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Jake Richardson Hello, I have been writing online for some time, and enjoy the outdoors. If you like, you can follow me on Google Plus.



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Kenyan Electrification Plan Could Achieve Universal Access By 2022

January 15th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

Approximately 75% of Kenyans have access to electricity from grid and off-grid sources, according to the World Bank, but the Kenyan government wants to increase that to 100% by 2022. The Kenya National Electrification Strategy (KNES) references mini-grids, independent solar power plants, and off-grid technology as options to utilize.


€70 Billion A Year In EU Health Damage Caused By Vehicle Emissions, Finds Report

January 12th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

Recent air pollution research found that €70 billion in health damage is caused by traffic emissions every year in the European Union -- about 75% of the harm is caused by diesel emissions. The report, titled “Health Impacts and Health Costs of Diesel Emissions in the EU,” was commissioned by the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)


VW Commercial e-Crafter Electric Cargo Van Makes UK Debut

January 10th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

The electric VW e-Crafter commercial van made its UK debut in December at the Milton Keynes EV Experience Centre. The 3.5 ton cargo van has 107 miles of range and uses a 35 kWh lithium-ion battery, which can be charged to 80% in 45 minutes or so. Kate Thompson, Head of Press and Public Relations at VW Commercial Vehicles UK, answered some questions for CleanTechnica


Daimler & BMW Collaborating On Large Joint Urban Mobility Company

January 7th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

Daimler AG and the BMW Group are collaborating on a joint urban mobility company to create a sustainable, multi-modal, readily accessible urban transportation system. Ride hailing, carsharing, charging and parking in urban centers, all accessible through a single digital experience, will be key components of the new venture


DC & 9 States Collaborating On Carbon Emissions Reduction Policy

January 7th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

Washington, D.C., Virginia, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont are working together to formulate a policy proposal to reduce transportation carbon emissions. The point of the collective effort is to reduce air pollution, improve transportation to underserved people and develop economic opportunities. The collaborators have a goal to generate the low-carbon regional policy in one year, after which they can decide if they are going to adopt it


Delhi Policy Draft Calls For 25% EVs By 2023

January 4th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

Delhi, India, is one of the world’s top cities for air pollution. In fact, a research study found that fine particulate matter air pollution there contributed to almost 15,000 premature deaths in 2016. Particulate matter has been linked to premature death, stroke, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and respiratory diseases


Solar Power Jobs Program Developed For At-Risk Youth

December 31st, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

A program has been created by HBI and IREC to help at-risk youth get jobs in the solar power industry. Solar power job training and credentialing can help the target audience gain valuable skills and experience to help them advance in their careers. There are several million Americans who are in the 16-24 year-old age bracket who are not working or enrolled in school. Solar jobs are skilled and pay much better than typical fare for this age group such as working in the fast food industry.


34,357 Canadian EV Sales For 2018 As Of Q3 End

December 31st, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

For all of 2018, the total EV sales in Canada may exceed the previous three years combined. The top seller among Canadian EVs for the Q3 was the Tesla Model 3. In second and third place were the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Bolt


Real-Time Air Pollution Mapping In Paris Created By Valeo — #CleanTechnica Interview

December 23rd, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

The automotive technology company Valeo has created a real-time air pollution level mapping service on the streets of Paris, France. Sensors on 15 Keolis public transportation vehicles and four G7 Green taxis are tracking ozone, fine particles, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide until January 2019. The service was implemented with ARIA Technologies as a partner, and will be used as the basis for the development of an app which will allow drivers to avoid air pollution in cities. Jim Schwyn, the Chief Technical Officer for Valeo, answered some questions for CleanTechnica about this innovation


Tesla Model S Is Choice Of New Zealand Councillor — #CleanTechnica Interview

December 21st, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Whanganui district councillor and dental surgeon Dr. Hadleigh Reid recently purchased a Model S, one of several hundred Teslas in New Zealand. In 2017, it was reported that he and another councillor, Josh Chandulal-Mackay, were working to bring an EV charger to Whanganui. At the time, Reid said getting a charging station could enhance tourism, and bringing more visitors to the area was one of the ideas he had when he was running for office to support economic development


