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BYD for All-Battery Trucks, Buses, Lifts

May 7, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, industrial, New Products, refuse, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Small to Large for Chinese EV Leader at ACT Expo 2017

BYD, the automotive arm of a large Chinese battery manufacturer that says it’s the world’s largest producer of electric vehicles, is continuing its North America push by showcasing its latest advancements in battery-electric buses, trucks and materials handling equipment here at ACT Expo.
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Mitsubishi Fuso’s All-Battery eCanter

May 7, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, batteries, delivery vehicles, EVs, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Daimler Batteries Slash the Cost of Onboard Energy Storage

Mitsubishi Fuso displayed its 100% battery-electric eCanter delivery truck at ACT Expo. The Daimler affiliate plans to offer a limited number of trucks for lease in the U.S., beginning in September, for $1,000 per month, said product management director Otto Schmid.
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Motiv to AmeriPride: 30 More e-Trucks

March 7, 2017 in batteries, delivery vehicles, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Operator Claims a Record for the Textile Delivery Sector

Power Systems is spreading the word this morning that it’s supplying an additional 20 all-electric delivery vans to AmeriPride Services, making for a total of 30.
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Microvast Batteries for U.S. e-Bus Market

February 12, 2017 in batteries, Companies, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Chinese Battery Supplier Sets Up an Office in Texas

Microvast has established a sales office outside Houston for its heavy duty lithium ion battery systems. The Chinese manufacturer says “expects to put its first e-buses on the road in 2017” in the U.S.
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EnerDel Names NEDDA as Distributor

December 2, 2016 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, Hybrids, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New England Detroit Diesel Allison for Replacement Bus Packs

EnerDel has named Boston area-based New England Detroit Diesel Allison Power Products as a distributor for its Vigor+ ESS/energy storage systems for buses with the Allison H40/50 EP parallel hybrid electric drive.
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Workhorse Plans a PHEV Pick-up Truck

November 8, 2016 in batteries, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Reports Letters of Interest from Duke Energy, Orlando,
Says W-15 Will Be First-Ever Electric Pickup from OEM

Workhorse is developing a range-extended electric pickup with a 2018 production target, the company said yesterday. Duke Energy is supporting the effort with a letter of interest, as is the city of Orlando, Workhorse says.
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Workhorse Reports 200-Unit E-Gen Sale

September 15, 2016 in ACT Expo 2016, batteries, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, Hybrids, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Purchase Order with a Major Industrial Company’

Workhorse has “entered into a purchase order with a major industrial company” for 200 of its E-Gen range-extended electric trucks, the company said in an SEC filing earlier this month.
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TransPower’s New ElecTruck Catalog

September 13, 2016 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Technology, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

San Diego Company Emphasizes Battery Electric ‘Trucks that Work:’
Emission-Free Class 8 Road and Drayage Vehicles, and School Buses
As Cylindrical Geometry Battery Cells Boost Efficiency & Range by 60%

San Diego-based TransPower is advising customers about its augmented “ElecTruck” line of heavy duty fully battery electric trucks and related equipment – available too with hydrogen fuel cell and hybrid power. TransPower products – in real-world service since late 2013 – range from individual components to full blown kits for the conversion of new of existing trucks.
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Proterra Extends Range to 350 Miles

September 12, 2016 in batteries, Electric Drive, EVs, New Products, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Nominal’ Figure for New Catalyst E2 Battery Bus Series,
Vehicle Topped 600 Miles at the Laurens Proving Grounds

Proterra has launched a new all-battery transit bus variant, trumpeting a “nominal” single-charge range of up to 350 miles for the Catalyst E2 with 440 to 660 kilowatt hours of battery capacity. updated September 14
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Cruise Car’s Battery Ambulances

August 26, 2016 in batteries, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Lithium Batteries Coming Next Year for Low-Speed Vehicle Line

Florida-based Cruise Car continues to promote its line of robust low-speed electric vehicles for professional use, recently spreading the word about an ambulance plat for use on commercial and university campuses, military bases, city centers and airports.
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FZ SoNick Opens Facility in Illinois

August 23, 2016 in batteries, Companies, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Lab, Test and Repair Center for Zebra Sodium Nickel Batteries

A fully battery-electric refuse truck powered by Zebra batteries operated by the Department of Streets & Sanitation in Chicago (F&F, September 16, 2014).

A fully battery-electric refuse truck powered by Zebra batteries operated by the Department of Streets & Sanitation in Chicago (F&F, September 16, 2014).



A 38-amp-hour, 182-kilogram (401-pound) Z5-557-ML3X-38 Fiamm Zebra nickel-salt battery pack on display by Motiv Power Systems.

