Toyota hybrid milestone, Hyundai battery tech, Chicago combats charging desert: Today’s Car News

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Hyundai hybrids tackle battery downsizing with a novel approach. And Chicago is requiring more EV charge points. Chicago has made a move that requires more charge points to be installed in large-scale residential and commercial development.

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Chicago Transit Authority orders 20 Proterra electric buses for $32M

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The Chicago Transit Board awarded a $32-million contract to Proterra for the purchase of 20 new, all-electric buses. Both electric buses have performed well and handled Chicago’s weather and temperatures. plastics, metals, oil, lubricants, anti-freeze and batteries).

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UberX Drivers To Test BYD e6 Chinese Electric Cars In Chicago

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The BYD e6 wagon is the battery-electric car that never quite made it onto the U.S. Very quietly, that''s now changing; the company hopes to lease around 200 BYD e6 electric cars for use by UberX drivers in Chicago. Green BYD BYD e6 Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Chicago China Chinese Uber fleet plug-in cars market. Despite various plans and announcements over the last five years, the e6 was never offered for retail sale in North America.

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Kia unveils Soul EV at Chicago Auto Show

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Kia Motors America (KMA) introduced the 2015 Soul EV at the Chicago Auto Show. Scheduled to go on sale in the third quarter of 2014, the Soul EV will be Kia’s first battery-electric car sold in the US. Additional cross bracing beneath the low-mounted battery contributes to a 5.9%

Hyundai introduces 2018 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models at Chicago Auto Show

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Hyundai unveiled the redesigned 2018 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid models at the Chicago Auto Show. The lithium-ion polymer battery pack capacity is 1.76 Locating the battery pack beneath the trunk floor helps improve cargo volume and total interior volume with 106.1

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Enterprise Holdings acquiring IGO CarSharing in Chicago

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Established in 2002 as a pilot program of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, IGO was the first car-sharing program in Chicago and has been dedicated to creating an integrated multimodal transportation system for more than a decade. IGO offers a range of vehicles, including the Nissan LEAF and Mitsubishi i-MiEV battery-electric vehicles. Enterprise first launched hourly rentals in Chicago in 2005.

Chicago awards $13.4M contract to Motiv Power Systems for 20 Class 8 electric refuse trucks

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The City of Chicago has awarded San Francisco Bay Area startup Motiv Power Systems a $13.4-million contract for 20 Class 8 electric refuse trucks. The 52,000-lb trucks, powered by a 200 kWh battery pack, will have a range of up to 60 miles. The Motiv electric Powertrain Control System (ePCS) uses off-the-shelf batteries and motors, which can be mixed and matched to fit the size of the electric truck application. Batteries Electric (Battery) Fleets Heavy-duty

VIA Motors launches Chicago voucher program for fleet and businesses for extended range EVs

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VIA Motors announced a voucher program for Chicago-area fleet and business owners that will reduce the initial costs of owning a VIA Motors extended range pickup truck, extended range electric passenger van, or extended range electric cargo van. VIA VTRUX offers up to 40-mile battery range and. To be eligible for the Drive Clean Chicago voucher program, the commercial vehicles must be used within the Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties.

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Kia introduces 2017 Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle, Optima Hybrid and Optima Plug-in Hybrid at Chicago

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Kia unveiled three major hybrid offerings at the Chicago Auto Show: the 2017 Niro Hybrid Utility Vehicle; the new Optima Hybrid; and the new Optima Plug-in Hybrid. A compact and lightweight 1.56-kWh Lithium Ion Polymer battery is located underneath the rear seat.

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U Chicago, MIT study suggests ongoing use of fossil fuels absent new carbon taxes

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A paper by a team from the University of Chicago and MIT suggests that technology-driven cost reductions in fossil fuels will lead to the continued use of fossil fuels—oil, gas, and coal—unless governments pass new taxes on carbon emissions. The development of better battery technology for storing electricity, is vital for increased use of renewables in both electricity and transportation, where electric vehicles can be plugged into the grid for charging.

