Here’s the latest action we’re following this morning on the GreenBeat:
Jatropha draws biofuels skeptics – The biofuels-producing plant (pictured), once thought to have great potential, is now being criticized for being undependable, Reuters reports. While it can be grown on marginal land, the plant yields less unless cultivated in fertile conditions.
Mazda to launch electric vehicle — The car would be priced under $36,350 after subsidies and become available for leasing in Japan in the spring of 2012, Reuters reports.
BYD and Daimler reach final design on electric car — Images were leaked in China of the final design of an electric car that will be produced in a partnership between Chinese green car company BYD and Daimler, the WSJ reports. The companies are aiming to finish the car by 2012, and make it available to Chinese car buyers by 2013, according to an anonymous source.
Honeywell to partner with Haier — Haier is China’s largest home appliances maker and will join with Honeywell to collaborate on energy-efficient offerings in appliances, heating, building automation and mass transit. Greentech Media notes the deal will give Honeywell entrance to the attractive demand response market in China.
Companies: BYD, Daimler, honeywell, Mazda