TARC rolls out six new Proterra battery-electric buses; fleet total of 15

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The Transit Authority of River City (TARC), serving the Greater Louisville area, has begun adding six new all-electric Proterra buses along the Fourth Street corridor between downtown and Iroquois Park, stopping at some of the city’s most popular destinations. Electric (Battery) Fleets

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The BMW Group and Solid Power partner to drive solid-state battery adoption in EVs

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The BMW Group is partnering with Solid Power , a developer of solid-state rechargeable batteries, in a joint effort to develop Solid Power’s solid-state batteries for electric vehicle applications. Established in 2012 as a spin-out company from the University of Colorado Boulder, Solid Power is focused on developing and scaling competitive solid-state batteries, paying special attention to safety, performance, and cost. US 20170331148 A1: Lithium all-solid-state battery.

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ORNL, Solid Power sign exclusive license for lithium-sulfur battery technology

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of Louisville, Colo., have signed an exclusive agreement licensing lithium-sulfur materials for next-generation batteries. Solid Power licensed a portfolio of ORNL patents relating to lithium-sulfur compositions that will enable development of more energy-dense batteries. ORNL’s proof-of-concept battery research has demonstrated the technology’s potential to improve power, operating temperature, manufacturability and cost as well. Batteries Li-Sulfur

FTA awarding $55M to 10 projects deploying battery-electric and fuel-cell buses

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The San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD), the transit provider for Stockton and San Joaquin County in California, will receive funding to purchase five Proterra battery-electric buses and a charging station. Lextran, the transit authority in Lexington, Kentucky, will receive funding to purchase five Proterra battery-electric buses, one charging station and one maintenance area charging system. Electric (Battery) Fleets Fuel Cells Heavy-duty Hydrogen

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San Francisco selects BAE Systems Series-ER for 68 transit buses for Green Bus Zones

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Buses can now switch to battery power from a combustion engine, temporarily eliminating diesel emissions when they cross the threshold of a green zone. Boston, Louisville, Montreal, Nashville, and Seattle are using Series-ER technology to cut down emissions.

ZEON to introduce new anode and cathode binders for Li-Ion batteries

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will introduce their newest grades of anode and cathode binders for Li-ion batteries at the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (AABC) held January 2011 in Pasadena, California. ZEON CORPORATION is one of the top producers of polymers, with plants in Asia, North America and Europe, and Research and Development laboratories in Kawasaki (Japan), Louisville (KY, USA) and Barry (UK). ZEON Corporation and its North American subsidiary, Zeon Chemicals, L.P.,

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BIRD Energy to invest $6.4M in Israel-US projects; biomass, fuel cells, natural gas, water-energy nexus and energy efficiency technologies

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Louisville, KY) will develop a novel solution to optimize energy efficiency and improve the quality of compressed air systems for the food & beverage industry. Biomass Electric (Battery) Fuel CellsThe US Department of Energy (DOE), Israel’s Ministry of Energy (MoE) along with the Israel Innovation Authority have selected seven clean energy projects to receive $6.4 million under the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy program.

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Walmart showcases WAVE tractor-trailer at MATS; micro-turbine range extended electric vehicle with 45.5 kWh Li-ion pack

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Walmart showcased its Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience (WAVE) at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Ky. Charge Mode: When keyed on, the truck automatically detects the state of charge of the batteries and starts charging them, if needed, using the turbine engine.

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National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Batteries Opts for Kentucky Site for Li-ion Plant

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The National Alliance for Advanced Transportation Batteries (NAATBatt) ( earlier post ) has selected a site in Hardin County, Kentucky to build a more than $600-million automotive lithium-ion battery plant. NAATBatt is a not-for-profit industry consortium of more than 50 corporations, associations and research institutions dedicated to making the United States a world leader in the manufacture of advanced lithium-ion or Li-Ion battery cells for transportation applications.

