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Murphy, Corker Unveil Bipartisan Plan to Shore Up Highway Trust Fund, Boost Economic Growth

June 18, 2014 in EV News, Oil, Politics

Highway Account Courtesy of USDOT

Highway Account
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WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today unveiled the first bipartisan proposal to shore up the Highway Trust Fund by making changes to the federal motor fuels tax, which funds improvements to roads, bridges and transit systems. The proposal would create a long-term, stable funding mechanism for the Highway Trust Fund and enact tax relief for American families and businesses.

“For too long, Congress has shied away from taking serious action to update our country’s aging infrastructure,” said Senator Murphy. “We’re currently facing a transportation crisis that will only get worse if we don’t take bold action to fund the Highway Trust Fund. By modestly raising the federal gas tax, we can address a crippling economic liability for this country—the inability to finance long-term improvements to our crumbling national infrastructure. I know raising the gas tax isn’t an easy choice, but we’re not elected to make easy decisions – we’re elected to make the hard ones. This modest increase will pay dividends in the long run and I encourage my colleagues to get behind this bipartisan proposal.”

“Growing up in Tennessee as a conservative, I learned that if something was important enough to have, it was important enough to pay for. That’s how we’ve governed in the Volunteer State, which has resulted in the second best transportation system in the country without having one penny of road debt,” said Corker. “In Washington, far too often, we huff and puff about paying for proposals that are unpopular, yet throw future generations under the bus when public pressure mounts on popular proposals that have broad support. Congress should be embarrassed that it has played chicken with the Highway Trust Fund and allowed it to become one of the largest budgeting failures in the federal government. If Americans feel that having modern roads and bridges is important then Congress should have the courage to pay for it.”

The federal Highway Trust Fund provides more than half of the country’s spending on transportation projects and will begin to run dry in July, likely halting the construction of any new transportation projects without action from Congress. This will create a $50 billion hole in states’ 2015 transportation budgets and a $160 billion hole in state budgets over the next decade if left unaddressed.

The federal gas and diesel taxes, which are used to fund this account, have not been updated in over 20 years — despite the desperate need for road and bridge improvements. As a result, the purchasing power of the gas tax is approximately 63 percent of what it was in 1993, and continues to decline. A change to the federal gas tax would not only strengthen purchasing power, it would also create thousands of new jobs and allow states to invest in long-term economic development projects.

The senators’ proposal would increase the federal gasoline and diesel taxes by six cents in each of the next two years for a total of 12 cents. This would provide enough funding to offset current MAP-21 spending levels over the next 10 years and replace all of the buying power the federal gas tax has lost since it was last raised in 1993.

The plan would index the gas tax to inflation, using the Consumer Price Index (CPI), to ensure that it remains viable into the future.

To offset the revenue raised from increasing the gas tax to pay for roads and transportation projects, Murphy and Corker propose providing net tax relief for American families and businesses. Examples of tax relief could include: permanently extending some of the tax provisions in the “tax extenders” bill that already have broad, bipartisan support, creating potentially billions of dollars in permanent tax relief for American families and businesses over the next 10 years alone; or another bipartisan proposal to reduce taxes by at least the amount of revenue raised from the gas tax over the next decade.

Historically, this proposal has received bipartisan support. Presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and George H.W. Bush all raised the gas tax in order to fund the Highway Trust Fund and make infrastructure improvements.

Former Governor and Co-Chair of Building America’s Future Ed Rendell said, “Instead of sitting on their hands as they watch America’s roads and bridges further deteriorate, Senator Murphy and Senator Corker have the courage to step up and offer a real solution. Building America’s Future calls on Congress to follow the Senators’ lead and act decisively to prevent the Highway Trust Fund from going bankrupt. Without more revenue, the Trust Fund will run out of money in August and thousands of critical projects will be cancelled or delayed all over the country and nearly 600,000 jobs could be lost. This would be a major hit to America’s economy and cannot be allowed to happen. This is a time for real leadership and Senators Murphy and Corker have answered that call.”

“A well-designed, modern infrastructure enables the business activity that leads to economic growth, which is exactly why predictable, sustainable, growing sources of revenue are needed to support the federal Highway Trust Fund,” said Janet Kavinoky, executive director of Transportation and Infrastructure at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “We thank Senator Murphy and Senator Corker for their proposal that will generate a constructive conversation in finding a way to fund the investment necessary for our highways, highway safety, and public transportation.”

