Nissan partners with oil company for electric-car fast charging sites in Charlotte

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It's one of the questions for future electric-car charging infrastructure: what about putting them at gas stations? On the one hand, drivers are used to going to gas stations, which are often conveniently located on both local and long-distance routes. On the other hand, gas-station stops generally take 10 to 15 minutes at most, while even fast. plug-in cars charging BP North Carolina charging infrastructure Fast Charging Charging stations gas station

Oerlikon expands additive manufacturing R&D and production capacity in the US

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Oerlikon is expanding its global additive manufacturing (AM) business with a state-of-the-art R&D and production facility for additively manufactured advanced components in the Charlotte metro area in North Carolina, USA. Following the acquisition of the AM production company, citim , in Germany, Oerlikon is extending its AM competence and investing in the construction of a new facility in Charlotte. The Charlotte site will be fully operational in 2018.

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EPA awards Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Tennessee Assembly Plant a first annual Rain Catcher Award

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The award was given at an award ceremony during the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4/International Erosion Control Association Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Volkswagen Group of America the regional 2014 EPA Rain Catcher Award in the Commercial Category for the Chattanooga, Tennessee Assembly Plant.

NREL and BESC discovery explains higher biomass degrading activity of C. thermocellum; potential boon for cellulosic biofuels

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Other authors from the BioEnergy Science Center are Charlotte Wilson, Dawn M. Donohoe, Charlotte Wilson, Dawn M.

Frito-Lay buying 100 more Smith Electric Vehicle trucks in 2012; natural gas coming for tractor fleet

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The CNG vehicles will be used at seven Frito-Lay North America distribution centers, including: Rancho Cucamonga, CA; Irving, TX; Phoenix, AZ; Beloit, WI; Frankfort, IN; Charlotte, NC; and Casa Grande, AZ. PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America division will purchase 100 Newton Series 2000 all-electric commercial vehicles in 2012 from Smith Electric Vehicles, bringing the total number of its electric fleet to more than 280.

NASCAR embraces green cars

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The Toyota Camry Hybrid by contrast will be used throughout the race and will also be used at five more races later in the season at Infineon Raceway; in Charlotte; in Watkins Glen in New York; at Martinsville in Virginia; and the Chicagoland Speedway. Efforts to turn motor racing green are continuing at a rapid pace through innovations in Formula 1, the Michelin Green X Challenge at the American Le Mans and now it is NASCAR’s turn to join the green car race.

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NIST awards $7.4M in grants for additive manufacturing research

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The US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is awarding grants totaling $7.4 million to fund two research projects aimed at improving measurement and standards for the rapidly developing field of additive manufacturing (AM). Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a group of new technologies that build up objects, usually by laying down many thin layers on top of each other.

Li-ion Separator Supplier Celgard Expanding Production in North Carolina

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and a leading supplier of microporous separators used in lithium-ion batteries, plans to expand capacity at its existing Charlotte, North Carolina facility and build a new manufacturing site in Concord, North Carolina. In the first phase, Celgard will add capacity at its existing Charlotte, North Carolina facility. Expansion of the Charlotte facility will start immediately. Celgard, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polypore International, Inc.,

Camber Ridge opening $60M tire testing facility with 0.5-mile oval indoor track

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The new facility is located in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the midst of the region’s growing automotive research and manufacturing cluster.

Nissan expands “No Charge to Charge” program expands to 10 new US markets

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Charlotte, N.C. Nissan has expanded its “No Charge to Charge” program to 10 new markets, continuing the push to provide LEAF owners with no-cost public charging. The program offers new LEAF buyers free public charging for the first two years of ownership The 10 new markets are: Charleston, S.C. Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo. Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville/Anderson, N.C./S.C. Jacksonville, Fla. Miami. Milwaukee. Palm Springs, Fla. Portland/Auburn, Ore. Tampa/St. Petersburg/Sarasota, Fla.

Isuzu and GM enter commercial vehicle collaboration agreement in the US; new low cab forward trucks

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The gasoline-powered models will be assembled in the United States in Charlotte, Mich. General Motors and Isuzu Motors reached an agreement on a US commercial vehicle collaboration, allowing Isuzu to strengthen its product lineup and GM to expand its commercial vehicle portfolio.

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New modeling study suggests wind farm power generation capacity has been significantly overestimated

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Research in mesoscale atmospheric modeling by the University of North Carolina (UNC) Charlotte’s Amanda S. Adams and Harvard University’s David W. Keith suggests that the power capacity of large-scale wind farms may have been significantly overestimated. Their open access paper appears in the journal Environmental Research Letters. Large-scale wind farms can comprise hundreds of tower-mounted turbines.

APTA: public transportation ridership up 5% in first quarter 2012

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Ann Arbor, MI; Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Fort Myers, FL; Indianapolis, IN; Ithaca, NY; New York, NY; Oakland, CA; Olympia, WA; San Diego, CA; and Tampa, FL). Public transportation ridership rose 5% to nearly 2.7 billion trips in the first quarter of 2012 over the first quarter of last year, according to a report by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This was the fifth consecutive quarter of US public transit ridership increase, as 125.7

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Most people would have been knocked flat by such a turn of events, but the fire seems to have made Gadget and his wife, Charlotte, even more determined to push for a plug-in future. As 2009 progresses, we’ll be at Gadget and Charlotte’s side as they rebuild their lives. Starting Again (photo: Steve Payne). . Over the holidays, the “Revenge&# team spent time filming with Greg “Gadget&# Abbott as he moved into a cavernous new warehouse space in downtown LA.

