Nikola One 2000-hp natural gas-electric semi truck announced

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There is now a second company named after inventor Nikola Tesla—and it too plans to build electric vehicles. Trucks natural gas plug-in cars Commercial vehicle semisWhat will Elon Musk think of this? Unlike Tesla Motors, though, the first products of the newly-revealed Nikola (pronounced Neek-oh-la) Motor Company won't be a sports car or a luxury sedan. DON'T MISS: Recovered Energy And.

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'Fossil fuels are dead,' says CSX railroad chief: no more new trains for coal, ever

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natural gas electric utilities energy fossil fuelsThe industrial revolution that began around 1750 was powered in large part by coal, and the carbon-rich fuel had 200 good years after that. By the middle of the last century, however, serious studies had begun of its deleterious effects on human health—and that was before the climate-change impact of human emissions of carbon dioxide became.

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Gas, Electricity, Hydrogen: How Many Cars Can 'Fuel' And What Will It Cost?

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Gas stations are ubiquitous across the world, many with diesel pumps as well, to fuel the more than 1 billion vehicles now roaming the surface of our planet. California hydrogen hydrogen fuel cell government subsidy charging infrastructure gas station Tesla SuperchargerAs regulators get increasingly serious about reducing carbon emissions from transportation, we'll see competing sites for refueling or recharging zero-emission vehicles emerge--the first.

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Chevy Bolt EV, Sonic, Bolt, Sonic: GM mingles gas, electric cars on same assembly line

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General Motors didn't have to construct an all-new assembly plant to build its affordable, mass-market Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car. In fact, it produces the electric car at the existing Orion assembly plant in Michigan, which opened in 1983. Production factory plug-in cars Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) assembly plantsThat's not the most interesting aspect of Bolt EV production, though: GM actually builds the.

No, coal isn't coming back: the reasons in 5 charts

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energy policy natural gas electric utilities fossil fuelsThe coal industry is on the decline, but the reason for that decline has become a subject of political debate. Supporters of fossil fuels blame the energy policies of the outgoing Obama Administration, claiming the emphasis on renewable energy and lowering carbon emissions puts coal at a disadvantage. President-elect Donald Trump has promised to.

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California Public Utilities Commission approves 15 transportation electrification pilot projects focusing on disadvantaged communities

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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved 15 pilot projects aimed at helping to accelerate electric vehicle adoption, with a focus on disadvantaged communities. The decision approves, with modifications, four Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) projects, five Southern California Edison (SCE) projects, and six San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) projects designed to speed adoption of electric vehicles, improve air quality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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State fees, penalties on electric cars proliferate this year

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Several different states have continued to propose new fees for electric-car owners as a way to pay for road repairs. The fees are typically meant as a substitute for the gasoline taxes that, because they don't buy gas, electric-car owners don't pay. government taxes Gas Tax plug-in cars state laws transportation policyAdvocates have criticized these fees, saying they effectively penalize drivers for reducing.

When lauding renewables, look at utilization, not just capacity

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By some measures, large-scale renewable energy is now cost-competitive (or close) with the most efficient natural-gas electric plants. electric utilities renewable energy solar clean energy energy wind energyThe news on the renewable energy front continues to be good, with the costs of wind and solar generation falling steadily. Moreover, the amounts of clean generating capacity installed continue to rise, both in.

Tesla Gigafactory tour, 100k Chevy Volts, Nikola One semi truck: Today's Car News

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Today, an engineer takes a tour of the Tesla battery "gigafactory," Nikola Motors says it will unveil a running prototype of its natural gas-electric semi truck in December, and the Chevrolet Volt passes 100,000 U.S. deliveries. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Nikola Motors says it will unveil a running prototype of its Nikola One natural. Today in Car News

British Gas and Mitsubishi team up for electric cars

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A unique partnership has been formed between Japanese carmaker Mitsubishi and British Gas, which will see the latter as the exclusive supplier of electric vehicle charging solutions for Mitsubishi within the UK. Mitsubishi has been leading the way with electric cars since 2009 when it launched the Mitsubishi i-MiEV (pictured) and it is pioneering plug-in [.].

Solar and PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric)

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I've been getting a few questions about my solar and how it all works in regards to the power company. I'll do my best to explain it. The solar is directly connected to the grid through the inverter. The inverter is designed to not send power into the grid if the electricty is off. This prevents the power company from getting shocked if they shut down their side and want to be sure no solar systems are now powering those lines.

Solar panels: drive 1,000 miles for just a fiver

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Nissan British Gas electric car leaf Robert Llewellyn solarActor-come-EV advocate Robert Llewellyn has become a example of how it is truly possible to slash the cost of motoring and drive in a genuinely zero emission way. The TV personality has proven it is possible to drive a 1,000 miles for just over five pounds thanks to solar panels installed at his home by [.].

