The Net-Zero Neighborhood: Advanced Energy Storage and Highly Efficient Photovoltaics Take Transportation Off the Gasoline Grid and Residential Off the Electric Grid

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Actually delivering commercially viable 500-mile batteries will require exascale computing—i.e., If we are going to create some of the batteries, you better be ready to crank out some cycles.” The Net-Zero Neighborhood. Net-Zero Neighborhoods.

Life with Renault Twizy: electric bopping around Bermuda

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Renault neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) 2012 Renault TwizyI well remember the first time I saw a Renault Twizy. Wandering along the Champs Elysees in Paris in the spring of 2012, I happened upon a Renault showroom hosting an electric car extravaganza. Amid flashing lights, blasting techno music, and vamping supermodels sat a couple of Renault Zoes, the then-new electric subcompact. DON'T MISS: Is An.

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Wheego Electric Cars Fade From Market; China Is The Future, Company Says

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One is Wheego Electric Cars, which took the same approach as Coda: Adapt a Chinese-built vehicle with a battery pack and electric running gear installed in the U.S. Wheego Whip neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Wheego Electric Cars Wheego LiFeWith hundreds of thousands of plug-in electric cars from established automakers (and Tesla) on North American roads, most earlier startup carmakers have now largely faded away.

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China To Top U.S. Electric-Car Sales? Why Stats Don't Compare

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Last year, roughly 118,000 battery-electric and plug-in hybrid cars were sold in the U.S. China sales neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) New car sales plug-in cars new energy vehicles Not all electric vehicles are created the same--and that''s an important point to keep in mind when you read stories about how China''s electric-car market is set to overtake that of the U.S. In China, monthly electric-car sales passed those of the U.S.

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GM and ABB demonstrate community energy storage system built from 5 used Volt batteries; Duke Energy testing

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GM and ABB partnered to produce a prototype back-up power storage unit that repackages five used Volt batteries into a modular unit that becomes an uninterruptible power supply and grid power balancing system. —Pablo Valencia, GM senior manager of battery lifecycle management.

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Top Gear, Don't hate the Leaf.

Electric Cars are for Girls

The notorious Top Gear , aka the electric car hater show, (mostly) drained a Nissan Leaf's battery pack and limped it around a neighborhood in England known for having few public charging stations. The lead photo was a couple of people pushing the Leaf. What was the point

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Park City Transit deploying six Proterra electric buses; battery-lease financing model

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Park City Transit has deployed Utah’s first zero-emission, battery-electric mass transit fleet, which will include six Proterra Catalyst FC+ buses. With its deployment of Proterra vehicles, the Park City region will become the first mountain resort community in the United States to operate a highly efficient, battery-electric transit service. buy the bus, lease the battery.

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Hey Google! Lets Reinvent Detroit Together Using Our Creative Greenius Before The Opportunivors Scavenge It

Creative Greenius

I went to Detroit last month and found myself in neighborhoods that looked like they had been attacked by enemy forces, had lost their battle and had now surrendered and in most part been abandoned. Some of the neighborhood kids using the skate park as I left.

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New Flyer supports San Francisco launch of emission-reducing Green Zones; geofencing for EV mode

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Green Zones support San Francisco’s approach to greenhouse gas reduction, taking advantage of the latest battery-electric technologies to convert the SFMTA’s (Muni’s) fleet of hybrid buses into part-time electric buses, as an intermediate step on the way to full electrification of the fleet by 2035.

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

2015 78

SEAT unveiling MEB-based el-Born EV at Geneva; in-market in 2020

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The concept car is named after one of the most iconic neighborhood of Barcelona—an inspiration for designers and engineers of SEAT who have created a sporty vehicle with the most advanced electric technology. Electric (Battery

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Battery/Ultracapacitor System for Small Electric Vehicles

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Configuration of an EV with battery pack and ultracapacitor. Researchers at the Illinois Institute of Technology and Allborg University (Denmark) are studying a hybrid battery/ultracapacitor system for small electric vehicles. In the system, the batteries function as the main energy storage source of the vehicle, supplying average power to the load. The battery pack comprised two parallel strings of 14 series-connected 12 V NiMH batteries (Saft NHE 10-100).

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California, 7 states and DC commit to faster transition to zero-emission trucks and buses; next step is formal agreement

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Trucks are increasingly a major contributor to air pollution nationwide, but especially in our cities where they are among the largest sources of toxic emissions in vulnerable neighborhoods. Bus Electric (Battery) Fuel Cells Heavy-duty Hydrogen PolicyCalifornia is joining with seven other states and the District of Columbia in committing to develop an action plan to put hundreds of thousands more zero-emission trucks and buses on their roads and highways.

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Duke Energy and ITOCHU to assess second-life applications for Li-ion automotive batteries

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signed an agreement to collaborate on advanced energy technologies, starting with the evaluation and testing of second-life applications for electric vehicle batteries. According to some auto industry estimates, electric vehicle (EV) batteries that can no longer charge to approximately 80% of their original capacity may be candidates for replacement. Duke Energy and ITOCHU believe batteries that become unsuitable for use in EVs could live on in other applications.

