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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

Miami People Mover — Autonomous, Electric, & Free

December 6th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

The Miami Metromover covers 4.4 miles without a driver, runs on electricity every day from 5:00 am to midnight, and lets people ride without paying a penny. It serves the downtown Miami area, and some of its destinations are American Airlines Arena, Miami-Dade College, Miami-Dade County School Board, and Bayside Market Place. 

Clarence Eckerson gave it a very enthusiastic review in a video he posted on Vimeo. He particularly notes the city scenery that can be filmed while riding

20,000 New E-bikes For Paris Region?

December 4th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

If the Veligo program is successful with 10,000 e-bikes, another 10,000 might be added, raising the total to 20,000. At this level, it would be the largest e-bike program in the world

Commercial Manufacturer MAN Shows New Electric Vehicles

December 3rd, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

MAN Truck & Bus recently announced a number of innovations, including new vehicles. At the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018 show, the company presented a 15-ton electric delivery truck, the MAN CitE, and the MAN eTGE, an electric van. A prototype of an electric city bus, the MAN Lion City E, also was shown.

Volvo Cars Tech Fund Invests In Freewire

December 3rd, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

The Volvo Cars Tech Fund has invested in Freewire Technologies, a mobile and stationary energy storage startup located in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Fund invests in the tech and mobility sectors to shape the future of transportation

An Interview With The Moscow Tesla Club

November 28th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

Igor Antarov is a Business Partner at the Moscow Tesla Club, an organization that promotes Tesla electric vehicles and sells and services them. It also sells and installs EV chargers, and supports the EV community, among other activities. In 2013, the club began delivering the Tesla Model S in Russia, and in March of 2018, imported the first Model

Smart Mobility Center Will Be Based At University Of Warwick

November 28th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

It was recently announced that a Smart City Mobility Centre will be based at the University of Warwick’s Wellesbourne campus, with driverless capable vehicle evaluation taking place on the Coventry and Warwickshire campus. Workers at the center will develop electric vehicle technology with modular architectures and incorporate driverless capabilities.

California Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report Updated

November 27th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

The California Greenhouse Gases Inventory Report has been updated. This document describes various CA greenhouse gas emissions and their sources. It also states that greenhouse gas emissions there have been on a downward trend since 2007. Dave Clegern, a Public Information Officer with the California Air Resources Board, answered some questions for CleanTechnica about it

Colorado Passes New Low-Emission Vehicle Standard

November 25th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson

The state of Colorado recently passed a low-emission vehicle (LEV) standard to start with the 2022 vehicle model year. Jeremy Neustifter, an air quality planner with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, answered some questions about this for CleanTechnica

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