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BYD and US Hybrid to develop hydrogen electric bus for Honolulu airport

BYD has teamed with powertrain specialist US Hybrid Corporation to develop a hydrogen-electric bus, which will serve Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. The bus will use BYD’s battery-electric platform, integrating hydrogen fuel cell technology to eliminate dependency on charging. The new bus is being developed under Hawaii’s Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI), part of the… Read more »

New study: V2G may not degrade EV battery life – it might actually extend it

Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology could turn the challenge of EVs’ power consumption into an opportunity, allowing vehicle batteries to help balance electrical grids and facilitate the use of renewable energy. Alas, a recent study from the University of Hawaii suggested that the additional cycling could harm battery performance. Now a study from the University of Warwick… Read more »

New study finds V2G discharging harmful to EV batteries

Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology is seen as a potentially valuable resource for balancing electrical grids and facilitating the use of renewable energy. However, a new study by a team at the University of Hawaii suggests that the additional cycling to discharge vehicle batteries to the grid is detrimental to battery performance. In “Durability and reliability of… Read more »

XL Hybrids to launch PHEV pickup truck retrofit package in 2017

Boston-based XL Hybrids has announced the launch of its new XLP product line, a ship-thru upfit for half-ton pickup trucks that the company says will deliver a 50 percent improvement in fuel economy. The new XLP solution will build on the company’s existing XL3 hybrid powertrain, which was introduced in 2013, and has logged over… Read more »

Next frontier for Tesla: redefining the gas station?

At this very early stage of vehicle electrification, no one can be certain of what an optimal public charging network will look like. Conventional wisdom at this point calls for DC fast chargers along highways, and Level 2 chargers at destination locations such as tourist attractions, shopping malls, etc. There is also a school of… Read more »

Volta builds business on free charging, secures $7.5 million in financing

Charging network operator Volta Industries has closed a $4.5 million Series A capital round and a $3 million project financing facility, giving it the means to expand its current network of 100 public charging stations in California, Arizona and Hawaii. Volta has introduced what it calls a “community engagement model,” in which socially responsible brands… Read more »

New report: US plug-in sales could crack a million a year by 2024

Each year, Navigant Research releases a report that forecasts future trends in the plug-in vehicle (PEV) market. The latest edition predicts that annual North American PEV sales should break the one-million mark around 2024. The new report, Electric Vehicle Geographic Forecasts, notes that North America is the world’s strongest market for light-duty PEVs, with more… Read more »

Kia dealer: Don’t buy a Soul EV

When it comes to EV sales, the biggest party-poopers may not be shadowy oil industry conspirators, but auto dealers, who often lack information about their manufacturers’ electric models, and sometimes actively discourage buyers from considering them. Kia of Vancouver provided a blatant example of this recently, when a sales manager replied to a potential customer’s… Read more »

New study: state EV incentives are driving sales

Following up on its earlier review of national EV incentive programs, the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) has released a new study showing that state incentives are playing a significant early role in driving EV sales. As described in their white paper, Evaluation of State-level US Electric Vehicle Incentives, the researchers found that some… Read more »