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Posts from the ‘Road transport’ Category

EU’s car regulator warns against car diesel ban in cities

Reuters, 22 July 2017
Banning diesel cars in European cities could hamper automakers’ ability to invest in zero-emission vehicles, the European Union’s commissioner for industry has warned the bloc’s transport ministers. In a letter seen by Reuters, Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska said there would be no benefit in a collapse of the market for diesel cars and that the short-term focus should be on forcing carmakers to bring dangerous nitrogen oxide emissions into line with EU regulations.

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The [US] auto industry could be in for big trouble soon

Salon, 6 July 2017
The American auto industry is slowing down, despite two years of record sales and a resurgence since the 2009 recession, according to the New York Times. For the sixth consecutive month sales dropped in June as demand continues to fall and fewer workers are on on the factory floors. Analysts do not see the trends changing anytime soon, the Times reported.
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Elon Musk says Tesla Model 3 production will begin Friday

Renew Economy, 5 July 2017
Tesla Inc.’s mission-critical Model 3 will start production on Friday before beginning a rapid ramp-up targeting a rate of 20,000 a month in December. “Expecting to complete” the first car Friday, Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk wrote in a late-night Tweet, adding that it passed all its regulatory requirements for production two weeks ahead of schedule.
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Electric cars reach record 42% of Norway’s total new car sales with boost from Tesla Model X

Electrek, 4 July 2017
While most countries have difficulties making electric cars reach 2% or 3% of their total car sales, Norway keeps pushing the bar higher and higher. Last month was another record month for the country with electric cars representing 42% of its new vehicles being registered.
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Trucks are destroying our roads and not picking up the repair cost

The Conversation, 23 June 2017
It’s high time Australia changed its current road user charges for trucks. The shortfall between the charges for heavy vehicles and the money spent on things like road system maintenance, construction costs, road crashes involving heavy trucks, emissions, pollution and urban road congestion amounts to a taxpayer subsidy for the industry of at least A$3 billion per annum.
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70,000 Beijing taxis are being converted to electric power

World Economic Forum, 6 March 2017
Electric vehicles have been growing in popularity among fleet operators, and soon, Beijing may find itself earning a reputation as the hub of the electric taxi. The Chinese city is home to one of the most important taxi fleets in the world, numbering around 70,000, and under a new program for air pollution control that will begin implementation this year, those taxis will be going electric.
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The buildings that may not exist when self-driving cars rule the road

Commercial Real Estate, 19 June 2017
Advances in vehicle technology in the not too distant future could have a profound effect on the use of many buildings, such as carparks and service stations, and owners of commercial properties need to plan for this potential disruption.
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Brisbane Airport to add fleet of 11 BYD electric buses

One Step Off the Grid, 19 June 2017
Brisbane Airport has become Australia’s second major airport to add electric buses to its transport fleet, with 11 BYD 70 passenger vehicles set to run an inter-terminal shuttle service starting early 2018.
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All Tesla Supercharger stations to be solar powered, says Musk

REnew Economy, 12 June 2017
Fed by the virtually unlimited supply of money emanating from the Koch Brothers to influence the media, plenty of people are convinced that electric cars are not as green as they pretend to be. That includes Teslas that recharge at Supercharger locations. After all, they have to get their electricity from somewhere and in many places worldwide, that somewhere is a coal-fired generating plant. The critics ask, what good is it to have zero tailpipe emissions if the stuff that makes the car go is derived from burning coal? One such critic posed that question to Elon Musk yesterday and got an unexpected response.
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Drones and driverless trucks: can Australian truckies stave off job threat?

The Guardian, 29 May 2017
Frank Black has a simple message for those who predict truckies like him are done for thanks to the arrival of self-driving vehicles: good luck getting tech support in the outback. For more than 30 years the Brisbane truck driver has hauled goods across the vast expanses of Australia, keeping watch for fast-bouncing kangaroos, felled eucalyptus trees, and other natural obstacles littering remote highways that can run for thousands of kilometres without a single bend.
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