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DOE awarding $19 million to 22 advanced vehicle technologies projects

The DOE is awarding $19.4 million to 22 new cost-shared research projects in the fields of advanced batteries, lightweight materials, emission control, and energy-efficient mobility systems. Fifteen of these are Phase 1 Battery Seedling projects, aimed at battery materials and approaches that complement the Battery500 Consortium’s research. Promising Phase 1 awardees will be competitively weeded… Read more »

AK Steel receives $1.8-million DOE award to develop electrical steels for hybrids and EVs

Ohio-based AK Steel has won an award of up to $1.8 million from the DOE to develop a new generation of non-oriented electrical steels (NOES) for motors used in a variety of industrial and automotive applications, including hybrid and electric vehicles. The three-year project will be conducted in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and… Read more »

California Air Resources Board votes unanimously to stand by clean car standards

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has voted unanimously to reaffirm the state’s clean car standards, setting up a confrontation with the regime in Washington. The Board’s decision comes after years of detailed analysis by ARB staff, culminating in a Midterm Review which concluded that the standards can be met on time, using known technologies,… Read more »

Southwest Research Institute consortium conducts independent battery benchmarking

Comparing the spec sheets from different parts manufacturers is tricky business for engineers in any industry. However, the advanced battery market seems to be uniquely challenged in this regard. As Tesla CEO Elon Musk often points out, when it comes to batteries, the BS factor is outrageous. Even if you assume that every vendor provides… Read more »

ChargePoint works to bring EV charging to apartments and condos

Installing EV charging infrastructure can be a challenge for residents of apartments or condominiums, but it’s a challenge that urgently needs to be addressed, as millions of people live in multi-unit dwellings, not only in US cities, but also in hot EV markets such as Europe and China. Network operator ChargePoint is working with residential… Read more »

DOE awards $18 million for plug-in work trucks, electric school buses and highway charging

The DOE has announced new awards of $18 million to five alternative fuel projects, four of them EV-related: Odyne Systems will receive $2.9 million to develop plug-in hybrid work trucks (class 7) that reduce fuel consumption by more than 50% and eliminate fuel consumption during stationary operations. Blue Bird Body Company will receive $4.9 million… Read more »

Survey results: Utilities and EV charging

By Paul Stith, Solution Lead for Black & Veatch’s Smart Integrated Infrastructure business. Stith specializes in sustainable transportation infrastructure, energy storage and their convergence within smart cities. Growing EV sales are providing new potential revenue streams for electric utilities. Though EVs still make up less than one percent of global auto sales, they have become… Read more »

New White House initiatives aim to promote EVs

The Obama administration, a reliable booster of electromobility, has announced a new package of measures aimed at helping to put more EVs on the road. While EVangelists may be disappointed that the package contains little in the way of new money or mandates, it will hopefully lay the groundwork for more cooperation among governments, private… Read more »

LAPD buys 100 BMW i3s, Greenlots to provide load-managed charging system

The Los Angeles Police Department has ordered 100 BMW i3s, and plans to add 500 more plug-in vehicles over the next five years. San Francisco- and Singapore-based Greenlots will supply 100 Level 2 chargers and four DC fast chargers, and integrate its software with LAPD’s fleet management program. Greenlots’ SKY technology will be used for… Read more »

Evercar brings its fleet of EVs to Uber, Lyft, Instacart and other on-demand services

Evercar uses short-term rentals to accelerate the potential for electric ride-sharing and delivery services. If it can clear regulatory hurdles, its electric-miles-as-a-service tools could change the growing industry. On paper, EVs seem like the perfect choice for the on-demand economy. In a world where vehicles are being pushed to spend more time on the road… Read more »