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GE Launches Networked WattStation

April 27, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

WattStation Connect Software Facilitates EV Charging:
‘iCharge, Therefore iDrive,’ Manufacturer Says

GE Energy has added the WattStation Connect software suite to its line of WattStation brand electric vehicle chargers. “EV users can now gather information and process payments in an easy-to-use, customizable, reliable and secure system,” GE says, noting that it’s got software apps for mobile devices, while smart grid-capable chargers can be connected to the Internet via wifi, Ethernet, or 3G phone networks.

Hertz to Offer Airport CNG Rentals

April 20, 2012 in CNG, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Rent-a-car giant Hertz is trumpeting its first-ever traditional airport rentals of natural gas vehicles, adding eight Honda Civic Natural Gas sedans and two GMC Yukon SUVs to its fleet at the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. Rentals are to commence in May. All will include Hertz NeverLost GPS units to help customers locate CNG fueling.

Hertz is getting factory-built Honda CNGs via Oklahoma City’s Bob Howard Honda. The Yukons will be converted by Carter Chevrolet-OEM Systems of Okarche using fuel systems from Impco Automotive and compressed natural gas cylinders from Lincoln Composites.

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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