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Category: Smart Transport

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Australia's transport is falling behind on energy efficiency

Australia’s transport is falling behind on energy efficiency

Australians are using more energy to travel each kilometre than people in developed nations such as the US, and emerging economies such as China and India.

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China eyes $16bn EV charging fund: report

China eyes $16bn EV charging fund: report

Reports emerge that the Chinese government is considering putting $US16bn towards electric-vehicle charging facilities, to spur demand for EVs.

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UBS: Time to join the solar, EV, storage revolution

UBS: Time to join the solar, EV, storage revolution

UBS says payback time for combined EV plus solar plus battery storage will be as low as 6 years by 2020 – unsubsidised. This means centralised fossil fuel generation will become “dinosaurs” – inflexible and irrelevant, even as back-up. “Large scale power stations could be on a path to extinction”.

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How climate friendly is bike sharing? It’s complicated

How climate friendly is bike sharing? It’s complicated

How many people have traded their car for a bike-share bike? That’s where the certainty ends about how bike-sharing programs benefit the climate.

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Solar carports next big thing? US charts record growth

Solar carports next big thing? US charts record growth

Report says US solar carport market set to add 180MW in 2014 in 4th consecutive year of record growth, and could be worth $850m within two years.

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EV-Lite project reduces battery weight by 41%

EV-Lite project reduces battery weight by 41%

UK-based Cenex has just completed a two-year project to reduce both the weight and cost of EV batteries.

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Tesla & Panasonic sign lithium-ion gigafactory agreement

Tesla & Panasonic sign lithium-ion gigafactory agreement

Panasonic and Tesla have agreed on how the two will jointly carry out construction of gigafactory in the U.S, including the roles each will play.

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Utility industry wants to promote EVs to ‘remain viable’

Utility industry wants to promote EVs to ‘remain viable’

Facing flat or declining electricity sales, electric vehicles are a path to growth for power companies.

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Rio Tinto quits Mozambique, puts thermal coal in 'too hard' basket

Rio Tinto quits Mozambique, puts thermal coal in ‘too hard’ basket

Rio Tinto is grabbing headlines after crystallising massive losses from its Mozambique coal disaster. But the real significance is the difference between what big miners say about coal, and what they do about it.

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Graph of the Day: The electric vehicle revolution is nigh

Graph of the Day: The electric vehicle revolution is nigh

EVs on the road jumped globally from ~25,000 in 2010 to ~80,000 in 2011 to ~200,000 in 2012 to ~405,000 in 2013

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Stanford foresees $25,000, 300-mile EV battery range with new honeycomb battery

Stanford foresees $25,000, 300-mile EV battery range with new honeycomb battery

Students have figured out how to stabilize the lithium in a lithium-ion battery, and that could help bring the typical EV down to mainstream affordability.