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EnerDel Contract for King County Hybrids

July 15, 2014 in Electric Drive, Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Lithium Ion to Replace NiMH ‘in Hundreds of Hybrid Buses’

Indiana’s EnerDel reports a five-year agreement to supply as many as 48 of its lithium ion battery packs annually to replace nickel metal hydride units “in hundreds of hybrid buses” operated by the Seattle area’s King County Metro Transit.

A123 Auto Assets to Johnson Controls

October 17, 2012 in batteries, Companies, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Nanophosphate Lithium Developer Files for Voluntary Chapter 11

A123 Systems, the Massachusetts developer and manufacturer of Nanophosphate brand lithium iron phosphate batteries, said Tuesday that it is selling its automotive assets and technology to Johnson Controls, Inc. via a $125 million transaction that includes $72.5 million in debtor-in-possession financing by JCI for A123 to continue operations.

Chrysler Parks Its PHEV Pickups

September 24, 2012 in batteries, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Three Trucks Were Damaged Due to Battery Overheating

Chrysler gave word Friday that it is idling its test fleet of 109 plug-in hybrid electric vehicles as it is “retooling” the program, including a battery-pack upgrade.

BMW e-Car Sharing in San Francisco

August 9, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Program Is to Include 70 Battery Electric ActiveE Sedans

BMW and the City of San Francisco will inaugurate a premium car-share program using the upscale German automaker’s 100% battery electric ActiveE sedans at a City Hall ceremony on August 20.

SEPTA and Saft for Recycled Train Power

June 30, 2012 in batteries, Electric Drive by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has launched its new system for more effectively capturing regenerative energy from trains.

Eaton Is Enhancing Its Hybrids

June 1, 2012 in Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Eaton last week disclosed enhancements to increase the fuel economy, performance and payback of its parallel hybrid electric offerings for commercial vehicles.

The improvements include a new high capacity battery, a new AC auxiliary power generator (APG), a higher capacity clutch to expand applications up to 860 lb-ft of torque, and a new remanufactured battery for aftermarket purchase.

First Odyne-Drive Kenworth Trucks

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

Odyne Hybrid Systems is talking up placement of large four bucket trucks by its parent Dueco, Inc. with plug-in hybrid electric vehicle drivetrains by Odyne.

The T370 vehicles are the first Kenworths to be deployed with the PHEV system, Odyne says.

The trucks for Milwaukee County were displayed at Rainbow Park in West Allis, Wisc. on April 20.

Altec Industries Opens Its New Green Fleet Facility in Dixon, Calif.

April 25, 2012 in Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Altec Industries opened its new “Green Fleet” facility east of San Francisco yesterday, attracting Dixon, Calif. Mayor Jack Batchelor, U.S. Congressman John Garamendi, and executives of Pacific Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison — two key utility customers.

A PG&E purchase commitment prompted Alabama-based Altec’s decision to expand in California.

Ener1 Files for Bankruptcy

January 28, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs by rich  |  No Comments

Subsidiaries including the lithium ion battery manufacturer EnerDel “are not expected to be adversely impacted,” as parent Ener1 said it Thursday that it filed for Chapter 11 protection in federal bankruptcy court in New York. A “pre-packaged” plan provides for a restructuring of debt and the infusion of up to $81 million of equity funding.

Saft Poised to Tackle EVs, Again

January 2, 2012 in Uncategorized by rich  |  No Comments

Saft is providing lithium ion batteries for two plug-in hybrid electric ferries by Keolis for Bordeaux. Keolis photo from a Saft release.

Saft is providing lithium ion batteries for two plug-in hybrid electric ferries by Keolis for Bordeaux. Keolis photo from a Saft release.

The French battery maker Saft, which employs more than 4,000 people worldwide, has just opened its 16th manufacturing plant (in Jacksonville, Fla.), and stands poised to re-enter the road electric vehicle market with unprecedented depth of experience and new product offerings.

“We are studying if and how we can return,” says Franck Cecchi, who directs automotive strategy for the $800 million company. “We are very confident that we can deliver a good and safe product,” he told F&F.

