Balqon Corporation enters medium-duty on-road electric truck market

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Balqon Corporation, a developer of electric drive systems, lithium-ion battery systems and medium- to heavy-duty electric vehicles ( earlier post ), announced the availability of its new Mule M100, a battery-electric on-road truck for use in inner-city deliveries and cargo transportation. The Mule M100 has a top speed of 70 mph (113 km) and can travel up to 100 miles (161 km) before having to recharge, making it suited for daily, short-haul deliveries.

2011 174

Volvo Car Corporation begins production of the Volvo C30 Electric for leasing customers in Europe

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The Volvo Car Corporation has begun production of the C30 Electric ( earlier post ); initial deliveries to leasing customers, mainly companies, authorities and governmental bodies, will take place immediately after the summer. Tests on a fleet of about 50 cars have been conducted since autumn 2010, mainly internally at the Volvo Car Corporation. Top speed is 130 km/h (81 mph) and acceleration from 0-50 km/h (0-31 mph) takes four seconds.

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Volvo Car Corporation intends to lead in field of autonomous driving technology; targeting the next-generation of consumers

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Volvo Car Corporation intends to gain leadership in the field of autonomous driving as the next major step forward in vehicle safety. It will also likely be an important capability for attracting the next-generation of auto consumers, says Volvo Car Corporation President and CEO Stefan Jacoby. —Marcus Rothoff, Product Attribute Manager, Driver Assistance at Volvo Car Corporation. This view is an exciting challenge for Volvo Car Corporation.

2012 226

China to buy 100 350 km/h (217 mph) Domestic High-Speed Trains

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China’s Ministry of Railways (MOR) signed a deal with state-owned vehicle producer CNR Corporation Limited (CNR) for 100 high-speed CRH (China Railway High-speed) trains for 39.2 With a designed speed of 350 km/h (217 mph), the new CRH trains will travel between Beijing and Shanghai in 2011, when the construction of the 1,318-km, high-speed railway between the capital city and the country’s financial hub is expected to complete. Xinhua.

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Major study concludes achieving EU 2050 transport decarbonization goals will require portfolio of advanced powertrains; fuel cells, battery-electric and plug-in hybrids

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Car manufacturers: BMW AG, Daimler AG, Ford, General Motors LLC, Honda R&D, Hyundai Motor Company, Kia Motors Corporation, Nissan, Renault, Toyota Motor Corporation, Volkswagen. Owing to limits in battery capacity and driving range (currently 100-200 km (62-124 miles) for a medium-sized car) and a current recharging time of several hours, BEVs are ideally suited to smaller cars and shorter trips, i.e. urban driving (including new transportation models such as car sharing).

2010 212

SAIC demonstrating autonomous electric shuttle at UC Davis; data collection on behavioral response

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San Jose-based Shanghai Automotive Industrial Corporation’s (SAIC) Innovation Center is demonstrating its automated, all-electric shuttle around a defined loop of the solar-panel-lined West Village community as part of an agreement between the auto company and UC Davis. —Yunshi Wang, director of the UC Davis China Center for Energy and Transportation. Provided initial demonstrations are successful, it will expand to transporting passengers along the route.

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Toyota Motor introducing three new automated driver assistance safety systems; begins operations at new ITS Proving Ground

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TMC also began full-scale operations at its ITS Proving Ground, a new test site—within the grounds of the Higashi-Fuji Technical Center in Susono City, Shizuoka Prefecture—established with the aim of reducing traffic accidents through Intelligent Transport System (ITS) technology. Research has shown that a speed of 40 km/h to 60 km/h (25 mph to 37 mph) at the time of a rear-end collision is the range in which the number of fatal and injury-causing accidents increases.

