Kansas City Assembly Plant comes on line as second US plant building new Ford F-150

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Ford has begun production of the 2015 F-150 ( earlier post ) at Kansas City Assembly Plant, which joins Dearborn Truck Plant in building the first mass-produced light-duty pickup truck with a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body. Combined, Kansas City Assembly and Dearborn Truck facilities will have capacity to produce more than 700,000 Ford F-150 pickups per year for availability in 90 markets globally.

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


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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

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. In addition to its partnership agreement with Ford on the Transit Connect, SEV US Corp will expand its zero-emission product line to include other van and light truck models based on demand.

Audi of America expands Traffic Light Information to include Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory (GLOSA)

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Audi of America announced an expansion of Traffic Light Information to include Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory (GLOSA), another industry first in vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technologies from the brand. GLOSA can provide speed recommendations to Audi drivers of select 2017 and newer models that can assist drivers in catching the “green wave,” helping to reduce the number of stops at red lights.

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When They Electrified Christmas

Cars That Think

In much of the world, December is a month of twinkling lights. Whether for religious or secular celebrations, the variety and functionality of lights have exploded in recent years, abetted by cheap and colorful LEDs and compact electronics. But decorative lights aren't new.

Parking EVs In Driveways and on the Street: Implications for EV Charging

EV Adoption

Street Light/Utility Pole Chargers: Several cities including Kansas City and Los Angeles have begun deploylng or will install soon, EV chargers mounted on utility and street light poles.

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

Green Car Reports

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.

Penske adds Ford E-Transit to its fleet of rental and leasing vans


The 750 units will be the first light-duty electric trucks to be made available in Penske’s rental and leasing fleets. The E-Transit is assembled at Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant , which is the automaker’s first plant to assemble batteries and all-electric vehicles in-house.

Ford to invest $4.7B to improve manufacturing plants & add 6,200 UAW employees to workforce


The investment will generate 1,100 union jobs for a third shift at Kansas City Assembly Plant. The $1B investment will give employees access to healthier foods, install EV chargers in the parking lots, add more lighting in the parking area, and make other changes.

Smith Delivers First Electric Trucks to Major US Corporations

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Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L). Smith Electric Vehicles US, a Delaware corporation headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Smith Electric Vehicles US delivered the first electric Newton trucks—the largest commercially available battery-electric-powered truck—to four Fortune 500 companies and two utility companies in an event hosted at the Capitol Reflecting Pool on the National Mall in Washington DC. Earlier post.).

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UPS to invest $100M more in compressed natural gas, CNG vehicles and related infrastructure

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El Paso, Texas; Fort Worth, Texas; Kansas City, Kan.; The new CNG tractors to be deployed in these cities will be manufactured by Kenworth. This investment builds on the company’s existing 18 CNG fueling stations in Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia and operates CNG vehicles in Germany, the Netherlands and Thailand.

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Clean Energy to build new CNG stations for multiple transit agencies and large school district; agreements with trucking, refuse and others

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will construct new compressed natural gas (CNG) stations for Arlington Transit (ART) in Arlington County, Virginia; Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) in Long Island, NY; and North Kansas City (MO) School District, which is set to become the largest school district in the US to transition its school bus fleet to CNG. The North Kansas City School District will replace 124 school buses with new CNG buses with an option to purchase an additional 30 over the next 10 years.

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NREL study focuses on growing use and impacts of ride-hailing services at airports

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Both air travel and the use of ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft are on the rise in cities around the world. In a new study, NREL researchers focused on the key observability aspects of new modes and the rate of shifts in mobility patterns across airports in the regions of San Francisco, Portland, Denver, and Kansas City—all US DOT Smart City Challenge finalists.

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GM to introduce strong hybrid version of Malibu; combined fuel economy above 45 mpg; leverages Volt

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In 2011, GM announced the 2013 Malibu ECO, which featured GM’s mild hybrid eAssist light electrification technology ( earlier post ). powertrain contributes to EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 25 mpg in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway, for a combined 29 mpg with MSRP of $22,340 - $30,355. The Malibu Hybrid will be manufactured in Kansas City, Kansas, at the Fairfax Assembly plant from globally sourced parts.

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Equity: More important than ever

Electric Auto Association

In Detroit, Memphis, and Kansas City, multiple deaths in underserved areas have been attributed to toxic emissions, and in Tennessee and West Virginia, residents are subject to toxic ash due to blasting for coal. Environmental concerns make fair EV access a must.

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CleanFUEL USA Secures $12.9 Million from US DOE for 100+ Propane Refueling Stations

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million in two stimulus grants to CleanFUEL USA to establish more than 100 liquid propane (autogas) refueling stations in major US cities in coordination with CleanFUEL USA partners, including ConocoPhillips. Other supporting partners include the Texas State Technical College, the Central Texas Clean Cities Coalition, Rush Truck Centers, 16 additional area Clean Cities Coalitions and the Propane Education and Research Council. The US Department of Energy (DOE) awarded $12.9

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ICCT assesses factors driving EV market in US cities

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We catalogued dozens of unique electric vehicle actions and found statistically significant relationships between the electric vehicle share of new light-duty vehicle sales and model availability, consumer incentives, public charging infrastructure, workplace charging, HOV lane access, and city promotion actions. cities ”.

