Transportation Electrification Accord

From Utility and Smart Cities Dive, 14 Nov 2017 A group of environmental nonprofit organizations has worked with businesses and other stakeholders to draft the Transportation Electrification Accord which includes principles and guidance for electric transportation. Entities such as the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Honda and Siemens have already signed the accord. The pact offers information and guidance for …

What Changed In The EV Market In October?

November 12th, 2017 by Zachary Shahan, director and chief editor of Clean Technica.  The point is to highlight significant shifts, huge milestones, and big news items  in these industries. Let’s see how this goes. Policy London’s T-Charge is now in effect, which means a £21.50 a day (total) fee for old, polluting cars driving into London. Oxford may have gone a step further as the …

Local Governments Lead on Electric Vehicle Fleets

3 Nov 2017 by Rachel Engel Fleet Carma Image: Flickr From police vehicles to utility trucks, local governments are staying ahead of the curve when it comes to electric vehicle fleets. Of the top four uses for electric vehicle fleets, three are utilized by local governments and municipalities, according to the experts at Fleetcarma. Local government electric vehicle fleets are helping to lead the …

Don’t Be Caught Unprepared for the EV Tsunami

The good news is that if EV charging is done right, meaningful cuts in emissions from the U.S. transportation sector can begin to be made, and the load of charging stations can be managed to optimize the grid and reduce the cost of electricity for all customers while simultaneously increasing the grid’s ability to absorb a larger share of clean …

Soaking up excess clean energy supply, managing electricity demand and maintaining consistent voltage on the grid with help from EVs

The following is an excerpt of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s Choosing the Electric Avenue: Unlocking Savings, Emissions Reductions, and Community Benefits of Electric Vehicles report. We’ll be republishing the full report in order to bring more attention to the changing landscape of electric vehicles. Read part one. By John Farrell, Oct 2017 Impact: Improving the Grid Electric vehicles boost demand for electricity. …

EV charging, convenience, and supporting the grid

Convenience: The True Challenge Of Electric Vehicle Adoption By Samantha Tung, 4 Oct 2017  In Electric Cars, EV Industry Factors Encouraging Electric Vehicle Adoption With fires across the western United States, historically dangerous hurricanes in the Caribbean and flooding in South Asia, the conversation regarding climate change has ramped up in recent months. It’s difficult to point towards natural disasters in one calendar …

How electric buses, which are already 20% of Chinese fleets, save cities money. Each bus saves $237K in maintenance costs, $150,000 in reduction of respiratory and other illnesses, $1.76 million in diesel fuel savings over 16 years

Nashville is one of several cities that have started integrating electric buses into their routes. The buses are more expensive up front but save cities money on fuel and other costs. Credit: Proterra This story was updated Oct. 23 with an announcement by 12 major cities committing to zero-emissions buses. Two years ago, the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) …

Clean up electricity and electrify everything

David Roberts gets on Leslie Glustrom’s bandwagon!  Vox.com 27 Oct 2017 Tackling climate change is a complicated undertaking, to say the least. But here’s a good rule of thumb for how to get started: Electrify everything. Replace technologies that still run on combustion, like gasoline vehicles and natural gas heating and cooling, with alternatives that run on electricity, like electric …

City resolution on preparing for shared, autonomous, electric vehicles

Generic version adapted from one model.  Also see this 2017 guide on Writing Effective Resolutions Preparing for the New Mobility WHEREAS, the City is recognized as an innovative, pioneering, and technologically savvy Smart City, that is creative, compassionate, and economically vibrant; and WHEREAS, the City is challenged with increasing congestion associated with its growing population, leading to increasing vehicle miles traveled, longer …