2012 221

Initial results from first phase of road trials for 40-ft BYD electric bus in Canada

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The evaluation, performed by the Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) in conjunction with AVT (the Société de gestion et d’acquisition de véhicules de transport), found that the average speed of drivers on Gatineau and Ottawa routes was 23 km/h (14 mph), and the resulting distance the BYD bus could travel at this average speed was 250 km (155 miles)—the equivalent of 1.3

2014 244

NTU to trial Singapore’s first driverless vehicle

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In a partnership between Nanyang Technological University (NTU), JTC Corporation and Induct Technologies, and supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), an autonomous electric shuttle manufactured by Induct will run a 2 km (1.2-mile) between NTU and JTC CleanTech Park. Professor Subodh Mhaisalkar, Executive Director of ERI@N, said the NAVIA platform brings together two state-of-the-art concepts critical for future transportation in urban cities.

French electric autonomous vehicle maker NAVYA to build 1st US assembly plant in Michigan; partnership with U Michigan

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The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is currently considering providing an incentive in support of the project. ARMA is a safe, reliable and comfortable 100% autonomous, driverless and electric public transport vehicle that can carry up to 15 people. The NAVYA ARMA shuttle can reach speeds of 28 mph. However, taking into account the nature of the sites it often serves, this is often limited to 15 mph.

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Scania finds driving with two full length trailers cuts fuel consumption by 30%

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Based on research conducted over the last six years, Scania Transport Laboratory has shown that by driving with two full-length trailers, Scania reduces fuel consumption by up to 30%. The Swedish Transport Agency has now granted permission to operate tandem truck rigs of 31.5 Scania gathered data while transporting materials under realistic operating conditions between its production units in Södertälje, Sweden and Zwolle in the Netherlands.

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Renovated National Tire Research Center opens

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The $14-million National Tire Research Center was created in 2010 through a collaborative effort led by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in alliance with the Virginia Tech Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, General Motors, and the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission. The machine is unique in its use of electric motor technology and can run a tire up to 200 mph.

2012 195

Cummins and Peterbilt to team up on SuperTruck II

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Building on the solid foundation of SuperTruck I, Cummins will develop and demonstrate 55% or greater engine Brake Thermal Efficiency (BTE) at a 65 mph cruise condition and the full team will demonstrate a greater than 100% improvement in vehicle Freight-Ton Economy (FTE) over the 2009 baseline vehicle. FTE quantifies the mass and distance of freight transported per unit of fuel consumed.

Daimler trucks delivers first FUSO eCanter all-electric trucks to customers in Europe

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DHL Paket will use four vehicles for the delivery of goods to businesses and corporate clients. Two more FUSO eCanter will be driving for the transport company Dachser. Their job will be the general goods transportation core business on the last mile, meaning pallets with industrial goods either at micro-hubs or goods that are delivered directly to the customer, as well as collecting goods and delivering them to the Dachser-branches.

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Chrysler launches the 2011 GEM line

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With a top speed of 25 mph (40 km/h) and a range of up to 30 miles (48 km) on a charge, GEM electric vehicles are designed for short-distance transportation and are driven on medical and corporate campuses, universities, military bases, resorts, sports stadiums, gated communities and residential streets.

2011 190

Altair ProductDesign selects Parker Hannifins series hydraulic hybrid drive system for advanced transit bus demonstrator

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The RunWise Advanced Series Drive system features two-speed hydrostatic drive (low speed 0-25 mph and high speed 26-45 mph) for urban driving, combined with mechanical direct drive for efficient operation at highway speeds (46-60+ mph). Additionally, BUSolutions has strategically partnered with regional and global high-tech manufacturers that will help to incorporate state-of-the-art components and technologies from the transportation sector. Altair Engineering, Inc.,

2010 183

Toyota to Sell Vehicle Audible System for Prius

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will begin sales in Japan on 30 August of an onboard device designed to alert pedestrians and others audibly to the presence of a quiet vehicle, such as a gasoline-electric hybrid. The device is designed to meet new Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism guidelines for hybrid and other near-silent vehicles.

