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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.

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.

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.

Driving Sustainable Logistics in Europe
Driving Sustainable Logistics in Europe

PRESS RELEASE - Dr. Milos Milenkovic | MIT A hyper-connected network of logistics clusters could play a key role in achieving the European Union’s goal of creating a sustainable, more efficient freight transportation system.An EU-backed research initiative called Clusters 2.0 is laying the groundwork for such a network by developing ways to link freight hubs via the physical internet.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

12 Asian Entrepreneurs Win $10K for Low-Carbon Mobility, Plastic Waste, Energy Ideas
12 Asian Entrepreneurs Win $10K for Low-Carbon Mobility, Plastic Waste, Energy Ideas

CLEANTECH - UN Environment has awarded seed funding to twelve young people with business ideas on how to foster energy-efficient, low-waste and low-carbon lifestyles. Each of the winners of the Asia Pacific Low Carbon Lifestyles Challenge will receive US$10,000 and mentorship to help bring their ideas to fruition.

New Transparency Initiative Aims to Boost Responsible Ship Recycling Practices
New Transparency Initiative Aims to Boost Responsible Ship Recycling Practices

MARKETING AND COMMS - In a bid to increase responsible shipping practices, Forum for the Future and the Sustainable Shipping Initiative have launched the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative (SRTI). The Initiative brings together key industry stakeholders to improve transparency in the global ship recycling value chain by facilitating voluntary disclosure of recycling practices and related data by ship owners, and to support the use of this information to inform decision-making.

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Trending: The Future of Mobility Is Circular
Trending: The Future of Mobility Is Circular

WASTE NOT - Discussion around the future of mobility is dominated by discourse around the shift away from fossil fuels, but this is only one small part of a more complex conversation. Even clean energy vehicles have impacts on environmental and human health. China’s industry ministry, General Motors and Goodyear are taking these often-overlooked impacts into account by focusing on waste recovery and prevention approaches that seek to establish closed-loop systems.

L’Oréal Renewable Natural Gas Project Poised to Set New Industry Standard
L’Oréal Renewable Natural Gas Project Poised to Set New Industry Standard

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - Guided by its Sharing Beauty with All global sustainability program, beauty giant L’Oréal has revealed plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2019 for all 21 of its US manufacturing and distribution facilities.

Why Sustainable Concrete Will Be the Bedrock for Future Megacities
Why Sustainable Concrete Will Be the Bedrock for Future Megacities

CHEMISTRY, MATERIALS & PACKAGING - The US’s infrastructure is falling apart beneath our feet. In 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gave our infrastructure a “D-” on its infrastructure report card. There are so many considerations for infrastructure repair, it’s mind-boggling. From aviation to wastewater systems to public parks, it all needs work. There are two common threads throughout: energy and concrete.

Nissan Vehicle-to-Grid Project to Accelerate Decarbonization of UK Energy System
Nissan Vehicle-to-Grid Project to Accelerate Decarbonization of UK Energy System

CLEANTECH - Nissan is driving the future of mobility forward with a vehicle-to-grid (VG2) demonstrator project that could prove instrumental in helping the UK transition to low-carbon transportation and a smart energy system. The £9.8 million e4Futures project will allow drivers to feed energy back into the electricity grid during peak times.

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Heathrow Launches Innovation Prize to Support Plans for Sustainable Growth
Heathrow Launches Innovation Prize to Support Plans for Sustainable Growth

PRODUCT, SERVICE & DESIGN INNOVATION - A year after the launch of its Heathrow 2.0 sustainability leadership strategy, Heathrow Airport is encouraging UK businesses and organizations to apply for the first Sustainable Innovation Prize.

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