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Electric Car Projects Have the Most Buzz for Green Investors (part 3)

With the latest round of funding, CODA has raised more than $125 million. The company plans to use the money not only for launching its first car, but also making lithium-ion batteries for powering the vehicles. Its investors include Aeris Capital, EDB Investments, Countyline and Angeleno Group.

The carmaker has also formed a joint venture, called Lio Energy Systems, with Chinese company Lishen Power Battery. CODA plans to manufacturer the chasis and batteries in China to take advantage of its cheap labor and deliver 14,000 cars by the end of 2011. Most of the car components would be assembled in China. Coda wants to do the final assembly in California and is looking for a location for the factory.

Electric Car Projects Have the Most Buzz for Green Investors (part 2)

GM plans to launch its first plug-in hybrid car, the Chevy Volt, toward the end of this year. The carmaker announced yesterday it'll launch a smart phone app that allows Volt owners to remotely control certain features of their cars, such as scheduling battery charging, checking battery-charge levels and starting the car.

Ford (F) is working on a similar app for its electric cars, including the electric Focus, scheduled for launch in 2011. The carmaker has also teamed up with Microsoft (MSFT) to create an Internet-based service that will allow car owners to decide when is the best (and cheapest) time to charge their cars.
 

Electric Car Projects Have the Most Buzz for Green Investors (part 1)

Investors' bullishness over the electric car business is showing no signs of abating. On Wednesday, a startup electric carmaker CODA Automotive said it has bagged $58 million in venture capital for the launch of its first vehicle.
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The company is one of several startups that have received hefty private backing for developing electric cars, batteries and car-charging technologies. In fact, venture capital investments for transportation technology overtook solar during the first quarter of this year, according to research firm Cleantech Group.

Can a Shell be a Biofuel? (part 2)

ethanol made from Brazilian sugar cane produces approximately 70% lower CO2 emissions from production than conventional petrol, and with Biofuels predicted to account for as much as 30% of the world road transport fuel mix by 2050, this is a smart and profitable move. Doing the right thing is a theme that Just4theplanet has captured during our reports and Shell are most certainly proving to its customers that they are investing into environmental alternatives that will benefit not only the environment but also their financial bottom line.

Can a Shell be a Biofuel? (part 1)

brazil sugar cane shell biofuel

Vegetable oil diesel or Biofuels in general are a prolific source of energy and Shell were the world’s biggest distributor of Biofuels in 2009. During 2010 they signed an agreement with Cosan to form a joint venture for producing ethanol from sugar cane in Brazil; a shift from petrochemical to Biofuels is surely a massive first step for this world leader. Their movement towards Corporate Social Responsiblity is encouraging.

Limitation of Urbanization: shortage of water resources, power supply and infrastructure in Beijing

Urbanization may be the most efficient method of development and the best method of resources conservation in the relately stable state of population and resources. But when the population is growing rapidly, the public facilities, infrastructures and resources supply can't keep up the pace. Thus it will bring a series of problems. Therefore, there's also a limitation for urbanization. For example, when we refer to Beijing, China, the resident population in Beijing of "11th Five-Year Plan" is expected to be 16.25 million. But in fact, at the end of 2009, the resident population in Beijing is about 17.55 million. This number was much more than that of the target of "11th Five-Year Plan" in Beijing, China.

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