WHYY reports Philadelphia’s Proterra electric bus fleet sidelined due to cracked chassis and other defects

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Philadelphia’s public media organization WHYY, also the local PBS and NPR station, reports that the regional public transportation authority SEPTA has sidelined its entire fleet of 25 Proterra electric buses since February 2020. In an initial report in September 2020, unnamed sources within the agency blamed a defect in the chassis that led to a cracking problem.

New York’s MTA orders 60 more battery-electric buses from NFI; Philadelphia’s SEPTA contracts for up to 340 hybrids

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Earlier in the month, Philadelphia’s SEPTA awarded NFI a contract for up to 340 low-emission hybrid-electric buses, comprising a firm order of 220 Xcelsior forty-foot, heavy-duty, hybrid-electric transit buses with options to purchase up to 120 additional Xcelsior forty-foot, hybrid-electric buses under a five-year contract. SEPTA is America’s sixth-largest transit agency, delivering 300 million annual rides across five counties surrounding Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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Maxwell supplying ultracaps to ABB for hybrid version of Philadelphia rail energy recuperation system

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is supplying ultracapacitors to ABB for its recent contract win to upgrade Philadelphia area rail lines. ABB will install a hybrid version of its high-efficiency ENVILINE wayside energy recovery and storage system for the Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority’s (SEPTA) light rail system serving the greater Philadelphia area. Maxwell Technologies, Inc.

The Carlyle Group and Sunoco to form Philadelphia refinery joint venture

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have agreed to form Philadelphia Energy Solutions, a joint venture that will enable the historic Philadelphia refinery to continue operating. Under the terms of the agreement, Sunoco will contribute its Philadelphia refinery assets to the joint venture in exchange for a non-operating minority interest. Phil Rinaldi, who has successfully led other refining and chemical business turnarounds, will serve as the CEO of Philadelphia Energy Solutions.

Republic deploys 67 CNG solid waste and recycling trucks in southern NJ and Philadelphia area

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has brought 67 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) solid waste and recycling trucks to serve customers throughout southern New Jersey and in Philadelphia. Continuing its string of local deployments ( earlier post ) Republic Services, Inc. The new CNG fleet will replace older diesel-powered trucks. One of the more lasting contributions we can make in our community is to protect the environment by reducing ozone-forming emissions wherever possible.

Philadelphia transit authority Board approves $412M purchase of 525 new hybrid buses

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The Board of SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority) today approved the purchase of 525 40-foot, low-floor diesel-electric hybrid buses via a $411.8-million, five-year contract with New Flyer of America. SEPTA also has an option to purchase up to 25 additional buses. The new vehicles will allow SEPTA to continue the regular retirement and replacement of the oldest vehicles in its fleet with new, more energy-efficient hybrids.

Philadelphia Joins Coalition

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T he City of Philadelphia, where Independence was declared, has once again made it's voice clear by joining a growing list of cities, counties, environmental organizations, security organizations, electric utilities, and others who see that the flexible fuel plug-in is a here and now component of any future energy policy. C ity of P hiladelphia Council of the City of Philadelphia (Resolution No.

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Brand new Tesla Model S Plaid caught on fire in strange circumstances


A brand new Tesla Model S Plaid has caught on fire in a suburb of Philadelphia last nigh and witnesses are reporting some strange circumstances. more… The post Brand new Tesla Model S Plaid caught on fire in strange circumstances appeared first on Electrek.

Battle Motors acquires Crane Carrier Company; Class 7 and 8 vocational truck electrification

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Crane Carrier Company (CCC) has been manufacturing commercial vehicles for 75 years and is based in New Philadelphia, Ohio with 180 sales and service dealers throughout North America. EV technology developer Battle Motors has acquired commercial vehicle OEM Crane Carrier Company.

Study found highly elevated PM2.5 in pre-COVID-19 subway air in NE US; NYC the worst

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concentrations and particle composition from area samples collected in the subways of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts; New York City, New York/New Jersey (NYC/NJ); and Washington, District of Columbia. Philadelphia was comparatively the cleanest system at 39 ?g/m

1912 electric truck: Take that Tesla Semi!

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Commercial Truck company of Philadelphia built 5-ton electric trucks as far back as 1912. This month, it seems like electric trucks are coming coming off the drawing boards and onto the roads, right and left. But Nikola, with its hydrogen trucks, and Tesla with its all-electric models, are hardly the first truck makers to turn to electricity. Trucks

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Harley-Davidson Livewire Electric Motorcycle Concept: Test Ride

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I attended a test ride near Philadelphia The Harley-Davidson Project Livewire electric motorcycle concept has been blazing across the country, with demonstration rides offered to owners and fans on no fewer than 40 concept bikes. Now we''ve ridden it, and we can weigh in: The Livewire motorcycle looks great, accelerates hard, and rides smoothly.

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Tesla-Hertz partnership expands to sixteen new cities


Tesla’s partnership with Hertz has expanded to sixteen new cities, including Boston, Las Vegas, New York City, Philadelphia, and San Diego, among many others. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Center introduces 9 new research projects exploring the safety needs of an evolving mobility ecosystem

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Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) introduced nine new projects being launched as part of the next phase of its automotive safety research, backed by the new five-year, $30-million commitment announced last year.

