XL Fleet expands XLP PHEV drive system for use in multiple GM fleet applications

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XL Fleet announced that the Company’s XLP plug-in hybrid electric drive technology is being expanded for use across a range of fleet vehicles from General Motors. The company believes its expanded portfolio will further extend its leadership position in fleet electrification.

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Road Test: 2021 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid

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Do you have a need to haul up to seven people in comfort and style? Oh, and could you get used to 32 miles of all-electric driving and 30+ mph when in hybrid mode? It was more than a hybrid—it was a plug-in hybrid. Plug it in to add electric-only miles.


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Audi introduces Q5 55 TFSI e quattro plug-in hybrid; first of new PHEVs

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l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 53 – 46 g/km) is the first of the new plug-in models from Audi. According to the standard for plug-in hybrid vehicles, fuel consumption ranges from 2.4 – 2.1 Its electric range in the WLTP cycle is more than 40 kilometers (25.9 Top speed in electric mode is 135 km/h (83.9 The Q5 55 TFSI e marks the first time that the efficiency-optimized all-wheel drive with ultra technology is used in combination with an electric motor.

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Volkswagen introduces Touareg R plug-in hybrid model

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Volkswagen’s top-of-the-range model Touareg now also features a plug-in hybrid drive. The Touareg R is the third plug-in hybrid model in Volkswagen’s European product line, following the Golf and Passat. Hybrids Plug-ins

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XL launches PHEV Ford F-250; 50% improvement in fuel economy

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XL unveiled its plug-in hybrid electric Ford Super Duty F-250 pickup truck ( earlier post ) at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis. As the company first revealed in February, XL’s newest product expands its successful plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) product family, which also includes the XLP Ford F-150 that the company began shipping in 2018 to municipal, utility and commercial fleets throughout the United States.

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Using the PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) to Transition Society Seamlessly and Profitably From Fossil Fuel to 100% Renewable Energy

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The PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), a subset of the electric car, combines a primary electric motor with a much smaller back-up engine fueled with a hydrocarbon/biofuel mix. (In In this paper PHEV refers solely to the long-range PHEV of 60 miles (100 km) electric-only range.) The PHEV does not require the heavy, costly batteries required by other electric cars, nor does it suffer from a limited range or poor freeway performance.

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Audi introduces A7 Sportback 55 TFSI e quattro PHEV

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Audi is systematically pursuing its electrification strategy and is now offering its large four-door A7 Sportback coupe as a powerful, efficient plug-in hybrid (PHEV). The drivetrain of the new plug-in hybrid Audi A7 Sportback 55 TFSI e quattro comprises a turbocharged 2-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine with an output of 185 kW (252 PS) and 370 N·m (272.9 The A7 PHEV accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.7 Hybrids Plug-ins

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Ohio State team wins EcoCAR2 competition with E85 series-parallel plug-in hybrid Malibu

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OSU’s series-parallel PHEV. announced that the Ohio State University (OSU) team was the overall winner of the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future finals. The OSU team’s engineered 2013 Chevrolet Malibu featured a series-parallel plug-in hybrid drive with E85-fueled engine technology. The vehicle is capable of operating in charge-depleting, charge-sustaining series and charge-sustaining parallel modes. Click to enlarge.

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First XL Hybrids XLP plug-in hybrid upfits to be installed on Ford F-150 pickups

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XL Hybrids’s XLP plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) upfit solution ( earlier post ) will roll out on Ford F-150 pickup trucks beginning fourth quarter 2017. The XLP technology will be installed in MY17 Ford F-150 pickups with the 2.7L Installation of the XLP PHEV system can be completed in just hours on half-ton pickup trucks as a ship-thru upfit. Conversions Hybrids Plug-ins

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Presales of Audi Q7 TFSI e quattro PHEVs begin in Europe

