Electric Cars:

China’s huge electric bus fleet is paying off, both socially and environmentally

Making transportation greener has been a central theme to today's Optimist Daily. We've had a story on cargo ships, another on planes, and now another about electric busses. According to research, electric buses alone will save an astounding 270,000 barrels of diesel demand in 2019 – every single day. And while countries around the world are slowly electrifying their bus fleets, China is solidly in the lead. The country is home to nearly 99 percent of all electric buses in operation, where many mega-cities are closing in on 100 percent electric-powered public transport. Apart from the health benefits and lower…

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  • Singularity Hub
  • Date:04/23/2019

Tesla’s new Gigafactory is as high-tech as you might have expected—and more

When it’s fully complete, Tesla’s Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada, will be the largest building in the world, sprawling over 15 million square feet on a plot of land more than three times larger than Central Park. The building, which Elon Musk has called “the machine that builds the machine,” will eventually also be the first large-scale battery factory to run on 100% renewable energy. The roof, which was designed to accommodate solar power, includes a solar installation that will eventually include around 200,000 solar panels that can provide most of the building’s energy when paired with Tesla’s batteries. When it’s…

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  • Fast Company
  • Date:04/17/2019

Paris just made the biggest purchase of electric buses Europe has ever seen

Paris has taken a huge step forward in achieving its goal of cleaning up its entire bus fleet by 2025 in a grand effort to curb air pollution. The current bus fleet is mostly made up of old diesel buses, but that’ll change soon after Paris’ public transport operator announced it has ordered up to 800 new electric buses for the capital city. The price tag for 800 buses? Up to 400 million euros ($450 million), making it the biggest bus purchase of its kind in Europe. Even with this latest order, however, it will be a major task to…

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  • Electrek
  • Date:04/11/2019

This Dutchman drove his electric car from Amsterdam to Sydney

In an attempt to prove to the world that electric cars are perfectly feasible transportation, Dutchman Wiebe Wakker set out on a three-year, 59,000-mile journey from Amsterdam to Sydney, Australia back in 2016. This past week, the “world’s largest electric car trip” came to a close after Wakker drove across 33 countries in his modified Volkswagen e-Golf. The trip required multiple sea crossing and wasn’t quite as eco-friendly as it could have been as a result. However, it still underscored the environmental and economic advantages of his ride. The unmodified Golf would have required about 1,792 US gallons of fuel…

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  • Engadget
  • Date:04/09/2019

A Swiss startup claims to have made a battery with more than 600 miles of range

City dwellers tend to make up the great proportion of electric car buyers, but if the range of EVs were to improve, those of us living in more rural areas would be more tempted to buy one. The good news is a Swiss startup by the name of Innolith says it has developed new high-density lithium-ion batteries capable of powering an electric car for more than 600 miles on a single charge. That’s far greater than the current lithium-ion batteries on the market today, with Tesla’s batteries supporting a range of 330 miles. For Innolith, boosting the range of their…

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  • The Verge
  • Date:04/05/2019

Toyota is offering royalty-free access to 24,000 patents related to EVs

In a move rarely seen by major corporations, Toyota has announced it will allow royalty-free access to its nearly 24,000 patents for hybrid and other vehicles using electrification technology in a bid to expand competition in the market as the industry adopts stricter emissions regulations. Rather than shutting rivals out, Toyota hopes that making its motor and battery technology accessible to other companies will broaden the market, in particular for hybrids, a field the auto giant leads with its Prius vehicles. Toyota also hopes that opening up its technology for motors and batteries, which are key components of electric and…

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  • Japan Times
  • Date:04/05/2019

Volkswagen’s electric self-driving cars are hitting the streets of Hamburg

Anyone who truly cares about the environment probably shudders a little at the mention of Volkswagen. Nonetheless, Volkswagen has a goal of making automated driving a practical reality by 2025, and is hustling to make that happen. The German Automaker is now testing self-driving versions of its e-Golf in real-world conditions in Hamburg—marking the first time its driverless vehicles have roamed a major German city. They're Level 4 vehicles (fully autonomous in most situations) that will putt around a roughly 1.9-mile section of a "digital test bed," but they'll have to contend with urban traffic like anyone else. The cars…

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  • Engadget
  • Date:04/04/2019

Norway sets record as it sells more electric vehicles than gas and diesel ones

The EV revolution is blossoming and Norway is here to prove it. In a symbolic first, electric cars outsold fossil fuel-powered ones in the Scandinavian country last month. The country set a record in March when 58.4 percent of new cars sold in the country were battery-powered. To achieve such results, Norway, a wealthy European nation of 5.3 million, has provided big incentives to boost electric car sales. It waived hefty vehicle import duties and registration and sales taxes for buyers of electric cars to boost sales. Not to mention that EV owners don’t have to pay road tolls and…

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  • MarketWatch
  • Date:04/04/2019

A battery-swapping scheme is electrifying rickshaws in India

In India, where fewer than four million cars are sold annually, auto rickshaws (called tuk-tuks in other Asian countries) are one of the dominant modes of transportation. As India attempts to clean up the country’s troublesome air pollution, some manufacturers are now, for the first time, starting to power rickshaws with electricity instead of gasoline. Electric rickshaws have typically been too costly for most buyers, but one company is driving down costs by splitting the vehicle from its most expensive component, the battery. A not quite two-year-old joint venture between electric car maker Virya Mobility 5.0 and solar power company…

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  • Wired
  • Date:04/02/2019

Oslo is installing the world’s first wireless electric car charging stations

When it comes to electric vehicles, no one is further ahead of the game than Norway. The Nordic country has the highest percentage of residents driving electric cars, and the government is even mandating that all new cars sold in the country be all-electric by 2025. Now Norway is taking it one step further as the capital city of Oslo is installing wireless, induction-based charging stations for electric taxis. In a bid to make a zero-emission cab system by as early as 2023, Oslo is installing charging plates in the roads that connect to energy receivers in the vehicles themselves.…

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  • The Verge
  • Date:03/27/2019
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