Argonne study finds BEVs can have lowest scheduled maintenance costs, but highest cost of driving

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Previous analyses of TCO, particularly those dealing with alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), have often focused on the purchase cost and the fuel cost. Per-mile maintenance costs by powertrain.

NREL report finds electrified heavy-duty vehicle powertrains could provide lower total cost of ownership than diesel under certain conditions

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A new total cost of ownership (TCO) study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) finds that battery-electric and fuel-cell electric commercial trucks could be economically competitive with conventional diesel trucks by 2025 in some operating scenarios.


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Hydra Energy partners with Chemtrade to provide commercial truck fleets with green hydrogen below the cost of diesel

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Continuing to speed up the adoption of hydrogen in long-haul transportation, Hydra Energy —the first Hydrogen-as-a-Service provider for commercial fleets—announced a strategic partnership with Chemtrade. The long-term contract is a pillar of Hydra’s Hydrogen-as-a-Service (HaaS) business model and includes Hydra capturing, cleaning, and compressing hydrogen sourced from Chemtrade. of these emissions come from freight transportation.

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Vehicle scrappage policy to reduce cost of EVs says  Nitin Gadkari 

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Vehicle scrappage policy to reduce cost of EVs says Nitin Gadkari . The newly launched Voluntary Vehicle Fleet Modernisation Programme or the vehicle scrappage policy will help to reduce the cost of manufacturing electric vehicles in India.

Why are some EV chargers more expensive than others?

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You’re online looking at an array of EV chargers. Since we live in a world of scarce resources, it pays to be more economical. Do not fear, in this article, we discuss why some EV chargers are more low-priced than others. There are various types of EV chargers.

Lux Research: cost of electrofuels remains far from viable

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Production costs per barrel of oil equivalent. The cost of electrofuels—fuels produced by catalyst-based systems for light capture, water electrolysis, and catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide and hydrogen to liquid fuels—remains far away from viable, according to a new analysis by Lux Research. are various sources of hydrogen, such as steam methane reforming of natural gas and gasification of biomass into syngas that can make hydrogen cheaper.

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Joint IEA-NEA report details plunge in costs of renewable electricity; nuclear competitive with other baseload power sources

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The cost of producing electricity from renewable sources such as wind and solar has been falling for several years. The report, Projected Costs of Generating Electricity: 2015 Edition , also shows that new nuclear power plants generate electricity more cheaply than other established “baseload” sources—mainly coal- and gas-fired power plants—over the full lifetime of facilities when financing costs are relatively low.

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EV Charging in Commercial and Industrial Buildings


The eMobility revolution is accelerating as sales of EVs shift into high gear around the world –partly due to government regulations and subsidies and partly due to the growing availability of longer-range, lower-cost EVs.

DOE awards $56M to 21 concentrating solar power projects; $8M for reducing soft costs of rooftop PV systems

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award $56 million over three years—subject to congressional appropriations—for 21 total projects to further advance advanced concentrating solar power technologies (CSP). These awards are to help speed innovations in new components to lower costs, increase operating temperatures and improve the efficiency of CSP systems. As part of a planned three-year initiative, Congress has appropriated an initial $16.3

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Omega Seiki Mobility unveils M1KA light electric commercial vehicle

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Omega Seiki Mobility unveils M1KA light electric commercial vehicle. a commercial electric vehicles manufacturer has unveiled its first electric four-wheeler light commercial vehicle (LCV) the M1KA. It will be priced around Rs 15 lakhs providing a running cost of Rs 1 per km.

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DOE seeks to cut cost of Level 2 EV charging equipment in half in 3 years; $12M FOA

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE) has issued a funding opportunity announcement (DE-FOA-0000554) for up to $12 million in cost-shared projects to develop and make available to the market in three years smart-grid capable Level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) at half of the current costs of commercially available EVSE with comparable functionalities.

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Accenture study finds PEV rollouts challenged by cost of charging infrastructure and grid management

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The large scale rollout of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) will be hindered unless investors stimulate demand, lower the cost of public charging infrastructure and manage the impact on the grid, according to a report published by Accenture. The report, “Changing the game: Plug-in electric vehicle pilots”, analyzed a range of electric vehicle trials around the world, focusing on pure electric vehicles (EVs) that depend entirely on charging from the electric grid.

