Category Archives: Transportation

Two Dutch Cities Adopt 100% Electric Bus Fleets

The ECOreport reposts a story about Eindhoven and Helmond, two Dutch Cities Adopt 100% Electric Bus Fleets

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Over the course of the next decade, Europe is expected to electrify most of its’ bus fleet. The transformation has already begun, though  only a hundred of the more than 12,000 buses registered in Europe during 2015 were eBuses. The largest orders were in London and Amsterdam, where BYD supplied 51 and 35 vehicles, respectively. A few months ago Amsterdam announced it will totally discard its’ fleet of diesel buses by 2025. This milestone has already been achieved in the neighbouring province of Brabant where, tomorrow, two Dutch cities adopt 100% Electric Bus Fleets
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North America’s First 100% Electric Municipal Bus System

The ECOreport looks at a story from California, North America’s first 100% electric municipal bus system

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Porterville, California, is about to make transportation history. The little Californian city only receives an average of 13 inches of rain a year, which makes it particularly vulnerable to atmospheric inversion, which holds in the exhausts from vehicles, agriculture, and other sources. Thanks to a determined city hall, the number of Stage 1 smog alerts declined from 100% per year, in the 1970s, to almost zero. On December 7, the California Air Resources Board awarded $9.5-million to replace its’ entire bus fleet. By January, 2018, Porterville should have North America’s first 100% electric municipal bus system.

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Fastned Raised EUR 2.5 Million Over The Weekend

The ECOreport looks at a story form the Netherlands,  Fastned raised EUR 2.5 million over the weekend

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Fastned’s original funding came from its founders and angel investors such as the Lubbers family (Breesaap) and Fred Matser (Flowfund). Last year, the Dutch fast charging station company needed three weeks to raise EUR 3 million selling share certificates on Nx’change. Now, Fastned raised EUR 2.5 million over the weekend.
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Europe’s First Urban Fast Charging Station

The ECoreport looks at story of the expanding EV infrastructure, Europe’s First Urban Fast Charging Station

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Billions of euros are being invested into Europe’s EV market. Most of the industry’s best known vehicles are available. The race to build the infrastructure, that can help make them the vehicle of choice, lags behind. Ford Motors, Volkswagen Group, BMW Group and Daimler are entering into the race with joint plans to develop 400 sites by 2020. However Fastned has already built 55 stations through-out the Netherlands and, on December 1, announced the opening of Europe’s First Urban Fast Charging Station in the Hague.

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The Largest EV Charging Program In North America

The ECOreport looks into why the largest EV Charging Program in North America could have a chilling effect on utilities considering investments into this sector

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1On February 9, 2015, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) brought forward a proposal to install more than 25,000 EV charging stations within their territory. Readily embraced by environmentalists, the project faced opposition from ratepayers (questioning the value of this investment) and other electric service providers (who did not relish direct competition from a utility). Last October PGE reached a settlement with ten interested parties that reduced the project to almost a third of its’original size. Pointing out that “No proposal is supported by all parties, and no party supports all of the proposals made,”1 a California Utilities Comission (CPUC) judge brought forward a new proposed decision of his own. Only according to Tom Ashley, Greenlots’ head of government relations, the proposed terms for what is still the largest EV Charging program in North America “could have a chilling effect on utility investment in EV infrastructure.”

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  1. Proposed Decision of Administrative Law Judge Darwin E. Farrar, State of California Public Utilities Commission, Agenda ID #15334 Ratesetting, p 12

HUB’s 2016 Fall Bike to Work Week

The ECOreport reposts news from Vancouver BC, HUB’s 2016 Fall Bike to Work Week

Originally Published on HUB News

Vancouver, BC (Nov 3, 2016): Last week over 5,799 people registered online for HUB’s Fall Bike to Work Week, with thousands more stopping to enjoy prize draws, free tune-ups, coffee and snacks at 51 free events across Metro Vancouver. Participants also were entered to win a trip for 2 to Amsterdam on KLM.

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Private Infrastructure Bank Not In Public’s Interest

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED in response to a Canadian Government, A Private Infrastructure Bank Not In Public’s Interest

Originally Published on the Broadbent Blog

by Andrew Jackson

The Advisory Council on Economic Growth chaired by Domenic Barton has proposed to federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau the creation of an independent Canadian Infrastructure Development Bank (CIDB) to help finance $200 billion of public infrastructure projects over the next decade. There is an argument for improved financing tools, but no case for such a lever for massive and costly privatization.

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Germany’s Proposed Ban On Petrol & Diesel Cars

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED on another European advance, Germany’s Proposed Ban On Petrol & Diesel Cars

Originally Published on Greenpeace Energydesk

by Andree Böehling

Can it be true that the nation that invented the car wants to ban petrol and diesel engines?

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Ford Takes Over San Francisco Bike Share

The ECOreporet reposts news from California,  Ford Takes Over San Francisco Bike Share

Bikocity via Clean Technica

By James Ayre

San Francisco’s Bay Area Bike Share program will be renamed Ford GoBike in early 2017, as part of a new partnership between the operating firm Motivate and Ford Motor Company.

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Vancouver’s Protected Bike Lanes

The ECOreport reposts an update from Streetfilm, Vancouver’s Protected Bike Lanes

Originally Published on Streetfilms

by Clarence Eckerson Jr.

In 2012, the Vancouver City Council set an ambitious goal to reach a bicycle mode share of 7 percent of all trips by 2020. The city proceeded to hit the mark in 2015, five years ahead of schedule!

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