Washington State: Home To A 100% Plug-in Taxi Firm

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You probably know that places like New York City and San Francisco are known for their high numbers of hybrid taxis, but a small taxi firm in Washington state has gone one step further, turning Nissan Leafs and Chevrolet Volts into taxis. Enter EcoCab, a tiny company based in Cowlitz county, Washington, and its fleet of 100 percent plug-in cars

Toyota introduces 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid

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2012 Prius Plug-in hybrid. Toyota introduced the production Prius Plug-in Hybrid at the Green Drive Expo in Richmond, CA, as the newest member of the expanding Prius Family. The advanced grade plug-in Prius carries a base price of $39,525.).

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Mitsubishi to debut eight xEVs in next five years: hybrids, plug-in hybrids, EVs

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) plans to introduce eight hybrid (HEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV), and battery-powered (BEV) models by fiscal year 2015 in anticipation that demand for low-carbon, fuel-efficient automobiles will expand worldwide. by Jack Rosebro.

Ohio State team wins EcoCAR2 competition with E85 series-parallel plug-in hybrid Malibu

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announced that the Ohio State University (OSU) team was the overall winner of the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future finals. The OSU team’s engineered 2013 Chevrolet Malibu featured a series-parallel plug-in hybrid drive with E85-fueled engine technology. The vehicle is capable of operating in charge-depleting, charge-sustaining series and charge-sustaining parallel modes. Pennsylvania State University placed third with its E85 series plug-in hybrid.

Trek highlights green credentials of plug-ins

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How do you prove the benefits of a plug-in hybrid car to the public? A Florida car dealer set a mission to drive 1,100 miles in a Toyota Prius, which had been modified as a plug-in hybrid, while burning as little petrol as possible. Its goal was to trek from North Palm Beach to Washington DC on one tank or bust, with the Toyota dealer mechanic eventually completing the 10 day journey on nine gallons of petrol at an average of 123 miles a gallon.

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

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will invest up to $137 million in two programs, subject to appropriations, to develop next-generation technologies that will support industry in going beyond the newly announced Phase II standard for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles ( earlier post ) and also accelerating technology advances for passenger cars and light trucks. In 2010, the Energy Department launched the SuperTruck initiative to improve heavy-duty truck freight efficiency by 50%.

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Chrysler to deploy 20 Ram plug-in hybrid pickups this month; first of 140-unit test fleet

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Chrysler will deliver the first 20 units of its coming 140-unit plug-in hybrid RAM pickup test truck fleet ( earlier post )—10 to Clark County, Nevada and 10 to Yuma, Arizona—later this month, said Chrysler’s Abdullah A. Hybrids Plug-ins Smart charging

Toyota announces priority registration website for Prius Plug-In Hybrid

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announced the introduction of a new Online Order System that will launch later this year for the all-new Prius Plug-in Hybrid. Customers who are interested in being one of the first to own a Prius Plug-in can log on to www.toyota.com/plugin and complete their registration on the site. Toyota’s Priority Registration allows the customer first access to the Online Order System when it becomes available later in the year.

Ford begins production of 2012 Focus Electric at Michigan Assembly, C-MAX models on deck

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A limited number of Focus Electrics will first be available in California and the New York/New Jersey areas. Availability of the Focus Electric will expand in 2012 to the remaining 15 launch markets as production ramps up. Seattle; and Washington, D.C. Ford’s rollout of electrified vehicles began in December 2010 with the 2011 Ford Transit Connect Electric—a small commercial van built in collaboration with Azure Dynamics.

Chrysler RAM plug-in hybrid project explores battery life

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A two-mode RAM Truck plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is being showcased by Chrysler at the Washington DC Auto Show. The RAM plug-in hybrid project came about as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act DOE Vehicle Electrification Program that was launched last year; and now at the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference in Pasadena, Oliver [.].

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% in 2013 and 0.4%

Electric cars go to D.C., green-car deals, Tesla vs dealers (again), EPA court ruling: Today's Car News

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Today, a rare Porsche plug-in hybrid surfaces, we've got the month's green-car deals, Tesla is battling car-dealer lobbyists (again!), and advocates take electric cars to Washington, D.C. Today in Car NewsAll this and more on Green Car Reports. Ten years ago last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the EPA not only could but must regulate carbon-dioxide.

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Conference confirms plug-in fever

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Once again, a conference on plug-in cars. Coming on the heels of the Google/Brookings event in Washington, D.C., Plug-in 2008 in San Jose, California witnessed a noon-time address by new heavy-weight convert, Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel. One week earlier, former Vice President Al Gore issued his well-received challenge to make the American grid 100% renewable in ten years. No plug?