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Ford Unveils Electric Transit Connect, Transit Taxi with Alt Fuel Conversion at Chicago Auto Show

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Ford Motor Company is unveiling the all-electric version of the Ford Transit Connect at the Chicago Auto Show; the small electric van will be in fleet operators’ hands later this year, according to the company. Tags: Conversions Electric (Battery) Fleets LPG Natural Gas

12 natural gas Ford Transit Taxis to enter service in Chicago

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Taxi Medallion Management in Chicago has purchased 12 Ford Transit Connect Taxis running on compressed natural gas (CNG) for its fleet. The cabs will be affiliated with Yellow Cab Chicago and bear the company’s logo and color. For the driver, in addition to the comfortable driving environment, new features include rear view camera and back-up sensor, heavy-duty battery and wiring block connector to power upfitted accessories.

2011 Think City Lives On, Still On Sale In Chicago Alongside BYD e6

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Since then, Think’s misfortunes have caused battery maker Ener1 to also declare bankruptcy while its own future is now in the automotive equivalent of limbo. In one small part of Chicago however, Think is alive and well -- and In June last year, Norwegian electric automaker Think filed for bankruptcy for the third time in its 20-year life.

Coulomb Technologies and Carbon Day Automotive Unveil Solar Plug-In Station in Chicago

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Carbon Day Automotive and Coulomb Technologies unveiled a solar-powered electric vehicle charging station in the City of Chicago. kWh underground battery pack specially designed and developed by ALL CELL Technologies, a thermal management and power pack solutions manufacturer.

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Proterra and Mitsui create $200M credit facility to scale Proterra battery leasing program

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to create a $200-million credit facility in support of a battery lease program. By decoupling the batteries from the sale of its buses, Proterra enables transit customers to purchase the electric bus and lease the batteries over the 12-year lifetime of the bus.

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Kia Motors Unveils Ray Plug-in Hybrid Concept at Chicago Auto Show

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Kia Motors America (KMA) unveiled the Ray Plug-in Hybrid concept compact sedan during a press conference at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show. Based on the Kia Forte platform, the Ray Concept is designed to be powered by an all-aluminum 153 hp (114 kW) Gasoline Direct Injected (GDI) 1.4-liter engine mated to a permanently-engaged fixed ratio Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), used in combination with a 78 kW electric motor and a lithium-polymer battery pack.

Liquid microscopy technique reveals new problem with lithium-oxygen batteries; lithium peroxide in electrolyte

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What we were able to see for the first time is that lithium peroxide develops in the liquid electrolyte of lithium-oxygen batteries, and is a contributor to the slow down and ultimate death of these batteries. Batteries Li-O2

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SiNode and JNC partner to form NanoGraf to improve battery energy density by 50%; Si-graphene composit anode materials

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SiNode Systems, a Chicago-based advanced materials company developing silicon-graphene materials for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries ( earlier post ), and JNC Corporation, a Tokyo-based specialty chemical manufacturer, have formed NanoGraf Corporation—a joint venture focused on commercializing asvanced materials for the Lithium-ion battery industry—with a $4.5-million investment. Batteries

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AllCell and LG develop high-performance Li-ion battery for material handling market

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AllCell Technologies, LLC, a Chicago-based Lithium-ion battery pack manufacturer for smart-grid, autonomous and light electric vehicle applications, and LG Chem Ltd. have developed a high performance long lasting Li-ion battery for material handling applications. The battery is built with LG’s cylindrical 18650-format Li-ion batteries and AllCell’s proprietary passive thermal management technology with phase change composite (PCC) ( earlier post ). Batteries

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NSF awards UIC $1.44M to discover new 2D materials for better batteries

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The University of Illinois at Chicago has received a $1.44-million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to discover new 2D materials that can be used to manufacture better and cheaper batteries. We want to find new catalyst materials that can increase a battery’s efficiency significantly, not incrementally. Batteries Materials

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U.S. Battery Makers Power Up

Revenge of the Electric Car

I wrote a few months ago about the Japanese and European carmakers teaming up with Asian and Euro battery manufacturers with $200-$400 million deals to build large production facilities that will soon be cranking out high volumes of LiIon batteries for plug-in cars. Since achieving cost parity with internal combustion requires batteries to cost less than $500 per kWh, this is a welcome sign that we’ll be seeing those prices in short order.

