Tesla Roadster 3.0 Update: San Jose To LA Without Recharging

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Back in December, we first received confirmation of the "3.0" update for the Tesla Roadster, the electric-car maker''s very first product, sold in the U.S. from 2008 through 2011. Tesla claimed the update would boost the Roadster''s range 40 to 50 percent, and said a real-world demonstration was forthcoming. MORE: Tesla Roadster 3.0: 70-kWh Battery

CARB, NOAA, NASA and San Jose State University scientists team up to study ozone transported across Pacific

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Current ozone levels in the San Joaquin Valley are predominantly caused by local emissions, but as air quality standards become lower, any contribution from global ozone levels needs to be understood. The three-month research project (mid-May to mid-August) will help scientists learn if ozone entering the state from the Pacific has an effect on air quality at the surface in the San Joaquin Valley.

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San Jose/Tesla deal announcement Wed.

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The NY Times is reporting that Wednesday morning will see the announcement of a deal that will see Tesla's second electric car, the sedan, built in San Jose. On Wednesday morning, the company will announce a deal to lease 89 acres of land in San Jose, Calif. to build a company headquarters and a 600,000-square-foot plant to produce the battery-powered Model S sedan

SF Bay Area gets largest yet electric car deployment to municipal fleets

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took place when Mitsubishi Motors deployed 50 i-MiEV's to four Bay Area local government fleets – San Jose, Los Gatos, Campbell and Mill On Thursday, the largest municipal fleet deployment of electric cars in the U.S.

San Jose State University, CalCharge launch new “Battery University” program

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CalCharge, an energy storage innovation accelerator, and San Jose State University are teaming up to launch a “battery university”. Battery university courses will be offered through SJSU’s professional education program&. Classes are expected to start this summer in partnership with SJSU’s engineering college. CalCharge is a partnership of CalCEF and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

PG&E, Calif. Energy Commission launch 4MW sodium-sulfur grid storage pilot in San Jose

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the California Energy Commission today unveiled a utility-scale sodium-sulfur battery energy storage system ( earlier post ) pilot project to better balance power needs of the electric grid. The system has a 4 megawatt capacity, and can store more than six hours of energy. The Yerba Buena Battery Energy Storage System Pilot Project charges batteries when demand is low and then sends reserved power to the grid when demand grows.

Latest Tesla Model X Prototype Shown At Palo Alto Store Opening

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Reaction, says the San Jose Hundreds of owners and fans alike turned up for the opening of a new Tesla Store in Palo Alto, California, this past Saturday. They weren''t all there just to see the store, though. Many focused on the store''s centerpiece--the latest prototype of the Tesla Model X crossover, the next car in Tesla Motors'' product plans.

Coulomb Technologies Unveils First ChargePoint America EV Charging Stations in San Jose

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Coulomb Technologies has installed its first Networked Charging Station for electric vehicles in San Jose, California from its $37 million ChargePoint America program ( earlier post ). ChargePoint America will offer hundreds of free stations for public and home charging to individuals and businesses throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Jose, for use by individual vehicle owners and by fleets.

Nissan LEAF drivers racing towards one billion kilometres

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To celebrate the landmark figure, Nissan has created a series of animated stories, starting with Roberto San Jose, the first taxi driver in Spain to buy one of the fully ele[.].

GKN Driveline develops new lightweight propshaft for Audi Q5; more compact, lighter, more efficient; MLB Evo

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To support production of the all-new Q5, which is built at Audi’s factory in San Jose Chiapa, GKN will manufacture the PVL at its manufacturing facilities in Mexico, demonstrating the company’s ability to leverage its global footprint.

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Does Nissan Leaf Supplant The Prius As Loathing Target For CA Drivers?

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If you''ve never lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, you may not have heard of "Mr. Roadshow," the nickname of San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Richards. Nor will you know how important his columns are, covering traffic, congestion, freeways, law enforcement, cars, and all the other topics associated with the region''s crowded roads.

Buy A House (For $1.3 Million), Get A Tesla Model S (Lease)

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That''s exactly what one San Jose seller is doing, the 1959 house he Everyone loves a great deal. Just how many times have you bought an extra bottle of soda because it''s on a "buy one, get another free" offer? Or shopped ''til you dropped in an "everything must go" sale?

Arcimoto's Pulse, the electric motorcycle for those who want to drive a space ship

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Arcimoto attended the recent CleanTech and PlugIn 2010 conferences in San Jose, showing their 3rd prototype, where this writer was able to talk with them. The Arcimoto is an electric three wheeled electric motorcycle sporting an enclosed cabin reminding some of space ships. After a few years development the Arcimoto team is refining the design and preparing to enter production.