Virginia Governor signs legislation and executive order beginning transition of state vehicles to natural gas, electricity or other alternative fuels

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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has signed two pieces of legislation that promote the use of natural gas, electric or other alternative-fueled vehicles in the Commonwealth. Excludes third party retail sales of vehicle charging electricity from qualification as a “public utility,” “public service corporation,” or “public service company.” Electric (Battery) Fuels Natural Gas Policy

CO electric-car incentives, renewable diesel, Nikola One semi truck: Today's Car News

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Today, Colorado simplifies its electric-car tax incentives, Neste claims very low "well-to-wheels" carbon emissions for its renewable diesel, and the Nikola One is a 2,000-horsepower natural gas-electric semi truck. The Nikola One is a 2,000-hp natural gas-electric semi truck from a second company named.

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Carries Over, Eco Gets 32 MPG--But Where's That Plug-In?

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Hyundai says the Sonata Hybrid will stick with its existing gas-electric drivetrain and body style through the 2015 model year, while the rest of the range takes on a more subdued look and more refined powertrains for the new model year. The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is nearly entirely new--save for the steadily improving Hybrid edition.

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NASA Electric Aircraft Testbed (NEAT) began testing in September; advancing electric propulsion for aircraft

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Engineers at the NASA Electric Aircraft Testbed (NEAT) at NASA Glenn Research Center ran the new facility’s first test in September. NEAT’s mission is to help engineers design, develop and test systems for electric aircraft. The X-57: NASA’s first electric X-plane.

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EPRI and partners to stage public demo of Open Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) Platform software

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), along with several auto manufacturers, utilities, and regional transmission organizations, will demonstrate the Open Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI) Platform software system, developed by EPRI and Sumitomo Electric Industries. The software is an advanced software platform for integrating plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) with smart grid technologies. —Dan Bowermaster, manager of EPRI’s Electric Transportation Program.


EPRI, 8 automakers and 15 utilities to create an open grid integration platform for plug-in electric vehicles

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The Electric Power Research Institute, 8 automakers and 15 utilities are working to develop and to demonstrate an open platform that would integrate plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) with smart grid technologies enabling utilities to support PEV charging regardless of location. The formal collaboration between the automakers, utilities and Electric Power Research Institute began in fall 2012. —Dan Bowermaster, EPRI manager of Electric Transportation.


Hyundai prices 2018 Ioniq PHEV starting at $24,950; 29 miles all-electric range

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Hyundai’s 2018 Plug-in Hybrid Ioniq ( earlier post ) is heading to dealerships now—joining the Hybrid and Electric models—with an aggressive starting price of $24,950—$5,000 less than the full battery-electric version of the Ioniq but with more than five times the range.

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ECOtality to offer Silver Spring Networks’ platform to enable EV charging station load control solutions

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announced an agreement to integrate ECOtality’s Blink electric vehicle (EV) charging stations with the Silver Spring Smart Energy Platform. Silver Spring has numerous deployments with leading utilities around the world, including Baltimore Gas & Electric, CitiPower & Powercor, Florida Power & Light, Jemena Electricity Networks Limited, Pacific Gas & Electric, Pepco Holdings, Inc., ECOtality, Inc. and Silver Spring Networks, Inc.

The Hybrid SUV Pipeline

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Infiniti recently changed its model designations to include the letter ‘Q’ Somehow, this letter sounds more upscale, and the new QX60 Hybrid is really a gas-electric version of the JX crossover.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, IVECO and ENGIE collaborating to promote natural gas in Europe starting from Belgium

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), IVECO (a brand of CNH Industrial) and ENGIE (Global Energy Player) are broadly collaborating to promote natural gas vehicles and infrastructure in Europe. The partnership between FCA, IVECO and ENGIE has been formalized by a long-term Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with the aim of cooperating together to offer all stakeholders (public and private) complete solutions for alternative fuels based on natural gas. Europe LNG Natural Gas

Hybrid Honda SUV? We Keep Hoping!

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From a historical standpoint, Honda was the first auto manufacturer to bring a gas-electric vehicle to the American market when they launched the original Honda Insight in December of 1999.

Hybrid Nissan Pathfinder

Hybrid SUV Blog

4-cyl is combined with a CVT transmission and a 15kW electric motor. A separate clutch sits between the gas engine and the electric motor, and the other sits between the electric motor and the CVT.

BMW X5 eDrive Concept SUV

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. In order to meet future fuel MPG standards, automakers are starting to adopt electricity en-mass. So many automakers are starting to offer people the ‘next-best-thing’: A familiar gas-electric hybrid with rechargeable batteries.

Does a Hybrid Need a Special Charger?

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I'm thinking of doing a gas/electric hybrid conversion (using a small motorcycle engine to power the charging circuit) - My question is what resources

California Public Utilities Commission approves PG&E EV charging program for 7,500 charging stations in NorCal

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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously voted to approve Charge Smart and Save, a program initiated by Pacific Gas & Electric to deploy 7,500 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across Northern California. Under the approved program , PG&E will primarily deploy stations at multi-family dwellings and workplaces, with electricity price based on time-of-use to encourage drivers to fill up during off-peak hours or when renewable energy is abundant.