Clean Energy Fuels delivered 143M gallons of Redeem renewable natural gas in 2019, up 30% year-on-year

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The City of Philadelphia has started to replace its diesel refuse trucks with CNG trucks, contracting with Clean Energy to retrofit its city garage to make it CNG-compliant. Philadelphia will be consuming an estimated 250,000 gallons of CNG when it reaches 43 trucks in 2021.

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EIA: US retail diesel prices increase to >$6 per gallon in the Northeast; nearly equal to California

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East Coast distillate refining capacity has decreased by approximately 100,000 barrels per day (b/d) since the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery closed following an explosion in June 2019. On 16 May 2022, the average US on-highway retail diesel fuel price was $5.61

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ECOtality Offering Free Electric Car Charging Stations: Is Your City Included?

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That's the aim of ECOtality, as it offers Blink chargers at an increasingly wide range of sites, with Philadelphia, Chicago and Atlanta the latest cities joining the list. Wherever you charge your electric car, it's nice to have access to the latest equipment and a good network of charging sites. Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt-owning residents and

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Clean Energy signs deals for more than 20M gallons of renewable natural gas in past 45 days

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The City of Philadelphia extended its fuel agreement for refuse trucks to continue fueling at Clean Energy’s Philadelphia Airport station while its private 40-truck station (being built by Clean Energy) is completed at the end of the year. Clean Energy Fuels Corp.

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US Navy-led study of ultracapacitors finds Skeleton outperforms Ioxus, Maxwell, JM Energy for transient load applications

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A study led by John Heinzel from the US Naval Surface Warfare Center in Philadelphia, along with researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington, has compared the performance of UCs from four different manufacturers: Maxwell, Ioxus, JM Energy, and Skeleton.

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SEPTA awards New Flyer a contract for up to 550 diesel hybrid buses; 90 in first order

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SEPTA currently serves more than 168 million annual riders with a fleet of 1,387 vehicles in fixed route service in the Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has awarded New Flyer a contract for up to 550 heavy-duty 40-foot Xcelsior diesel electric hybrid buses. Earlier post.).

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Proterra racks up 33 more orders for electric buses through FTA Low-No awards

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million people in five counties in and around Philadelphia, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) will receive $2,585,075 from FTA and use the funds to purchase 25 Proterra Catalyst buses and five overhead chargers. Proterra zero-emission buses will be deployed on Routes 29 and 79 in South Philadelphia.

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Preliminary survey results show 27% believe they will be using autonomous car by 2020, 49% a single mobility app

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A final sample size of n=2,320 was achieved across 23 cities between the 6-22 September 2016: London (109); Melbourne (100); Sydney (100); Singapore City (101); Austin (100); Los Angeles (100); New York (100); Philadelphia (100); Portland (100); San Francisco (100); Washington DC (100); Kuala Lumpur (100); Amsterdam (100); Milan (100); Paris (104); Madrid (100); Brussels (101); Montréal (100); Toronto (104); México City (100); Santiago (101); Lima (100) and Frankfurt (100).

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PA Governor Wolf announces $8.5M from Volkswagen Settlement to reduce transportation pollution

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Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission: A $2,093,042 grant for a joint project with the City of Philadelphia to replace five diesel trash trucks with five compressed natural gas (CNG) trash trucks and Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority to replace five older diesel service vehicles with new ones to operate in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties. Philadelphia County.

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Video Friday: ICRA 2022

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In my videos, I tried to depict and share this rich ecosystem as it was happening in Philadelphia's ICRA 2022. Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your friends at IEEE Spectrum robotics.

Nestlé Waters North America adds 155 new medium-duty propane autogas trucks to delivery fleet

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Deployments in 2016 will include New York City, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia and Baltimore. Nestlé Waters North America is adding more than 150 medium-duty beverage delivery trucks fueled by propane autogas. Over the vehicles’ lifetime, the 155 Ford F-650 trucks will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 24.6 million pounds. These units will be deployed beginning in April.

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Electrify America releases $300M Cycle 2 national ZEV investment plan; metro charging, autonomous charging, renewable generation

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Electrify America also will continue to invest in these Cycle 1 metros: Boston, Chicago, Denver, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, Seattle and Washington, DC. Electrify America has released its National Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Investment Plan for Cycle 2; Cycle 2 is a 30-month investment period that begins in July 2019.

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Traveling Finnish sauna touring US to use Neste renewable diesel on the West Coast

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Follow the Traveling Sauna on social media (@travelingsauna, @nestecorp, @NesteUS), and track its journey through Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York City, and 17 other US locations. Throughout 2017, a fully-functional Finnish sauna on wheels will travel 12,000 miles across the US. Neste’s low-carbon drop-in renewable diesel called Neste MY Renewable Diesel will be used to fuel the truck carrying the sauna while traveling along the UUS West Coast.

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Univ. of Delaware and state partner on EV charging station project to support longer electric trips

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The project also helps fill a regional gap for recharging capabilities between Baltimore and Philadelphia, urban areas where charging stations are more common. In the Mid-Atlantic region electric chargers are clustered within metropolitan areas such as Philadelphia and Baltimore, but these are not well-located for en-route charging and most are incapable of fast charging.

