Kansas City Airport 1st in US to deploy battery-electric bus service; 4 BYD 30' buses

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Kansas City International Airport and BYD, North America’s largest electric bus manufacturer, announced delivery of the airport’s four battery-electric 30-ft. BYD customized the buses for Kansas City Airport to include luggage racks for passenger use. Kansas City Council approved the order of four 30 ft. battery-electric transit coaches for use at Kansas City Airport in November 2016.

Smith Electric Vehicles secures new strategic investor and battery supplier; production to resume in Kansas City in mid-2014

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Smith Electric Vehicles (SEV) has secured a $42-million commitment from Li-ion battery developer and manufacturer Sinopoly Battery Limited for a conditional subscription of Series AA convertible promissory notes, Series E preferred stock and common stock of post-listing of SEV in the amounts of US$2 million, US$10 million and US$30 million, respectively. Smith Electric will resume production in its Kansas City, Missouri, facility in mid-summer 2014.

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Smith Electric Vehicles US Selects Kansas City for Electric Truck Assembly Plant; Newton Model to Be First

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Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation ( SEV US ) has selected Kansas City as the site for its US assembly plant. The new assembly plant will be located at a portion of an airline overhaul base at Kansas City International (KCI) Airport and is expected to create 120 jobs by 2010. SEV US Corp will initially focus its production on battery-electric-powered vehicles for depot-based predictable-route delivery fleets. Tags: Electric (Battery) Heavy-duty

Lightning Systems battery-electric heavy-duty Ford Transit showing 61 MPGe city, 66 MPGe highway

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The LightningElectric is a battery-electric drivetrain package for the heavy-duty Ford Transit, a product used extensively by commercial and government fleets. Depending on battery option and drive cycle, LightningElectric has a payload capacity of up to 4,000 pounds.

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Electric-Truck Maker Smith Gets $42 Million In New Investment

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The Kansas City-based maker of electric trucks announced that it has secured a $42 million investment commitment from Sinopoly Battery Limited--a producer of lithium-ion batteries and other electric-car components. Smith Electric Vehicles may be rebounding after it suspended operations last month.

President Obama Backs EV Charge With Volt Battery Factory Visit

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Having recently visited Smith Electric Vehiclesin Kansas City, Missouri, president Barack Obama is now on his way to the Compact Power battery plant located in Holland, Michigan. The specialized plant will be supplying the upcoming Chevrolet Volt range-extended vehicle with its lithium-ion battery cells and was a recent recipient of government

Obama Backing EVs With Missouri Visit

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President Barack Obama isn't hiding his support for electric vehicles one bit, with the nation's leader heading to Kansas City, Missouri on Thursday to visit one of a growing number of electric vehicle startups. Obama will be visiting Smith Electric Vehicles, a small firm specializing in building battery-powered commercial vehicles and the

Smith Delivers First Electric Trucks to Major US Corporations

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Smith Electric Vehicles US delivered the first electric Newton trucks—the largest commercially available battery-electric-powered truck—to four Fortune 500 companies and two utility companies in an event hosted at the Capitol Reflecting Pool on the National Mall in Washington DC. Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L). The on-board battery charger can achieve a full battery system recharge in as little as 6 hours.

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As fleet orders increase, city governments around the country also continue to join the coalition. Kansas City, MO., Oakland, Sacramento, and Salt Lake City. NGO's The campaign initially began by focusing on the 50 largest cities in the U.S.,

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ICCT assesses factors driving EV market in US cities

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Consumers in California markets and Salt Lake City were offered both consumer purchase incentives and carpool lane access, and those in Denver and Seattle had substantial purchase incentives. cities ”. Electric (Battery) Plug-ins Policy Sales

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Columbus, Ohio wins $40M DOT Smart City Challenge; $10M more from Vulcan, $90M from private partners

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US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that Columbus, OH has been selected as the winner of the US Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge. to supplement the $90 million that the city has already raised from other private partners to carry out its plan.

