ACT News 2017


SDG&E Orders XL’s New XLP Plug-In

December 19, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, Fleet Order, Hybrids, New Products, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

San Diego Gas & Electric Pledges to Purchase 110

XL Hybrids, known for its fuel-saving XL3 driveline that requires no EV charging infrastructure, has launched a plug-in variant dubbed the XLP, and has timed its announcement with an order by San Diego Gas & Electric for 110 units between 2017 and 2020.

FCA Canada Gets $85.8mm for PHEV

June 20, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, money awarded, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ontario Wants Chrysler Pacifica to Be World’s First PHEV Minivan

The Province of Ontario is anteing as much as $85.8 million to help Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Canada develop a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle version of its new Chrysler Pacifica minivan. The resulting vehicle will be the world’s first PHEV minivan, states a provincial government release.

Fusion Energi PHEV: 610 Miles of Range

June 10, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Ford Seeks To Allay Range Anxiety Associated With EVs

Ford is talking up the combined gasoline-and-electricity range of 610 miles for its Ford Fusion Energy plug-in hybrid electric vehicle for 2017: “the highest combined range of any plug-in hybrid sold in America,” the company says.

Volvo Aims for a Million EVs by 2025

April 25, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, New Products by Patrick Couch  |  No Comments

‘At Least Two Hybrid Versions of Every Model…
And Releasing the First All-Electric Car In 2019:’
‘It is a Deliberately Ambitious Target,’ Says the CEO

Volvo Cars says it hopes to sell as many as a million electric vehicles by 2025, and that it “plans to achieve this aim by offering at least two hybrid versions of every model in its range and releasing the first all-electric car in 2019.”

Cummins & Paccar for New Class 6 PHEV

April 12, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Project Has $4.5 Million in U.S. DoE Support

Cummins is teaming with Paccar to develop a Class 6 commercial plug-in hybrid electric vehicle that can reduce fuel consumption by at least 50% compared with conventional Class 6 vehicles. The project is backed by a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. updated April 13

“When fully loaded, Class 6 vehicles weigh between approximately 19,000 and 26,000 pounds and typical examples include school buses or single axle work trucks,” Paccar says.

Team members include Kenworth and Peterbilt parent Paccar, and representatives from Ohio State University, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Argonne National Laboratory.

Class 6 Paccar-Kenworth T270.

Class 6 Paccar-Kenworth T270.

‘Close Integration and Control’

Cummins says that its researchers will select an engine to use as a battery-charging electric commercial vehicle range extender. “The range extender will be integrated, using advanced vehicle controls, with the electrified powertrain and other applicable technologies,” states a release.

“The close integration and control of the electrified powertrain with an appropriately selected engine is critically important to developing a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle system,” Cummins R&D VP Wayne Eckerle says in a release.

‘A Wide Range of Drive Cycles’

“We believe that through the team’s efforts we can soon make these innovations commercially available, which has the potential to translate into substantial savings annually per vehicle, helping our customers and the environment.”

To meet the needs of a wide variety of commercial fleet operators, “the reduction of fuel consumption will be met or exceeded during a wide range of drive cycles,” Cummins says. Fuel reduction goals are to be achieved via optimization of the internal combustion engine operation, “and other technologies including intelligent transportation systems and electronic braking.”

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Hyundai’s New Ioniq: A Car to Do It All

April 1, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Battery-Electric, Hybrid and Plug-In Versions for 2017:
‘A Comprehensive Eco-Lifestyle Transportation Solution’

Hyundai is promoting its new Ioniq for 2017 as the “world’s first dedicated vehicle platform with three electrified low- and zero-emission powertrain choices.” The new car will be available as a 100% battery-electric, as a fuel-saving hybrid, and as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

Toyota Prius Plug-In: The Prime for 2017

March 28, 2016 in Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

All-Battery Range for 22 Miles for 5-State Car for Late Fall

Toyota is trumpeting “Prius Prime” as the handle for the plug-in hybrid electric version of its Prius hybrid for 2017, forecasting an all-battery range of about 22 miles (double that of the current version) and promising that the car will be available in all 50 states.