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kWh/100 km; combined CO 2 emissions 69–64 g/km) have just started in Germany and other European countries. The SUV, the plug-in hybrid drive of which combines a three-liter V6 gasoline engine with a powerful electric motor, is available in two power levels. mph) in 5.7

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Software Upgrade to Prius PHEV NiMH Conversion Kit Enables All-Electric Driving At Up to 70mph

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Poway, California-based Plug In Conversions Corp. kWh NiMH plug-in hybrid (PHEV) conversion kit that enables all-electric mode driving at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour (until the battery pack is depleted) in a converted Prius. The software upgrade is based upon patented technology developed by Chicago-based Ewert Energy Systems , which has granted PICC exclusive rights for its use in Prius conversion kits.

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PHEV conversion company Echo Automotive completes $3M financing, joins CALSTART

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a developer of technologies enabling the conversion of existing fleet vehicles into plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, completed a $3-million financing with United Fleet Financing, LLC, through a private placement offering and mezzanine financing. The EchoDrive conversion system comprises a 30 kW traction motor; modular Li-ion battery pack built with 2.2 The terms of this note include conversion features at $0.55 Echo Automotive, Inc.,

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Mercedes-Benz introduces its first plug-in hybrid SUV: the GLE550 e

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Keeping pace with its announced intention to roll out 10 plug-in hybrids by 2017 ( earlier post ), Mercedes-Benz introduced the new GLE550 e 4MATIC plug-in hybrid (PHEV) along with the other members of the new GLE family of full-size SUVs. The GLE550 e is Mercedes-Benz’ first plug-in hybrid SUV. kWh/100 km, the PHEV model is capable of up to 30 km (18.6 Mercedes-Benz GLE PHEV. GLA SUV in the A-Class segment. 190/76/72 in.

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Quantum launches new line of converted plug-in hybrid F-150 pickup trucks for fleets

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Overview of the plug-in hybrid system for the F-150. has launched a new line of hybrid vehicles—converted plug-in hybrid versions of the Ford F-150 pickup, the highest volume selling vehicle in the US. The conversions are based on the F-150 4 X 4 Extended Cab with 145” W.B. The plug-in F-150 uses a through the road parallel hybrid configuration, and incorporates: 3.7L Conversions Fleets Hybrids Plug-ins

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ARB Staff Publishes Revised, Tiered Requirements for PHEV Conversions

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The California Air Resources Board staff has published a supplemental report on revised requirements for plug-in hybrid electric vehicle conversion systems certification and installation. In January, ARB staff presented certification test procedures for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) along with certification procedures for aftermarket PHEV conversion systems. Warranty requirements for systems are also phased in.

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Bright Automotive To Convert VW Transporters to Plug-ins

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Start-up Bright Automotive, which in May unveiled its IDEA concept series plug-in hybrid light commercial van ( earlier post ), will convert VW Transporter vans with the series hybrid Bright powertrain as a bridge between the concept and the production version of the IDEA. Conversions are expensive, noted Lyle Shuey, Bright VP of Marketing and Sales, and the converted Transporters will not be as efficient as the purpose-built IDEA. The Bright IDEA and Transporter PHEV.

West Coast fleets adopting XL electrification systems to meet emissions goals

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XL plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) Ford F-150 pickup trucks improve fuel consumption by up to 50% and reduce CO 2 emissions by one-third when compared to their standard gasoline-powered vehicles. Municipalities and utilities along the US West Coast have been among the most active in the nation in reducing the environmental impact of their fleet vehicles to meet state, city and organization-wide emissions reductions targets. Conversions Fleets Hybrids Plug-ins

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South Australia Gets Its First PHEV Prius Conversion

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The Motor Trade Association of South Australia has procured a Toyota Prius which has been upfitted with an aftermarket plug-in conversion, as part of its plans to develop hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicle training resources for automotive repair technicians throughout the state of South Australia. Left to right, MTA South Australia Executive Director John Chapman chats with Kim Adelman of Plug-In Conversion Corporation (PICC).