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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. 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. Click to enlarge.

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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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Dayton Power & Light Company. Florida Power and Light Company. Hawai`i Electric Light. Indianapolis Power & Light Company. 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, City of Seattle. Hawai`i Electric Light Company.

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Smith Electric Vehicles US Partners with Clean Fuels Ohio Program To Target $10M in Federal Funding

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The Ohio Electric Drive Initiative will apply for funds available through the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Program and Vehicle Electrification Projects. SEV-US Corp will assemble all-electric commercial vehicles in Kansas City beginning in the third quarter of 2009. In addition to its partnership agreement with Ford on the Transit Connect, SEV-US will expand its zero-emission product line to include other van and light truck models based on demand.

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Smith Electric Vehicles, Altec and PGE Partner on All-Electric Utility Truck

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The trucks will be assembled at the company’s 80,000 square foot plant in Kansas City. Using proprietary technologies transferred from the Tanfield Group Plc, SEVUS will assemble and manufacture the Transit Connect as a BEV (battery electric vehicle) light-duty van scheduled for production in 2010. Smith Electric Vehicles US Corporation (SEVUS) and Altec Industries Inc. have developed an all-electric utility truck with an aerial device.

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Ford unveils next-gen F-150; up to 700 lbs lighter, new 2.7L EcoBoost with stop-start

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We wanted to go further with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost and design an engine with compact structure and high strength and light weight. Smart trailer tow module, using an all-new smart trailer tow wiring harness that helps identify and inform the driver of potential trailer connectivity issues, burned or unlit trailer marker lamps, and brake light and trailer battery faults. and Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Mo. 2015 F-150. Click to enlarge.

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Smith Telemetry for EVs Launches at CV Operator Show

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The largest supplier of electric light commercial vehicles (LCVs) to a major UK Government programme, Smith is supplying 47 of its Smith Edison vans into Phase One of the LCVPP. At the same time, workers at Smith Electric Vehicles US Corp in Kansas City will fit the new telemetry system to the larger Smith Newton trucks, for customers in North America.

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Enova Systems Shows Ze, Outlines Planned Improvements in School Bus Plug-in Hybrid Drive

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As a result of the expansion of its relationship with Smith Electric Vehicles, Enova’s 120kW all-electric drive systems were recently seen in Smith’s Newton delivery trucks that were deployed with AT&T, Frito Lay, Staples, Coca-Cola, Pacific Gas & Electric and Kansas City Power & Light. The Ze electric drive system. Click to enlarge. Enova brought its Ze (zero emissions) commercialized all-electric step-van to the Plug-in 2009 conference in Long Beach.

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Ford and Smith Terminate Partnership on Electric Transit Connect Project for US; Ford Now Partnering with Azure Dynamics to Deliver the Vehicle in 2010; Smith Partnering with AM General on Electric Vans for USPS

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SEV US has commenced production of the Smith Newton electric truck platform at its assembly facility in Kansas City, Missouri, and currently has an order book of 255 trucks. The opportunity to work with Ford on the Transit Connect BEV is a breakthrough advancement for us at Azure and for the light commercial vehicle market. million, through the US Clean Cities Program.

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Summer Update

Plug In Partners

Fleet Orders · Minnesota Department of Natural Resources – 1,800 · City of Chicago - 850 vehicles · Shohomish County, WA - 300 · City of Seattle - 410 · Kansas City, MO - 120 · Capital Metro (Transit agency in Austin) - 165 · ABC Lawn and Pest Control (Austin) - 150 Cities Cities continue to join the Plug-In Partners coalition. As fleet orders increase, city governments around the country also continue to join the coalition. Kansas City, MO.,

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Smith Electric trucks go stateside

Green Cars News

Coca-Cola, Staples, Frito-Lay, AT&T, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) are the first Newton customers in the USA. Darren Kell, CEO of The Tanfield Group Plc, which owns Smith Electric Vehicles, said: “The electric vehicle technology delivered to these customers today can readily be delivered to fleets in every major town and city in North America.

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

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Geographical distribution of Clean Cities Recovery Act awards. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 25 cost-share projects under the Clean Cities program that will be funded with nearly $300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These projects put more than 9,000 alternative fuel and energy-efficient light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles on the road, and establish 542 refueling locations across the country.

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Where Plug-In Hybrid Conversions (mostly Priuses) Are

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

To add a vehicle to this list, please use the following format for your description: Owners name | Vehicle type | Who converted it | Date operational | Location (City or Town or County/State/Country) | Contact info youd like us to make public. City of Santa Monica, May 2006 EnergyCS Los Angeles County, CA rick.sikes@smgov.net 12. About CalCars Plug-In Hybrids FAQ How to Get a PHEV Where PHEVs are Car-Makers Say.

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