Virginia allocating >$12M for electric buses; new statewide contract

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The state of Virginia will allocate more than $12 million in state funding to deploy electric transit buses in three Virginia localities, using nearly $9 million from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust (VW Trust) that the Commonwealth received as part of its settlement with Volkswagen. million for six battery-electric transit buses and fast chargers. million for five battery-electric transit buses and fast chargers. Electric (Battery) Fleets Heavy-duty

Virginia proposes state-tax rebate up to $3,500 for electric-car purchase

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Virginia is for lovers—and it may soon be for lovers of electric cars and plug-in hybrids, too. Virginia House Delegate David A. Currently, Virginia's green-car incentives are. Plug-In Hybrids incentives tax credit plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) state laws VirginiaReid [D-32nd] has proposed a bill, expected to hit the House floor Wednesday, that would see buyers of electric vehicles receive a state-tax rebate of up to $3,500.

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DOE awards Virginia Tech $3M for EV charging cybersecurity project

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Virginia Tech a $3 million grant for research on electric vehicle charging infrastructure cybersecurity as part of a larger $80 million investment by the department on advanced technologies research ( earlier post ). We look forward to testing the technologies on a real-world testbed that includes an extremely fast charging unit and battery electric vehicle situated in a microgrid. In June, Virginia Gov.

Virginia Tech launching second annual 3D printed vehicle contest

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Virginia Tech launched the second annual Spring Additive Vehicle Design Challenge, a competition for students to design a remote-controlled 3-D printed vehicle that can drive on ground and fly in the air. This year’s competition will expand beyond Virginia Tech and include participants from the US Air Force Academy, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Electronic base kits, batteries, and cameras for vehicles will be supplied by engineering firm Robotic Research.

Virginia Tech researchers develop high-energy-density sugar “biobattery”, an enzymatic fuel cell

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A Virginia Tech research team led by Dr. Y.H. 1 , which is one order of magnitude higher than that of lithium-ion batteries. So it’s only logical that we try to harness this natural power in an environmentally friendly way to produce a battery.” In the US alone, billions of toxic batteries are thrown away every year, posing a threat to both the environment and human health, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Virginia Tech hosting debut student competition to design 3-D printed aircraft, ground vehicles

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Virginia Tech will host a university-wide competition for students to design on-demand, remote-controlled 3-D printed aircraft and ground vehicles. This competition promises to catapult Virginia Tech to a leadership position in additive manufacturing linked to robotic systems. The challenge at Virginia Tech is seen by the Air Force as the starting off point for larger, future competitions at US universities that have established 3-D printing lab programs.

Virginia Governor signs legislation and executive order beginning transition of state vehicles to natural gas, electricity or other alternative fuels

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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has signed two pieces of legislation that promote the use of natural gas, electric or other alternative-fueled vehicles in the Commonwealth. The Virginia Office of Fleet Management Services oversees approximately 4,000 passenger-type vehicles, used by more than 175 state agencies and institutions. This potential is why, in my administration, Virginia is pursuing an “all fuels approach” to the vehicles it uses in conducting its business.

Dominion Virginia Power Tests Plug-In Hybrid Cars, Hybrid Bucket Trucks

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Dominion Virginia Power has added two plug-in electric hybrid cars and two hybrid-powered bucket trucks to its fleet as part of its efforts to determine the impact of plug-in vehicles on electricity demand and to find ways to conserve energy and reduce vehicle emissions. The 5 kWh L5 pack, built with A123Systems’ nanophosphate Li-ion batteries, supports fuel economy of up to 100 mpg for 30-40 miles within the electrically assisted driving range.

Glucose-Based Battery Has 10 Times Energy Of Lithium: Researchers

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Humans and batteries--and indeed most other things in the natural world, operate on largely similar principals. As ExtremeTech reports, researchers at Virginia Tech have Energy is generated somehow, stored, and expended for work. It''s only the details that separate these processes, but the gap might shrink with the advent of biobatteries.

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Volvo Trucks NA offers battery-powered parking cooler

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Volvo Trucks North America introduced a battery-powered parking cooler as a factory-installed option for its VNM 630, VNL 630, VNL 670, VNL 730 and VNL 780 sleeper models. The battery-powered parking cooler allows drivers to keep the cab and sleeper comfortable without idling the engine.