ARPA-E awarding $36M to 22 projects in RANGE program for transformative EV storage

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ARPA-E’s RANGE program seeks to improve EV driving range and reduce vehicle costs by re-envisioning the total EV battery system, rather than working to increase the energy density of individual battery cells. Some of the projects selected will focus on developing robust battery chemistries and architectures that would improve vehicle driving range and overall battery robustness. For example, Solid Power located in Louisville, CO will receive approximately $3.5

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Proterra introduces 2nd generation electric bus

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Proterra’s current electric bus, the EcoRide BE35, is a 35-foot, low-floor composite body transit bus built upon a battery-electric vehicle architecture. The launches come on the heels of several other recent successes for Proterra, including recently setting the record for the most miles traveled by a battery-electric bus in a day (710 miles (1,142 km) in 24 hours), key contract wins in Nashville and Louisville and the purchase of additional Proterra buses by existing customers.

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2020 Ford Escape to offer hybrid and PHEV variants

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Using a 110-volt Level 1 charge, the estimated time to fully charge the battery is 10 to 11 hours. In all-new EV Charge mode, drivers can continue to charge the battery while driving and generate electric-only miles to use later.

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DOE awarding >$24M to 77 projects through Technology Commercialization Fund

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Louisville, Colo. Catalyst Leaching Resistance for the Oxidative Production of Biobased Chemicals, $335,000 Forge Nano, Louisville, Colo. Significant Cost Reduction Potential for Wave Energy Conversion Devices with Variable Geometry Modules, $102,089 Solar Automated Permit Software for Distributed PV and Battery Storage, $695,000 California Solar + Storage Association (CALSSA), Sacramento, Calif.

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Honda-Led Research Team Devises Method to Control Growth of Nanotubes with Metallic Conductivity

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in conjunction with researchers at Purdue University and the University of Louisville, has developed a method for controllably growing carbon nanotubes with metallic conductivity. Tags: Batteries Electric (Battery) Fuel Cells Hybrids Nanotech

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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. Louisville Gas & Electric and Kentucky Utilities. A 350 kW charging system could charge a 200-mile range battery in less than 10 minutes.

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New 4-cylinder 2.3L EcoBoost on Lincoln MKC small SUV; future EcoBoost prospects

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Drivers also can use the app to place a call for roadside assistance, monitor the vehicle’s fuel level, check tire pressure and battery status, and program engine start times to allow the vehicle to heat or cool to comfortable levels. Lincoln MKC is the first to get the new 2.3L EcoBoost.

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Maxwell Technologies introduces ultracapacitor-based engine start module for commercial trucks and other heavy vehicles

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The new product, designed to complement batteries, was first displayed in March at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY. The new product will be sold as original equipment or as an easy-to-install retrofit solution to avoid vehicle starting problems in cold weather or when batteries are drained by repetitive starting or climate control and other driver comfort functions. Batteries Heavy-dutyMaxwell Technologies, Inc.

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UPS Deploys 200 More Hybrid Delivery Trucks

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Long Island, Minneapolis and Louisville. Primary components are the Hybrid Drive Unit (HDU), which combines a clutch, a 44 kW/420 N·m motor/generator and automatically controlled manual transmission; the motor inverter/controller; the DC/DC converter; and a 2 kWh li-ion battery pack. UPS has expanded its fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles with the deployment of 200 next-generation hybrid electric delivery trucks in eight US cities. Earlier post.).

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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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How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

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GM has announced plans for public sales in 2010, and almost every carmaker now says it will sell PHEVs or highway-speed battery electric vehicles (BEVs) sometime after 2010. Batteries not ready. Hyundai Partnering with Korean battery companies for hybrids.

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Ford Investing $550M to Retool SUV Plant to Produce Focus Small Car and EV

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Ford Motor Company is investing $550 million to transform its Michigan Assembly Plant into a flexible manufacturing complex that will build Ford’s next-generation Focus global small car along with a new battery-electric version of the Focus for the North American market. The new Focus will begin rolling off the line next year and the battery-electric version of the Focus—Ford’s first all-electric passenger car—debuts in 2011.

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Ford invests $550 in small and electric vehicles

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Ford Motor Company today announced that it is investing $550 million to transform its Michigan Assembly Plant into a green manufacturing complex that will build Ford’s next-generation Focus global small car along with a new battery-electric version of the Focus for the North American market. The new Focus will begin rolling off the line next year and the battery-electric version of the Focus - Ford’s first all-electric passenger car - debuts in 2011.