Royal Mail to buy 100 Peugeot electric vans for delivery vehicles

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The vans will go into service from December 2017 at delivery offices around the UK, supported by a comprehensive rollout of charging infrastructure. The batteries can be re-charged to 80% capacity in 30 minutes from a dedicated rapid charge point.

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Wärtsilä providing HY hybrid modules for Swedish port tug; first vessel operating with Wärtsilä HY solution

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The vessel will be capable of being completely independent from additional charging facilities, since re-charging of the energy storage system will be automatically managed by the Energy Management System, the “brain” of the Wärtsilä HY.

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Opel cuts price of Ampera EREV by $10,000

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The Opel Ampera can transport four people up to 80 kilometers (50 miles) on pure electric power and more than 500 kilometers (311 miles) in bi-fuel operation without making a stop to re-charge. Opel has cut the price of the Opel Ampera, the European cousin of the Chevy Volt extended range electric vehicle (EREV), by €7,600 (US$10,000) to €38,000 (US$50,600).

Honda and China-based SenseTime to jointly research and develop AI technologies for automated driving

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In addition to the suite of robotics concepts, Honda will showcase its Mobile Power Pack World, which includes a portable, swappable battery pack for electric vehicles, and a re-charging system for use at home, recreation or during a natural disaster. The Mobile Power Pack World at CES will also exhibit a battery exchanger concept that can store and charge mobile power packs. Honda R&D Co., the R&D subsidiary of Honda Motor Co.,

GE and Berkeley Lab developing water-based high energy density flow battery for EVs

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This battery could be one-fourth the cost of current car batteries, and could nearly triple the distance electric vehicles could travel on a single charge. Discharge and re-charge of such flow batteries occur in electrochemical cells separated from energy storing tanks, which makes them safer.

ITF report finds self-driving shared vehicles could take up to 90% of cars off city streets; total kilometers travelled increases

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If a fleet of electric vehicles were used instead, a fleet of shared self-driving vehicles would need only 2% more vehicles, however, to accommodate battery re-charging times and reduced travel range.

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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars confirms electric Phantom test project

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These include the car’s ability to deliver an acceptable range between re-charges and to operate in extreme weather conditions. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars confirmed the development of 102EX, a one-off, fully electric-powered Phantom, to debut at the Geneva Motor Show on 1 March 2011. The car will tour during 2011, serving as a test bed to gather research data which will be used in informing future decisions on alternative drive-trains for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

In-flight wireless power transfer for drones

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However, the distance that a drone can travel and the duration it can stay in the air is limited by the availability of power and re-charging requirements. This would cut out humans having to reach these difficult to access places to re-charge them.

Euro Parliament Transport Committee backs draft directive mandating expansion of alternative fuel stations; grandfathering CHAdeMO

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When setting targets, member states are to pay particular attention to proving sufficient number of re-charging points and refueling points in urban areas. Europe Fuels Hydrogen Infrastructure Smart charging Minimum number of publicly-accessible recharging points for electric vehicles in each member state. Click to enlarge.

Tata Motors to supply 25 diesel series-hybrid buses to MMRDA

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The batteries can be re-charged by the diesel, as well as through regenerative braking.

Nissan, New York City launch LEAF electric vehicle taxi pilot

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As part of the pilot, Nissan and partners in New York City will also install several CHAdeMO-based DC quick chargers, which will enable drivers to re-charge their electric taxis quickly during their shift. With quick charging, Nissan LEAF can be recharged to about 80% in under 30 minutes. Nissan and New York City have launched a new electric vehicle taxi pilot with the Nissan LEAF.

IUPUI-based engineering startup receives $225,000 NSF grant for solid-state H2 storage

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Earlier work by Schubert, including a series of patents, used porous silicon as the storage material; strategic placement of catalyst atoms facilitate moderate-temperature and moderate-pressure re-charging of hydrogen.

Daimlers car2go launches large-scale all-electric vehicle car-sharing fleet in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure only uses energy from renewable resources. The 300 car2go vehicles and other electric cars in Amsterdam will have access to more than 250 charging stations in the city area right now, most of them with two load-points.

EADS demonstrating electric and hybrid aviation propulsion; innovative distributed propulsion series hybrid

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For the E-Thrust concept, distributed propulsion means that several electrically-powered fans are distributed in clusters along the wing span, with one advanced gas power unit providing the electrical power for six fans and for the re-charging of the energy storage.

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GM's CEO Waggoner Announces Saturn Plug-in Hybrid; Bio-fuel Hummer

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Wagoner said GM is using the Saturn Vue hybrid sport utility vehicle to develop a plug-in hybrid, which can be re-charged from a standard electrical outlet, and will offer biofuel-capable Hummer SUVs. LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- General Motors Corp. (GM) GM) Chief Executive Rick Wagoner said Wednesday that the U.S. needs to reduce dependence on foreign energy and insisted the No.