2010 190

Yamato, Toyota, Hino start trials of battery-electric 1-tonne delivery truck

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Yamato Transport Co., Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC), and Hino Motors, Ltd. Maximum speed is 60 km/h (37 mph). EV Trucks for the trial. Click to enlarge. Hino) will begin trials using a small battery-electric truck (EV Truck) in Yamato delivery operations. Developed by Hino, the EV Truck is a one-tonne, ultra-low bed truck featuring a cargo space equipped with compartments for keeping delivery goods refrigerated or frozen.

2013 237

US Marine Corps purchases two Smith Electric Trucks

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Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation has sold two all-electric Smith Newton trucks to the United States Marine Corps (USMC). The Newton delivers a top speed of 55 mph (88 km/h) and offers end users battery ranges from 50 to 120 miles (80km-192km) on a single charge, ideal for urban deliveries, utilities and personnel transport applications.

2010 174

Nissan extends trial of ultra-compact EV sharing service in Yokohama for one year; publishes top-level data

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The program''s main objectives are to encourage low-carbon emission transport options, improve the quality of transportation in the city, and promote tourism. The Nissan New Mobility Concept EV is powered by Li-ion batteries to a speed of up to 80 km/h (50 mph). Plan A: For those who commute to and from work, members of local corporations or people employed on a regular basis, a monthly fee of ¥1,000 (US$9.17) will be required. Nissan Motor Co.,

2014 212

New York Power Authority Becomes Transit Connect Electric LEAD Customer with 10-Unit Order

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Azure Dynamics Corporation and Ford Motor Company announced that New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation’s largest state public power organization, has been added to the LEAD customer program for the Ford Transit Connect Electric van. Under its Electric Transportation Program, NYPA provides funding and arranges for grants from other parties in support of the purchase of clean electric-drive vehicles by interested municipalities and governmental agencies in New York State.

ATDynamics projects 200,000 semi-trailers to be equipped with fuel-saving rear-drag aerodynamics technology by end of 2017

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At present, 350 US trucking companies, including top 100 US fleets such as Mesilla Valley Transportation; Prime Inc.; Roehl Transport; and C.R. fuel-efficiency gain at 65 mph and 9-12% when combined with ATDynamics-Transtex skirts and other minor trailer modifications, the company says. The US EPA SmartWay program verifies transportation technologies in either a one or five percent fuel savings category.

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BRUSA supplying complete electric drivetrain for at least 250 Volvo C30 Electrics

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Volvo Car Corporation has ordered more than 250 electric drivetrain systems to power the C30 Electric ( earlier post ) from BRUSA Elektronik AG; more may be built, based on market interest. The 111 hp (83 kW) electric motor from BRUSA that will power the C30 Electric delivers an instant torque of 220 N·m (162 lb-ft) leading to an acceleration from 0 to 50 km/h (31 mph) in 4 seconds and to 100 km/h in under 11 seconds. The car has a top speed of 130 km/h (80 mph).

2011 183

First fleet of 100 Mercedes-Benz Vito E-Cell electric vans covers 650,000 km in customer use; more model variants planned

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The areas of application are diverse: courier, express and package service providers (KEP, in German: Kurier-, Express- und Paketdienstleister); plant transportation in large corporations; service vehicles for plant maintenance, customer service, and assembly and internal transport within companies. In Stuttgart, the Integrated Concept for Sustainable Electric Mobility project (IKONE) is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development.

2012 204

Ford and Azure Dynamics introduce Transit Connect Electric passenger wagon

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Ford Motor Company and Azure Dynamics Corporation are introducing a passenger wagon version of the Ford Transit Connect Electric. The wagon has a top speed of 75 mph (121 km/h). With the addition of the new Transit Connect Electric wagon, we expand our product portfolio and offer our commercial customers more versatility to meet their transportation needs with fully electric operation.

