2020 Ford Escape Hybrid preview: gas-electric now, plug-ins later

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By spring 2020, the Ford Escape Hybrid will once again be the most important battery vehicle in the automaker's lineup.

2019 96

Chevy Bolt EV, Sonic, Bolt, Sonic: GM mingles gas, electric cars on same assembly line

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General Motors didn't have to construct an all-new assembly plant to build its affordable, mass-market Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car. In fact, it produces the electric car at the existing Orion assembly plant in Michigan, which opened in 1983. Production factory plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) assembly plantsThat's not the most interesting aspect of Bolt EV production, though: GM actually builds the.

2017 53

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Honda S2000 EV Conversion

It's really a great setup since you don't have to worry about costly batteries that need replacing. I've been getting a few questions about my solar and how it all works in regards to the power company. I'll do my best to explain it. The solar is directly connected to the grid through the inverter. The inverter is designed to not send power into the grid if the electricty is off.

2009 40

Virginia Governor signs legislation and executive order beginning transition of state vehicles to natural gas, electricity or other alternative fuels

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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has signed two pieces of legislation that promote the use of natural gas, electric or other alternative-fueled vehicles in the Commonwealth. Excludes third party retail sales of vehicle charging electricity from qualification as a “public utility,” “public service corporation,” or “public service company.” Electric (Battery) Fuels Natural Gas Policy

CMU team details impact of regional and drive-cycle variations on degradation of a PHEV battery pack

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A team at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) led by Dr. Jeremy Michalek has investigated the implications of regional and drive cycle variations on the degradation of a plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) battery. Air cooling can increase battery life by a factor of 1.5–6,

2016 113

NREL: battery second use offsets EV expense, improves grid stability; recommendations

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PEV battery life cycle with second use. Researchers at the US Department of Energy (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are identifying battery second use (B2U) strategies capable of offsetting vehicle expenses while improving utility grid stability. We not only confirmed that reusing batteries this way is feasible, we found that it has potential to deliver great benefits to automakers and utilities, as well as car owners. B2U Batteries Plug-ins

2015 112

BYD supplying Li-ion batteries for stationary energy storage to Green Charge

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BYD is now supplying Li-ion batteries to Green Charge, an ENGIE Company. Green Charge’s first installation of BYD batteries will be for the recently announced six-megawatt-hour system adjacent to ENGIE’s Mt. Tom Solar farm to serve Holyoke Gas & Electric in western Massachusetts. In addition, BYD is the largest consumer electric vehicle and electric bus manufacturer in the world.

2017 65

Sumitomo Electric demoing ESS for power grid in California; US’ largest redox flow battery system

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Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. Following the start of the project in September 2015, a redox flow battery system (2 MW x 4 hours) was constructed for a power grid at a substation in San Diego.

2017 78

GM CEO optimistic on potential for Envia Li-ion batteries with silicon anodes

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The AP reports that GM CEO Dan Akerson told an employee meeting that Li-ion batteries developed by Envia Systems could take a car 100 miles on a single charge within a couple of years, and potentially double that with some luck. In January 2011, General Motors Ventures LLC invested $7 million in Envia Systems to provide GM’s battery engineering team with access to advanced lithium-ion cathode technology that delivers higher cell energy density and lower cost.

2012 118

NREL and partners to investigate secondary uses for electric drive vehicle batteries

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will partner with an industry-academia team led by the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) to investigate secondary applications for aged battery packs from electric drive vehicles. The cost of Li-ion batteries currently affects the affordability of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles (PHEV/EV) for consumers. NREL PHEV/EV Li-Ion Battery Second-Use Project.

2011 78

SolarCity introduces energy storage for businesses; Tesla battery technology

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Developed with battery technology from Tesla Motors, SolarCity DemandLogic storage includes learning software that automates the discharge of stored energy to optimize utility charge savings for customers. At the same time, while overall electricity usage in the US has increased only modestly since 2001—approximately 10% according to the US Energy Information Administration—utility revenues have increased more than 50% in the same time period.

Ricardo to work with Electricore on plug-in vehicle battery standardization project

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Ricardo will be working with Electricore, which recently received a $750,000 award from the California Energy Commission to perform a comprehensive survey of the commercial plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) marketplace and to propose value-based design options for standardization of battery systems. Other members of the team include San Diego Gas & Electric, the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE), and BMW group.

2013 80

Calif. Energy Commission approves energy efficiency rules for battery charger systems; automotive chargers exempted

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The California Energy Commission approved a first-in-the-nation energy efficiency standard that will reduce wasted energy by battery chargers commonly used to power cell phones, laptop computers, power tools, and other devices. This exception does not apply to autoettes, electric personal assistive mobility devices, golf carts, or low speed vehicles. There are an estimated 170 million chargers in California households, an average of 11 battery chargers per household.

