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VW’s $200mm EVSE Plan Gets CARB Nod

July 28, 2017 in Companies, EVs, EVSE, Infrastructure, investments by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Cal Agency Gives the OK for First $200 Million of $800 Million
For EV Charging in California by VW’s Electrify America Unit

Volkswagen got the go-ahead from California yesterday to invest $200 million on electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the state. The automaker’s Electrify America unit will place high-speed chargers along highways, invest in EVSE/electric vehicle supply equipment in disadvantaged communities, and promote electric transportation through outreach and a new “Green City” initiative.

Sacramento is to be the first of the Green Cities, with EV chargers there followed by Fresno, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego. EVSE is be placed in “community locations, multi-family dwellings, commercial and retail locations, workplaces and municipal parking lots and garages,” says the California Air Resources Board.


Overview of ‘Cycle 1’ of VW-Electrify America’s EVSE plan for California

Electrify America has pledged to establish a network of more than 2,500 EV chargers at more than 450 EVSE sites nationally during the first phase, with about 240 of them in 38 states other than California.

The company has “discussed partnerships and interoperability” with EVSE providers including EVgo, Greenlots and SemaConnect.

$800 Million over Ten Years in California

So-called “Cycle 1” for California is the “first of four plans by VW to invest $800 million over ten years in zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, public outreach, and access to these ultra-clean vehicles for residents of disadvantaged communities,” states yesterday’s CARB release.

The $2 billion EVSE investment comes in the wake of Volkswagen’s installation of software, beginning in 2009, to mislead regulators on the emissions of its diesel vehicles.

That software, CARB says, caused VW’s “2009-2016 diesel passenger cars to spew up to 40 times the allowed amount of nitrogen oxide (NOx) into the atmosphere.”

‘Tenacious Technicians’

“The tenacious efforts of CARB technicians forced the company to admit the use of the so-called ‘defeat device’ in those cars in 2015,” the agency said yesterday. “VW has paid out more than $15 billion in claims and penalties for using those defeat devices,” CARB said.

“This ZEV investment is one of multiple pieces to mitigate the environmental harm caused by VW’s actions.”

Click image or here for VW-Electrify America’s EVSE plan summary.

“Volkswagen can now move forward with its ambitious plan to help bring electric vehicle technology to corners of California ignored in earlier efforts,” said CARB chair Mary Nichols.

Settlement with California and the Feds

“This will help the state as a whole,” she said, “and especially some of our disadvantaged and underserved communities, to shift to the cleanest vehicles on the market.”

CARB noted too that the $800 million ZEV investment commitment for California is part of an agreement by Volkswagen with CARB, the U.S. EPA, and the California and U.S. Departments of Justice “that combines mitigation and penalties to fully resolve all of the environmental harm from VW’s actions.”

Among the planned Cycle 1 outlays for California EVSE are

• $75 million for highway fast-charging (implanting chargers up to 350 kilowatts);

• $45 million for “community charging,” including multi-family feelings and workplaces;

• $44 million for Green City initiatives; and

• $20 million for public education and EV awareness.


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Source: CARB with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

Four Soon by Sea – Cars Move by LNG

January 17, 2017 in Companies, Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two Pure Car/Truck Carriers Are Now in Service with UECC,
Volkswagen Has Ordered Two More to be Operated by Siem

Two made-in-China, nearly 600-foot pure car/truck carrier vessels with liquefied natural gas-diesel dual fuel engines have been placed in short-sea service in the Baltic by Norway-based UECC – United European Car Carriers.
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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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