Toyota Motor and Hino to provide fuel-cell bus for commercial service on Tokyo airport route

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and Hino Motors, Ltd. Hino) will provide a fuel-cell hybrid bus for a commercial bus route between central Tokyo and Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport) run by Airport Transport Service Co., TMC and Hino will modify their jointly developed “FCHV-BUS” fuel-cell hybrid bus to airport-route specifications and lease it to HySUT, and HySUT will outsource operation of the bus to Airport Transport Service. Maximum speed is 80 km/h (50 mph).

2010 204

Worldwide Prius sales top 3-million mark; Prius family sales at 3.4 million

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced that as of the end of June, worldwide cumulative sales of the Prius gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle (generations I, II and III) passed the 3-million mark. mpg US, as measured using the 10-15 test cycle of the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism).

2013 223

ZAP Receives Order for 100 New Electric SUVs from Samyang Optics

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ZAP’s design of the electric version of Jonway’s A380 5-door SUV, targeting the fleet market, would conform to Korean motor vehicle regulations and be capable of 70 mph (113 km/h) with a range of 100 miles (161 km) per charge. The target market in Korea is intra-campus transportation for large government, military, corporate and university campuses. ZAP has received a purchase order from Samyang Optics Co.

2010 174

Toyota Formally Announces Introduction of Plug-in Prius Into Key Markets, Targeting Tens of Thousands in Public Sales in Two Years

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In Tokyo, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) formally announced the introduction of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid—the plug-in version of the third-generation Prius gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle—into key markets. At the announcement, TMC called plug-in hybrid vehicles a highly suitable environmentally considerate option to diversify transportation energy sources. Maximum speed in EV mode is 100 km/h (62 mph). 100 km/h (62 mph).

2009 224

Sandia segmented morphing rotor blade design could enable 50MW offshore wind turbines with 200-meter blades

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Corporate advisory partners include Dominion Resources, General Electric Co., Griffith said the new blades could be more easily and cost-effectively manufactured in segments, avoiding the unprecedented-scale equipment needed for transport and assembly of blades built as single units. Segmented turbine blades have a significant advantage in parts of the world at risk for severe storms, such as hurricanes, where offshore turbines must withstand tremendous wind speeds over 200 mph.

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Koreas CTT To Manufacture Electric Vehicles in US

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It has a top speed of 35 mph (56 kph). CT&T works in four battery platforms by co-operatively manufacturing with Korean partners SK Energy, Sebang, EIG Corporation, LG Chemical Corporation, FCP, and Samsung. The company has also announced a joint venture with PUES Corporation (Japan) for the development and production of inverters and new technology in-wheel motors.

2009 163

CTT Outlines International Expansion Efforts At Tokyo Motor Show; $400M in Orders for 38,000 EVs

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The e-Zone has a top speed of 70 km/h (44 mph). A direct-drive wheel motor, developed with PUES Corporation, is optional. The new City EVs will reach speeds of 60-80 km/h (38-50 mph) and travel a distance of 70-120 km (43-75 miles) with one charge. This contract represents tremendous collaboration between CT&T, its technology partners and the progressive nations which have welcomed us because they understand the promise of zero emissions transportation.

2009 174

Mercedes-Benz presents autonomous Future Truck 2025 research vehicle; “Highway Pilot”

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The truck is equipped with the intelligent Highway Pilot assistance system, which enables it to drive completely autonomously at speeds of up to 85 km/h (53 mph). Every vehicle equipped with this in the near future will transmit continuous information to its surroundings, the CAM (Corporate Awareness Message). The basis is the ITS Vehicle Station (Intelligent Transport Systems and Services) on board the vehicle.

2014 232

Techrules unveils production design of series-hybrid Ren RS with micro-turbine range extender; 330 km/h

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The most powerful Ren RS will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 3 seconds, onto a top speed of 330 km/h (205 mph). Techrules is also developing partnerships with several major China-based global corporations with interest in the micro-turbine recharging technology. These will enable Techrules to develop its TREV powertrain for use in a variety of mobility solutions, including low-emission and fuel efficient public transport and light commercial vehicles.