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BMW introduces X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance plug-in hybrid; China market only

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BMW unveiled the new BMW X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance plug-in hybrid at the Chengdu Motor Show 2016 as the latest addition to BMW’s family of new energy vehicles (NEVs) and the first plug-in hybrid in the compact luxury SUV segment. Manufactured by BMW Brilliance, the new PHEV model is only available for the Chinese market. In Max eDrive mode, the car runs purely on electricity with zero emissions at speeds up to 120 km/h (75 mph).

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PHEV conversion company HPEV shipping sub-assembles and components for Ford 350 class 3 truck

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a plug-in hybrid conversion company, says it ia delivering sub-assemblies and components for commercializing its parallel hybrid conversion system on a Ford 350 class 3 truck. The HPEV system uses lead acid batteries to power an electric motor drive which in turn powers a traction motor attached to the rear axle of a vehicle. The conversion process itself entails the change-out of the rear axle; the engine and transmission are untouched. HPEV, Inc.,

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Plug-in Hybrid Race on as Toyota Tests NiMH PHEV; A123 Challenges CARB to Authorize Conversions

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From today's NY Times Toyota to Test Plug-In Hybrid, Rivaling G.M. It want CARB to authorize aftermarket conversions of hybrids with its Lithium batteries. Tags: a123systems Plug-in Hybrids toyota

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Efficient Drivetrains delivers Class-6 PHEV with CNG range-extender armored truck

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Efficient Drivetrains has delivered the first of six plug-in-hybrid electric armored vehicles to Sectran Security. The vehicle program is a collaboration between Efficient Drivetrains and North American Repower , California’s leading natural gas engine management and conversion technology company. The result is a full OEM-performance electric vehicle that utilizes RNG for range extension and reduces emissions by up to 99% in certain duty cycles.

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PHEV powertrain company ALTe in new commercial vehicle JV in China with Henan Benma; target 10K units/year

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ALTe Powertrain Technologies (ALTe), developer of a range-extended plug-in electric hybrid vehicle (PHEV) powertrain for light commercial fleet vehicle applications ( earlier post ), will establish a new commercial vehicle manufacturing Joint Venture with the Henan Benma Company (Benma) in the Henan province of China. The ALTe system can be retrofit into existing fleet vehicles as well as used in glider applications of new vehicles.

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Converted Plug-In Hybrid Electric Terminal Tractor to be Tested at Port of Long Beach

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A plug-in parallel hybrid electric terminal tractor used to move shipping containers and cargo within the port will be tested at a Port of Long Beach shipping terminal. US Hybrid Corporation performed the conversion which uses a 33 kWh Li-ion battery pack from GAIA. EPRI expects the plug-in to have about 4 hours of electric operation, depending upon the duty cycle, said Andra Rogers, senior project manager of Electric Transportation at EPRI.

NHTSA vs Tesla, Honda Clarity PHEV, EV sales, electric conversions: Today's Car News

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Honda focuses sales of the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid in California. And readers are still in favor of electric-car conversions in our latest Twitter poll. Today in Car NewsThe NHTSA sent Tesla another letter asking it stop using misleading safety claims for the Model 3. New forecasts peg 2037 as the year EV sales will overtake gasoline worldwide. All this and more on.

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ORNL demos 20 kW bi-directional wireless charging on UPS PHEV truck; 11" air gap, >92% efficiency

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in late February demonstrated a 20-kilowatt bi-directional wireless charging system installed on a UPS medium-duty, plug-in hybrid electric delivery truck.

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Natural gas plug-in hybrid Class 4 logistics truck with EDI drive system

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EDI), in partnership with Greenkraft, CALSTART and the California Energy Commission, has designed and optimized a compressed natural gas and plug-in hybrid electric Class-4 logistics truck. The CNG PHEV truck has an all-electric range of 40 miles (64 km). Hybrid and electric drivertrain provider Efficient Drivetrains, Inc.

