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200 More Workhorse E-Gen Vans for UPS

October 14, 2016 in ACT Expo 2015, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Follow-On Order Is a First for the Industry, Says CEO

UPS has confirmed that the order for 200 E-Gen vans reported by Workhorse last month is indeed for UPS, stating that, “Equipped with lithium ion batteries and a range-extender engine, these trucks will deliver significant fuel economy equivalency gains, approximately four times the fuel economy of a gasoline powered vehicle.”

1.008 to Celebrate Nat’l Hydrogen Day

October 7, 2016 in Electric Drive, event, fuel cells, Hydrogen, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Honda Pledges New Clarity Car, DoE Pledges $30 Million

Advocates of hydrogen as a vehicle fuel and hydrogen fuel cell-powered electric drivelines are gearing up for tomorrow, October 8, as National Hydrogen Day, “aptly chosen,” says the U.S. Department of Energy, for hydrogen’s atomic weight of 1.008.

XL Hybrids Two Dozen+ for Maryland

September 27, 2016 in Electric Drive, Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Montgomery County Takes 15-Unit Add-On

Maryland’s Montgomery County has taken 15 additional Ford vans with the XL3 hybrid electric driveline upfit from XL Hybrids, XL said today. The county now has 25 Ford cargo vans with the fuel-saving XL3 drive.

NYC Fleet’s 500 EVs, ePrix Signed for 2017

September 22, 2016 in Electric Drive, event, EVs, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Mayor Vows to Grow to ‘Nearly 1,000 by the End of 2017’
As All Non-Emergency Sedan Orders Are to Be for EVs,
Brooklyn Will Host Two Fia Formula E Races in 2017 Too

New York City is racing ahead with its NYC Clean Fleet, “a comprehensive plan to create the largest electric vehicle fleet of any U.S. city.” The City is announcing this week that it now operates more than 500 EVs, and that all of its non-emergency sedan orders in fiscal year 2017 will be electric.

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.

XL3 Diesel Reach Van Has DoE Backing

September 15, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, Hybrids, milestones, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Small Business Vouchers Pilot on Isuzu-Utilimaster Platform

XL Hybrids reports funding from the U.S. Department of Energy under DoE’s SBV/Small Business Vouchers Pilot program. XL’s efficiency-boosting hybrid electric upfit, tradenamed XL3, will be tested at DoE’s Argonne National Laboratory on an Isuzu Reach commercial van with Utilimaster body.

BYD Expanding Plant in Lancaster, Calif.

September 14, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, manufacturing by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Important Step in Plan to Triple Employment in Three Years’

BYD broke ground yesterday on the “Phase II” expansion of its plant in Lancaster, Calif., where the BYD America branch of the Shenzhen, China-based company already employs some 400 people. Activities there include engineering, production, quality control, procurement, and customer service in support of BYD’s all-battery buses.

ChargePoint, BMW, VW Wrap Corridors

September 13, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Nearly 100 DC Fast-Charge Units on East & West Coasts

ChargePoint and BMW said today that they’ve completed, with partner Volkswagen, electric vehicle charging corridors on the East and West Coats of the United States.

'Take an electric road trip...' graphic courtesy ChargePoint via BMW media

‘Take an electric road trip…’ graphic courtesy ChargePoint via BMW media

EV drivers “can now travel the most heavily-trafficked corridors,” states a release, “with the installation of 95 new DC Fast charging stations as part of the Express Charging Corridors Initiative.”

Both 24- and 50-kilowatt units are available, depending on location. The ECCI project was announced early last year (F&F, January 23, 2015).

Branches from the main Corridors extend to such popular destinations as Cape Cod, the Hamptons, and the Jersey Shore in the East, and to Lake Tahoe and the Napa and Sonoma Valleys in California, the partners note.

50-Mile Intervals

“The chargers are strategically positioned both within and between relevant metropolitan areas, spaced approximately 50 miles apart, in convenient locations with access to restaurants, shopping centers, rest stops, and more,” the companies says.

The DC fast-charge stations “have been installed within a few miles of major highways, prioritizing both safety and convenience.”

‘An Easy Choice for Anyone’

“We make driving electric an easy choice for anyone,” ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano says in today’s announcement. “The Express Charging Corridors extend the power of the existing ChargePoint network to simplify long-distance travel for EV drivers and enable more people to make an EV their primary vehicle.”

BMW, VW and ChargePoint say they “are providing drivers with the ability and confidence to enjoy longer distance driving and recharge their electric vehicles quickly, ultimately leading to greater electric vehicle adoption.”

ChargePoint notes that its customer EV drivers “have completed more than 18 million charging sessions, saving upwards of 17.3 million gallons of gasoline and driving over 430 million gas-free miles.” The company late last month installed its 30,000th EV charging station (F&F, August 30).

Specific corridor locations can be located on the ChargePoint website.

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Source: ChargePoint & BMW with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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.

UQM Unveiling New EV Motor Inverter

September 13, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Latest PowerPhase Unit Is Smaller and Lighter

UQM Technologies is trumpeting a new PowerPhase brand electric vehicle motor inverter at this week’s Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Expo in Michigan.

“The new inverter is designed for extremely high reliability,” UQM says. It provides 135 kilowatts of peak and 100 kilowatts of continuous power for light and medium duty commercial EVs and high performance passenger vehicles, “with a very compact form factor for optimized packaging, high reliability and low cost.”

