Tesla Freakonomics: Why Fans Should Hope Early Drivetrain Data Was Correct

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Our recent article on the reliability implications of a Plug-In America survey of early Tesla Model S owners was met with skepticism from the company's supporters, and support from its skeptics. Maintenance Quality Warranty Tesla Motors Reliability service Plug-in AmericaBut in a counter-intuitive Freakonomics-style twist, it's the firm's fans who should hope the results were accurate--and its foes who should hope they.

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Volvo Trucks North America demonstrates pilot electric VNR models; Volvo LIGHTS

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Volvo Trucks North America offered a first look at its Class 8 battery-electric project trucks during an exclusive event at TEC Equipment dealership in Fontana, California. In North America, the Volvo VNR Electric is targeting short- and regional-haul applications such as heavy urban distribution, drayage and other applications where electric trucks will first have the greatest impact.

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Plug Power, Charlatte America deliver fuel cell cargo tuggers for FedEx at Albany International Airport

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and Charlatte America, a member of the Fayat Group, the leading manufacturer of battery powered electric airport ground support equipment (GSE) throughout Europe and the United States, have delivered fuel cell-powered electric cargo tuggers for use by FedEx at the Albany International Airport. The ground support vehicles were built by Charlatte America and operate using Plug Power’s zero-emission ProGen hydrogen fuel cell system. Plug Power Inc.

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Hyundai delivers first 7 XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks in Europe; plans for North America and China; 2,000 units per year by 2021

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With successful delivery of the first XCIENT Fuel Cell trucks, we proudly announce our plan to expand beyond Europe to North America and China where we are already making great progress. To back this plan, Hyundai is partnering with companies to build a complete hydrogen value chain covering everything from hydrogen production and charging stations to service and maintenance.

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Electrify America installing 150/350 kW fast chargers at more than 100 Walmart locations

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Electrify America will install electric vehicle fast chargers at more than 100 Walmart locations across 34 states by June 2019. Yesterday, Electrify America announced the selection of ABB, BTC Power, Efacec and Signet jointly to deploy its new ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging systems throughout the United States. The Electrify America charging systems located at Walmart stores will offer the first certified cooled-cable 150 to 350 kilowatt (kW) DC Fast Chargers.

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Audi of America, Virginia DOT and Qualcomm plan initial C-V2X deployment in Virginia

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Audi of America, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., GHz band using C-V2X is exciting, as it can allow us to evaluate this emerging communication option for essential and practical safety and mobility services, including saving the lives of maintenance and construction personnel in work zones.

MTU America fined $1.5M for selling uncertified engines

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MTU America Inc. As outlined in its settlement agreement, MTU, formerly known as Tognum America Inc., MTU had also performed maintenance during durability testing on the same engine, but had not reported this to EPA, a violation of testing regulations. The California Air Resources Board (ARB), US Department of Justice (DOJ) and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined forces to prosecute.

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Hybrids & Electric Cars May Spell Doom For America's Roads

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Yesterday, we discussed the problem of America's crumbling roads and bridges. Taxes on gasoline are meant to keep that stuff up to snuff, but the costs of maintenance and upgrades are outpacing revenue. The Wall Street Journal recently examined several ways to boost funding for America's The reason? The federal gas tax hasn't risen since 1993.

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Ford introduces North America’s largest electric vehicle charging network for its EV customers; Greenlots led buildout

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Ford is offering its all-electric vehicle customers North America’s largest electric vehicle public charging network—the FordPass Charging Network—with more than 12,000 places to charge, including fast charging, and more than 35,000 charge plugs—more than any other automotive manufacturer. In collaboration with Electrify America, the FordPass Charging Network will provide access to DC fast chargers.

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Daimler Trucks North America collaborates with AT&T and Microsoft on new connectivity solutions for HD trucks

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Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced new collaborations with AT&T and Microsoft Corporation with the goal of delivering further enhancements to its Detroit Connect suite of connected vehicle services. Our collaboration with technology leaders such as AT&T and Microsoft further enhance our ability to provide connectivity solutions to our customers in North America.

