Event Notice: Cars, Electrical Cars and the Consumers

The Shanghai Foreign Correspondents' Club Presents: Old Wang Gets Mobile – Cars, Electrical Cars and the Consumers A Lunchtime Talk with Yale Zhang and Klaus Paur 1 Oz 3 Wednesday, May 6th, 12pm (talk starts at 12.30pm) With the Chinese car market overtaking the US in the first quarter of this year, and the big US car makers in deep trouble, can China save the industry? Are China’s own b…

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Adura Power Trains Look to Enter China eBus Market

Following my post on Al Gore's thoughts on how the US needs to play capture the flag with China for electronic car supremacy, I was alerted to the SF Gate article Electric power-train firm eyes China's buses by Earth2tech that highlights the efforts of Bay Area firm Adura to cooperate on electrifying China's buses. It is an example of what I believe is the right way for the US, and its firms to e…

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US Fears China Cleantech Dominance. Why?

Early on in my time in China, it was clear to me that the system in China was well suited for developing technologies that would become leader in the cleantech space. They were investing in battery technologies that were going to power mobile phones and laptops to be exported in consumer goods, but the underlying investments were going into developing car/ truck technologies. At the same time, t…

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Varoom! 40% of Cars in China are Hybrid or Electric by 2025

It is not often that you see a chart that looks as good as this one, but in the recent article China gears up for green cars push, this chart is a main feature for hope The article rightly points out that between this day and that though, there are going to be some obstacles: "Among bottlenecks holding the industry back are weak battery technologies, battery charging networks, electricity suppl…

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Will China and US Move Together to Address Sustainability

In his speech last week, Seeking Pathways for U.S.-China Cooperation on Energy and Climate Change, John Podesta once again addressed the fact that the US and China need to begin acting as one to address the issues we face going forward. His focus was "global warming" by name, but the topics he covered were varied: air pollution, water management, agriculture, and transportation, and like many spe…

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60,000 Alternative Fuel Vehicles to Hit Streets by 2012

Not sure what to make of this other than to resign myself to the fact that 60,000 alternative fuel vehicles to hit the streets by 2012 is a start.... but given over 600,000 vehicles were sold in February 2009 alone, we have such a long way to go before popping the bubbly. It is much like the DHL Go Green program, where 43 trucks (of more than 1500) being advertised as a green option, in a sense a…

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Greener Logistics

When promoting the topics of sustainability, it is important to not only bring up the issues, but to also highlight those who are taking steps. Agility Logistics is one of those firms. A group that I have known for a while now, and who have been open about the challenges that face their industry, their recent efforts to work with their clients have begun to take shape. Something their recent re…

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China City Planning Should Serve as a Model for Others

Quite often, when one reads an article that includes "China" and "sustainability", it is more likely to be about something that has happened or to announce that China is the largest emitter or CO2. So, with this series, I would like to focus on how China's urban planning is a model for others.  It is something few understand unless they have been here, and I myself required years working with rea…

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China’s Green Potential: As Seen from Washington

Last week in Washington, DC, the folks who created the famous carbon abatement cost curve for the U.S. were on Capitol Hill to talk about China’s potential for greening its economy. Jonathan Woetzel, director of McKinsey & Company’s Shanghai Office presented highlights from their recent report, “China’s Green Revolution,” and offered suggestions about where US and China could work together.…

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Shanghai’s New Green Bus Fleet Additions

A couple of articles this morning that offered some details on a couple of "Green" transportation programs that Shanghai residents can look forward to: Eco vehicles for Expo site as part of low-emissions pledge from the Shanghai Daily details the announcement that to support the expo a thousand environmentally friendly buses and cars will be added to: The vehicles will be used to help the Expo zo…

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