2012 86

California Energy Commission awards $750K to Electricore to study standardization of plug-in vehicle batteries

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750,000 to research value-based design options for the standardization of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) batteries. The project survey will include identifying barriers to standardizing, researching methods to implement battery system standards, and recommending potential paths to the commercial adoption of battery standards. This project includes $150,000 in match funding from San Diego Gas & Electric.

2013 84

Plug In 2008

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Here's one of the announcements that came out of the conference : EPRI, GM, 34 Utilities Collaborate to Advance Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles PALO ALTO, Calif. Seamless integration of PHEVs into the electric grid will require close collaboration between the automobile and electric sectors.”

2008 130

Toyota Plug In

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Japan and Europe by 2010 By Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press June 11, 2008 TOKYO -- Toyota is introducing a plug-in hybrid with next-generation lithium-ion batteries in the U.S., Such plug-in hybrids can run longer as an electric vehicle than regular hybrids, and are cleaner.

2008 130

ALTe signs long-term supply agreement with A123 systems for advanced lithium-ion battery packs

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ALTe has signed a long-term supply agreement with A123 Systems for complete lithium-ion battery packs to be integrated into ALTe’s range-extended hybrid electric powertrain systems. The packs will be matched with a four-cylinder engine, electric motors and proprietary controls modules to increase fuel economy by up to 200%. The A123 battery pack can be charged within an eight-hour timeframe from a 110-volt outlet or in about four hours from a 220-volt outlet.

Toyota digs for Lithium

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From the Reuters post: “A sister company to Toyota Motor Corp secured a lithium supply deal in Argentina on Wednesday that could help the world’s largest automaker keep its lead in gasoline-electric hybrid cars. Lithium, a highly reactive and versatile metal, is expected to be in increasing demand as carmakers choose costly but more efficient lithium-ion batteries to power hybrid and electric vehicles.

2010 116

Earth Policy Institute Joins

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automotive fuel economy, the key to greatly reducing oil use and carbon emissions is gas-electric hybrid cars. Using timers to recharge batteries with electricity coming from wind farms during the low demand hours between 1 and 6 a.m.

2006 130

Japan V2G demonstrator project using EVs as virtual power plant resource; METI funding

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Seven companies—Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC); SHIZUOKA GAS Co., The seven companies aim to establish the V2G aggregation business by building systems that make effective use of EV/PHEV batteries.

2018 91

NASA Electric Aircraft Testbed (NEAT) began testing in September; advancing electric propulsion for aircraft

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Engineers at the NASA Electric Aircraft Testbed (NEAT) at NASA Glenn Research Center ran the new facility’s first test in September. NEAT’s mission is to help engineers design, develop and test systems for electric aircraft. The X-57: NASA’s first electric X-plane.

2016 134

GM to Launch?

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The advanced technology vehicle would have an extended driving range on battery power and would also have a diesel or gasoline engine that could power the car when the battery was low, the Detroit News said, citing unnamed GM officials.

2006 130

The Hybrid SUV Pipeline

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Infiniti recently changed its model designations to include the letter ‘Q’ Somehow, this letter sounds more upscale, and the new QX60 Hybrid is really a gas-electric version of the JX crossover. 4-cylinder to both charge the batteries and drive the wheels.

2013 76

BMW X5 eDrive Concept SUV

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. In order to meet future fuel MPG standards, automakers are starting to adopt electricity en-mass. So many automakers are starting to offer people the ‘next-best-thing’: A familiar gas-electric hybrid with rechargeable batteries.

Tesla Gigafactory tour, 100k Chevy Volts, Nikola One semi truck: Today's Car News

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Today, an engineer takes a tour of the Tesla battery "gigafactory," Nikola Motors says it will unveil a running prototype of its natural gas-electric semi truck in December, and the Chevrolet Volt passes 100,000 U.S. deliveries. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Nikola Motors says it will unveil a running prototype of its Nikola One natural. Today in Car News

2016 59

Public Power Leads Charge

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Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs ) would combine today's new gas-electric hybrid technology with larger batteries that could provide an all-electric operating range of 25 to 35 miles or more. TPPA Public Power Leads Charge for Plug-in Hybrids New Rules.

2006 130

Hybrid Nissan Pathfinder

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4-cyl is combined with a CVT transmission and a 15kW electric motor. A separate clutch sits between the gas engine and the electric motor, and the other sits between the electric motor and the CVT.

2013 76

Excel PHEV Study

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With Smart Grid, Plug-In Hybrid Cars Could Have System Benefits Physorg Feb 28, 2007 Xcel Energy announced the results of a six-month study related to plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and how an increase in their popularity may affect Colorado.

2007 130

Mayors Join Drive

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Conference of Mayors today unanimously endorsed a resolution encouraging the use of plug-in hybrid vehicles as an important step in reducing this country’s reliance on foreign oil and decreasing greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles.

