Archive for the ‘Green Transportation’ Category

D.C. Looks to a Streetcar Revival

As the search for gasoline alternatives continues, streetcars are making a comeback in cities across the nation. Clean Skies News takes an in-depth look as Washington, D.C. considers the economic and environmental considerations of redeveloping trolley systems. Source: Clean Skies News

Daimler’s electric car partnership

Germany luxury car marker Daimler is expanding its cooperation with Renault and Nissan to develope electric cars, in a race to meet tightening European emission reduction rules. Source: Reuters

“Straddling” bus to aid traffic

China is launching a pilot project in Beijing to test a concept vehicle which carries people above street level and lets traffic pass underneath, in order to ease the increasing pressure on city traffic and public transportation. Source: Reuters

Mitsubishi i-Miev in the city

The U.S. version of the Mitsubishi i-Miev electric car won’t be available until late in 2011, but cnet got to spend a week in San Francisco with the Japanese version, to discover what life will be like with an electric car. The model tested by cnet does not wholly represent the car that Mitsubishi will sell in the U.S. According to the company, its U.S. car will have a slightly wider track for added stability. Source: cnet Car Tech

RJ de Vera drives the CR-Z sports/hybrid coupe

With an on-sale date set for August 24, the all-new Honda CR-Z sport hybrid coupe is set to debut at dealers with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting under $20,000. Here Auto expert RJ de Vera shares his experience driving the CR-Z sport hybrid around LA and his conclusion is: “Green Can be FUN!”. Source: American Honda

Texas, New York Early Markets for Chevy Volt

General Motors is expanding the geographic footprint of the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid, but the relatively small number of Volts planned to emerge from factories in the next two years will make them something of a collector’s item. The company has announced that Austin, Texas and New York City will be target markets, along with California, for the Volt when it launches later this year. Source: Greentech Media

Lithium Finds Could Encourage Electric Vehicle Growth

Charles Ebinger of The Brookings Institution reports on what a new discovery of large amounts of lithium in Afghanistan and Pakistan could mean for the global electric vehicle industry. Source: Clean Skies News

ChargePoint America Program

ChargePoint America is a program sponsored by Coulomb Technologies to provide electric vehicle charging infrastructure to nine selected regions in the United States. The program is made possible by a U.S. Department of Energy grant and a grant from the California Energy Commission. The objective is to accelerate the development and production of electric vehicles to substantially reduce petroleum consumption, reduce greenhouse gas production, and create jobs. ChargePoint America will offer both home and public charging stations to individuals and businesses. Source: Coulomb Technologies

USPS Fleet Delivers Greener Mail

The U.S. Postal Service is on the leading edge of greener transportation technology with a new fleet of electric and alternatively fueled service vans. Clean Skies News explores just how effective for mail and parcel delivery services these alternative vehicles and smarter routes actually are. Source: Clean Skies News

Ethanol Supporters Push for Tax Credits

The Renewable Fuels Reinvestment Act, introduced in the US House by Representatives Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) and John Shimkus (R-IL) last week, would extend ethanol tax credits for another five years. However, backers of ethanol face an uphill battle, as the proposal has both reignited the fuel versus food debate and intensified scrutiny of the EPA’s regulations on the environmental impact of corn-based ethanol. Source: Clean Skies News

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