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

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has successfully met and supported the launch of the San Francisco Green Zone requirement, using New Flyer Connect to execute GPS-triggered (geofencing) functionality with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and BAE Systems PLC (BAE).

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

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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has selected BAE Systems to supply electric power and propulsion systems for its transit buses. For cities like San Francisco, that means using BAE Systems technology to create green zones.

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San Francisco commits to all-electric bus fleet By 2035; MUNI Board approves pilot program

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San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates MUNI (the city’s public transit), announced San Francisco’s commitment to have an all-electric bus fleet by 2035.

2019 Audi e-tron to make global debut in San Francisco on 17 Sep; US reservations open then

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The 2019 Audi e-tron, the first all-electric vehicle from Audi, will make its global debut on 17 September at an event in San Francisco. Audi will share more details on this ecosystem and offerings for US customers at the San Francisco event. Electric (Battery

Electric taxis heading to San Francisco

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An electric taxi programme will be launched in San Francisco and San Jose after Better Place committed to bringing its switchable battery station to the Bay Area. Tags: Electric cars Green cars Latest news battery swap stations Better Place electric taxis green taxis San Francisco San Jose

Zipcar Launches Pilot PHEV Program in San Francisco

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Zipcar, the world’s largest provider of cars-on-demand by the hour or day, launched a pilot program for plug-in hybrid vehicles in its Bay Area fleet through a partnership with the city of San Francisco. The plug-in hybrid for the San Francisco Zipcar fleet is a Toyota Prius converted with the Hymotion L5 Plug-In Conversion Module (PCM) provided by A123Systems.

Better Place bringing switchable battery electric taxi program to the San Francisco Bay Area

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Better Place, with support from the US Department of Transportation via the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, has committed to bring a switchable battery, electric taxi program to the Bay Area in partnership with the cities of San Francisco and San Jose. Over the next three years, the program will deploy and operate four battery switch stations in the San Francisco to San Jose corridor to support a fleet of zero-emission, switchable taxis.

Want to Hail An Electric Taxi Cab? Head for San Francisco

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Which is why Better Place chose Tokyo to test out its battery quick-swap technology six months ago--and why Urban taxi service may be the equal of any proving-ground torture test. Taxis are driven hard, up to 20 hours a day, and must handle both bad roads and bad drivers. Those that survive without falling apart should do fine in civilian duty.

"Spirit of DC" on Work Run to Luscious Garage in San Francisco for Upgrading Battery Pack

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Cheer PHEV3A'rs, EVADC'rs, & EVnthusiasts, One & All - More details to be edited in about one depleted PbA battery pack and run to Luscious Garage in San Francisco for a new but used set B&B EB20 batteries to make up a new pack.

Toyota Prius Owners: Beware Battery Theft, Perhaps By Inept Thieves

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Thieves in San Francisco are reportedly targeting Toyota Prius hybrids--and stealing only their battery. theft Batteries California battery pack vandalism ReplacementCar theft is something every owner has to worry about, whether the vehicle is powered by gasoline, electricity, or a combination of both, But sometimes, rather than stealing an entire car, criminals only go for certain valuable components.

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PG&E, Tesla team up to boost battery backups for power grid

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Utilities are racing to expand battery storage on the electrical grid. which submitted a request Friday to the California Public Utilities Commission to build and install four large banks of lithium-ion battery storage, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Batteries power gridThe latest example is Pacific Gas and Electric Co.,

GM and Honda jointly to develop two next-generation Honda EVs on GM platform and Ultium batteries

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General Motors and Honda have agreed to develop jointly two all-new electric vehicles for Honda, based on GM’s highly flexible global EV platform powered by proprietary Ultium batteries. GM unveiled the platform and batteries in early March.

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Lucid Air on the road in SF Bay area

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Luxury EV startup Lucid Motors ( earlier post ) released a video of the Lucid Air ( earlier post ) on the road in the San Francisco Bay area. The battery-electric sedan features a 1,000 hp powertrain and 400 miles of range.