James T. Callahan, General President of the International Union of Operating Engineers said, “The Operating Engineers appreciate the work Senators Murphy and Corker have done to forge a bi-partisan proposal that secures critically important funding for our nation’s transportation infrastructure. A long-term funding solution brings certainty to transportation planners and the construction industry, while securing hundreds of thousands of family wage jobs for construction workers. Dedicated, multi-year funding is the only solution if we are to rebuild our crumbling roads and bridges the right way. No more quick fixes. No more temporary patches. We urge every lawmaker to support this proposal and to move swiftly before the Highway Trust Fund runs dry.”

“Our transportation network is key to the long-term economic competitiveness and growth of our cities, towns, and suburbs,” said John Robert Smith, Chairman of Transportation 4 America and former Mayor of Meridian, Mississippi. “Communities across the country are stepping up and raising additional revenue to meet their transportation challenges but cannot solve these needs alone. With the Highway Trust Fund set to become insolvent as soon as next month, Senator Murphy and Senator Corker’s proposal takes the important step of ensuring communities will have a strong, reliable federal partner as they invest in their economic future.”

“Americans are willing to pay a little more if it means they will have access to better roads, bridges and transit systems,” said Bob Darbelnet, AAA President and CEO. “It is time for our nation’s leaders to stand with Senator Murphy, Senator Corker and others that support improving our country’s transportation system.”

To read more about the Murphy-Corker proposal, click here.

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Semuttran Pilot Tests BYD Pure Electric Bus in Piracicaba Brazil

June 11, 2014 in BYD, Electric Bus, Electric Vehicles, EV News

Piracicaba, Brazil — Brazilian Transit Operator Via Agile and Piracicaba’s Transit Authority Semuttran have started pilot testing with a pure-electric transit bus from BYD Company Ltd. The purpose of the evaluation is to find ways to reduce transportation costs and unnecessary emissions in and around the city of Piracicaba.

Photo courtesy of BYD

Photo courtesy of BYD

With the rising cost of diesel fuel in Brazil, Semuttran currently has an average operational fuel cost of R$ 0.90/ km (~$0.61 USD/ mile) on their diesel fueled transit fleet. Their fleet travels 93,500 km (57.6 K miles) annually, so the BYD Pure Electric bus would save them R$ 60,775 (~$26,423 USD) each year in fuel (electricity for the eBus is R$ 0.25/km or ~$0.18USD/ mile). These savings are necessary for operators as many cities in Brazil are attempting to expand their transportation footprint to meet growing demand. “Pilot tests have been very positive – if technical and commercial performance fulfills requirements for the system in Piracicaba, the City will foster the use of electrical buses,” said Jorge Akira, secretary of Semuttran. “So far, all reports from the bus drivers have been positive. There is not much difference from a normal bus when driving, since steering, pedals and dashboards are similar,” said Alcides Ferreira, a driver who has been working for Piracicaba transit companies for 17 years.

BYD’s pure-electric bus employs many advanced technologies developed in-house by BYD’s staff of more than 15,000 engineers, such as the advanced environmentally-friendly, Iron-Phosphate (or “Fe”) batteries, in-wheel hub motors and regenerative braking systems. The break-through Iron-Phosphate battery is fire-safe and non-toxic: there are no caustic materials contained in the battery, no toxic electrolytes or heavy metals and can be completely recycled. The BYD electric bus delivers a host of operational and environmental benefits for public transport riders, operators and people in the community – it is very quiet and ensures a comfortable ride without vibrations, jerks or noise associated with the conventional buses and combustion engines. The bus can also drive for more than 155 miles, even in heavy city traffic on a single charge. The bus has completed more than 16 million miles of “in revenue service” and has been evaluated in many major cities all over the world.

About Semuttran

The Secretary of Traffic and Transport (SEMUTTRAN) was created in the Municipality of Piracicaba, Brazil in April 1993 and is linked directly to the Chief Municipal Executive. The Secretariat’s main objective is the management of traffic and transport of Piracicaba, planning, organizing, and overseeing transit and provision of public passenger transport services. For more information, please visit

About BYD

BYD Company Ltd. is one of China’s largest companies and has successfully expanded globally. Specializing in battery technologies, their green mission to “solve the whole problem” has made them industry pioneers and leaders in several High-tech sectors including High-efficiency Automobiles, Electrified Public Transportation, Environmentally-Friendly Energy Storage, Affordable Solar Power and Information Technology and Original Design Manufacturing (ODM) services.