GM to introduce strong hybrid version of Malibu; combined fuel economy above 45 mpg; leverages Volt

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Lithium-Ion Battery System, 1.8L kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides electric power to the Hybrid system. The Malibu Hybrid will be manufactured in Kansas City, Kansas, at the Fairfax Assembly plant from globally sourced parts.

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid to start at $28,645; 47 mpg combined

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With an all-new, hybrid powertrain that uses a slightly modified drive unit and electric motors used in the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, the Malibu Hybrid offers a GM-estimated 48 mpg city, 45 mpg highway, and 47 mpg combined (4.9, kWh Li-ion battery. Bottom: Malibu Hybrid battery pack.

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SwRI to demonstrate use of electric vehicles as part of emergency power microgrid under US Army SPIDERS program

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The Fort Carson team, led by Kansas City, Mo.-based The SwRI project also involves collaboration with staff from the Advanced Vehicle Technology Section within SwRI’s Engine, Emissions and Vehicle Research Division, as part of the Energy Storage Technology Center, a multi-division center at SwRI focused on research, development and testing of batteries and other energy storage systems. Electric (Battery) Power Generation Resilience Smart Grid

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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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During past eight years the number of plug-in electric vehicle models has increased from one to more than 20, battery costs have decreased 70%, and the number of electric vehicle charging stations has increased from less than 500 in 2008 to more than 16,000 today—a 40-fold increase. Kansas City Power & Light. A 350 kW charging system could charge a 200-mile range battery in less than 10 minutes. City of Seattle.

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Li-ion Polymer Battery Maker Kokam America Is Partner of Choice for Smith Electric Vehicles US; Kokam JV With Dow Targeted at Scaling Up Production

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When Smith Electric Vehicles US Corp (SEV-US) announced on 27 March its selection of Kansas City, Missouri as the site for its US assembly plant for electric commercial vehicles ( earlier post ), SEV-US CEO Bryan Hansel named Kokam America (also based in Missouri) as the electric vehicle company’s battery “ partner of choice. ” Nobody really knows how [these batteries] will perform in two, three, five years. Tags: Batteries Electric (Battery

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Smith Electric Vehicles US completes $58M equity private placement

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The truck delivers a top speed of 55 mph, offers end users battery ranges from 50 to 120 miles on a single charge and a payload of more than 16,000 pounds. Smith began production of the Smith Newton at its Kansas City assembly plant in October 2009.

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Smith Electric Vehicles expands US manufacturing with facility in South Bronx; New York state incentive program for commercial fleet EVs

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Smith will manufacture the battery electric Newton, its medium-duty vehicle with a range of up to 150 miles at the new facility beginning in 2012. A package of city and state incentives of approximately $11 million will augment Smith’s private investment. The new facility—Smith’s second US manufacturing, sales and service center—will not affect production or job levels at Smith’s headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. Smith Electric Vehicles Corp.

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US Marine Corps purchases two Smith Electric Trucks

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The trucks will be built in Smith Electric’s Kansas City, Mo., The Newton delivers a top speed of 55 mph (88 km/h) and offers end users battery ranges from 50 to 120 miles (80km-192km) on a single charge, ideal for urban deliveries, utilities and personnel transport applications. Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation has sold two all-electric Smith Newton trucks to the United States Marine Corps (USMC).

London Bus Operator Deploying Smith Electric Vans as Support Vehicles

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Its lithium-ion batteries deliver top speed of 50 mph (80 km/h), a range of up to 100 miles (161 km) on a single charge and can be recharged from flat to full in 6-8 hours. Separately, Smith Electric Vehicles US has begun assembly at a temporary facility at Kansas City International Airport. Bus operator Go-Ahead London has taken delivery of its first Smith electric Edison vans, following a successful month-long trial of the technology.

