Consortium Seeks Stimulus Funding for DME-Electric Hybrid Buses

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A consortium is seeking US stimulus funding available through the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) program to convert 20 hybrid diesel-electric buses to hybrid dimethyl-ether (DME)-electric propulsion.

mPhase to Pursue Funding From Stimulus Plan’s $2B for Advanced Automotive Battery Technology

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says it will pursue funding opportunities arising from the $2 billion allocated for advanced battery technology in the new economic stimulus package. mPhase Technologies , Inc., mPhase is developing a “smart” reserve battery, the Smart NanoBattery, which is a primary battery typically designed for a special purpose such as emergency or military use. The electrolyte is kept separate from the solid electrodes by a nanostructured membrane, preventing battery activation until power is needed.

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Stimulus Bill Provides Major Increase in Plug-in Vehicle Purchase Credit Program

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The $787-billion stimulus bill (HR 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) that emerged from the joint House-Senate conference committee this week provides funds for a large range of transportation-related projects. It also made significant changes in the current plug-in vehicle tax credit program, including increasing the limit from a program total of 250,000 vehicles to a maximum of 200,000 plug-ins per manufacturer.

California High Speed Rail Authority Votes to Include $4.5B for High-Speed Train Projects In State Federal Stimulus Funding Application

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billion in federal stimulus funding for engineering, design and construction on the state’s high-speed train system (earlier post) —generating an investment of $9.1 The California High-Speed Rail Authority Board unanimously approved an application for more than $4.5 billion when state matching funds are added. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to formally submit California’s bid by the federal government’s 2 Oct.

Bright Automotive Applies for $35M in Stimulus Package Grants to Accelerate Production of PHEV

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Bright Automotive has applied for $35 million in government grants to accelerate the production of its plug-in hybrid the IDEA ( earlier post ), and to deliver battery solutions to the industry through its engineering services arm. The IDEA is a multi-purpose, plug-in hybrid electric vehicle in the light truck classification aimed at commercial and government fleets.

Ryder Awarded First-of-Its-Kind Natural Gas Heavy Duty Truck Rental and Leasing Project Using $19.3M in Stimulus Funding

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The San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) Board has selected Ryder System, Inc. as its fleet partner in a groundbreaking heavy-duty natural gas truck rental and leasing project in Southern California. Ryder will use $19.3 million in state and federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funding secured by SANBAG to implement the project. This is the first time that natural gas trucks will be deployed into a large commercial truck rental and leasing operation.

DOE to Award Up to $300M in Stimulus Bill Funding for Projects to Expand Use of Alt-Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicles

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The FOA modifies a much smaller and earlier-issued FOA by incorporating a supplemental $300 million appropriated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 (the stimulus bill) for the Energy Policy Act (EPACT) of 2005 Section 721 to fund a competitive grant pilot program to be administered through the Clean Cities Program.

Eaton to Support Project to Develop and Deploy Medium-Duty Plug-in Hybrid Systems; Stimulus Funding to Support Largest Commercial PHEV Demonstration to Date

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Eaton Corporation’s truck and electrical businesses will support a $45.4 million grant to develop a fully integrated, production plug-in hybrid system for Class 2 – 5 vehicles (8,501 – 19,500 lbs gross vehicle weight), and the accompanying demonstration of a fleet of 378 plug-in hybrid trucks and shuttle buses. The funding is part of the recently announced $2.4 billion in grants by the US Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Earlier post.)

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Minneapolis gets EV Ready

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Minneapolis will be getting 18 electric cars from Ford, and stimulus funding will be used to install charging points, as reported in the Twin Cities downtownjournal.com.