2006 130

2019 Chevrolet Volt offers 7.2kW charger, improves convenience

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kW charging system on the 2019 Chevrolet Volt cuts recharging times nearly in half by adding about twice the all-electric driving range per hour of charge. —Jesse Ortega, chief engineer, Chevrolet Electric Vehicles. C) for more all-electric operation. A new 7.2

2018 78

Campaign Begins

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Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) would combine today’s new gas-electric hybrid technology with larger batteries that could provide an all-electric operating range of 25 to 35 miles or more.

2006 130

California Public Utilities Commission approves PG&E EV charging program for 7,500 charging stations in NorCal

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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously voted to approve Charge Smart and Save, a program initiated by Pacific Gas & Electric to deploy 7,500 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across Northern California. Under the approved program , PG&E will primarily deploy stations at multi-family dwellings and workplaces, with electricity price based on time-of-use to encourage drivers to fill up during off-peak hours or when renewable energy is abundant.

2016 80

Hybrid QX60 Hits The Streets

Hybrid SUV Blog

Rapidly advancing technology has made the transition between electric and gasoline propulsion more refined than it used to be, allowing a wider use of hybrid powertrains in luxury vehicles. Not too long ago, hybrid vehicles cost thousands more than their conventionally-fueled counterparts.

2013 67

Reviewed: 2012 VW Touareg Hybrid

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Introduced last year, the Touareg Hybrid is Volkswagen’s first production gas-electric hybrid SUV model. It complements the Touareg SUV line that includes a choice of a traditional gas V-6 or a turbocharged diesel V-6. So no cargo room is lost to the batteries.

2012 57

Transportation sector stakeholders launch Veloz in California to accelerate adoption of EVs

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Its first project, “Electric For All,” is the largest multi-stakeholder, multi-million dollar public awareness campaign in North America. Electricity providers, including Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Sacramento Municipal Utility District. We believe the future is electric and plan to introduce several new EVs globally over the next few years.

2018 74

Obama Administration launches series of actions to accelerate EV adoption; inc. $4.5B in loan guarantees, pursuing 350 kW fast charge

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The Obama Administration has announced a series of actions from the Federal government, private sector, and states, as well as a new framework for collaboration for vehicle manufacturers, electric utilities, electric vehicle charging companies, and states, all geared towards accelerating the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and putting more electric vehicles on the road. Electric vehicle coalition. Edison Electric Institute.

2016 95

Study finds drone-based delivery could reduce GHG emissions and energy use in the transportation sector, if deployed sensibly

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New research by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Carnegie Mellon University, SRI International and the University of Colorado at Boulder shows that drone-based delivery could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy use in the transportation sector.

2018 85

BMW i ChargeForward Program to demo contribution of intelligent EV charging to grid efficiency

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At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, BMW announced the BMW i ChargeForward Program—a pilot study to be undertaken by the BMW Group Technology Office, together with Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E). Working with a select group of BMW i3 drivers, BMW i ChargeForward will demonstrate how intelligent management of electric vehicle charging can contribute to improved electric power grid efficiency while reducing total cost of electric vehicle ownership.

2015 84

CMU analysis finds BEVs powered with natural gas-based electricity have about 40% of the lifecycle GHGs of a conventional gasoline vehicle

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According to a new lifecycle analysis by a team at Carnegie Mellon University, a battery electric vehicle (BEV) powered with natural gas-based electricity achieves around an average 40% lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction when compared to a conventional gasoline vehicle.

2015 128

Toyota unveils RAV4 EV demonstration vehicle; targeting fully-engineered version in 2012 for market

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Tesla Motors is supplying the battery and other related components. The final driving range of the 2012 Phase One vehicle will depend on many factors still being considered, not the least of which is battery size and design, as it relates to useable power. The RAV4 EV demonstrator.

2010 132

Study finds twin demand peak for residential time-of-use EV charging; implications for grid operators

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Governments around the world have taken direct action to promote the adoption of the plug-in electric vehicle (EV) using new legislation, tax incentives, and other policy instruments. Rapid integration of such a large number of EVs will inevitably cause uncertainty and variability on the operation of the existing electric power system. For the study, Jae Kim focused on the San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE) service territory.

2019 82

EPRI and partners to stage public demo of Open Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) Platform software

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), along with several auto manufacturers, utilities, and regional transmission organizations, will demonstrate the Open Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) Platform software system, developed by EPRI and Sumitomo Electric Industries. The software is an advanced software platform for integrating plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) with smart grid technologies. —Dan Bowermaster, manager of EPRI’s Electric Transportation Program.


2013 Honda Fit EV begins leasing 20 July in California and Oregon for $389/month

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The battery-electric 2013 Honda Fit EV ( earlier post ) will be available for lease beginning 20 July 2012, with a three-year lease price of $389 per month. The electric motor drives the Fit EV through a high-efficiency coaxial gearbox with a single forward ratio. Fit EV.

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