UQM Technologies sales & marketing VP Adrian Schaffer

UQM Technologies sales & marketing VP Adrian Schaffer

The unit occupies less than 7 liters of space and weighs less than 10 kilograms (22 pounds), and can produce 600 amperes at voltages up to 500.

“We Continue to Expand Our Reach’

“The next generation inverter marks another advancement for UQM as we continue to expand our reach in the commercial EV market and offer the latest technology to our customers,” UQM sales and marketing VP Adrian Schaffer said in a release.

“Our team looks forward to sharing this initial product unveiling with key customers and industry colleagues before we release it to the market as a whole,” he said.

‘PowerPhase Pro’ for 2018

The new inverter will feature in a new UQM PowerPhase Pro driveline that’s to be production-ready in 2018.

Schaffer is participating in a panel session at the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Expo conference tomorrow morning, Wednesday, September 14. The event runs concurrently with The Battery Show, September 13-15 in Novi, Mich.

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Source: UQM Technologies with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Nat’l Drive Electric Week – Right Now

September 12, 2016 in Education, Electric Drive, event, EVs, EVSE, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

U.S. Fleet of Plug-Ins Is Expected to Hit Half a Million,
EVgo Is Offering Free Charging in More than 50 Markets,
ChargePoint Is Offering 10% Off on Home Charging Units

National Drive Electric Week 2016 is in full swing – and it comes as industry watchers expect the U.S. total of plugged-in vehicles to hit 500,000.

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

CHBC Plans Ports Hydrogen Workshop

September 11, 2016 in Electric Drive, event, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Los Angeles Event for Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Solutions
As a New Report on Fuel Station Financing Is Released

The California Hydrogen Business Council will host a one-day workshop on available hydrogen and fuel cell solutions to meet the emissions reduction goals of ports on November 10.

CHBClogoThe gathering at the Banning’s Landing Community Center at the Port of Los Angeles is to feature presentations from port authority officials, terminal operators, trucking companies, and hydrogen and fuel cell technology providers. It will include tabletop exhibits.

Separately, CHBC has released its official report on the two-day Financing the 101st Station workshop held this past June in Pasadena. CHBC convened 28 experts who discussed their experiences related to financing, fueling station models and automotive plans for FCEVs – fuel cell electric vehicles.

‘The Market Has to Evolve’

“One of the clearest results of the workshop is that the market has to evolve more for private financing to kick in and for public funding in California to end,” CHBC executive director Jeff Serfass said in a release.

“Only with a supportive national policy for vehicle deployment and infrastructure, will the nation will see the benefits of the billions of dollars invested by private industry,” Serfass said.

CHBC Fall Meeting in Sacramento Next Month

“We can’t expect each state to provide the kind of funding being applied in California, and there is a limited future for FCEVs in the U.S. if they are sold only in California.”

CHBC's fueling station finance workshop this past June in Pasadena.

CHBC’s fueling station finance workshop this past June in Pasadena.

“Eventually,” states a CHBC report summary, “station economics will become sufficiently interesting to attract private capital, but that will take a number of years, even in California.”

CHBC’s annual fall California Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Summit will take place October 5-6 in Sacramento California. The fall CHBC Summit will be preceded by a CHBC member day, with committee and sector action group meetings on October 4.

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Source: CHBC with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Nikola Now Plans Hydrogen for Trucks

August 30, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, Infrastructure, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

And Intends to Be 100% Vertically Integrated for Fuel

Start-up Nikola Motors said today that its planned line of Class 8 trucks will be fully zero-emission – they will be hydrogen fuel cell-powered.

Proterra Buses for Illinois MetroLink

August 29, 2016 in CNG, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, NGVs, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two 40-Foot All-Battery Vehicles for Moline-Based Agency

Proterra said Friday that the Illinois Quad Cities’ MetroLink transit organization is going forward with the purchase of two 40-foot Proterra XR electric buses this autumn, “with the potential to significantly expand their zero emission vehicle fleet over the next four years.”

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.

Orange EV Is Now Cal HVIP-Eligible

August 24, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, money available by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Incentives of $95,000 Per Battery Electric Truck,
Plus New Trucks Are Available as Well as Repowers

Kansas City-based Orange EV said this morning that its 100% battery electric T-Series Class 8 terminal truck in eligible for $95,000 in purchase support in California via HVIP, the state’s Hybrid & Zero-Emission Truck & Bus Voucher Incentive Project.

The vehicles have been operating for 24 hours or more per charge in railroad intermodal, LTL freight, manufacturing, retail distribution, waste management and warehouse container handling applications, the company says.

Pure battery-electric Orange EV yard hostler takes a charge.

Pure battery-electric Orange EV yard hostler takes a charge.

“Businesses and organizations with fleets in California can get a preliminary voucher amount of $95,000 per truck, increasable up to $120,000 and stackable with other incentive programs to lower initial purchase price,” states today’s release.

An Easy Application Process

“California HVIP vouchers dramatically simplify and speed up the process of obtaining funds, thereby accelerating vehicle deployment,” chief commercial officer Mike Saxton says in the announcement.

“Orange EV’s T-series and the corresponding voucher amount are all pre-approved, eliminating uncertainty and enabling fleets to execute deployment plans without having to go out-of-pocket for the additional capital,” he said.

Make It Up on Fuel

“The balance can be financed, further reducing initial cash outlay and helping fleets pay the balance from savings in large expense items like diesel fuel,” the company says.

Orange EV spread the word last week that it is now offering new-chassis vehicles, as well as upfits of existing terminal trucks to full battery power.

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Source: Orange EV with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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