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DOE issues RFI to strengthen critical battery material supply chains

The DOE has issued a request for information (RFI) on challenges and opportunities in the upstream and midstream critical battery material supply chains. “As the demand for critical materials continues to grow, a secure and domestic upstream supply chain becomes vital,” said Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Daniel R. Simmons. “Innovation in… Read more »

Envision’s EV ARC provides solar-powered DC fast charging along rural California corridor

California’s official goal is to install 250,000 public chargers, including 10,000 DC fast chargers, by 2025. Charging stations are especially needed in rural areas, to facilitate long-distance travel, but providing grid power to remote locations can be prohibitively expensive. That’s where San Diego-based Envision Solar’s EV ARC comes in. The EV ARC is a solar-powered… Read more »

In Maine, electric refuse trucks will be powered by refuse

What could be more logical than running electric refuse trucks on power generated by a waste-to-energy plant? That’s just what Portland, Maine-based waste collection company Ecomaine plans to do, as Haley Rischar writes in Waste Today. Ecomaine opened a waste-to-energy plant in 1989, but a decrease in the value of the energy produced caused the… Read more »

DOE to award up to $30 million for critical materials technologies

The US DOE has announced up to $30 million in funding for R&D that focuses on extraction, separation, processing, validation and demonstration technologies for critical materials, including rare earth elements, which are essential to high-strength magnets used in EVs and wind turbines. The DOE is working toward reducing both the costs of critical materials and… Read more »

Trump administration guts air pollution standards

As expected, the Trump administration has announced a rollback of federal fuel economy regulations, a move that some estimate will increase annual US carbon emissions by as much as 25 percent, as well as increasing fuel costs for consumers and putting the US auto industry at a competitive disadvantage. The administration says weakening the standards… Read more »

New York State pledges $24 million in VW settlement funds for electric transit buses

New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) have announced that over $24 million is available to replace diesel-powered transit buses with new all-electric buses. As part of the state’s $128-million allocation from the federal Volkswagen Settlement, NYSERDA will invest $18.4 million to fund… Read more »

Adopt a Charger helps to get EV charging installed at public amenities

Public chargers are popping up at more and more locations. The sites are usually chosen for practical and/or financial reasons – areas of high traffic that are convenient to businesses such as restaurants and shopping centers. That’s a good thing, but there’s also a need for charging stations at public places such as parks, museums… Read more »

Michigan offers up to $70,000 in grants to install EV fast chargers

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) is offering grants of up to $70,000 for the installation of DC fast chargers. Successful applicants must be registered in a local utility-sponsored charging program, and can use their grant money for charger site preparation, equipment installation, networking fees, and signage. Part of the more… Read more »

California to ban time-based billing for EV charging

California’s Office of Administrative Law has approved amendments to its Electric Vehicle Fueling Systems Specifications that will eventually ban public charging operators from billing by the minute in the state. The ban will apply to new Level 2 chargers beginning in 2021, and to new DC fast chargers beginning in 2023. Chargers installed before 2021… Read more »

Zeal puts workplace and residential MUD chargers on autopilot

Nikhil Bharadwaj was sitting in his office, pondering his personal mission in life: to solve climate change “without bothering people.” After graduating as an energy engineer from Penn State University, that mission brought him to California, where he led the Transportation Innovation Team for Schneider Electric’s Energy and Sustainability Services department. For the umpteenth time… Read more »