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Chevrolet introduces 2016 Malibu; full hybrid option; 8-speed auto

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kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides electric power to the hybrid system. l/100 km) in city driving—an 8% increase over the current model. l/100 km) in the city and 32 mpg (7.34

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

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Ford says that the new Transit, which begins production in Kansas City in 2013, will achieve at least 25% better fuel economy than current E-Series vans. The Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Cost Calculator utilizes such information as vehicle type, fuel type and traffic conditions (stop-and-go city traffic or on the highway, for instance), along with the geographic region in which the car will be used to generate information about the efficiency of a fleet.

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Smith Electric Vehicles, Altec and PGE Partner on All-Electric Utility Truck

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The truck is a battery-powered, all-electric Smith Newton produced by SEV US and SEV UK with an aerial bucket integrated by Altec Industries Inc. The Smith Newton is the world’s largest battery-electric-powered truck. Equipped with a 120 kW induction motor and a Li-ion battery pack, it has a top speed of up to 50 mph, a range in excess of 100 miles and a payload of up to 16,280 lbs. Full battery recharge requires 6-8 hours. Tags: Electric (Battery) Heavy-duty

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Enova Systems Shows Ze, Outlines Planned Improvements in School Bus Plug-in Hybrid Drive

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The vehicle uses a split Li-ion battery pack, allowing customers to select a lower-priced option for shorter range. Tags: Electric (Battery) Fleets Heavy-duty Hybrids Plug-ins The Ze electric drive system. Click to enlarge.

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First Three Conditional Loan Commitments Under DOEs ATVM Program go to Ford Motor Company, Nissan Motors and Tesla Motors

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The facilities that will be affected by the funding include: Chicago Assembly, Louisville Assembly, Dearborn Assembly, Dearborn Engine, Livonia Transmission, Michigan Assembly, Van Dyke Transmission, Kansas City Assembly, Cleveland Engine, Lima Engine, and Sharonville Transmission. billion to produce electric cars and battery packs at its manufacturing complex in Smyrna, Tennessee. Tags: Batteries Electric (Battery) Fuel Efficiency Policy

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Ford and Smith Terminate Partnership on Electric Transit Connect Project for US; Ford Now Partnering with Azure Dynamics to Deliver the Vehicle in 2010; Smith Partnering with AM General on Electric Vans for USPS

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SEV US has commenced production of the Smith Newton electric truck platform at its assembly facility in Kansas City, Missouri, and currently has an order book of 255 trucks. Ford Motor Company will now partner with Azure Dynamics Corporation to deliver a pure battery electric Ford Transit Connect van for the United States and Canadian markets in 2010. Azure Dynamics and Ford both currently utilize Johnson Controls-Saft battery technology for other products.

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Smith Telemetry for EVs Launches at CV Operator Show

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Smith Telemetry collates and interprets more than 1,800 data sets from an electric vehicle’s driveline controller and Battery Management System (BMS), along with a GPS tracker. Based on the Ford Transit, the Smith Edison is powered by a 90 kW electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. At the same time, workers at Smith Electric Vehicles US Corp in Kansas City will fit the new telemetry system to the larger Smith Newton trucks, for customers in North America.

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Smith Electric Vehicles US finalizes purchase of Smith Electric UK for $15M; staging for IPO

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Smith UK has been a leading manufacturer of zero-emissions battery-electric commercial vehicles in Europe since the 1920s. Smith Electric US is now a privately-held company owned by Private Investors, Tanfield, and Management, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.

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NREL teaming with Oorja to validate direct methanol fuel cell technology in material handling applications

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The OorjaPac Model III DMFC operates as an on-board battery charger for a wide variety of Class III vehicles in the material handling industry. Earp Distribution (Kansas City, Kan.), Fuel cell-powered lifts offer longer runtimes and increased autonomy compared to traditional battery-powered lifts. Fuel cell-powered material handling equipment eliminates the need for battery swapping and electrical demand associated with traditional battery lifts.

