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ZapGo Carbon-Ion for Battery ‘Pods’

October 3, 2017 in Airports, batteries, Companies, EVs, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fast-Charge Technology Expected to Slash Down Times
In Autonomous Electric Vehicles Now Operating in the UK

UK- and North Carolina-based ZapGo (aka Zap&Go) is promoting a hybrid battery design that allows for super-fast charging via a combination of supercapacitor and conventional battery technologies.
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Toyota Hybrids: Made in the USA

September 28, 2017 in Companies, Hybrids, manufacturing by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Highlander Among the Hybrids Getting U.S.-Made Parts

Toyota is investing $373.8 million in five U.S. plants. The initiative supports the U.S. manufacture of parts for its first American-produced hybrid powertrains, and implementation of TNGA – Toyota New Global Architecture – in Alabama.
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BYD Expands Its U.S. Battery Bus Factory

September 25, 2017 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, milestones, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$22 Million for Expansion to 450,000 Square Feet
As eBuses Near Price Parity with Competing AFVs,
IndyGo Orders as Many as 75 All-Battery 60-Footers

BYD, the busy builder of all-battery buses, has completed a $22 million expansion of its factory in Lancaster, Calif. – a former RV plant that’s expected to soon employ more than 600 people, able to produce some 1,500 buses annually.
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Nikola Taps Bosch for Class 8 Powertrain

September 22, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Expertise & Portfolio Help Start-Ups Go from Concept to Execution’

Utah’s Nikola Motor will use Bosch eAxle technology in its hydrogen fuel cell-powered Class 8 truck, a powerful over-the-road vehicle that’s to hit the market in 2021. “The eAxle will use proven commercial vehicle electric machine technology and SMG (separate motor generator) motors from Bosch,” Nikola says.
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BorgWarner Cabin Heater for a New EV

September 21, 2017 in Companies, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Delivering Critically Important Technology Solutions’

BorgWarner continues to step up its presence in electric-drive vehicles, disclosing today that it’s supplying an efficient passenger cabin heater for a new electric vehicle from “a globally known EV automaker.”
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Proterra Range Mark, Batteries with LG

September 19, 2017 in batteries, Companies, EVs, milestones, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

1,100-Plus Miles on a Single Charge for 40-Foot Bus
And Ramping Up Battery Packs with New Lithium Ion Cell
As FTA Makes New Awards Under the Lo-No Program

Proterra reported this morning a run of 1,101.2 miles by a 40-foot all-electric transit bus on a single charge. The 100% battery busbuilder is also talking up development of battery packs with LG Chem a using a new lithium ion cell optimized for transit applications, and a host of new FTA-supported orders.
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BMW’s 373-Mile EV: ‘i Vision Dynamics’

September 15, 2017 in Companies, EVs, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘A New Form of Electrifying Driving Pleasure,’ Automaker Says

BMW has announced a luxury electric vehicle with a single-charge range of 600 kilometers – 373 miles – and says that with the four-door i Vision Dynamics, it’s introducing “a new form of electrifying driving pleasure.”
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EnerDel Trumpets 20 Million Transit Miles

September 13, 2017 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, Hybrids, maintenance, milestones, transit, WEVC by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Milestone for Vigor + Lithium Ion Replacement Units

“Vigor+” brand lithium ion replacement battery packs – ESS units, for energy storage systems – for hybrid buses have logged more than 20 million miles of service and “are playing a major role in fueling the company’s resurgence as a major U.S. manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion battery systems,” according to a release yesterday.
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Best Betters Batteries on Hybrid Buses

September 8, 2017 in batteries, Companies, maintenance, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Best Hybrid Batteries Cites $40K Savings on One Vehicle

“By performing important preventative maintenance on the battery packs,” says Shorewood, Ill.-based Best Hybrid Batteries, a customer operating transit vehicles with Allison parallel hybrid drivelines was able to stave off battery replacement on the vehicle, saving some $40,000.
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Cummins Unveils Class 7 Battery Truck

