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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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CPUC Extends PG&E Ruling

November 10, 2015 in Alternative Fuels, Electric Drive by Jon LeSage  |  No Comments

Charger Proposal Gaining Opposition

San-Francisco-based Pacific Gas & Electric’s plan to deploy 25,000 Level II electric vehicle chargers and 100 fast chargers, filed in February, has been revised and put on hold by the California Public Utilities Commission. CPUC is seeking public comments on the PG&E revised plan through the end of this month.
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Chevy Volt Cleared for California Carpool Lanes

February 25, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs by rich  |  No Comments

The low emission model – standard in California – of the 2012 Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car has been cleared for the Golden State’s high-occupancy vehicle lanes, General Motors said last week, noting too that California customers will qualify for a $1,500 state rebate.
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EV Advocates Get Serious

January 15, 2012 in EVs, Fleet Order by rich  |  No Comments

ELC Calls for Large-Scale Fleet Demo Project, Could Be 1,500 Vehicles,
PG&E to Help Create ‘Comprehensive National Model for EV Deployment’

A coalition claiming “blue chip” membership is designing a large-scale electric vehicle demonstration project it says “will help create a comprehensive national model for EV deployment.” This year and next could see more than a thousand EVs, likely in Northern California.

Navistar, Pacific Gas and Electric, FedEx Express, A123 Systems, Hertz, Azure Dynamics, Coda Automotive, Ecotality, Automatiks, and GE Capital are members of the just-announced Electrification Leadership Council.

1,000 EVs? 1,500?

ELC, which according to Navistar eStar battery electric truck VP Mark Aubry has been working for more than a year, also includes large delivery service companies and vehicle manufacturers, and representatives of national, state and local agencies.
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Hitachi Magnets in China Grove, N.C.

January 5, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs by rich  |  No Comments

Reacting to “forecasts of a new spike in neodymium magnet demand,” Japan’s Hitachi Metals says it will begin construction next month of a new plant to produce neodymium magnets for hybrid and electric vehicles in China Grove, N.C.
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Daimler to Test Conductix-Wampfler Inductive Charging in Berlin

January 2, 2012 in Uncategorized by rich  |  No Comments

‘Electric Car Unplugged’

Germany’s Daimler will test a Conductix-Wampfler inductive charging system as part of a multifaceted battery electric vehicles project in Berlin.

The government-supported Effizienzhaus-Plus mit Elektromobilität initiative combines zero-emission living with zero-emission driving.

Daimler and the German government will evaluate Conductix-Wampfler inductive electric vehicle charging -- and 100% zero-emission living -- at this house in Berlin beginning in March 2012

Daimler and the German government will evaluate Conductix-Wampfler inductive electric vehicle charging — and 100% zero-emission living — at this house in Berlin beginning in March 2012. more information on the haus, with a webcam, at this German government (and German language) website

Daimler is providing a battery electric Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-Cell sedan equipped for Conductix-Wampfler inductive charging (as well as a second-generation Smart Fortwo two-seater, and a Smart EBike).

“We are keen to find out how the inductive charging process proves in daily use,” said Herbert Kohler, head of e-drive and future mobility in the research and advanced development department at Daimler AG. “We have already demonstrated the essential feasibility of the technology,” Kohler said in a release. “The experience in day-to-day use will now provide important pointers for the further course of development.

“A number of technical and financial issues also need to be resolved before we can really assess the marketability of this technology,” Kohler said.

According to Conductix-Wampfler, the “efficiency of the system admittedly still doesn’t match charging by cable, but is with 90% already very promising and only slightly beneath cable based solutions, if all components from socket to battery are taken into account.” Daimler has two inductive charging stations in daily tests at its Böblingen-Hulb (Stuttgart) engineering facility, Conductix-Wampfler says.

The Effizienzhaus project involves a family of four living in a house in Berlin that’s “intended to generate more electricity than it consumes… surplus electricity can be used to recharge battery-powered electric vehicles, for example – the home as a personal filling station,” Daimler says, thus “seamlessly incorporating the area of electric mobility.”

Daimler, as part of Germany's Effizienzhaus Plus mit Elektromobilität program, will test inductive charging on a battery electric E-Cell vehicle in Berlin using an 'unplugged' Conductix-Wampfler system

Daimler, as part of Germany’s Effizienzhaus Plus mit Elektromobilität program, will test inductive charging on a battery electric E-Cell vehicle in Berlin using an ‘unplugged’ Conductix-Wampfler system

“Both the inductive and the cable-based charging devices are harmonically integrated in the house’s architecture,” the automaker says. “The coordinated design means that the family will feel totally at home in the cars, thus communicating the concept of integrated sustainable home living and motoring on a visual and an emotional level.”

A family of four is to live in the house on an experimental basis for 15 months.

The Effizienzhaus-Plus mit Elektromobilität project was inaugurated in Berlin on December 7 by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Peter Ramsauer, member of the Bundestag and Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs.

Maryland EV Incentive Details Soon

January 2, 2012 in Propane by rich  |  No Comments

The Maryland Energy Administration is to release details of its new electric truck incentive program by year-end.
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