Gas, Electricity, Hydrogen: How Many Cars Can 'Fuel' And What Will It Cost?

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Gas stations are ubiquitous across the world, many with diesel pumps as well, to fuel the more than 1 billion vehicles now roaming the surface of our planet. California hydrogen hydrogen fuel cell government subsidy charging infrastructure gas station Tesla SuperchargerAs regulators get increasingly serious about reducing carbon emissions from transportation, we'll see competing sites for refueling or recharging zero-emission vehicles emerge--the first.

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California clean fuels rule reports 100% compliance in 2017

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The program considers greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at all stages of production of a fuel, from pump or field to wheel. Currently fuel producers who sell their product in California must lower the amount of overall carbon in their fuels 10% by 2020.

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Transportation sector stakeholders launch Veloz in California to accelerate adoption of EVs

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In California, public and private stakeholders in the transportation sector launched a new organization— Veloz —to accelerate the adoption of EVs. Its first project, “Electric For All,” is the largest multi-stakeholder, multi-million dollar public awareness campaign in North America. Others: AECOM, Uber, Lyft, California New Car Dealers Association, Center for Sustainable Energy, EDF Renewable Energy, Electric Power Research Institute, Hubject, PlugShare and Proterra.

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California Public Utilities Commission approves 15 transportation electrification pilot projects focusing on disadvantaged communities

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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved 15 pilot projects aimed at helping to accelerate electric vehicle adoption, with a focus on disadvantaged communities. The decision approves, with modifications, four Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) projects, five Southern California Edison (SCE) projects, and six San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) projects designed to speed adoption of electric vehicles, improve air quality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

2018 71

California Public Utilities Commission approves PG&E EV charging program for 7,500 charging stations in NorCal

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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously voted to approve Charge Smart and Save, a program initiated by Pacific Gas & Electric to deploy 7,500 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across Northern California. The approved Charge Smart and Save program is a modified version of a settlement agreement supported by the Sierra Club, Pacific Gas & Electric, and a diverse group of stakeholders.

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California PUC sets energy storage target for utilities of 1,325 MW by end of 2024

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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) established a combined energy storage target of 1,325 megawatts (MW) for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric by 2020, with installations required no later than the end of 2024. (MW

2013 107

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

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Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. Demonstration will now be carried out to evaluate the management of surplus electricity and regulation of grid frequency and voltage fluctuation.

2017 78

California Energy Commission approves plans to invest nearly $500M in electricity R&D and alternative fuels

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The California Energy Commission has unanimously approved two major investment plans that could total nearly a half a billion dollars. One will fund clean energy research that benefits electricity ratepayers. Another is an annual clean transportation investment plan that is designed to spark innovation in projects that will help transform California’s fleet to meet greenhouse gas and clean air goals. Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric Co.

2014 85

California utilities submit projects to CPUC to expand EV infrastructure, adoption and awareness

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Three investor-owned California utilities—Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)—have submitted applications to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) outlining programs and investments aimed at achieving multiple electric transportation and emission-reduction goals set by the governor and state agencies.

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Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid on sale at select New York and California dealerships

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The 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle, rated by the EPA at 115 MPGe1 in all electric mode went on-sale at select New York and California Honda dealers on 15 January 15 with an MSRP of $39,780 and a monthly lease price of $429. Electric-only operation is supported by a 6.7-kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery, with regenerative braking provided by an all-new electric-servo braking system.

2013 92

2013 Honda Fit EV begins leasing 20 July in California and Oregon for $389/month

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The battery-electric 2013 Honda Fit EV ( earlier post ) will be available for lease beginning 20 July 2012, with a three-year lease price of $389 per month. The electric motor drives the Fit EV through a high-efficiency coaxial gearbox with a single forward ratio. Electric (Battery

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California Energy Commission awards $750K to Electricore to study standardization of plug-in vehicle batteries

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The California Energy Commission has awarded Electricore, Inc. 750,000 to research value-based design options for the standardization of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) batteries. This project includes $150,000 in match funding from San Diego Gas & Electric. The stored, compressed air will be used to generate electricity on an “on demand” basis to meet the facility’s needs, including periods of high demand or grid outages.

