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Germany announces $1.4 billion electric-car incentive plan

Germany announces $1.4 billion electric-car incentive plan

After much discussion, Germany appears poised to implement significant incentives to encourage the purchase of electric cars. This week, the German government announced an incentive program that will include rebates for both electric cars and plug-in hybrids. Lawmakers have committed 1.2 billion... read more

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Power station - Image by Flickr user MacJewell, used under Creative Commons license

Peabody, world's largest private coal company, files for bankruptcy

Peabody Energy—the world's largest private coal company—filed for bankruptcy this week. The company cited a variety of factors, including lower-than-expected... read more April 15, 2016 by


 
Bentley Continental GT races a train across Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia will have $2 trillion to figure out an economy after oil

Oil-rich Saudi Arabia could find itself in a vulnerable position if world economies shift away from fossil fuels for transportation over the coming decades. The Middle... read more April 5, 2016 by


 
2015 Nissan Leaf

Is group buying the key to boosting electric-car adoption?

If you want to get someone to do something—drive an electric car, say—then making it cheaper is a good way to start. Purchase incentives and tax rebates have been... read more April 1, 2016 by


 
Smog in Dehli, India (by Flickr user Mfield)

India's ambitious goal: all electric vehicles on roads by 2030

Several countries have committed to putting more electric cars on their roads in the near future as a way to reduce air pollution and combat climate change. But what if one... read more March 31, 2016 by


 
2014 Tesla Model S in China

China tweaks electric-car plans to reward success, reduce fraud

Over the past few years, China's government has aggressively promoted electric cars in the hope that mass adoption will help alleviate the country's infamous air pollution... read more March 14, 2016 by


 
Daimler Trucks North America SuperTruck

Canada to echo U.S. fuel economy regulations for heavy-duty trucks

In its efforts to increase the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks, the U.S. government now has a partner in its neighbor to the north. Canada plans to echo upcoming U.S... read more March 11, 2016 by


 
Petro-Canada gas station, Crossfields, Alberta, with electric-car charging station

Electric cars in Canada: 6 good-news events for buyers, drivers

Canadian electric-vehicle policy seems to be enjoying its own annus mirabilis, or "wonderful year," during 2016. While "a journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step,"... read more March 9, 2016 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf

Dirty money from polluters funds clean-car incentives in Rhode Island

Rhode Island is one of the many states to offer purchase rebates for new electric cars. Under the recently introduced Driving Rhode Island to Vehicle Electrification (DRIVE)... read more February 29, 2016 by


 
Oil well (photo by John Hill)

West Coast Could Cut Oil Use In Half By 2030: Report

When it comes to purchasing and promoting electric cars and clean energy, the West Coast stands apart. California leads the nation in policies encouraging electric-car... read more February 3, 2016 by


 
Venucia E30 (Chinese version of Nissan Leaf electric car), Guangzhou Auto Show [photo: ChinaAutoWeb]

China To Phase Out Electric-Car Subsidies By 2021, Let 'Market Decide'

After years of enthusiastic support, China's national government may soon discontinue its electric-car subsidies. Seeing electric cars as a way to solve the country's serious... read more January 27, 2016 by


 
Gas pump

Leaded Gasoline Taken Off Sale 20 Years Ago This Month

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has brought the health effects of lead back into the public eye, and in a big way. In that context, it's worth noting that lead was still... read more January 25, 2016 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf

OPEC Says Electric Cars Will Remain Irrelevant Through 2040

Increased electric-car adoption could dramatically decrease global demand for fossil fuels, but the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries--better known as... read more December 28, 2015 by


 
U.S. Capitol Building

Budget Bill Cuts EPA Funding, But Keeps Clean Power Plan Intact

Late last week, Congressional leaders reached an agreement on a $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund the government through September. The negotiations lasted until... read more December 21, 2015 by


 
Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, 2015 Tokyo Motor Show

Japan's Ambitious Hydrogen-Vehicle Plans Stumble, With Bureaucracy To Blame

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ambitious plans for hydrogen fuel-cell infrastructure are stumbling, thanks to bureaucratic red tape. Abe is a serious supporter of... read more December 3, 2015 by


 
Bill Gates

Bill Gates, Other Billionaires Invest To Advance Clean Energy

This week, representatives from world governments are meeting in Paris for the much-anticipated United Nations summit on climate change. Ahead of those talks--which are... read more December 1, 2015 by


 

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