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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. electric scooters, electric bikes, and neighborhood electric vehicles).

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. The California Energy Commission has awarded Electricore, Inc.

2013 84

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. The nine green zones are located in population-dense neighborhoods most affected by air pollution. Bus Electric (Battery) Hybrids

Routing the Cables Underneath

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Not surprisingly, we need to connect the batteries in back with the batteries in front and also include the main circuit breaker under the parking brake. Many people use pool tubing to protect the battery cables from road dirt.

2008 130

ChargEVC: New Jersey plug-in electric vehicle registration up 79% for MY 2016 vehicles over 2015

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These statistics include full-scale vehicles with a plug (plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles) and do not include smaller neighborhood electric vehicles, natural gas fueled vehicles, or traditional hybrids (without a plug). Electric (Battery) Sales

Bosch launches eScooter sharing service under new Coup brand

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At launch, 200 connected eScooters will be available in the Berlin neighborhoods of Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain, and Kreuzberg. The storage compartment under the seat fits one helmet and two swappable batteries. Car Sharing Electric (Battery) Mobility services

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Scientists at KU Leuven, University of Lubumbashi reveal the health risks of cobalt mining in DR Congo

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The metal is a crucial component of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for smartphones and electric cars. The researchers conducted a case study in Kasulo, an urban neighborhood in Kolwezi, in the heart of the Congolese mining area. Africa Batteries Electric (Battery) Health MaterialsDemand for cobalt has been on the increase due to its many applications.

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easyJet and Wright Electric: all-electric short-haul flights within a decade

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Wright Electric designs feature swappable batteries, high aspect ratio wings for energy efficient flights and a distributed electric propulsion system. More immediately, the new Airbus A320 neo aircraft will bring up to a 15% saving in fuel burn and CO 2 emissions, and a reduced noise footprint of 50% on take-off and landing providing a benefit to airport neighborhood communities. Aviation Electric (Battery

2017 60

Taking a Day off to see the EV Show

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Here are some cool looking Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs). With batteries and additional items, the final cost is around $5000. I took the day off to walk around Portland to the farmers market and EV awareness day with Krista.

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Electrify America, Sacramento announce Green City investments: ZEV car-sharing, ZEV bus and shuttle routes, EV charging systems

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The proposal for this route serving the neighborhoods of the Franklin Boulevard corridor was submitted by Franklin Neighborhood Development Corporation (FNDC), which is investing in and improving the physical infrastructure, social services, public transportation, education, and job creation for Franklin Boulevard Business District’s residents, and business and property owners. Car Sharing Electric (Battery) Infrastructure

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Transportation details of LA Mayor’s proposed Green New Deal

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2021: expand Metro Bike Share to at least three new neighborhoods; deliver multi-modal Integrated Mobility Hubs with infrastructure for car share, shared rides, bike share, and dockless mobility services, starting in Downtown L.A. Electric (Battery) Emissions Policy

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NREL study finds that uncoordinated plug-in vehicle charging could prove challenging to the grid

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Muratori found that as more PEVs are added to a neighborhood, and a higher charging power is adopted, the distribution infrastructure might no longer reliably support the local electricity demand. His research didn’t focus on using PEVs to return a battery charge to the grid to increase the reliability of the electric system. Electric (Battery) Infrastructure Plug-ins Smart charging Smart Grid

2018 98

Greenlings: Benefits of charging stations vs. battery swaps vs. home charging

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

The three leading new options to re-supply our autos with energy are charging at home, battery swap stations and fast charge stations. Although charging infrastructure is beginning to find its way into cities, it may be awhile until they are available in residential neighborhoods en masse.

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Nissan leads with transfer of California ZEV credits out for year ending 30 Sep 2014

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million vehicles including: more than 500 fuel cell vehicles; 38,000 battery electric vehicles; 29,300 neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs); 30,000 plug-in hybrids; 570,000 hybrids; and 3 million gasoline vehicles. ZEV = Zero Emission Vehicle, e.g. fuel cell or battery electric.

2014 99

BMW X5 eDrive Concept SUV

Hybrid SUV Blog

So many automakers are starting to offer people the ‘next-best-thing’: A familiar gas-electric hybrid with rechargeable batteries. Once the batteries are depleted, the gasoline engine kicks in, and the vehicle behaves like a normal hybrid.

Profile: Li-ion Battery and Pack Supplier Valence Technology

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a provider of lithium-ion batteries, modules and packs. Donaghy noted that Valence has shipped some 70 MWh of Li-ion battery capacity since 2005—equivalent to 200,000 batteries, or enough for 1,500 3.5 We believe we are the number one shipper of lithium phosphate batteries in the world right now, ” he said. For reference, a typical lead acid battery can survive 500-800 cycles while 2,800 cycles is almost 8 years of use assuming one cycle a day. by Bill Cooke.

