Eliminating truck emissions with more efficient, electric transportation

Los Angeles Is Building an e-Highway. The road would eliminate truck emissions, and is being tested in a corridor that connects the port to downtown.  Cross-posted from http://www.citylab.com/tech/2014/09/los-angeles-is-building-an-e-highway/380914/   The neighboring ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach bring in roughly 40 percent of the goods shipped to the United States. Once there, the first leg of their journey to warehouses and …

Auto sector creating a new future, but Exxon, Chevron, BP and other oil majors yet to plug in – stretching out their old profit model as long as they can

Originally published on Energy Post. By Andreas de Vries and Salman Ghouri The major oil companies greatly underestimate the impact electric vehicles will have on their market, write independent energy advisors Salman Ghouri and Andreas de Vries. According to Ghouri and De Vries, the trends currently underway in the auto industry are likely to have a substantial impact on oil …

Rapid shift to electric in heavy vehicles, as diesel garbage trucks are retrofitted with electric powertrains, and buses, boats, and delivery trucks go electric

The clang of garbage cans will still probably wake people way too early in the morning. But in Santa Rosa, California, at least, the roaring diesel engine will be quiet, replaced by a silent, electric motor. The electric garbage trucks scheduled to begin rolling there this summer may be less alluring than the sporty vehicles that engineer Ian Wright helped …

Saving money and carbon with public transportation in the US – top 20 cities

The American Public Transit Association(APTA) recently released its February Savings Report. The association releases a monthly savings report in order to analyze how much money the average two-person household can save by taking public transportation and using one less automobile. The average commuter is looking at a savings of more than $754 a month for the frugal individual. Based on …

Public space in cities – “lungs of the city”, indicators, and science on benefits

The famed American landscape architect and Central Park designer Fredrick Law Olmsted said that parks are the “lungs of the city.” However, many cities around the world—from growing Addis Ababa to sprawling Mumbai and dense Sao Paulo—currently lack adequate public space and find it difficult to breath.  Even Pope Francis devoted considerable space in his encyclical to writing about the …

San Diego goes all in on protected bike lanes, pedestrian greenways, and 5 classes of bike routes in a new $64 million network

Recently, Next City reported on San Diego, California’s $64 million plan to construct a bicycle and pedestrian transit system complete with “protected bike lanes, pedestrian greenways, curb bulb-outs, road diets and more.” The Downtown Mobility Plan, if adopted, will reinvent the way cyclists and pedestrians travel the downtown streets. “Just getting to this stage is transformative,” says Sam Ollinger, executive …

Electric buses pass 2 million service miles in CA, FL, KY, MA, NV, SC, TN, TX, and WA

Proterra’s electric buses have passed 2.2 million service miles mark in the US.  The company’s electric bus milestone was achieved thanks to the 63 Proterra buses currently in operation in the US — in the states of California, Nevada, Texas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, Washington.   To date (May 1, 2016), Proterra buses have saved transit agencies in North America …

Motiv electric garbage trucks in use in Chicago – reduce costs to 10 cents a mile compared to 80 cents/mi with standard diesel trucks

Originally posted on EVObsession The City of Chicago is using ERV electric garbage trucks from Motiv Power Systems, the first all-electric garbage truck in all of North America. The Motiv ERV, or Electric Refuse Vehicle, has enough driving range for 60 miles of city driving and 70 compaction cycles, which makes it perfectly suited to waste management duties, and it …