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Maxwell supplying ultracaps to ABB for hybrid version of Philadelphia rail energy recuperation system

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is supplying ultracapacitors to ABB for its recent contract win to upgrade Philadelphia area rail lines. ABB will install a hybrid version of its high-efficiency ENVILINE wayside energy recovery and storage system for the Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority’s (SEPTA) light rail system serving the greater Philadelphia area. Brief

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Harley-Davidson Livewire Electric Motorcycle Concept: Test Ride

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I attended a test ride near Philadelphia The Harley-Davidson Project Livewire electric motorcycle concept has been blazing across the country, with demonstration rides offered to owners and fans on no fewer than 40 concept bikes.

Philadelphia transit authority Board approves $412M purchase of 525 new hybrid buses

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The Board of SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority) today approved the purchase of 525 40-foot, low-floor diesel-electric hybrid buses via a $411.8-million, five-year contract with New Flyer of America. SEPTA also has an option to purchase up to 25 additional buses. Brief

Proterra racks up 33 more orders for electric buses through FTA Low-No awards

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million people in five counties in and around Philadelphia, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) will receive $2,585,075 from FTA and use the funds to purchase 25 Proterra Catalyst buses and five overhead chargers. Proterra zero-emission buses will be deployed on Routes 29 and 79 in South Philadelphia. Brief

ECOtality Offering Free Electric Car Charging Stations: Is Your City Included?

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That's the aim of ECOtality, as it offers Blink chargers at an increasingly wide range of sites, with Philadelphia, Chicago and Atlanta the latest cities joining the list. Wherever you charge your electric car, it's nice to have access to the latest equipment and a good network of charging sites.

Nestlé Waters North America adds 155 new medium-duty propane autogas trucks to delivery fleet

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Deployments in 2016 will include New York City, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Baltimore. Nestlé Waters North America is adding more than 150 medium-duty beverage delivery trucks fueled by propane autogas. Over the vehicles’ lifetime, the 155 Ford F-650 trucks will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 24.6 Brief

Is Your City Ready For Electric Vehicles?

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A previous Pike research report highlighted 6 cities expected to be early EV adopters: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas and Ford has identified the 25 most electric vehicle (EV) ready cities in the U.S., based on the company’s latest research. The 25 cities are dotted all over the country from Hartford to Honolulu.

BMW i and EVgo expanding ChargeNow DC Fast program; 500 more fast chargers in US; no-cost DC and Level 2 for BMW i3 drivers

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Philadelphia, PA. At the Los Angeles Auto Show, BMW of North America announced, in cooperation with NRG EVgo, the expansion of the ChargeNow DC Fast program. Earlier post.) ChargeNow DC Fast also includes two years of no-cost charging for qualifying BMW i3 drivers in those areas. ChargeNow DC Fast markets include: Atlanta, GA. Austin, TX.

Clean Energy wins $10M, multi-year transit deal with New Jersey Transit

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Clean Energy Fuels has won a $10-million, multi-year procurement from New Jersey Transit, the nation’s third largest provider of bus, rail and light rail transit, which links major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia and provides close to 223 million passenger trips each year. On 10 Feb., In 2015, Dillon’s fleet consumed 1.1

Zipcar to expand Zipvan cargo van service across North America

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Zipcar is launching the Zipvan service in Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Portland, Oregon today, and will roll out the service to its remaining metro markets in North America over the next 12 months. Car-sharing network Zipcar, Inc. plans to expand the company’s Zipvan cargo van service across North America. Brief

APTA predicts that $5/gallon gasoline could result in 1.5B additional passenger trips on US public transportation, calls for more Federal investment

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As examples, APTA cites: the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority in Pompano Beach, FL increased by 10.6%; Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority of Philadelphia, PA increased by 10%; and the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority of Oakland, CA increased by 14%. billion trips per year. billion trips per year. Brief

Rent A Hybrid. Links To Green Rentals.

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One easy way to haul all your family, luggage, and toys while managing to also reduce your vacation’s carbon footprint is to rent a hybrid SUV. Budget.

