California talks to DC regulators on emission, fuel-economy rules Trump wants to cut

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emissions Politics EPA NHTSA California Air Resources Board CARB Fuel Economy regulation Donald TrumpAs automakers await the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's new fuel-economy rules for 2022 through 2025, due March 30, regulators from California and Washington are still hammering out the specifics. A meeting between state and federal regulators on fuel-economy and emissions targets took place on Monday as both sides attempt to.

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California talks to DC regulators on emission, fuel-economy rules Trump wants to cut

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emissions Politics EPA NHTSA California Air Resources Board CARB Fuel Economy regulation Donald TrumpAs automakers await the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's new fuel-economy rules for 2022 through 2025, due March 30, regulators from California and Washington are still hammering out the specifics. A meeting between state and federal regulators on fuel-economy and emissions targets took place on Monday as both sides attempt to.

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EPA draft assessment finds no widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources from fracking

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft assessment on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources in the United States. Resources. US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-15/047, 2015.

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UK Consortium Develops New DC-DC Converter Technology

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A UK consortium led by technology consultancy Prodrive has developed a bi-directional DC-DC converter that can deliver a 600V output from a 380V source and maintain its output even when the source voltage drops to as little as 200V. The new DC-DC converter is being designed to help reduce the cost, weight and package space associated with hybrid and electric vehicle battery packs. Resources. Hard-switched dual-interleaved boost converter with IPT. James et al.

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Cal Energy Commission approves ~$9M for DC fast chargers; $12.6M for NGV incentives

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The California Energy Commission approved nearly $9 million in grants for the installation of DC fast chargers along major state freeways and highways to allow electric vehicle drivers to travel from San Diego to the Oregon border without worrying about running out of energy. —which will install 61 DC fast chargers at 41 sites along major routes on Interstate 5, Highway 99 and Highway 101.

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June '06 - The Film Opens, CARB Ducks, PHEV Debut in DC

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CARB Ducks H2 Controversy For over six months, Plug In America has been in communication with The California Air Resources Board to obtain a response to Alec Brook’s analysis of Hydrogen vs Electricity for cars. We worked on the Maker Faire plug-in project, and supported the effort that brought the CalCars Edrive Lithium Plug-in Prius to Washington DC in May. Who Killed the Electric Car Opens Across the Nation Who Killed the Electric Car?,

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EPA Proposes Transport Rule to Cut Pollution from Power Plants in 31 States and DC; New Approach for Pollution Reduction

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The proposal would replace and improve upon the 2005 Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), which the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ordered EPA to revise in 2008. Resources. States covered by the proposed Transport Rule. Click to enlarge.

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Tesla Battery Swapping: Useful Service Or Minimal Effort For Extra Income?

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Tesla Motors has been opening its Supercharger DC fast-charging stations at a dizzying pace lately, with 175 U.S. Elon Musk California California Air Resources Board CARB Tesla Motors plug-in cars EV credits sites operating, and almost two dozen more either in construction or permitted. Globally that total is almost 400 sites, which likely represents more than 2,000 separate outlets. But Tesla battery swapping? Ah, that''s a different.

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"Spirit of DC" Taking on Las Vegas EVA, Monday Eve, 24 November 2008

Spirit of DC - PHEV3A

SEE below for December 2008 contents from Las Vegas EVA Watts Happening -- space that was reserved for Stan & Marianne, Bill and Amanda, Bill, Lloyd, Daniel, John, Michelle, et Las Vegas EVA'rs al for webblogging plus posting pixs of the "Spirit of DC" shining & showing on the 2nd level of the Texas Station Casino parking garage. After answering questions and handing out informational brochures, Jerry joined with LVEVA members to christen the Spirit of DC with the LVEVA logo.

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The "Spirit of DC" -- Back in AZ and Team Building with Tucson Clean Cities, Bookmans, starting mid-January 2010.

Spirit of DC - PHEV3A

New Tucson 'Digs' at Milagro Cohousing.plus a scenic view of PHEV3A Office Cheers EVADC'rs, PHEV'rs, and EVnthusiastics, One & All - After a six week break of sorts, the "Spirit of DC" and EVJerry are able to do some reporting out with narratives about the team-building EVforts underway. in order to take into key team-building resources in Tucson. EVer in the Year of the Plug-ins , All American "Spirit of DC" and EVJerry (202) 486-5450

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Let My People Convert! - The A123 Challenge

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So he proposed at the California Air Resources Board ZEV workshop on Tuesday. Lately Goldman has been driving one around DC, meeting with policy makers and pushing for consumer incentives for hybrid conversions. Les Goldman wants you to convert (your hybrid.) Easy as 123.