Monash University team develops graphene-based supercapacitor with energy density of 60 Wh/L

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SCs are generally made of highly porous carbon impregnated with a liquid electrolyte to transport the electrical charge. Known for their almost indefinite lifespan and the ability to re-charge in seconds, the drawback of existing SCs is their low energy density. With a low energy density of 5-8 Wh/liter, SCs are unfeasibly large or must be re-charged frequently.

Coulomb Technologies and Carbon Day Automotive Unveil Solar Plug-In Station in Chicago

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Carbon Day Automotive and Coulomb Technologies unveiled a solar-powered electric vehicle charging station in the City of Chicago. Carbon Day Automotive is the sole Midwest distributor for Coulomb Technologies ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations.

Electric cars to get wireless recharging

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The Virginia-based firm has developed a product called ‘Plugless Power’ which allows electric vehicles to be re-charged using a hands-free proximity system. The dual-component charging system based on inductive charging technology utilises a base station [.]. Tags: Electric cars charging electric Evatran induction US clean technology company, Evatran has developed wireless technology system to make it easier to recharge electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Next-gen Chevy Volt improves charging experience for users

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Chevrolet says it has made the charging system in the next-generation Volt even easier for customers to recharge the battery and to check the charge status. The new and enhanced features include: GPS location-based charging. Owners will now be able to set their charging preferences exclusively for their “home” charging location and the vehicle will automatically adjust to that setting when it is at that location. New, more intuitive charge status indicators.

Porsche Offers Li-ion Starter Battery Option

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Delivery of power by the lithium-ion battery throughout its useful charge range is likewise significantly better, providing its full power, for example, when starting the engine almost independently of the current charge level. The new Li-ion starter battery. Click to enlarge.

Axion Power to supply PbC mini Power Cube in Zero Energy Building in Washington DC Naval Yard

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Because of our PbC battery’s extended cycle life, high rate of charge acceptance and fast re-charging capability, Axion is able to offer metrics that make economic sense especially when compared to other more exotic chemistries that are currently in the marketplace. Axion Power International, Inc., the developer of advanced lead­carbon PbC batteries and energy storage systems ( earlier post ), was awarded a purchase order from SilTek Inc.

Toyota: Prius PHEV Fuel Economy Not Yet Available

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This is due to the added weight of a large battery that, once depleted by pure-electric drive, will contribute nothing until it is plugged in and re-charged In a post on Toyota’s Open Road blog, Irv Miller, Toyota Group Vice President – Environmental and Public Affairs, wrote that contrary to some recent reports, Toyota has yet to offer mileage estimates on its plug-in hybrid technology.

Accenture Study Finds Consumers Will Require More Than Fuel Savings From Hybrid and Electric Vehicles; Cost, Vehicle Dynamics, In-Vehicle Services

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Assuming a hybrid or electric vehicle could run on an electric charge for 200 miles, want the driving distance between re-charging points to be every 11 to 50 miles. Want re-charging to take less than 20 minutes.

Opel Unveiling Vivaro e-Concept Extended Range Electric Van Research Study at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2010 Show

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Opel engineers have mounted the batteries, which can be re-charged on a standard household 230-volt outlet under the floor of the Vivaro e-Concept. The Opel Vivaro e-Concept. Click to enlarge.

USABC awards Leyden Energy $2.28M contract for Li-imide based 12V start-stop batteries

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The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC) awarded a $2.28-million stop-start battery system development contract to Leyden Energy Inc., which is developing next-generation battery chemistries building off of its lithium-imide electrolyte platform. Earlier post.)

IHS Automotive sees Google leading technology, testing, software development for autonomous driving

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These characteristics favor EVs as the powertrain for driverless cars; they can easily re-charge themselves using existing and growing public charging networks as needed between trips, which eliminates any range anxiety.

Sion Li-S battery pack powers electric UAV on 11-day flight

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Zephyr 7 runs exclusively on solar power, which is used during the day to charge the battery that is used to power the flight through the night; this flight in shorter days and longer nights was significantly more demanding than any previous one, Airbus noted.

Fuji Heavy Launches Subaru Plug-in STELLA EV in Japan; Targets 170 Units in FY 2009

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The EV can be re-charged up to 80% of its capacity in 15 minutes using the quick charging system (3-phase 200VAC, 50 kW); a full recharge takes 8 hours with 100VAC household power or 5 hours with 200VAC. Components of the STELLA EV powertrain. Click to enlarge.