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Researchers suggest using pharma as model to bring battery innovations to market

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The path to bringing more efficient, effective, and economical batteries to market over the last 25 years is overwhelmingly littered with failure. As the head of Chicago-based SiNode Systems, Mayekar confronts the challenges of battery commercialization daily. Dravid (2017) “Applying insights from the pharma innovation model to battery commercialization—pros, cons, and pitfalls” MRS Energy & Sustainability doi: 10.1557/mre.2017.12. Batteries Market Background

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Wal-Mart, Anheuser-Busch, DHL to test Tesla Semi: 1,200-plus reservations?

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An Instagram post by an "outdoor living design and construction firm serving the Chicago Southland" seems to confirm a total of 1,230 reservations for Tesla's new all-electric truck. Trucks Future Cars Tesla Motors plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Commercial vehicle freight Tesla SemiElemental Landscapes of Illinois posted a screenshot of its reservation for three Tesla Semi trucks, showing a reservation number EO000001230. If the reservation.

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5 things about the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric we learned at the NY auto show

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After a Detroit auto show that was about little except pickup trucks and a new Jeep, followed by a tepid Chicago show, New York proved to be relatively rich in interesting new green cars. The standout was clearly the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric, the 250-mile battery-electric small hatchback that will go on sale before the end of the year. New York Auto Show plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV

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NREL researchers evaluating blockchain for transactive energy applications

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As a secure home automation system, foresee coordinates the operation of connected appliances, home batteries, and rooftop solar, satisfying homeowner values and preferences along with utility grid needs. Blockchain Electric (Battery) Market Background Power Generation

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Expanded graphite as a superior anode for sodium-ion batteries

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Researchers at the University of Maryland, with colleagues at the University of Illinois at Chicago, report on a new method for expanding graphite for use as a superior anode for sodium-ion batteries in a paper in Nature Communications.

Plug-in electric car sales in Canada, October 2016: Volt's seven-peat

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The Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years; the Chevy Volt won the Canadian electric-car sales trophy for the seventh time in seven months. sales Plug-In Hybrids Canada New car sales plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV Though Chevy Volt sales in Canada fell from stratospheric to mere tropospheric levels in October, the vehicle remains Canada's monthly sales leader for the seventh consecutive month.

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International Battery introduces new 24V Li-ion storage system

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International Battery , a US manufacturer, designer and developer of large-format Lithium-ion (Li-ion) rechargeable cells, batteries and energy storage systems (ESS), has introduced IBexus—a 24-Volt, 4.1

Rail Management Services (RMS) orders 9 more Orange EV T-Series electric yard trucks

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Rail Management Services ( RMS ), an intermodal lift-on/lift-off contractor with a hostling fleet of 700+ trucks, has placed a follow-on order for nine additional T-Series battery-electric terminal trucks from Orange EV. We put the Orange EV truck in Chicago at one of our toughest ramps.

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UCL, UI researchers devise method to optimize magnesium chromium oxide cathode materials; disordered materials

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University College London and University of Illinois at Chicago researchers report a new, scalable method for making a material that can reversibly store magnesium ions at high-voltage. Chromium oxides with the spinel structure have been predicted to be promising high voltage cathode materials in magnesium batteries. While it is at an early stage, the researchers say it is a significant development in moving towards magnesium-based batteries. Batteries

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FedEx Introducing Its First Battery-Electric Parcel Delivery Trucks in US

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FedEx is targeting battery electric technology for vehicles in its fleet covering less than 5,000 miles per year. A FedEx-branded prototype all-electric truck from Navistar is being unveiled today at an event in Chicago to kick-off a demonstration tour of the technology.

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Ford unveils all-electric Transit Connect

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The Chicago Auto Show, which opens to the Press today, is the venue for the unveiling of the all-electric version of the Ford Transit Connect. The vehicle will be powered by a liquid-cooled 28kWh lithium-ion battery pack from Johnson Controls-Saft and has an electric powertrain that includes a Siemens model 135 induction motor, a Borg-Warner 31-03 [.].

Kia Soul EV A Big Hit In CA; Sales To Expand Sooner Than Planned

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Just over a year ago, the 2015 Kia Soul EV was introduced at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show as the Korean brand''s first U.S.-market At the time, Kia said it would launch the Soul EV in California, but would eventually expand sales of the battery-electric tall wagon to four more states.