Asplundh adds medium-duty propane autogas F-650 trucks to fleet

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The most complex unit is a bucket truck equipped with a 58-foot aerial lift that is operating in the Charlotte area, pruning trees away from power lines. Asplundh, an international provider of vegetation management services to utilities and municipalities, is one of the first in its industry to adopt propane autogas for some of the medium-duty trucks in its fleet. Currently, Asplundh has two Ford F-650 trucks powered by ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel systems.

SLAC, Stanford team develops new catalyst for water-splitting for renewable fuels production; 100x more efficient than other acid-stable catalysts

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The researchers still don’t know exactly why this surface layer is so active, although the theorists, including SUNCAT graduate students Colin Dickens and Charlotte Kirk, have provided some ideas.

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.

Raven Transport to deploy 115 additional heavy-duty LNG trucks; Clean Energy expands refueling network

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Charlotte, N.C.; Florida-based truckload carrier Raven Transport is expanding its clean-burning natural gas fleet with 115 Peterbilt Model 579s, equipped with sleepers and powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) to haul goods for a leading consumer packaged goods company. Clean Energy will support this fleet by opening truck-friendly natural gas fueling stations in Atlanta, Ga.; Birmingham, Ala.; Pearl, Miss.; and Theodore, Ala.

Breakthrough on salt-tolerant wheat

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Rana Munns, Richard A James, Bo Xu, Asmini Athman, Simon J Conn, Charlotte Jordans, Caitlin S Byrt, Ray A Hare, Stephen D Tyerman, Mark Tester, Darren Plett & Matthew Gilliham (2012) Wheat grain yield on saline soils is improved by an ancestral Na+ transporter gene. A team of Australian scientists has bred salt tolerance into a variety of durum wheat that shows improved grain yield by 25% on salty soils.

UQM Technologies to display new PowerPhase HD electric drive system at 2012 HTUF

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will display the new PowerPhase HD 220 electric drive system at the upcoming Hybrid, Electric and Advanced Truck Users Forum (HTUF) national conference and expo in Charlotte, NC. UQM Technologies, Inc. The PowerPhase HD 220 T system includes the most powerful electric motor UQM has yet manufactured, and an all-new controller designed specifically for the commercial vehicle market.

IMPCO Automotive selected to provide CNG conversions in new Isuzu ship-through process

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As part of the ship-through process, Isuzu trucks built at the Charlotte, Michigan plant will be transported to IMPCO’s OEM Automotive conversion facility in Union City, Indiana for CNG system installation. IMPCO Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc., announced that Isuzu commercial vehicle dealers can now select IMPCO as a ship-through option more quickly to convert or to modify gasoline-powered NPR-HD (14,500-lb. GVWR) trucks to CNG operation.

Lithium Technology Corporation enters strategic alliance and investment agreement with FN Group for large format Li-ion packs for automotive applications

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LTC will contribute its experience with several other automotive applications for its battery cells such as Volkswagen’s Flottenversuch, Karmann’s electric vehicle, and eRUF’s and DesignLine’s hybrid buses, which are operational in Baltimore, MD, New York, NY and at the Charlotte, NC Airport. Lithium Technology Corporation (LTC) ( earlier post ) has entered into a strategic alliance with Frazer-Nash Research Ltd. (FN

Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium membership reaches all-time high

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The consortium recently received membership pledges from start-up battery producer H-Power (of Charlotte, NC) and New Zealand start-up carbon producer ArcActive. The Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium ( ALABC ) announced the additions of several companies to its membership list, bringing its current membership to 66 companies—its highest tally ever.

Panda Power finances conversion of retired coal plant to natural gas; one of largest power conversion projects in US

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The turbines for the Hummel generating station will be manufactured at Siemens’ manufacturing facility in Charlotte, North Carolina. Panda Power Funds has financed the 1,124 megawatt Panda “Hummel Station” power plant—one of the largest coal-to-natural gas power conversion projects in the United States. The plant will be located at the site of the retired Sunbury coal-fired power plant near Shamokin Dam in Snyder County, Pennsylvania.

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The "Spirit" with Groveland Hotel Proprietor/Hostess and Tuolumne County Supervisor, John Gray, with EVJerry showing EVADC Colours

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Photograph by Kay Crow On Thursday evening, as a guest of Peggy at Yosemite Chamber of Commerce Mixer, and after being introduced by Kay Crow, EVJerry did address a packed house at the Hotel Charlotte in Groveland; the friendly Yosemite Chamber of Commerce crowd heard about "Consider the Alternatives" involving Plug-ins whether pure Electric Vehicles or plug-in hybrid EVs.