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The Business of Plugging In: Building the Full Ecosystem for a Successful Plug-in Vehicle Industry in the US

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The Business of Plugging In conference in Detroit this week marked a serious effort by utilities; automakers and suppliers; academia; government agencies; and financiers to instigate the necessary granular discussions required to lay an integrated foundation to develop a full ecosystem—products, services, policies, supply chain and consumer demand—for the successful deployment and growth of plug-in vehicles in the US.

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Plug-in Prius conversion hits 70mph

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If that’s your theory then you may have to re-evaluate after Ponway, California-based Plug-In Conversions Corp (PICC) completed a software upgrade conversion kit that enables all-electric mode driving at up to 70mph in a converted Prius. Previous Prius Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle kits have been limited by Toyota programming to a top speed of 34mph in all-electric mode with some kits allowing speeds as fast as 52mph using “forced stealth&# mode.

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National Labs Developing Methodology for Estimating Real World Fuel and Electricity Consumption of Plug-in Hybrids Based on Dynamometer Data

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NREL’s proposed adjustment method assumes that the increase in gasoline use during CD mode is the same as the increase calculated for CS mode. This works well for blended PHEVs that have lower electric power capabilities. After examining data on the only PHEV currently available in large numbers, the new adjustment method shows promise for reasonably predicting PHEV average fuel and electricity use, despite differences in design.

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ORNL Researchers Modify Plug-in Hybrid Electric Traction Drive Power Electronics to Function as On-Board Charger; Mobile Power Generation and V2G Support as Well

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Additional components are shown in red. Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have designed , fabricated and demonstrated a PHEV traction drive power electronics system that functions as the on-board charger, and that also provides significant mobile power generation and vehicle-to-grid support capabilities. The system, if applied in a vehicle, could represent up to a 90% reduction in cost and volume compared to on-board standalone battery chargers.

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Simulation study suggests ORC waste heat recovery system could deliver potential 7% improvement in fuel consumption in a PHEV on highway

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A simple Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) waste heat recovery system could recover up to 10% of engine waste heat under highway driving conditions, corresponding to a potential 7% improvement in fuel consumption in a light-duty plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), with low penalization of the added weight to the vehicle electric range, according to a simulation study by researchers from the University of Stuttgart and the Ohio State University.

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Azure Dynamics to begin integrating plug-in hybrid technology in Ford F-Series Super-Duty Trucks; F-550 is first in 2013

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Azure Dynamics Corporation has entered an agreement with Ford Motor Company whereby Azure will integrate its proprietary plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology into the Ford F-Series Super Duty product line. In collaboration with Ford, Azure’s plug-in hybrid technology will be initially integrated on Ford’s F-Series Super Duty cab and chassis, the F-550, which is expected to be available in early 2013. Hybrids Plug-ins

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Enova Systems Shows Ze, Outlines Planned Improvements in School Bus Plug-in Hybrid Drive

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Enova brought its Ze (zero emissions) commercialized all-electric step-van to the Plug-in 2009 conference in Long Beach. Engineered specifically for urban delivery routes and service/maintenance operations, the Enova Ze plug-in step van drive system offers a range of up to 150 miles per charge and can reach a top speed of 65 mph. 48 per mile in a comparable diesel vehicle. Plug-in school bus. The Ze electric drive system. Click to enlarge.

2009 161

Soot and Spin: Two Plug-in Paradoxes

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Required reading: Bill Moore's EVWorld review and Martin Zimmerman's LA Times piece about their test drives of the Toyota Plug-in Prius and the hydrogen fuel cell Highlander FCHV. Paradox 1 - Soot: There's an apparent emissions paradox with plug-in hybrids (PHEV): Driving longer distances on battery power means more cold starts as the internal combustion engine (ICE) stops and starts up again after the batteries deplete. Thus the PHEV test drive for journalists.

