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Jump start for electric car trial
Tuesday, June 23 2009
Nation
The UK has started a 2 year program to lease out over 340 plug-in hybrid and full-electric vehicles for 6 months to a year at a time in 8 cities.
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On the Streets of China, Electric Bikes Are Swarming
Sunday, June 14 2009
Nation
There has been a recent boom in sales of electric bikes in China, accounting for about 90% of the electric bikes sold world-wide. These are a low-impact way to get around crowded cities.
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IATA: Airline Industry Targeting Carbon-Neutral Growth By 2020
Monday, June 08 2009
Global
The international airline industry has pledged to achieve carbon neutral growth by 2020, meaning that by 2020 their emissions will stay the same even if demand goes up. They has already been making increases in efficiency and are expected to lower emissions by 2% due to efficiency improvements (after already discounting for fewer flights due to the recession).
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Toyota Industries to Begin Selling Rechargers for EVs and PHEVs
Sunday, June 07 2009
Nation
Toyota will begin selling recharging stations for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles this summer in Japan. The charging stations are designed to be used in commercial and public spaces, although a residential model will be coming out soon.
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Hybrids in Japan Grabbed 12% New Vehicle Market Share in May
Saturday, June 06 2009
Nation
Hybrid vehicles accounted for 12% of the new light-duty vehicles sold in the month of May in Japan with hybrids grabbing the #1 and #3 spots in terms of most sold models. In the US, hybrids accounted for 2.8% of new vehicles sold in May.
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Toyota to Lease 200 PHEVs in Japan Starting at End of 2009, 500 Globally
Wednesday, June 03 2009
Global
Toyota is planning the lease 200 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in Japan, 150 in the US, 100 in France, and 50 in the rest of Europe by the end of 2009.
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India to Move Forward With Fuel Economy Standards
Wednesday, June 03 2009
Nation
The government of India has decided that it will implement fuel economy standards on its gasoline and diesel vehicles.
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In a Sluggish Japan, Prius Sales Boom
Saturday, May 30 2009
Nation
In response to government incentives, Japanese demand for hybrid vehicles is very strong despite the overall economic conditions. The third generation Prius, which has just recently been launched, is already swamping dealerships with orders.
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