Audi e-tron electric crossover debuts to battle Tesla

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Late Monday night, the German luxury maker debuted took to the stage in San Francisco with its long-awaited, first volume battery-electric vehicle, a five-seat midsize crossover utility to be known simply as e-tron. And finally, there is Audi. It also opened reservations and will allow customers to configure the car, requiring a refundable $1,000

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Tesla Battery-Swap Pilot Program To Launch Next Week In California

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Tesla Motors will shortly announce that it is launching a pilot program next week to test the long-promised battery-pack swapping technology for its Model S electric sedan. The swapping site will be located at a facility across the street from the Tesla Supercharger site in Harris Ranch, California--184 miles south of San Francisco and about 200

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Tesla Door-Handle Failure, Toyota Prius Battery Theft, Nissan Leaf Buyout Incentive: Today's Car News

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Today, Consumer Reports shows Tesla Model S door-handle issues haven't been completely expunged, Toyota Prius hybrid battery packs become the target of thieves in San Francisco, and 2012 and 2013 Nissan Leaf electric cars get significant lease-buyout credits.

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GM’s Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC and Buick all launching EVs this year

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Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC and Buick will all be launching new EVs starting this year, GM announced at an event at its Tech Center in Warren, Michigan, where it also unveiled its new Ultium batteries and flexible globale EV architecture. GM’s new modular platform and battery system, Ultium.

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Electric-car battery updates, Tesla flagship store, Audi regenerative shock absorbers: Today's Car News

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Today, we look at why automakers don't offer battery upgrades for electric cars, Tesla opens a new flagship store in San Francisco, and Audi demonstrates shock absorbers that can harvest electricity. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Catch up on recent news with our Week in Reverse feature and video. Find out why U.S. states agreed to keep. Today in Car News

First 2017 Chevy Bolt EV electric cars sold today, in California

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Just 23 months after GM CEO Mary Barra unveiled the Chevrolet Bolt concept at the Detroit Auto Show, the very first production versions of Chevy's 238-mile electric car to be sold were delivered this morning to eager San Francisco Bay Area buyers. Chevy plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) youtubeAnd now it's real.

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Electrify America and Stable collaborate to deploy robotic fast-charging facility for self-driving electric vehicle fleets

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The two companies will deploy a pilot solution in San Francisco, CA, aimed at charging autonomous EVs without human intervention using a robotic solution attached to a 150kW DC fast charger. Autonomous driving Electric (Battery) Infrastructure

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Tesla CEO: Super-capacitors Trump Electric Car Batteries.

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Just like Zenn and the troubled EEstor supercapacitor firm, Tesla CEO Elon Musk thinks that batteries are so last century. Talking at the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco on Wednesday this week, the 39 year old entrepreneur told the assembled What has a small Canadian low-speed vehicle firm and Tesla CEO Elon Musk got in common? Supercapacitors.


BMW launches ParkNow mobile parking service; more details on DriveNow electric car-sharing service

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At a press conference with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, BMW Group Member of the Board Dr. Ian Robertson announced the upcoming launch of ParkNow, a mobile parking solution that is a joint venture with Urban Mobility; and also provided new details about DriveNow, a new premium car-sharing service which features a fleet of BMW ActiveE all-electric vehicles. San Francisco serves as the initial US market for each service. Electric (Battery) Mobility services Sustainabilit

Daimler and partners deploying world’s largest 2nd-life EV battery storage unit for grid support

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The world’s largest 2nd-life battery storage unit will soon go into operation in the Westphalian town of Lünen. The stationary storage unit, with a total capacity of 13 MWh, uses second-life battery systems from the second generation of smart electric drive vehicles.

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Volkswagen testing use of quantum computing in battery research

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This is especially important for the development of high-performance electric vehicle batteries. In the long term, Volkswagen wants to simulate the chemical structure of a complete electric vehicle battery on a quantum computer. Their objective is to develop a “tailor-made battery”—a configurable chemical blueprint that is ready for production. —Florian Neukart, Principle Scientist at Volkswagen’s CODE Lab in San Francisco.

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AMPLY Power: Top 25 US cities could save avg. 37% on fuel costs by switching to electric vehicles and buses; up to 60% with managed charging

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In the study, AMPLY suggests that rates structures in the Top 25 Metros are best understood by comparing two cities with drastically different rate design: Atlanta and San Francisco: For the most part, Atlanta’s pricing structure minimally provides an optimization incentive.

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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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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.