As the world’s largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, their mission to create safer and more environmentally friendly battery technologies has led to the development of the BYD Iron Phosphate (or “Fe”) Battery. This fire-safe, completely recyclable and incredibly long-cycle technology has become the core of their clean energy platform that has expanded into automobiles, buses, trucks, utility vehicles and energy storage facilities. BYD and all of their shareholders, including the great American Investor Warren Buffett, see these environmentally and economically forward products as the way of the future.

BYD has made a strong entrance to the North, Central and South American markets with their battery electric buses, and lineup of automobiles. Their mission lies not just in sales growth, but also in sociological integration and local job creation as they have poured incredible investments into developing offices, dealerships and manufacturing facilities in the local communities they now call home, truly a first for Chinese companies. For more information, please visit

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Nissan delivers 50,000th all-electric LEAF in U.S. to Texas family

May 23, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV enthusiast, EV News, LEAF, Nissan

DALLAS – Nissan, the global leader in electric vehicle (EV) sales, achieved another milestone this month as Dallas residents Todd and Lisa Bolt made Nissan LEAF the first all-electric model to hit 50,000 sales in the U.S. The Bolt family took delivery of their black LEAF SL earlier this month at AutoNation Nissan of Lewisville.

Thanks to enthusiastic owner advocates, robust public charging infrastructure and the launch of a successful free charging promotion, Dallas – and the state of Texas – have become hot growth markets for LEAF. So far in 2014, LEAF sales in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex have grown by about 50 percent over the previous year, with that growth set to accelerate faster thanks in part to the introduction of a new state tax rebate of up to $2,500 on the purchase or lease of a new Nissan LEAF.

“Beyond the simple economics of not buying gas, we’ve been impressed with how well the LEAF drives,” said Todd Bolt, a pastor at Gateway Church in Southlake. “When we show the LEAF off to family and friends, they’re surprised that the car is so quiet and rides so well. The LEAF does everything we need day-to-day, and given the financial savings, I don’t know why we’d buy another gas car.”

Infographic courtesy of Nissan

Infographic courtesy of Nissan

Electric vehicle ownership has taken hold at Gateway Church, where both Todd and Lisa work, after an executive pastor did the math and decided to buy a Nissan LEAF. Now, more than 20 employees are in the fold, jokingly referring to themselves as the “Blessed LEAFs Club.”

Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston are among 10 launch markets for “No Charge to Charge,” a new promotion that provides two years of no-cost public charging to new LEAF buyers who took delivery of their car after April 1, 2014. The national promotion is modeled after a successful pilot program launched in Dallas and Houston last fall with Houston-based NRG eVgo.

“With ‘No Charge to Charge,’ the new EV tax credit and enthusiastic new owners like the Bolt family, Dallas is poised to climb the ranks of leading LEAF sales markets,” said Toby Perry, director, EV Marketing for Nissan. “Texas is a great indicator that the right mix of customer awareness and strategically placed charging can lead to rapid EV adoption, and we expect to use that model to grow our sales in markets across the U.S.”

With nearly 115,000 global sales since launch, Nissan LEAF is the world’s top-selling electric vehicle. LEAF seats up to five passengers and boasts an estimated driving range on a fully-charged battery of 84 miles and MPGe ratings of 126 city, 101 highway and 114 combined. With a starting price of less than $30,000, LEAF is competitively priced with similar gas-powered cars after applicable tax credits, while providing the benefits of lower running costs and less scheduled maintenance.

LEAF is powered by an advanced lithium-ion battery and an 80kW motor that provides a highly responsive, fun-to-drive experience. A Nissan LEAF can be charged to 80 percent of its full capacity in about 30 minutes using its available quick charge port and a quick charger. Charging at home through a 220V outlet is estimated to take approximately five hours with the 6.6 kW onboard charger (approximately eight hours with the S grade’s standard 3.6 kW charger).

About Nissan North America

In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at and, or visit the Americas media sites and

About Nissan

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 236,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at

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Terra Motors announces the procurement of a $10 million round of financing for further expansion into the Asian EV Market.

