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Researchers Outline Consensus Position on “Beneficial Biofuels”
Sunday, July 19 2009
Global
Eleven researchers outlines what they believe to be the consensus position on what the biofuel industry needs to focus on to become more sustainable. They point out that biofuels are a great opportunity to lower GHG emissions, but that they must be done in a sustainable way. They point out that biofuels should only be supported if they positively impact energy security, greenhouse-gas emissions, biodiversity, and the sustainability of the food supply. They suggest that the biofuels industry focus on perennial plants grown on degraded agricultural lands, crop residues, sustainably harvested wood and forest residues, double crops and mixed cropping systems, and municipal and industrial wastes.
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US Secretary of Transportation Says Reducing Vehicle Miles Traveled Necessary for Substantive CO2 Reduction from Transportation
Thursday, July 16 2009
Nation
The US Secretary of Transportation mentioned in testimony before Congress that even with low carbon fuels and more efficient vehicles, the US needs to work to reduce it's vehicle miles traveled (VMT). He states that even assuming 55mpg vehicles in 2030, the US transportation sector will only see modest CO2 decreases without a corresponding decrease in VMT. He advocates for more mixed use development, more public transportation opportunities, more walkable and bikeable cities, and more housing development near public transit.
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UC Berkeley Study Concludes Battery Switching Model Would Accelerate Mass-Market Adoption of Electric Cars
Tuesday, July 14 2009
Global
A UC Berkeley study reports that their research predicts an at least 64% market share of electric vehicles if a battery swapping system is used. These systems rely on a subscription-based pay-per-mile sort of scheme where the car owner doesn't have to own the battery, lowering the cost of the vehicles. Read more about these sorts of systems in our <a href = "/Transportation/Charging-Stations/">Charging Stations section</a>.
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Vancouver Requires Charging Stations in New Condominium and Apartment Buildings, and Some Parking Lots
Saturday, July 11 2009
City
Vancouver, BC will begin requiring that developers of new condominiums and apartment complexes outfit 20% of available parking spaces with electric vehicle charging stations. The new regulations will take effect in 18 months and will also involve installing charging stations public parking lots.
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Survey Finds US Hybrids and Diesels Beat Gasoline Models on Full Cost of Ownership
Thursday, July 09 2009
Nation
An Intellichoice.com survey compared the 51 clean diesel and hybrid vehicles to their gasoline equivalents and found that 35 of them have a lower cost of ownership. The increase in sticker price was more than made up for in decreased fuel costs, tax incentives, lower maintenance costs, and a higher resale value. If the price of gasoline went up to $4.00 a gallon, 41 would have a lower cost of ownership.
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Zipcar Launches Car Sharing Club with Hybrids, PHEV and EV in London
Tuesday, July 07 2009
City
The Westminster City Council in London and ZipCar have announced a partnership to provide a car sharing service that will consist originally of 20 hybrid vehicles, with plug-in hybrids and full electric vehicles to be featured in the future alongside gasoline powered vehicles.
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Report: Toyota To Start Commercial Production of Plug-In Hybrids In 2012
Saturday, July 04 2009
Global
Toyota announced that it will begin commercial production of plug-in hybrid vehicles in 2012 in addition to plug-in versions of the Prius that they will begin leasing out at the end of this year.
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California Adopts Cooler Cars Regulation
Friday, June 26 2009
Nation
Starting in 2012, cars sold in California will need to have windows that reflect or absorb almost half of the heat from the sun's rays hitting the glass.
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