San Diego utility offers $10,000 off Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 electric cars

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San Diego Gas & Electric has joined a host of other utility companies in the state in offering incentives towards the purchase of an i3 or a Leaf. California incentives electric utilities plug-in cars San Diego Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV For southern California residents, it's an excellent time to start considering the purchase of a BMW i3 or Nissan Leaf electric car.

San Diego utility adds education to electric-car charging stations

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San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is the latest electric utility to support the expansion of electric-car charging infrastructure. But the Southern California utility won't just build charging stations for plug-in hybrids and battery-electric vehicles. California electric utilities plug-in cars charging San Diego charging infrastructure

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Two BYD electric terminal trucks deploy at Port of San Diego

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Two BYD Y electric intermodal cargo tractors were deployed at the Port of San Diego recently as part of a project funded by the California Energy Commission to accelerate the port’s transition to zero-emission transportation. Electric (Battery) Heavy-duty Ports and Marine

San Diego collaboration launches Smart City San Diego clean energy project; EV infrastructure plan

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A collaboration including the city of San Diego (CA), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), GE, UC San Diego and CleanTECH San Diego launched Smart City San Diego to develop and implement local initiatives that will improve the San Diego region’s energy independence, empower consumers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and drive economic growth. Deliver economic growth for San Diego.

Efficient Drivetrains selected as part of $8.2M San Diego port electrification project

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EDI), a developer of high-efficiency hybrid and electric drivetrain solutions, was selected as a drivetrain provider and vehicle integrator for an electrification program driven by the San Diego Port Tenants Association ( SDPTA ). Also selected as part of the San Diego project were BYD and Transportation Power. The program ties into the Port of San Diego’s 2013 climate action plan, focused on improving air quality in the Port of San Diego and surrounding communities.

BYD to provide 50 e6 EVs to Opoli’s San Diego ride-sharing fleet

Green Car Congress , a ridesharing service and app based in San Diego, has partnered with China-based BYD Motors Inc, which will provide 50 e6 EVs to the Opoli fleet as part of a green initiative. Opoli has been allotted charging spaces at the docking station at the San Diego International Airport. kWh BYD-developed lithium iron-phosphate battery, delivering a range of 186 miles (299 km) on a single charge under urban conditions.

90 kW solar-to-EV project in San Diego Zoo completed

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Smart City San Diego and City of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders unveiled the completed Smart City San Diego Solar-to-EV Project—a 90kW solar photovoltaic canopy that directly charges up to 5 electric vehicles (EVs) in the San Diego Zoo parking lot. Smart City San Diego is a collaboration that combines the resources of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), City of San Diego, GE, UC San Diego and CleanTECH San Diego.

"Spirit of DC" Shows PbA Battery Pack at "Kick Gas Festival" in San Diego, CA, on Saturday, 24 October

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Bill, former EVA of San Diego Prez, is credited with the "Electric Drag'in" EVent, which was the forerunner for first "Kick Gas Festival" and hence, the second one. even with a PbA battery pack. Note: Todd furthered the "Spirit's" showing by swapping out from his Green Motors Prius PHEV, its own PdA battery pack for display only.

UCSD researchers develop draining safety feature for Li-metal batteries

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Researchers at the University of California San Diego have developed a safety feature that prevents lithium metal batteries from rapidly heating up and catching fire in case of an internal short circuit. We’re not trying to stop battery failure from happening.

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Cummins partners with UCSD on second-life battery development

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has entered a multi-year partnership with the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and its battery validation lab to analyze viable business and technical approaches revto reuse and repurpose electric vehicle batteries effectively. Under the agreement, UC San Diego will perform accelerated testing and real-world application testing, and will develop an outdoor second-life demonstration system comprising Cummins battery modules. Cummins Inc.

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Study identifies main culprit behind lithium metal battery failure; counters conventional wisdom

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The discovery, published in Nature , challenges the conventional belief that lithium metal batteries fail because of the growth of the solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) between the lithium anode and the electrolyte. Our ultimate goal is to enable a commercially viable lithium metal battery.

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UCSD researchers improve method to recycle and renew used cathodes from Li-ion batteries via eutectic molten salts

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Researchers at the University of California San Diego have improved their recycling process that regenerates degraded cathodes from spent lithium-ion batteries. We made new cathodes from the regenerated particles and then tested them in batteries built in the lab.