Cecchi was COO at the Johnson Controls-Saft joint venture, and helped fashion this past summer’s “divorce” (his word), from which Saft emerged with a $145 million cash payment and the commitment that a plant at Nersac, in southwest France, be transferred back to Saft at the end of 2012.

The Nersac plant could be used for electric and hybrid electric vehicle batteries. Output from the new plant in Florida, which could be worth $300 million per year, is initially aimed at stationary markets.

Multiple Battery Types

Saft is fully commercial in NCA (nickel cobalt aluminum) lithium batteries and is readying a “Super Phosphate” lithium iron phosphate variant as well, Cecchi says. Saft, which was founded in 1918 as the Société des Accumulateurs Fixes et de Traction, claims the world lead in nickel-based batteries for industrial and transportation applications, and has described the move to lithium as “a natural progression.”

E-Vivacity electric scooter by Peugeot has lithium ion batteries from Saft

E-Vivacity electric scooter by Peugeot has lithium ion batteries from Saft

Recent announcements by Saft have involved batteries for a laser weapon, for stationary energy storage, for satellites, aircraft, trains, and two new plug-in hybrid electric ferries planned by Keolis in Bordeaux, in southwest France. Saft will supply 140-kilowatt battery packs that will allow the diesel-electric vessels for the Garonne River crossing six hours of fully electric operation.

Saft also supplies lithium batteries for the E-Vivacity electric scooter by Peugeot, Cecchi says.

Saft says that its new 235,000-square-foot facility in Jacksonville is “the world’s most advanced automated lithium ion battery factory,” with “fully automated, totally flexible production lines capable of building multi new-generation Li-ion technologies.” The building is topped by a one-megawatt solar power installation, said to be the largest photovoltaic system in Florida. Florida provided incentives for the plant, and there was a $95.5 million grant from the U.S. DoE under ARRA, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Mercedes Hybrids for Deutsche Post DHL

January 2, 2012 in Uncategorized by rich  |  No Comments

Daimler late last week reported delivery of ten diesel-fueled Mercedes-Benz Atego BlueTec Hybrid vehicles to DP Fleet GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Post DHL, at the manufacturer’s plant in Wörth, Germany.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks sales and marketing chief Ulrich Bastert (left) handed over the big key to ten Mercedes-Benz Atego Hybrid trucks to Gerd-Dieter Benzing, managing director of DP Fleet GmbH.

Mercedes-Benz Trucks sales and marketing chief Ulrich Bastert (left) handed over the big key to ten Mercedes-Benz Atego Hybrid trucks to Gerd-Dieter Benzing, managing director of DP Fleet GmbH.

The Atego Hybrid is the first series production hybrid truck in Europe, Daimler says.

Trials, including Deutsche Post DHL tests last year, indicate that the customer can expect fuels savings of up to 15% as compared with conventional diesel vans.

The Atego BlueTec Hybrid is based on the Atego 1222 L Euro 5, with 218-horsepower, 4.8-liter engine. The hybrid model has a water-cooled electric motor with maximum output of 44 kilowatts (59 horsepower), driven by lithium ion batteries. Other electric drive vehicle by Mercedes employ power-dense HVH motors from Remy International.

“The electric motor is installed behind the combustion engine and the clutch,” the manufacturer says, “but in front of the transmission. This configuration enables the truck to be powered by engine and motor together or by either of the drives on its own.

“The parallel hybrid drive enables start-up of the vehicle on electric power, recuperation by the electric motor and optimization of the diesel engine’s characteristic.” An automatic start/stop function for the engine further reduces fuel consumption, emissions and noise, “to zero at traffic lights,” Mercedes says.

The vehicles for Deutsche Post DHL will be deployed throughout Germany in the mail and freight segments: trucks assigned to DHL’s freight operations will operate in Wustermark and Hamburg, while the five Atego Hybrids to be used by the company’s mail division will go into service in Hennigsdorf, Dortmund, Cologne-Gremberghoven, Gersthofen and Kolbermoor.

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