May 15, 2014 in Electric Scooter, Electric Utility Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, EV News

Tokyo Motor Show 2013 Photo courtesy of Terra Motors

Tokyo Motor Show 2013
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Terra Motors Corporation, Japan’s top electric two & three wheeler developer, manufacturer, and retailer announced the completion of a $10 million round of financing for the expansion of its business into the Asian electric vehicle (EV) market. This round of financing was led by major Japanese venture capital firm Mizuho Capital Co., Ltd.

Toru Tokushige, CEO and founder of Terra Motors said, “Through this funding, we hope to obtain the cooperation of Asian business groups.” He also said, “Generally speaking, electric vehicles tend to be thought of as a means of mobility in Europe and in America. But with regards to electric two & three wheelers, their main market is Asia. More than 30 million units of electric two wheelers were sold in China in 2013, and hundreds of thousands of electric three wheelers have already been sold in India and in Bangladesh because of the high price of gasoline. Therefore, we need to focus on Asian markets.”

This fund will be utilized to expand its business in Asian countries, and to enhance production in Vietnam and in the Philippines.

Terra Motors has its headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, and it has overseas affiliated firms in Vietnam and in the Philippines. This year, the company plans to expand to India, Bangladesh, and in few years, to Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand and other Asian countries. It will enhance the production of “A4000i,” the world’s first electric scooter with smartphone connection capability in Vietnam, and electric three wheelers in the Philippines. Through these endeavors, it plans to achieve 100,000 unit sales in Asian markets by 2015.

Mr. Tokushige added, “In the electric automotive industry, Tesla Motors has a big presence. But if you look at the electric two & three wheeler industry, no company has a similar presence. So our short-term goal is to take the lead in the Asian market just as Tesla has positioned itself as a leader in the electric automotive industry. In addition, our long-term goal is to create a company with rapid growth, beyond the growth of Samsung and Apple.”

Terra Motors’ New Investors

Fenox Venture Capital is a venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley, California. For more information, please visit

Mizuho Capital Co., Ltd is a venture capital firm based in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. For more information, please visit

Shinsei Bank, Limited is a Japanese bank based in Chuo-ku, Tokyo. For more information, please visit

SMBC Venture Capital Co., Ltd. is a venture capital firm based in Chuo-ku, Tokyo. For more information, please visit

AIZAWA SECURITIES CO., LTD. is a financial instruments firm in Chuo-ku, Tokyo. For more information, please visit

Product Information

A4000i, the world’s first electric scooter with smartphone connection capability will be released worldwide this year. We plan to present the A4000i at the International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan in 2014, and we hope to obtain the cooperation of distributors all over the world.

Electric Three Wheeler

We participated in an electric three wheeler bidding project by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Philippine government which will introduce 100,000 electric three wheelers in the Philippines by 2017.

About Terra Motors Corporation

Terra Motors Corporation is an electric two & three wheeler developer, manufacturer and retailer in Japan. Its mission is to devise leading innovations in electric vehicles (EV) in order to create a clean and sustainable society.

The company was established in 2010 and occupies the number one market share in Japan. It is headquartered in Shibuya, Tokyo, and it has overseas affiliate firms in Vietnam and in the Philippines.

Investors include Mr. Nobuyuki Idei (former President of Sony Corporation), Mr. Koichiro Tsujino (former President of Google Japan) and Mr. Kenji Yamamoto (former President of Apple Japan and former Vice-President of Sales at Apple Inc. in the USA).

For more information, please visit

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Charge and Shop: Berkeley Gains Two New EV Chargers at Whole Foods

April 9, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV charging, EV News, Sustainable San Francisco

City of Berkeley’s innovative pilot program expedites electric car charging installation permitting process

NRG eVgo is building a network of more than 200 Freedom Station fast-charging sites as well as the infrastructure to support Level 2 charging at apartments, workplaces, schools and hospitals throughout California. Photo courtesy of City of Berkeley

NRG eVgo is building a network of more than 200 Freedom Station fast-charging sites as well as the infrastructure to support Level 2 charging at apartments, workplaces, schools and hospitals throughout California.
Photo courtesy of City of Berkeley

BERKELEY, Calif.-Two new charging stations for electric vehicles will open today in Berkeley, where the number of electric vehicles is surging.

The new charging stations at the Whole Foods in South Berkeley include a DC Fast Charging station that can add 40 miles of range to an electric vehicle in about 10 minutes. About 350 electric vehicles are registered to Berkeley residents and businesses, an increase of over 70 percent in the last six months.

