Virginia Clean Cities requests proposals from Southeastern fleets interested in converting to propane Autogas

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The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) and Virginia Clean Cities (VCC) at James Madison University (JMU) are requesting proposals from fleets in the southeastern US interested in converting eligible gasoline vehicles to run on propane autogas. Fleets in the following states are welcome to submit proposals: Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Washington DC.

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.

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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.

ARPA-E awards $30M to 21 projects advance new class of high-performance power converters

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Smart, Compact, Efficient 500kW DC Fast Charger Cree Fayetteville (operating as Wolfspeed, A Cree Company) and its project team will build a DC fast charger for electric vehicles using a solid-state transformer based on silicon carbide (SiC). If successful, the team will construct a 500 kW building block for a DC fast charger that is at least four times the power density of todays installed units. Wide Bandgap Solid State Circuit Breakers for AC and DC Microgrids.

EPA approves emergency gasoline fuel waivers for 16 states and DC

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exercised its authority under the Clean Air Act temporarily to waive certain federal clean gasoline requirements for gasoline sold and distributed in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, District of Columbia, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

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

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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. West Virginia University Research Corporation.

Car Giveaways. Who Likes ‘em Green?

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You need to enter by March 31 and May 31 (2 promo periods) and you are “out of luck&# so to speak if you reside in Alaska, Hawaii, or Washington D.C. Appears to be sponsored by WTKR-TV Channel 3 in Norfolk, Virginia along with Charles Barker Toyota from Virginia Beach.

Chevrolet accelerates Volt rollout; available nationwide by end of 2011

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Chevrolet Volts have been delivered to customers in the Washington DC area, as well as California, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Texas. Deliveries will begin in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii in the third quarter. Chevrolet is stepping up the national rollout of the Volt, and plans to have Volts in all participating dealerships in every state by the end of this year.

Chevrolet Canada begins taking orders for the Volt starting at C$41,545; Volts a showroom draw in US

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Chevrolet dealerships in the initial launch markets of California, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia and Washington, DC have taken delivery of more than 550 dedicated Volt demonstration vehicles for customer test drives. Deliveries begin in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii in the third quarter.

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.

Westinghouse and Ameren Missouri form NexStart SMR Alliance for rapid licensing and deployment of Westinghouse Small Modular Reactor technology; targeting operation in 2022

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Westinghouse Electric Company and the Missouri Electric Alliance led by Ameren Missouri have formed a utility participation group called the NexStart SMR Alliance to advance deployment of the Westinghouse Small Modular Reactor (SMR). Earlier post.). Design overview of the Westinghouse SMR.

President Obama announces new $140M public-private manufacturing innovation institute focused on power electronics

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In electronic devices, WBG semiconductors can eliminate up to 90% of the power losses that currently occur during AC-to-DC and DC-to-AC electricity conversion, and they can handle voltages more than 10 times higher than Si-based devices, greatly enhancing performance in high-power applications. They also offer greater efficiency in converting AC to DC power and in operating the electric traction drive during vehicle use.

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.

SUPERVALU unveils new natural gas powered truck fleet and fill station

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distribution center and currently serves approximately 500 grocery stores in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Washington, D.C. In addition to serving hundreds of independently owned grocery stores, the Mechanicsville distribution center supplies SUPERVALU’s Farm Fresh Food & Pharmacy banner, which operates 42 stores primarily in Virginia, as well as more than 50 Shoppers Food & Pharmacy stores in Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C.

Toyota introduces 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid

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The PCU features a compact inverter design with direct cooling of IGBT transistors, and converts DC to 3-phase AC to drive MG1 and MG2. VDC up to 650 volts DC. The on-board charging system accommodates single pulse DC 110/220 volt input, and is compliant to SAE J1772 standards.

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.,

Chevrolet Volt demo vehicles begin arriving at dealerships

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Chevrolet dealerships in the initial launch markets of California, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia and Washington, DC will be receiving dedicated Volt demonstration vehicles for customer test drives over the next few weeks. Deliveries will begin in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii in the third quarter.

EPA Awards $16.8M in Recovery Act Funds to Clean Up Underground Petroleum Leaks

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4,674,000 to Virginia. 1,643,000 to West Virginia. $ 607,000 to Washington, DC. The US Environmental Protection Agency announced another $16.8 million in Recovery Act Funds for four states and the District of Columbia to assess and clean up underground storage tank petroleum leaks. This money is part of $197 million appropriated under the Recovery Act to address shovel-ready sites nationwide contaminated by petroleum from leaking underground storage tanks.