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DOE seeking input on analysis methodology and assumption for estimating total cost of ownership of future advanced vehicle technologies

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DOE analysis of ownership costs for future mid-size car. Error bands indicate technology uncertainties (red solid lines) and fuel price uncertainties (green dashed lines).Click The information collected by this Request for Information will be used for internal DOE analysis, including assisting DOE in estimating the benefits of its Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) portfolio. suppliers of batteries, fuel cells, motors, power electronics, etc.);

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Berkeley Lab report finds installed cost of solar PV systems in the US dropped sharply in 2010

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Environmental Energy Technologies Division researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have released a new study on the installed costs of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the US, showing that the average cost of these systems remained largely unchanged from 2008 to 2009, before showing a sharp decline in 2010. However, that drop in module prices appears to have made its way to customers in 2010.

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Berkeley Lab team building new total cost of ownership model for fuel cells; intrinsic and external benefits

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Funded by a $2-million grant from the US Department of Energy, a team of scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) led by Eric Masanet is building a sophisticated cost model for fuel cells that will will take into account the total cost of ownership. The project will cover two types of fuel cells—solid oxide and proton-exchange-membrane—in systems of up to 250 kW.

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Study shows a much cheaper catalyst can generate hydrogen in a commercial electrolyzer

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have shown for the first time that a low-cost, non-precious metal cobalt phosphide (CoP) catalyst catalyst can split water and generate hydrogen gas for hours on end in the harsh environment of a commercial device. platinum and iridium—needed to boost the efficiency of the chemical reactions. A lot of things would degrade in that environment.

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National Academies Report Examines Hidden Cost of Energy Production and Use in US; Estimates $120B in 2005

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Health and other non-climate damages by life-cycle component for different combinations of fuels and light-duty automobiles in 2005 (top) and 2030 (bottom). Source: “Hidden Costs of Energy”. The report estimates dollar values for several major components of these costs. Because these effects are not reflected in energy prices, government, businesses and consumers may not realize the full impact of their choices. Source: “Hidden Costs of Energy”.

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Opinion: EV Charging Solutions for Commercial Parking Sites

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Of course, the Australian government could do a lot more, such as provide financial support for the purchase of electric vehicles. There is a limited number of car parking spaces in every Australian city, but the number of cars on the road is increasing every year.

Gevo signs definitive supply agreement with HCS Holding for commercial supply of renewable isooctane

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HCS is a leading global supplier of high-quality hydrocarbon specialty products. Haltermann Carless, a subsidiary of HCS and one of the oldest companies in the world of chemistry, is expected to be the direct customer with Gevo under the agreement. he agreement is consistent with the Letter of Intent with HCS that Gevo announced earlier this year. Gevo estimates that this could generate up to $2-3 million of gross revenue per year. Gevo, Inc.

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Mercedes-Benz will offer electric drive on all commercial van lines; electric eVito now available to order, eSprinter in 2019

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Mercedes-Benz Vans will offer electric drive options on all its commercial van model lines. This will start with the mid-size eVito, with deliveries commencing in the second half of 2018. The exclusive pre-ordering phase for the mid-size van begins today in Germany, with market launch scheduled for the second half of 2018. The commercial model ranges with electric drive will thus cover all requirements from people moving to goods transport.

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Novozymes launches commercial enzyme technology to convert waste oils into biodiesel

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Novozymes has launched Eversa Transform, the first commercially available enzymatic solution (a liquid lipase) to convert both glycerides and free fatty acids (FFA) into biodiesel. Biodiesel producers can thereby use cooking oil or other lower grade oils as biodiesel feedstock, reducing their raw material costs. Most of the oils currently used in biodiesel production are sourced from soybeans, palm or rapeseed, and typically contain less than 0.5%

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Edeniq and Global Bio-chem to develop and commercialize technology to convert corn stover to industrial sugars for fuels

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a cellulosic sugar producer ( earlier post ), has signed a letter of intent with China-based Global Bio-chem Technology Group Company Limited to develop and to commercialize processes to convert corn stover to industrial sugars for use in the production of chemicals, fuels, and other bio-based products. Global Bio-chem is currently working on modification of corn stover—leaves, stalks and cobs of corn—at its facility in the Jilin Province of China.

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Pike Research forecasts automotive Li-ion battery prices to drop by more than 1/3 by 2017

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According to a recent report examining batteries for electric vehicles from Pike Research, as manufacturing efficiencies improve and access to lithium expands, the installed cost of Li-ion batteries will fall by more than one-third by the end of 2017. In terms of revenue, the market for Li-ion batteries for transportation will grow from $2.0 However, significant reductions in battery cost are imperative for the industry to grow to the $14.6

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Price Parity is Not the Key to EV Adoption in the US

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These are all dates that various automakers, electric vehicle organizations, and states have declared when they want to ban the sale of or end their production of vehicles powered by an internal combustion engine. EV Price Parity With ICE Vehicles Is Fast Approaching.

