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.

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.

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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.

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

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Maven Gig vehicles are available for flat weekly rates that include the car, unlimited miles, insurance (minus deductibles) and maintenance. Vehicle reservations are now available in Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

2018 104

NREL-KPA-Toyota collaboration facilitates permitting of FCEV repair facilities

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While FCEVs were designed with significant safety features to prevent unintended hydrogen releases under normal consumer operation, the likelihood of a release can increase during certain operations, such as maintenance on the fuel system or powertrain.

2018 78

BAE Systems delivers 7,000th series hybrid-electric system for buses

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The Series-E system enables transit agencies, as well as maintenance and training staff, to transition to electric systems from their known mechanical systems and diesel power.

2016 95

Nestlé Waters North America adds 155 new medium-duty propane autogas trucks to delivery fleet

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The new medium-duty delivery trucks, added to the company’s existing autogas fleet of 30 Ford trucks of the same model, will also help the company save on maintenance and fuel costs. Deployments in 2016 will include New York City, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Baltimore. Nestlé Waters North America is adding more than 150 medium-duty beverage delivery trucks fueled by propane autogas.

Maven Gig begins expanding geographically; Bolt EV the most popular

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Future cities include Baltimore, Boston, Detroit, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. Maven Gig vehicles are available for flat weekly rates that include the car, unlimited miles, insurance (minus deductibles) and maintenance. In Boston, Maven Gig will start with 20 Bolt EVs and will scale as infrastructure allows.

2017 60

EIA: major utilities continue to increase spending on US electric distribution systems

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Annual spending on customer expenses and operations and maintenance by these utilities also increased slightly.

2018 78

XL Hybrids, Henley Transmission Services partner to certify AAMCO for hybrid conversion installation, servicing

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AAMCO service centers will also be trained to provide any necessary warranty service and maintenance on the hybrid vehicles. XL Hybrids was founded by MIT alumni and is based in Boston. XL Hybrids, Inc.,

2012 103

Lyft and GM launch “Express Drive” short-term rental program in Chicago

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The program will make cars available to Lyft drivers at affordable rates with insurance and maintenance included. Express Drive begins later this month in Chicago and will soon roll out to additional cities including Boston, Washington D.C., Express Drive will start at US$99 per week including insurance and maintenance making Express Drive the most flexible and affordable option.

2016 60

Lightning Hybrids and National Fleet Hybrids partner on hydraulic hybrid retrofits

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It is available for test drives and was showcased at the Massachusetts Clean Cities Coalition meeting on 13 June in Boston at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources.

2013 95

Zipcar and the City of Houston launch municipal car sharing program; hybrids and EVs

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By using Zipcar’s FastFleet technology, the City of Houston will be able to design and configure its fleet footprint in real time for optimal utilization; manage hundreds of critical activities including preventive maintenance, fueling, billing, and fleet distribution; analyze usage and diagnostic data, automatically captured during every trip; and utilize Zipcar’s experience-driven analytics to stay on top of trends and in control of its fleet. Zipcar, Inc.is

Kiessling Transit orders 32 more Lightning Hybrids hydraulic hybrid buses

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This order for 32 units follows an order last year from the Boston-area transit company for 35 units that were commissioned in September 2015.

2016 78

Lightning Hybrids secures order for 35 hydraulic hybrid systems from Kiessling Transit

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The application of this technology will result in improved emissions, less fuel use, longer brake life, better low-end torque, and lower maintenance and operational costs. Kiessling Transit purchased a pilot vehicle equipped with the hybrid system through Lightning Hybrids’ Boston-based dealer, National Fleet Hybrids, in 2013.

2015 88

DOE awarding >$24M to 77 projects through Technology Commercialization Fund

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Industry-Informed Physics-Based Monitoring for Asset Management and Maintenance Optimization, $500,000 Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, Calif. “DUSST”: NREL’s Low Maintenance Soiling Station, $50,000 Atonometrics Inc., Vivint Solar, Lehi, Utah Wind Turbine Drivetrain Reliability Assessment and Remaining Useful Life Prediction, $100,000 WindESCo, Boston, Mass.

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Comedy CAFE Clowns Crack Me Up

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Bird Cage Liners article this morning: Asking carmakers to comply with California’s rules would be tantamount to forcing a cancer patient to “finish chemo and then go run the Boston Marathon,&# General Motors Corp. Car Makers Serve Up Funniest Fail Ever!

2009 130

DOT to provide nearly $745M in rail funding for upgrades and construction in Northeast Corridor; enabling higher speed trains

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A new flyover will separate Amtrak trains traveling between New York and Boston from Long Island Railroad and Metro-North commuter trains, and NJ Transit trains accessing Sunnyside Maintenance Yard in Queens. US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced nearly $745 million for construction along the Northeast Corridor (NEC) to upgrade some of the most heavily-used sections. The NEC will receive $449.94

2011 76

FTA awarding $55M to 10 projects deploying battery-electric and fuel-cell buses

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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. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) in Boston will receive funding to develop and deploy five 60-foot articulated New Flyer battery-electric buses on the MBTA Silver Line Bus Rapid Transit System.

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Electric-Car Fans Rally Around the Volt - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com

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Electric car proponents at The California Cars Initiative believe the task force was unduly influenced by “plug-in skeptics” at the Boston Consulting Group , which is under government contract to provide input on the prospects for G.M.

2009 48

New Comprehensive Lifecycle Energy and Emissions Inventory Includes Non-Operational Components; Large Aircraft Can Perform Better than Light Rail

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This includes raw materials extraction, manufacturing, construction, operation, maintenance, and end of life of vehicles, infrastructure, and fuels. In terms of GHG emissions, large aircraft on a total g CO 2 e/PKT basis outperforms Boston light rail (the Green Line).

2009 78

Avis Budget group to acquire car-sharing company Zipcar in cash deal for approximately $500 million

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In particular, Avis Budget expects significant cost reductions across the fleet life cycle (from procurement to operations and maintenance to disposition, as well as financing), in addition to savings from eliminating Zipcar’s public-company costs.

2013 101

FAA grounds US Boeing 787 Dreamliners after second incident with Li-ion battery; GS Yuasa Lithium Power the manufacturer

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The in-flight Japanese battery incident followed an earlier 787 battery incident that occurred on the ground in Boston on 7 January 2013 and resulted in a fire. Since it is maintenance-free and has longer service life comparing to current nickel-cadmium batteries, it makes for lower operating costs and increased safety for airline companies.

2013 94

Boeing details improvements to Li-ion battery system for 787; more than 200,000 engineering hours applied so far

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The main battery is used during ground maintenance operations—e.g., Two separate thermal events occurred with 787 Li-ion batteries earlier this year: one on the ground at Logan Airport in Boston; the other in the air that saw the flight divert and land at the Takamatsu, Japan airport.

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US DOE Awards $37 Million for Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Technology Development

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Boston, Massachusetts) will develop a cost-effective, high efficiency, power take-off system for a wave energy converter, a mechanism to convert water’s mechanical energy into usable electricity. This is a unique approach that seeks to replace lower efficiency, high maintenance, long-stroke linear generator systems. Eliminating these subsystems reduces both capital and operations and maintenance costs and improves turbine reliability.