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Guidelines for the safe conversion of electric cars

Guidelines for the safe conversion of electric cars

3 May 2011
The Japanese Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles (APEV) has published guidelines for the safe and reliable conversion of EVs. These guidelines will also be translated into English to further internation...
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France to ban old polluting cars from cities

France to ban old polluting cars from cities

12 April 2011
Eight French cities have volunteered to become Priority Action Areas for Air Quality (ZAPA) which limit or forbid the access for polluting cars. Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, the French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable...
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24.2 million EURO for electromobility in Europe

24.2 million EURO for electromobility in Europe

1 April 2011
On 30 March 2011, the European Commission announced it will support a €41.8 million cross-European electromobility initiative, ‘Green eMotion’, in partnership with 42 partners from the industries, uti...
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Transport 2050 challenges: Innovating for the future

Transport 2050 challenges: Innovating for the future

29 March 2011
On 28 March 2011, the European Commission released the White Paper on Transport. Challenging goals are addressed in the document to achieve a more sustainable European transport system for the future. The good side of...
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EV standardisation efforts in the U.S. 

EV standardisation efforts in the U.S. 

28 March 2011
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) oversees several initiatives in EV related standardisation. First a workshop in April will look at standards on U.S., EU, Asian and international level, then a report w...
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Performance standards for li-ion batteries

Performance standards for li-ion batteries

21 March 2011
SAE International’s Battery Standards Committee has announced the creation of safety performance standards for lithium-ion battery systems.
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UNEP report defines pathway for Rio +20

UNEP report defines pathway for Rio +20

28 February 2011
Issued by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on 21 February 2011, the report “Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication” affirms that two per cent (&...
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Smart regulation for smart grids

Smart regulation for smart grids

24 February 2011
The association of the electricity industry in Europe, EURELECTRIC, organised a meeting on 23 February 2011 to present the report “Regulation for Smart Grids” released earlier this month. Based on a survey...
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EV tax credit fail in the U.S.

EV tax credit fail in the U.S.

8 February 2011
When the U.S. government released its $7,500 (€5,491) federal tax credit for electric vehicles, it certainly did not expect that some people would claim unqualified vehicles such as bicycles or Hummers. According...
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Electric Drive Era: How the U.S. could lead it?

Electric Drive Era: How the U.S. could lead it?

3 February 2011
On the way to greater energy, environmental and economic safety, EDTA (Electric Drive Transportation Association) has released an action plan with recommendations on next-step policies that are essential for the U.S. ...
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Future Transport Fuels in Europe: What will replace oil?

Future Transport Fuels in Europe: What will replace oil?

1 February 2011
The European Expert Group on Future Transport Fuels nominated by European Commission released a report on alternative fuels in transport on 25 January 2011. It develops for the first time a comprehensive approach cove...
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US President: 1 million electric vehicles by 2015

US President: 1 million electric vehicles by 2015

31 January 2011
In Tuesday's State of the Union Address, President Obama declared the goal of becoming the first country to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. With a concrete 3-point plan, $590 million of extra fun...
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German industry calls for global EV standards

German industry calls for global EV standards

14 December 2010
An interim report within the framework of the German ‘National Platform for Electromobility’ points out the position and priorities of the German industry with regards to e-mobility. Led by Audi and RWE ut...
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Germany's electricity grid ready for millions of EVs

Germany's electricity grid ready for millions of EVs

13 December 2010
An interim report of the National Electromobility Platform concludes that Germany’s grid is ready for electric vehicles. Only upgrades in some regions are needed to handle far more than the 1 million EVs on the ...
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Fuel economy rating of electric vehicles: Leaf vs. Volt

Fuel economy rating of electric vehicles: Leaf vs. Volt

24 November 2010
Nissan and General Motors Co. are both releasing electric cars within weeks, endeavouring to be front runners in the shift from petrol powered engines to electric drives. In the race to be the most environmentally fri...