Balqon receives contract from the Port of Los Angeles to retrofit 6 electric yard tractors with Li-ion packs

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Balqon Corporation a developer of electric vehicles, drive systems and lithium battery storage devices, has received a $630,000 contract from the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) to retrofit six electric powered yard tractors, converting battery packs from lead acid batteries to higher energy density lithium-ion batteries to increase the daily range of the vehicles.

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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The 2010 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid vehicle (PHV) made its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The locale offers the additional benefit of monitoring high altitude, cold climate performance of Toyota’s first generation lithium-ion battery.

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Researchers develop energy-efficient process to recycle Li-ion battery cathodes

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The method involves first collecting cathode particles from spent lithium-ion batteries. As a lithium ion battery ages, the cathode material loses some of its lithium atoms. The cathode's atomic structure also changes such that it’s less capable of moving ions in and out.

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Power Of One Solar Car Reaches Los Angeles After Breaking World Distance Record, Heading to Washington, DC

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Marcelo da Luz and his Power of One solar car ( earlier post ), recently arrived in Los Angeles after traveling more than 12,500 miles. In its journey to Los Angeles, it crossed the continental divide 8 times, traveled more than 1,200 miles on gravel roads, took on snow, ice, and the low angle of the Northern hemisphere during the wettest summer of the past 30 years.

ION ENergy exits stealth mode with launch of UDYR 48V Li-ion battery for two- and three-wheelers

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ION Energy, a startup energy storage company, launched UDYR, an intelligent, modular and portable 48V, 32 Ah lithium-ion battery supported by ION’s proprietary battery management system, software platform, and backend analytics.

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CalBattery licenses Argonne silicon-graphene material for high-energy Li-ion batteries; targeting commercial availability in 2014

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CalBattery had earlier entered into a Work for Others (WFO) program with ANL to commercialize an advanced Li-ion battery combining ANL’s Si-graphene anode materials with other advanced battery materials into a Very Large Format (400+ Ah) prismatic cell targeting grid-scale storage and EV applications. The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and California Lithium Battery , Inc.

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Toshiba Li-Ion Batteries To Appear In Honda's Electric Car

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Following years of claims they weren't interested in developing a battery-electric vehicle, Honda backtracked earlier this year and decided that they would produce one, with the 2012 Honda Fit EV concept finally revealed at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show last month. Now, Honda has announced that they are using lithium-ion batteries made by Toshiba

Dow Energy Materials showcases current Li-ion cathode, anode and electrolyte systems at EVS26; layered-layered NMC cathode and Si anode materials under development

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Dow coated NMC cathode materials. Click to enlarge.

2012 104

Lightning Systems battery-electric heavy-duty Ford Transit showing 61 MPGe city, 66 MPGe highway

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The all-electric Lightning product features a liquid-cooled Li-ion battery from a volume-ready world-class battery supplier that can be fast-charged in 30 minutes on DC fast charging and in six hours with Level 2 charging.

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Ford unveils all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV

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In Los Angeles, Ford unveiled the all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV. kWh Li-ion battery) and extended-range (98.8 These battery packs feature 288 lithium-ion cells in the standard-range version and 376 lithium-ion cells in the extended-range.

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Tesla previews “Roadster 3.0” update; 70 kWh pack

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Tesla said it has identified a new LI-ion cell that has 31% more energy than the original Roadster cell. Tesla will demonstrate this in the real world during a non-stop drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the early weeks of 2015. In a post on the company blog, Tesla Motors outlined the areas addressed with an upcoming a Roadster 3.0 upgrade, based on learnings from the Model S.

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CalBattery reports full cell testing on GEN3 Si-graphene anode material shows 525 Wh/kg; triple capacity while lowering battery cost up to 70%

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According to independent test results in full cell Li-ion batteries (LIBs), California Lithium Battery’s (CalBattery) new GEN3 silicon-graphene composite anode materials, used with advanced cathode and electrolyte materials, show an energy density of 525 Wh/kg and specific anode capacity of 1,250 mAh/g.

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Wheego to Unveil Full-Speed LiFe EV at LA Auto Show

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Wheego Electric Cars will unveil the two-seat subcompact Wheego LiFe full-speed electric car to the public at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in November. The full-speed Wheego LiFe travels approximately 100 miles (161 miles) on a single charge of a 20 kWh Li-ion battery pack and retails for $32,995. It qualifies for a $7,500 Federal tax credit, as well as many state tax incentives, including $5,000 in California.

