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California Releases 2016 ZEV Action Plan

October 18, 2016 in EVs, milestones, Publications by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘1.5 Million Zero-Emission Vehicles on California Roadways By 2025:’
‘Transportation Electrification Beyond Individual Passenger Vehicles’

Click image or here to access the 2016 ZEV Action Plan (direct PDF link).

Click image or here to access California’s 2016 ZEV Action Plan (direct PDF link).

California Governor Jerry Brown has released a new plan for zero-emission vehicles in the state. The document detail “new actions” to help “build California’s ZEV market, remove barriers to future market growth and ensure this transition benefits our state and its residents.”

The goal is 1.5 million ZEVs, both hydrogen fuel cell and fully battery electric vehicles, “on California Roadways By 2025,” states the 2016 ZEV Action Plan.

More State Fleet ZEVs

The Plan addresses medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, as well as zero-emission technologies for public transit and freight transport: “While light-duty ZEVs are the most visible step forward toward transportation electrification, the state’s transportation and climate goals require a broad, multi-modal approach to transportation electrification beyond individual passenger vehicles.

The plan includes six broad goals for the California state government to advance ZEVs:

  • achieve mainstream consumer awareness of ZEV options and benefits;
  • make ZEVs an affordable and attractive option for drivers;
  • ensure convenient charging and fueling Infrastructure for greatly expanded use of ZEVs;
  • maximize economic and job opportunities from ZEV technologies;
  • bolster ZEV market growth outside of California; and
  • lead by example integrating ZEVs in to state government – with the establishment of “new goals for state fleet ZEV purchases so that 50% of annual light-duty fleet purchases are ZEVs by 2025.” (emphasis added)

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Source: Office of Governor Jerry Brown with F&F follow-up

Tritium to Show New DC Fast-Chargers

October 16, 2016 in Companies, EVs, EVSE by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Veefil Tradename for 50-, 22-, and 12-Kilowatt Units,
Connected, 50-Kilowatt Veefil UT Is Designed for Fleets

Australia’s Tritium is adding 12- and 22-kilowatt DC fast-chargers to its Veefil production line, augmenting an existing 50-kilowatt Veefil unit – and adding connectivity to the 50-kilowatt offering, a feature aimed specifically at fleets.

Tritium's new Veefil chargers

Tritium’s new Veefil chargers

“Tritium’s philosophy is to work closely with its customers to tailor our products to their requirements, and from our discussions with them on what they really need we have developed three new products, including one specifically for the fleet market, which we will be marketing internationally,” commercial director Paul Sernia said in a release (emphasis added).

“All the new products provide the same benefits as the original Veefil. The (50-kilowatt) Veefil UT is available now and the (12-kilowatt) Veefil WP and Veefil 22kW will be ready to ship early 2017,” he said.

A Range of Four DC Fast-Chargers

“These new charging products now create a Veefil range of four chargers – with all the chargers sharing Tritium’s unique technology (including liquid cooling),” says the new product release. All are both CHAdeMO- and SAE Combo- compatible.

The products will be shown this week at eCarTec, which runs October 18-20 in Munich.

Tritium notes further that

  • the connected-for-fleets 50-kilowatt Veefil UT has been designed specifically for energy and utility companies worldwide – and is “the first fast charger designed to connect directly to the grid.” It is “a solution for metering, switch gear and protection systems in a single unit,” Tritium says, “significantly reducing installation and maintenance costs;”
  • the 22-kilowatt Veefil DC fast charger is similar to the company’s original 50-kilowatt unit, but is designed to give customers more options in locations dependent on a lower power supply; and
  • the compact 12-kilowatt Veefil WP DC fast charger, “designed specifically for the workplace and ideal for fleet applications,” fits easily into existing car parking areas and can provide 120 kilometers (about 75 miles) of charge in two hours.

The Veefil line’s aluminum chassis and liquid cooling allow the units to operate in a wide range of climactic conditions with increased reliability and reduced maintenance.

In addition to its EVSE/electric vehicle support equipment products for DC fast-charging, Tritium promotes BMS/battery management systems and inverters for EVs. Tritium and California-based ChargePoint announced distribution deal for the United States last year (F&F, March 27, 2015).

Tritium badge may be seen on this detail of U.S.-based ChargePoint's CPE200 'Express 200' DC fast-charger.

Tritium badge may be seen on this detail of U.S.-based ChargePoint’s CPE200 ‘Express 200’ DC fast-charger.

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Source: Tritium with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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.”

Canada’s Elix Claims Safer WEV Charging

October 13, 2016 in EVs, EVSE, New Products, Technology, WEVC by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Rotating Permanent Magnets to Reduce Radiation
As Vancouver Company Gets China Investment Boost

Vancouver-based Elix Wireless is promoting a method of electrical wireless power transfer – MDC, for magneto-dynamic coupling – it says is safer for electric vehicle charging in that it emits far lower levels of potentially hazardous electromagnetic radiation than competing inductive charging technologies.

New MOSFET for Faster EV Charging

October 6, 2016 in EVs, EVSE, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Cree/Wolfspeed Claims First-Ever 1,000-Volt SiC Unit

“Wolfspeed’s new 1000-volt silicon carbide metal–oxide–semiconductor field-effect transistor ‘offers system designers ultra-fast switching speeds with a fraction of a silicon MOSFET’s switching losses,’ says parent Cree.

“Wolfspeed’s new 1000-volt silicon carbide metal–oxide–semiconductor field-effect transistor ‘offers system designers ultra-fast switching speeds with a fraction of a silicon MOSFET’s switching losses,’ says parent Cree.

A new MOSFET, said to be the industry’s first-ever 1,000-volt silicon carbide unit, can enable a 30% reduction in component count, a three-fold increase in power density, a 33% increase in output power – and lower cost, says manufacturer Wolfspeed, a Cree Company.

“Wolfspeed’s technology enables smaller, more efficient charging systems that provide higher power charging at lower overall cost,” Wolfspeed CTO John Palmour said in a release.

“This market requires high efficiency and wide output voltage range to address the various electric vehicle battery voltages being introduced by automotive suppliers,” he said.

‘Ultra-Fast Switching Speeds’

“Wolfspeed’s new 1000V SiC MOSFET offers system designers ultra-fast switching speeds with a fraction of a silicon MOSFET’s switching losses,” Palmour added.

“The figure-of-merit delivered by this device is beyond the reach of any competing silicon-based MOSFET.”

With silicon carbide, “Designers can reduce component count by moving from silicon-based, three-level topologies to simpler two-level topologies.” The company says.

MOSFET stands for metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor.

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Source: Cree/Wolfspeed with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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.

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

ChargePoint Boasts 30,000 Charge Points

August 30, 2016 in Companies, EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Mission Is to Get Everyone Behind the Wheel of an EV’

ChargePoint is celebrating the installation of its 30,000th electric vehicle charging station. The company says it’s powered 407 million gasoline-free miles for more than 450,000 EVs on U.S. roads. updated August 31

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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