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

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Nestlé Waters North America is adding more than 150 medium-duty beverage delivery trucks fueled by propane autogas. The new medium-duty delivery trucks, added to the company’s existing autogas fleet of 30 Ford trucks of the same model, will also help the company save on maintenance and fuel costs. The Nestlé Waters North America propane trucks are used to deliver product to its customers across the country including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C.,

ANSI and America Makes targeting automotive participation in Phase 2 of 3D printing standardization roadmap

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In February 2017, the America Makes & ANSI Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative ( AMSC ) published a standardization roadmap for additive manufacturing (3D Printing). These working groups cover horizontal topics that are applicable to all industry sectors in the areas of design, precursor materials, process control, post-processing, finished material properties, qualification and certification, nondestructive evaluation, and maintenance.

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Komatsu America launches third-generation hybrid hydraulic excavator; 20% fuel savings

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Komatsu America Corp. Data such as fuel levels, operating hours, location, cautions and maintenance alerts are relayed to the web application for analysis. introduced its new HB215LC-2 hybrid hydraulic excavator. This third-generation model is based on iterations of Komatsu hybrid experience; Komatsu was the first in the industry to introduce a hybrid excavator in 2008. Earlier post.) Since then, the company has sold more than 2,500 hybrid excavators worldwide.

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Boeing projects $820B market for 7,290 new airplanes in North America over next 20 years

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Boeing forecasts that air carriers in North America will take delivery of 7,290 new airplanes over the next 20 years at a market value of $820 billion. Taking retirements of airplanes into account, the North America fleet will grow from 6,650 airplanes today to about 8,830 airplanes by 2031. Boeing forecasts single-aisle airplanes will grow to 69% of the total North America fleet by 2031.

Komatsu America introduces second-generation hybrid hydraulic excavator

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Komatsu America Corp. Data such as operating hours, location, cautions and maintenance alerts are relayed to the web application for analysis. recently introduced its second-generation hydraulic excavator, the HB215LC-1, into the North American market. The HB215LC-1 is the result of research and development building on the successful first generation Komatsu hybrid excavator ( earlier post ). The HB215LC-1. Click to enlarge.

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Volvo Trucks North America optimizes its regional haul models for greater fuel efficiency and payload

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Volvo Trucks in North America is boosting fuel efficiency and payload capacity for regional haul carriers with the introduction of its Optimized Series, now available for order. Optimized Volvo VNM 200, VNM 430 mid-roof and VNL 630 models are on display this week in Houston at the National Tank Truck Carriers’ 30th annual Tank Truck Show & Maintenance Seminar.

car2go launches North America’s first all-electric carsharing network in San Diego

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LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation, and the City of San Diego officially launched North America’s first all-electric carsharing network. Parking, recharging, insurance and maintenance are included. car2go N.A., car2go began deploying 300 smart fortwo electric drive vehicles Friday in San Diego, which are now in service and available for use.

FCA US launches largest private fleet of CNG-powered semitrucks in Michigan; largest private CNG station in N America

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million to enable the 36,000-square-foot maintenance facility to handle the new CNG-powered fleet. The $5-million on-site CNG fueling station, designed and built by TruStar Energy, is the largest private CNG station in North America. It included maintenance, repair and operating courses taught by Cummins, Allison Transmission, Agility Fuel Systems and FCA’s own in-house trainers.

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AMP Americas in deal with two national dairy cooperatives to build 7 CNG fueling stations, bring in more Class 8 CNG trucks

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AMP Americas signed a deal with Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) and Select Milk Producers, both national dairy cooperatives, to convert a portion of their diesel needs to CNG by working with haulers to convert their fleets to CNG-powered trucks. Under the agreement, AMP-Trillium, the joint venture between AMP Americas and Trillium CNG, will build seven public fueling stations between August 2013 and early 2014 and lease new CNG trucks that will travel more than 13.2

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TravelCenters of America LLC planning to install 50 on-island DEF dispensers in 2011

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TravelCenters of America LLC confirmed its on-island DEF (diesel exhaust fluid for use with selective catalytic reduction exhaust aftertreatment systems) dispenser roll-out. gallon containers of DEF at all 228 of its locations, available at the fuel desk, travel store or truck maintenance counters and all of the company’s RoadSquad emergency roadside vehicles carry a supply of DEF.

Daimler Buses North America Crests 3,000 Hybrid Bus Sales Mark

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Sales for Daimler Buses North America’s Orion VII diesel-electric series hybrid bus have surpassed 3,000 units—more than any other manufacturer in the world. The series hybrid design also eliminates the need for a mechanical transmission which means no transmission overhauls, a major maintenance item on conventional buses.