Samsung calls for united front in building 5G ecosystem

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Samsung Electronics hosted the first Silicon Valley 5G Summit , held at Samsung Research America in San Jose, California. The summit, expected to become an annual event, brought together global telecommunications industry leaders from across the value chain to lay the foundation for an open end-to-end ecosystem for fifth generation (5G) networks.

California ARB approves $200M VW zero-emission vehicle investment in California; first phase of $800M investment

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Those cities are Fresno, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, and Sacramento. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) today approved the first of four plans by VW to invest $800 million over 10 years in zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, public outreach, and access to these ultra-clean vehicles for residents of disadvantaged communities. Earlier post.)

Ford makes electric vehicle predictions

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According to the company’s director of global electrification Nancy Gioia, speaking at Plug-in 2010 in San Jose, California, Ford expects hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles to [.]. Just how much of an impact will electric vehicles have on the fleet of one of the world’s leading car manufacturers? Ford believes it has the answer.

Electric taxis heading to San Francisco

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An electric taxi programme will be launched in San Francisco and San Jose after Better Place committed to bringing its switchable battery station to the Bay Area. Tags: Electric cars Green cars Latest news battery swap stations Better Place electric taxis green taxis San Francisco San Jose As taxis drive continuously they need instant charge to maintain quality service – which means that waiting three-four hours for standard charging is not viable.

NIO unveils production electric SUV for China market; NIO ES8 to launch end of this year

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NIO is a global start-up; NIO has more than 2,000 employees in San Jose, Shanghai, Munich, London and eight other locations. China-based electric vehicle startup NIO unveiled the NIO ES8, an electric SUV planned for serial production for the China market later this year.

Five additional hydrogen stations proposed for California

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San Jose (Shell). The California Energy Commission has issued a “ Revised Notice of Proposed Awards ” that recommends five additional hydrogen fueling stations previously recommended for funding by Energy Commission staff. The newly awarded stations are: Beverly Hills (FirstElement Fuel). Studio City (FirstElement Fuel). Redwood City (FirstElement Fuel). Mission Hills (FirstElement Fuel).

SF Bay Area local governments roll out 90 EVs into their fleets

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The public agencies receiving vehicles are: Alameda County, Sonoma County, San Francisco, Concord, Santa Rosa, San Jose, Oakland, Fremont, the Marin Municipal Water District, and Sonoma County Water Agency. The number of vehicles being acquired by each agency is as follows: Alameda County: 26, Concord: 10, Fremont: 2, Marin Municipal Water District: 1, Oakland: 3, San Francisco: 14, San Jose: 3, Santa Rosa: 4, Sonoma County: 22, and Sonoma County Water Agency: 5.

ICCT paper assesses leading regional EV markets in US and policies behind them

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Four of the areas—Portland, San Jose, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz—have 20 or more actions in place.

California Energy Commission approves $46.6M for hydrogen refueling and $2.8M for EV charging projects

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was awarded $2,902,000 to construct two 100% renewable refueling stations in Los Angeles, and $24,667,000 for 17 stations located in Campbell, Coalinga, Costa Mesa, Hayward, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, La Canada Flintridge, Long Beach, Mill Valley, San Diego, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Saratoga, South Pasadena, South San Francisco, Redwood City and Truckee. Linde LLC was awarded $4,250,000 to install two hydrogen refueling stations located in San Ramon and Oakland.

U-Michigan, IBM collaborate on data-centric high performance computing system

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The collaboration was announced this week in San Jose at the second annual OpenPOWER Summit 2016. The University of Michigan is collaborating with IBM to develop and deliver “ data-centric ” supercomputing systems designed to increase the pace of scientific discovery in fields as diverse as aircraft and rocket engine design, cardiovascular disease treatment, materials physics, climate modeling and cosmology.

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Coulomb Technologies ships more than 2,400 public and commercial charging stations in ChargePoint America Program

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Coulomb’s ChargePoint America program provides approximately 4,500 charging stations to program participants in ten regions in the United States: Austin/San Antonio, Texas, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando/Tampa, Sacramento, Calif., San Jose/San Francisco Bay Area, Redmond/Bellevue, Wash., Coulomb Technologies has shipped more than 2,400 public and commercial charging stations for electric vehicles through its $37-million ChargePoint America program.

Caltrain's long history makes it deeply interwoven into the SF Peninsula's life

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Its existence dates back to the early 1850's, to connect San Francisco with San Jose (which was, at the time, the Capital of California). Do you like this story? Caltrain is the second oldest passenger rail line in the Western U.S. Today the rail line travels through

Aeromexico flying commercial route with 15% blend of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel

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Aeromexico is using a 15% blend of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel, produced from camelina using process technology from Honeywell’s UOP, on flights on its Mexico City to San Jose, Costa Rica route, marking one of the first uses of renewable fuels in everyday airplane passenger service.

