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GreenPower’s e-Bus Goes Commercial

August 29, 2017 in EVs, money available, school buses by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Cites 11 Commitments from Six Cal School Districts,
Predicts a Big Bump in Business Behind VW Settlement,
Leases Manufacturing Space and Prepares to Build More

Citing state agency funding, GreenPower Motor reports purchase commitments for 11 of its new Synapse 72 all-battery school buses from six California school districts – and predicts that money from the Volkswagen diesel settlement could give a big boost to the nascent battery school bus industry.
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Motiv eRefuse Truck Pair for Los Angeles

August 25, 2017 in EVs, EVSE, Fleet Order, refuse by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Order for Two Vehicles Follows EV Specialist’s
Experience in Chicago & Truck for Sacramento

Motiv Power Systems is talking up an order for two of its 100% battery electric refuse trucks for the Los Angeles Sanitation Department. “This marks the third metropolitan area in the United States that will utilize and benefit from Motiv-powered, all-electric, zero-emission refuse trucks in their communities,” the company says.
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LG Plans Michigan Facility for EV Parts

August 25, 2017 in Companies, EVs, manufacturing by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$25 Million Investment Includes R&D Expansion

Korea’s LG has announced plans to invest $25 million – backed by a $2.9 million capital grant under the Michigan Business Development Program over the next four years – to manufacture electric vehicle power components in the Detroit suburb of Hazel Park.
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TM4 Talks Up 500 Workhorse EV Orders

August 23, 2017 in delivery vehicles, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Sumo MD Powertrains for Battery & Extended-Range Trucks

Canada’s TM4 has disclosed an order for 500 of its Sumo MD brand electric drivelines for E-100 all-battery and E-Gen range-extended electric vehicles by Workhorse.
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Proterra e-Buses for San Joaquin RTD

August 23, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

California Agency to Go All-Electric on BRT Route This Month,
Will Be the First Bus Rapid Transit Operator in the U.S. to Do So
The San Joaquin Regional Transit District in California’s Central Valley will convert its express BRT/bus rapid transit route full to electricity this month, says Proterra, which is supplying the Stockton-based agency’s all-battery vehicles.
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ChargePoint Grows Its Office in Arizona

August 22, 2017 in Companies, EVs, EVSE by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Scottsdale to House Global Service and Quality Operations

ChargePoint opened an office in Scottsdale last week, noting that its number of electric vehicle charging sites in Arizona more than doubled in the past year. The new office will be used for expanded “support and quality operations,” and by year-end is to employ upwards of 50 full-time people.
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Ryder Backs Chanje, Its Third EV Partner

August 15, 2017 in Companies, delivery vehicles, Electric Drive, EVs, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Initial Order Placed for New All-Battery Delivery Trucks:
‘An Innovative Product That Will Help Reshape the Industry’
With Initial Deployments in California in the Coming Weeks,
Following Earlier EV Partnerships with Workhorse & Nikola

Ryder System will be the exclusive sales channel partner and service provider for Chanje, the California-based medium-duty electric vehicle and energy services company which announced plans for a new line of all-battery trucks late last week. The first are to be deployed in California within 30 days.
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What’s Changed at Chanje? Ryder

August 15, 2017 in Companies, delivery vehicles, Electric Drive, EVs, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘A Commercial All-Electric Truck Available at Mass Scale
In the U.S. Market, a First for the Industry,’ Says Company,
Which Now Has Ryder System as Sales and Maintenance Partner

Los Angeles-based Chanje Energy has announced its all-new V8070 as “a commercial all-electric truck available at mass scale in the U.S. market, a first for the industry.” Chanje, born of the defunct Smith Electric Vehicles and the short-lived Nohm, gains credence by partnering via a sales/leasing and maintenance partnership with Ryder System (F&F, August 15).

This item was initially posted on August 11
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BYD 60-Footers for ART/Albuquerque

August 11, 2017 in EVs, Fleet Order, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Twenty All-Battery K11 Vehicles by the End of 2017

BYD has delivered the first of 20 of its K11 model 60-foot all-battery buses for Albuquerque Rapid Transit, and pledged this week to deliver the remainder of an order of 20 by year-end.
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Faraday Future Furthers Factory

August 9, 2017 in Companies, EVs, investments, manufacturing by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Discloses Lease on Facility in Central California,
Hopes to Produce FF 91 Battery Car There in 2018

Faraday Future has leased a million-square-foot production facility in Hanford, Calif., from which it hopes to bring its fully battery-electric, high-performance FF 91 to market in late 2018. The plant “is strategically located between the country’s two largest EV markets, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley,” Faraday said.
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Tesla’s New Model 3: the EV Tipping Point?