Ford to offer 1L EcoBoost in 2014 Fiesta in North America

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A timing belt-in-oil for the primary cam drive system produces less noise (being sealed), and is maintenance-free. EcoBoost delivers more torque per liter than any other gasoline engine in North America, according to Fascetti. EcoBoost. Click to enlarge. The new 2014 Ford Fiesta on sale next year will be the first vehicle available in the United States with Ford’s 3-cylinder 1.0-liter EcoBoost (direct injection plus turbocharging) engine. Earlier post.)

ITOCHU and InSpec ally to offer services to build rechargeable battery production plants in North America; Japanese battery manufacturing equipment

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In response, Japanese manufacturers of raw materials for batteries (positive-electrode materials, negative-electrode materials, separators and electrolytic solutions) and battery manufacturers have been accelerating their initiatives to relocate their manufacturing bases to North America. InSpec has a track record of gaining large numbers of orders from raw materials manufacturers and battery manufacturers to construct plants in North America.

Waste Management piloting Rotopress collection trailers in North America; natural gas tractors

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is introducing Rotopress waste collection trailers for the first time in North America. Improved maintenance costs: The unique corkscrew design of continuously moving waste to the front of the body will help prevent the rear axles from being overloaded while keeping sufficient weight on the front axle at all times. In a pilot program, Waste Management, Inc.

Daimler Launches car2go Car Sharing in North America

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In a joint partnership with the City of Austin, Daimler launched its car2go pilot project in North America. Austin becomes the official headquarters of car2go North America LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler. Billing rates are all-inclusive: fuel, maintenance, insurance, miles and parking. Earlier post.) The first pilot phase starts with 200 smart fortwo vehicles and a defined group of users.

Daimler Buses North America’s Orion VII Transit Bus Makes World Debut with SCR

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Daimler Buses North America (DBNA) unveiled the new-generation diesel Orion VII transit bus, now equipped with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) emissions technology, at the Bus & Paratransit Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. The three drive versions feature almost identical engine compartments so that components and harnesses could be standardized across all three applications providing ease of maintenance for the end user.

Coulomb Technologies to Provide 4,600 Free Home and Public Charging Stations Through ChargePoint America Program

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Locations for the ChargePoint America program. Coulomb Technologies, in partnership with Ford, Chevrolet and smart USA, will provide 4,600 free home and public ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations for electric vehicles throughout the United States through the ChargePoint America program. The ChargePoint America project will collect data characterizing vehicle use and charging patterns, and Purdue University and Idaho National Labs will analyze the data.

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Deloitte global survey gauges consumer prospects for EVs in China, Europe and Americas; China leads

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The online survey captures the views of more than 12,000 consumers across the Americas, Asia and Europe in 17 countries. Most survey respondents perceive EVs as better than ICEs in their impact on the environment (82%), availability of government incentives (76%), cost to operate (69%), cost of repair and maintenance (56%), and safety (53%).

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Ford to apply start-stop technology to non-hybrid vehicles in North America in 2012

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Ford will begin applying start-stop technology—currently used in Ford hybrids and some Ford cars in Europe—in conventional cars, crossovers and SUVs in North America in 2012. When Auto Start-Stop debuts in North America, it will be available on gasoline-powered cars and utilities with either a manual or automatic transmission as well as vehicles that use Ford’s patented dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission. Ford Auto Start-Stop. Click to enlarge.

Daimler Trucks North America Introduces LNG and CNG Models With Cummins Westport Engine

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Daimler Trucks North America will offer the Cummins Westport ISL G Natural Gas (NG) engine in the Freightliner Business Class M2 112 truck in a total of six LNG and CNG tractor/truck configurations. The ISL G leverages Cummins’ cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) with stoichiometric combustion allowing for the use of a three way catalyst, which is maintenance free.

Yeah, I Got Your Chevy Volt, Right Here. Day 2 @ Plug-In 2009

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But what did surprise this reporter was the absence of Honda, Toyota, BYD, and a lot of the other players listed on the Plug-In America car tracker. Fleet vehicles typically get crappy mileage and cost the fleet owners too much money in fuel and maintenance. Tags: electric cars environment greenwashing plug-in cars politics AeroVironment BMW Mini-E ChargePoint Chevy Volt Coulomb Gridpoint J1772 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Plug-In 2009 Plug-In America

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Ford confirms construction of Rouge EV center to be home of electric F-150; production by mid-2022

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Electric vehicles including the electric F-150 require significantly less maintenance than a typical gasoline engine, creating more than 40% savings for its lifetime total cost of operation.

