declined to make an exception to existing rules that make it illegal for automakers to sell cars to retail buyers. Win some, lose some. Tesla''s had a very good year thus far, but it was recently dealt legislative defeats in two states where it had hoped to sell its electric cars. In North Carolina, a Senate

2017 Chevy Volt in Texas, Tesla Model 3 Supercharger access, California climate bill: Today's Car News

Green Car Reports

Find out why a Texas driver decided to lease a 2017. Today, one owner explains his decision to lease a 2017 Chevrolet Volt, how Tesla Model 3 owners may be charged for access to the company's Supercharger stations, and a landmark California climate bill that could have wide effects on cars and energy. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Today in Car News

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Tesla Testifies In Texas, Takes On State's Auto Dealers Over Stores

Green Car Reports

Texas is tough, and Texas car dealers are no exception. But electric-car startup Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA], in the person of its CEO Elon Musk, testified yesterday at a hearing in the Texas legislature on a bill that would allow it to sell its cars directly to Texas buyers. That''s presently illegal in Texas, where legislation long backed by state