PG&E Clean Fuel Rebate
PG&E rebate for residential electric customers who are also electric vehicle drivers. The Clean Fuel Rebate is a one-time rebate of $500 starting in January 2017. For using electricity as a clean transportation fuel, eligible EV owners can receive one rebate per owned or leased EV.
Electric Buses in America's National Parks
With the immense popularity of America's National Parks, many have implemented bus systems that shuttle visitors into the park from remote parking lots. Starting this summer, Proterra is helping to protect air quality, reduce GHG emissions and meet the sustainability goals of these beloved parks. Both Bryce Canyon and Zion are deploying Proterra electric buses to serve a diverse range of visitors, help free-up roads from car congestion, and to reduce diesel bus exhaust emissions. At the same time, Proterra is also working with other national parks to help them meet their sustainable transportation goals.
Shell Launches First Public Hydrogen Station in the UK (2/22/17)
Shell announced the launch of its first hydrogen fueling station in the UK at its Cobham service station on the M25. The new hydrogen station has been supplied by ITM Power and is the first of three hydrogen stations Shell plans to open in the UK in 2017. The hydrogen at this stations is being produced on site by an electrolyzer that is designed to run off excess renewable energy, generating zero-carbon hydrogen. This isn't the first hydrogen filling station in the UK, but it's the first on a motorway, the first on a public forecourt, and the first one that might actually encourage private buyers to choose a hydrogen car.
A State Battle is Brewing for New Tesla Factory
California, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and Nevada are all likely contenders in the upcoming bidding war over which state will become home to the new Tesla manufacturing plant for the Model Y crossover SUV, which the company hopes to introduce by 2019. The last time states fought over a Tesla factory, millions of dollars worth of tax credits, free land, and even straight up cash were offered up in an attempt to win the bidding war. States are so eager to host one of these manufacturing plants because historically, they produce thousands of jobs both in the plant. Elon Musk has a reputation of being a hard negotiator, so only time will tell which state comes out on top.
DOE Announces Up to $8 Million in Funding To Enable Breakthroughs in Algal Biofuels (7/11/2017)
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced funding for three projects that aim to reduce the cost of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts. The projects—which will receive up to $8 million—will deliver biology-focused breakthroughs and high-impact tools and techniques to increase the productivity of algal organisms and cultures, these projects will also enable accelerated future innovations in algal biofuels and bioproducts and further DOE's mission to support the development of U.S. bioeconomy.
Volvo to Phase Out Combustion Engine Vehicles by 2019 (7/5/2017)
Volvo announced that by 2019 it will only be producing electric and hybrid vehicles, making it the first major car company to do so. This bold commitment to alternative fuel vehicles could possibly signal the beginning of a transition from traditional engines to alternative ones. With it becoming more expensive to manufacture combustion engines that meet rigorous air pollution standards, perhaps more companies will follow in Volvo's footsteps. Between 2019 and 2021 the company will introduce five new electric vehicles. Check out this article.