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Eleven US States Assessing Fees on Electric Vehicles Due to Lost Fuel Tax Revenue (Electric Cars Report)

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The maintenance of US highways has traditionally been funded from a combination of Federal and state taxes collected at the pump from the sale of motor fuels. As electric cars do not use traditional fuel sources eleven states are now seeking to assess fees on EV owners directly. It is hoped …

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India and France Launch Solar Alliance at COP21 (Energy Trend)

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the International Solar Alliance (ISA) with French president François Hollande at the COP21 climate conference in Paris.  India will lead the alliance which will seek to give momentum to solar energy policies, increasing cooperation over the best and new technologies and bringing faster cost …

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Regulations Frustrating Japanese Hydrogen Ambitions (Hydrogen Fuel News)

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Japan has recently been making a large push towards advancing its hydrogen infrastructure in the country, with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe calling fuel cell vehicles “the ultimate eco car.”  However auto-giant Honda has found the lengthy regulation process frustratingly slow.  With little progress made in the last three years …

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Brighsun Develops Long Range Electric Bus (Gas2)

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Australian company Brighsun has developed an electric bus with a certified range of 1,004 kilometers.  The buses run on a high performance lithium-ion battery combined with proprietary eMotor, battery management and a regenerative breaking system. Brighsun has not released any technical details about its battery or electric motor but is indicating that it …

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New Advances with the Lithium-Air Battery (Science-Daily)

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have made new developments in increasing the future viability of a lithium-air battery and have developed a lab-based demonstrator of a lithium-oxygen battery which has higher capacity, increased energy efficiency and improved stability over previous attempts. Their demonstrator relies on a highly porous, ‘fluffy’ carbon …

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Norway Launches Plug-In Hybrid Shipping Project (Maritime Executive)

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In a joint program with the Norwegian government, Oslo-based DNV GL recently launched the Green Coastal Shipping Programme which aims to create the most environmentally-friendly vessels in the world. The program is comprised of five pilot projects which chiefly use LNG and batteries as energy sources for plug-in hybrid shipping. The first …

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