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BYD to begin making electric buses in California, delivers 6 electric buses in the Netherlands

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BYD will begin operating an electric bus manufacturing facility and a Li-ion battery manufacturing facility in Lancaster, California, in the coming months. These mark the first manufacturing facilities in the United States for BYD Motors Inc, a Los Angeles-based subsidiary of the China-based BYD Company Ltd. In April, BYD was awarded a $12.1-million contract with Long Beach Transit Authority to produce 10 zero-emissions, all-electric buses.

2013 Honda Fit EV receives EPA fuel economy rating of 118 MPGe; highest yet

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The 5-passenger Fit EV’s 20-kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery provides the capacity to earn an EPA combined city/highway estimated driving range rating of 82 miles, allowing the Fit EV to surpass the EPA efficiency and range ratings of the Ford Focus Electric (105 MPGe, 76-mile range), Nissan Leaf (99 MPGe, 73-mile range), and Mitsubishi i-MiEV (112 MPGe, 62-mile range).

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Toyota introduces new RAV4 EV; 41.8 kWh pack, 100-mile range

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revealed the all-new Toyota RAV4 EV at the 26 th annual Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS26) in Los Angeles. kWh Li-ion pack, offering an expected driving range rating of approximately 100 miles (161 km). The RAV4 EV will go on sale in late summer 2012 through select dealers, initially in four major California metropolitan markets including Sacramento, San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles/Orange County and San Diego, with an MSRP of the RAV4 is $49,800.

2012 101

Navistar Officially Unveils eStar, Its First Purpose-Built All-Electric Commercial Truck

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80 kWh Li-ion pack. FedEx showcased a prototype of the eStar electric truck during last month’s “Charge Up Route 66” tour that began in Chicago and ended in Los Angeles as part of the Fortune Brainstorm Green Conference. The eStar. Click to enlarge. Navistar, Inc.

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Quick drive of the Passat HyMotion hydrogen fuel cell hybrid

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Volkswagen unveiled the Golf Sportwagen HyMotion hydrogen fuel cell hybrid research vehicle demonstrator yesterday at the Los Angeles Auto Show ( earlier post ). The high-voltage lithium-ion battery, which has its own cooling circuit, is mounted close to the trunk and rear suspension.

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Infiniti presents M35 Hybrid at LA Show

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Infiniti presented its first production hybrid performance luxury sedan, the 2012 Infiniti M35h ( earlier post ) at the Los Angeles Auto Show. kWh Li-ion battery pack. The hybrid system combines precise, high-speed motor control technology, which, enabled by the Lithium-ion battery, allows power to be delivered directly to the vehicle’s 7-speed automatic transmission.

DOE awarding >$24M to 77 projects through Technology Commercialization Fund

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Instrumentation to Provide Realistic Training Exercises for Radiation Protection at Nuclear Facilities, $750,000 Argon Electronics (UK) LTD, Luton, UK LLNL Composite Sorbents: Enabling Economical Biomethane Production, $500,000 SoCalGas, Los Angeles, Calif. Los Alamos National Laboratory. Li-ion batteries with Safer Current Collectors, $750,000 Soteria Battery Innovation Group, Greenville, S.C.

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Campaign Begins

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The vans, which have a 20-mile all-electric range, will be outfitted with either nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries or lithium ion (Li-Ion) batteries. EV world NATIONAL COALITION LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO URGE AUTOMAKERS TO PRODUCE PLUG-IN HYBRID VEHICLES WASHINGTON, D.C.—January

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BMW bringing 4-cylinder gasoline engines back to the US; more diesels to come

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BMW: relationship between cell and system characteristics for Li-ion for hybrids. Vetter addressed the general architecture of Li-ion storage systems with active thermal management, electrical and electronic components, and additional peripheral equipment.

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

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The 19 launch markets also include Atlanta; Austin and Houston, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Detroit; Los Angeles; San Francisco; San Diego; New York; Orlando, Fla.; Focus Electric is powered by a 23 kWh lithium-ion (li-ion) battery system (with cells from LG Chem/Compact Power) with an advanced active liquid cooling and heating system to precondition and regulate the temperature.

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Hyundai delivers keys to first Tucson Fuel Cell customer; leasing for $499/mo, with unlimited free fueling; first drive

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Hyundai is initially offering the Tucson Fuel Cell to customers in the Los Angeles/Orange County region for a 36-month term at $499 per month, with $2,999 down. kWh, 24 kW Li-ion battery pack (the same as in the Sonata hybrid) provides energy storage from regeneration.