DOE ARPA-E awards $156M to projects to 60 projects to accelerate innovation in clean energy technologies

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Virginia. Non-strategic Elements having Secure Supply Chains A Virginia Commonwealth University led team will. Wafer-Level Sub-Module Integrated DC/DC Converter The University of Colorado team will develop and demonstrate. Institute, Virginia. The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has selected 60 research projects for up to a combined $156 million in funding from the Fiscal Year 2011 budget.

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MHI and Dominion reach agreement to continue engineering and planning work in support of third unit at North Anna Nuclear Plant

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MNES), and Virginia Electric and Power Company have reached an agreement to continue pre-construction, engineering, and planning work in preparation for a third unit at Dominion’s North Anna Nuclear Power Plant in central Virginia. In July 2006, MHI established MNES, a wholly-owned subsidiary, in Washington, DC, and launched local marketing activities for the US-APWR. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. MHI), through Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems Inc.

Hertz participating in Plugless Power’s pilot program for wireless EV charging

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The Plugless Power system is supplied by Evatran based in Virginia. Hertz has deployed EVs and PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric) in the US (available to the public in New York, Washington, D.C. In partnership with Plugless Power, The Hertz Corporation and Hertz Global EV are trialing the first wireless charging system for electric vehicles (EVs) in the car rental industry. Plugless Power is a Level 2 (240V at 30A, 3.3

NHTSA: US traffic fatalities increased 3.3% in 2012

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Thirteen states and Washington DC experienced reductions in overall traffic fatalities, led by Mississippi (48 fewer); New Jersey (38); Georgia (34); Alabama (30); and Utah (26). In addition, 18 states and Washington DC showed decreases in drunk driving deaths. New Jersey had the greatest decrease (30 fewer) followed by Colorado (27); Utah (20); Oklahoma (17); and Virginia (17).

Chevrolet Volt plant prepping for boost in Volt and Ampera production; exports to Canada, China and Europe this year

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The 2011 Volt was launched in California, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia and Washington, DC. General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, home of the Chevrolet Volt, will close for four weeks beginning in June for planned upgrades to prepare for a significant increase in the rate of Volt production, along with assembly of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu midsize sedan.

NEMA endorses Biggert-Markey EV infrastructure bill

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Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, DC, its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end use of electricity. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.

Nissans US Roll-Out Plan for the LEAF

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Nissan LEAF will be introduced to Texas and Hawaii shortly thereafter, in January 2011; North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina and Alabama follow in April 2011; and be rolled-out to the balance of the nation beginning in Fall 2011 with availability in all markets nationwide by the end of that year. Nissan’s LEAF EV first will be available to consumers in December, in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee.

Frankly, I’d Rather Be Getting Arrested with Bill McKibben Today

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I just got the email below from author/activist/environmentalist, Bill McKibben of 350.org He’s in Washington DC with thousands, protesting the coal-fired Capitol Power plant–a dirty symbol of our dirty energy history.

Volkswagen’s Electrify America supplement discusses ZEV charging investments in disadvantaged California communities

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Volkswagen Group of America created Electrify America LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary headquartered in Reston, Virginia, to fulfill its Appendix C commitments.

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. West Virginia University (NAFTC). Commonwealth of Virginia and Neighboring Mid-Atlantic States. President Obama announced 48 new advanced battery and electric drive projects that will receive $2.4

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Sprout at Plug-in 2010

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Eaton is introducing a full family of products for each of the three product market segments: Level 1 (120Vac), Level 2 (240Vac) and DC Quick Charge (480V). Blink residential unit. Source: Ecotality. Click to enlarge.

Audi banking on Gen 2 3.0L TDI diesel for US sales; calls for a “fair shot” for diesel

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The course was primarily in the Virginia countryside—not a challenging terrain, but with rolling hills, some winding curves, and a few small towns. Exposure to Washington DC beltway-type traffic jams was minimal, and city driving was also minimal. Audi''s Gen 2 3.0L

US DOE Awards $37 Million for Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Technology Development

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Lockheed Martin MS2 (Manassas, Virginia) will validate the ability to numerically model the dynamic interactions between a large cold water pipe and a floating ocean thermal energy conversion platform in various meteorological and ocean conditions. This projects looks to develop a 50 kW Marine Power Conditioner with Storage that will demonstrate a high conversion efficiency and a compact high-frequency internal transformer to allow direct connection to a DC line for transmission to shore.

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

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Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy’s Paving the Way with Propane: The AutoGas Corridor Development Program. 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.