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VW Billions to Foster Natural Gas Vehicles?

October 21, 2016 in money available, NGVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

NGVAmerica Urges States to Take Advantage of Settlement

States should take advantage of the big diesel emissions settlement with Volkswagen to promote natural gas vehicles to reduce pollution, says NGVAmerica.

New York State’s Andrew Cuomo was one of 50 governors urged to prioritize natural gas when using Volkswagen settlement money to promote heavy‐duty clean transportation projects.

New York State’s Andrew Cuomo was one of 50 governors urged to prioritize natural gas when using Volkswagen settlement money to promote heavy‐duty clean transportation projects.

The association notes that the VW settlement calls for establishment of a $2.7 billion EMT/Environmental Mitigation Trust to replace older diesel trucks, buses, and off-road equipment with cleaner alternatives. It has written to all 50 governors, urging them to take advantage of “an extraordinary opportunity to promote heavy-duty clean transportation projects.”

‘A Cost-Effective Path’

NGVAmerica wants to the states “to prioritize natural gas projects as part of this effort.”

“Clean-burning, domestic natural gas fuel offers a cost-effective path to reduce these emissions that were caused by non-compliant diesel engines,” state the letters from association president Matt Godlewski.

“NGVAmerica, he told the governors, “stands ready to help you develop opportunities for funding natural gas vehicle projects.”

‘The Best Option

“Given that the EMT has been created because of pollution associated with non-compliant diesel vehicles,” Godlewski said, “we believe that the best option for states is to use the funds to support clean, alternative transportation fuels like natural gas…

“Using the available EMT funds, states have an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate the use of new, low-NOx natural gas engines.”


CNG-fueled Golf offered by Volkswagen in Europe

CNG-fueled Golf offered by Volkswagen in Europe


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Source: NGVAmerica with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

ChargePoint, BMW, VW Wrap Corridors

September 13, 2016 in Electric Drive, EVs, EVSE, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Nearly 100 DC Fast-Charge Units on East & West Coasts

ChargePoint and BMW said today that they’ve completed, with partner Volkswagen, electric vehicle charging corridors on the East and West Coats of the United States.

'Take an electric road trip...' graphic courtesy ChargePoint via BMW media

‘Take an electric road trip…’ graphic courtesy ChargePoint via BMW media

EV drivers “can now travel the most heavily-trafficked corridors,” states a release, “with the installation of 95 new DC Fast charging stations as part of the Express Charging Corridors Initiative.”

Both 24- and 50-kilowatt units are available, depending on location. The ECCI project was announced early last year (F&F, January 23, 2015).

Branches from the main Corridors extend to such popular destinations as Cape Cod, the Hamptons, and the Jersey Shore in the East, and to Lake Tahoe and the Napa and Sonoma Valleys in California, the partners note.

50-Mile Intervals

“The chargers are strategically positioned both within and between relevant metropolitan areas, spaced approximately 50 miles apart, in convenient locations with access to restaurants, shopping centers, rest stops, and more,” the companies says.

The DC fast-charge stations “have been installed within a few miles of major highways, prioritizing both safety and convenience.”

‘An Easy Choice for Anyone’

“We make driving electric an easy choice for anyone,” ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano says in today’s announcement. “The Express Charging Corridors extend the power of the existing ChargePoint network to simplify long-distance travel for EV drivers and enable more people to make an EV their primary vehicle.”

BMW, VW and ChargePoint say they “are providing drivers with the ability and confidence to enjoy longer distance driving and recharge their electric vehicles quickly, ultimately leading to greater electric vehicle adoption.”


ChargePoint notes that its customer EV drivers “have completed more than 18 million charging sessions, saving upwards of 17.3 million gallons of gasoline and driving over 430 million gas-free miles.” The company late last month installed its 30,000th EV charging station (F&F, August 30).

Specific corridor locations can be located on the ChargePoint website.


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Source: ChargePoint & BMW with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

VW Deal to Boost Gov’t EV Programs

June 28, 2016 in Companies, litigation, milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

German Automaker Hit for $14.7 Billion over Its Diesel Deceits
Agreements With U.S. and California to Compensate Consumers
And Back Programs Supporting Zero-Emission Vehicle Technology

Volkswagen will have to spend as much as $10 billion to compensate consumers and $4.7 billion “to mitigate pollution and make investments that support zero-emission vehicle technology,” the U.S. EPA said today, “to settle allegations of cheating emissions tests and deceiving customers.” updated June 29
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Volkswagen Vows to Go Electric

October 20, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘A Reorientation of the Diesel Strategy,’ New Emphasis on Electric Drive

Volkswagen, coming off of one of the worst scandals in automotive history, has pledged to reduce its reliance on its vaunted – and now effectively discredited – diesel technology and pay greater attention to electric drive vehicles.
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ChargePoint for EV Fast-Charge Corridors

January 23, 2015 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

New Partnership with BMW and Volkswagen for Nearly 100 Units
Enabling ‘Express Charging Corridors on the East and West Coasts’

BMW, Volkswagen and ChargePoint unveiled plans at the Washington Auto Show to install nearly 100 DC fast chargers enabling express charging corridors for electric vehicles on the East and West Coasts.
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VW Shows Research Fuel Cell Car

November 21, 2014 in Electric Drive, fuel cells, Hydrogen by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Golf SportWagen HyMotion Reflects Volkswagen’s Hydrogen Strategy:
Place the New Alternative Drivelines in High-Volume Production Vehicles

Volkswagen is staging the world premiere of the Golf SportWagen HyMotion, a hydrogen fuel cell research vehicle, at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which opens to the public today and runs through November 30.
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Volkswagen Introduces the e-Golf

November 25, 2013 in EVs by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

U.S. Sales Planned for the Fourth Quarter of 2014

Volkswagen of America is promoting its battery electric e-Golf, which is to go on sale in the U.S. in the fourth quarter of 2014, at the Los Angeles International Auto Show this week. Single-fill range is stated at 70 to 90 miles, and DC fast-charge capability will be standard.
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Volkswagen’s ‘Bold’ Plan for EVs

September 10, 2013 in Companies, Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘Group Sets Sights on Market Leadership in Electric Mobility by 2018’

Volkswagen is introducing two new all-electric cars at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany beginning today. And with the e-Up and e-Golf, VW says, it is “transferring two full-production bestsellers into the era of electric mobility.”
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VW Claims Efficiency Title with XL1

February 25, 2013 in Electric Drive, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

For Lightweight Diesel Plug-In Hybrid, 261 MPG Is ‘a Reality’

Volkswagen has proclaimed its two-seat carbon composite XL1, which is to enter production at Osnabrück in Germany, as the world’s most efficient car, as the combination of lightweight structures and a lithium ion battery-powered plug-in hybrid electric drive yield a European combined fuel consumption rating of 261 miles per gallon.
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Remy Motor for MAN’s Metropolis

August 28, 2012 in Electric Drive, EVs, Hybrids by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘World’s First Truck Featuring a Passenger-Car Diesel Engine’

Remy International provided the motor and generator to multinational Benteler Engineering for the new Metropolis plug-in hybrid electric truck by Germany’s MAN Truck and Bus. The vehicle – with a 3-liter Volkswagen diesel engine – is be tested as a garbage truck.
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