Ford Sees Fusion Future for Fleets

January 25, 2016 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Hybrid Sedan for 2017 Could Be Even More Popular

Ford is talking tech for its new Fusion sedan for 2017, with features like hands-free automatic parking and a pedestrian detection system. Ford fleet specialists see the opportunity to increase the car’s market share even more.

PG&E Steps Up Its Fleet Electrification

October 16, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, utilities by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Vows to Invest a Third of Annual Fleet Buys in EVs & PHEVs
Over the Next Five Years – Totaling More than $100 Million

Pacific Gas & Electric, citing the usefulness of exportable power for disaster relief, vowed this week to invest one-third of its annual fleet purchases in electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles over the next five years, totaling more than $100 million.

EDI & Greenkraft Unveil CNG Plug-In

October 6, 2015 in CNG, Electric Drive, Hybrids, New Products, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Class 4 Truck Said to Be a ‘First-of-its-Kind Market-Disruptive Vehicle’

Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. has unveiled a compressed natural gas-fueled plug-in hybrid electric Class 4 logistics truck it says was “made possible by EDI’s innovative drivetrain technology and vehicle control software.”

EDI for Shanghai Port’s PHEV Trucks

August 31, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Fleet Order, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Possibility of 200 Idle-Slashing PHEV Trucks by End of 2016
‘To Reduce Pollution at the World’s Busiest Container Port’

Milpitas, Calif.-based Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. is supporting a new fleet of PHEV/plug-in hybrid electric vehicle trucks for the Port of Shanghai, “built in collaboration with one of the world’s largest truck manufacturers, Shaanxi Automotive.”

BMW Plans 330e Plug-In Hybrid Sedan

May 18, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, Hybrids, New Products by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

PHEV for 2016 to Have 22 Miles of All-Electric Range

BMW plans to add a plug-in hybrid electric sedan to its 3 Series line-up in 2016. The BMW 330e is to have a combined output of about 250 horsepower with 310 foot-pounds torque (preliminary numbers) and a top speed of 140 mph – also preliminary.

Cadillac Promises CT6 Sedan PHEV

April 21, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Vehicle Described as ‘Ideal Platform’ for First Cadillac Plug-In Hybrid

General Motors said in China this week that it would offer a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle version of its new CT6 sedan – a vehicle that was itself unveiled just this month in New York.

Mercedes-Benz C 350 e Plug-In Hybrid

February 4, 2015 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘An Extraordinary Level of Efficiency, Dynamism and Comfort’

Features including “a new, so-called haptic accelerator” distinguish the latest C-class plug-in hybrid electric vehicle from Mercedes-Benz, which is going on sale in Germany for approximately $58,000 to $60,000 U.S.

Hyundai Details Its 2016 Sonata PHEV

January 14, 2015 in EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

22 Miles of All-Electric Range for New Model for 2016

Hyundai is pledging 22 miles of all-electric range for its first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, a variant of the Sonata sedan for 2016. The Hyundai PHEV announcement at NAIAS 2915, the North American International Auto Show, follows December’s announcement of a 42.8-mile-per-gallon Sonata Hybrid in Korea last month.

Honda Shows Its New FVC Concept

January 13, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

It’s But One of Several ‘Next Generation Advanced Powertrain’ Initiatives
Including a New All-Electric Vehicle and a Plug-In Hybrid Model by 2018

Honda has shown its hydrogen fuel cell-powered FCV Concept vehicle as one of a raft of “next generation advanced powertrain vehicles” targeted for 2018. In addition to the new fuel cell car replacing the FCX Clarity, they’re to include a new battery-electric vehicle and new plug-in hybrid model by 2018, with “further application of two- and three-motor hybrid systems.”

GM Upgrades Volt, Shows New Bolt EV

January 13, 2015 in batteries, Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

50 Miles Battery Range and Regular Gasoline for 2016 Volt,
New 200-Mile, All-Battery Chevy Bolt EV to Sell for $30,000

GM’s Chevrolet Volt for 2016 will have new LG battery chemistry affording an all-electric range of about 50 miles while its range-extending engine will accept regular gasoline. The new all-battery Chevrolet Bolt for 2016 will have a range of about 200 miles and will sell for about $30,000. updated January 14

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