BYD supplying Li-ion batteries for stationary energy storage to Green Charge

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Tom Solar farm to serve Holyoke Gas & Electric in western Massachusetts. Designed to optimize intermittent solar energy and contribute to rate stabilization for Holyoke Gas & Electric customers over the next 20 years, this energy storage project will be the largest utility-scale energy storage installation in Massachusetts. In addition, BYD is the largest consumer electric vehicle and electric bus manufacturer in the world.


GM CEO optimistic on potential for Envia Li-ion batteries with silicon anodes

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In a separate agreement, GM secured the right to use Envia’s advanced cathode material for future GM electrically driven vehicles. These little companies come out of nowhere, and they surprise you,” Akerson said in response to a question about GM’s strategy on gas-electric hybrid vehicles. Akerson said the company is looking at hybrids, all-electric cars, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and natural gas vehicles, as well as developing more efficient petroleum-powered engines.

Hybrid QX60 Hits The Streets

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Rapidly advancing technology has made the transition between electric and gasoline propulsion more refined than it used to be, allowing a wider use of hybrid powertrains in luxury vehicles. Not too long ago, hybrid vehicles cost thousands more than their conventionally-fueled counterparts.

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NREL: battery second use offsets EV expense, improves grid stability; recommendations

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Second-use options for automotive “end-of-life” Li-ion battery packs support a broad spectrum of sustainable energy strategies, as they increase the potential for widespread PEV adoption by eliminating end-of-life automotive service costs, in addition to helping utilities support peak electricity demands while building a cleaner, more flexible electricity grid. PEV battery life cycle with second use. Source: NREL. Click to enlarge.

Electrification Coalition and FleetAnswers launch partnership to provide electrification resources for commercial fleets

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The Electrification Coalition ( earlier post ) and FleetAnswers have formed a partnership to provide online resources on plug-in electric vehicle deployment to US commercial fleet operators. Initial case studies developed by the Coalition and FleetAnswers highlight early lessons in plug-in vehicle operations from FedEx Express and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), two of the largest fleets in their respective industries.

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MIT study concludes V2G-enabled electric commercial trucks could offer lower total operating cost than conventional diesel fleet

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A new study by researchers at MIT’s Center for Transportation and Logistics (CTL), concludes that electric commercial vehicles can cost 9 to 12% less to operate than trucks powered by diesel engines when used to make deliveries on an everyday basis in big cities and when V2G (vehicle-to-grid) revenue is incorporated. miles per gallon for hybrid trucks, while the electric-only trucks averaged 0.8 Electric (Battery) V2G

SDG&E piloting integration of EVs and energy storage systems into CAISO energy markets for demand response services

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In a pilot vehicle-to-grid project, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is actively bidding a group of energy storage systems and electric vehicle fleets as one resource directly into the California Independent System Operator’s ( CAISO ) energy markets. These markets include those that address short-term imbalances in electricity supply caused by such things as intermittent renewable energy. Electric (Battery) Smart charging Smart Grid V2X

BMW i ChargeForward Program to demo contribution of intelligent EV charging to grid efficiency

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At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, BMW announced the BMW i ChargeForward Program—a pilot study to be undertaken by the BMW Group Technology Office, together with Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E). Working with a select group of BMW i3 drivers, BMW i ChargeForward will demonstrate how intelligent management of electric vehicle charging can contribute to improved electric power grid efficiency while reducing total cost of electric vehicle ownership.

Sumitomo Electric demoing ESS for power grid in California; US’ largest redox flow battery system

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Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. Demonstration will now be carried out to evaluate the management of surplus electricity and regulation of grid frequency and voltage fluctuation.

ALTe working with PG&E to validate retrofitted range-extended electric powertrain for fleets

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The ALTe system converts conventional light-duty trucks into a range-extended electric vehicle. Under the agreement, ALTe will retrofit one of PG&E’s 2007 Ford F-150 trucks with a version of its plug-in series electric hybrid powertrain.

ICCT: available low-carbon fuels can reduce CI of on-road transportation fuels in Pacific Coast region by 14%–21% by 2030

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The study presents eight scenarios for low-carbon fuel supply, including varying amounts of electricity, hydrogen, ethanol, biodiesel, renewable diesel, next generation cellulosic biofuel, and natural gas.

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Pike Research forecasts US plug-in vehicle penetration rates to be highest in smaller states

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Pike Research forecasts that annual sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) will reach 358,959 vehicles by 2017, representing a compound anual growth rate (CAGR) of 43% between 2011 and 2017. To understand where these vehicles will likely be sold, Pike Research created a geographic forecast model using a variety of inputs including population and demographic trends; affinity towards electric vehicles; and automakers’ intended availability of vehicles.

90 kW solar-to-EV project in San Diego Zoo completed

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Smart City San Diego and City of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders unveiled the completed Smart City San Diego Solar-to-EV Project—a 90kW solar photovoltaic canopy that directly charges up to 5 electric vehicles (EVs) in the San Diego Zoo parking lot. Smart City San Diego is a collaboration that combines the resources of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), City of San Diego, GE, UC San Diego and CleanTECH San Diego.