SEPTA, Constellation, and Viridity Energy to deploy 8.75MW energy storage system to capture and reuse subway train braking energy

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An 8.75MW battery storage network which will capture and reuse the energy created by braking subway cars will help Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) reduce operating costs, ensure energy resiliency, and support the stability of the electrical grid.

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New UMTRI paper reviews major advantages and disadvantages of battery-electric and fuel-cell vehicles

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A new report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) reviews the major advantages and disadvantages associated with battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs). For current gasoline-powered ICE vehicles at an average fuel economy of 23.3

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

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ABB will install a hybrid version of its high-efficiency ENVILINE wayside energy recovery and storage system for the Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority’s (SEPTA) light rail system serving the greater Philadelphia area. Rather than having the braking energy be dissipated, the ENVILINE Energy Recuperation System (ERS) saves the surplus braking energy of the train by returning it back to the AC grid. Maxwell Technologies, Inc.

ICCT study finds state EV incentives playing a significant role in driving sales

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A study by a team from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) shows that state electric vehicle incentives are playing a significant early role in reducing the effective cost of ownership and driving electric vehicle sales.

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US added almost 330K new diesel cars and SUVs in 2015

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increase in the number of registered diesel cars and SUVs in 2015, according to a Diesel Technology Forum analysis of the latest Vehicles in Operation (VIO) data compiled by IHS Automotive. Texas was number one in the nation in total number of registered diesel vehicles ahead of California, Florida, Washington and Pennsylvania. The total number of diesel car, SUV, full-size pickup trucks and vans in operation reached 7.7

EIA: California home to almost half of US plug-in electric vehicles

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Total US sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs)—battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric—have increased in recent years, but still represent only about 0.7% of new vehicle sales in 2014 so far, up from 0.6%

New passenger vehicle diesel registrations in US up 11.5%, hybrids up 65% from 2010-2013; diesel 2.5x hybrids

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New registrations of all types of diesel passenger vehicles—passenger cars, light-duty trucks, vans, SUVs and heavy-duty pickup trucks (> 8,500lbs gvwr)—increased 11.5% (from 6,337,460 units to 7,068,439), and registrations of hybrid-electric passenger vehicles increased 65% (from 1,717,601 units to 2,826,885) from 2010 through 2013, according to a new analysis and supporting data released by the Diesel Technology Forum. times those of diesel cars and SUVs.

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DOE: California had highest concentration of plug-in vehicles relative to population in US in 2015: 4.68 PEVs/1,000 people

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In 2015, only five states had more than two plug-in vehicles (PEVs) registered per 1,000 people, according to figures compiled by the US Department of Energy (DOE). California had the highest concentration of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) with 4.68

Cadillac embarks on first hands-free cross-country highway drive with Super Cruise

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Cadillac embarked on its first official hands-free drive on freeways from one side of the country to the other, using Super Cruise technology. A group of stakeholders and media will put the power of Super Cruise technology to the test in twelve Super Cruise-equipped Cadillac CT6 vehicles, which departed from Cadillac House in New York City and will travel to Los Angeles, California.

Gallup poll: 46% of Americans attribute this past warm winter to natural variation, 30% to global warming

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A new Gallup poll has found that 79% of Americans agree that this winter has been warmer than usual in their local area; 46% attribute the cause to normal year-to-year variation in temperatures, while 30% attribute it to global warming. More than nine in 10 of those living in the East (92%) and Midwest (95%) say this winter was warmer than usual, compared with 77% in the South and 55% in the West.

Honda joins vehicle-to-grid technology demonstration project in partnership with University of Delaware and NRG Energy

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Honda has joined a demonstration project for experimental vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology aimed at providing a potentially valuable energy storage resource to the electrical grid while providing for more cost-effective ownership of plug-in electric vehicles. The Honda technology builds off of the research conducted by the University of Delaware and now supported by NRG Energy, Inc. The ev2g project is designed to answer a number of questions, including: Inverter.

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Gallup poll finds Americans split on energy vs. environment trade-off

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A new Gallup poll has found that 47% of Americans say production of energy supplies should be prioritized , while 44% says environmental protection should be; this is a closer division than last year, when energy led by 50% to 41%.

US new light-duty diesel sales dropped slightly in 2016 to 280,000 units from 300,000 in 2015

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The US added more than 280,000 new diesel passenger vehicles across the country in 2016, with Texas, California and Florida having the highest numbers of diesel vehicles, according to a Diesel Technology Forum analysis of the latest Vehicles in Operation (VIO) data compiled by IHS Automotive (December 2016). The number of diesel car, SUV, full-size pickup trucks and vans in operation reached 8 million in 2016. Eight of the Top 10 fastest growth states were in the East.

