A Bright Day in DC

Revenge of the Electric Car

We interviewed Senator Lugar in DC recently — as we caught the Capitol Hill debut of Bright Automotive’s Idea — a plug-in hybrid electric delivery vehicle. Senator Lugar was also cheering for his home team – Bright are from Anderson, Indiana. They claim the Idea will save a 250 vehicle fleet company more than $500,000 a year in reduced fuel costs.

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BMW and Nissan again partner to add 174 more DC fast chargers in US with EVgo

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BMW and Nissan have again joined forces—this time with EVgo, the nation’s largest public DC Fast charging network—to increase public access to DC Fast charging stations across the US. EVgo’s fast charging network now totals 668 dual-port DC Fast charging stations installed and available to all EV drivers across the United States. This latest expansion builds on the 120 dual-port DC Fast chargers that BMW and Nissan announced together in December 2015.

Latest generation diesels power 36% of US commercial trucks

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Indiana, Texas and California rank highest in the greatest total numbers of new Class 8 heavy-duty trucks. Indiana, Tennessee and the District of Columbia have the highest percentage of new-generation Class 8 diesel trucks (IN 66%; TN 60%; DC 48%). Thirty-six percent of all commercial diesel trucks on US roads are now powered by the newest generation of diesel technologies (MY 2011 and newer), up from 30% in 2016 and 25.7%

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Plug-In Electric Car Sales, Honda Civic Concept, Fast Chargers At Gas Stations: Today's Car News

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Today, we report on plug-in electric car sales for March, the Honda Civic concept from the 2015 New York Auto Show, and an Indiana gas-station chain that just installed nine DC fast-charging stations at various locations. All this and more on Green Car Reports. A surprise Honda Civic concept previews the upcoming next-generation production model. Today in Car News

BMW and Nissan partner to deploy dual fast chargers across the US

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BMW and Nissan are partnering to offer public DC Fast charging at 120 locations across 19 states in an effort to support Nissan LEAF and BMW i3 customers and to promote increased adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) nationwide. The fast chargers are available in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, North and South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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350Green to install more than 400 ChargePoint Network Charging Stations for EVs across US

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350Green is building out a national network of more than 1,000 charging stations, with projects under way in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, and California. The company is installing both Level 2 and DC Fast chargers in convenient locations through partnerships with retailers like Walgreens and real estate developers like Simon Property Group. 350Green and Coulomb Technologies will extend the reach of both companies’ technologies and services.

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GE EV Solar Carport Project debuts in Connecticut

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With greater than a 25-year lifespan, the EV Solar Carport will annually deliver 125 MWh via 100 kW DC power. The GE EV Solar Carport Project made its debut in Plainville, Connecticut. GE EV Solar Carport in Plainville, CT. Click to enlarge.

Maxwell supplying ultracaps to ABB for hybrid version of Philadelphia rail energy recuperation system

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When decelerating or braking, a traction vehicle (train, tram or trolleybus) is feeding the regenerated braking energy back into the DC power network. ERS is a modular, IGBT-based inverter system installed at the DC substation and connected in parallel with the existing diode rectifiers that can be scaled according to the customer’s needs. Maxwell Technologies, Inc. is supplying ultracapacitors to ABB for its recent contract win to upgrade Philadelphia area rail lines.

Nissan launching upgraded 2012 LEAF in new US markets

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Nissan on 25 July will open up the ordering process to consumers with existing reservations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington, DC. As DC fast charge stations proliferate across the country, Nissan expects this feature to become even more popular. Nissan North America Inc. is expanding availability of the all-electric Nissan LEAF to US consumers, upgraded for the 2012 model year.

Obama Administration launches series of actions to accelerate EV adoption; inc. $4.5B in loan guarantees, pursuing 350 kW fast charge

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On another front, DOE will partner with industry, the National Laboratories, and other stakeholders to develop a study that will examine the vehicle, battery, infrastructure, and economic implications of direct current (DC) fast charging of up to 350 kW, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. Duke Energy Indiana. This includes research and development investments, site identification, smart city deployments and DC fast charger corridors.

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Stanford launches major new natural gas research initiative

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Jackson, a member of the Earth System Science Department, has mapped thousands of natural gas leaks across city streets in Boston and Washington, DC, and published the first studies of hydraulic fracturing’s impact on drinking water. Shrock Professor of Sedimentary Geology at Indiana University, Ritts is a National Science Foundation CAREER grant recipient, and an expert on oil and gas exploration.

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DOE to award up to $137M for SuperTruck II, Vehicle Technology Office programs

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Demonstrate plug‐in electric vehicles through local showcases in key markets throughout major metropolitan areas in seven Midwest states: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. Develop and demonstrate an off‐board bi‐directional DC charging system for plug‐in electric vehicles and evaluate impact of grid services on PEV batteries.

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President Obama Announces 48 Projects to Receive $2.4B in Grants for Next-Generation of Batteries and Electric Vehicles; To be Combined with $2.4B in Industry Cost-Share

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Production of DC bus capacitors including soft wound film and stacked film capacitors necessary for electric drive system power electronics. Outfitting of a high-volume manufacturing facility to build DC Bus Capacitors for the electric drive vehicle industry. State of Indiana West Lafayette, IN. President Obama announced 48 new advanced battery and electric drive projects that will receive $2.4 billion in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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US DOE Awards $300 Million in Clean Cities Grants to Support Alternative Fuels, Vehicles, and Infrastructure Development

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State of Indiana’s: Central Indiana Clean Cities Alliance Comprehensive Alternative Fuels Implementation Plan. The initiative includes 17 new propane fueling stations along high traffic roadways from Washington, D.C. Geographical distribution of Clean Cities Recovery Act awards. Click to enlarge.

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