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Mercedes-Benz eyeing introducing a sedan model hydrogen fuel cell vehicle around MY 2017

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Several hydrogen fueling stations are now open in Los Angeles and surrounding areas, including Newport Beach. kWh Li-ion battery pack and a compressed hydrogen storage capacity of 3.7 The 2011 F-Cell. Click to enlarge.

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Chrysler/DOE Ram PHEV project exploring battery life modeling

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Chrysler is showcasing its two-mode Ram Truck Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), equipped with a 12 kWh, 33 Ah cell, 355V Li-ion battery pack from Electrovaya, at the Washington DC Auto Show. The RAM plug-in hybrid truck. Click to enlarge.

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Volkswagen Group shows 3 hydrogen fuel cell concepts at LA Show: Audi A7 Sportback h-tron; Golf Sportwagen HyMotion; Passat HyMotion

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kWh Li-ion battery in the h-tron is adopted from the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron plug-in hybrid. kWh, 36 kW Li-ion battery pack comes from the Jetta Hybrid. The high-voltage lithium-ion battery is mounted close to the trunk and rear suspension.

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Balqon Introduces On-Highway Heavy-Duty Electric Mule Truck

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Balqon Corporation, an emerging developer and manufacturer of zero emissions heavy-duty electric vehicles for Class 7 and Class 8 applications ( earlier post ), introduced a lithium-ion battery powered heavy-duty electric truck designed for use in on-highway short-haul applications at the Governors’ Global Climate Summit in Los Angeles, California. The Mule 150 is powered by a 280 kWh, 324V Li-ion battery pack. The Balqon Mule 150. Click to enlarge.

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BMW presents i3 Concept Coupé battery-electric vehicle at the LA Auto Show; focus on connectivity for driver assistance and intermodal mobility

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The Li-ion battery pack is placed under the floor. BMW i3 Concept Coupé. Click to enlarge.

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BMW i3 on sale in US 2Q 2014, base MSRP $41,350 for BEV; $45,300 with range extender

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The BMW i3 will be able to travel 80 to 100 miles on a single charge of its 22 kWh Li-ion battery pack. The BMW i3 will be featured at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in November, 2013 and will arrive at BMW i centers in the US beginning in the second quarter of 2014.

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GM will focus its electrification strategy on light electrification, extended range, and battery-electric vehicle technologies; major focus on the plug; preview of the Spark EV

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To be introduced in two weeks at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Spark EV will arrive in California showrooms in summer 2013 offering what GM says will be among the best EV range in its class—as yet unspecified.

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FedEx Converts 92 Delivery Trucks to Hybrids, Expanding Hybrid-Electric Fleet by 50%

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ISB EPA 07 200-hp (149 kW) EGR diesel engine and Eaton hybrid-electric system, with Li-ion batteries for energy storage. The 92 retrofitted hybrid vehicles will be placed into service in California, primarily in the Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco metropolitan areas. FedEx Corp. has added 92 hybrid-electric trucks to its delivery fleet by converting standard FedEx delivery trucks to hybrid-electric systems.

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Fiat introduces 2013 Fiat 500e EV at LA Auto Show; forget the Eco button

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Fiat unveiled the 2013 Fiat 500e battery-electric version of the Fiat 500 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. A 24 kWh liquid-cooled/heated Li-ion battery powers an 83 kW permanent-magnet, three-phase synchronous drive motor with 147 lb-ft (200 N·m) of torque.

2012 115

First drive: Volvo XC90 T8 Drive-E Twin Engine PHEV sets a high bar for full-size luxury SUV plug-ins in US

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With the 2016 XC90 ( earlier post ) heading to dealerships across the US, Volvo Cars gave media an opportunity to experience the next generation of its full-size luxury SUV—in both its conventional T6 and plug-in hybrid T8 Drive-E Twin Engine forms—in and around Los Angeles.

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BMW MINI E Powered by AC Propulsion?

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The battery pack is comprised of 5,088 lithium-ion cells for a cummulative 35kWhrs of energy storage. These specifications sound strikingly similar to the electric drive and energy storage system found in the very impressive AC Propulsion eBox electric vehicles which also sport a 5,088 lithium-ion cell battery with 35kWhrs of capacity. second li-ion powered tzero. The MINI E will give its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 19 and 20, 2008.

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BMW ActiveE available for leasing in US in Fall 2011

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The BMW ActiveE ( earlier post ) will be available for lease in the metropolitan markets of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, New York and Boston as well as the state of Connecticut beginning in Fall 2011 for $499 per month for 24 months with a down payment $2,250.

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