NextEV Launches NIO Brand; NIO EP9 fastest electric car on the Nürburgring Nordschliefe

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It has more than 2,000 employees in San Jose, Shanghai, Munich, London and eight other locations. At a launch event in London, electric car company NextEV unveiled its brand, NIO and its electric supercar, the NIO EP9, which has achieved a new lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschliefe.

Velodyne LiDAR opens “Megafactory” for 3D LiDAR sensors; 1M sensors in 2018

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Located in San Jose, CA, the facility not only has enough space for high-volume manufacturing and for the precise distance and ranging alignment process for LiDAR sensors as they come off the assembly line. In addition to the San Jose Megafactory, Velodyne LiDAR has also opened a new research and development facility in Alameda, CA. Velodyne LiDAR is opening a “Megafactory” to ramp up production of the latest 3D LiDAR sensors to meet high global demand.

Successful consumer trial of Soladiesel algae-based biodiesel at Propel Fuels locations

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The pilot program, which marked the first commercial availability of algal derived fuels, offered SoladieselBD in a B20 blend to consumers through Propel’s Clean Fuel Points in Redwood City, San Jose, Berkeley, and Oakland, California. Propel Fuels, a retailer of renewable fuels and clean mobility solutions, and. Solazyme, Inc.

Velodyne LiDAR more than quadruples production for autonomous vehicle surge

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These employees operate across three facilities in California, including the company’s new Megafactory in San Jose, its long-standing manufacturing facility in Morgan Hill, and the Velodyne Labs research center in Alameda. Velodyne LiDAR has more than quadrupled production for its high-performance LiDAR sensors to meet strong global demand.

Federal Realty partners with Car Charging Group to install EV charging stations at retail sites nationwide

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During the first phase of the program, EV charging stations will be installed at the following Federal Realty Investment Trust properties: Santana Row in San Jose, California. Federal Realty Investment Trust is partnering with Car Charging Group, Inc., a provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging services, to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across Federal Realty‘s portfolio of 18.6

Ryder begins taking delivery of 125 Chanje electric vans

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Ryder also plans to equip its maintenance facilities in the San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, and San Jose, Calif.

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

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Systems that showed double digit increases in 2013 were located in the following cities: New Orleans, LA (28.9%); Denver, CO (14.9%); and San Diego, CA (10.4%). Growth in public transit ridership since 1995 has outpaced population and VMT growth. Data: APTA. Click to enlarge.

California governor signs 6 bills to advance state’s electric vehicle market; HOT and HOV benefits

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Clean air vehicles must pay full fare to use the toll roads in Orange County but enjoy discounted rates to cross the San Francisco Bay Area bridges and to use the State Route 91 Express Lanes in Orange and Riverside Counties.

CA Energy Commission awarding Wrightspeed $5.789M grant for retrofit range-extended electric powertrain for medium-duty commercial vehicles

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Wrightspeed’s Geared Traction Drive integrates an electric motor, a two-speed gear box and an inverter. Source: Wrightspeed. Click to enlarge. The California Energy Commission CEC is awarding Silicon Valley startup Wrightspeed a $5.789-million grant for Advanced Vehicle Technology Manufacturing.

California Energy Commission to award $8.9M for completion of California DC fast charge North-South corridors

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) has selected 8 awardees for a total of $8,875,457 in funding to install Direct Current (DC) fast charging stations on Interstate 5 (I-5), State Route 99 (SR 99), and along United States Highway 101 (US-101) from San Jose traveling South in California.

Velodyne launches VLS-128, the world’s highest resolution LiDAR for autonomous vehicles; successor to the HDL-64

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It is produced today at Velodyne’s Megafactory in San Jose using a proprietary fully automatic laser alignment and manufacturing system.

NextEV issued autonomous vehicle testing permit in California

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founder Xiang Li;JD.com founder Richard Liu,and investment institutions including Hillhouse Capital;Sequoia Capital and JOY Capital.NextEV is headquartered in Shanghai,with design,research and development offices in San Jose,Munich,Beijing,Hong Kong,and London.. NextEV, a China-based designer and developer of high-performance electric vehicles ( earlier post ), has been issued an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit by the California DMV.

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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2011 Nissan Leaf Drive Review: A Real Electric Car for Real People

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Earlier this week, Nissan gave us some time behind the wheel of the Leaf in San Jose, California. Just days after Nissan announced its 8 year, 100,000 mile warranty option for the 2011 Leaf, we've had a chance to do our second test-drive of the week in Nissan's $33,750 electric baby. We had a great time and totally geeked out about the Leaf's