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Where Next for Subsidies as Electric Vehicles Mainstream?
Where Next for Subsidies as Electric Vehicles Mainstream?

CLEANTECH - The future of transport is shaping up electric — by 2040, more than half of all new car sales and a third of global fleet will be electrified, according to research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Its latest forecast shows sales of electric vehicles (EVs) increasing from 1.1 million worldwide in 2017 to 11 million in 2025, then surging to 30 million in 2030 as they become cheaper to produce than internal combustion engine cars.

How Is Your Brand Redesigning the Good Life This World Environment Day?
How Is Your Brand Redesigning the Good Life This World Environment Day?

THE NEXT ECONOMY - Ahead of Earth Day last month, over one million people took to social media urging corporations to "break free" from single-use plastics. And from the fashion to the auto industry – and everywhere in between – innovations are taking root to increase our use of sustainable materials. To continue the momentum created by Earth Day, this year’s World Environment Day (June 5) is also focused on plastic pollution.

Advanced Software Design Technology Leads GM to Lighter, More Efficient Vehicles
Advanced Software Design Technology Leads GM to Lighter, More Efficient Vehicles

PRESS RELEASE - General Motors is committed to building efficient vehicles in a responsible manner, reducing our footprint and strengthening our communities around the world. As part of those efforts, we are the first automaker in North America to use new generative design software technology from Bay Area-based software company Autodesk. The technology is key to vehicle lightweighting, or developing lighter and more efficient vehicles.

Immotor’s LEVs, Battery-as-a-Service Model Transforming Transit Worldwide
Immotor’s LEVs, Battery-as-a-Service Model Transforming Transit Worldwide

CLEANTECH - As we get ready to select our semi-finalists for the 2018 Sustainable Brands Innovation Open, we wanted to check in with last year’s semi-finalists to learn about the impacts they continue to have on the business world. Here, we catch up with Immotor.

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Ford Explores Cleaner Air and Increased Productivity for Cities, Expands Transit Plug-In Hybrid Van Trial to Valencia
Ford Explores Cleaner Air and Increased Productivity for Cities, Expands Transit Plug-In Hybrid Van Trial to Valencia

PRESS RELEASE - Among the toughest working environments for vans, cities offer significant challenges to moving people and delivering goods and services. Ford, which is already investigating how plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) could help in London, today announced it would also begin testing in Valencia, Spain. The collaboration between Ford Smart Mobility, the regional government of Valencia and the Valencia City leadership, is designed to see how Transit Custom PHEV fleets could contribute to cleaner air targets and enhanced productivity.

4 Hidden Costs of Sustainable Logistics for Small Businesses
4 Hidden Costs of Sustainable Logistics for Small Businesses

CLEANTECH - These days, there is more pressure than ever on businesses to be environmentally conscious, reduce their impact and do their part to keep the planet healthy. Logistics is a major area of focus for many, with a lot of potential for impact due to traditional transport’s huge fuel and energy requirements.

UPS To Deploy New, State-Of-The-Art Electric Vehicles In London And Paris
UPS To Deploy New, State-Of-The-Art Electric Vehicles In London And Paris

PRESS RELEASE - UPS (NYSE:UPS) today announced that it is working with UK-based technology firm ARRIVAL to develop a state-of-the-art pilot fleet of 35 electric delivery vehicles (EVs) to be trialed in London and Paris. These zero tailpipe emission, lightweight composite vehicles have a battery range of more than 150 miles (240 kilometers), which is significantly higher than other EVs currently in service. The vehicles will also come equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that help to improve safety and reduce driver fatigue. These features, combined with a highly advanced vehicle display provide the driver with an intelligent and connected vehicle.

BASF named a General Motors Supplier of the Year for 13th time
BASF named a General Motors Supplier of the Year for 13th time

PRESS RELEASE - BASF was named a 2017 General Motors (GM) Supplier of the Year for the thirteenth time since 2002. The award is presented to suppliers who distinguish themselves by meeting performance metrics for quality, execution, innovation, and total enterprise cost. “This is an opportunity for General Motors to honor those suppliers who are truly the best of the best,” said Steve Kiefer, GM senior vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The automotive industry is transforming at an incredible rate.

Saved Grains, Zero-Emission Trucks Edging Anheuser Busch Toward 2025 Goals
Saved Grains, Zero-Emission Trucks Edging Anheuser Busch Toward 2025 Goals

THE NEXT ECONOMY - This week, global brewer AB InBev announced two major initiatives helping it advance toward its 2025 Sustainability Goals in different parts of the world.

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SEKISUI: Building an Organization with Integrated Thinking to Balance Management, Environment
SEKISUI: Building an Organization with Integrated Thinking to Balance Management, Environment

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - This post has been translated from Japanese — read the original interview here.

The US Has a Low-Carbon Vehicle Fuel — But It's Being Thrown Away
The US Has a Low-Carbon Vehicle Fuel — But It's Being Thrown Away

CLEANTECH - The United States generates millions of tons of food scraps; inedible fats, oils and greases; sewage and manure. Some of this organic waste is used for energy or fertilizer, but most of it — around 50 million tons a year — is sent to landfills, incinerated or otherwise left to decompose.