2016 85

Aqueous Hybrid Ion battery company Aquion files for Chap. 11, targets sale of assets

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the developer and manufacturer of Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI) batteries and energy storage systems ( earlier post ), filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court of the District of Delaware. Batteries

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UVA researchers devise method for converting retired Li-ion anodes to graphene and GO

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Researchers at the University of Virginia (UVA) have devised a process for converting retired Li-ion battery anodes to graphene and graphene oxide (GO). So far, only 1% of end-of-life Li-ion batteries have been recycled. Batteries Graphene

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DOE awarding $19.4M to 22 advanced vehicle technologies projects; Mercedes-Benz, GM Li-S battery projects

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million to 22 new cost-shared projects to accelerate the research of advanced battery, lightweight materials, engine emission control technologies, and energy efficient mobility systems (EEMS). Among the awardees are Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America and GM, with separate projects on Li-sulfur batteries, as two of the fifteen Phase 1 “Battery Seedling” Projects. Research thick cathodes using freeze casting methods for solid-state lithium batteries.

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Why I traded my Chevy Bolt EV for a Tesla: one reader's story

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Last year, our reader Jay Lucas of Alexandria, Virginia, wrote an account of his road trip in a new 2017. road trips plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) charging infrastructure Fast Charging Charging stations Tesla SuperchargerAs a nation, the U.S. takes lots of road trips, because most of the country has no viable mass transit between city pairs. If electric cars are ever to enter the mass market in North America, they have to be usable on those road trips.

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NASA selects Amprius and U Maryland for two new battery projects; silicon anode and Li-S

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NASA’s Game Changing Development (GCD) program has selected two proposals for Phase II awards targeted toward developing new energy storage technologies to replace the battery systems currently used by America’s space program. NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, manages the GCD program for STMD.

GE Durathon batteries successfully power underground mining scoop

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In trials, GE’s sodium metal halide Durathon batteries ( earlier post ) have successfully powered GE Mining’s Scoop, an underground vehicle that transports mining materials, at Coal River Energy, LLC in Alum Creek, West Virginia.

2013 95

Study identifies halogen-free superhalogen electrolytes for Li-ion batteries

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Most electrolytes currently used in Li-ion batteries contain halogens, which are toxic. An in-depth study based on first-principles calculations by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University has shown that the anions of commercially available electrolytes for Li-ion batteries are all superhalogens. The researchers hope that the findings will lead to production of safer, less toxic batteries.

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UMD researchers report solution to high interfacial impedance hampering developing of high-performance solid-state Li-ion batteries

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Garnet-type solid-state electrolytes (SSEs) for Li-ion batteries offer a range of attractive benefits, including high ionic conductivity (approaching 1 mS cm −1 at room temperature); excellent environmental stability with processing flexibility; and a wide electrochemical stability window.

2016 78

VCU team proposes “super-LRAP” solid electrolyte with performance comparable to liquid electrolytes for solid-state Li-ion batteries

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Virginia Commonwealth University researchers have devised a new lithium superionic conductor with Li + conductivity comparable with that of the organic liquid electrolytes. In a lithium-ion battery, positive lithium ions flow between electrodes via electrolytes. development of the all-solid-state batteries is limited by the relatively low conductivity of the solid electrolyte materials. Batteries Solid-state

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Students’ biodiesel electric car takes first place

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The team built a biodiesel extended range electric vehicle with a 21.3kWh battery pack from A123Systems that provides an electric range of 60miles. Tags: Biofuels Electric cars Green cars Latest news A123Systems biodiesel biodiesel electric car EcoCar EcoCar challenge electric car range extended vehicle Mississippi State University Penn State University Virginia Tech

Boeing NeXt autonomous electric passenger air vehicle completes first flight; eVTOL with 50-mile range

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Boeing has successfully completed the first test flight of its autonomous passenger air vehicle (PAV) prototype in Manassas, Virginia. Autonomous driving Aviation Electric (Battery

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Electrify America collaborating with nine additional companies to host more than 30 ultra-fast electric vehicle charging stations

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Other charging sites will be built at locations in six additional states including Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Virginia and Washington. Electric (Battery) InfrastructureElectrify America announced collaborations with nine additional companies to host more than 30 ultra-fast electric vehicle charging stations across the US.

