Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Big Day for Green Car News in my Email Inbox

Today was one of those days when media coverage was packed with significant stories about green machines, alternative and renewable energy, and other positive trends. (The Detroit Bureau continues to play a very important role in tracking these stories, and cheers to Environmental Leader.) So here are a few media highlights from my email inbox today:

The California assembly joined the senate yesterday in approving a mandate for 33% of the state's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2020, up from 20%.

President Obama says the federal government will buy only hybrids, plug ins, and other advanced technology vehicles for its fleet of 600,000 units by 2015. Cutting oil imports and using more domestic oil and gas is part of the new bi-partisan plan.

Pike Research predicts that the volume of plug-in hybrid electric vehicle sales in US will reach 204,110 by 2015. In the U.S. and Canada, plug-in hybrids will represent 71% of all electric vehicle sales in 2015.

Last year, clean energy investment across the globe grew by 30%, to $243 billion last year, with China continuing to solidify its position as the world’s clean energy leader by investing a record $54.4 billion in 2010.

Eco-friendly auto shops are popping up nationwide, offering green tune-ups for the masses with gas-guzzling vehicles.

Tesla Motors has sued the popular BBC program, “Top Gear,” claiming it maliciously lied about the company’s 2-seat Roadster. The episode said a Tesla Roadster experienced several breakdowns while being tested.

Speaking at the Center for Automotive Research’s conference, Canadian auto analyst Dennis DesRosiers said that vehicles with new powertrain technologies, particularly hybrids have been somewhat successful. He said this could be the decade of the hybrid as the technology finds its way into more cars.

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