ACT News 2017


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.

EVgo Fields High- Power ABB Charger

March 1, 2017 in EVs, EVSE, milestones, Research, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

At 150 Kilowatts, It’s Triple the Standard DC Fast Charger
With the Potential for a Super-Fast 350-Kilowatt Upgrade

EVgo, which claims the nation’s largest network of high-speed electric vehicle chargers, reported an EVSE/electric vehicle support equipment milestone with the deployment of a 150-kilowatt research unit from ABB in Fremont, Calif. – “providing a charge which is three times faster than what is available today.” updated March 3

CHAMP Hydrogen from Natural Gas

February 20, 2017 in Hydrogen, Research, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Modular Georgia Tech Process Could Make Point-of-Use Fuel

Special to Fleets & Fuels by John Toon of the Georgia Institute of Technology

Four-Stroke Engine Cycle Produces Hydrogen
from Methane and Captures CO2/Carbon Dioxide

When is an internal combustion engine not an internal combustion engine? When it’s been transformed into a modular reforming reactor that could make hydrogen available to power fuel cells wherever there’s a natural gas supply available.

UCS Says EVs Clearly Win on Emissions

November 18, 2015 in Alternative Fuels, batteries, EVs, Research, Studies, Technology by Jon LeSage  |  No Comments

New Study Finds That While EVs Are Better in Some Places than Others
They Are Far Better Than Gasoline Vehicle Emissions-Wise Everywhere

Electric vehicle hold great potential for contributing to reductions in global warming emissions, according to a new study by the Union of Concerned Scientists. “Cleaner Cars from Cradle to Grave” compares battery electric vehicles with similar gasoline-engine vehicles over their entire lifecycles, from raw materials used in manufacturing, driving the vehicle, and disposal or recycling. UCS sees the potential of electric vehicles helping to reduce emissions substantially through growth in a clean electricity grid powered by more renewable energy.

Qualcomm Webinar on Wireless Charging

November 11, 2015 in Alternative Fuels, Electric Drive, EVs, industrial, investments, Research, Technology, Testing, transit by Jon LeSage  |  No Comments

Wireless Charging Moving Forward

Wireless charging will contribute to mass-market production of electric vehicles by automakers and their suppliers, according to a webinar presented by Qualcomm Halo. Keith Malinson, an industry analyst with WiseHarbor, and Anthony Thomson, vice president of development and marketing, Qualcomm Halo, gave a presentation on the technology innovations bringing wireless electric vehicle charging (WEVC) to market.

UPS Deploying 18 Electric Trucks

November 10, 2015 in Alternative Fuels, Electric Drive, EVs, industrial, investments, Research, Technology, Testing, transit by Jon LeSage  |  No Comments

DoE Provided Grant Funding

UPS has purchased 18 electric delivery vehicles for the Houston-Galveston area in Texas. The purchases are part of a partnership with U.S. Department of Energy, local governments, and the non-profit Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE). These vehicles were designed by the Workhorse Group for UPS, and are expected to reduce consumption of an estimated 1.1 million gallons of diesel fuel over 20 years.

TransPower and IKEA Test Tractor

November 10, 2015 in Alternative Fuels, Electric Drive, EVs, industrial, investments, Research, Technology, Testing, transit by Jon LeSage  |  No Comments

Year-long Test Results from Electric Truck

IKEA and TransPower announced results from their first year of testing a demonstration vehicle. An electric yard tractor has been driven at IKEA’s distribution center in Tejon, Calif. TransPower’s electric propulsion has powered a Kalmar heavy-duty tractor, which is being used to minimize CO2 emissions.

iChargeForward Moves BMW Forward

August 4, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Infrastructure, Research, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Automaker and PG&E Utility Explore EV-Grid Options

BMW said Monday that its iChargeForward program, under which drivers of battery electric BMW i3 vehicles are asked to forego their charging for an hour during times of high demand, has begun. iChargeForward is a joint initiative with the Pacific Gas & Electric utility.

Mojo Eases Wireless Charging with HATCI

July 10, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, Research, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

DoE Support Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center-Mojo Work
Aimed at Boosting Appeal of EVs by Making Charging Convenient

Michigan’s Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc. is working with Santa Clara, Calif.-based Mojo Mobility to further develop a versatile and efficient wireless system for electric vehicle charging. updated July 20

Evatran Plugless Charging for Sweden

May 18, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Research by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

First Large-Scale Demonstration Outside North America
To Gauge Whether Wireless Charging Boosts the Use of EVs

Richmond, Va.-based Evatran reports the first large-scale demonstration of its technology outside North America, as upwards of 20 of its Plugless brand wireless inductive electric vehicle charging units are to be installed in Sweden.

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