Kansas City Power & Light To Build 1,000 Electric-Car Charging Sites

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Kansas City, Missouri, will become the latest municipality to gain an electric-car charging infrastructure this year. A local utility company is leading the effort to build a comprehensive network of charging sites for drivers of plug-in vehicles. DON''T MISS: BMW, VW, And ChargePoint To Build 100 CCS Fast-Charging Sites For Electric Cars Over the

Toyota Exec Slams Tesla, First 2016 Chevy Volt Ad, Kansas City Charging Sites: Today's Car News

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Today we witness the latest Toyota attack on electric cars, the first television ad for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, and a new project in Kansas City encompassing 1,000 electric-car charging sites. Kansas City Power & Light will build 1,000 electric-car charging sites in collaboration with ChargePoint and

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Smith Electric Vehicles secures new strategic investor and battery supplier; production to resume in Kansas City in mid-2014

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Smith Electric will resume production in its Kansas City, Missouri, facility in mid-summer 2014. Smith Electric Vehicles (SEV) has secured a $42-million commitment from Li-ion battery developer and manufacturer Sinopoly Battery Limited for a conditional subscription of Series AA convertible promissory notes, Series E preferred stock and common stock of post-listing of SEV in the amounts of US$2 million, US$10 million and US$30 million, respectively.

Electric utility in Kansas leads push to get electric cars on roads

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CHECK OUT: Kansas City Power & Light To Build 1,000 Electric-Car Charging Sites (Jan 2015) A. electric utilities plug-in cars charging Missouri charging infrastructure KansasWhen it comes to promoting electric cars, California is rightfully viewed as the most active. But efforts are not limited to the Golden State. If one electric utility has its way, more electric cars will soon be plying the roads of America's heartland.

Electric-Truck Maker Smith Gets $42 Million In New Investment

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The Kansas City-based maker of electric trucks announced that it has secured a $42 million investment commitment from Sinopoly Battery Limited--a producer of lithium-ion batteries and other electric-car components. Smith Electric Vehicles may be rebounding after it suspended operations last month.

Smith Electric Vehicles adding hundreds of jobs to Chicago with new factory

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Kansas City based electric truck manufacturer Smith Electric Vehicles is expanding again with a new electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Chicago, the company announced on Wednesday.

Landi Renzo USA to offer MY 2018 F-150 with CNG; 50,000-mile warranty

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Landi Renzo USA , a division of Landi Renzo Group, a global leader in alternative fuel systems, will offer the Ford F-150 with compressed natural gas (CNG) for model year 2018 with Ford Ship-Thru strategically located adjacent to the Ford assembly plant in Kansas City, Mo.

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Ford to take Transit production to Kansas City

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Kansas City,Missouri, will benefit from a new Ford Transit Assembly Plant when the product joins the North American line-up in 2013. Ford Green cars Latest news Ford Assembly Plant Ford Transit Ford Transit production Kansas City MissouriFord has announced that it will invest $1.1billion in a new body shop, new tooling in the Final Assembly area, an upgraded paint shop and an all-new integrated stamping plant. Part of the investment [.].

Ford to invest $400M in Kansas City Assembly Plant to support production of a new vehicle

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Ford Motor Company will build a new vehicle at its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri after Ford Escape production moves to Ford’s Louisville Assembly Plant and retooling of the Kansas City facility is complete. Ford will invest $400 million in the Kansas City plant to install a new body shop, new tooling and other upgrades. Kansas City Assembly Plant opened in 1951 and has approximately 3,750 employees.

Ford to build Transit commercial van at Kansas City Plant; $1.1B investment

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Ford Motor Company confirmed that it will build the full-size Transit van at its Kansas City Assembly Plant when the new product joins its North American lineup in 2013. The current SUV line at the Kansas City facility, which will be idled for re-tooling after the current Escape model is phased out in April, will re-open in 2013.

Smith Electric Vehicles US Selects Kansas City for Electric Truck Assembly Plant; Newton Model to Be First

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Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation ( SEV US ) has selected Kansas City as the site for its US assembly plant. The new assembly plant will be located at a portion of an airline overhaul base at Kansas City International (KCI) Airport and is expected to create 120 jobs by 2010. The SEV US decision to locate the plant in Kansas City represents an initial investment of $10 million in the metro area. The SEV US Newton. Click to enlarge.

Electric Monster Truck Crushes Puny Gasoline Cars This Weekend

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If you're at the AutoRama Car Show in Kansas City, Missouri this weekend, you'll be able to see it in action. Remember the world's first all-electric monster truck? We're told it'll be "participating in two car-crush demonstrations per day", which sounds like a polite way of saying it'll be causing total mechanical carnage as it pulverises a

New Ford Transit Coming In 2013: Even Big Vans Get Greener

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In 2013, Ford will start building its full-size Transit van in Kansas City, replacing the current Ford E-Series The impact of new gas-mileage rules on passenger cars gets all the attention, but proposed increases apply to commercial vehicles too. That means that automakers will be redesigning their commercial vans for better fuel efficiency too.

