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Plug-in electric car sales in Canada for Jan: Outlander has landed (plus 2017 analysis)

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV helped the Canadian plug-in electric vehicle market to its first 1,000-unit January last month. The company sold 174 of its plug-in hybrid SUV in its first full month on sale, representing about 30 percent of overall Outlander sales. If that ratio holds, the Outlander PHEV could become Canada's second...

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Tesla: IPO To More Valuable Than Ford In 7 Years (Infographic)

The story of Tesla is a fascinating one by any measure: a group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs get together to start a car company, a feat that business-school professors have been using as the definition of economic impossibility for decades, and after only a few years they build a company that rivals the Big Three, and a car that earns every accolade the industry has to offer. Of course, there are several near-death experiences along the way to hold our interest

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Is Coal A Patriotic Issue?

This is a voice from behind the Iron Curtain ... again! It may sound like history is playing a joke on us here in Poland, but the truth is we are being pushed behind an invisible barrier separating us from a more sustainable West. There is no wall anymore (we're lagging behind the USA a bit in that matter ;-) ) but a brief look at any interactive map of air quality/pollution will quickly reveal our place in Europe — 33 out of the 50 dirtiest cities in Europe are in Poland. And yet, if you ask a person in the street, you would be …

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The US Solar Industry Records Its First Year of Job Losses

Last year was a rough one for the U.S. solar industry. Adjustments following the 2016 solar boom, angst surrounding the Section 201 Trade Case, and a slowdown in established solar markets all contributed to an overarching 3.8 percent cutback in solar jobs over the past year, according to The Solar Foundation's latest National Solar Jobs Census. Between 2016 and 2017 the industry lost 9,800 jobs, marking the first drop ever recorded in the National Solar Jobs Census since it started collecting data in 2010. …

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Diablo Canyon to Close Without Clean Energy Guarantees

California regulators have approved a plan to close Diablo Canyon, the state's last nuclear power plant, that has environmental and clean energy groups, local communities, and even utility Pacific Gas & Electric crying foul over the results. On Wednesday, the California Public Utilities Commission approved a plan for PG&E to close the Central Coast plant by 2025, and recover $241.2 million in costs to pay for it, mostly for paying employees to run the plant through its closure. That's half the …

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School of Science welcomes three new professors this spring

This spring, the MIT School of Science welcomes three new professors in the departments of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. Michael Halassa aims to understand the neural basis of cognitive control and flexibility, particularly as it relates to attention and decision making. To study these questions, he has developed behavioral models of cognitive function in mice, allowing him to …

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GeoCarb: A new view of carbon over the Americas

A new NASA Earth science mission in the early stages of design may achieve a transformational advance in our understanding of the global carbon cycle by mapping concentrations of key carbon gases from a new vantage point: geostationary orbit. Satellites in geostationary orbit travel at the same speed as Earth's rotation, allowing them to remain over the same place on Earth's surface at all times. The Geostationary Carbon Observatory (GeoCarb), targeted for launch in the early 2020s, will build on the success of NASA's …

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MIT Skoltech Program calls for seed fund proposals

After two successful rounds of seed grants, the MIT Skoltech Seed Fund Program is calling for a third round of proposals from MIT principal investigators from any of the Institute's schools, departments, laboratories, or centers. The call is open now through Jan. 26. The MIT Skoltech Seed Fund Program encourages both new applications and renewals. New applications are for innovative projects that should have the potential to benefit either the development of

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The Grim Details Lurking in Lazard’s Energy Storage Analysis

A detail in Lazard's latest levelized cost of storage (LCOS) report has highlighted a little-known but potentially major issue for the lithium-ion battery industry. The financial advisory and asset management firm downgraded its estimates for lithium-ion round-trip efficiency to account for parasitic losses, GTM has discovered. “As more battery systems are deployed, estimates of actual round-trip efficiencies …

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Toyota to build megawatt electric and hydrogen plant fueled by California bio-waste

Toyota today is the world's most ardent proponent of using hydrogen fuel cells for zero-emission vehicles rather than large battery packs. The huge Japanese carmaker, one of the world's four largest, now sells its Toyota Mirai fuel-cell sedan around the world, and has more hydrogen-powered vehicles in development. As it has discussed over the last...

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China’s green licence plates scheme goes national

Scheme goes national On the 20th of November it was announced that China's green new energy license plates will be rolled out across the nation in three stages. Previously the green licence plates had been implemented in Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuxi, Jinan, and Shenzhen on the 1st of December of 2016. The Traffic Management Bureau which [&hellip China's green licence plates scheme goes national was …

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2019 BMW i8 coupe, new Roadster: larger battery, more range

There's a new drop-top electric sports car in town. Three years after the BMW i8 coupe began rolling off the assembly line in Leipzig, Germany, the Bavarian automaker is giving its alternative flagship a breath of fresh air by opening it up. Revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the new 2019 BMW i8 Roadster arrives five years after the debut of...

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Iconic Vespa Scooter, now 70 years old, gets brand-new electric powertrain

The Vespa scooter is undeniably an icon on European streets. For 70 years, Vespas have buzzed about roadways, but the buzz will soon give way to an all-but-silent hum in the company's latest scooter. Earlier this month at the Milan Motorcycle Show, Vespa announced its first all-electric scooter, dubbed the Elettrica. DON'T MISS: Volkswagen...

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Tesla opens second huge China charging station for 50 electric cars

It's only fitting that the country making a monumental push for more electric vehicles is getting the world's biggest Tesla Supercharger stations. Tesla's website shows that than 150 Supercharger stations locations are now operating in China. But its two new locations in Shanghai and Beijing are the largest Supercharger sites in the world: Each is...