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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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Porsche Mission E electric sedan to offer 300 miles of range, 400 hp, at minimum

Though generally mum on details, Porsche has been trickling out tidbits on its forthcoming MIssion E electric sedan since it first unveiled the concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Porsche let slip another detail in late December. It had already revealed a claimed 200-mile recharge within 15 minutes, a starting price that'll place it below...

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Best deals on hybrid, electric, fuel-efficient cars for January 2018

Is one of your New Year's resolutions to go green? We're here to help with this month's deals on electric, plug-in hybrid, hybrid, and other efficient vehicles. Against last month, the cars offering the best incentives haven't changed—but the incentives themselves have. Click ahead to find out where you can save the most as you kick off...

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California leads US in electric-car use, planning: here’s what others can learn

Electric-car leadership isn't only about getting the vehicles on the roads. Charging infrastructure, tax incentives, and a passionate fan base for cars that plug in are all important to build a community of electric-vehicle drivers who will spread the word. With two decades of experience, California has a lot of knowledge—and some best...

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How optimistic are you on efforts to address climate-change impacts? Twitter poll results

It remains entirely unclear if the world as a whole will be able to cut its emissions of carbon dioxide fast enough to keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees C over the next few decades. That's the level at which scientists say the most dire effects of climate change may be lessened or averted. Recent news has been both positive and...

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2017 Weather and Climate Disasters Cost US Record $306 Billion

2017, one of the hottest years in modern history, was also an extremely costly year. According to a new reportfrom the National Centers for Environmental Information, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), “the U.S. experienced 16 weather and climate disasters with losses exceeding $1 billion, with total costs of approximately $306 billion—a new U.S. annual record.” The […] The post 2017 Weather and Climate Disasters Cost US Record $306 Billion appeared first on The Energy Collective.

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Snow, Cold Temperatures Offer No Proof of Need for Coal, Nuclear Subsidies

With snow seen up and down the East Coast (even in balmy Tallahassee for the first time in 30 years), not to mention the new phenomenon nicknamed “bomb cyclone,” which was both preceded and followed by record cold temperatures, there's been ample opportunity for energy nerds to see how the grid is reacting to extreme […] The post Snow, Cold Temperatures Offer No Proof of Need for Coal, Nuclear Subsidies appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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National Clean Air Protections Are in Jeopardy of Going Away, but Pennsylvania Can Be Protected

Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently announced plans to control harmful smog-forming emissions from the state's existing oil and gas sites. There's just one problem: their plan is based on national clean air guidelines that are now under attack by President Trump's EPA. However, by changing this plan, and […] The post National Clean Air Protections Are in Jeopardy of Going Away, but Pennsylvania Can Be Protected appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click …

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What Does the Future Hold for America’s Coastal Cities?

Scientists have observed a rapidly-growing atmospheric carbon presence. Whatever your views on the cause of this phenomenon, the trend is confirmed and supported throughout the scientific community. And with increasing levels of atmospheric carbon, and the subsequent UV heat-trapping, global temperatures continue to rise. With warming atmospheric temperatures, ocean levels will also gradually increase, heralding […] The post What Does the Future Hold for America's Coastal Cities? appeared first on The Energy Collective.

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Crude Oil Prices Increased in 2017, and Brent-WTI Spread Widened

Crude oil prices ended 2017 at $60/barrel (b), the highest end-of-year price since 2013. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices averaged $51/b in 2017, up $7/b from the 2016 average, and ended the year $6/b higher than at the end of 2016. Brent prices have moved up $10/b since the end of 2016 and […] The post Crude Oil Prices Increased in 2017, and Brent-WTI Spread Widened appeared first on The Energy Collective. Click headline for full article

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EV Revolution In China — Next Stop: Delivery & Freight Vehicles

Electric vehicles are not all sexy next-generation roadsters or Chinese AI-linked car startups — the mundane backbone of the economy of logistics vehicles is also undergoing electrification. Tesla brought much rightful attention to its electric semi, but in China a large shift in medium- and short-range logistics vehicles is also happening