Whole Foods, on Telegraph at Ashby Avenues, is the first business to participate in a City of Berkeley pilot program to ease the permitting and installation of EV charging stations. The Non-Residential Plug-In Electric Vehicle Charging Station Pilot Program has staff who personally guide businesses through the process. Applications will be accepted through the end of the year.

“It is only natural that we offer EV charging stations at our stores, especially in forward-thinking communities like Berkeley,” said Tristam Coffin, Energy and Maintenance Coordinator at Whole Foods Market.

The City of Berkeley supports the spread of EV infrastructure and the use of electric vehicles as part of the Climate Action Plan’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 33% by 2020. Vehicle travel currently generates over half of our community’s greenhouse gas emissions and driving an EV in Berkeley in place of a conventional automobile can reduce the greenhouse emissions associated with its travel by as much as 70%.

The new EV charging stations installed at the Whole Foods are operated by NRG eVgo and offer DC fast charging and Level 2 charging. Shoppers can use a credit card or subscribe to one of NRG eVgo’s charging plans to pay for charging at Whole Foods EV charging stations.

“The City of Berkeley’s pilot program has expedited the permitting process for electric vehicle charging station installations and enabled us to more quickly deploy the NRG eVgo network for drivers in the area,” said Terry O’Day, Vice President of NRG eVgo in California.

To find out where all public charging stations are located, see the map here: locations.html.

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Scandinavia’s First Lithium Battery Electric Car Ferry Completes Six Months of Winter Operations in the Norwegian Fjords

April 3, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV enthusiast, EV News

MISSISSAUGA, Canada; Hardbakke, Norway –  Electrovaya Inc. (TSX:EFL) is pleased to announce that the KF Hisarøy electric cable ferry has now been sailing between Mjånes and Hisarøy in Norway daily for six months, with flawless operation over the wintery seas in Norway. The ferry’s new propulsion power system consists of a complete rechargeable battery system from Electrovaya in cooperation with Solund Verft, HAFS Elektro & Rør AS and Electrovaya´s subsidiary Miljobil Grenland AS in Norway.

Photo courtesy of Electrovaya

Photo courtesy of Electrovaya

The 100 kWh new prototype battery system is based on Electrovaya’s new generation SuperPolymer®2.0 technology. Electrovaya’s SuperPolymer®2.0 battery system provides excellent performance and reliability with an exceptionally small on-board footprint. The battery system is an important step forward for the global maritime industry and a major step towards replacing diesel generators with a greener, toxic–free alternative form of energy. The owner of the vessel is Wergeland AS and Gulen Skyssbåtservice operates the ferry.

The battery electric ferry can save up to approximately 180,750 liters of fuel consumption over its expected lifetime. That has a potential to save about 500 tonnes of emissions; 480 tonnes of CO2, 9 tonnes of particulate matter and volatile organic compounds, 2 tonnes of carbon monoxide and 2 tonnes of other type of emissions.  The Electrovaya lithium ion battery also eliminates all fuel exhaust including the usual carcinogens from diesel exhaust.

The Cable Ferry is operating approximately 10 round-trips per day between the mainland and the Hisarøy Island, a round trip distance of about 1.6 kilometers. The Cable Ferry is driven by two winches on-board and Electrovaya’s on-board Lithium Ion battery system is recharged on the mainland between the round trips and over-night.  KF Hisarøy is built to carry 49 passengers and 6 cars.

Photo courtesy of Electrovaya

Photo courtesy of Electrovaya

According to a study by Zero, “Mapping of the potential for battery operation of ferries in Norway,” 47 of a total of 125 ferry connections are relevant for battery operation now, with 34 relevant for battery operation in the future. The Norwegian maritime market is expected to be a key driver of battery electrification. By avoiding the use of fossil fuels and instead relying on Norway´s hydroelectric power production, there will be a significant reduction of CO2 and NOX emissions into the atmosphere. In addition there will be no noise from the diesel engines and no carcinogens from diesel exhaust.  Recent studies by the World Health Organization outlined the large quantity of carcinogenic gases produced by diesel exhausts and elimination of diesel exhaust is of major interest worldwide.