UCSD, South 8 team report improved liquefied-gas electrolytes for Li-metal batteries

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Improvements to a class of battery electrolyte first introduced in 2017—liquefied gas electrolytes—could pave the way to replacing the graphite anode with a lithium-metal anode. Batteries

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Tesla buys ultracapacitor company to boost energy density

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Maxwell Technologies, a San Diego company that specializes in ultracapacitor energy storage, announced Monday that it is being bought by Tesla in a stock swap valued at $218 million. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said in the past that he expects ultracapacitors could provide a more likely bet for a breakthrough in energy storage than batteries.

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DOE launches its first Li-ion battery recycling R&D center: ReCell; driving toward closed-loop recycling

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has launched its first lithium-ion battery recycling center, called the ReCell Center. The ReCell Center will help expedite the pursuit to profitable lithium-ion battery recycling. Batteries Recycling

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Researchers develop energy-efficient process to recycle Li-ion battery cathodes

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Unlike the conventional chemical leaching or solid-state synthesis approach, the approach is much simpler and more environmentally friendly, and can easily process batteries with different capacity degradation conditions. Chen’s team is planning to work with battery companies in Asia.

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Why plug-in hybrids are top of the pile

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That’s the verdict of the third phase of a SDG&E multi-year in-use study on plug-ins - SDG&E is a public utility that services San Diego and southern Orange counties. It tested the performance of two 2007 model Prius hybrids and then converted them into plug-in hybrids using a Hymotion 5kWh lithium-ion battery conversion kit. Tags: Green cars Hybrid cars Latest news plug-in hybrid cars plug-in hybrid electric cars San Diego SDG&E

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car: owners' impressions after a year

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Last February, readers John and Mimi Porter of San Diego shared their first impressions of the new silver Bolt EV they had purchased the previous month. plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV Californians got the chance to buy Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars before everyone else, and the compact hatchback has sold well in the state, aided by its 238-mile rated range.

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Graphene 3D Lab showing prototype 3D printed battery; potential for structural batteries

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which develops, manufactures, and markets proprietary graphene-based nanocomposite materials for various types of 3D printing, including fused filament fabrication, has developed a 3D printable graphene battery. The components of the prototype 3D printed battery. Graphene 3D Lab Inc.,

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Better Battery-Control Software Could Double Charging Speed: Research

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New battery charge estimation algorithms developed by engineers at the University of California (UC), San Diego, are on the verge of vastly improve the capabilities of current lithium-ion batteries. The changes center around improving charging times, potentially allowing for batteries that charge twice as fast as those currently available

DOE awards $2.5M to UCSD team for work on cobalt-free cathode materials

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million to a team led by the University of California San Diego for battery research in advanced vehicle technologies. The project is aimed at developing cobalt-free cathode materials for next-generation lithium-ion batteries. Shirley Meng, a professor of nanoengineering and the director of the Sustainable Power and Energy Center at UC San Diego, is the lead investigator on the project. Batteries Electric (Battery

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DOE: all-electric vehicles have the lowest estimated average annual fuel cost of all light-duty vehicles

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per gallon currently in the San Diego region, and EV charging rates (SDG&E) ranging from $0.09/kWh up to $0.26/kWh for winter months (1 November - 31 May) depending upon time of use. Electric (Battery) Fuel Efficiency

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CEC funds $11M project to fast-track commercialization of clean energy technologies: CalTestBed

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The program is intended to reduce the time it takes to move new energy technologies from the prototype stage to the pilot demonstration stage by giving innovators access to a statewide network of testing facilities at University of California (UC) campuses in Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz, and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). —Sandra Brown, UC San Diego’s vice chancellor for research.

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Electrify America acquiring 30 Envision solar-powered EV charging stations for rural California

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Electrify America is sourcing the chargers from Envision Solar, a San Diego-based sustainable technology company. Batteries Electric (Battery) Infrastructure Solar

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SDG&E seeks approval to build charging infrastructure to support ~3,000 medium/heavy electric vehicles

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Under a proposal submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) this week, San Diego-based SDG&E is seeking approval to build charging infrastructure to enable about 3,000 medium/heavy-duty vehicles to go electric. Organizations offering support for this proposal include the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce, UC San Diego, Amazon, North County Transit District, Sierra Club, Ace Parking, Sysco and the San Diego Air Pollution Control District.

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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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EVgo launches grid-tied public fast charging system with second-life batteries

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EVgo, America’s largest public fast-charging network for electric vehicles (EVs), has launched a commercial installation of second-life battery storage at a public DC fast charging station. Following a pilot program at University of California San Diego (UCSD), this second-life battery system has been unveiled at an operational EVgo fast charging station located in Union City, CA at 3960 Smith Street. Batteries Electric (Battery) Infrastructure

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

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and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), in cooperation with the State of California and public utility company San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), started the demonstration of the United States’ largest redox flow battery system in California.