Obama Administration Buys Electric Cars, Charging Stations

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The President may be currently abroad experiencing the horror of European ramps, but his government has been busy at home ordering the very cars its stimulus program has helped to fund. The General Services Administration responsible for the upkeep of the federal government’s 600,000 strong vehicle fleet has announced it will be buying 116

Coulomb launches ambitious plan to electrify cars: 4,600 new charging stations

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— a project nearly half-funded by federal stimulus money.The news comes at a tenuous time for electric car makers and electric grid operators. Coulomb Technologies unveiled ambitious plans today to install 4,600 new charging stations for plug-in vehicles in homes and commercial spaces across the U.S. On one side of the equation, companies like

Norway stimulates economy and electric cars with 5000 chargers

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As a part of the new government economic stimulus plan, Norway will be getting a "forest" of charging stations for electric vehicles. The Scandinavian nation, which is home to Th!nk, nk, today has about 2500 EVs on the road.

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Study Finds Global CO2 Emissions Dropped 1.3% in 2009; Emissions in China and India Rose 9% and 6%

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Although the stimulus package from the Chinese government in 2008 was said to have a green focus, even construction of windmills is a relatively emission intensive activity, at least in the short run Peters said. Due to large exports, China doesn’t only benefit from its own stimulus package, but also from stimulus packages in other countries ”, said Peters. Global CO 2 emissions decreased 1.3%

South Bay Bicycle Coalition Scores $240,000 Grant! Huge Grassroots Victory for Brand New Bike Group

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South Bay Bicycle Coalition members including Redondo Beach Councilman Steve Diels, with County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas and County Department of Public Health Staff upon awarding of the grant. That's South Bay Bicycle Coalition Chairman, Todd "Elvis" Dipaola rocking the shades.

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Dayton RTA Adding 10 Gillig Hybrid Buses

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Dayton RTA used two-thirds of the stimulus money it received in spring, 2009, to buy buses, offsetting the cost of fleet replacement and reducing the agency’s budget deficit. The Dayton, Ohio RTA is adding 10 hybrid buses to its fleet, which also includes electric trolley buses. The hybrids, manufactured by Gillig, use the GM-Allison parallel hybrid drive system.

Application process now open for 2015 BASF/VW “Science Award for Electrochemistry”

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The international Science Award for Electrochemistry supports outstanding work in natural and engineering science and aims to provide a stimulus for the development of high-capacity energy storage systems. The application process for the fourth (2015) BASF/VW “ Science Award for Electrochemistry ” ( earlier post ) is now open. Researchers have until 24 July 2015 to apply. The International Science Award offers total prize money of €100,000, including €50,000 for the first rank.

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Dow to produce advantaged materials for energy storage; initial focus on automotive

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Federal stimulus funds channeled toward domestic development of electric vehicle technology has created an opportunity to strengthen the energy storage industry in the US, which is currently based in Japan and Korea. The combination of unmet technical needs, stimulus for rapid growth in vehicle electrification, and geographic shift creates unique opportunities for Dow.

Brookings analysts recommend against repeating cash for clunkers program in future recession

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jobs for each million dollars of program costs) than other fiscal stimulus programs, such as increasing unemployment aid, reducing employers’ and employees'' payroll taxes, or allowing the expensing of investment costs.

Japan ends subsidy program for green car purchases

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The government revived the stimulus in a fourth supplementary budget for fiscal 2011 as many carmakers suffered disruptions to production and exports following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and flooding in Thailand. Nikkei. Japan has decided to end a government subsidy program to encourage purchases of environmentally friendly cars as funds dwindle. According to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the government only has ¥2.5 billion (US$32 million) left of the ¥274.7

Help Plug In America renew the EV infrastructure tax credit

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From Plug In America: Last year, Plug In America, along with electric vehicle and EV infrastructure manufacturers from coast to coast, worked with members of the House and Senate to get a critical plug-in vehicle infrastructure tax credit into the stimulus bill. This credit should be extended at the same level as in the stimulus for at least another three years.