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DBT and Matra showcase battery swapping station for electric bikes and scooters at EVS26

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DBT CEV, one of the largest electric vehicle charging infrastructure firms in Europe, and Matra, a leading manufacturer of Light Electric Vehicles are introducing the Bat’Lib system, a battery swapping station for e-bikes and e-scooters, at EVS 26 in Los Angeles. The Bat’Lib station allows a user to exchange an empty battery for a full one in less than 10 seconds rather than waiting a few hours for the empty battery to recharge.

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Electrify America releases $300M Cycle 2 national ZEV investment plan; metro charging, autonomous charging, renewable generation

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Electrify America also will continue to invest in these Cycle 1 metros: Boston, Chicago, Denver, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, Seattle and Washington, DC. Electric (Battery) Infrastructure

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Second Graders Take Revenge

Revenge of the Electric Car

Executive Producer Stefano Durdic made a visit to Chicago’s Academy for Global Citizenship today, to give the students at this public contract school a chance to tour the Tesla Roadster and learn about electric cars. “How long does it take to charge the battery?&#. At first they didn’t seem to believe Stefano when he told them it can go 120 miles per hour and that it had over 6,000 lithium ion batteries in the back.

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EnerDel to Develop Batteries for Series Hybrid XM1124 Humvee

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Automotive lithium-ion battery maker EnerDel, Inc. million contract to design and build high-performance lithium-ion battery systems for the hybrid version of the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV or Humvee), the XM1124 Humvee. TARDEC and its partners have evaluated a number of battery solutions over the past few years, including systems from Saft and A123Systems. . TARDEC will test two of EnerDel’s battery chemistries. Cutaway of the XM1124.

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UPS places 50 advanced hydraulic hybrids in its fleet in time for holiday rush

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the world’s largest package delivery company and a provider of supply chain management solutions, placed 50 Lightning Hybrids hydraulic hybrid delivery trucks in the Chicago metro area. United Parcel Service, Inc.,

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Kia Niro 'Hybrid Utility Vehicle' First Photos Revealed At Detroit Auto Show

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As part of its parent company's push into hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery-electric vehicles, Kia will introduce what it calls a 'hybrid utility vehicle' at next month's Chicago Auto Show. Today, at the more influential Detroit Auto Show, the Korean company released the images of that vehicle, to be known as two Kia Niro. Its hybrid powertrain. Detroit Auto Show Kia Niro

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Next-generation Lead Acid Battery Company Firefly Energy Shuts Down, Files for Chapter 7

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developer of a portfolio of next-generation lead-acid battery technologies ( earlier post ), has shut down and is filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy (liquidation rather than reorganization as with Chapter 11). Management tried repeatedly to protect against (closing) - even going without salaries for six months so that we could keep the company afloat and continue to pay employees,” said Ovan from his office in Chicago. Seven-year-old Firefly Energy Inc.,

Tesla Model S Safety Plea, 2016 BMW X5 40e Plug-In Hybrid, BYD e6 For Uber: Today's Car News

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Today, we have an owner''s concern over a potential safety issue with the Tesla Model S electric car, details on the 2016 BMW X5 xDrive 40e plug-in hybrid SUV, and plans for UberX drivers to use the Chinese BYD e6 electric car in Chicago. We''ve got 2017 Nissan Leaf rumors, a look at Tesla''s battery-swapping.

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AllCell Receives $460K Li-ion battery manufacturing grant Through Illinois Energy Plan

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AllCell plans to increase production capacity for lithium-ion batteries at the company’s manufacturing facility in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. AllCell Technologies offers customized thermal management solutions and battery packs for high power lithium-ion based systems in applications such as hybrid and electric automotives and light electric vehicles (i.e.

President Obama Announces 48 Projects to Receive $2.4B in Grants for Next-Generation of Batteries and Electric Vehicles; To be Combined with $2.4B in Industry Cost-Share

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President Obama announced 48 new advanced battery and electric drive projects that will receive $2.4 These projects, selected through a highly competitive process by the Department of Energy (DOE), are intended to accelerate the development of US manufacturing capacity for batteries and electric drive components as well as the deployment of electric drive vehicles. Production of manganese oxide cathode / graphite lithium-ion batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles.

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