August 1, 2017 in Electric Drive, EVs, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

It Appears That the Electric Vehicle Is Winning After All

Tesla dominated the alt fuel news this past weekend following Friday evening’s long-awaited debut of the electric automaker’s Model 3. Far more affordable at $35,000 (before incentives and without options) than its premium predecessor the Model S, the 220-mile car is seen by many as tipping the macro argument of electric versus fuel power in favor or the electric.
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Utilities Investing in Greenlots ‘Sky’ EVSE

August 1, 2017 in EVs, EVSE, investments by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Money Is Being Channeled via Energy Impact Partners
‘Towards Electrification of the Transportation Industry’

A group of major utilities has invested in Greenlots, an advocate of open-source technology for connecting electric vehicle chargers – aka EVSE, for electric vehicle supply equipment.
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LA Metro Orders e-Buses, CNG too

July 31, 2017 in CNG, EVs, Fleet Order, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Is Buying 95 Battery Vehicles from BYD and New Flyer
As Actions Include CNG/RNG Vehicles from Two Suppliers,
And Up to $26.5 Million for Near Zero Replacement Engines

The busy board of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority – LA Metro – voted last week to buy 95 all-battery buses. And while it endorsed the idea of an all-electric fleet in future, the board voted too to buy 360 compressed natural gas-fueled buses and to replace the engines in as many as 395 existing CNG buses with super low-NOx “Near Zero” engines from Cummins Westport. updated August 2
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Proterra e-Buses: Made in Los Angeles

July 31, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, manufacturing, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘An Optimal Vehicle Production Location,’ Busbuilder Says

Proterra celebrated the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Los Angeles, deeming the city “an optimal vehicle production location to serve West Cost transit agencies.” The 100,000 square-foot, City of Industry facility has capacity for 400 buses annually.
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VW’s $200mm EVSE Plan Gets CARB Nod

July 28, 2017 in Companies, EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure, investments by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Cal Agency Gives the OK for First $200 Million of $800 Million
For EV Charging in California by VW’s Electrify America Unit

Volkswagen got the go-ahead from California yesterday to invest $200 million on electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the state. The automaker’s Electrify America unit will place high-speed chargers along highways, invest in EVSE/electric vehicle supply equipment in disadvantaged communities, and promote electric transportation through outreach and a new “Green City” initiative.

Sacramento is to be the first of the Green Cities, with EV chargers there followed by Fresno, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego. EVSE is be placed in “community locations, multi-family dwellings, commercial and retail locations, workplaces and municipal parking lots and garages,” says the California Air Resources Board.


Overview of ‘Cycle 1’ of VW-Electrify America’s EVSE plan for California

Electrify America has pledged to establish a network of more than 2,500 EV chargers at more than 450 EVSE sites nationally during the first phase, with about 240 of them in 38 states other than California.

The company has “discussed partnerships and interoperability” with EVSE providers including EVgo, Greenlots and SemaConnect.

$800 Million over Ten Years in California

So-called “Cycle 1” for California is the “first of four plans by VW to invest $800 million over ten years in zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, public outreach, and access to these ultra-clean vehicles for residents of disadvantaged communities,” states yesterday’s CARB release.

The $2 billion EVSE investment comes in the wake of Volkswagen’s installation of software, beginning in 2009, to mislead regulators on the emissions of its diesel vehicles.

That software, CARB says, caused VW’s “2009-2016 diesel passenger cars to spew up to 40 times the allowed amount of nitrogen oxide (NOx) into the atmosphere.”

‘Tenacious Technicians’

“The tenacious efforts of CARB technicians forced the company to admit the use of the so-called ‘defeat device’ in those cars in 2015,” the agency said yesterday. “VW has paid out more than $15 billion in claims and penalties for using those defeat devices,” CARB said.

“This ZEV investment is one of multiple pieces to mitigate the environmental harm caused by VW’s actions.”

Click image or here for VW-Electrify America’s EVSE plan summary.

“Volkswagen can now move forward with its ambitious plan to help bring electric vehicle technology to corners of California ignored in earlier efforts,” said CARB chair Mary Nichols.

Settlement with California and the Feds

“This will help the state as a whole,” she said, “and especially some of our disadvantaged and underserved communities, to shift to the cleanest vehicles on the market.”

CARB noted too that the $800 million ZEV investment commitment for California is part of an agreement by Volkswagen with CARB, the U.S. EPA, and the California and U.S. Departments of Justice “that combines mitigation and penalties to fully resolve all of the environmental harm from VW’s actions.”

Among the planned Cycle 1 outlays for California EVSE are

• $75 million for highway fast-charging (implanting chargers up to 350 kilowatts);

• $45 million for “community charging,” including multi-family feelings and workplaces;

• $44 million for Green City initiatives; and

• $20 million for public education and EV awareness.


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Source: CARB with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

BYD-ADL e-Buses for London Fleets

July 26, 2017 in batteries, Electric Drive, Europe, EVs, Fleet Order, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

China’s BYD and Britain’s Alexander Dennis
Supplying All-Electric Vehicles to UK Transit

China’s BYD and ADL, Britain’s Alexander Dennis Ltd, are talking up deployment of fully battery-electric transit buses in and around London.

BYD is also stepping up its manufacturing and assembly work in Europe.
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EVgo-PSE&G Station Is Network’s 950th

July 21, 2017 in EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Twin 50-Kilowatt BCT Units on the New Jersey Turnpike

EVgo, which says it has the nation’s largest network of public electric vehicle fast-charge stations has opened its 950th, in league with and Public Service Electric and Gas, at the New Jersey Turnpike’s Molly Pitcher Service Area in Cranbury.
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