This Boston dealer is excited about the electric-car future

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A major challenge for electric-car advocates is finding enthusiastic dealers who are willing to put in the effort to explain and promote them. Given the need to educate different staff on a new type of vehicle, explain the associated incentives, and respond to numerous customer questions, electric cars require dealers to invest more time than. sales dealers Tesla Motors New car sales plug-in cars dealerships Massachusetts

First 2014 BMW i3 Electric Car Delivered To Buyer, In Boston

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In a small ceremony inside the BMW of Boston dealership, the first retail buyer of an i3 took delivery of his keyfob yesterday afternoon. As of Friday, May 2, it''s official: the 2014 BMW i3 electric car is now on sale in the U.S. DON''T MISS: 2014 BMW i3 Electric Car Rated At 81 Miles, 124 MPGe He is Tufts University professor of practice Charles

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Battery Maker Boston Power Gets $250 Million Investment From China

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founded battery firm Boston-Power knows this too, and plans to expand its own operations following a $250 million investment from China Tesla CEO Elon Musk''s announcement that the firm is planning to build a battery ''gigafactory'' confirmed something we all knew would happen eventually--more electric cars means greater demand for batteries.

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Li-ion maker Boston Power secures US$290M from two local Chinese governments for expansion

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Li-ion maker Boston Power has secured US$290 million in local government financial support for the expansion of its two facilities in China. The expansion of these facilities will allow Boston Power to meet the growing demand by leading Chinese automakers in the Yangtze River Delta and throughout the Bohai Gulf in Northern China. —Sonny Wu, chairman of Boston Power.

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Massachusetts approves testing of Optimus Ride Level 4 autonomous vehicles in Boston

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In addition, the company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with MassDOT along with the City of Boston to enable testing of self-driving vehicles on roads and public property in the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, beginning in Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park, owned by the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (EDIC) and located along the South Boston Waterfront.

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Autonomous Renault Zoe electric car to be tested in Boston by nuTonomy

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The Renault Zoe electric car isn't sold in the U.S., but it will make an appearance on the streets of one U.S. city very soon. The battery-electric subcompact hatchback will serve as an autonomous-driving test bed for nuTonomy, a startup founded by researchers from MIT. The company recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the City of. Renault Autonomous cars plug-in cars Massachusetts Renault Zoe self-driving cars

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BRABUS, Boston-Power and Protean Electric team to deliver high-performance EV and hybrid cars based on Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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Boston-Power, Inc. Protean CEO Bob Purcell is also on Boston-Power’s Board of Directors.) The BRABUS 4WD Full Electric car will represent the debut of Boston-Power’s 1.2kWh liquid-cooled module, Swing Medley. The BRABUS 4WD Full Electric. Click to enlarge.

Boston-Power to supply Li-ion battery systems to Beijing Electric Vehicle Company for EVs, starting with Saab 9-5 based C70

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Boston-Power, Inc., The two companies, which have a long-standing working relationship, project that Boston-Power’s battery systems will be used in hundreds of electric vehicles (EVs) starting in 2012 and thousands of EVs by 2014. The systems will be based on Boston-Power’s second-generation Swing 5300 cells, said Dr. Christina Lampe-Önnerud, Boston-Power’s Founder and International Chairman.

BMW to partner with Coulomb Technologies in Boston; Coulomb offering new cloud-based service plans, new dual-port charging stations

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BMW of North America and Coulomb Technologies announced that drivers of the BMW ActiveE all-electric vehicle ( earlier post ) will be able to take advantage of the expansion of the ChargePoint Network into the Boston Metro area. The charging stations will be located in the Boston metropolitan area, primarily within the Route 495 Beltway.

Li-ion battery maker Boston-Power announces $125M in new financing; focus on and support from China

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Boston-Power, Inc., Existing Boston-Power investors Oak Investment Partners and Foundation Asset Management (FAM) also participated in the round. As part of its plans, Boston-Power is establishing an R&D and EV battery engineering facility in China. This organization will build upon the current generation of Boston-Power’s lithium-ion battery technology to develop new energy storage products and solutions.

Mayor Menino Adds Boston

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Boston joins in the Plug-In Campaign. Arlington, TX Austin, TX Baltimore, MD Boston, MA Boulder, CO Corpus Christi, TX Dallas, TX Denver, CO Fort Worth, TX Irvine, CA Los Angeles, CA Madison, WI Philadelphia, PA Salt Lake City, UT Seattle, WA Wenatchee, WA Become a Partner today.

Frito-Lay putting 8 electric delivery trucks in service in Boston area as part of 176-EV fleet

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PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America division is introducing 8 new electric trucks in the Boston area as part of a larger 176-unit electric fleet rollout in North America; once those are deployed, Frito-Lay will have the largest commercial fleet of all-electric trucks in North America.

nuTonomy to test its self-driving cars on specific public roads in Boston

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The testing in Boston will enable nuTonomy to build on the knowledge it has gained from the public road tests and public trials it has been conducting in Singapore’s one-north business district.