Target’s Charging Up Its Electric Vehicle Program to Reach More Than 20 States
Target’s Charging Up Its Electric Vehicle Program to Reach More Than 20 States

PRESS RELEASE - Photo: Two cars recharging at Tesla stations Photo courtesy of Tesla, Inc. All throughout Earth Month and every day at Target, we’re working toward ambitious goals to help keep the planet healthy. Today, we’re taking another step forward, accelerating our electric vehicle program with the help of industry experts Tesla, ChargePoint and Electrify America. Together, we’ll expand our current program, available now at 18 sites in five states, to more than 600 parking spaces at over 100 sites across more than 20 states with charging stations over the next two years.

Every Lyft Ride Will Now Contribute to Fighting Climate Change
Every Lyft Ride Will Now Contribute to Fighting Climate Change

BUSINESS CASE - In school, we both read Paul Hawken’s The Ecology of Commerce, and it profoundly influenced the impact we want to have in life. His book demonstrates how industry and the environment do not have to be at odds, and if we work to find the right solutions, the two can (and must) work together. We’re grateful and lucky to have Paul as Lyft’s environmental advisor.

Fast Co's World-Changing Ideas Winners Build Empathy, EVs; Repurpose Guns, Flowers
Fast Co's World-Changing Ideas Winners Build Empathy, EVs; Repurpose Guns, Flowers

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - For the second year, Fast Company is celebrating businesses, policies, and nonprofits that are poised help shift society to a more sustainable and more equitable future with its World Changing Ideas Awards. From melted down guns to nitrogen-producing microbes, there’s quite a bit of variety among 2018’s twelve winners.

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EVgo and Maven Gig of GM Announce Nation's First Dedicated Fast Charging Network for On-Demand Drivers
EVgo and Maven Gig of GM Announce Nation's First Dedicated Fast Charging Network for On-Demand Drivers

PRESS RELEASE - EVgo, the nation's largest network of public electric vehicle (EV) DC Fast charging stations, today announced an agreement with Maven, General Motors' car sharing brand, to construct a dedicated DC fast charging network available to Maven Gig Chevrolet Bolt EV drivers. This agreement builds upon the success of EVgo and Maven's current pilot programs powering Bolt drivers in seven major US cities. "EVgo is committed to working with fleet EV owners and operators to make charging quick and easy," said Cathy Zoi, EVgo CEO. "Maven Gig EV Bolt on-demand drivers will have access to a dedicated EVgo fast charging network so they can fully charge in the time it takes to eat lunch."

Inside UPS’s Electric Vehicle Strategy
Inside UPS’s Electric Vehicle Strategy

PRESS RELEASE - Passenger electric cars get all the press, especially when someone launches one into space. But something important is going on in the world of commercial vehicles as well. Last year Tesla announced it would produce an electric long-haul big rig. PepsiCo, Walmart and UPS promptly committed to buying a few hundred. More recently, UPS made an important announcement about its plans to roll out 50 new midsize electric delivery trucks in Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles. The headline is that, for the first time, the electric trucks are expected to cost the company no more than regular diesel vehicles. Up-front price is no longer a barrier. But there’s a second part of the story that’s not being touted enough.

How Corporate Fleets Can Go Carbon-Negative Now
How Corporate Fleets Can Go Carbon-Negative Now

CLEANTECH - Many corporate leaders committed to supply chain sustainability are waiting for a full range of electric vehicles to hit the market to achieve zero emissions from their heavy-duty truck fleets. But there’s no need to wait: With a new model natural gas engine now in commercial production, fleets can meet their heaviest-duty needs using carbon-negative renewable natural gas (RNG) in near-zero-emission natural gas trucks.

Ford: A Measure of Progress
Ford: A Measure of Progress

CLEANTECH - In Henry Ford’s day, there was no term for environmentalist. But he had a goal of zero waste to landfill, just as we do today, based on his belief that nothing should be wasted. Those values still hold true at Ford. Currently, conversation is underway on setting the near-term standards for fuel economy. It is a critical one for all of us who care about the environment and our customers, and we all need to work together to ensure there is a win on both fronts.

80% of Brits Would Give Up Meat Over Their Car to Help the Environment
80% of Brits Would Give Up Meat Over Their Car to Help the Environment

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - 2018 has already seen a number of environmentally conscious trends — such as a switch to electric vehicles and plant-based diets — make the headlines.

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A Measure of Progress
A Measure of Progress

PRESS RELEASE - In Henry Ford’s day, there was no term for environmentalist. But he had a goal of zero waste to landfill, just as we do today, based on his belief that nothing should be wasted. Those values still hold true at Ford. Currently, conversation is underway on setting the near-term standards for fuel economy. It is a critical one for all of us who care about the environment and our customers, and we all need to work together to ensure there is a win on both fronts. Today, our planet faces increasing challenges, the implications of which are profound: greater congestion in cities, the rise of human population, climate change and all its implications. The cost of believing it is not real is just too high.

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