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Oregon transit district buying 11 New Flyer electric buses and 7 ABB depot chargers

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Lane Transit District (LTD) in Oregon has awarded New Flyer a contract for 11 Xcelsior CHARGE battery-electric forty-foot heavy-duty transit buses, including seven ABB depot chargers to support electric bus infrastructure development. Bus Electric (Battery

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California cap-and-trade spending doubles to $1.4 billion in 2018; xEV rebates, affordable housing, wildfire prevention, public transit

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Expanding a network of community air-quality monitors operated by Casa Familiar in San Ysidro, one of 28 community-based organizations and tribes statewide receiving grants to engage residents in efforts to reduce local air pollution. Climate Change Electric (Battery) Emissions Policy

2019 128

CA targets off-road equipment for GHG reductions with $44M CORE voucher project

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The California Air Resources Board will launch its Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project ( CORE ) at the Port of San Diego on 31 January. Electric (Battery) Emissions Off-road Policy Ports and Marine

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UCSD study: under current policies, home energy storage would often increase carbon emissions

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Under current policies, home energy storage systems would also often increase carbon emissions, according to a study by a team of researchers at the University of California San Diego published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. Batteries Behavior Market Background

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Maven deploying its first all-electric shared-use fleet in Austin; 20 Chevy Bolts

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Maven Gig drivers have taken trips from San Francisco to Portland (~635 miles) and from San Diego to Los Angeles (~120 miles). Vehicle reservations are now available in Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

2018 104

BMW i home energy storage system integrates 2nd-life i3 vehicle batteries

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BMW i announced a home stationary energy storage system solution integrating its BMW i3 vehicle battery at EVS 29 in Montréal. The system utilizes BMW i3 high-voltage batteries and can be expanded to incorporate second-life batteries as they become available in the market.

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GE signs its largest battery energy storage deal to date; 30MW Li-ion system in California

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GE will provide Coachella Energy Storage Partners (CESP) with a 30-MW battery energy storage system as part of CESP’s supply contract with the Imperial Irrigation District (IID). Representing GE’s largest energy storage project to date, the plant will be located in California’s Imperial Valley, approximately 100 miles east of San Diego.

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DOE awarding $19M to 12 projects for advanced battery and electrification research to enable extreme fast charging

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $19 million in funding to 12 cost-shared research projects focused on batteries and vehicle electrification technologies to enable extreme fast charging. (DE-FOA-0001808, The projects will help advance DOE’s research on batteries and electrification aimed at reducing battery pack cost to less than $100 per kilowatt-hour, increasing range to more than 300 miles, and charging in under 15 minutes or less by 2028.

2018 65

CXDI imaging reveals possible way to extend Li-ion battery lifetime, capacity

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A new method developed for studying battery failures points to a potential next step in extending lithium-ion battery lifetime and capacity. Their findings suggest a way to mitigate battery failures by minimizing the generation of elastic energy. Batteries

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The ICCT: Nearly half of the world’s EVs are in 25 cities; China leads the way

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Behavior China Electric (Battery) Market Background PolicyNearly half of the world’s electric vehicles are in 25 cities, according to a new briefing by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). As of the end of 2017, these 25 cities were home to nearly 1.4

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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

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Natron Energy awarded $3M by California Energy Commission to pair energy storage with EV fast charging

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Natron Energy, a developer of new battery cell technology based on Prussian Blue analogue electrodes and a sodium-ion electrolyte, has ( earlier post ), has been awarded a $3-million grant by the California Energy Commission (CEC) for “Advanced Energy Storage for Electric Vehicle Charging Support.” Energy storage made from Prussian blue chemistry is more cost-effective and durable than the prevalent battery chemistry of Lithium-ion. Batteries Electric (Battery) Infrastructure

2019 64

Nissan's big number: 20,000

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The report states that Nissan will launch the Leaf next year in the states of Tennessee and Oregon, along with San Diego, CA; Seattle, WA; and the Phoenix/Tucson region in Arizona. Tags: nissan leaf battery electric car

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New UMTRI paper reviews major advantages and disadvantages of battery-electric and fuel-cell vehicles

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A new report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) reviews the major advantages and disadvantages associated with battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs). Electric (Battery) Fuel Cells Hydrogen

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Tesla to begin piloting battery pack swap program for invited Model S owners

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Starting next week, Tesla Motors will pilot a battery pack swap program with invited Model S owners. The selected owners will have the opportunity to swap their car’s battery at a custom-built facility located across the street from the Tesla Superchargers at Harris Ranch, CA. The Harris Ranch Superchargers sit off the I-5, the interstate highway connecting Los Angeles (and San Diego) with the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento in the north.

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