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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 »

Solar synergies: The market for solar carports expands alongside growing interest in EVs

A solar carport is the perfect complement to an EV. Not only does it ensure that your pretty new automobile, and the electrons powering it, stay clean, but it keeps things cool, making for slightly more efficient charging, and it serves as a visible advertisement for the new energy future. Charged recently spoke with the… Read more »

XG Sciences receives DOE grant for silicon-graphene anode technology

Michigan-based XG Sciences has received a DOE Round 2 small business award for $150,000, which it will use to support its efforts to develop low-cost manufacturing of a silicon-graphene composite anode. One goal for the new anode type is to reduce the formation of the solid electrolyte interface (SEI). The SEI layer is both a… Read more »

DOT offers $22.5 million in grants for “Low or No Emission” buses

The DOT is offering $22.5 million in grants in the latest round of its Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo). Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis to transit agencies and state transportation departments working either independently or jointly with bus manufacturers. The LoNo program is focused on deploying new low- or… Read more »

A closer look at torque ripple – minimizing its effects on electric machines

The Switched Reluctance Motor, or SRM, is often discussed as a prime choice for the next-generation EV traction motor. It is simple, robust, and arguably the least expensive of all motor types to manufacture. However, SRMs are notoriously difficult to control, and prone to emitting significant amounts of vibration and acoustic noise. The good news… Read more »

California DOT orders 11 portable solar EV charging stations from Envision Solar

San Diego-based Envision Solar has secured a contract from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to supply state and local agencies with the company’s EV ARC portable solar-powered EV chargers. The first purchase order is for 11 units, to be delivered within the next 90 days for around $750,000. The EV ARC is a standalone… Read more »

Pennsylvania renews EV rebate program

What the EV gods taketh away in Georgia, they reneweth in Pennsylvania. The Keystone State’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced the continuation of the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program, which provides rebates of up to $2,000 to buyers of plug-in vehicles. Under the program, which is supported by a gross receipts tax on… Read more »

DOE announces $55 million in new loans for cutting-edge vehicle technologies

Five years ago this week, the DOE finalized its Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing loan to Tesla Motors, which paid back the $465-million loan nine years early. So it seems like a propitious date to announce a new program that will make over $55 million in loans available for “cutting-edge vehicle technologies that strengthen the clean… Read more »