“Solund Verft, Electrovaya, Miljobil and its Norwegian partners are very well suited for additional maritime opportunities” said Hans Wergeland, the owner of KF Hisarøy. “This market is expected to grow to substantially over the coming years, as the demand for environmentally friendly, zero carbon foot-print energy solutions increases. There is growing pressure from the International Maritime Organization and government agencies around the world to move away from fossil-fuel propulsion and hoteling energy solutions.”

“We are delighted to be working with Electrovaya and Miljobil Grenland.” says Svein-Tore Eide, General Manager of Solund Verft AS, the ship building company responsible for the project. “This will be the first battery electric cable and road ferry in Norway and there are also other ferry projects under discussion.” Mr Eide continues “Our customer Wergeland AS also currently operates a diesel driven cable ferry between Duesundøy and Masfjordnes and this ferry is targeted for conversion to electric in the near future.” Mr. Eide says “We selected Electrovaya due to its in-depth understanding of the energy storage system market, its high level of assistance during the design phase and its leading-edge technology.” Mr. Eide concludes “We are excited about the opportunity to partner with Electrovaya and Miljobil on future opportunities in Norway and elsewhere.”

“Electrovaya is pleased to participate in the development of this maritime battery.” says Paul Hart, Chief Financial Officer of Electrovaya. “Electrovaya’s break-through energy technology addresses the Global problems of Climate Change, the reduction of Greenhouse and carcinogenic gases and demonstrates Norwegian leadership in replacing diesel-driven motors. This project enables us to investigate the technical challenges of such systems and positions Electrovaya as a leader in this emerging industry.”

About Electrovaya Inc.

Electrovaya Inc. (TSX:EFL) designs and manufactures proprietary Lithium Ion SuperPolymer® batteries, battery systems and energy storage related products for the clean electric transportation, portable energy, utility scale energy storage, smart grid power, consumer and healthcare markets. The Company’s unique & proprietary technology includes a manufacturing process which does not use any toxic chemicals.  Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Mississauga, Canada, Electrovaya has production facilities in Canada and customers around the globe. To learn more about how Electrovaya is powering mobility and storing energetic electrons, please explore

About Solund Verft AS

Solund Verft AS is a privately owned shipyard in western Norway just north of Bergen, and builds and repairs ferries, fishing vessels, coastal freighters, well Boats, Barges, boats and various specialized vessels. It has very good local relationships with ship-owners, constructors and yards, and many subcontractors have local ties and address in the county. Its facilities include a dock with a “Syncrolift” ship lift system with a capacity 1000 tons for building and dry-docking boats on land. The Yard is capable of building and servicing boats of up to 75 metres in length at shore. The Yard has also recently built a ship hall for indoor work. To learn more about Solund Verft AS, please see

This article is a repost (4-2-14), credit: Electrovaya.

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China is now the world’s largest net importer of petroleum and other liquid fuels

March 24, 2014 in China, EIA, EV News, Oil

Graph courtesy of EIA

Graph courtesy of EIA

In September 2013, China’s net imports of petroleum and other liquids exceeded those of the United States on a monthly basis, making it the largest net importer of crude oil and other liquids in the world. The rise in China’s net imports of petroleum and other liquids is driven by steady economic growth, with rapidly rising Chinese petroleum demand outpacing production growth.

U.S. total annual petroleum and other liquids production is expected to rise 31% between 2011 and 2014 to 13.3 million barrels per day, primarily from tight oil plays. In the meantime, Chinese production will increase at a much lower rate (5% over this period) and is forecast to be only a third of U.S. production in 2014.

On the demand side, China’s liquid fuels use is expected to reach more than 11 million barrels per day in 2014, while U.S. demand hovers close to 18.9 million barrels per day, well below the peak U.S. consumption level of 20.8 million barrels per day in 2005. U.S. refined petroleum product exports increased by more than 173% between 2005 and 2013, lowering total net U.S. imports of petroleum and other liquids.

China has been diversifying the sources of its crude oil imports in recent years as a result of robust oil demand growth and recent geopolitical uncertainties. Saudi Arabia continues to be the largest supplier of crude oil to China and in 2013 provided 19% of China’s 5.6 million barrels per day. Because production levels from Iran, Libya, and Sudan and South Sudan dropped since 2011, China replaced the lost shares of crude oil and other liquids imports from these countries with imports from Oman, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, Angola, Venezuela, and Russia.

Principal contributor: Candace Dunn

This article is a repost, credit: US Energy Information Administration.