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Ryder with Nikola for New Class 8 H2 Truck

December 2, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen, New Products, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ryder Named ‘Exclusive Nationwide Distribution & Maintenance Provider’
For Zero-Emission, 1,000-HP Class 8 Truck Aiming to Revolutionize Industry,
Nikola Plans Leasing and a Vertical Network of Hundreds of Fueling Stations:
Worthington for Cryogenic H2 Transport & Compressed Onboard Fuel Cylinders

Salt Lake City-based Nikola Motor named Ryder System “as its exclusive nationwide distribution and maintenance provider” as it yesterday evening unveiled the zero-emission Class 8 truck with which it hopes to revolutionize the trucking industry.
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Chrysler Claims the First Minivan Hybrid

December 2, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, milestones, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Pacifica PHEV Fuel Economy Is Rated at 84 MPGe,
With 33 Miles on Battery Only, Assembly in Windsor

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is talking up the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid as the first-ever PHEV/plug-in hybrid electric vehicle minivan, crediting “e-Flite” EVT/electrically variable transmission technology for an all-electric range of 33 miles and a miles-per-gallon-equivalent fuel economy rating of 84.
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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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Honda Clarity Fuel Cell: $369 Per Month

November 18, 2016 in Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Hydrogen Fuel Is Included Too: Up to $15,000 Worth

American Honda said today that its hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell sedan will be in California dealerships by year-end, and that the zero-emission car will lease for $369 per month.
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More Orange EV Yard Trucks for Nolan

November 18, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, money available, trucking by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Indiana Firm Operates Multiple Units, New York Approves Vouchers

Indiana-based Nolan Logistics is taking delivery of its either 100% battery-electric T-Series terminal truck, reports Kansas City-based manufacturer Orange EV.
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BYD & Wayne Unveil Battery Refuse Truck

November 18, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, New Products, refuse by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘The Operating Costs Are Substantially Less’

BYD and Iowa’s Wayne Engineering have unveiled a battery-electric refuse truck they say could be a “game-changer for municipal waste management.”
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New Flyer Battery 60: Altoona, LA, and AC

November 8, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, fuel cells, Hydrogen, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First of the All-Electric Artics Are for LA Metro & AC Transit

New Flyer’s fully battery-powered, 60-foot articulated transit bus is to undergo U.S. Federal Transit Administration Altoona testing, the company said today. New Flyer describes the vehicle as “the industry’s first 60-foot electric heavy-duty transit bus.”
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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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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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