Oxford is first in the UK to make city center fossil free, banning gas and diesel vehicles. New plans slated to go into effect from 2020.

19 Oct 2017 by James Ayre on Clean Technica The city of Oxford, England, will become the first in the UK to ban all diesel and petrol/gas-powered cars from its city center, if newly revealed plans go through. Image © Copyright David Hawgood and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. The new plans from the prominent university city will see a so-called “Zero Emission Zone” imposed …

EV carsharing companies to watch, also research on Uber/Lyft affect on transit and auto use

Recent research on the risks of TNCs to transit, congestion, and GHG increase cited on NYTimes.com Researchers at the U.C. Davis Institute of Transportation Studies surveyed 2,000 people about their travel behavior in seven major metro areas, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, and including people who live in their suburbs and those who don’t use these services. Results suggest that ride-hailing …

Battery life factors

From Clean Technica What shortens lithium battery life? High temperatures. Overcharging or high voltage. Deep discharges or low voltage. High discharges or charge current. Electric vehicle have become a common sight on streets today, and many people have started to enjoy the quiet comfort, getting used to charging at night and silently doing errands. Photo of a BMW i3 at …

What ramp-up with EVs is possible?

A big question for decarbonization is what sort of industrial ramp-up is possible?  How fast can we make the shifts we need?  The IEA’s own conservative analyses tell us that EVs. PV, wind power, and batteries are mature enough to be chosen, applied and receive investments as big ways forward. How fast can industries ramp up?  Our best example in …

Some fleet managers are asking: What’s to come in the electric pickup truck market

By Rikki Gibson, 29 Sept 2017 on FleetCarma  In Electric Cars, Electric Vehicle News, EV Industry The classic pickup truck is all about power, durability, and dependability, but none of those should be compromised when going electric. Is the world ready for electric pickup trucks and can they measure up and replace what we already have? The answer is “yes.” Of course, they can. Just …

‘This is the future’: solar-powered family car seats five, averaged 69 kmh from Darwin to Adelaide and resupplied the grid

As the annual solar race across Australia wraps up, a Dutch entry averaged 69kmh from Darwin to Adelaide and resupplied the grid.  “Team Eindhoven are to be congratulated on their achievement to date – clearly the most energy efficient solar car in the field, capable of generating more power than they consume.  “This is the future of solar electric vehicles. When …

Bloomberg, Barclays: EVs coming, utilities should plan for it

A research note from Barclay’s Bank last week summed up what the boom in electric vehicles, along with gains in fuel efficiency, might mean for oil demand—a reduction, by 2025, almost as large as Iran’s total production. And if electric vehicles seize a third of the car market by 2040, the drop in demand would be nearly as much as Saudi Arabia …

EVs coming soon, carmaker pledges

3 Oct 2017 on Mashable Electric cars are coming soon to a road near you, and that could signal the beginning of the end for the internal combustion engine.  Some carmakers have even pledged to release only all-electric or electrified vehicles — which include hybrid engines that run on electric power at least some of the time — by certain target dates. SEE …

The Kaohsiung Strategies for the Future of Urban Mobility

The Kaohsiung Strategies for the Future of Urban Mobility Final draft as of 21 September 2017.  Announced 2-4 October 2017 We, the representatives of cities and entities that support implementing sustainable urban mobility, assembled in Kaohsiung on 2-4 October 2017 for the Third EcoMobility World Festival and EcoMobility World Congress 2017.  Following the Congress themes of liveable, shared, and intelligent, …