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Nissan partners with Scoot Networks mobility service with 10 Nissan New Mobility Concept EVs

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Nissan has provided 10 all-electric Nissan New Mobility Concept vehicles to the Scoot Networks mobility service in San Francisco. San Francisco residents use Scoots for a variety of activities such as quick commutes across town, running errands or as a fun way to explore the city.

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GM to invest $2.2B at Detroit-Hamtramck to produce all-electric trucks and SUVs; GM’s first fully-dedicated EV plant

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This will be followed soon after by the Cruise Origin, a shared, electric, self-driving vehicle unveiled by Cruise in San Francisco last week. Electric (Battery) Manufacturing Market Background Vehicle ManufacturersGeneral Motors will invest $2.2

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BAE Systems to supply up to 600 electric power and propulsion systems for new transit buses in Ireland

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Series-ER is essentially Series-E with a larger battery. With increased battery capacity, the system provides zero emission travel without the need for the bus to stop and recharge. Bus Electric (Battery) Europe Fleets Heavy-duty Hybrids

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BAE Systems unveils next-generation electric propulsion system for transit buses

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BAE Systems unveiled its next-generation full battery electric power and propulsion system for transit buses. Instead, it uses electric motors, controls, and batteries. Electric (Battery) Heavy-duty

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Modern Electric Cars, Three Years Later: Lessons Learned

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Just three days earlier, the first Nissan Leaf buyer had received his battery-electric car in a large ceremony at San Francisco''s City Hall. Three years ago yesterday, the first retail buyer of a brand-new Chevrolet Volt range-extended electric car was handed his keys in Denville, New Jersey. Together, Jeffrey Kaffee and Olivier Chalouhi became

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,

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Voltabox receives major order for trolleybus batteries

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Voltabox of Texas , the US subsidiary of paragon AG, has received a major order for battery packs in the double-digit millions of dollars. Vossloh Kiepe, the producer of traction equipment for electrical vehicles, will be using the high-performance systems from Voltabox as back-up power supplies for some 200 new electric trolleybuses in Seattle and San Francisco. Delivery of the battery packs will begin in 2014.

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BYD unveils first 45' battery-electric commuter coach bus

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BYD, North America’s largest electric bus manufacturer, unveiled the first 45-foot battery-electric commuter coach bus at this year’s APTA Expo. BYD offers seven battery-electric coach and bus models, more than any other manufacturer in the North American market today. BYD also manufactures battery- electric trucks and forklifts. BYD battery-electric, zero-emission forklift. 

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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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Chevy Bolt EV electric car for 'urban' sales: what does that mean?

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The only exceptions are those in a handful of crowded cities like New York and San Francisco, for whom a very short car that is easy to park may take priority. Future Cars plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV Almost no U.S. car buyers sit down at their kitchen table and kick off a chat by saying, "Honey, we need to buy a city car."

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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Obama announces $2.4 billion for EV projects

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billion for battery and electric car manufacturing and deployment efforts. President Obama today announced $2.4 Green Car Congress has the full rundown of recipients.

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ChargePoint, SFMTA partner to deploy high-powered charging solutions to support new electric buses by 2020

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ChargePoint and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all ground transportation in the city, announced an agreement that paves the way toward deployment of high-powered charging infrastructure to support the agency’s transition to battery-electric buses. Electrification of the Woods Bus Yard is expected to reach completion next fall and will support nine battery-electric buses that are expected to enter service during the same timeframe.

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Ford and Samsung outline R&D efforts for next-generation non-hybrid battery technology; dual-battery systems and lightweight Li-ion

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In an event in San Francisco, Ford Motor Company and Samsung SDI, an affiliate of Samsung Group, outlined several collaborative research efforts on next-generation battery technology for non-hybrid vehicles. Ford suggested the dual battery system might go into production soon.

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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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Volkswagen Group, Google partnering on quantum computing; traffic optimization, batteries, AI

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The specialists intend to continue the development of traffic optimization; to explore structures for new materials, especially high-performance batteries for electric vehicles; and to work on artificial intelligence with new machine learning processes. Specialists from the Volkswagen Information Technology Centers (IT labs) in San Francisco and Munich will develop algorithms, simulations and optimizations together with the Google experts.

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