How school buses could help run your air conditioning on hot summer days

Illinois is proposing to spend more of its VW settlement money on electric school buses than any other state. Schools are letting out, and that means many yellow buses are headed to storage. But what if instead of sitting idle for much of the summer, school buses had a seasonal job helping to balance the electric …

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It’s time to get serious about recycling lithium-ion batteries

A projected surge in electric-vehicle sales means that researchers must think about conserving natural resources and addressing battery end-of-life issues. As the popularity of electric vehicles starts to grow explosively, so does the pile of spent lithium-ion batteries that once powered those cars. Industry analysts predict that by 2020, China alone will generate some 500,000 …

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BYD and Toyota join forces to develop electric cars and batteries

Asian carmakers BYD and Toyota are teaming up to develop electric cars – and the batteries to power them – with a view to bringing the jointly developed vehicles to market by 2020 (Article). Announced on Friday, the deal will see electric sedans and “low-floor” SUVs developed by the two companies, which will then be …

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Electric car models to triple in Europe by 2021 – market data

The number of electric car models on the European market will more than triple within the next three years, new analysis shows. After several years of timid growth, EU carmakers will be offering 214 electric models in 2021 – up from the 60 available at the end of 2018. Transport & Environment (T&E), which publishes the analysis …

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