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President Obama Announces 48 Projects to Receive $2.4B in Grants for Next-Generation of Batteries and Electric Vehicles; To be Combined with $2.4B in Industry Cost-Share

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President Obama announced 48 new advanced battery and electric drive projects that will receive $2.4 These projects, selected through a highly competitive process by the Department of Energy (DOE), are intended to accelerate the development of US manufacturing capacity for batteries and electric drive components as well as the deployment of electric drive vehicles. Production of manganese oxide cathode / graphite lithium-ion batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles.

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WVU opens new research facility to extract valuable rare earth elements from acid mine drainage

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West Virginia University (WVU) researchers are opening a new facility to capture rare earth elements (REEs) from acid mine drainage (AMD) from coal mining. Chris Vass, a WVU graduate student and Summersville, West Virginia, native is the operator of the new facility.

2018 85

NETL investigating researching chemistries for large-scale battery- and supercapacitor-based grid energy storage systems

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This includes research on appropriate anodes, cathodes, and electrolytes for magnesium (Mg)-, sodium (Na)-, and lithium (Li)-based batteries and novel transition metal oxide- and nitride-based supercapacitor electrode materials. This research is being performed through teamwork with local universities: the University of Pittsburgh, the Pennsylvania State University, West Virginia University, and the University of Maryland. Batteries Power Generation Smart Grid

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Lightweight Edison2 E85 Car Wins Mainstream Class X-Prize; Two Battery Electric Vehicles Take Alternative Class Prizes

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The winning teams—Edison2 of Lynchburg, Virginia; X-Tracer of Winterthur, Switzerland; and Li-ion Motors Corp. This side-by-side two-seat battery electric car was built on a lightweight aluminum chassis and weighs in at 2,176 pounds (987 kg).

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Delta kicks off DOE-sponsored program to develop microgrid-capable solid state transformer-based 400 kW fast chargers for EVs; XFC

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Delta’s partners for this 3-year, US$7-million project include General Motors LLC, DTE Energy, CPES Virginia Tech, NextEnergy, the Michigan Agency for Energy’s Energy Office and the City of Detroit’s Office of Sustainability. Electric (Battery) Infrastructure Smart charging

2018 73

Electrify America to collaborate with 6 California organizations to boost awareness, adoption of ZEVs in low-income & disadvantaged communities

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Electrify America LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen Group of America headquartered in Reston, Virginia and with an office in Pasadena, CA, is investing $2 billion over 10 years in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, education and access. Electric (Battery) Environmental Justice Infrastructure

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NASA Electric Aircraft Testbed (NEAT) began testing in September; advancing electric propulsion for aircraft

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The experimental, high-aspect ratio wing is being designed at NASA Langley in Virginia, and fabricated by Xperimental LLC in San Luis Obispo, California. The vehicle will be powered by a battery system, developed by Electric Power Systems of the City of Industry in California.

2016 136

Lux: VW “actually in a strong position to innovate their way out of this mess”

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Volkswagen has also invested in next-generation batteries, including lithium-sulfur and solid-state. It’s striking, Lux said, that the US EPA, with its $8-billion budget and workforce of 15,000 staff, couldn’t catch VW, but a small team of researchers from West Virginia University could. Batteries Diesel Electric (Battery) Emissions Engines Plug-ins Regulations

2015 96

ADA Technologies Receives $100,000 To Further Its Li-Ion Battery Research

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has received a $100,000 grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) to continue its research into the development of high-performance lithium-ion batteries. ADA combined these optimized electrodes with environmentally-benign electrolytes to demonstrate the performance of lithium-ion batteries. ADA Technologies, Inc.