DOE to award up to $4.5M to projects for alt fuel and advanced vehicle deployment

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This includes training for technicians and service personnel that will be operating and maintaining AFVs, and the associated fueling/re-charging infrastructure and service facilities, as well as tow-truck operators and automotive salvage/recycling operators that are dealing with wrecked vehicles and equipment end-of-life processes.

Green Crossover Project in Japan Showcases Li-ion Stationary Storage for EV Charging; EnerDel Providing Packs for Vehicles and Stationary Storage

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Family Mart convenience stores will be equipped for car-sharing of the EVs, along with solar power generating systems, highspeed recharging stations, a billing mechanism using a non-contract IC-imbedded smart card, terminals for remote battery monitoring of charging, discharging, wear data, and the stationary battery array used to move energy to and from the electric grid. Tags: Car Sharing Electric (Battery) Infrastructure Japan Smart charging Smart Grid

Nissan’s Killer EV App, the Plug-In Car That Puts the Nail in GM’s Coffin

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Everyone’s all excited that Ford just turned a profit, but they’re doing it with a fleet of uninspired crappy cars that they practically have to give away. You might as well call most of the cars they’re selling “future clunkers.&#


Ernst Young Survey Finds Roughly 60% of Chinese Consumers Would Consider Purchasing a Plug-in Vehicle

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Battery driving range was the top concern about plug-ins (73%), followed by charging stations (69%); reliability and serviceability (64%); and safety (64%). 82% of respondents consider a range per charge of less than 200 miles to be acceptable. 65% of survey participants said they would subsidize local charging stations—nearly twice the portion of other countries surveyed. Chinese consumers led in their consideration of a plug-in vehicle purchase. Click to enlarge.

THINK and AeroVironment to Pursue Projects to Promote Fast-charging Infrastructure; THINK Picks Enerdel as Sole Battery Provider for US

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AV), a leading developer and supplier of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, to pursue demonstration and commercial projects using AV’s level III fast-charge system and the THINK City electric vehicle to jump-start the development of fast-charge infrastructure in the United States. The AV level III fast-charge system employs a protocol developed by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). It can also be charged using 110-volt current on a regular household outlet.

Three Battery-Electric Opel Merivas to Participate in MeRegioMobil Research Project; Vehicle-to-Grid Integration

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Opel will use MeRegioMobil to study new intelligent charging technologies. The demonstration will also explore the vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capability of the car via the bi-directional charging system when the car is not in use and the driver permits it.

Saab to Introduce 9-3 ePower EV Prototype at Paris Show; Fleet Tests in Sweden in 2011-2012

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A separate 12-volt battery, for the lights and cabin ancillaries, is also charged from the battery pack via a current transformer. The pack is intended to support re-charge cycles equivalent to about ten years average use. The 9-3 ePower. Click to enlarge.

Burlington Hydro Takes Delivery of First EV in Commercial Fleet Application in Canada

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Charge time is 3.8 REV will also provide on-board smart-grid and wireless telemetry capabilities, integrated data management and charging infrastructure. They are therefore ideal in respect to the opportunity to centralize re-charging infrastructure.

Pike Survey: 48% of US Consumers Interested in Purchasing a PHEV40

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According to a new survey from Pike Research, 48% of prospective US consumers would be “extremely” or “very” interested in purchasing a PHEV with a 40-mile range on a single charge (PHEV40), given electricity cost equivalent of $0.75 Expressed interest in PHEV40 purchases. Click to enlarge.

Kia unveils Optima Hybrid sedan at LA Auto Show

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kW HSG also functions as a generator to re-charge the battery pack if the state of charge is low and when the car is stationary. Kia Optima Hybrid. Click to enlarge. Kia Motors Corporation premiered the hybrid version of its new Optima sedan ( earlier post ) at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Created primarily with the US market in mind, the Kia-developed powertrain delivers an estimated combined cycle fuel economy is 38 mpg US (6.2 L/100km) (city 36.0 mpg, highway 40.0

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PHEV3A Week Plus in Review from San Diego - Phoenix - Tucson - Bisbee - Douglas - Bisbee -.

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But suffice to say, the "Spirit" did lots of charging around: One showing was 95.4MPG for 90 with the 5-minute blue screen having readings: 30MPG; 100; 95; 70; and 100MPG. Wednesday, 11 February 2009 was continuing the reading after re-charging to 72.4MPG for 70 miles, but t'was exactly a PHEV Day, but more of one of rest and visiting with Mom and Sister Mary Catherine in re-scheduling preparation for Arizona.

Hummer achieves 100mpg

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It’s designed to go about 40 miles in all-electric mode after which a small gas powered engine kicks in and powers a generator which then re-charges the batteries. An American green technology company has developed a hybrid Hummer capable of over 100mpg.