Ford Plans $11 billion Investment in Electric Vehicles
Ford Motor Company will increase its planned investments in electric vehicles to $11 billion by 2022. The figure is more than double Ford's previous commitment. Ford wants to develop 40 different models for hybrid and fully electric vehicles. Learn more here.
California Bill Seeks Ban on Fossil-Fueled Vehicles by 2040
If the measure becomes law, by January 1, 2040, all new passenger vehicles sold in California would have to be so-called zero emission vehicles such as battery-electric or hydrogen fuel cell cars. More cars are sold each year in California than in any other state-- and more than in some countries. Click here for more.
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.
Sandia Report: Practical Application Limits of Fuel Cells and Batteries for Zero Emission Vessels
Hydrogen and fuel cells were studied as an alternative power plant for maritime vessels by considering 14 case studies of various ship sizes and routes varying from small passenger vessels to the largest cargo ships. The results show that it is practically feasible to consider these zero emission technologies for most vessels in the world's fleet. Hydrogen fuel cells proved to be the most capable while battery systems showed an advantage for high power, short duration missions. The results can guide to ship designers to determine the most suitable types of zero emission power plants to fit a ship based on its size and energy requirements. More here.
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