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Volvo Trucks deploys first pilot all-electric VNR Truck at TEC Equipment in Southern California

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Volvo Trucks North America has deployed its first pilot VNR Electric truck in Southern California as part of the Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions) project—a collaboration with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) and 13 other organizations to develop a blueprint to successfully introduce battery-electric trucks and equipment into the market at scale.

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DHE begins piloting Volvo VNR Electric heavy-duty trucks in SoCal fleet

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The electric trucks will be added to DHE’s existing fleet of more than 500 Volvo trucks operating across North America. Freight operator Dependable Highway Express (DHE) has received two Volvo VNR Electric trucks—the first battery-electric Class 8 trucks to join DHE’s fleet.

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Ryder to be strategic service partner for electric truck and drone manufacturer Workhorse Group

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Ryder will be the exclusive maintenance provider for Workhorse’s entire light- and medium-duty range-extended electric vehicle fleet in North America and will provide a combination of warranty and maintenance services as part of Ryder’s SelectCare fleet maintenance portfolio. Ryder will also serve as the primary distributor in North America for Workhorse’s E-100 and E-GEN range-extended medium-duty vehicles, as well as the W-15 electric pickup truck.

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Ballard-powered fuel-cell electric vehicles rack up 30M km; enough to circle the globe 750 times

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This includes in excess of 570 Fuel-Cell Electric Buses (FCEBs) and 2,000 commercial trucks currently deployed in Asia, Europe and North America. Some of the FCEBs that have been operating for more than 8 years in the field have now exceeded 35,000 hours of revenue service with no major fuel cell maintenance requirements.

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Final Transportation Bill: Electric-Car Fans Get Reasons To Rejoice

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The Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) was signed by President Barack Obama on December 4. It authorizes funds for highway construction and maintenance and public. Electric-car advocates can end the year on a high note, thanks to several provisions in the final Federal transportation bill approved earlier this month. congress natural gas plug-in cars transportation policy

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New Flyer introduces real-time smart analytics reporting platform to enhance battery-electric bus operation, intelligence, and efficiency

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New Flyer of America Inc. New Flyer Connect is New Flyer’s cloud-based telematics technology that communicates real-time GPS and analytic data to optimize bus performance, driver efficiency, safety, and preventative maintenance. First introduced in 2011 and since installed on more than 6,500 New Flyer transit buses across North America, Connect is a key part of New Flyer’s commitment to developing the future of mobility.

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Fuel cell electric vehicles powered by Ballard have driven more than 50M km; 70% in China

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Approximately 70% of the more than 50 million kilometers has been achieved in FCEVs deployed in China, with the remaining vehicles deployed in Europe and North America. Some of the FCEBs that operated over 8-years in the field exceeded 38,000 hours of revenue service with no major fuel cell maintenance requirements.

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House Democrats pushing $500B transportation infrastructure bill

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Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), released text of the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America ( INVEST in America ) Act, a key component of the Moving Forward Framework that House Democrats, led by Chair DeFazio, released earlier this year. The Committee will consider the INVEST in America Act at a Committee markup scheduled for Wednesday 17 June.

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Replacing 2003 VW Jetta TDI: What Non-Gasoline Car Should He Pick?

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Richard Kelly--the president of Plug-In America--has now put almost 200,000 miles on his 2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDI. Maintenance costs for the compact diesel are going up, so he believes it''s time to move on. Everyone needs car-buying advice once in awhile--even the leader of an electric-car advocacy group. In a blog post, Kelly laid out his

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BYD invests $5M in new warehouse facility in US; greater efficiencies and production capacity for battery-electric buses

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—Bobby Hill, Vice President of BYD North America, Coach and Bus. BYD has delivered more than 270 buses in North America with an additional 80+ buses in current production, and 300 bus orders with options that could double that number. BYD North America has more in the works. The company has invested in the purchase of an additional 150 acres of land near its Lancaster manufacturing plant and is planning service/maintenance centers across the US.

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King County Metro to begin testing electric buses that can travel more than 140 miles on a single charge

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King County Metro earlier this year became the first transit agency in North America to install a high-powered charging station at a base facility where recharging is combined with cleaning and maintenance. In July, the authors of a comprehensive study praised King County’s leadership in the transition to zero-emission fleets, quantifying the benefits of battery-powered buses: lower maintenance and operational costs, reduced noise pollution, and less greenhouse gas emissions.

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