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It’s rare for the unveiling of a municipal bus to draw a celebratory crowd or inspire enthusiasm of any sort. But that was the mood at a ceremony in Santa Monica, CA, in August when Big Blue Bus, the city’s public-transportation agency, rolled out its first zero-emission, battery electric bus (BEB) as part of a pilot plan to deliver an entirely clean-energy, zero-emission fleet of 200 by 2030. advertisement Tech-savvy onlookers marveled at the BEB’s innovative features, particularly its high-speed, over-the-air connectivity, which allows for remote diagnostic analysis, enabling on-the-go software upgrades, as well as real-time vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-environment communication, and the ability to interconnect with other transit systems. Such attributes demonstrate how the so-called Internet of Things will help the agency build an efficient fleet, reduce maintenance costs, provide safer streets, and create greater sustainability. Two weeks later, a … [Read more...] about Battery Electric Buses: the innovative technology that’s re-energizing urban mass transit
The market made moderate gains in the week ended November 8, as the bulls lost some footing after Moody's, citing growth concerns, downgraded India's credit outlook to negative from stable.The correction was warranted as there has been a rally of more than 4 percent since Diwali. In fact, the market has surged nearly 13 percent to scale a new high on the Sensex since September 20, the day the Finance Minister cut the corporate tax rate to 22 percent and came out with other measures to boost growth.The market is likely to continue to march upwards, especially after Q2 earnings and consistent FII inflow, but if a correction happens intermittently, it should be used as a buying opportunity because a correction during a bull run is always healthy, say experts.Close "It is important to understand that Moody's had only lowered the outlook and not downgraded India's credit rating. In the present global context of extensive fiscal stimulus to counter the slowdown, slight fiscal slippage is not … [Read more...] about RIL, ICICI Bank among 5 brokerage picks that can return 11-17% in 8-12 months
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Shares of Amber Enterprises India gained 2.8 percent intraday on November 11 after reporting a strong set of earnings in the September quarter.The stock has rallied more than 40 percent in the last nine months. It was quoting at Rs 987, up Rs 13.60, or 1.40 percent, on the BSE at 1042 hours IST.Amber, the prominent solution provider for air conditioner OEM/ODM, continued its strong performance, beating revenue estimate by 10 percent. The Room Air Conditioner (RAC) volumes grew at an impressive 127 percent YoY, as continued demand for RACs even in a lean season and new customers supported the growth.Close The skew in product mix toward Indoor Units (IDUs) led to lower gross margins, which in turn restricted EBITDA growth. The operating performance of subsidiaries was encouraging, with better performance on the margin front. related news Bull run intact? Experts say Moody's India downgrade may only have short-term implications Eicher Motors Q2 FY20: Weak numbers, … [Read more...] about Amber Enterprises reports strong Q2 earnings; should investors buy, sell or hold?