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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: EEA report: EVs are better for climate and air quality

Battery electric cars emit less greenhouse gases and air pollutants over their entire life cycle than petrol and diesel cars, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) report. Promoting renewable energy and circular economy—including the shared use of vehicles and product design that supports reuse and recycling—will help maximize the benefits of shifting to electric vehicles, according to the report.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: China Is leading the World to an electric car future

The world’s biggest market for electric vehicles wants to get even bigger, so it’s giving automakers what amounts to an ultimatum. Starting in January, all major manufacturers operating in China—from global giants Toyota Motor and General Motors to domestic players BYD and BAIC Motor—have to meet minimum requirements there for producing new-energy vehicles, or NEVs (plug-in hybrids, pure-battery electrics, and fuel-cell autos). A complex government equation requires that a sizable portion of their production or imports must be green in 2019, with escalating goals thereafter. 

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Electric bus orders in Europe more than doubled to 1,031 units in 2017; ~9% share of new registrations

The number of battery-electric buses ordered in Europe more than doubled in 2017 compared to 2016, reaching 1,031 vehicles, according to a new analysis by environmental NGO Transport & Environment. T&E estimates this to be equivalent to around 9% market share of new registrations in 2018.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: LCVs poised to gain from electric push, but costs, range remain risks

With a big push from European and local pollution reduction regulations, electrification is emerging as a viable option for light commercial vehicles. As with battery-electric passenger cars, sales of full-electric LCVs are currently tiny -- well below 1 percent of the overall market -- but automakers are expanding their lineups and displaying futuristic delivery concepts. New players from Europe, Asia and major suppliers plan to enter the market.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Could PHEVs become the white elephant of the EV world?

On the face of it, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) seem like an ideal stepping stone on the roadmap to sustainable mobility. They offer the ability to be zero-emission when desired (as long as their batteries have sufficient charge), while mitigating the range anxiety associated with pure electric vehicles (EVs).

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Electric vehicle capitals: Accelerating the global transition to electric drive

  • Date: 30-10-18
  • Source: The International Council on Clean Transportation

This briefing provides an update on the cities around the world with the largest electric vehicle markets. We focus on 25 metropolitan areas which each have seen over 20,000 electric vehicle sales through 2017: Beijing, Changsha, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Wuhan, and Zhengzhou, China; London, England; Paris, France; Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Bergen and Oslo, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden; and Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle, United States. In addition to analyzing the electric vehicle sales and charging infrastructure in these markets, we identify and discuss the unique policies, actions, and programs in place that have enabled this success.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: India's electric rickshaw revolution tops China's EV push

NEW DELHI -- An electric-vehicle revolution is gaining ground in India, and it has nothing to do with cars. The South Asian nation is home to about 1.5 million battery-powered, three-wheeled rickshaws, a fleet bigger than the total number of electric passenger cars sold in China since 2011.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Cheaper EV Charging Seen Under U.K.'s First Half-Hourly Tariff

Charging your electric vehicle may be about to get a whole lot cheaper. Renewable power supplier Octopus Energy Ltd. is introducing the U.K.’s first time-of-use tariff, allowing consumers to choose the cheapest time to charge their cars, do the laundry or top-up storage heaters. The energy supplier’s flexible rate will save users money and reduce demand on the grid at the busiest times of the day.

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