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Thursday - 1 October 2009. Reporting Out on the Tour de AZ; "Spirit of DC" Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle All Around ARIZONA -- a new PHEV3A

Spirit of DC - PHEV3A

Quicke sidenote: PHEV3A as an acronym now encompasses the Tour de AZ: "Spirit of DC" Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle All Around Arizona (PHEV3A) EVducational Tour (tho it could change, depending on sponsorship to AAA Tour de AZ, or even eTour de AZ). Currently, we're in need of human resources in staging the Tour de AZ.

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Rent A Hybrid. Links To Green Rentals.

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Louis, MO | Tampa, FL | Washington, DC. Tags: Hybrid Resources Spring break and summer vacations are closer than you think, and many families making travel plans now are looking for ways to make their trips a little easier on the environment.

Utah Transits Authority adding 5 battery-electric New Flyer buses to fleet

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DC power is converted to AC power and is supplied to each of these major systems separately. The bus also as a converter to supply 24-volt DC power for power steering, interior fans, lights, and other accessories. Vanner provides the DC/DC converter. Resources.

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Mercedes-Benz Cars plants in Germany to be supplied with CO2-neutral energy from 2022

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This includes optimized resource consumption through the most efficient use of energy and heat. In a wide variety of projects, sustainability is addressed as an integrated approach in the global production organization: Both the EU research project “AREUS” and the “DC-INDUSTRIE” research initiative of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy have their focus on the development of next generation intelligent and open energy grids for industrial production.

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SAE International releases new fast-charging combo coupler standard (SAE J1772) for plug-in electric and electric vehicles

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The new revision incorporates DC charging where DC Level 1 and DC Level 2 charge levels, charge coupler and electrical interfaces are defined. Resources.

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Nestlé Waters North America adds 155 new medium-duty propane autogas trucks to delivery fleet

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Each delivery truck is equipped with a California Air Resources Board- and Environmental Protection Agency-compliant ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fuel system with a 45-usable gallon fuel tank. The Nestlé Waters North America propane trucks are used to deliver product to its customers across the country including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Nestlé Waters North America is adding more than 150 medium-duty beverage delivery trucks fueled by propane autogas.

Hydro starts aluminum production at HAL4e pilot plant; highest energy efficiency, smallest CO2 footprint

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Hydro began the HAL Ultra R&D initiative in 2010, with the long-term vision of being able to produce aluminium at a specific DC energy consumption of only 10 kWh/kg without net CO 2 emissions. Resources.

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ABB delivers Bulgaria’s nationwide fast charging network

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The Terra 53 multi-standard DC charging station is a configurable single-, dual- or trip—outlet 50 kW fast charging station, operational in hard weather conditions from - 35 degrees to + 55 Celsius. This results in significant savings on downtime, traveling, transportation, man-hours, and resources.

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Porsche 914 EV Conversion

I lost much sleep last night obsessing about how I could fix the DC-DC converter and, as a result, I was very tired and had an irritable day. For those of you who have read my blog entries in the past, you know I've blown up the internal FETs of the DC-DC over five times and spent countless hours reverse-engineering the circuit with experts at work to see just what could possibly be wrong with the system.

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NC State team develops new Si/C inverter; 12.1 kW/L & greater efficiency in a smaller, lighter package

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Bi-directional interleaved DC-DC boost structure and a three-phase voltage source inverter (VSI) were utilized with the primary focus on the size, weight and loss reduction of passive components. Resources.

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GM investigating ultracap-based Active Energy Recovery Buffer as low-cost mechanism to improve conventional vehicle fuel economy

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With the AERB, the kinetic energy of the vehicle during coast down events is used to charge the ultracapacitor either directly, or through a dc-dc converter, allowing the voltage to increase up to the maximum permissible level. In the study, GM considered two topologies for the system: A simple add-on to the conventional vehicle 12V electrical system, comprising the ultracapacitor bank and the dc-dc converter connected across the dc bus. Resources.

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Honda R&D developing high-power dynamic charging system for EVs at speeds up to 96 mph

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The system enables dynamic charging with a charging power of 180 kW (DC 600 V, 300 A) while driving at a vehicle speed of 155 km/h (96 mph). Resources. At the upcoming WCX 17: SAE World Congress Experience, a team from Honda R&D will present a paper on their study of a dynamic charging system that uses high power to charge a traveling EV, with the goal of realizing an unlimited vehicle range.

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DOE releases two Co-Optima studies; high-octane blendstocks, engine efficiency merit function

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The advanced fuel components can be derived from domestic biomass resources. Resources. Department of Energy, Washington, DC. Department of Energy, Washington, DC.

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First $300M tranche of VW National ZEV investment targets charging infrastructure; 150kW+ fast charging on highway network

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published the plan for the first tranche of Volkswagen’s National Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Investment spending, directed at 11 cities nationwide—New York, Washington, D.C.,

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Electrify America selects Greenlots to develop operating platform to manage national network of EV charging stations

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Highway sites will be located along high-traffic corridors between metropolitan areas, including two cross-country routes, and will include between four and ten 150kW and 350kW individual DC fast chargers at each location before June 2019. Many shorter range EVs will benefit from 50kW DC fast charging on the Electrify America highway network, including any CHAdeMO equipped vehicles.