2013 85

ICF report finds California Low Carbon Fuel Standard can be achieved with modest changes in diversity of fuels

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Broadly, compliance is achieved through biofuel blending (with both gasoline and diesel) and through the deployment of advanced vehicle technologies that use natural gas, electricity, and hydrogen. 10% of California’s natural gas consumption) are feasible.

2013 98

California Energy Commission Approves $800K in four regional grants to prepare for electric vehicles

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The California Energy Commission’s (CEC) Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP) approved four regional planning grants to prepare for electric vehicles. These areas of the state are expected to experience heavy electric vehicle use within the next ten years. The CEC proposed awarding nine grants this year under this particular program (Solicitation PON-10-602, Regional Plans to Support Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness.)

Pike Research projects California, New York and Florida to lead US in PEV sales

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Pike projections of cumulative light duty plug-in electric vehicle sales, 10 largest MSAs by population, 2011-2017. Pike Research has earlier forecasted the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market at the national level in the US, globally, and within world regions and key countries. The company has now constructed a model for plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) sales at the US state level, metropolitan statistical area (MSA) level and for selected utility company territories.

California releases summary of Advanced Clean Car Rules: GHG, ZEV, LEV III and Clean Fuel Outlets

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) released a summary of its proposed Advanced Clean Cars (ACC) regulation package ( earlier post ), which establishes stringent new emissions standards for light duty vehicles from 2015 through 2025. The Advanced Clean Cars package combines four different regulations: light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas limits; the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate; the next phase of the Low Emission Vehicle (LEV-III) program; and a new Clean Fuels Outlet regulation.

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Latest status report finds California fuel providers continue pacing ahead of requirements of Low Carbon Fuel Standard; sufficient credits to meet full 2013 obligation

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According to the latest status report on the progress of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (CA-LCFS) ( earlier post ), regulated parties in the LCFS—oil producers, importers and other fuel providers—continued to exceed the required reductions in carbon intensity specified by the standard. Electricity generated 1% of the net credits. The share of electricity grew from negligible levels in 2011 to reach about 2% by the final quarter of 2012. (By

2013 80

I-5 electric truck charging sites mapped out by electric utilities; West Coast Clean Transit Corridor

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The first phase would involve installing 27 charging sites along I-5 at 50-mile intervals for medium-duty electric vehicles, such as delivery vans, by 2025. Of the 27 proposed sites, 16 are in California, five are in Oregon and six are in Washington.

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US DOE offers conditional loan guarantee commitments to support nearly $4.5B in Loans for 3 California Cd-Te photovoltaic solar power plants

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The 230 megawatt (MW) project will be located in the Antelope Valley area of the Western Mojave Desert, approximately 80 miles north of Los Angeles, California. The facility is expected to generate more than 622,000 megawatt hours of electricity per year, equivalent to powering over 54,000 homes, and will avoid over 350,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. Power from the Antelope Valley Solar Ranch 1 project will be sold to Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

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Toyota Plug In

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Japan and Europe by 2010 , under a widespread "green" strategy outlined today.The ecological gas-electric vehicles, which can be recharged from a home electrical outlet , will target leasing customers, Toyota Motor Corp.

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Plug In 2008

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Here's one of the announcements that came out of the conference : EPRI, GM, 34 Utilities Collaborate to Advance Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles PALO ALTO, Calif. Seamless integration of PHEVs into the electric grid will require close collaboration between the automobile and electric sectors.”

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Campaign Begins

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Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) would combine today’s new gas-electric hybrid technology with larger batteries that could provide an all-electric operating range of 25 to 35 miles or more.

2006 130

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

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Engineers at the NASA Electric Aircraft Testbed (NEAT) at NASA Glenn Research Center ran the new facility’s first test in September. NEAT’s mission is to help engineers design, develop and test systems for electric aircraft. The X-57: NASA’s first electric X-plane.