APTA reports record public transportation usage in US in 2013; growth outpacing population and VMT growth

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Growth in public transit ridership since 1995 has outpaced population and VMT growth. Data: APTA. Click to enlarge. In 2013, Americans took 10.7

CMU study finds that coal retirement is needed for EVs to reduce air pollution

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But the extra emissions released as a result can cause 50% higher costs to human health and the environment.). Source: Weis et al. Click to enlarge.

Revenge is Upon Us

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And tomorrow the film opens in Columbus, OH and Philadelphia, PA from Steve Payne on Vimeo.

Solar Grid Storage selects AllCell as preferred Li-ion battery system supplier

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Solar Grid Storage has several projects in the 14-state PJM service area including the recently announced Grid Star project at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and the Konterra commercial microgrid in Laurel, Maryland. Effective thermal management is important in any battery system, but it is especially critical in larger high-power systems. Brie

U Florida team using fungi to extract cobalt and lithium from waste batteries

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The researchers presented their work at the 252 nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Philadelphia. A team of researchers University of South Florida is using naturally occurring fungi to drive an environmentally friendly recycling process to extract cobalt and lithium from tons of waste batteries.

Study suggests focusing on cold starts in gasoline cars as target for emissions reduction

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The researchers are presenting their work today at the 252 nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Philadelphia. A new study suggests that focusing on a gasoline-fueled vehicle’s cold start is the best target for future design changes to reduce emissions of criteria pollutants. —Greg Drozd, Ph.D.

SEPTA awards New Flyer a contract for up to 550 diesel hybrid buses; 90 in first order

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SEPTA currently serves more than 168 million annual riders with a fleet of 1,387 vehicles in fixed route service in the Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties. Earlier post.). All buses will be delivered between the period of 2017 to 2020. Brief

Traveling Finnish sauna touring US to use Neste renewable diesel on the West Coast

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Follow the Traveling Sauna on social media (@travelingsauna, @nestecorp, @NesteUS), and track its journey through Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York City, and 17 other US locations. Throughout 2017, a fully-functional Finnish sauna on wheels will travel 12,000 miles across the US. Brief

New York City adding 70 electric vehicles to fleet; launches EV educational push

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Mayor Bloomberg announces the addition of 70 new electric vehicles. Chevy Volt and Navistar E-star are visible in the background. Click to enlarge.

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Hino Trucks introduces new Class 4, 5 diesel and diesel hybrid electric trucks for North American market

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The new Hino COE diesel and diesel hybrid for the North American market. Click to enlarge. The 155 and 155h models will carry a 14,500 lb. GVW rating.

THINK Releases US EV-Ready Cities Index

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The remaining cities included Denver, Boston, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Phoenix. Philadelphia. Electric vehicle maker THINK released its first US EV-Ready Cities Index. The top four cities included first-ranked Los Angeles and second-ranked San Francisco with Chicago and New York tied for third. —Richard Canny. San Diego.

Preliminary survey results show 27% believe they will be using autonomous car by 2020, 49% a single mobility app

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Preliminary results from a forthcoming 23-city global study from Xerox shows that by 2020, half of all respondents (49%) believe they will have one app for all their transportation needs and 27% of respondents believe they will be using a self-driving car. The online survey was conducted among 18-65 year olds who hold a driver’s license. Brief

Ford to offer new diesel engine option in new Transit van; new Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Cost Calculator

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has different environmental ramifications from operating one in Philadelphia. Ford will bring the all-new Ford Transit commercial van to market with an option for an all-new diesel engine as well as the 3.5L EcoBoost V6. Earlier post.) For example, the tool can demonstrate how operating an electric vehicle in Portland, Ore., in 2008 to 53.7%

MIT study says combustion emissions cause ~200,000 premature deaths/year in US; vehicles and power generation top sources

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Pollution from industrial activities was highest in the Midwest, roughly between Chicago and Detroit, as well as around Philadelphia, Atlanta and Los Angeles. Source: MIT. Click to enlarge. Researchers from MIT’s Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment have concluded that ground-level PM 2.5 53,000 (90% CI: 24,000–95,000) PM 2.5

Pike Research forecasts US plug-in vehicle penetration rates to be highest in smaller states

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Despite being large MSAs in terms of population, Dallas, Philadelphia, Houston, Atlanta, and Washington, DC are not expected to show strong sales of PEVs, with all forecast to have fewer than 28,000 PEVs in their respective markets. penetration, respectively. of total light-duty vehicle sales in 2017. 4.6%), and Delaware (4.5%). Ohio: 1.69.

