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Workhorse Horsefly Drone Flies for UPS

February 22, 2017 in Aviation, delivery vehicles, EVs, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Milestone Trial of a Horsefly Residential Delivery Drone
Launched from the Top of a Workhorse UPS Hybrid Truck:
‘Incorporates Drone Delivery into Day-to-Day Delivery Operations’

UPS has successfully tested a UAV/unmanned aerial vehicle by Workhorse for rural residential package delivery service, launching the “Horsefly” drone from a battery electric truck, also supplied by Workhorse.
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Lion Bus Eyes California Factory

February 14, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, manufacturing, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Literally Redefined School Bus Standards with Its eLion’

Top officials in Sacramento are talking up a plan whereby Quebec’s Lion Bus (Autobus Lion) would manufacture its eLion all-battery Type C school bus in California.
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Rocky Mtn High Speed & AC Charging

February 6, 2017 in EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

PacifiCorp’s Rocky Mountain Power for Interstate Corridors
And Regional Communities: DC Fast and AC Level 2 Charging,
Plus 200 EVs for Businesses and More Than 13,800 Rentals

PacifiCorp has been designated for a $3.9 million federal grant for its Rocky Mountain Power unit to install electric vehicle chargers in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. The “Electric Avenue” EVSE/electric vehicle support equipment grant will also, states an RMP release, “help businesses purchase 200 EVs and more than 13,800 electric rental vehicles.”
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BAE-Gillig e-Buses for Walnut Creek

February 2, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Four Buses for Town in Suburbs of San Francisco:
‘First Zero-Emission Transit Solution for the Area’

Four 100% battery electric buses with drivelines by BAE Systems for Walnut Creek, in Contra Costa County east of San Francisco, are the first by vehicle manufacturer Gillig and the “first zero-emission transit solution for the area,” according to a BAE blog post.
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UQM & Meritor Team for Electric Axles

February 2, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Reduced Emissions Through Much Higher Levels of Vehicle Electrification’

Electric motors, controls, and software from UQM Technologies and mechanical drivetrain components from Meritor will be integrated under a new strategic alliance, UQM said today, with the goal of “improved fuel economy and reduced emissions through much higher levels of vehicle electrification.”
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Blue Bird Corp Taps TransPower for e-Bus

January 31, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, money awarded, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The Project Is Supported by a $4.4 Million DoE Award
As Manufacturer Says It Will Explore V2G Connections

Blue Bird has tapped Southern California’s TransPower and says it will look at V2G/vehicle-to-grid technology as it develops a battery electric school bus. The project is backed by a $4.4 million award from EERE, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. updated February 6
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Cal Floats ZEV Plan and Utilities Step Up

January 24, 2017 in EVs, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Vehicles, Cap-and-Trade Are Key as California Air Resources Board
Floats Aggressive Plan to Slash GHG Emissions by 40% Below 1990’s
By 2030 – ‘the Most Ambitious Target in North America,’ Agency Says

Utilities were quick to get onboard last week as the California Air Resources Board released its proposed plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 – “the most ambitious target in North America.”
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BYD Battery Buses for UC Irvine – 20

January 23, 2017 in EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Southern California School Says It’s ‘First College Campus
In the Nation to Convert Its Buses to an All-Electric Fleet’

The University of California, Irvine, said today that it’s “poised to be the first college campus in the nation to convert its buses to an all-electric fleet,” as students have agreed to pay $15 million for 20 all-battery buses from BYD.
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Coast-to-Coast BYD Trucks for Sanitation

January 23, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, refuse by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Class 6 Collection Truck with Wayne for Los Angeles Demo
As New York City Sanitation Gets a Class 5 Battery Box Truck

BYD continues its push to bring fully battery electric vehicles to the vocational trucking sector. An all-battery Class 6 collection truck is be demonstrated for Los Angeles Sanitation this week, and a Class 5 vehicle, likewise 100% battery-electric and configured as a box truck, will be tested by DSNY, the New York City Department of Sanitation.
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New Flyer’s Record e-Drive Bus Deliveries

January 20, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, fuel cells, Hydrogen, milestones, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

This Past Year Saw a 48% Equivalent Units Increase Over 2015:
‘Zero-Emission Acceptance Has Now Hit a Breakthrough Level,’
As Momentum Continues with Wrap of December’s MARTA Trial

New Flyer’s deliveries of electric buses “reached their highest level in company history” in 2016, the manufacturer reports, citing battery-electric, trolley-electric, and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.
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More Proterra Buses for King County

January 10, 2017 in EVs, Fleet Order, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Seattle Agency Is to Buy 120 All-Battery Buses by 2020,
And as Many as 73 will be Proterra Buses, County Says

Seattle’s King County Metro Transit said today that it will purchase 120 all-electric battery buses by 2020. “As part of this commitment, Metro will purchase up to 73 battery buses from Burlingame, Calif.-based Proterra,” states a county release. Eight 40-foot Proterra buses are to be deployed this year and 12 more in 2019.
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West Coast Cities Want LOTS More EVs

January 10, 2017 in ACT Expo 2016, ACT Expo 2017, EVs, municipal fleet by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Mayors Ask Automakers to Increase Production
To Aid Them in the Fight Against Climate Change,
As Many as 24,000 May Be Purchased for Their Fleets

The mayors of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle today released the nation’s first multi-city request to the automobile industry to help municipalities reduce fuel and maintenance costs by deploying increased numbers of electric vehicles.
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ChargePoint Future with ‘Express Plus’

January 10, 2017 in Companies, EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Modular High Power ‘Designed for the Next Ten Years…’
The New EVSE System ‘Completes the Technology Offering
Required to Make Fully Electric Transit a Reality,’ Firm Says

ChargePoint has unveiled a high-power electric vehicle charger line dubbed “Express Plus,” stating that the modular system “charges up to eight times faster than today’s mainstream fast chargers” and is “designed for the next ten years in transportation technology.” The new EVSE/electric vehicle support equipment offering is key to making electric transportation a commercial reality the company claims.
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Honda Hybrid to Be Made in America

January 9, 2017 in Companies, EVs, Hybrids, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

OEM Emphasizes Automobile Electrification & U.S. Manufacturing

Honda said today that it’s readying a new hybrid electric vehicle, to be built in America for nationwide launch in 2018. The new car is part of the “Honda Electrification Initiative, which will expand the company’s portfolio of electrified vehicles,” the OEM said.
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Schaeffler Group for e-Mobility Drives

January 9, 2017 in Companies, Conference/Meeting, EVs, Hybrids, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Standout 48-Volt Axle Technology at NAIAS in Detroit
As German Manufacturer SeeBig Potential Promise in U.S.

Germany’s Schaeffler AG and its U.S. affiliates are promoting driveline equipment to reduce fuel consumption “while increasing comfort and driving dynamics,” emphasizing in particular a 48-volt system with an electric rear axle to aid the internal combustion engine that drives a hybrid vehicle’s front wheels at NAIAS, this month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit..
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Evatran for Faster Plugless WEVC Units

January 5, 2017 in Companies, EVs, EVSE by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Shipping 7.2-Kilowatts Systems for the Tesla Model S
Like-Powered Kits for BMW i3 Promised for Mid-Year

A “self-charging car?” The Virginia-based Evatran Group has begun shipping 7.2-kilowatt Plugless brand wireless electric vehicle charging units for the Tesla Model S – they are priced at $4,120 per car and provide 20 to 25 miles of range per hour of charging. WEVC kits for the BMW i3 are promised for mid-2017 at $3,499.
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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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