August 29, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

TM4 Motors Power New All-Electric ‘Urban Hauler EV’

Cummins took the occasion of a technical tour in Columbus, Ind. this morning to unveil a fully electric, Class 7 demonstration Urban Hauler EV tractor. Built by Roush, the new “Aeos” truck boasts efficiency equivalent to more than 30 miles per diesel gallon.
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Tote LNG Progress: Jaxport and Hawaii

August 25, 2017 in Companies, HHP Summit 2017, LNG, Marine, ports by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Jacksonville Barge Bunkering Closer as LNG Plant Approved
And Tote Orders Four LNG-Ready Ships for New Hawaii Service

Tote Maritime has extended its congratulations to Jax LNG, noting that the joint venture between Pivotal LNG and NorthStar Midstream has received an LoA/letter of acceptance from the U.S. Coast Guard to operate a new waterfront liquefied natural gas plant and terminal at Dames Point in Jacksonville, Fla.
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LG Plans Michigan Facility for EV Parts

August 25, 2017 in Companies, EVs, manufacturing by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$25 Million Investment Includes R&D Expansion

Korea’s LG has announced plans to invest $25 million – backed by a $2.9 million capital grant under the Michigan Business Development Program over the next four years – to manufacture electric vehicle power components in the Detroit suburb of Hazel Park.
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ChargePoint Grows Its Office in Arizona

August 22, 2017 in Companies, EVs, EVSE by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Scottsdale to House Global Service and Quality Operations

ChargePoint opened an office in Scottsdale last week, noting that its number of electric vehicle charging sites in Arizona more than doubled in the past year. The new office will be used for expanded “support and quality operations,” and by year-end is to employ upwards of 50 full-time people.
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Ryder Backs Chanje, Its Third EV Partner

August 15, 2017 in Companies, delivery vehicles, Electric Drive, EVs, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Initial Order Placed for New All-Battery Delivery Trucks:
‘An Innovative Product That Will Help Reshape the Industry’
With Initial Deployments in California in the Coming Weeks,
Following Earlier EV Partnerships with Workhorse & Nikola

Ryder System will be the exclusive sales channel partner and service provider for Chanje, the California-based medium-duty electric vehicle and energy services company which announced plans for a new line of all-battery trucks late last week. The first are to be deployed in California within 30 days.
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What’s Changed at Chanje? Ryder

August 15, 2017 in Companies, delivery vehicles, Electric Drive, EVs, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘A Commercial All-Electric Truck Available at Mass Scale
In the U.S. Market, a First for the Industry,’ Says Company,
Which Now Has Ryder System as Sales and Maintenance Partner

Los Angeles-based Chanje Energy has announced its all-new V8070 as “a commercial all-electric truck available at mass scale in the U.S. market, a first for the industry.” Chanje, born of the defunct Smith Electric Vehicles and the short-lived Nohm, gains credence by partnering via a sales/leasing and maintenance partnership with Ryder System (F&F, August 15).

This item was initially posted on August 11
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Amp Americas Gets $47 Million for CNG

August 11, 2017 in Biomethane, CNG, Companies, investments, NGVs, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

EIV Money to Help ‘Scale and Execute Our Aggressive Growth Plans’

Amp Americas said yesterday that it’s secured a $47 million equity commitment from Houston-based EIV Capital, a private equity firm focused on the energy industry.
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TruStar Energy Fosters CNG Fueling

August 11, 2017 in CNG, Companies, Infrastructure, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The Company’s New Modular CFS Offering
Keys Strategy Aimed at New Fleet Adoption

TruStar Energy expects to be pumping some 80 million gasoline gallon equivalents of compressed natural gas annually by the end of 2017, as the Fortistar subsidiary executes a strategy of deliberate growth. One or two new TruStar branded CNG stations are expected per year as the company’s new modular, no-cost-to-the-customer “CFS” paves the way toward CNG adoption by new fleets.
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