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Smith Electric trucks go stateside

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Coca-Cola, Staples, Frito-Lay, AT&T, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) are the first Newton customers in the USA. It is produced in North America by Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation, based in Kansas City, Missouri.

Ford unveils next-gen F-150; up to 700 lbs lighter, new 2.7L EcoBoost with stop-start

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Smart trailer tow module, using an all-new smart trailer tow wiring harness that helps identify and inform the driver of potential trailer connectivity issues, burned or unlit trailer marker lamps, and brake light and trailer battery faults. and Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo.

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Smith Electric Vehicles US Partners with Clean Fuels Ohio Program To Target $10M in Federal Funding

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The Ohio Electric Drive Initiative will apply for funds available through the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program and Vehicle Electrification Projects. SEV-US Corp will assemble all-electric commercial vehicles in Kansas City beginning in the third quarter of 2009. The company will initially focus its production on battery-electric-powered vehicles for depot-based predictable-route delivery fleets.

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Smith Electric powers ahead with utility truck

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A battery powered, all electric utility truck with an aerial device has been produced by Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation in association with Altec Industries Inc. This is the first time that an all-electric aerial utility truck has been put into operation by a major utility provider and speaks volumes about the success of the Smith Newton - which is the world’s largest battery powered electric truck. The full battery recharge takes six-eight hours.

Where Plug-In Hybrid Conversions (mostly Priuses) Are

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To add a vehicle to this list, please use the following format for your description: Owners name | Vehicle type | Who converted it | Date operational | Location (City or Town or County/State/Country) | Contact info youd like us to make public. City of Santa Monica, May 2006 EnergyCS Los Angeles County, CA rick.sikes@smgov.net 12. by EAA-PHEV with Nilar NiMH batteries, May 2007 (Centennial, CO) contact: info@nilar.com Small photo.

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Kokam is Smith Electrics partner of choice

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Smith Electric Vehicles has announced that Kokam America will be its battery partner of choice when work begins at its Kansas City, Missouri, site. The company also hit the headlines late last week with news that its joint venture with Dow Chemical and Townsend Ventures will prompt a $665million investment into a new 880,000sq ft battery manufacturing facility in Michigan.

"Spirit of DC" PHEV All Around America Update. from EVJerry back in DC with the "Spirit" Hanging out at the Beach!

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The basis for the "Spirit of DC" staying over in Arizona through the winter results from the gifting of a state-of-the-art Li-ion battery pack and charger from Delaware Power Systems out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. And there is Robb Protheroe's offer to integrate the new Li-ion battery pack with the PluginSupply kit and system, once shipped by DPS to Petaluma, CA. DPS will donate a battery pack of 6kwh ~ 7kwh with a 1500W charger.

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Ford and Smith scrap electric Transit plans

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What’s more is that proceeding with the Transit Connect would have meant limiting the working capital available to support the growth of the Newton, which has already commenced production at the assembly facility in Kansas City, Missouri, and has an order book of 255 trucks. Now, Ford will partner Azure Dynamics Corporation to deliver a pure battery electric Ford Transit Connect van for the Canadian and US markets in 2010.

Argonne Study Examines Impact of Real World Drive Cycles on Efficiency and Cost of Different PHEV Configurations

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Results from a study by Argonne National Laboratory on the impact of real world drive cycles on the fuel efficiency and cost of different plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) configurations suggest that while different PHEV configurations all demonstrate great potential for displacing petroleum use (with fuel displacement increasing linearly with available electrical energy), the relative benefits of adding more battery capacity seem to decrease with increasing pack size.

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US DOE Awards $300 Million in Clean Cities Grants to Support Alternative Fuels, Vehicles, and Infrastructure Development

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Geographical distribution of Clean Cities Recovery Act awards. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 25 cost-share projects under the Clean Cities program that will be funded with nearly $300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Like the Recovery Act-funded projects, the annual Clean Cities projects include grants for vehicles, infrastructure, and education. Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s Puget Sound Clean Cities Petroleum Reduction Project.

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