Alliance AutoGas launches 5300-mile, 12-city Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride with converted F-150

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Supported by partners, Clean City Coalitions and corporate sponsors, Alliance AutoGas is embarking on a 5300+ mile, 12-city, cross-country road trip—the Alliance AutoGas Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride —with its record-setting propane autogas F-150. The event is being hosted by the Metropolitan Energy Center/Kansas City Regional Clean Cities in conjunction with Veolia/Kansas City Transportation Group and Alliance AutoGas.

Smith Electric Vehicles adding hundreds of jobs to Chicago with new factory

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Kansas City based electric truck manufacturer Smith Electric Vehicles is expanding again with a new electric vehicle manufacturing facility in Chicago, the company announced on Wednesday.

Smith Electric Vehicles US buys out Smith Electric Vehicles UK

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The electric truck maker based in Kansas City, Smith Electric Vehicles (SEVUS), was the US branch of a British company with a long history of electric truck manufacturing. Do you like this story? In Feb 2009 the conglomerate, Tanfield Group, entered the US market

Obama says US should lead in biofuels

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According to the Kansas City Star, President Obama stated that he intends to meet a target for the country to triple its production of biofuel within the next twelve years. The United States should become a leader in the production of biofuels, the President told workers at a bio-ethanol plant in Missouri on Wednesday.

7 finalists announced for USDOT Smart City Challenge; Amazon Web Services new partner

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and Rick Clemmer CEO of NXP Semiconductors, announced the seven finalists for the US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Smart City Challenge. The finalists are: Austin, TX; Columbus, OH; Denver, CO; Kansas City, MO; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; and San Francisco, CA.

Columbus, Ohio wins $40M DOT Smart City Challenge; $10M more from Vulcan, $90M from private partners

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US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that Columbus, OH has been selected as the winner of the US Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge. to supplement the $90 million that the city has already raised from other private partners to carry out its plan.

Smith Electric Vehicles expands US manufacturing with facility in South Bronx; New York state incentive program for commercial fleet EVs

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A package of city and state incentives of approximately $11 million will augment Smith’s private investment. The new facility—Smith’s second US manufacturing, sales and service center—will not affect production or job levels at Smith’s headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. will expand its US operations by adding a manufacturing facility in the South Bronx in New York State.

Smith Electric powers ahead with utility truck

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The trucks will be assembled at the company’s 80,000sq ft Kansas City plant. A battery powered, all electric utility truck with an aerial device has been produced by Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation in association with Altec Industries Inc.

Smith Electric Vehicles withdraws IPO

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The company operates manufacturing facilities in Kansas City, Mo., Commercial electric vehicle manufacturer Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. has decided not to pursue its planned initial public offering. The company intends to withdraw its registration statement on Form S-1 as filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Ford to offer new 5-cylinder 3.2L diesel in Transit van in North America next year

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It will be exported to Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo., Ford’s 5-cylinder, 3.2-liter Power Stroke diesel will be Ford’s second in North America. Click to enlarge.

Smith Electric Vehicles US completes $58M equity private placement

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Smith began production of the Smith Newton at its Kansas City assembly plant in October 2009. Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation announced the issuance and sale of $39 million of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock and the conversion of Bridge Notes and the exercise of related Warrants into $19 million of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock. As previously announced, the company acquired Smith Electric Vehicles UK effective 1 January 2011.

XL Hybrids and Knapheide partner for XLP PHEV upfits on Ford F-150

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Knapheide will begin XLP PHEV upfits ( earlier post ) on Ford F-150s in its Kansas City, Mo. XL Hybrids, Inc. announced that The Knapheide Manufacturing Company, a commercial vehicle equipment provider in North America, will become a ship-thru installer of XL Hybrids’ XLP plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) upfits on Ford half-ton pickup trucks. facility starting in fourth quarter 2017.

Paseo Biofuels boosting biodiesel capacity by 40%

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Investors in Paseo Biofuels, LLC, the Missouri Soybean Association (MSA) and Cargill announced an expansion to the Paseo biodiesel plant in Kansas City, Mo. It is located near the Paseo Bridge in Kansas City, Mo. that will increase biodiesel production capacity by 40%. Using soybean oil as its primary feedstock, the facility, which opened in 2008, produces 40 million gallons of biodiesel and 30 million pounds of food-grade glycerin annually.

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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Kansas City Power & Light. To encourage more EV-Ready development in cities and states across the country, an EV-Ready building code measure has been introduced to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 189.1, Through the adoption of this EV-Ready building practice, cities and states can align with the EV building strategies identified by Federal agencies in the 2016 Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings.