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Where Did All The Hybrids Go?

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For most of the spring, sales of gas-electric hybrids dropped off due to limited supplies. During the same time period, sales of electric vehicles were low. Long-term, sales of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles ( PHEVs ) and pure electric vehicles (EVs) look promising.


Eos Energy Storage introduces grid-scale battery system at $160/kWh

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Eos’s standard Aurora 1000|4000 product, a containerized 1 MW DC battery system providing four continuous hours of discharge, offers a cost-effective energy storage solution competitive with gas peaking generation and utility distribution infrastructure.

2015 112

Calif. Energy Commission approves energy efficiency rules for battery charger systems; automotive chargers exempted

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The California Energy Commission approved a first-in-the-nation energy efficiency standard that will reduce wasted energy by battery chargers commonly used to power cell phones, laptop computers, power tools, and other devices. This exception does not apply to autoettes, electric personal assistive mobility devices, golf carts, or low speed vehicles. When you consider powering California’s plugged-in lifestyle, these new efficiency standards will save consumers money and energy.

2012 87

Ricardo to work with Electricore on plug-in vehicle battery standardization project

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Ricardo will be working with Electricore, which recently received a $750,000 award from the California Energy Commission to perform a comprehensive survey of the commercial plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) marketplace and to propose value-based design options for standardization of battery systems. Other members of the team include San Diego Gas & Electric, the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE), and BMW group.

2013 81

EPRI and partners to stage public demo of Open Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) Platform software

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), along with several auto manufacturers, utilities, and regional transmission organizations, will demonstrate the Open Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) Platform software system, developed by EPRI and Sumitomo Electric Industries. The software is an advanced software platform for integrating plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) with smart grid technologies. —Dan Bowermaster, manager of EPRI’s Electric Transportation Program.


13 companies, 8 groups join DOE Workplace Charging Challenge

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In a speech at the Washington Auto Show, Energy Secretary Chu outlined the new initiative, which aims to expand the availability of workplace charging, increasing the convenience of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and providing drivers with more options. The first 13 employers that have signed the Workplace Charging Pledge as Partners include: 3M, Chrysler Group, Duke Energy, Eli Lilly and Company, Ford, GE, GM, Google, Nissan, San Diego Gas & Electric, Siemens, Tesla, and Verizon.

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ICCT: available low-carbon fuels can reduce CI of on-road transportation fuels in Pacific Coast region by 14%–21% by 2030

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A new study from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) and E4tech finds that the targets adopted or proposed by British Columbia, California, Oregon, and Washington to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels can be met with a range of low-carbon fuel options.

2015 116

How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

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GM has announced plans for public sales in 2010, and almost every carmaker now says it will sell PHEVs or highway-speed battery electric vehicles (BEVs) sometime after 2010. Shifted earlier focus to all-electric Focus in 2011 with Magna. And ride off into the sunset on electric power.

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Saft receives 3rd contract from SDGE for utility-scale storage

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Saft has received its third contract from San Diego Gas and Electric (SDGE), a major California utility. The lithium-ion (Li-ion) energy storage systems will be used to mitigate power fluctuations inherent with solar-generated electricity. Utility engineers were able to call on the microgrid for assistance and used its local power sources to restore electricity to 1,060 customers, including the essential downtown business area.

2014 78

Pike Research forecasts US plug-in vehicle penetration rates to be highest in smaller states

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Pike Research forecasts that annual sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) will reach 358,959 vehicles by 2017, representing a compound anual growth rate (CAGR) of 43% between 2011 and 2017. To understand where these vehicles will likely be sold, Pike Research created a geographic forecast model using a variety of inputs including population and demographic trends; affinity towards electric vehicles; and automakers’ intended availability of vehicles. Southern California: 2.90.

