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.

Kansas City Airport 1st in US to deploy battery-electric bus service; 4 BYD 30' buses

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Kansas City International Airport and BYD, North America’s largest electric bus manufacturer, announced delivery of the airport’s four battery-electric 30-ft. BYD customized the buses for Kansas City Airport to include luggage racks for passenger use. Kansas City Council approved the order of four 30 ft. battery-electric transit coaches for use at Kansas City Airport in November 2016.

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 [.].

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

Kansas Considers Taxing Electric Car Owners When They Plug In

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The state of Kansas is famous for a lot of things, from its wild sunflowers and large wheat-fields through to its miles and miles of straight roads, an incredibly flat landscape, and a certain 1939 musical about a little girl, a tornado, and her dog. This week however, Kansas became one of the first states in the country to consider taxing

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.

E15 Ethanol Gasoline Arrives.At One Station In Kansas

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And kicking off that trend is one lone gas station in Kansas, the first to sell E15 gasoline. If ever there was a suitable place to sell stronger blends of ethanol in gasoline, it's the midwest. With vast supplies of common crops like corn, the midwestern states are ideal for ethanol production and sales. E15, a blend of gasoline with 15 percent

USDA approves $5M payment to Kansas biofuel production facility

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The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved a $5-million payment to Western Plains Energy, LLC to support the construction of a biogas anaerobic digester in Oakley, KS. The completed project will utilize waste energy resources from a local cattle feedlot to replace almost 90% of the fossil fuels currently used by Western Plains Energy at its Oakley, KS, ethanol plant, which produces 50 million gallons of ethanol annually.

First CNG and propane-capable 2016 Ford F-150 rolls off the line in Kansas City

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The first 2016 Ford F-150 with the ability to run on compressed natural gas has rolled off the assembly line in Kansas City. The 2016 Ford F-150 with 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine is available with a factory-installed, gaseous-fuel prep package that includes hardened valves, valve seats, pistons and piston rings so it can operate on natural gas, propane or gasoline through separate fuel systems.

Kansas Geological Survey Receives $5M Grant to Study CO2 Storage

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The Kansas Geological Survey based at the University of Kansas has received a nearly $5 million grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to study the feasibility of storing carbon dioxide underground. Awarded as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the grant is the largest ever received by the Kansas Geological Survey. Kansas Geological Survey geologists Lynn Watney and Saibal Bhattacharya are leading the investigation.

Researchers Modify Oilseed To Lower Viscosity For Use As Biodiesel Fuel

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The latest news is comes from Kansas, where. Biofuels research biodiesel diesel fuel KansasHeading into another U.S. presidential election year, getting more biofuels into the U.S. gasoline supply continues to pose both political and logistical hurdles. But researchers, regulators, and entrepeneurs increasingly see promise in synthetic diesel created from a variety of non-fossil fuel sources.

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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.

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.

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.

SandRidge Energy and Repsol enter $1B Mississippian oil play JV in Kansas

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Under the agreement, SandRidge will sell an approximate 25% non-operated working interest, or 250,000 net acres, in the Extension Mississippian play located in Western Kansas and an approximate 16% non-operated working interest, or 113,636 net acres, in its Original Mississippian play. Oklahoma-based oil and gas company SandRidge Energy, Inc. has entered into a joint venture with a subsidiary of Spain-based Repsol YPF, S.A.

Study establishes feasibility of near-miscible CO2 injection to recover significant percentage of residual oil in Kansas oilfields

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A study by the University of Kansas Center for Research funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) has established the feasibility of using near-miscible CO 2 injection for recovering between 250 million and 500 million additional barrels of oil from Kansas oilfields. billion barrels of total Kansas oil produced over the past 100 years. Near-miscible CO 2 flooding may be applicable to thousands of mature oilfields in Kansas and prevent them from being abandoned prematurely.

Kansas Students To Drive Coast To Coast On Electric Car Trip

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It's human nature to take on challenges, and for many in the electric car industry that means embarking upon huge road trips in cars not known for their long ranges. We've seen trips from Alaska to Mexico in an electric race car and 25,000 miles in a Tesla Roadster, amongst others. Minddrive's idea of an electric car road trip is taking their

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.

Smith Electric Vehicles welcomes President Obama

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The President of the United States is set to pay a visit to Smith Electric Vehicles today, as he heads to the firm’s plant in Kansas City, Missouri. Tags: Electric cars electric trucks electric vans Kansas Newton Obama President Smith Electric Vehicles U.S The electric vehicle producer is the only company President Obama will visit today, where he is expected to discuss the economy with the plant’s 50 workers. Bryan [.].

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.

Electric Truck Maker Smith Vehicles Suspends Operations, Not Shutting Down

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Kansas City-based Smith Electric Vehicles has become the latest electric-vehicle building startup to cease operations--though the company says it isn''t shutting its doors for good. According to Kansas City Business Journal, the The firm builds electrically-powered commercial vehicles both in the U.S. and abroad, but hasn''t yet turned a profit.

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.

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.

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

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

Ford approaches 1 billion pounds of aluminum recycled; 900M pounds back into Ford products

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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

Social media powers student-built electric car

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Students from schools across Kansas have built an electric car that is powered by social media.

Summer Update

Plug In Partners

Kansas City, MO., These include Pacific Gas and Electric, Kansas City Power and Light and Edison Electric Institute , the trade association for IOUs (see quote below). Roger Duncan gives Campaign Update The Plug-In Partners National Campaign has now been underway for six months.

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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.

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

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

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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. The converted F-150 will travel across the country from Kansas City to Seattle, WA, and back through the US, stopping along the way, to complete its journey in Jacksonville, FL, on 18 May, followed by a Homecoming event in Asheville, NC, on 23 May.

USA gains first E15 fuel pump

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After last month’s approval of E15 fuel by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (see story), the state of Kansas becomes the first in the US to welcome the fuel. Despite on-going controversy over the use of E15, the country ‘s first E15 fuel pump opened yesterday at a Zarco 66 station in Lawrence, Kansas. E15 [.]. Latest news E15 Environmental Protection Agency ethanol USA

Georgia Tech team develops high-performance intermediate-temperature sold-oxide fuel cell

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A team from Georgia Tech, with colleagues at the university of Kansas, has designed a high-performance solid-oxide fuel cell that operates directly on nearly dry (only ~3.5

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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

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.

Aemetis to use Mitsubishi ZEBREX technology to reduce energy use and lower carbon intensity of ethanol; largest implementation worldwide

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headquartered in Colwich, Kansas, a leading ethanol technology provider. Aemetis will be implementing the Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation ZEBREX zeolite membrane dehydration system at the 60 million gallon per year Aemetis fuel ethanol plant in Keyes, California.

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BP, DuPont JV Butamax acquires ethanol plant to add bio-isobutanol production capability as demo plant

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Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between BP and DuPont, acquired Nesika Energy, LLC and its ethanol facility in Scandia, Kansas. When the newly acquired facility in Kansas has bio-isobutanol production capability, it will be used as a demonstration facility for potential licensees to see the technology in operation and serve as a proving ground for future developments.

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

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

The EV Curveball

Revenge of the Electric Car

As a new driver, learning on the roads of Kansas City, I pass by Suburbans and Tahoes on a daily basis. Welcome back to guest blogger Andrew Grin … Andrew Grin and his modified Hyundai Tuscon. “Who Killed the Electric Car?&# made me realize the huge impact that these big SUV’s have on our environment and our country. The film inspired me then as a young 14 year-old to take a stand against the flawed status quo.

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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.; UPS plans to build an additional 12 compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and add 380 new CNG tractors to its growing alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet.

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