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We’ve got an emissions problem and our need to curb it just got statistically more challenging. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) finding that the increase in global temperature should be below 2 degrees Celsius is wrong, according to a new report by 18 leading scientists. In fact, that number is too high and needs to be in the range of 1 degree C. Salon reports that we’re further off than ever in reaching even the 2 degrees C level. As the two largest carbon emitters in the world, the U.S. and China have something in common. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy heads to Asia next week to meet with China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection to build on an existing relationship to address climate change.
The envelope please. EPA and the Department of Energy (DOE) are out with their annual list of the top ten most fuel efficient vehicles. The first seven on the list are all electric and the remaining three are plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). Toyota, Ford and GM are among the usual suspects making the top ten.
California has been developing vehicles and regulations to drive low emissions for a long time “…making it one of the most valuable markets for the global auto industry” according to Hydrogen Fuel News. Like many other markets, challenges remain around fuel and charging infrastructure for clean vehicles. California-based ChargePoint is doing their part by recently adding their 50,000th user to their EV charging networks. The customer is from San Francisco which happens to top ChargePoint’s list of the “Top 10 EV-friendly Metropolitan Markets.” San Diego and Los Angeles are the other two California cities that made that list. Green Car Reports reminds us that if you are thinking about getting a charging station, the clock is ticking if you want to take advantage of a Federal tax-credit of 30% of the cost of purchase and installation. The credit expires on December 31.
Sao Paolo Transit (SPTrans) is getting credit of a different kind. Beginning in March of 2014, BYD Motors (the Americas’ entity) will deliver two new battery-electric buses. The Brazilian Transit Agency has one of the largest fleets in South America, totaling 16,000 buses, and is being lauded for their commitment to cleaner buses.
And credit goes to the state of New York for funding the New York Truck-Voucher Incentive Program (NYT-VIP). CALSTART is administering the program and will be hosting a webinar next Tuesday, December 12 for fleets, manufacturers, dealers and NE stakeholders wanting to learn more about the program. You can reserve a seat by clicking here.
Our Current Warming Limits Are Way Too High, Salon
US Official to Build on EPA Relationship With China, Bloomberg
10 Most Fuel Efficient Cars in US, Clean Technica
California Continues to Embrace Clean Transportation, Hydrogen Fuel News
ChargePoint Plugs in 50,000th User, Autoblog Green
Electric-Car Charging-Station Tax Credit Expires 12/31/13, Green Car Reports
Sao Paulo Transit Completes Successful Trials of 40-Foot BYD Electric Bus, Mass Transit
Webinar For Those Interested in NY Clean Truck Incentives, FleetOwner
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