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BYD delivers first all-electric automated side loader refuse truck to city of Palo Alto

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The BYD electric refuse truck uses its batteries for propulsion, as well as to power the hydraulic system for the body. The truck will operate on a variety of service routes in the community from urban to residential neighborhoods including streets with steep inclines. BYD wants to electrify everything in transportation, and we see great potential for turning over diesel or natural gas refuse truck fleets to zero emission, battery-electric trucks.

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PHEV Energy Bill

Plug In Partners

Priority given to recently closed facilities or facilities in danger of closing SEC 133 Inclusion of Electric Drive in Energy Policy Act of 1992 Adds PHEVs, hybrids, and Neighborhood Electric Vehicles to list of those vehicles receiving credit under Epact fleet requirements.

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California ARB posts discussion document on $500M FY 2016-17 spend for low carbon transportation and fuels; $230M to fund CVRP

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CVRP offers vehicle rebates on a first-come, first-served basis for light-duty ZEVs, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), zero-emission motorcycles, and neighborhood electric vehicles. Electric (Battery) Fuel Cells Hydrogen Policy

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Chatting with other EV folks

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Victor Tikhonov of Metric Mind and I talked about his new EVision system and how I might get involved with the embedded programming for his latest BMS (battery management system). Brad Hippert, the president of Porteon (, and I chatted about production of NEVs (neighborhood electric vehicles) in Portland soon. He seemed interested in the Kalman filtering algorithm I recently researched with regards to SOC (state-of-charge) and SOH (state-of-health) in battery packs.

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First EVs in new car-sharing program with Envoy to roll out in Sacramento; 142 e-Golfs by early 2019; Sac-to-Zero

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The Sac-to-Zero initiative is a coordinated effort between Electrify America, the City of Sacramento and strategic e-transportation collaborators that include Envoy, GIG Car Share, Sacramento Regional Transit, Yolo County Transportation District, Franklin Neighborhood Development Corporation and UC Davis. Car Sharing Electric (Battery) Mobility services Policy

2018 73

UCLA orders all-electric shuttle bus powered by Motiv Power Systems

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This battery-electric buse is the first Motiv powered shuttle bus to operate on a university campus. The HVIP grant allowed the purchase of the batteries and electric powertrain, providing UCLA an electric shuttle for the same cost as its fossil-fuel counterparts. The Motiv All-Electric Powertrain works with a wide range of batteries, motors and chassis. Electric (Battery) Fleets

2017 60

Bright’s Plug-In Car: Aerodynamics Are Key

Revenge of the Electric Car

“The slimming of the battery essentially comes because of a focus on weight, aerodynamics, rolling resistance, new construction materials and other design factors, he said in an interview. By reducing wind resistance and weight, the company’s engineers effectively are reducing the amount of work an electric engine will have to perform to get the car up to driving speeds, which in turn conserves battery power.&#.

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Wrightspeed unveils new turbine range extender for medium- and heavy-duty electric powertrains; 30% more efficient than current microturbine generators

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The Route extended range electric powertrains incorporate a range-extending genset designed to recharge the high-power battery pack (currently from A123 Systems) and Wrightspeed’s own geared traction drive (GTD) ( earlier post ). Electric (Battery) Engines Hybrids Plug-ins

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GE and Nissan Get Into Smart Charging

Revenge of the Electric Car

If a neighborhood has even just a few electric vehicles charging at the same time, the load could strain or take down a local circuit, according to utility executives. To avoid taxing the grid, smart-charging equipment could monitor the rate that car batteries are charged or schedule charging for off-peak times. Executives at utilities and electric vehicle companies are also exploring ways for plug-in vehicle batteries to provide services for the power grid.

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NY Governor Cuomo announces “Make-Ready” program for EV charging stations; >20K EV rebates approved

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As EV prices come down and more EVs come to the market, it will be appropriate to develop more charging infrastructure in environmental justice communities—which have been disproportionately impacted by air pollution —and rural neighborhoods. Electric (Battery) Infrastructure PolicyNew York Governor Andrew M.

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PA Governor Wolf announces $8.5M from Volkswagen Settlement to reduce transportation pollution

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Port Authority of Allegheny County: A $1,104,000 grant to replace two diesel transit buses with two new battery electric buses and install two charging stations. The buses will operate on the 88 Penn route, linking downtown with East End neighborhoods. Diesel Electric (Battery) EmissionsPennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that 34 cleaner energy transportation projects will receive $8,489,844 in Driving PA Forward grants and rebates.

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Li-ion maker Boston-Power launches module system for EV and ESS applications; no-weld integration

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Li-ion battery maker Boston-Power Inc. earlier post ) recently launched its Ensemble Module System; a “kit” of standard components that provides OEMs and pack assemblers with a simple, cost-effective way to assemble large format battery pack solutions for electric vehicle (EV) and energy storage system (ESS) applications. Batteries

Pike forecasts NEV market to remain small, although with double the growth rate of light-duty vehicles to 2017

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The total number of neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs)—low-speed street-legal electric vehicles—on the world’s roadways will grow from 479,000 in 2011 to 695,000 by 2017, a 45% increase, according to a new forecast by Pike Research. Electric (Battery) LSV/NEV

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