2011 89

Where Plug-In Hybrid Conversions (mostly Priuses) Are

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Ryan Fulcher of Seattle Electric Auto Association, April 2006 CalCars and Maker Faire team ("PriusBlue" EAA-PHEV method later modified by Manzanita Micro as "PiPrius" testbed) King County, WA Contact Ryan Fulcher at webguy2007(at)eaa-phev(dot)org. Pacific Gas & Electric/Bay Area Air Quality Management District, "Sparky," by EnergyCS, July 2006 (San Francisco County, CA) Contact sxtg@. San Diego Gas & Electric , Prius by Green Gears (San Diego, CA) July, 2007.

2007 41

1st major utility proposal for EV charging infrastructure presented to CPUC

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A diverse set of public interest groups, automakers, labor unions, and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) submitted a proposed settlement to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to accelerate the deployment of smart electric vehicle (EV) charging stations that would support the utility grid in San Diego. Electric (Battery) Infrastructure Plug-ins Policy Smart charging

2015 83

SDG&E piloting integration of EVs and energy storage systems into CAISO energy markets for demand response services

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In a pilot vehicle-to-grid project, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is actively bidding a group of energy storage systems and electric vehicle fleets as one resource directly into the California Independent System Operator’s ( CAISO ) energy markets. These markets include those that address short-term imbalances in electricity supply caused by such things as intermittent renewable energy. million ZEVs in California by 2025.

2015 92

EPRI, 8 automakers and 15 utilities to create an open grid integration platform for plug-in electric vehicles

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The Electric Power Research Institute, 8 automakers and 15 utilities are working to develop and to demonstrate an open platform that would integrate plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) with smart grid technologies enabling utilities to support PEV charging regardless of location. The formal collaboration between the automakers, utilities and Electric Power Research Institute began in fall 2012. —Dan Bowermaster, EPRI manager of Electric Transportation.

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Study finds drone-based delivery could reduce GHG emissions and energy use in the transportation sector, if deployed sensibly

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New research by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Carnegie Mellon University, SRI International and the University of Colorado at Boulder shows that drone-based delivery could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy use in the transportation sector.

2018 85

New fleet customers for XL Hybrid’s plug-in hybrid upfit for Ford F-150 pickups

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XL Hybrids TYs7Oafol48Kkc8KJgZoTHgMu0w8LYSbRdYOj2VdwnuKwa">announced new fleet customers who intend to purchase its XLP plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) upfit solution for Ford F-150 pickup trucks. Southern California Edison (SCE); and Tampa Electric (TECO). The Fleet-Ready technology is the industry’s first ship-thru upfit on half-ton pickup trucks from a leading OEM.

2017 60

Study finds twin demand peak for residential time-of-use EV charging; implications for grid operators

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Governments around the world have taken direct action to promote the adoption of the plug-in electric vehicle (EV) using new legislation, tax incentives, and other policy instruments. California’s Governor Brown has initiated the zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate that targets the deployment of 1.5 Rapid integration of such a large number of EVs will inevitably cause uncertainty and variability on the operation of the existing electric power system.

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Honda previews 2014 Accord plug-in hybrid

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Set to go on sale in early 2013, Honda’s 2014 Accord Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) Sedan ( earlier post ) will offer the ability to run in an all-electric mode for 10 to 15 miles and a calculated total driving range of more than 500 miles. Electric driving is supported by a 6.7

2014 145

DOE finalizes $1.6B loan guarantee for BrightSource Energy Inc.

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will be located on federally-owned land in the Mojave Desert in southeastern California, near the Nevada border, and will be one of the world’s largest concentrated solar power complexes. The three-plant Ivanpah Solar Complex will generate approximately 392 gross megawatts (MW) of electricity using the company’s proprietary concentrating solar power (CSP) technology. The project will be interconnected to the electricity grid via an upgraded SCE transmission line.

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More Tesla stationary ESS partnerships: Cargill and PG&E, LichtBlick

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Cargill is collaborating with Tesla and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) to install a 1 MWh Tesla energy storage product at the company’s Fresno, California beef processing facility. The Tesla batteries will be charged daily from the existing PG&E electricity grid system during off-peak hours, when electricity rates are lowest. The electricity stored in the batteries will then be used when rates are the highest each day during peak use times (peak trimming).

2015 76