Study finds biomass-to-liquids fuels could be economically competitive at current price levels; pyrolyzer and biorefinery collectives

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Given a sufficiently large production scale, liquid fuels such as diesel produced from crop residue could be economically competitive with petroleum-derived fuels at current price levels, suggests a new study by a team from the Stevens Institute of Technology. Assessing plant sizes of 2,000, 10,000, and 35,000 dry tonnes per day of biomass at 8% return on capital, they found required sales prices (exclusive of tax) of $3.30, $2.40, and $2.06

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Coskata Unveils Semi-Commercial Feedstock-Flexible Ethanol Facility; Springboard for Full-Scale Commercial Rollout

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Coskata’s semi-commercial facility in Madison, Pa. a syngas to ethanol company, officially launched its semi-commercial “Flexethanol” facility located in Madison, PA. The site represents the successful scale-up of the company’s feedstock-flexible bio-thermochemical technology, and will serve as a springboard for the construction of Coskata commercial facilities and licensing of the technology to other producers. gallons of water per gallon of ethanol.

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Smith Electric launching new sales strategy, improved performance for commercial EVs

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Smith Electric Vehicles Europe Ltd (Smith Electric) launched a new sales strategy, enhanced pricing and improved vehicle performance at the CV Show 2011. Smith US) on 1 January, is shifting the focus of its EV manufacturing and sales to a select group of leading UK commercial fleet operators. Fleet managers already recognize that commercial EVs are much cheaper to run and maintain than diesel vehicles. —Geoff Allison, Managing Director of Smith Electric.

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DOE labs study on costs and benefits of new transportation technologies the most comprehensive to date

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A new study published by US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory offers the most complete understanding yet of the costs of owning and operating a vehicle, and how those costs vary by powertrain, from the conventional to the cutting-edge.

Pike forecasts electric vehicle charging station installations to reach 7.7M worldwide by 2017; price drops of 37%

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million locations to charge vehicles will be available in the United States, with a total of 7.7 This figure does not include standard electric outlets that have been placed near parking spots; only equipment with safety features for plugging in of PEVs is considered in the report. Sales of EVSE are strongly correlated with the sales of plug-in vehicles (PEVs), Pike notes. Total EV charging station unit sales by region, world markets: 2011-2017. Source: Pike Research.

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California Governor announces $120M settlement with NRG will fund electric car charging stations across California; new Executive Order to accelerate commercialization of ZEVs

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stemming from claims reaching back to Dynegy and the California energy crisis in 2000 and 2001) that will mostly be applied to fund the construction of a statewide network of plug-in vehicle charging stations, including at least 200 public fast-charging stations and another 10,000 plug-in units at 1,000 locations across the state. The Governor also signed an executive order (EO) designed to accelerate the commercialization of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs).

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CMU study concludes diesel and hybrid vehicles can retain more value than PFI gasoline vehicles despite higher new car price

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port fuel injected (PFI) gasoline—during periods of higher fuel costs. The also found that future fuel savings between the diesel and gasoline engines accounted for less than 20% of the difference in the resale price for the truck. Regardless of the mechanism, they concluded, the higher resale prices justify the higher capital cost for the diesel and hybrid passenger cars and for larger diesel trucks on a total cost of ownership basis.

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BNEF study concludes overcapacity will lower Li-ion battery prices but make life difficult for smaller manufacturers

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The total worldwide manufacturing capacity of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles will greatly exceed supply unless demand by automakers increases significantly in the short-term, according to new research by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). As a result of the overcapacity, battery prices are poised to fall. Automakers have committed to producing up to 839,000 plug-in electric vehicles worldwide by 2013, up from just 124,000 to be delivered by the end of 2011.

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UK launches new $1.6B commercialization program for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and first UK CCS Roadmap; making a play for global leadership

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Proximity of the UK’s largest industrial emitters to CO 2 storage sites in the North and Irish Seas. The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has launched a new competition for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology to drive down costs by supporting practical experience in the design, construction and operation of commercial scale CCS ( CCS Commercialization Programme ) with £1 billion (US$1.6

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MIT/RAND Study Concludes Three Types of Alternative Jet Fuel May Be Available in Commercial Quantities Over the Next Decade

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A joint MIT/RAND study of the near-term commercial feasibility of alternative jet fuels has concluded that three types of alternative jet fuels may be available in commercial quantities over the next decade: Jet A derived from Canadian oil sands and Venezuelan Very Heavy Oils (VHO); Fischer-Tropsch (FT) jet fuel produced from coal, a combination of coal and biomass, or natural gas; and hydrotreated renewable jet fuel (HRJ) produced by hydroprocessing renewable oils.