A New Battery of Tools to Fight Patent Pollution

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The new law seeks in part to harmonize the US with the rest of the world by converting the US from a “first to invent” country to a “first to file” a patent application country. In addition, the AIA adds tools to the repertoire of accused infringers for challenging the validity of issued patents at the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). More recently, it seems that everyone with a garage and a creative thought is attempting to develop the next great thing in clean transportation.

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Obama Administration launches series of actions to accelerate EV adoption; inc. $4.5B in loan guarantees, pursuing 350 kW fast charge

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The collaboration, forged by the White House in partnership with DOE and the Department of Transportation (DOT), the US Air Force and US Army, and the Environmental Protection Agency, is centered on a set of Guiding Principles to Promote Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure. In collaboration with the Administration, 46 industry members signed on to the following Guiding Principles to Promote Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure. University of Washington.

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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.

Two studies exploring battery costs for hybrids and plug-ins: LEESS, PHEV20, and PHEV40

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For PHEV20 batteries, TIAX found significant overlap in battery costs among five cathode classes, with wider variation within each chemistry based on the electrode design than between chemistries. for power-assisted hybrids, earlier post ) and PHEV20 (plug-in hybrid with 20-mile electric range) (study led by TIAX, LLC); and PHEV40 (plug-in hybrid with 40-mile electric range) (study led by Argonne National Laboratory).

Toyota Plug In

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Here's the story from the LA Times: Toyota promises plug-in hybrid vehicle in U.S., Japan and Europe by 2010 By Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press June 11, 2008 TOKYO -- Toyota is introducing a plug-in hybrid with next-generation lithium-ion batteries in the U.S.,

150-mile per gallon hybrid fights back at LA Auto Show

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Last June, we told you about the 150-mile per gallon hybrid developed by Washington state company, AFS Trinity Power Corporation. The “extreme hybrid,” the XH-150, is a plug-in hybrid SUV that does not sacrifice power, size, or drivability.

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11 states assessing fees on EV owners in lieu of traditional fuel taxes

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Eleven states currently assess fees on electric vehicle owners in lieu of traditional fuel taxes, according to the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Commercial and noncommercial plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) have different fees in Georgia.

China Plucky Plug In

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E ven as the President of Honda says he doesn't think that Plug-ins make sense, a new car company in China announces their plans to build one and Hyundai says it is considering developing a plug-in hybrid car. This all bodes well for plug ins.

Detroit Faces Skeptical Washington; Bush Long on Rhetoric

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aid gets cool reception , outlines the predicament faced by automakers and Washington. and DaimlerChrysler AG were disappointed their request for $500 million in federal funds over five years for research into advanced batteries was not mentioned during the State of the Union. It seems the president, for all his plug-in promotion, isn't allocating dollars commensurate with his rhetoric. The Detroit News story today, Big 3's call for U.S.

ICCT paper assesses leading regional EV markets in US and policies behind them

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A new white paper from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) assesses which policy actions are behind the regional leading markets in the US for electric vehicles. Only areas with populations of more than 50,000 were included in the study.

Navigant forecasts annual plug-in electric vehicle sales in N America to exceed 1.1M by 2024

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In a new report, Navigant Research forecasts that North American plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) sales will exceed 1.1 The report, Electric Vehicle Geographic Forecasts , provides data and forecasts for LD PEV sales in North America, including US states, MSAs, and utility service territories and Canadian provinces and cities. To date, North America is the strongest market for light duty (LD) plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), with more than 133,000 sold in 2014.

Plug in Video On line

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T he Plug In Video produced for the Plug In Partners campaign is now online here. This is an excellent piece that explains the potential and promise of plug ins in language that is easy to understand. Plug to follow. "

Frank Talk on Plug-Ins

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photo EV World H ere is a new interview with Andy Frank from Washington Technology. Survival Guide: Perspectives from the field Washington Technology Feb. Plug-in hybrids rely more on electricity; the batteries are charged at night using a standard household outlet.

GM: Putting 1M Plug-ins on the Road Will Require a Plug-In Ecosystem

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GM’s Britta Gross, Director of Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Commercialization will participate in a webchat tomorrow to field questions about the development of the plug-in ecosystem. One million plug-ins don’t happen without significant partnering, coordination and effort.”

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

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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. The new ARPA-E selections focus on accelerating innovations in clean technology while increasing US competitiveness in rare earth alternatives and breakthroughs in biofuels, thermal storage, grid controls, and solar power electronics. million in awards at ARPA-E. In this.