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PECO Expanding Fleet with NGVs & PHEVs

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The NGVs will be used by PECO’s energy technicians in the Philadelphia suburbs. The vehicles cost more to buy when modified for CNG use, but the fuel costs significantly less than diesel or gasoline at 25% less per equivalent gallon, said Bill Flemming, PECO’s fleet manager and chairman of the Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities Coalition. With vehicles on the road 24/7, PECO’s fleet logs about 11 million miles of travel every year serving customers in the Greater Philadelphia region.

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Revenge is Upon Us

Revenge of the Electric Car

And tomorrow the film opens in Columbus, OH and Philadelphia, PA REVENGE is growing strong, playing in theatres across the country, and the reviews have been glowing! Thank you to everyone who who requested the film in your area- we're still adding more locations and more screenings and putting together some great events for people to meet the filmmakers, the electric cars, and each other.

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President Biden calls on Congress, States for fuel tax holiday; increase in refinery capacity

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President Biden called on Congress to suspend the federal gas tax for the next 90 days, through the busy summer driving season—18 cents per gallon for gasoline and 24 cents per gallon for diesel.

Study: US counties with higher PM2.5 concentrations have more stroke deaths

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lead author of the study and associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University in Philadelphia. In a nationwide study, counties with higher concentration of PM 2.5

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Is Your City Ready For Electric Vehicles?

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A previous Pike research report highlighted 6 cities expected to be early EV adopters: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas and Ford has identified the 25 most electric vehicle (EV) ready cities in the U.S., based on the company’s latest research. The 25 cities are dotted all over the country from Hartford to Honolulu.

International Battery to provide Li-ion system to Sunverge for Net-Zero Energy Home Project

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This fully integrated distributed energy system will provide a turnkey solar solution to support a Net-Zero Home Energy demonstration at the Philadelphia Navy Yard’s Clean Energy Innovation Hub. Sunverge Energy has selected International Battery to provide a Li-ion energy storage systems (ESS) as the energy storage component of Sunverge’s Solar Integration System (SIS).

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SG Preston and IHI E&C partner on portfolio of renewable diesel and jet plants; 5 initial sites, 600M gallons total capacity

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SG Preston, a Philadelphia-based bioenergy company, is partnering with IHI E&C , a Houston-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) subsidiary of Japan’s IHI Corporation , to develop and to construct a series of commercial-scale renewable diesel and jet fuel manufacturing plants, initially in the US Midwest and Canada. Philadelphia, PA-based S.G.

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INRIX powers first on-street parking service in a production connected car

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Initially, the service is available in Germany (Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart), and in the US (Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.). INRIX, Inc. announced the availability of its On-Street Parking service in the new BMW 5 Series Sedan. The real-time on-street parking service uses historical and up-to-the-minute parking data to predict the availability of parking spaces.

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BMW i Ventures makes strategic investment in electric bus company Proterra; part of $55M round

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Currently, the company has sold more than 400 vehicles to cities and communities in the US, including Seattle, Dallas, Nashville, San Jose, Philadelphia and Reno. Electric bus manufacturer Proterra has closed a $55-million Series 6 round, on the heels of an oversubscribed $140-million Series 5 in January.

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Zipcar to expand Zipvan cargo van service across North America

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Zipcar is launching the Zipvan service in Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Portland, Oregon today, and will roll out the service to its remaining metro markets in North America over the next 12 months. Car-sharing network Zipcar, Inc. plans to expand the company’s Zipvan cargo van service across North America.

Karma using independent dealers and company centers for launch or Revero plug-in hybrid

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Karma of The Main Line (greater Philadelphia). Karma Automotive’s planned distribution strategy will use both independent dealers and also company owned brand-experience centers to sell and service the new high-end Revero plug-in hybrid. The company said it has been curating best-in-class dealers in key markets in preparation for the Revero going on sale later this year.

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Sunoco Idles Eagle Point Refinery; Will Evaluate Feasibility of Using it to Produce Alternative Fuels in the Future

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Sunoco will shift current Eagle Point production to its two nearby refineries in Marcus Hook and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which will now operate at higher capacity utilization. While Marcus Hook and Philadelphia serve as distribution hubs that feed refined products directly into Sunoco’s branded retail network, Eagle Point is not as directly linked. Sunoco, Inc.

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The Computers Who Brought ENIAC to Life

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The Army relocated the project from rural Maryland to Philadelphia and went looking for women math majors in Philadelphia, which has a very high density of schools with co-ed universities and colleges and all-women.

Electrify America to install 2,800 charging stations at workplaces and multi-unit dwellings across US

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Workplace and multi-unit dwelling charging stations will be installed in six California metropolitan areas—Fresno, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose—as well as in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, Raleigh, Seattle and Washington, DC.

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Video Friday: Robot Friends

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ICRA 2022 : 23–27 May 2022, Philadelphia ERF 2022 : 28–30 June 2022, Rotterdam, Netherlands CLAWAR 2022 : 12–14 September 2022, Azores, Portugal Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.