Report: New China Policies to Favor, Boost Domestic EVs

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Zero emission pure electric cars would be the preferred technological paths for new energy cars in China, which would be reflected in the stimulus plan, said sources. The government’s stimulus policy, which will be released soon, will focus mainly on promotion of pure electric cars,” said Xu Changming, a senior economist of State Information Center, a thinktank under the National Development and Reform Commission.

EnerDel To Deploy AeroVironment Advanced Electric Vehicle Power Cycling and Test Systems at Indiana Facility

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Automotive lithium-ion battery maker EnerDel will be using a portion of its recent federal stimulus grant to purchase eight AeroVironment (AV) advanced electric vehicle power cycling and test systems. million grant to expand its domestic manufacturing capacity under the Advanced Battery Manufacturing Initiative (ABMI), part of the federal stimulus package enacted last February.

Azure Dynamics Wins 10 Balance Hybrid Electric Sales to Kentucky Municipalities; Option for 40 Additional Buses

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The State of Kentucky, under direction of its Office of Transportation Delivery, is one of the first states to receive Federal Transit Administration (FTA) stimulus money aimed at providing fuel efficient and environmentally friendly transportation solutions. The stimulus funds were provided to members of the Kentucky Public Transit Association. Azure Dynamics Corporation recently won orders for up to 50 Balance Hybrid Electric Shuttle Buses by Kentucky municipalities.

Valence Considering Building Battery Plant in US or Europe

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is considering building a battery plant in the US or Europe and will look into the possibility of funding from the economic stimulus package proposed by President Barack Obama. Before moving forward with plans for a US plant, Valence officials said, they would need a better sense of how the government plans to distribute stimulus money and what strings would be attached. Statesman.com. Lithium-ion battery company Valence Technology Inc.

Energy storage: why do we need it? The Green Piece.

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In 2009, for example, the US Stimulus Plan helped finance research into energy storage with [.]. August 22, 2011. The Green Piece Column. With electric cars inching ever closer to a mainstream reality, questions are raised as to how the grid will cope with increased demand. One of the potential answers appears to be energy storage. Electric cars The Green Piece demand electricity energy storage supply

J.D. Power, LMC: new vehicle sales in US slide again, 6th time this year

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The level of uncertainty in the market is high, but thus far the financial markets have shrugged off adverse policy risk related to trade and immigration under President-elect Trump and are expecting a fiscal stimulus boost that could spill over to autos. Stimulus watch, combined with the likelihood that incentives have pulled forward retail demand and will push 2016 to a near-record level, is making 2017 a pivotal year directionally for auto sales.

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Coulomb, MasterCard, and the future of public charging

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The charge stations and installations were paid for with federal stimulus and California Energy Commission grants won by Coulomb. If you are a business in a program area, you can get the same deal - free charge stations paid for by stimulus money.

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Government of Canada Awarding $18.79M to Biodiesel Producer

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The Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan also dedicates $1 billion for the Clean Energy Fund and $1 billion for the Green Infrastructure Fund to provide additional economic stimulus. The Government of Canada is delivering an investment of up to $18.79 million over seven years to Biocardel Québec Inc. through the ecoENERGY for Biofuels program. Biocardel Québec Inc., located in Richmond, Quebec, will produce about 40 million liters (10.6 million gallons US) of biodiesel a year.

Mayor DiVirgilio: “Why Hermosa Beach is Going Carbon Neutral”

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Now is the time to use the stimulus, grant and foundation money available to those who lead before the map is even drawn. Hermosa Beach Mayor, Michael DiVirgilio, speaking on behalf of 350 at the International Day of Climate Action last October.

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King County, Washington, Purchases 24 Azure Dynamics Balance Hybrid Electric Buses

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King County was able to award this contract with the support of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) stimulus funds aimed at providing fuel-efficient and more environmentally friendly transportation solutions. Azure Dynamics Corporation announced the sale of 24 Balance Hybrid Electric buses to King County, Washington for its Access Transportation services.

