Lyft Offers Portland Drivers Free EV Charging

June 2nd, 2019 by Steve Hanley  Until Lyft and Uber can replace all of their drivers with robotaxis, both are encouraging their employees independent contractors to drive plug-in hybrid or battery electric cars. According to Mashable, starting in July, Lyft drivers in Portland, Oregon, will be able to recharge their plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or fully electric (BEV) cars for free. There are currently five EV charging …

IEA Predicts 250 Million EVs On The Road By 2030

May 30th, 2019 by Steve Hanley, Clean Technica  What a difference a year makes. Last year, the International Energy Agency annual report predicted there would be 125 million EVs on the road worldwide by 2030. Its new 2019 report is out and it has doubled that prediction to 250 million electric vehicles by 2030, assuming the 25 nations that are part of the Clean …

E-buses are quieter and cleaner than traditional alternatives, require 60% less maintenance, save money, and cut air pollution. Diesel buses were causing 20 percent of the pollution in Shenzhen with .5 percent of vehicles.

Electric bus adoption has lots of roadblocks: New reports offer solutions: New research from the World Resources Institute offers roadmap for electrifying mass transit By Patrick Sisson  May 21, 2019, SHARE An electric bus in Krakow, Poland pausing at a charging station. Shutterstock Transportation is one of the largest sources of carbon emissions, and amid the barrage of big-picture initiatives and bold pledges, one of …

44% of voters plan to go electric when they replace their wheels in the next 5 years, including over half of Democrats

Axios, May 2019 A newly released poll shows partisan differences over electric vehicles but nonetheless has bullish data for those excited about rapid expansion of what’s still a niche market. Data: Climate Nexus poll conducted April 16-17, 2019 among 1,939 registered U.S. voters; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios By the numbers: 44% of voters plan to go electric when they replace their wheels in the next 5 years, including over …

Over the 10- to 12-year lifetime of a typical urban transport bus, an electric bus can save $400,000 in total operational costs compared to a typical diesel

JOE ROMM, Climate Progress, 24 May 2019 In fact, when it comes to electric bus purchases, China is outpacing the United States by an astounding 421,000 to 300 as of the end of 2018. Thanks to China’s massive investment in and support for electric buses, electrics are now racing past a 50% share of new bus sales worldwide, according to …

Electric vehicle emissions are much lower than focusing on combustion vehicle fuel efficiency. The energy used to create ethanol, if used as electricity in an EV instead, would carry it much further for lower emissions.

Farming Carbon Capture Has Potential, But Is Not A Magic Bullet, May 22nd, 2019 by Michael Barnard  In April 2019, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) hosted a farming carbon capture webinar and then, in conjunction with The Energy Mix, published a report on the proceedings. The premise is straightforward. Better farming techniques with potentially some additional biotechnology will increase the capacity of tilled soil to retain carbon. The …

Tesla AV and Robotaxi Fleets in 2020

Elon Musk described company advances that, by the middle of 2020, will improve Tesla’s autonomous system so much that a driver’s attention will no long have to be focused on controlling the vehicle. As part of that evolution, Tesla will introduce autonomous taxis in 2020 to certain US regions, and Tesla owners will be able to add their cars to …