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Cars of the Future – Far Away from Detroit?

Positive Future #18 (Feature photo – Uniti Electric Car – photo courtesy of UNITI) Swedish company Uniti, will be shortly launching its own brand of a small electric car. This car, however, comes with five years of free charging from solar sources. Production is planned in a completely digital environment thanks to a foundation partnership with Siemens and other global leaders. These partnerships enable simple and scalable automated manufacturing with minimized capital outlay. Uniti will be sold directly online and delivered to your door, or through consumer electronics retail environments. Our target is mass accessibility with first deliveries targeted for 2019. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign…

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United Parcel Service – Expands Electric Trike Service

Positive Future #16 (Feature photo –– courtesy of UPS) United Parcel Service just announced that it was implementing a new form of transportation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It’s an electric bike (actually covered e-trike) for local delivery. The effort is in part due to UPS’s participation in a program called Vision Zero Fort Lauderdale. The UPS use of electric bike technology goes back 5 years when original testing was done in Germany. The entrance into Florida was preceded earlier by the entrance of the e-trike into Portland, Oregon. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Powering 30,000 Homes from a Battery?

Positive Future #15 (Feature photo – Tesla Headquarters – Windell Oskay – CCA 2.0 Generic) It was a $50 million dollar bet, when South Australia needed a rapid solution to handle “peak” power issues. Problems of access to gas for gas fired generation plants left parts of the nation in blackout mode earlier this year. Tesla, Inc. promised that the company could install the world’s largest back-up battery in less than 100 days to solve a problem that could not be solved conventionally. Tesla won the bet and made history in the process. You can read the full story at this link: https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/-tesla-installs-worlds-largest-lithium-ion-battery-in-australia.htm Want More? – Sign up below Special…

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Mercedes Electric Buses

Positive Future #14 (Feature photo – Older Version of the EVOBus – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) While the new Mercedes electric bus is working to reach commercialization by mid-2018, there is a much larger issue at stake. Some of the world’s top economists from Oxford University have come forward with a rather simple, but compelling warning. Without a healthy natural world, there is no basis for an economy. The economists explain that much of the value that economies create is built upon a natural foundation — the air, water, food, energy and raw materials that the planet provides. While there are now several major electric bus manufacturers (BYD from China…

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Big Oil – Helping Car Manufacturers Go Electric?

Positive Future #13 (Feature photo – Shell Oil Depot – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Shell Dutch Oil is one of the largest oil companies in the world as well as one of the world’s largest companies. Shell is partnering with Daimler (Mercedes Benz) BMW, Ford and Volkswagen to install fast-charging stations throughout Europe. Plans are to install 80 or more superchargers along highways in Europe by 2019 and 400 by the end of 2020. Shell reports that electric car growth could displace almost 800,000 barrels of oil a day by 2025. For the complete story go to: https://cleantechnica.com/2017/11/28/shell-partnering-top-auto-manufacturers-ionity-ev-superfast-charging-network/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IM-cleantechnica+%28CleanTechnica%29

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The New World – Trains

Positive Future #12 (Feature photo – Trains of the New Silk Road) While much of the global news is focused on acts of bad behavior, our focus on the events of the larger world are compromised. Even while technology seems to be the darling of human evolution, few things can compare to the reshaping of relationships in the world around the trains that define the new silk road. It is a train system sponsored by China that is for the first time in history connecting the continents of Asia, Europe and Africa with a ”freight train” system. For the first time in history, freight trains from china are traveling to…

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Financial Investing – Taking Gas Engines to the Mat

Positive Future #11 (Feature photo – Basic Internal Combustion Engine – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Over the past few months, the dollar signs have been off the charts relative to car manufacturer spending on electric car development. Volkswagen made news recently by announcing that it will spend $40 billion over the next five years on electrification of its cars and autonomous driving technology. Ford has committed $4.5 billion over the next few years on electric car development. Not to be outdone, General Motors plans to introduce 20 electric car models over the next six years. Between manufacturer spending and consumer spending on plug-in electric cars, the pool of money competing…

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Autos in Transition

Positive Future #10 (Feature photo – Renault Zoe – CCA SA 4.0 International) Word is out that a car rental company in Dubai (one of the world’s wealthiest global cities of almost 3 million people) is offering an electric car rental for as little as $1.50 per hour. SelfDrive, an online car rental company in Dubai is offering the deal that includes free charging. Even though you have to rent the car for a minimum of 24 hours, it’s a great deal. The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority is helping by allowing all electric cars to charge free at any one of its 90 charging stations: Read the full story…

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World’s First Solar-Powered Train

Positive Future #9 (Feature photo – Indian Railway System – CC-by-sa PlaneMad/Wikimedia https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Railway_network_schematic_map.png)   The future of the world is no longer the arena of powerful nations – or any nation for that matter. In their struggle to move up the economic chain, the nation of India is helping re-invent the world while it re-invents itself. India, a nation with four times the population of the U.S., just launched the world’s first solar-powered train. It’s simple, but more importantly it begins to go around the colossal logistics and price of oil. India is not just experimenting with solar trains, but developing local solar projects to augment the operations of existing…

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Post Office – At a Major Crossroads

Positive Future #8 (Feature photo – U.S. Postal Truck – public domain) The weather events of 2017 – particularly hurricanes and wildfires – had more than just an effect on buildings and infrastructure. There were massive farm production losses associated with those weather events. Little question that civilization is trying to minimize its footprint in order to stabilize climate. The U.S. Postal system is at a crossroads on what it will do with its global warming footprint. The postal service has some 200,000 vehicles in its fleet, most of which now need replacing. Around 163,000 are right-hand light duty vehicles used for carrier delivery. These vehicles were purchased between 1987…

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