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TM4 and Cummins Form J.V. for PHEVs

May 15, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, Hybrids, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘TM4’s Expertise and Real-Road Experience Will Be Instrumental’

Citing its experience in the China market, TM4 announced last week a joint venture with Cummins to develop a PHEV/plug-in hybrid electric vehicle powertrain for “for Class 7/8 transit buses that can reduce fuel consumption by at least 50% over conventional hybrid buses.
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FCA Pacifica Hybrids: 500 More for Waymo

April 25, 2017 in Fleet Order, Hybrids, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Self-Driving Car Company Is Adding to 100 Already Delivered

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is gearing up to produce an additional 500 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans for self-driving developer Waymo, the automaker said this morning.
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Ford PHEV Vans for Five London Fleets

April 24, 2017 in EVs, Hybrids, Research, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Five to Get Hybrid Transit Custom Vehicles with Telematics

Ford said today that at least five fleets operating in London will test 20 Transit Custom vans – the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle version – beginning this fall.
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Honda’s Clarity EVs Join H2 Fuel Cell Car

April 14, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, Hydrogen, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Clarity Plug-in Hybrid and Clarity Electric Unveiled:
‘Series Provides Unparalleled Electric Drive Choice’
As Two-Motor Hybrid Electric Truck Is Promised Too

American Honda has expanded its line of Clarity-badged electric drive vehicles beyond the hydrogen-fueled Clarity Fuel Cell sedan, establishing a three-model line of five-passenger midsize sedans including the new Clarity Plug-in Hybrid PHEV and all-battery Clarity Electric car.
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Ford’s in Pursuit of Electrified Vehicles

April 10, 2017 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, municipal fleet by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Details $4.5 Billion Plan for 13 New EVs in Five Years
Including Hybrid Versions of the Mustang and F-150
And Industry’s First Pursuit-Rated Hybrid Police Car

Ford is releasing details today of its $4.5 billion drive to field no fewer than 13 new electric and/or hybrid electric vehicles globally in the next five years. The eye-catcher is a hybrid-electric police car, said to be the first hybrid ever to be pursuit-rated. Read More >>

Knapheide for XL’s PHEV Installations

April 6, 2017 in Companies, Hybrids, telematics by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ship-Thru from Kansas City to Commence Late This Year

XL Hybrids is trumpeting a “first-of-its-kind” installation partnership with Knapheide Manufacturing, by which XL’s new XLP plug-in hybrid electric vehicle upfits will be available on Ford F-150 pick ups.
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ACT Expo Speakers, Exhibition Hall Peek

March 24, 2017 in ACT Expo 2017, Alternative Fuels, Biomethane, CNG, Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, event, EVs, fuel cells, Game Changer, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid, Hydrogen, investments, LNG, Propane by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Key Meeting Is Early This Coming May in Long Beach

Organizers of 2017’s Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo have released the speaker line-up for the event, which takes place May 1-4 at Southern California’s Long Beach Convention Center. updated March 27
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Lightning Hybrids Now a Ford eQVM

March 15, 2017 in Conference/Meeting, Electric Drive, event, Hybrids, Hydraulic Hybrid by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Motiv Power Systems and XL Hybrids
Also Named to New Modifier Program

Ford is talking up a new Qualified Vehicle Modifier category its says “electrifies work trucks” but headed yesterday’s announcement with Lightning Hybrids, which uses a hydraulic hybrid design dubbed ERS (for Energy Recovery System) to slash fuel use in light duty vehicles.
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Workhorse Reports LoIs for 2,000+ PHEVs

March 7, 2017 in EVs, Fleet Order, Hybrids, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

If Translated into Sales, the Letters of Intent Are Worth $113 Million

Workhorse said today that now has letters of intent for 2,150 of its developmental W-15 plug-in electric pickup trucks. Given the projected MSRP of $52,500 per vehicle, the LoIs are potentially worth nearly $113 million.

This item was initially published with news of a letter of intent
for 500 Workhorse W-15 PHEVs on February 27
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XL Hybrids PHEV for the Ford F-150 First

February 28, 2017 in Electric Drive, Hybrids, milestones, New Products, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘XLP’ Plug-In Hybrid Technology Promises a 50% Fuel Savings

XL Hybrids will launch the plug-in variant of its add-on fuel-saving drive on the Ford F-150 pickup, beginning with model year 2017 trucks, the company says. updated March 6
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Toyota World Hybrid Sales Top 10 Million

February 17, 2017 in Companies, Hybrids, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

More than 3 Million Hybrids Sold in North America,
Nearly 140,000 Prius Cars Have Gone to Fleets in U.S.

Toyota sold 10 million hybrid electric vehicle worldwide, as of January 31, hitting the milestone “just nine months after total sales reached 9 million units at the end of April 2016,” the company said this week. updated February 20
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EDI Now Gives PG&E More Export Power

February 15, 2017 in Fleet Order, Hybrids, Technology, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Latest Truck, a Class 6 Peterbilt, Provides 160 Kilowatts

Pacific Gas and Electric and its partner Efficient Drivetrains Inc. have unveiled a new plug-in hybrid electric truck providing as much as 160 kilowatts of export power – enough to support as many as 125 homes: “potentially eliminating planned outages while shortening unplanned outages.”
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BAE for 222 Hybrid New Flyers for Seattle

February 10, 2017 in Fleet Order, Hybrids, transit by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

$202 Million for 60-Foot Artics for King County Metro

New Flyer has disclosed a $202 million contract for 222 sixty-foot articulated Xcelsior hybrid electric buses for the Seattle area’s King County Department of Transportation for King County Metro Transit.

BAE Systems' 'HybriDrive' series hybrid-electric propulsion system for articulated transit buses

BAE Systems’ ‘HybriDrive’ series hybrid-electric propulsion system for articulated transit buses

The buses will have ‘HybriDrive’ series hybrid-electric drivelines from BAE Systems, says a BAE source, with lithium ion battery packs.

The contract includes both two- and three-door 60-foot buses.

A Big, Big Buyer

King County Metro is the eighth-largest transit bus agency in the United States, New Flyer notes, carrying an average of 395,000 passengers each weekday on some 215 routes.

Since 1999, the manufacturer says, it has delivered or has on order 1,400 transit buses for King County.


BAE says that it’s supplied more than 7,000 hybrid electric bus systems worldwide. The firm has also begun supplying drivelines for 100% battery electric buses (F&F, February 2).

BAE says that it’s supplied more than 7,000 hybrid electric bus systems worldwide. The firm has also begun supplying drivelines for 100% battery electric buses (F&F, February 2).


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Source: New Flyer with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Odyne Targets 50% Plug-In Fuel Savings

February 3, 2017 in Electric Drive, Hybrids, money awarded by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Funding of $2.9 Million with Partners Including Freightliner:
‘We Have Assembled a Great Team,” Says Odyne Engineering VP

Odyne Systems is to apply $2.9 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, to develop and demonstrate Class 5 though Class 7 plug-in hybrid electric work trucks.
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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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The Best Alternative Fuel for the Fleet

January 20, 2017 in Alternative Fuels, Hybrids, Opinion, propane autogas by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Fleet Managers Need to Be Able to Choose ‘The Right Fuel for the Job’

Special to Fleets & Fuels by Darren Engle,
director of governmental relations with Blue Star Gas

Diversification is just smart business, but for a long time fleet managers and even fuel providers were only thinking in terms of a one alternative fuel for their entire fleet. Fortunately, the idea that fleet managers need to select one alternative fuel to meet all their needs is beginning to fade.
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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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