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Piedmont Adds to CNG Infrastructure

December 1, 2016 in CNG, Companies, EVs, Infrastructure, municipal fleet, NGVs, refuse by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Private and Public Stations in North Carolina

Piedmont Natural Gas, citing “tremendous growth in demand for compressed natural gas,” is adding CNG fueling infrastructure.
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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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EVgo Celebrates 800th DC Charger

November 10, 2016 in event, EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

And Will Launch New Northern California Network Next Week
EVgo, which claims the nation’s largest public-access network of fast DC chargers for electric vehicles, says it’s opened its 800th such installation, at a SaveMart store in Madera, Calif.
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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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Qualcomm Supports Preh’s WEVC Work

November 8, 2016 in Companies, EVs, EVSE, WEVC by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Germany’s Preh to Employ Qualcomm Halo Technology

Qualcomm has disclosed an agreement with Preh GmbH for the German supplier of automotive power electronics and connected vehicle systems to use Qualcomm Halo technology in WEVC/wireless electric vehicle charging products.


qualcommpreh“Preh will include Qualcomm Halo WEVC technology in its product portfolio and will focus on commercializing WEVC systems for plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers,” Qualcomm says.

“Based on the agreement, Preh intends to develop, make and supply WEVC systems based on Qualcomm Halo technology.”

Double D Magnetics

Preh is developing automotive WEVC systems based on Double D magnetics, Qualcomm says, “which deliver high power, superior performance in an industry-leading small vehicle package size.”

Qualcomm wireless charging VP/GM says in the release that his company’s technology “covers all aspects of WEVC systems, allowing Preh to deliver highly efficient, safe and flexible systems to meet the market needs.”

Preh was founded in Germany in 1919. The present-day Preh is a unit of China’s Joyson Group.


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Source: Qualcomm with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

 

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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Charging Providers Laud White House Plan

November 7, 2016 in EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘A Big Step Forward’ – ‘The Future Is Now’

Electric vehicle charger providers embraced a White House plan to establish coast-to-coast EV charging infrastructure. Key to the plan is first-ever U.S. DoT/Federal Highway Administration sanction of 48 EV charging corridors covering nearly 25,000 miles in 35 states.
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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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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



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