Alabama Injection Project Aimed at Enhanced Oil Recovery, Testing Important Geologic CO2 Storage

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and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Charlotte, N.C.). Carbon dioxide injection—an important part of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology—is underway as part of a pilot study of CO 2 enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in the Citronelle Field of Mobile County, Alabama. A project team led by the University of Alabama at Birmingham is conducting the injection.

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Construction begins on DOE-sponsored carbon-capture project at Kentucky Power Plant

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The Carbon Management Research Group comprises government agencies, electric utilities, and research organizations; current members include LG&E and KU Energy (Louisville, Ky), Duke Energy (Charlotte, NC), American Electric Power, and the Kentucky Department of Energy Development and Independence. Construction began on an innovative $19.5-million carbon-capture pilot, funded in part by the US Department of Energy (DOE), at Kentucky Utilities’ E.W.

Ford: boomers leading trend to compact utility vehicles

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Escape is over-indexing in four cities particularly attractive to baby boomers: Miami, up 53%; Orlando, up 34%; Phoenix, up 27%; and Charlotte, N.C., Industry data supplied by Ford Motor Company and Del Webb, part of the multi-brand homebuilder PulteGroup, show that the baby boomer segment (ages 55 to 64), which comprised the growing market for large homes and made minivans and big SUVs vogue are now shifting to still lavish, but smaller homes and utility vehicles.

Pike forecasts growth for wireless charging for plug-in vehicles, but tied to overall growth of plug-in market

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In a new research brief , Pike Research forecasts that wireless charging equipment for light duty plug-in vehicle sales will grow by a CAGR of 91% from 2013 to 2020, as wireless systems move from a retrofit technology to an integrated part of new EVs, reaching annual sales of 283,000 units in 2020.

Celgard Seeks DOE Grant for Expansion of Electric Drive Vehicle Battery Separator Capacity

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The proposed capacity expansion would be implemented at Celgard’s existing Charlotte, North Carolina, facility and at an additional manufacturing facility that would be built at a second US location in the Southeast. Celgard, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polypore International, Inc.

US Public Transit Ridership in 2008 At Highest Level in 52 years; 10.7B Trips

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The light rail system that started in November 2007 in Charlotte, NC showed the highest percentage of increase with an annual 862% increase. Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation in 2008, the highest level of ridership in 52 years and a modern ridership record, according to a report released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This represents a 4.0%

Chrysler providing 10 PHEV Ram 1500 pickups to MBTA as part of demo project

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and Charlotte, N.C. Chrysler Group LLC, working in partnership with the US Department of Energy (DOE), will deliver 10 demonstration fleet Ram 1500 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) pickup trucks to Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).

FTA awards almost $16.6M to coordinate fuel cell bus research

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Partners: CTE, Atlanta, GA; Ohio State ,Columbus, OH; Design Line, Charlotte, NC; Ballard Power Systems, Lowell, MA. US Federal Transit Administration is awarding $6.42 million to the Center for Transportation and the Environment in Atlanta and $10.17 million to CALSTART in Pasadena, CA to coordinate research among fuel cell manufacturers, engineering firms and transit agencies throughout the country for fuel-cell powered buses.

Ford CEO: Ford to focus on 5 key areas of innovation: mobility, autonomy, connectivity, customer experience and performance

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In addition to using racetracks around the world, the team will develop new vehicles and technologies at Ford’s engineering centers globally and at the new technical center in Charlotte, North Carolina. In a pre-Christmas media event, Ford president and CEO Mark Fields said while 2014 was a good year for the company, 2015 has the potential to be a “ breakthrough year ”.

FedEx Converts 92 Delivery Trucks to Hybrids, Expanding Hybrid-Electric Fleet by 50%

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The hybrid conversions were produced in Charlotte, N.C. FedEx Corp. has added 92 hybrid-electric trucks to its delivery fleet by converting standard FedEx delivery trucks to hybrid-electric systems. The addition of the 92 trucks increases the FedEx fleet of hybrid-electric vehicles by more than 50%, from 172 to 264. over the past six months.

FedEx boosts fleet with hybrid-electric trucks

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The hybrid conversions took place in Charlotte, North Carolina over the last six months and were developed with Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) and Eaton Corporation. The FedEx fleet of hybrid-electric vehicles has leapt by more than 50 per cent from 172 to 264 after the company added 92 hybrid-electric trucks to its delivery fleet by converting existing models.

Scientists synthesize first functional designer chromosome in yeast

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President Obama Outlines Vision and Plan for US High-Speed Passenger Rail System; $13B to Start

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Southeast Corridor (Washington, Richmond, Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta, Macon, Columbia, Savannah, Jacksonville). The envisioned high-speed rail corridors. Source: DOT. Click to enlarge.

Annual American Lung Association report shows continued progress in air quality, but more to be done

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Charlotte-Gastonia-Salisbury, N.C.-S.C. The American Lung Association released its annual report on air quality, State of the Air 2011 , which includes lists of the nation’s most polluted metropolitan areas. This year’s report finds that the majority of American cities most-polluted by ozone (smog) or year-round particle pollution (soot) have improved, showing continued progress in the cleanup of toxics under the requirements of the Clean Air Act.