Vauxhall Adding More Electric Vehicles To Lineup

December 21st, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Following the PACE! strategic plan, Vauxhall has made some strategic and organizational changes which have resulted in cost cutting and profit growth. Vauxhall's Communications Director, Jeremy Townsend, answered some questions about the plan for CleanTechnica


Home Solar Lighting Systems Come To Kenya From Azuri & Unilever

December 19th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Azuri Technologies and Unilever Kenya have partnered to bring a pay-as-you-go solar home system to off-grid homes in Kenya. Unilever’s Kenya distribution network has about 67,000 traders that can help Azuri’s Quad solar home system be sold to more off-grid customers


Over 500,000 Electric Cars In California!

December 18th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

In November of this year, the number of electric cars sold in California reached over 512,000, according to Veloz, a non-profit organization that is working to support the transition to electric vehicles. Josh Boone, Executive Director of Veloz, answered some questions about the EV growth trend in California for CleanTechnica


Tesla Model 3 Comfortable For Nearly 7 Foot Tall NBA Player — #CleanTechnica Interview

December 15th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Matt Bullard won an NBA Championship with the Houston Rockets during the 1993–1994 season. The 6'10" forward played in the NBA for 11 years, spending most of his career with the Rockets, where he set the season franchise record for 3-point shooting percentage at .446. He also had stints in Charlotte and Atlanta. Today, he is a broadcast analyst covering the Houston Rockets and the NBA. At almost 7 feet tall, he might seem to be an unlikely candidate to fit into a Tesla Model 3, but he does and enjoys the vehicle very much. Bullard answered some questions about his Model 3 for CleanTechnica


Jeep Renegade Plug-In Hybrid Production Inching Closer

December 12th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

The Jeep Renegade plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) that will be launched in early 2020 is nearing production. Currently, the Fiat Chrysler Melfi Plant in Italy is being readied for the production run. Pre-production copies will be made in 2019, before the final versions in 2020. €200 million is the amount reportedly invested in the new trim's launch


Bosch Launching Electric Van Sharing

December 12th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Bosch is collaborating with toom to launch an electric van sharing service at German hardware stores. toom sells home improvement products and supplies, so the idea is to place electric vans at some of them to provide on-demand personal transportation for customers. Caroline Reichert, head of connected mobility solutions for EVs at Bosch, answered some questions about the program for CleanTechnica


Electric Cargo Hauler With Mobile Depot Presented By Sortimo

December 12th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Sortimo has shown two studies or concepts at the IAA Commercial Vehicles event -- one is an electric cargo mover and the other is a mobile depot. Sabrina Sendlinger, Corporate Communication Manager for Sortimo, answered some questions for CleanTechnica about the new innovations


“EV Sales Capital Of The World” Is Shanghai

December 12th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

The International Council on Clean Transportation recently released a report on EV sales around the world. It’s a fascinating document with some intriguing insights. Were you aware that over one million electric passenger vehicles were sold around the world in 2017, that China led the way with over 579,000, and that most sales of such vehicles to date have taken place in China, Europe, Japan, and the United States


Medical Drone Pilot Project For Vanuatu

December 7th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Vanuatu, a South Pacific ocean nation with 83 islands, UNICEF, the Australian company Swoop Aero, and the German firm Wingcopter are collaborating on a three-month medical drone pilot project


Electric Carsharing Program Launched In Sacramento

December 6th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Over one hundred EVs are being deployed in a carsharing initiative brought to Sacramento by Envoy and Electrify America. 142 Volkswagen e-Golf electric cars will be available in the Sacramento area by early 2019 at 71 locations. The first of the EVs are located near the Whispering Pines Apartments in Meadowview. They can be rented by the minute, hour, or day. Envoy's co-founders, Aric Ohana and Ori Sagie, answered some questions about the program for CleanTechnica



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