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Cal on August 13th, 2017

A review of trends in the electric vehicle market from the International Monetary Fund found that, in the four years ending in 2015, the pace of growth in EV sales was 120%. Using the transition in the 20th century from horse-drawn carriages to fuel-powered vehicles as a benchmark to measure progress, the report found that […]

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Cal on August 7th, 2017

The world’s first self-driving ship will sail next year. A Norwegian container ship, the Yara Birkeland, will be the world’s first electric, autonomous, zero-emissions ship. With a capacity of up to 150 shipping containers, the battery-powered ship is expected to mark the beginning of a transformation of the global shipping industry. The ship is small compared to modern standards […]

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Cal on July 27th, 2017

Britain announced it will ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health. This follows a similar recent announcement by France.  The British ban will also include new hybrid vehicles with an electric motor and gasoline or diesel […]

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Cal on July 21st, 2017

US consulting firm AlixPartners says Chinese automakers are on track to produce 49 of the 103 new electric car models that will be launched globally by 2020. Chinese automakers account for 96% of the EVs sold in that country. Automakers sold about 330,000 electric vehicles in China in 2016 – or 1.4% of total light vehicle […]

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Cal on July 14th, 2017

Global research institute McKinsey & Company has analyzed current energy storage prices and concludes that commercial businesses are getting the economic benefits of cheaper batteries and recent price falls in lithium-ion technology. With battery-pack costs now down to less than $230/kilowatt-hour (vs $1,000/kWh in 2010) storage demand is on the rise across Europe, Asia and the […]

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Cal on July 3rd, 2017

German automaker Porsche CEO Oliver Blume expects half of its production to be electric vehicles by 2023. The Mission E will be Porsche’s first all-electric vehicle which is planned to enter production in 2019 with 20,000 units. This is 10% of the company’s current production. Porsche is preparing for a capacity of 60,000 EVs per year at its Zuffenhausen […]

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Cal on June 3rd, 2017

Oilprice makes the case that China, not OPEC, now sets the level of world oil prices. OPEC is working hard to try to keep world crude oil prices high as their members need the oil revenues to finance the increasing demands on government expenditures. But China is the largest crude oil importer in the world and […]

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Cal on May 30th, 2017

A consortium of 11 Japanese firms (including Honda, Nissan, and Toyota) have signed a memorandum of understanding to expand the hydrogen fuel-cell market in Japan faster than has been the case so far. Other firms involved include JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy, Tokyo Gas, Development Bank of Japan, Idemitsu Kosan, Toho Gas, Air Liquide Japan, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and Iwatani […]

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