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Researchers find Nissan LEAF creates less CO2 than Toyota Prius hybrid in west US and Texas, but more in N. Midwest

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Regionally specific lifecycle CO 2 emissions per mile traveled for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in the US can vary widely based on grid emission factors (i.e., Electric (Battery) Emissions Hybrids Lifecycle analysis Policy

2015 135

NASA and ARPA-E collaborate on iTech competition for transformational energy technologies

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High-energy Density Batteries and Supercapacitors. NASA iTech is an initiative sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and managed by the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Virginia. ARPA-E Batteries Fuel Cells

2018 65

DOE to Award $25M to Two Consortia for US-China Clean Energy Research with Combined Funding of $100M; Focus on EVs and Carbon Capture and Sequestration

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award two consortia—one led by the University of Michigan and one led by the West Virginia University—a total of $25 million over the next five years under the US-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC). The University of Michigan’s award will advance technologies for clean vehicles, while West Virginia University will use its funding to focus on the next generation of coal technologies, including carbon capture and storage.

CMU study finds controlled EV charging can reduce generation cost, but at greater health and environmental costs depending upon the generation mix

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Although electric vehicles have lower tailpipe emissions than gasoline powered vehicles, the changes in emissions associated with vehicle electrification on a life cycle basis will depend on the emissions associated with the operations of the power plants used to charge the battery.

2015 104

NASA Glenn develops automated flywheel pulse-and-glide system; improving fuel economy up to 40-100%

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Innovators at NASA’s Glenn Research Center have developed an automated pulse-and-glide technique using a flywheel energy storage system for on-road vehicles; the technology, which NASA Glenn says can improve fuel economy over existing internal combustion or battery hybrid systems by 40-100%, is available for licensing. Batteries Controls and controllers Engines Vehicle Systems

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NASA selects proposals for advanced energy storage systems for future space missions: silicon-anode Li-ion and Li-S

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High Energy Density and Long-Life Li-S Batteries for Aerospace Applications, submitted by the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Advanced High Energy Rechargeable Lithium-Sulfur Batteries, submitted by Indiana University in Bloomington. NASAs Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, manages the Game Changing Development program for the Space Technology Mission Directorate. Batteries

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GM and SAE International select 8 NA universities for new autonomous vehicle competition; Bolt EV the platform

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Virginia Tech. Autonomous driving Conferences and other events Electric (Battery At WCX 17: SAE World Congress Experience, SAE International and General Motors announced the eight North American universities which will compete in the upcoming AutoDrive Challenge. This new autonomous vehicle design competition is a three-year challenge to develop and demonstrate a fully autonomous passenger vehicle.

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ICCT assesses factors driving EV market in US cities

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The markets of Charlotte, Detroit, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Providence, and Virginia Beach showed charging infrastructure growth of approximately 30% to 80%, corresponding with at least a doubling of their electric vehicle uptake from 2015 to 2016.

2017 90

PSA evaluating Aquarius Engines’ free-piston linear generator for range-extender

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Electric (Battery) Engines Power GenerationPSA Groupe is evaluating a free-piston engine linear-generator under development by Israel-based start-up Aquarius Engines for use as a range-extender in its electric vehicles.

2016 78

Argonne rolls out updated version of AFLEET alternative fuels and advanced vehicles analysis tool

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In case studies conducted by AFLEET developers, the tool has evaluated the environmental benefits of vehicles under a range of circumstances—from fleets of Chicago-based, propane-operated bakery delivery trucks, to propane-fueled school buses in Texas and Virginia, to refuse trucks running on compressed natural gas in Milwaukee, Chicago and Boise, Idaho. Electric (Battery) Emissions Fuel Cells Fuel Efficiency Fuels Hydrogen Lifecycle analysis

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First $300M tranche of VW National ZEV investment targets charging infrastructure; 150kW+ fast charging on highway network

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Volkswagen Group of America has created Electrify America LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary headquartered in Reston, Virginia, to fulfill its Appendix C commitments. Electric (Battery) Infrastructure Plug-ins Vehicle Manufacturers

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Mississippi State University Takes First in Year Two of EcoCAR Competition With Biodiesel EREV

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Virginia Tech earned second place with an ethanol EREV design and Penn State came in third place building a biodiesel EREV. kWh A123 Systems battery pack which provides an electric range of 60 miles. kWh battery pack in a split parallel architecture.