Honda begins joint research with Boston University in information security for AI; secure MPC

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Honda Research Institute (HRI), a Honda R&D subsidiary, and Boston University have agreed to begin joint research in the area of data security and privacy for artificial intelligence (AI) research. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering of Boston University as one strategic partner for joint research collaboration.

Ikea invests in hybrid-vehicle builder XL Hybrids

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Thus far, the Boston-based start-up has found success and a recent round of venture capital funding raised another $22 million. XL Hybrids carved its niche in the vehicle-electrfication segment by offering hybrid conversion kits for regular gasoline-powered vans, commercial trucks, and pickups. Notably, Swedish furniture company Ikea Group. mild hybrid Investment 48-Volt mild hybrid

XL Hybrids installs hybrid drives in 4 City of Boston vans

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announced the successful installation of its XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System ( earlier post ) in four city-owned vans for The City of Boston. The newly converted vans support the Greenovate Boston goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. The City of Boston is striving to replace 10% of its fleet each year with alternative fuel vehicles. Since XL Hybrids is based in Boston, working with them is simple and smart. XL Hybrids, Inc.

1,000-mile Nissan Leaf electric-car road trip in the Northeast: are we there yet?

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When my son scored a coveted civil engineering summer internship in Silver Spring, Maryland, the chance for an electric-car road trip from our Boston-area home presented itself. Sure, I could have done the sensible thing and taken my trusty 2006 Toyota Prius, but where would be the adventure in that? Instead, I seized the chance to take my 84-mile

Founder of Li-ion maker Boston-Power resigns

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Li-ion battery maker Boston-Power, Inc. The Boston-Power Board of Directors joins me in expressing our appreciation of Christina’s contribution to Boston-Power, as its founder in passionately developing the company into an EV battery technology leader it is today as well as helping with the transition over the past year with the company’s expansion in China. —Boston-Power Chairman and Acting CEO Sonny Wu.

11% of Boston Public Schools bus fleet to run on propane

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Boston Public Schools will operate 11% of its bus fleet with Blue Bird propane autogas buses, starting with the 2015-2016 school year. Like many urban cities, Boston has implemented mandates for reducing tailpipe emissions. The school district, already the city’s largest user of diesel fuel, has enacted a number of emissions-reducing initiatives in the past 15 years through its “Greening Boston Public Schools” program.

Boston-Power unveils EV battery module family for Swing cells

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Li-ion manufacturer Boston-Power, Inc. Boston-Power’s battery cell technology platform is based on a flat, oval-shaped prismatic cell design with external dimensions equivalent to two conventional 18650 lithium-ion cells.

Infographic: 5 Largest US Public Transit Systems

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The graphic showcases the history and development, ridership and key metrics, and current and upcoming improvements of the transit systems in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Washington DC and San Francisco: Brief Infographic

Boston Power heads to China

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Green cars Latest news Lithium-ion batteries Boston Power China lithium-ion battery makerOne of the leading lithium-ion battery makers in theUSAis set to expand into China after announcing $30million in new private equity. The company has received investment from GSR Ventures, as well as Oak Investment Partners and Foundation Asset Management. It follows on from an announcement in September of $125million in growth capital and Chinese government [.].

Car industry enters ‘golden age of innovation’

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The global car industry is entering a global age of innovation according to The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), making leaps and bounds in four key technology areas; powertrain, lightweight materials, connectivity and active safety (or assisted driving).

Honda expanding engagement of startups in Detroit, Japan, China and Europe

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Honda previously established partnerships with incubators MassChallenge (Boston, Mass.) Honda Innovations is expanding its global open innovation program for early-stage innovators to Detroit, Japan, China, and Europe. Modeled on the Honda Xcelerator program in Mountain View, Calif., Honda Innovations will guide other Honda operations as they establish startup liaisons globally, providing protocols and best practices to identify and engage with startups and entrepreneurs.

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. By utilizing Boston-Power’s Swing Cell products, customers can realize the ease of assembly benefits of large format modules while retaining the benefits of packing density, reliability and thermal performance that come with using Boston-Power’s small form-factor battery cells. —Darren Bischoff, Director of Business Development and Marketing for Boston-Power.

MCCA and Zipcar introduce new Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrids, charging stations, and priority parking in Boston Common Garage

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The Boston Common Garage and Zipcar, Inc. introduced four new 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrids to Zipcar’s Boston fleet, as well as plug-in stations and priority parking for Zipcars and other hybrid vehicles at the Boston Common Garage. In addition, the BCG is branding priority parking spots for hybrids near each of the garage’s four entrances to Boston Common.