A 38-amp-hour, air-cooled, 182-kilogram (401-pound) Z5-557-ML3X-38 Fiamm Zebra nickel-salt battery pack on display by Motiv Power Systems.

The new U.S. unit of Switzerland’s Fiamm, manufacturer of Zebra brand sodium nickel or nickel-salt batteries, has begun staffing a laboratory, test and repair center in Elgin, just outside of Chicago. The firm expects the facility to be fully operational by September 1, says Kara Haag, general manager of the new FZSoNick, Inc.

The new Fiamm unit was incorporated this past May, she told F&F.

Fiamm took ownership of the Zebra sodium nickel battery technology in 2011, Haag notes. The sodium nickel batteries are manufactured in Switzerland and are comparable in energy density to lithium batteries on a pack-to-pack basis, she says.

Safer

They are also safer, she says, as the sodium nickel technology has none of the thermal runaway – i.e., fire – issues associated with some lithium battery designs.

“Fiamm SoNick sodium nickel storage batteries do not require maintenance yet guarantee durability and reliability,” parent Fiamm says on its website.

Good for the Cold

“The safety of these batteries makes them especially suitable for mobile applications such as cars, vans and buses. The battery has an internal working temperature of 270°C [518°F] which guarantees high performance and durability regardless of the ambient temperature.”

Ford F-59 strip chassis with Motive Power System drive and Fiamm/FZSoNick Zebra batteries at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Ford F-59 strip chassis with Motiv Power System drive and Fiamm/FZSoNick Zebra batteries at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

Packs Only

The sodium nickel batteries are thus highly suitable for cold-climate vehicle operations.

Haag notes that unlike some other battery suppliers, Fiamm and FZ SoNick sell only battery packs, not individual cells.

The new FZSoNick, Inc. will exhibit at The Battery Show next month (September 13-15) in Novi, Mich.

Fiamm Zebra-powered all-battery transit bus in Spain

Fiamm Zebra-powered all-battery transit bus in Spain


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Source: Fiamm FZ SoNick with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Romeo Power for Custom Battery Packs

August 19, 2016 in batteries, Companies, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Firm Promises to Provide High Performance Custom Solutions
‘Optimized to Outperform Any Battery Systems on the EV Market

Santa Monica, Calif.-based Romeo Power is hitting the market with a line of battery packs it says “are optimized to outperform any battery systems on the EV market today.”
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Federal $4.5 Billion for EVs and EVSE

July 22, 2016 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure, investments, milestones, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Up to $4.5 Billion in Loan Guarantees for Charging,
Dozens of OEMs, Utilities, Government Groups Joining
Together to Support ‘An Unprecedented Set of Actions’

The Obama Administration is maintaining its support for electric vehicles with gusto, detailing yesterday a plan for as much as $4.5 billion in loan guarantees to support the commercial-scale deployment of innovative electric vehicle charging facilities.
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EnerDel Lithium for STM’s Hybrid Buses

July 18, 2016 in batteries, Electric Drive, Hybrids, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Vigor+ Packs Replace Original NiMH Units in Nova Bus Vehicles

EnerDel’s lithium ion ESS (energy storage system) battery packs have been chosen by Canada’s STM, the Société de Transport de Montréal, to replace original nickel metal hydride battery packs in eight Nova Bus transit vehicles with Allison parallel hybrid electric drives.
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CCW Upgrades the ZAPS Battery Pack

July 5, 2016 in batteries, Electric Drive, EVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Energy Capacity Boosted 20% with No Weight Penalty

Complete Coach Works reports an upgrade to the lithium ion battery packs for its ZEPS/zero emission propulsion system for refurbished transit buses – to 365 kilowatts-hours from the initial 311 kilowatt-hours.
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Intersil Offers New Lithium Ion Monitor

June 20, 2016 in batteries, Electric Drive, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

ISL78610 Monitors & Balances Up to 12 Lithium Ion Cells

Milpitas, Calif.-based Intersil is promoting a new monitoring unit for 12-cell lithium ion battery modules.
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Proterra Trumpets Seattle Catalyst Trial

April 1, 2016 in batteries, Electric Drive, EVs, milestones, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Heavily Laden 40-Footer Averaged 325 Miles per Day

Battery bus manufacturer Proterra has released the results of a 106-day trial of a 40-foot Catalyst FC (fast-charge) bus with King County Metro in Seattle. The vehicle ran 24 hours per day to simulate one year and, with 14,500 pounds of water ballast representing 125% of a normal full load of 77 passengers, logged 32,545 total miles – “nearly twice the distance of standard industry tests at Altoona,” Proterra says. updated April 4
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