DOE investing $120M over 5 years in Energy Innovation Hub for Critical Materials Research

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The Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy-Efficient Buildings, which is working to achieve major breakthroughs in energy efficient building design. The Hub will address challenges across the entire life of each critical material including mineral processing, manufacture, substitution, efficient use, and end-of-life recycling.

Karma using independent dealers and company centers for launch or Revero plug-in hybrid

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Karma of The Main Line (greater Philadelphia). Karma Automotive’s planned distribution strategy will use both independent dealers and also company owned brand-experience centers to sell and service the new high-end Revero plug-in hybrid. There are advantages to both dealer and company-owned locations. Karma Atlanta. Classic Atlanta. Karma Ft.

PECO Expanding Fleet with NGVs & PHEVs

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The NGVs will be used by PECO’s energy technicians in the Philadelphia suburbs. The vehicles cost more to buy when modified for CNG use, but the fuel costs significantly less than diesel or gasoline at 25% less per equivalent gallon, said Bill Flemming, PECO’s fleet manager and chairman of the Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities Coalition.

EPA proposes updates to annual PM2.5 national air quality standard

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and one in Philadelphia, PA. Projected non-attainment by county in 2020 under the range of the proposed new limits. Source: EPA. million, to $5.9

Univ. of Delaware and state partner on EV charging station project to support longer electric trips

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The project also helps fill a regional gap for recharging capabilities between Baltimore and Philadelphia, urban areas where charging stations are more common. The 16-kilowatt stations will charge two to three times as quickly as more common models, and the service will be offered free-of-charge to users through at least 2014. —Prof.

SG Preston and IHI E&C partner on portfolio of renewable diesel and jet plants; 5 initial sites, 600M gallons total capacity

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SG Preston, a Philadelphia-based bioenergy company, is partnering with IHI E&C , a Houston-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) subsidiary of Japan’s IHI Corporation , to develop and to construct a series of commercial-scale renewable diesel and jet fuel manufacturing plants, initially in the US Midwest and Canada. —R.

International Battery to provide Li-ion system to Sunverge for Net-Zero Energy Home Project

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This fully integrated distributed energy system will provide a turnkey solar solution to support a Net-Zero Home Energy demonstration at the Philadelphia Navy Yard’s Clean Energy Innovation Hub. The Energy Innovation Hub will include a live demonstration of a microgrid with a 2,700 square foot net-zero energy home. Brief

Pennsylvania Awards Axion Power $800,000 to Demonstrate PbC Batteries in Hybrids, PHEVs and EVs

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321,680 to convert ground support equipment fleet at Philadelphia International Airport to run on electricity rather than fossil fuels. City of Philadelphia. 296,650 for rechargers for the electric ground support fleet at Philadelphia International Airport, in coordination with the US Airways project. million. Thar Process Inc.

Fall Preview and Theatrical Launch

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Philadelphia. This summer has been a wild ride of festivals, terrific opening press and special event screenings across the country. Baltimore.

Sunoco Idles Eagle Point Refinery; Will Evaluate Feasibility of Using it to Produce Alternative Fuels in the Future

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Sunoco will shift current Eagle Point production to its two nearby refineries in Marcus Hook and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which will now operate at higher capacity utilization. Sunoco, Inc. Sunoco owns and operates four refineries, including Eagle Point, with a combined crude oil processing capacity of 825,000 barrels per day.

NTSB recommends nationwide ban on personal electronic devices while driving; also calls for modifications to the equipment and the completion of a NHTSA rulemaking on collision warning systems

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In Philadelphia in 2010, a barge being towed by a tugboat ran over an amphibious duck boat in the Delaware River, killing two Hungarian tourists.

Joule achieves ASTM compliance for sustainable diesel, jet fuel; direct CO2-to-fuels

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At the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in Philadelphia, Joule announced that its Sunflow-D and Sunflow-J products meet the standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) for diesel and jet fuel, respectively. ASTM test regimes address a number of critical fuel requirements, such as performance (e.g. Brief