Boston Power to bring electric vehicle batteries to China

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In a project that should bring thousands of electric vehicles to China by 2014, Boston Power has entered into a multi-year agreement with Beijing Electric Vehicle Company to provide it with lithium-ion battery systems. The systems will be based on Boston Power’s Swing 5300 cells and will support multiple models and brands. Electric cars Green cars Latest news Lithium-ion batteries Beijing Boston Power China electric cars electric vehicles green cars

Li-ion maker Boston-Power adds $30M in funding; China expansion

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Boston-Power, Inc. Long-standing Boston-Power investors Oak Investment Partners and Foundation Asset Management (FAM) also participated. '. Boston-Power recently broke ground on its new manufacturing site in Liyang. Concurrently, Boston-Power is establishing an R&D and EV battery engineering facility in Beijing. announced $30 million in new private equity. The funding was led by existing investor GSR Ventures.

Boston Approves Ford Transit Connect for Taxi Use

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The city of Boston this week became the first municipality in America to approve the Ford Transit Connect for taxi use, paving the way for taxi owners to purchase the new vehicle for their fleets. Boston, the 10 th largest metropolitan area in the United States, regulates which types of vehicles can be used as taxicabs in its city streets.

Boston police make green switch

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The boys in blue have taken the green lead in several US cities with Concord in Boston the latest to welcome a new hybrid saloon car with more hybrids expected in the next year for use as unmarked police cars. According to reports in The Boston Globe , a number of local officials have been reluctant to buy hybrid cars due to their expense or because they don’t yet have a strong track record for reliability and continued fuel savings.

Boston Power to expand into green transport

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Ambitious lithium-ion manufacturer Boston Power Inc has set its sights on the battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle market after appointing former GM executive Robert C Purcell Jr to its board of directors. Tags: Electric cars Green cars Latest news Boston Power electric vehicles EV-1 general motors GM plug-in hybrid electric vehicles Robert Purcell S-10 Electric Truck

Boston Power reveals electrified version of Mercedes E-Class

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Boston Power and Protean Electric have joined forces to provide lithium-ion battery systems and electric in-wheel motor solutions for two new BRABUS vehicles that are based on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Electric cars Green cars Latest news Mercedes Boston Power BRABUS Frankfurt Motor Show Mercedes Benz E Class Mercedes E-Class Protean Electric

NTSB update on Boeing 787 fire incident in Boston; severe fire damage to APU battery

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released an update on its formal investigation of Monday’s fire aboard a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston. Preliminary reports from Japan Airlines representatives indicate that airplane maintenance and cleaning personnel were on the airplane with the APU in operation just prior to the detection of smoke in the cabin and that Boston Logan Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting were contacted.

Ford Fusion Or Toyota Prius: Environmentalist's Vacation Dilemma

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The book I was reading on the plane (Sustainable Energy, by David JC Mackay) suggested that my portion of the energy for the round-trip plane ride from Boston and back would amount to roughly 12,000 kilowatt-hours. Carbon guilt weighed heavily on my mind as I approached the car rental counter at the Salt Lake City Airport.

Li-ion Batterymaker Boston-Power Closes $60M in Series E Funding

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Li-ion battery manufacturer Boston-Power, Inc. Boston-Power has attracted $185 million in investment since being founded in 2005. Boston-Power will use the growth capital to scale manufacturing, sales, marketing and research and development for its Li-ion technology platform currently embodied in the company’s Sonata (targeted at notebook computers) and Swing (targeted at PHEV, BEV and utility energy storage) battery systems. Boston-Power Swing 4400.

NTSB 3rd investigative update on Boeing 787 battery fire in Boston; battery not overcharged

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a third update on its investigation into the fire aboard a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston on 7 January. Earlier post.) NTSB said that examination of the flight recorder data from the JAL B-787 airplane indicated that the APU battery did not exceed its designed voltage of 32 volts.

Saab and Boston Power Part of Coalition to Develop EV's.

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Saab, Boston Power and others are now part of a coalition is deliver high performance electric vehicles. Boston Power has been seeking a foothold in the exploding electric and hybrid electric vehicle market, and is betting the farm on Saab Other reports expect Saab's imminent sale by GM, leaving them free to pursue new product developments.

Lithium-ion battery company aims for China dominance

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Boston Power has set its sights on dominating the lithium-ion battery market in China after announcing $125million in new funding in the country. Green cars Latest news Lithium-ion batteries Boston Power China GSR Ventures lithium-ion batteryThe growth capital and Chinese government incentives will be used mainly to scale manufacturing, research and development; as well as to boost business development activities for the company’s energy storage technology and [.].

Saab EV Prototype Using Boston Power Swing Cells Already in Mass Production

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The recently announced Saab 9-3 ePower battery-electric vehicle ( earlier post ) is using Boston Power’s Swing cells ( earlier post ) already in mass production, according to Boston-Power Founder and CEO Dr. Christina Lampe-Onnerud. Boston-Power collaborated to deploy a Saab ePower-specific implementation based on the handshake between the drivetrain and the battery, Lampe-Onnerud said. Boston-Power uses cobalt and manganese on the cathode with graphite on the anode.

Saab, Electroengine and Boston-Power in Swedish Coalition to Develop EVs

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Boston-Power, Inc. A Swedish industry-first electric automobile coalition has been established to fuel the advancement of zero-emission, high performance vehicles. The ZE Saab 9-3. Click to enlarge.