Smith Electric Vehicles to open manufacturing facility in Chicago

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Chicago will be Smith’s third location in the United States, joining the headquarters in Kansas City, Mo., and a manufacturing facility in New York City. The City is also considering additional incentives such as preferential loading zones and decreased registration costs to complement the voucher program. Fleets can stack the State of Illinois’ Alternative Fuel Vehicle and EV Charging Station Rebates on top of the City’s incentive.

NYC's Duane Reade buys electric trucks from Smith Electric Vehicles

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Duane Reade announced yesterday a partnership with Kansas City based electric truck manufacturer, Smith Electric Vehicles. This pilot program makes Duane Reade the first U.S. retail pharmacy to adopt vehicle electrification for delivery vehicles

Ford to offer new diesel engine option in new Transit van; new Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Cost Calculator

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Ford says that the new Transit, which begins production in Kansas City in 2013, will achieve at least 25% better fuel economy than current E-Series vans. The Vehicle Emissions and Fuel Cost Calculator utilizes such information as vehicle type, fuel type and traffic conditions (stop-and-go city traffic or on the highway, for instance), along with the geographic region in which the car will be used to generate information about the efficiency of a fleet.

Ford to offer 3.5-Liter EcoBoost V6 in Transit Commercial Van for North America

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billion in its Kansas City Assembly Plant, where the Transit will be built alongside the F-150. Ford will offer the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine in the all-new Transit commercial van debuting in North America in 2013 as a replacement for the E-Series wagon and van. The new Transit will achieve at least 25% better fuel economy compared to similar E-Series vans, due in part to weight savings that will trim at least 300 pounds from Transit compared to a similar E-Series van.

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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The Empire District Electric Company; and Kansas City Power and Light Company.

Student-Built DeLaSalle Electric Car Aiming For World Record Efficiency

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A group of high school students from the DeLaSalle School in Kansas City, Mo., have set out to build an electric car aimed at setting a new world record for efficiency. Working closely with engineers from Bridgestone Americas' Technical Center in Akron, Ohio, the students have just concluded tests on their electric car at the tire company's Texas

President Obama Backs EV Charge With Volt Battery Factory Visit

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Having recently visited Smith Electric Vehiclesin Kansas City, Missouri, president Barack Obama is now on his way to the Compact Power battery plant located in Holland, Michigan. The specialized plant will be supplying the upcoming Chevrolet Volt range-extended vehicle with its lithium-ion battery cells and was a recent recipient of government

Obama Backing EVs With Missouri Visit

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President Barack Obama isn't hiding his support for electric vehicles one bit, with the nation's leader heading to Kansas City, Missouri on Thursday to visit one of a growing number of electric vehicle startups. Obama will be visiting Smith Electric Vehicles, a small firm specializing in building battery-powered commercial vehicles and the

Smith Electric Begins Production of Newton Plug-In Delivery Van

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Smith Electric Vehicles, maker of the Newton plug-in electric delivery truck, began production at its diminutive plant in Kansas City. The Newton, plug-in electric is one of only a few electric vehicles built within the United States. The plant where construction of the Newton takes place is a converted aircraft maintenance hanger at the

Enova Announces Incremental 100 System Order from Smith Electric Vehicles

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The order for 100 Enova 120kW drive systems will be installed into Smith Newton trucks in Kansas City, MO. Enova Systems, Inc. has received an incremental order to deliver 100 electric drive systems to Smith Electric Vehicles (SEV), manufacturer of the all-electric Smith Newton truck. This recent order follows three previous orders from SEV totaling 220 units for 2010.

Smith Electric Vehicles Orders 50 Enova Drive Systems

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This order follows two from earlier in the year, totaling 120 units year-to-date, and will be installed into Smith Newton trucks manufactured in Kansas City. Smith Electric Vehicles has ordered 50 Enova 120 kW all-electric drive systems for the Smith Newton. Earlier post.) The order puts Enova on track to culminate in a total order of more than 250 by year end.

Ford Transit passenger van sales up 30% through June; outselling minvans

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The flexible Transit can be ordered with a choice of three roof heights, two wheelbases, three body lengths and three engines, for a total of 64 configurations from Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant. Ford reports that sales of its full-size Transit passenger vans are up 30% year-on-year through June, partly driven by growing numbers of large families are turning to the Transit instead of minivans.

Ford’s Cleveland Engine Plant starts 3rd shift to meet demand for EcoBoost V6 engines

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Later this month, Ford will add one shift of F-150 production at its Kansas City Assembly Plant. Ford has added a third shift at Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1 to meet demand for 3.5-liter EcoBoost and 3.7-liter V6 engines. Introduced in 2009 on the Ford Taurus SHO and Lincoln MKS, EcoBoost technology combines direct injection and turbocharging. The EcoBoost solution has been popular with customers, who have purchased 180,000 Cleveland-built 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engines since 2009.