Honda selects environmental consulting firm Gladstein, Neandross & Associates to support market development for Civic Natural Gas in new US markets

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GNA will collaborate with Honda to market the Civic Natural Gas sedan in 19 states spanning the Mid-West to Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions including the District of Columbia. Purchase incentives currently pending under legislation HR 1380, the NAT GAS Act, would create an even more favorable scenario for the purchase of NGVs with tax credits for vehicle and fuel purchases as well as fleet or home refueling stations.

Wilmington Trust selected as trustee for $2.7B Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust

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The $2.7-billion trust, established as part of Volkswagen’s diesel emissions settlement, will be used to implement approved air pollution mitigation initiatives in US states and federally-recognized Native American nations. Wilmington Trust was selected as trustee because of its extensive experience providing trust, custody, escrow, and investment management services to public entities, including state governments and Native American tribes. Wilmington Trust, N.A.

US Transportation Secretary LaHood issues “Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving”; $2.4M for California, Delaware pilot projects

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US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood released a “Blueprint for Ending Distracted Driving” that offers a strategy to address the growing and dangerous practice of driver’s use of handheld cell phones behind the wheel. Recognizing the extent and complexity of the problem, the plan: Encourages the remaining 11 states without distracted driving laws to enact and enforce this critical legislation.

US DOE invests $60 million in nuclear energy technology research and training

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $60 million in nuclear energy research awards and improvements to university research reactors and infrastructure. According to industry estimates, the US electric power industry will have to replace nearly 100,000 workers—more than 25,000 of them in the nuclear industry—by 2015. These projects are led by 38 American universities and colleges in 28 states and the District of Columbia.

PJM/Better Place study finds unmanaged charging of 1M electric cars could add $750M in annual wholesale energy costs; need for CNO-managed smart charging

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PJM Interconnection is a regional transmission organization (RTO) that coordinates the movement of wholesale electricity in all or parts of 13 states and the District of Columbia. Consumers who choose to leverage time-of-use (TOU) pricing can see some price relief—less than 10% annually—but the wholesale energy business would still feel the impact of ad hoc charging. A histogram of EV penetration is shown in (b).

About 1/3 of Class 3-8 trucks in US equipped with advanced cleaner diesel engines

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About one-third of all medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks registered in the United States (2.9 million of 8.8 The data includes total registration information on Class 3-8 trucks from 2007 through 2013 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

US diesel car registrations increased by 24% from 2010-2012, hybrids up 33%

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The national registration information includes data for all types of passenger vehicles—cars, SUVs, pickup trucks and vans—in all 50 states and the District of Columbia from 1 January 2010 through 31 December 2012. Diesel car and SUV registrations increased from 640,779 in 2010 to 796,794 at the end of 2012—a 24.34 Some analysts predict diesel sales will reach 10 percent of the US market by 2020.

Petroleum and refiners organizations file suit to reverse EPA’s second partial waiver for E15

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The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA), the International Liquid Terminals Association and the Western States Petroleum Association have filed a lawsuit with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to overturn a recent decision by the Environmental Protection Agency authorizing blends up to E15 for newer-model vehicles.

AT&T deploys 8,000th CNG vehicle; one of the largest corporate CNG fleets in US

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AT&T recently deployed its 8,000 th compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle, achieving a major milestone in the company’s overall 10-year, $565-million commitment to add approximately 15,000 alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) to its fleet by end of year 2018.

NHTSA survey finds 660,000 drivers while driving at any given daylight moment using cell phones or electronic devices

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The new data are being released at the start of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Driver use of electronic devices, 2002-2011. All three reports are being highlighted in the premier issue of NHTSA’s SAFETY 1N NUM3ERS online monthly auto safety newsletter.

Delphi automated vehicle completes coast-to-coast drive

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Nearly 3,400 miles (5,472 km) were covered with 99% of the drive in fully automated mode. The team collected nearly three terabytes of data—about 30% of all of the printed material in the Library of Congress. The nine-day trip crossed 15 states and the District of Columbia.

Navistar to adopt SCR technology to meet 2010 EPA requirements; “In-Cylinder Technology Plus (ICT+)”

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Navistar said it will continue to build and ship current model trucks in all vehicle classes using appropriate combinations of earned emissions credits and/or non-compliance penalties (NCPs) during the transition to ICT+.

