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URBAN-X Selects 7 Startups For Its Urban Accelerator

March 4th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

URBAN-X has selected 7 startups for its 20-week accelerator program; each one will also receive a $100,000 investment. This latest round is the program's fifth cohort. The startups are The Free Ride, Borrow, Thrilling, Treau, GreenQ, Toggle, and Gearbuddy.


Tesloop’s Connected Network To Support Electric Vehicles — CleanTechnica Interview

February 25th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

Tesloop, previously known for a city-to-city shuttle service in the US West, has more recently created Carmiq, a network for connected EVs to provide support to owners in the form of services for data, connectivity, and convenience. On the data side, users can access information related to driving efficiency, safety and battery charging alerts, vehicle valuation, and leaderboards. For connectivity, the platform covers car sharing and rentals, parking, car cleaning, tire services, and so forth. The convenience services are related to insurance, financing, the CA HOV sticker, registration status, and the federal income tax form. Rahul Sonnad, the CEO of Tesloop, answered some questions for CleanTechnica about the network


Over 140,000 Electrified Vehicles Delivered By BMW In 2018

February 19th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

BMW sold 142,617 electrified vehicles to customers around the world last year. This figure includes MINI vehicles as well as BMWs, and of course plug-in hybrids as well as fully electric vehicles. Over 50% of the sales occurred in Europe. Wieland Brúch, an expert on BMW Group Electromobility, answered some questions about the sales for CleanTechnica


Solar Design Startup Aurora Solar Announces $20 Million Funding Round

February 5th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

The solar power design and sales startup Aurora Solar has raised $20 million dollars in a Series A funding round. The California-based company uses technologies such as LiDAR and 3D computer vision to streamline the solar design and sales process. Founder Sam Adeyemo answered some questions for CleanTechnica about the software and company


Solar Power Research Study Investigates Rapidly Declining Costs

January 31st, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

MIT researchers studied the steady decrease in solar PV module costs over the last several decades and had their results published in the December 2018 issue of the journal Energy Policy. Dr. Göksin Kavlak answered some questions about the research for CleanTechnica


Conti Solar Reaches 650 Megawatts Of Solar Projects

January 30th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

The national solar engineering, procurement, construction, energy storage and O&M company, Conti Solar, recently announced it has completed or started 650 megawatts (MW) of solar projects since it began operations in 2004. Eric Millard, Chief Commercial Officer at Conti Solar, answered some questions for CleanTechnica about the company's progress and plans


Another EV Benefit: Less Noise Pollution




January 27th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

One well known electric vehicle (EV) benefit is that EVs don’t produce tailpipe emissions from directly burning fossil fuels — emissions that contribute to climate change and harmful air pollution


Solar PV Installer & Wind Turbine Tech Are Fastest Growing Occupations In US

January 26th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the fastest growing occupation in the US is solar PV installer, with a projected growth rate of 105% from 2016 - 2026. While this fact might not be that surprising to people in the solar power industry, or those who follow it closely, to anyone else it might be startling.


California Solar Carport Program Launched For Title 24 Compliance

January 25th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

SDC Energy recently launched Powering Title 24 to help apartment building owners and builders be in compliance with California's Title 24 mandates. By blending solar carports, tax-enabled financing, and a virtual metering system, Powering Title 24 can help to create long-term benefits


34% of Americans Expect to Buy an Electric Vehicle in Next 10 Years

January 19th, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

CarGurus recently published results of a survey of adult consumers regarding their interest in electric vehicles. The main findings were that 15% said they were probably going to own an EV in the next 5 years, and 34% said it would probably be in 10 years


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



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