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SARTRE road train premieres on public roads; focus now shifts to fuel consumption

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The vehicles drove at 85 km/h (53 mph). —Linda Wahlström, project manager for the SARTRE project at Volvo Car Corporation. SARTRE aims to encourage a step change in personal transport usage through the development of safe environmental road trains (platoons). SARTRE public road test. Click to enlarge.

2012 215

Toyota starts taking orders for soon-to-be-launched Prius PHV plug-in hybrid in Japan; targeting 35,000-40,000 units per year

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has begun taking orders through Toyota dealers around Japan for the Prius PHV (plug-in hybrid). All cruising range and fuel efficiency figures here are based on the JC08 Japanese test cycle and verified by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan (MLIT). The EV mode can be maintained up to 100 km/h (62 mph). Prius PHV S. Click to enlarge.

2011 210

10-Year FTA Low-Speed Urban Maglev Research Program Shows Technology is Feasible, But Infrastructure Costs and Availability of Technologies Are Intimidating

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A 10-year US program to develop low-speed urban magnetic levitation (UML) technology has demonstrated that such systems are feasible to consider as alternatives in the US, but that the initial infrastructure costs and availability of safety and operationally certified maglev technologies are “intimidating”, according to a assessment report prepared by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

2009 163

Start-up AEV developing battery-electric shuttle buses for China, India and US markets

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kWh lithium iron phosphate battery pack from its China-based partner NVT Battery and features a range of about 133 km (84 miles) without use of air conditioning and with a top speed of 80 km/h (50 mph) and consumption of 665 Wh/km. In India, we met with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. On rail, the last mile transportation is to put people on shuttles and to move them around. Prototype of the AEV e-shuttle. Click to enlarge.

2011 207

Burlington Hydro Takes Delivery of First EV in Commercial Fleet Application in Canada

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The demonstration project will entail a one-year study that will be conducted by the University of Waterloo with funding from Transport Canada. The REV ACX features a 160-kilometer range (99-mile), and a top speed of 144 km/h (89 mph). Transportation accounted for more than half the growth in Ontario’s greenhouse gas emissions between 1990 and 2005, contributing 17 megatonnes, out of 26 megatonnes of total GHG emissions growth.

2010 195

Peugeot Releases Specs, Pricing Package for the iOn EV

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Peugeot is targeting the iOn mainly at local government, local authorities and public services and companies active in the transport and energy sectors, leasing companies, car sharing companies and the fleets of large corporations. In the first half of 2010, Peugeot has already signed 15 letters of intent with: three public transport companies, including two for an offer in different European countries; six leasing companies in three European countries; and.

2010 210

Toyota Unveils Dedicated Hybrid Concept, Plan for Prius Family; Expands Fuel Cell Vehicle Demonstration Program in the US

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Even at 100 miles, BEVs as a primary mode of transportation do not yet offer what most consumers see as true mobility. When fully charged, the vehicle is targeted to achieve a maximum electric-only range of about 13 miles and capable of achieving highway speeds of more than 60 mph in electric-only mode. A total of 20 first generation fuel cell hybrid vehicles (FCHV) are in service in California with universities, corporations and government agencies. The FT-CH concept.

2010 195

Smith Electric trucks go stateside

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Four major US corporations and two utility companies took delivery of the Smith Newton, the largest road-going electric truck in North America. The Smith Newton provides depot-based truck fleets with a realistic, zero emissions transport solution that both lowers greenhouse gas emissions and helps improve air quality in our urban centres.”. It is produced in North America by Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation, based in Kansas City, Missouri.

2010 Aptera 2e First Drive and Video on Inside Line

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Lisa Lawn is also a big fan of electric transportation, and she follows the 2010 Aptera 2e to its new assembly plant in Vista, California. Powerslides We never got Punch above 60 mph in the confines of the parking lot, but were able to sling it at that speed into a series of tire-screeching turns around the building.