Recharge Wrap-up: Bagram Airfield makes biodiesel from used cooking oil, Falken developing PHEV SUV tire

Shenzen, China To Fund $799 Million In Green Car Programs

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Shenzhen, China will fund up to $799 million in electric vehicle initiatives. Programs will include customer incentives, building charging infrastructure and other programs meant to reduce the cost of owning and driving EVs (tax exemptions, free parking, etc.). Government and transport agencies will also be updating their fleets with green vehicles. Shenzhen hopes to have 35,000 plug-in and fuel cell vehicles on the road by 2017, up from the current 10,000. The city is home to 15 million people, as well as to electric automaker BYD, which also stands to benefit from the government initiatives. Read more from E&E Publishing, and at Hybrid Cars.

The US Air Force base of Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan will make biodiesel from used cooking oil. Springboard Biodiesel's BioPro 380EX and SpringPro T76 systems can make up to 200 gallons of biodiesel per day for use in diesel-powered vehicles. Diesel fuel can be very expensive in Afghanistan. "We've heard estimates north of $10 per gallon," says Springboard Biodiesel CEO Mark Roberts. "The BioPro systems made by Springboard will enable the base to produce high-quality biodiesel fuel for less than $1 per gallon - not to mention, biodiesel made from used cooking oil burns up to 90 percent cleaner than regular diesel." Read more from Biodiesel Magazine.

Falken is creating a tire specifically designed for plug-in hybrid SUVs. The tire is intended to offer both low rolling resistance for increased fuel economy, as well as the necessary characteristics for dynamic driving in a larger vehicle. Falken first submitted the concept tires on the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV II pictured above, which debuted at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The outer third of the tire offers low rolling resistance and water management features for driving in the wet. The inner third of the tires copy the curved shape of motorcycle rubber for improved cornering. Read more at Hybrid Cars.

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