PECO Expanding Fleet with NGVs & PHEVs

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The utility is participating in a national consortium that recently was awarded a federal stimulus grant to purchase plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and the company is buying more trucks to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) as well. PECO is one of 50 utilities and other fleets in the program, which was awarded the $45 million competitive stimulus grant. The matching stimulus grant will provide up to $2.5

Government of Canada Providing C$80M Funding to GreenField Ethanol Facility

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The Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan also dedicates $1 billion to the Clean Energy Fund and $1 billion for the Green Infrastructure Fund to provide additional economic stimulus. The Government of Canada will provide up to C$79.75 million (US$78.97 million) in funding over seven years to GreenField ’s ethanol facility in Varennes, Quebec through the ecoENERGY for Biofuels program.

Capstone C30 Microturbine Integrated Into Electric Ford S-Max as Range Extender

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billion outlined in the stimulus fund to get more electric vehicles on US roads. UK-based Langford Performance Engineering has integrated a 30 kW Capstone C30 liquid fueled microturbine as a range extender into a series plug-in hybrid version of a Ford S-Max people carrier—a seven-seat crossover vehicle—in the United Kingdom. The Whisper Eco-Logic microturbine extended range electric vehicle. Click to enlarge.

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Polk Forecasts US LDV Sales to Grow 10.2% in 2010

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As government stimulus programs end, consumers must have confidence to continue spending and businesses need to invest and hire, otherwise the economic recovery could slow in 2010. Polk & Co. predicts the light vehicle market will be 11.5 million units in 2010, according to its most recent US light vehicle forecast. Light vehicle sales in 2009 were 10.4 million, the lowest level in 27 years, and 21.2% lower than 2008.

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China Car Sales Likely Hit New Record in April

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Bolstered by government stimulus plans, sales of autos in China likely reached a record high of 1.15 People’s Daily. million units, according to estimates from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM). Official figures for vehicle production and sales are scheduled for release next Monday. Assuming the CAAM figures are borne out by official data, April would be the fifth straight month of growth for the industry.

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Study Concludes Cash for Clunkers Program Is an Expensive Way to Reduce Carbon; Paying Nearly 10x the Projected Price of Carbon Credits

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do not discuss the merits of the program in terms of stimulus. While the program is an expensive way to reduce greenhouse gases, it is certainly possible that the stimulus benefits outweigh the added environmental costs. In] the first quarter of 2010, the stimulus will begin to wither, and consumption which would have otherwise occurred next year will have occurred in the second half of 2009.”.

ABB launches first DC fast charger compliant with Chinese GB standard

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Government stimulus policies, improved sense of environmental protection among the public as well as the increasing maturity of EV and charging technologies greatly contribute to the ge market potential in China.

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EV Project collects more than 24 million miles of EV operating data since inception

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ECOtality is the project manager of The EV Project, a public-private partnership funded in part by the US Department of Energy (DOE) through a federal stimulus grant and made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). ECOtality, Inc. has collected more than 24 million miles of electric vehicle operating data since the inception of The EV Project in 2010. Earlier post.). The EV Project is currently gathering data at a rate of 100,000 miles per day.

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Applications now open for the 3rd annual “Science Award for Electrochemistry” from Volkswagen and BASF

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The international "Science Award for Electrochemistry" supports outstanding work in natural and engineering science and aims to provide a stimulus for the development of high-capacity energy storage systems. The international “Science Award for Electrochemistry” from BASF and Volkswagen is set to be awarded for the third time. Scientists may now submit applications online at www.science-award.com. The website also explains the conditions of entry and the selection process.

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Oregon opens first phase of West Coast Electric Highway

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ODOE awarded ODOT $915,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus) funding through ODOE’s State Energy Program to install the network of EV charging stations. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), along with charging station partner AeroVironment and the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE), opened the first phase of the West Coast Electric Highway, which is anticipated to eventually stretch along Interstate 5 from the Canadian to Mexican borders. Earlier post.).