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Eco-Energy Strengthens and Expands its Leading Global Ethanol Platform

FRANKLIN, Tenn.–()–Eco-Energy, the leading biofuel supply chain company, is pleased to announce additional growth to its global ethanol platform with the signing of a new multiyear marketing agreement with Heron Lake BioEnergy, located in Heron Lake, MN. Eco-Energy will begin ethanol marketing at Heron Lake on November 1st. “Our team is excited to partner with the great team at Heron Lake. We continue adding partners to our platform and generating value for our independent ethanol producers. We look forward to working with their team for years to come,” stated Chad Martin, CEO of Eco-Energy.

Eco-Energy is also announcing the execution of multiyear extensions of their ethanol marketing agreements with both Granite Falls Energy, located in Granite Falls, MN and Central Iowa Renewable Energy, located in Goldfield, IA. “Our long standing relationship with Eco-Energy has been beneficial to our company. I believe the Eco team shares the same set of values and resolve as our CORN, LP team. This is one of the major ingredients in our successful partnership,” stated Brad Davis, GM at Central Iowa Renewable Energy.

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FedEx Express Launches Zero-Emission All-Electric Vehicle Fleet in Hong Kong

HONG KONG, Mar 26, 2013 /3BL Media/ – FedEx Express (FedEx), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world’s largest express transportation company, today announced the expansion of its alternative-energy vehicle fleet with the introduction of 10 new all-electric commercial vehicles for use in Hong Kong. This is the first fleet of zero-emission all-electric vehicles for FedEx in Asia Pacific. Continue reading

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Driving Range and Economics Continue to Hinder Interest in Purchasing Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicle_wallpaperBOULDER, Colo.–()–The volume of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) has grown significantly over the last year, with many auto manufacturers adding new models to their fleets. Indeed, several auto manufacturers are electrifying their fleets with innovative models. The PEV market is expected to grow swiftly, with a compound annual growth rate of 30 percent between 2012 and 2020 in the United States. According to a recent consumer survey by Navigant Research, however, makers of PEVs have not been successful in changing several misperceptions about these vehicles in the marketplace.

“So-called ‘range anxiety’ continues to be the number one reason cited by consumers who are not interested in purchasing PEVs,” says Dave Hurst, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “A number of other negative perceptions continue to persist, however, helping to explain why overall consumer interest in PEVs has declined since 2011.” Continue reading

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Smart Transportation Becoming the Focal Point for Smart City Projects Worldwide

The past twelve months have seen an explosion of interest in the smart city concept.  Cities around the world have announced new smart city strategies and innovative projects, and many existing programs have been rebranded as smart city initiatives.  According to a new tracker report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, more than 50 percent of smart city projects are focused on innovations in transportation and urban mobility.  The tracker identifies and details 130 smart city projects underway worldwide. Continue reading

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Arpin Renewable Energy and eNow Form Partnership to Provide Solar-Powered Systems for Moving Trucks

logoWEST WARWICK, R.I.–()–Arpin Renewable Energy has joined with eNow, a Rhode Island-based company which supplies energy solutions to the transportation industry, to provide Arpin Van Lines agents and owner-operators access to cleaner running moving trucks.

eNow’s solar panel systems, which are retrofitted onto a company’s existing trucks, use the latest in technology to capture and convert the sun’s energy into usable power to reduce vehicle operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading

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ChargePoint Applauds NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg’s Call for Electric Vehicle Readiness

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CAMPBELL, Calif.–()–New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has laid out a bold plan to make 20 percent of New New York City parking spaces electric vehicle (EV) ready. ChargePoint congratulates Mayor Bloomberg for his vision.

Mayor Bloomberg laid out his plan today in his State of the City address. It calls for the creation of 10,000 EV ready spaces over the next seven years. New York is a leader in electric vehicle adoption rates, with 2,598 registered vehicles as of January, 2013, up 76 percent from just three months ago. Continue reading

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More Than 1.8 Million Plug-In Electric Vehicles Will Be Sold in the Largest 102 U.S. Cities From 2012 to 2020

plug-in+electric+vehicleBOULDER, Colo.–()–While sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) have fallen short of projections to date, interest in these vehicles is growing, particularly in large metropolitan areas. Cities like New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle combine large population areas with early rollout schedules from vehicle manufacturers, and positive attitudes toward PEVs among residents, making them fertile ground for PEV manufacturers in the coming years. According to a recent report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, sales of PEVs in the largest 102 cities in the United States will total slightly more than 1.8 million from 2012 through 2020. Continue reading

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Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Sales in Europe to Reach 827,000 Annually by 2020

solar_carAlthough government support for electric vehicles (EVs) in Europe is waning, the increasing availability of vehicle charging infrastructure that enables vehicles to charge at home, at the workplace, and in public places is facilitating market growth.  With electric and electrically assisted vehicles now available in the mainstream market, the fundamental question is no longer if there is a market; rather, the question is how fast that market will grow.  According to a new report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, EVs – including electrically assisted hybrids – will play an increasingly important role in European markets, growing from 0.7 percent of the market in 2012 to 4 percent in 2020. While that is still a small portion of the market, it represents more than 827,000 vehicles sold annually in the region. Continue reading

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