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Recargo progressing with WCEH fast-charger buildout; subcontract with Supercharger builder Black & Veach

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which will install 61 DC fast chargers at 41 sites along major routes on Interstate 5, Highway 99 and Highway 101. Recargo will be placing DC fast-charging stations at key sites in Buellton, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, King City, Greenfield, Gonzales, and Gilroy.

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Tsinghua team evaluates impact of types and arrangements of electric traction motors in fuel cell hybrid buses

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The fuel cell stack is connected in parallel to the battery system via a DC/DC converter. For Powertrain A, the fuel cell accessories are connected to the input terminals of the DC/DC converter. Resources.

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ABB wins orders of over $300 million for world’s first 1,100 kV UHVDC power link in China

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ABB will also supply the HVDC converter valves, DC circuit breakers, wall bushings and capacitors as well as provide system design support. China has major load centers in its eastern region, while a significant amount of its energy resources are in the west and northwest.

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DENSO partners with and invests in FLOSFIA to develop next-gen gallium oxide power semiconductor devices for electrified vehicles

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To use electric energy more efficiently, energy losses during the DC to AC conversion by the inverter must be reduced, and so DENSO is conducting R&D on low-loss power semiconductors. Resources. DENSO Corporation and FLOSFIA Inc.,

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Air Force tests all plug-in vehicle fleet in California; part of large DoD V2G project

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Charging station types include: The Princeton Power System V2G DC charging station (Nissan LEAF using CHAdeMO). Coritech DC (V2G using SAE Combo). Resources. A fleet of plug-in electric vehicles sits ready to roll at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, California. (US

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EPRI/NRDC Plug-in Hybrid Enviro Assessment to be Released

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The long awaited report assessing the environmental impact of plug-in hybrids undertaken by the Electric Power Research Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council will see the light of day on Thursday morning in Washington DC. Roger Duncan from Austin Energy and Plug-in Partners is participating in the press conference, so the results must be positive.

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Silicon Mobility introduces OLEA T222 for hybrid and electric powertrain control

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AMEC FLU (flexible logic unit) offers the optimal resources to host the most stringent control algorithms with fast, accurate, parallel and determinist execution.

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A123: Increasing 48V battery power up to ~25 kW enables advanced mild hybrid capabilities with greater fuel savings

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The BISG is connected to a 48 V (nominal battery) and also typically to a 12V powernet via a DC/DC convertor. Resources.

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SAE publishes J2954 Recommended Practice (RP) enabling wireless charging to 11 kW

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The GA contains a grid-connected Power Factor Correction (PFC) converter, followed by a DC-AC inverter, a filter and impedance matching network (IMN) connected to the GA coil. Resources.

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Kinetic Traction Systems launches with trackside flywheel energy storage technology for rail

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The flywheel utilizes a fully integrated, permanent magnet, brushless, DC motor generator to provide clean energy capture with lower costs than traditional energy substations. The machine is connected to the traction DC supply system via the constant-voltage inverter drive. Resources.

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California ARB receives VW’s 1st $200M, 30-month ZEV investment plan

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The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has received Volkswagen’s (VW) first 30-month Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Investment Plan. In addition, other use cases/technologies are also under consideration including destination charging at California state parks to increase access to L2s, and, for higher power DC charging applications, targeted battery storage to manage peak demand, ease grid loads, etc.

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Wuhan University team proposes structure-variable sliding mode control of IPMSM in EVs

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To consider the constraint of the battery capacity of the electric vehicles and to improve the utilization rate of the direct current (DC) bus voltage of the inverter, a kind of space vector pulse-width modulation (SVPWM) over-modulation method is adopted. Resources.

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Aura Systems and Cyclone Power Technologies partner for renewable power generation

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The partners anticipate that the integrated renewable power generation system will be able to provide a turn-key distributed solution for customers looking to produce grid-tied or stand-alone electricity from renewable and waste resources. AuraGen units produce consistent rated power, at a wide range of engine speeds, as well as generating AC and DC power simultaneously in a variety of voltages. Aura Systems, Inc. and Cyclone Power Technologies, Inc.

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ABB acquires Epyon to expand offerings in EV charging infrastructure

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a provider of electric vehicle charging infrastructure solutions focusing on direct current (DC) fast-charging stations and network charger software. Founded in 2005, Epyon is headquartered in Rijswijk, Netherlands, has an R&D center in Eindhoven and sales resources across Europe. Epyon’s DC fast-charging stations have been in commercial use since May 2010, and reduce charging time to 15 minutes compared to 6-8 hours using a standard alternating current (AC) charger outlet.

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