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Hatch Hopes to Drive Plug-In

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EV world HATCH HOPING TO DRIVE PLUG-IN HYBRID TECHNOLOGY Speech with National Press Club explores alternative-fuel cars Washington — Sen.

Transportation Secretary Foxx Tours Detroit, Drives Plug-In Hybrid

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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is the latest Washington official to pay a visit to Detroit. In Dearborn Michigan, Foxx drove a blue Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid around a test track, and met with Ford president of Foxx toured facilities from all of the Big Three car makers last week and met with officials, the Detroit News reports.

Toyota reduces pricing on 2014 Prius Plug-In in US

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Toyota has reduced the MSRP on the 2014 Prius Plug-in Hybrid by more than $2,000, making the starting MSRP $29,990 (excluding dealer preparation and handling, DPH). This price repositioning on the base Prius Plug-in Hybrid is not accompanied by any reduction in vehicle content. The 2014 Prius Plug-in is also eligible for the State of California’s HOV lane sticker.

Honda to begin leasing Clarity fuel cell vehicle in California by year end; targeting <$500/month

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At Washington, D.C. Auto Show, Honda said that it will begin retail leasing of the new 5-passenger, hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell sedan ( earlier post ) to customers in select California markets before the end of 2016. Next-generation plug-in hybrid.

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Navigant forecasts 18.6% CAGR for plug-ins in North America to 2022; 2.4% new vehicle share in US

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In an update to its 2012 geographic breakdown of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) sales in North America, Navigant Research now forecasts that overall sales of will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 18.6% Navigant Research forecasts that PEVs will reach 416,153 annual sales in the United States and 230,479 in Canada by 2022. of total vehicle sales in the United States are expected to be PEVs in 2022.

Electric Vehicle Initiative Launched at Clean Energy Ministerial in Washington DC

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At the Clean Energy Ministerial in Washington, DC, 19-20 July, ministers reaffirmed their commitment to previously-announced targets for the deployment of electric vehicles, which the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates will create global market momentum leading to at least 20 million electric vehicles on the road worldwide by 2020. Strategic Public Investment in Electric Vehicle Innovation. EVI commenced at the Clean Energy Ministerial in Washington, DC.

2010 Prius Plug-in Hybrid Makes North American Debut at Los Angeles Auto Show; First Li-ion Battery Traction Battery Developed by Toyota and PEVE

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Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Demonstration Program Vehicle 002. The 2010 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid vehicle (PHV) made its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. With a plug-in you get rid of range anxiety.

SOTU: Will Bush Plug Plug-ins?

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First hint from the NY Times says ethanol will be the big winner in Bush's State of the Union Address. Advocates of plug-in cars are hoping for a another good word and perhaps some funding for plug-in hybrids. Springtime for Ethanol (registration required) In his State of the Union address, President Bush is expected to call for a huge increase in the amount of ethanol that refiners mix with gasoline, probably double the current goal of 7.5

PNNL study finds that PHEVs and BEVs could serve as feasible resource to offset grid imbalances caused by integration of large amounts of intermittent wind generation

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The report examined grid conditions in the Northwest Power Pool, which covers Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming; many of them home to abundant wind resources and wind energy projects. Infrastructure Plug-ins Power Generation Smart charging Smart Grid Wind

Prius Plug-In eligibile for a $1,500 California consumer incentive plus $2,500 Federal tax credit

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announced that the 2012 Prius Plug-in has been approved for the State of California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program ( CVRP ). Designed to promote the use of Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEV) and related clean vehicle technologies, the CVRP is a consumer incentive made available in addition to a $2,500 Federal Tax credit. The 2012 Prius Plug-in also offers consumers eligibility for the State of California’s HOV lane sticker. Toyota Motor Sales, Inc.

Washington Governor and Legislators Introduce Climate Action Plan; $419M for Transportation Projects

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Washington Governor Chris Gregoire and legislative leaders have introduced a Green Jobs and Climate Action legislative package that proposes investments totaling $455 million in the next biennium for energy-reducing transportation projects, energy efficiency projects, green buildings and clean-energy technology. 20 million is in additional capital funding for the expansion of allowable Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) activities to include clean technology. $10

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ORNL researcher proposes more efficient control strategy for series hybrids

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Cumulative fuel consumption for a modeled series hybrid electric truck using a thermostat-type controller and the centralized controller using the equilibrium control policy. this paper, we address the problem of optimizing online the supervisory control in a series HEV configuration.