Electric jet startup is backed by Boeing and JetBlue

Seattle-based startup Zunum Aero has received funding from Boeing HorizonX and JetBlue Technology Ventures toward making its dream of electrified air travel a reality. Sometimes billed as the Tesla of the airplane industry, Zunum is developing a relatively small regional aircraft with about 700 miles of range. A 1,000-mile range will be attainable by 2030, it says. The as-yet-unnamed aircraft …

70% of the vehicles Ford sells in 2025 will be hybrid or fully electric…in China!

By Zach Bowman, Green Car Reports, 20 April 2017 Ford has aggressive plans for sales of electric vehicles…in China.  In a recent announcement, the U.S. automaker said that 70 percent of the vehicles it sells in the country by 2025 will be hybrids—either plug-in or conventional—or fully electric.  Ford calls China “the world’s largest new energy vehicle market,” a title …

The hybrid plane that could halve the cost (and travel time) of flights: Boeing and JetBlue back hybrid-electric craft

Zunum Aero building 10-50 seat planes that ‘sip fuel only when they have to’ Firm claims this could allow them to tap into underutilized regional airports They say this could decrease travel times by 40 percent on busy routes  By Cheyenne MacDonald, Originally published in The Daily Mail, 6 April 2017 Boeing and JetBlue have turned their sights to hybrid-electric …

How EVs and storage can help shave demand and reduce costs. Also solar+storage at 6.3 cents per kWh in Chile

This article was written by Nick Stumo-Langer, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Communications Manager. He runs all of ILSR’s social media channels and previously was an Energy Democracy initiative Research Associate.  Originally published at ilsr.org. Storage Already in Practice In Minster, Ohio, a solar plus energy storage system significantly reduces energy costs for the city’s municipal electric utility in a number of …

BYD delivers first of 27 electric heavy-duty trucks — largest deployment in the US

By Kyle Field, in Clean Technica, March 13th, 2017 In partnership with Daylight Transport, the California Air Resources Board and the San Bernardino Council of Governments, electric vehicle manufacturer BYD has brought the largest deployment of all-electric heavy-duty trucks ever in the US to Southern California. The deployment utilizes funding from California’s cap-and-trade program, which requires polluters in the state to purchase credits …

Light EVs – the wave of the future? A look at 4 types

By Roy Hales, Originally published on the ECOreport. Compared to the 10 million miles that the city’s vehicles travel every day, Scoot’s penetration into the San Francisco market is still relatively small. The 800 vehicles in its shared light electric vehicle (LEV) fleet have covered 2 million miles since 2012. Scoot CEO Michael Keating admitted in an email sent my way that, even combining their …

China plans gas-to-electric taxi conversion

Gas-to-electric cab conversion in Beijing brings opportunity worth 9 bln yuanm, National Business Daily NBD Zhao Cheng, 23 February, 2017  CHENGDU, Feb. 23 (NBD) — All newly added or replaced taxies in the city of Beijing will be converted from gasoline to electricity, according to a draft work program on air pollution control for Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, and surrounding areas in 2017. …

From Oslo to Paris, these major cities have plans to go car-free

From Oslo to Paris, these major cities have plans to go car-free.  This article is published in collaboration with Business Insider. Oslo and Madrid will implement major car free areas by 2019. Madrid plans to ban cars from 500 acres of its city center by 2020, with urban planners redesigning 24 of the city’s busiest streets for walking rather than …