NHTSA projects 7.7% increase in US traffic fatalities for 2015 year-on-year; significant increase in motorcyclist and non-occupant deaths

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A just-released National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistical projection of traffic fatalities for 2015 estimates that 35,200 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes—an increase of about 7.7%

Volvo Group ordered by US Court to pay $74.3M in penalties in diesel emission case

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The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has ruled that the Volvo Group should pay penalties and interest of approximately SEK 508 million (US$74.3 million) following a dispute between the Volvo Group and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding NO x emission compliance of diesel engines. This is expected to have a negative impact on the Group’s operating income of approximately SEK 440 million (US$64.3

Preliminary approval of VW 2.0L TDI settlement program in US

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Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California has granted preliminary approval of the settlement agreement reached on 28 June with private plaintiffs represented by the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) to resolve civil claims regarding eligible Volkswagen and Audi 2.0L Individual class members will now receive notification of their rights and options under the agreement. Judge Charles R.

6 biofuel trade associations file motion to intervene in API suit challenging EPA RFS2 cellulosic biofuel requirements

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Six biofuel trade associations have filed a motion in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to intervene in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) 2012 final rule being challenged by the American Petroleum Institute (API). The case is in the Fourth Circuit, District of Columbia, Nº 12-1139, American Petroleum Institute v. In reliance on the continued stability of the RFS.

NTSB recommends nationwide ban on personal electronic devices while driving; also calls for modifications to the equipment and the completion of a NHTSA rulemaking on collision warning systems

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Photo from the scene of the 2010 Gray Summit accident, the investigation of which prompted NTSB to call for the ban on PEDs. Wedged between the chassis of the bus and the bobtail is the remains of a GMC pickup, the driver of which apparently had been texting.

EPA Begins Awarding $88.2M to All 50 States and DC for Diesel Emissions Reduction

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million divided equally through a noncompetitive allocation process to all 50 states and the District of Columbia, all of which will receive about $1.73 The funds were provided by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA), signed by President Obama on 17 February, and can be used to support clean diesel projects and loan programs to address the nation’s existing fleet of more than 11 million diesel engines.

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.

EPA proposes to include Southern Maine in the Federal Reformulated Gasoline Program

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EPA is proposing , at the request of the State of Maine, to require the sale of reformulated gasoline ( RFG ) in York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, Androscoggin, Kennebec, Knox and Lincoln counties in southern Maine starting in June 2015. RFG is currently used in 17 states and the District of Columbia. About 30% of gasoline sold in the US is reformulated. The Maine legislature subsequently postponed the requirement for sale of RFG until 1 June 2015.

Exelon to provide financing for 21MW of Bloom Energy SOFC projects at 75 commercial facilities

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Exelon Corporation will provide equity financing for 21 megawatts (MW) of Bloom Energy solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) projects at 75 commercial facilities in California, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. Exelon’s partnership with Bloom Energy builds upon the distributed generation business of Exelon subsidiary Constellation, a leading competitive retail supplier of energy products and services serving more than two-thirds of the FORTUNE 100.

IIHS: Speed limit increases in US caused 33,000 deaths over 20 years

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In 2013 alone, the increases resulted in 1,900 additional deaths, essentially canceling out the number of lives saved by frontal airbags that year. That number is approximately equal to the nationwide annual tally of fatalities during recent years.

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California approval for THINK electric vehicle

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Approval from the board means that the company can now sell the THINK City in California and 12 other states and the District of Columbia, all of which have adopted California’s zero emission vehicle requirements. [.]. The THINK City electric vehicle has received official classification as a zero emissions vehicle from the California Air Resources Board.

Biofuel groups seek to intervene in support of RFS2 in challenge filed by Monroe Energy

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Biofuel groups the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), Growth Energy, and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) filed a motion in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to intervene in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) 2013 final rule, which is currently being challenged by Monroe Energy, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM).

CARB Approves THINK City as Type II ZEV

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The approval paves the way for THINK to sell the all-electric THINK City in California, 12 other states and the District of Columbia that have adopted California’s ZEV requirements. The THINK City has a range of 100 miles, which meets CARB’s Type II ZEV Tier requirements, and uses an advanced lithium-ion battery developed by Ener1. THINK plans to roll out retail distribution in select cities in the second half of 2011.

The EV Project Expands to Texas; Overall Value of Charging Infrastructure Project Now at $230M

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announced its second expansion of The EV Project, resulting in a charging infrastructure network in sixteen cities located in six states—Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Tennessee and Texas—as well as the District of Columbia. Overall, The EV Project will include the manufacture and installation of more than 15,000 chargers in residential and public locations throughout the United States. ECOtality, Inc.

Freightliner Inspiration truck receives autonomous vehicle licensing from Nevada DMV

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The Highway Pilot links together a set of camera technology and radar systems with lane stability, collision avoidance, speed control, braking, steering and other monitoring systems. Nevada legislation passed in 2011 and 2013 regulates the testing and operation of autonomous vehicles.