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Study finds government and vehicle manufacturers need to introduce long-term incentives and prices cuts to create sustainable market for ultra-low emission vans

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Summary of battery pack cost projections, 2010-2030. Governments and vehicle manufacturers will need to introduce long-term incentives and price cuts to create a sustainable European market for ultra-low emission vans (ULEV), according to a newly published report by Element Energy, commissioned by the UK Department for Transport. on batteries and fuel cell costs trends and the costs of vehicle mass reduction.

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Toyota Aims to Reduce Fuel Cell Vehicle Cost to 1/10 of Current By Commercialization in 2015; Reduction to Another 1/10 With Scale

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Toyota’s targeted cost reductions in fuel cell vehicles. In a news conference at the Japan National Press Club on Friday, Toyota Motor President Akio Toyoda said that the company plans to begin mass production of electric vehicles in the US in 2012, followed by US production of fuel cell vehicles in 2015. The 2015 date for fuel cell vehicles reinforced remarks made in June by vice president Masatami Takimoto about commercialization prospects.(

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USDA, DOE and US Navy to invest up to $510M over next 3 years to build out drop-in biofuel production capacity for military and commercial transportation

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US President Barack Obama announced that the US Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Navy will jointly invest up to $510 million ($170 million each) during the next three years in partnership with the private sector to produce advanced drop-in aviation and marine biofuels to power military and commercial transportation. The joint plan requires substantial cost share from private industry of at least a one-to-one match. —Memorandum of Understanding.

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Price tags preventing low carbon van uptake

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The cost of purchasing low carbon vans is the main barrier to uptake among commercial vehicle buyers, a survey from the Department of Transport (DfT) has revealed. The Government department sent out questionnaires in the summer of 2009 to owners of ‘low carbon vans’ and owners of ‘non low carbon vans’, although the details are [.]. Tags: Green credentials carbon commercial DfT low purchase vans

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Toyota Advanced Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle Achieves 431 Mile Estimated Range; Toyota Targeting Commercialization Within Six Years

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The Toyota Highlander Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle – Advanced (FCHV-adv) ( earlier post ) achieved an estimated range of 431 miles on a single full tank of compressed hydrogen gas, and an average fuel economy of 68.3 In mid-2008, the US Department of Energy (DOE), Savannah River National Laboratory (SNRL) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), approached Toyota to participate in a collaborative evaluation of the real world driving range of the FCHV-adv.

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MIT study attributes > 50% of Li-ion rapid cost decline to investment in materials & chemistry R&D

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The cost of Li-ion batteries has plunged some 97% since their introduction three decades ago—a rate similar to the drop in solar panel prices. Contributions of public and private research and development to cell-level cost decline between the late 1990s and early 2010s.

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GM Prices CNG-Powered Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana Full-Size Vans; $15,190 for the CNG Option, $41,890 for the Complete Van

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The fully integrated and dedicated Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) option, available this fall for Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans ( earlier post ), will be priced at $15,910 MSRP, according to GM. Pricing for the all-inclusive CNG option includes a dedicated CNG system ($14,590), a natural gas-capable Vortec 6.0L A $240 credit for deleting the spare tire brings the package price to $15,910. Joyce Mattman, director of Commercial Product and Specialty Vehicles.

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Toyota Concerned About Market Viability of Plug-ins, Sees Clear Path to Commercialization of Fuel Cell Technology in 2015

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Based on its 15 years of experience with advanced battery technology and the now-mainstream Prius, Toyota has key unanswered questions regarding market acceptance of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles and who the target buyers—in numbers sufficient to meet California ZEV mandates—might be, according to Michael O’Brien, Toyota’s US corporate manager for advanced technology vehicle planning. The higher energy density of lithium batteries will be required for EVs and plug-in hybrids.

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HaaS company Hydra Energy delivers first converted hydrogen-diesel co-combustion heavy-duty truck; up to 40% hydrogen

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Hydra Energy, the Hydrogen-as-a-Service (HaaS) provider for commercial fleets looking to reduce emissions and costs with limited risk and no up-front investment ( earlier post ), has delivered its first hydrogen-converted, heavy-duty truck to paying fleet customer Lodgewood Enterprises.