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

Green Car Reports

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

Green Car Reports

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

Green Car Congress

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

Green Car Congress

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

Green Car Congress

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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EPRI Report Shows That DC Superconductor Cable is Feasible for Development Using Todays Technology

Green Car Congress

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has published a report that describes the design of a superconducting direct current (DC) cable system capable of moving thousands of megawatts of electricity between regions, and which is practical and ready for commercial development, using today’s technology. Resources. A Superconducting DC Cable. Study on the Integration of High Temperature Superconducting DC Cables within the Eastern and Western North American Power Grids.


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

Green Car Congress

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?

Green Car Reports

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 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

Plugs and Cars

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.

Hybrid SUV Blog

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.

Opinions and Rants

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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CAP report estimates US will need 14M new PEVs and >330k new public charging outlets by 2025 to meet Paris targets

Green Car Congress

Additional public resources and private investment are necessary to close a remaining $2.3

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Coulomb, MasterCard, and the future of public charging

Plugs and Cars

The big takeaway: If you want a free charge station and are located in a program area (Austin, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Sacramento, San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area, Bellevue/Redmond, Washington DC, Southern Michigan), raise your hand now.

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Philadelphia Joins Coalition

Plug In Partners

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EVgo launches grid-tied public fast charging system with second-life batteries

Green Car Congress

EVgo, America’s largest public fast-charging network for electric vehicles (EVs), has launched a commercial installation of second-life battery storage at a public DC fast charging station. The EVgo Union City site began operating earlier this summer and already has two 50-kilowatt (kW) DC fast chargers. EVgo plans to deploy additional energy storage resources at stations across the network and sees energy storage as a key technology to enable affordable DC fast charging.

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

Plugs and Cars

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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Why One LEAF-Driving Cop Can't Drive Straight Home After Work Anymore

Plugs and Cars

Bill likes his car and is resourceful, so he got a Blink card and ChargePoint card and an EVGO card and he makes do. That’s why I ran into him at the Whole Food DC charger. Friday November 22, 2013 Today I met a San Francisco cop. He wasn’t in uniform, so I figured he was another of those early adopter techie types buying EVs. We chatted while he finished charging his LEAF at the recently installed Quick Charger at the new Market Street Whole Foods in San Francisco.

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Reflections on Converting a 914 to an EV

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

If you do your own conversion, tap into all these resources whenever you have an issue. I'm not entirely sure why, but ElectroAuto shipped #2 gauge cable with the AC kit instead of the standard 2/0 gauge cable that came with the earlier 914 DC kit. It's acceleration at zero RPM was less than half the original ICE engine and half of that (at zero RPM) of the Advanced DC 9" motor in the 914 DC kit. If I had to do things over, I might seriously use the DC kit.

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

Green Car Congress

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

Green Car Congress

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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Satellite study suggests California clean air regulations working to reduce PM2.5 emissions in state

Green Car Congress

Scientists from Emory University, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Air Resources Board teamed to analyze satellite data to determine the 15-year trend of PM 2.5 Resources.

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

Green Car Congress

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.

The Curious Case of the Torrance Enivornmental Commission

Creative Greenius

As great a resource as the Marsh is, Tracy is an equally great advocate for it. He had no guidance or resources to offer the person who volunteered to take over his presentation.

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

Green Car Congress

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

Green Car Congress

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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ABB delivers Bulgaria’s nationwide fast charging network

Green Car Congress

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.

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

Green Car Congress

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

Green Car Congress

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

Green Car Congress

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

Green Car Congress

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

Green Car Congress

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

Green Car Congress

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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Plug-in cars: Moving Forward

Plugs and Cars

It hasn’t led to an immediate abandonment by the automakers of this long over-subsidized initiative, but it will help put a stopper in the drain on resources accelerated under President Bush. As high officials of CalEPA and CARB got wind of Chu’s analysis of H2 and FCVs, they reportedly went to DC and lobbied furiously if unsuccessfully to pull him back. I write a column for the Electric Auto Association newsletter, Current EVents. Here's my June column.

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

Green Car Congress

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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Automakers agree on common plug to recharge electric vehicles

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

Washington DC announced as first MPH mobile TV market LG GC900 Viewty Smart, now more official than ever before Panasonics AG-HMC40 does 1080p24 on something of a budget NetBlender drops iPhone exclusivity on BD Touch 2.0,

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

Green Car Congress

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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Chrysler unveils new electric minivan for the US Postal Service

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

ENVI is a cross-functional, nimble team empowered to move quickly and access vast resources within Chrysler LLC in order to integrate electric-vehicle technology into existing products.