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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

BMW i and EVgo expanding ChargeNow DC Fast program; 500 more fast chargers in US; no-cost DC and Level 2 for BMW i3 drivers

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Philadelphia, PA. At the Los Angeles Auto Show, BMW of North America announced, in cooperation with NRG EVgo, the expansion of the ChargeNow DC Fast program. Earlier post.) As part of its ongoing commitment to the growth of a robust public DC Fast charging infrastructure, BMW is supporting EVgo’s installation of an incremental 500 DC Fast Combo chargers, to benefit BMW i3 customers and all EV drivers in the US with DC Fast Combo charging capability.

Clean Energy wins $10M, multi-year transit deal with New Jersey Transit

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Clean Energy Fuels has won a $10-million, multi-year procurement from New Jersey Transit, the nation’s third largest provider of bus, rail and light rail transit, which links major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia and provides close to 223 million passenger trips each year.

APTA predicts that $5/gallon gasoline could result in 1.5B additional passenger trips on US public transportation, calls for more Federal investment

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As examples, APTA cites: the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority in Pompano Beach, FL increased by 10.6%; Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority of Philadelphia, PA increased by 10%; and the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority of Oakland, CA increased by 14%. A study released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) predicts that as gasoline prices continue increasing, Americans will turn to public transportation in record numbers.

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Spring break and summer vacations are closer than you think, and many families making travel plans now are looking for ways to make their trips a little easier on the environment.

APTA reports record public transportation usage in US in 2013; growth outpacing population and VMT growth

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The following five commuter rail systems saw double digit increases in 2013: Austin, TX (37.3%); Harrisburg-Philadelphia, PA (33.9%); Anchorage, AK (30.0%); Lewisville, TX (23.0%); Stockton, CA (19.9%); Minneapolis, MN (12.5%); and Portland, OR (10.3%).

CMU study finds that coal retirement is needed for EVs to reduce air pollution

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Electric vehicles charged in coal-heavy regions can create more human health and environmental damages from life cycle air emissions than gasoline vehicles, according to a new consequential life cycle analysis by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Solar Grid Storage selects AllCell as preferred Li-ion battery system supplier

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Solar Grid Storage has several projects in the 14-state PJM service area including the recently announced Grid Star project at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and the Konterra commercial microgrid in Laurel, Maryland. Solar Grid Storage selected AllCell Technologies as a preferred supplier of large lithium-ion battery systems for their PowerFactor solar + storage systems.

U Florida team using fungi to extract cobalt and lithium from waste batteries

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The researchers presented their work at the 252 nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Philadelphia. A team of researchers University of South Florida is using naturally occurring fungi to drive an environmentally friendly recycling process to extract cobalt and lithium from tons of waste batteries. Although a global problem, the US leads the way as the largest generator of electronic waste. It is unclear how many electronic products are recycled.

Study suggests focusing on cold starts in gasoline cars as target for emissions reduction

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The researchers are presenting their work today at the 252 nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Philadelphia. A new study suggests that focusing on a gasoline-fueled vehicle’s cold start is the best target for future design changes to reduce emissions of criteria pollutants.

New York City adding 70 electric vehicles to fleet; launches EV educational push

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The City is also collaborating with the cities of Boston and Philadelphia as part of the Northeast Regional Electric Vehicle Partnership to improve conditions for electric vehicles and alleviate barriers to early electric vehicle adoption through low-cost, high-impact actions.

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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!

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.).

Hino Trucks introduces new Class 4, 5 diesel and diesel hybrid electric trucks for North American market

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Due to initial product availability, the hybrid models will follow a roll-out approach and will be available in the following markets in December of 2011: New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., The new Hino COE diesel and diesel hybrid for the North American market. Click to enlarge.

THINK Releases US EV-Ready Cities Index

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The remaining cities included Denver, Boston, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Phoenix. Philadelphia. Electric vehicle maker THINK released its first US EV-Ready Cities Index. The top four cities included first-ranked Los Angeles and second-ranked San Francisco with Chicago and New York tied for third. The THINK EV-Ready Cities Index was presented by THINK CEO Richard Canny at the Electric Drive Transportation Association Annual Conference and Meeting at the Washington Auto Show.

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

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has different environmental ramifications from operating one in Philadelphia. Ford will bring the all-new Ford Transit commercial van to market with an option for an all-new diesel engine as well as the 3.5L EcoBoost V6. Earlier post.) 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.

MIT study says combustion emissions cause ~200,000 premature deaths/year in US; vehicles and power generation top sources

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Pollution from industrial activities was highest in the Midwest, roughly between Chicago and Detroit, as well as around Philadelphia, Atlanta and Los Angeles. Annual average concentrations of fine particulates from US sources of combustion emissions from (a) electric power generation; (b) industry; (c) commercial and residential sources; (d) road transportation; (e) marine transportation; (f) rail transportation; (g) sum of all combustion sources; (h) all sources. Source: MIT.

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.

Pike Research forecasts US plug-in vehicle penetration rates to be highest in smaller states

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Despite being large MSAs in terms of population, Dallas, Philadelphia, Houston, Atlanta, and Washington, DC are not expected to show strong sales of PEVs, with all forecast to have fewer than 28,000 PEVs in their respective markets. Pike Research forecasts that annual sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) will reach 358,959 vehicles by 2017, representing a compound anual growth rate (CAGR) of 43% between 2011 and 2017.

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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).

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.

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.

Study finds cities can reduce CO2 more easily from residential conservation than transportation

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The researchers also found that policies with the biggest local impact vary from city to city, with faster-growing Sun Belt cities such as Houston and Phoenix having the potential to enact a bigger reduction in residential emissions than older cities such as Boston or Philadelphia, which see less change in their housing stock. The 11 cities analyzed in the study are Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Seattle.

DOE investing $120M over 5 years in Energy Innovation Hub for Critical Materials Research

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The Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy-Efficient Buildings, which is working to achieve major breakthroughs in energy efficient building design. The US Department of Energy (DOE) will invest $120 million over five years to launch a new Energy Innovation Hub, establishing a multidisciplinary and sustained effort to identify problems and develop solutions across the lifecycle of critical materials such as rare earth elements (REE) ( DE-FOA-0000687 ).

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.

EPA proposes updates to annual PM2.5 national air quality standard

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and one in Philadelphia, PA. Projected non-attainment by county in 2020 under the range of the proposed new limits. Source: EPA. Click to enlarge.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Pennsylvania Awards Axion Power $800,000 to Demonstrate PbC Batteries in Hybrids, PHEVs and EVs

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321,680 to convert ground support equipment fleet at Philadelphia International Airport to run on electricity rather than fossil fuels. City of Philadelphia. 296,650 for rechargers for the electric ground support fleet at Philadelphia International Airport, in coordination with the US Airways project. Philadelphia Academies, Inc. City of Philadelphia, Office of Fleet Management. City of Philadelphia, Office of Fleet Management.