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Third Phase of SDGE In-Use Study Shows PHEVs Excel on Fuel Economy and GHG Emissions Reductions Compared to Gasoline ICE and Hybrid-Electric Vehicles

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One of SDG&E’s converted PHEVs. The third phase of a SDG&E multi-year in-use study on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles showed that plug-in hybrids offer significant improvements in gas mileage and reductions in emissions when compared with standard hybrid-electric and gasoline internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. In the most recent study, the prototype battery was replaced with a production-model battery.

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CMU study finds that HEVs and PHEVs with small battery packs offer more emissions and oil displacement benefits per dollar spent than large pack PHEVs and BEVs; policy implications

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Value of life-cycle emissions externality damages and oil premium costs from vehicles in 2010 $. Strategies to promote adoption of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) with small battery packs offer more social benefits (i.e., In this study we assess, under a wide range of scenarios, how much externality damage reduction plug-in vehicles can offer in the US and at what cost. In contrast, $1.5

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Electrification Coalition releases Fleet Electrification Roadmap; suggests fleet adoption could put a cumulative 200,000 PHEVs and EVs on the road by 2015

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The analysis in the EC roadmap concludes that fleet adoption of grid-electric vehicles (PHEVs and EVs) could lead to a cumulative 200,000 units on the road by 2015. The Electrification Coalition (EC) has released the Fleet Electrification Roadmap, an analysis of the business case for electric-drive technology adoption among the more than 16 million commercial, corporate, and government fleet vehicles in the United States.

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FPL Group and Duke Energy Pledge 10-year, $600M+ Commitment to Transition Fleets to PHEVs and EVs

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and Duke Energy last week announced a 10-year commitment to transition their company cars and trucks to plug-in hybrid or all-electric vehicles. The announcement was made during the Clinton Global Initiative ’s (CGI) fifth annual meeting in New York City. The joint commitment represents more than 10,000 vehicles and potential revenues of at least $600 million for manufacturers who can produce viable plug-in electric vehicles. Headquartered in Juno Beach, Fla.,

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Senate Strives for Palatable Energy Bill; Plug-in Credits In

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The Detroit News is reporting on the efforts in the Senate to craft a viable energy bill. As presently consitituted, the Senate bill drops the requirement of electricity generators to achieve 15% renewable sources, but includes higher CAFE standards and major provisions for plug-ins, including conversions. The bill also increases to just more than $1 billion consumer tax credits for buying a plug-in hybrid, with a $5,000 per-vehicle maximum.

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Bright Automotives Plug-in IDEA Debuts on Tuesday

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Bright Automotive will unveil its IDEA plug-in hybrid concept on Tuesday in Washington, DC. Bright will then take the IDEA will to Norway in May 2009 for the Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS24). The IDEA is designed to operate in all-electric mode for the first 30 miles before switching to hybrid mode for a full range of 400 miles.

Transphorm showcasing new automotive-grade AEC-Q101-qualified GaN FET for PHEVs and EVs

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is showcasing its recently announced second-generation, AEC-Q101 qualified GaN FET—the industry’s first automotive-grade GaN technology—at the 2017 Power Conversion and Intelligent Motion (PCIM) Europe expo. Transphorm’s automotive GaN FET, the TPH3205WSBQA, offers an on-resistance of 49 milliOhms (mΩ) in an industry standard TO-247 package. Up to 20% decrease in overall system cost. Transphorm Inc.

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NAR and EDI converting 6 Class-5 armored trucks to natural gas PHEVs

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North American Repower (NAR)—a California-based natural gas engine management and conversion technology company—and Efficient Drivetrains, Inc. EDI)—a developer of plug-in hybrid electric drivetrains—will convert a fleet of six 26,000-pound, Class-5 medium-duty armored vehicles operated by Sectran Security into PHEV vehicles that run on electricity and renewable natural gas.

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