Tag: Proterra

Oct 13, 2016 - 07:47 am

Mercedes, BMW, Toyota, Suzuki, Nissan, Proterra.

Mercedes-Generation-EQEQ EV made in Bremen and Sindelfingen: Daimler has signed declarations of intent with works councils at its facilities in Bremen and Sindelfingen, stating that they will produce electric cars there in the future. Components for the new Mercedes EVs will be made in Hamburg-Harburg, while the first EQ should roll off production lines in Bremen.
automobilwoche.de, stuttgarter-zeitung.de, radiobremen.de (Articles in German)

Total electrification of BMW brands: According to CEO Harald Krüger, the carmaker “will systematically electrify all brands and model series.” Whether the 3-series will see an electric variant has not been decided, but Krüger recently confirmed plans for an electric Mini for 2019 and electric BMW X3 for 2020.
marketwatch.com

Toyota and Suzuki to cooperate: The Japanese carmakers want to work together on research and development of i.e. new environmental, safety and IT technology. That means, a cooperation in the field of electric mobility is possible.
autocar.co.uk, toyota.co.jp

Nissan scraps 24 kWh option: The carmaker no longer offers the smaller battery option for its Nissan Leaf in the U.S., Green Car Congress has learned. Only the 30 kWh will be made available there. That also means the base price of the EV increases to 32,450 dollars before subsidies.
greencarreports.com

Massive Prius recall: Toyota has to call 340,000 units of its best-seller back to the shop, due to possible issues with the handbrake. Affected are Toyota Prius build between August 2015 and October 2016.
reuters.com

Former Tesla manager heads Proterra: Josh Ensign, former Tesla Vice President of Manufacturing, has signed on as CEO of bus manufacturer Proterra. His goal is to increase production in Greenville, South Carolina, and begin producing batteries in California from August 2017.
electrek.co, prnewswire.com

Sep 13, 2016 - 08:06 am

BMW, Proterra, Toroidion, Slovakia.

BMW-Power-eDriveIs BMW planning its own Model 3? The many reservations for the new Tesla seem to have inspired BMW to get its own electric limousine. It will be based on the carmaker’s 3-series and will therefore not sport a distinct design and carbon fibre chassis, like the i-models. For some, it’s an indication that the previous approach to an electric line-up has failed. As reported yesterday, an electric X4 and Mini Cooper are also in the cards.
dw.com, autocar.co.uk, handelsblatt.com (fee required)

Bigger battery for C Evolution: The BMW C Evolution is now fitted with the new generation battery cells that are also used in the i3, allowing the 35 kW scooter to go 160 km on one charge. The A1 driving license version in Europe with an output of 11 kW and a top speed of 120 kph will also remain.
greencarcongress.com, bmwgroup.com

560 km range: Proterra presented the Catalyst E2, an all-electric bus with a larger battery that can therefore service destinations outside cities. Capacity is set at around 600 kWh, allowing the bus to go up to 560 km on one charge. The manufacturer has delivered more than 300 electric buses to its home market North America to date.
insideevs.com, greencarcongress.com, prnewswire.com

The 1,000 kW Toroidion is coming: The Finnish super car is apparently already in the final stages of the development phase. Based on the in 2015 presented 1MW Concept (we reported), the manufacturer plans a small series of 75 units per year. Moreover, the Toroidion team and Mika Salo are already preparing to take part in the 24h of Le Mans.
electricautosport.com

Slovakia plans EV incentives: Electric cars are to account for 31 percent of car sales by 2030, which is why the government is planning a series on measures to help the market. These include direct subsidies and tax relieves, scrapping registration fees and allowing for a shorter depreciation period for companies, implementing zero emission zones and the promise to install one charger for every 10 EVs sold.
spectator.sme.sk

Aug 29, 2016 - 08:01 am

Clever, Spiri, South Africa, Proterra, Cobb County.

Clever cooperation: Following a similar deal with BMW (we reported), Clever and VW now offer buyers in Denmark a charging flat rate for newly purchased electric or plug-in models. On top of that, buyers get a personal charger installed at home.
clever.dk

Autonomous carpool: Danish start-up Spiri wants to start a carpooling service with its own electric vehicles starting next year. Design and performance details are said to be unveiled at the end of September. Spiri says it cars will be able to drive autonomously in the future.
electrek.co, techcrunch.com

Charging South Africa: Nissan and BMW have installed its first three joint chargers in the. The two carmakers are working together (we reported) to set up a charging station network across South Africa by 2017.
techfinancials.co.za

E-Bus for Illinois: The Illinois Quad Cities’ MetroLINK transit organization has ordered two battery-powered XR buses from Proterra. The deal also includes an option for further purchases through 2020.
prnewswire.com

Electric emergency response: The fire department and emergency services in Cobb County in the U.S. state of Georgia have added seven Nissan Leaf to their fleet. The vehicles are being leased and are reserved for staff members. The department expects to save more than 170,000 dollars compared to operating petrol-powered cars.
ajc.com

Jul 28, 2016 - 08:17 am

Renault Mobility, Ford, Proterra, eMotorWerks, Missouri.

Renault announces Zoe-sharing: The French manufacturer will implement a carsharing scheme called Renault Mobility in France, which it will present at the Salon d’Automobile in Paris in October. On top of cars with combustion engines, private and business customers will also be able to rent the Renault Zoe.
renault.com

Ford cooperates with MIT: The two have announced a research project using a fleet of electric shuttles. LIDAR sensors and cameras will measure pedestrian traffic on campuses and public roads to determine areas where there is demand for electric shuttle buses.
greencarcongress.com

New electric busses across the pond: Proterra announced that eight existing and new customers have received grants to buy a total of 35 electric buses. That brings the manufactures total orders to 287 electric buses from 38 U.S. cities.
greencarcongress.com

Charge with voice command: California-based company eMotorWerks has announced a new voice command function for its JuiceNet charging stations. Amazon’s Speaktoit assistant Alexa is there to help.
automotive-business-review.com, prnewswire.com

Local incentives: Missouri utility Empire District Electric has set up a charger at the Missouri Southern State University. Moreover, it incentivises clients to purchase electric cars, promising 2,000 dollars in subsidies per EV and 1,000 per PHEV bought.
buffaloreflex.com

Jul 26, 2016 - 08:35 am

EV Hub, Kandi, Seattle City Light, Dubai, New Flyer, Proterra.

New UK charging network planned: EV Hub wants to set up a charging network at supermarkets and cafés in the UK. It is currently looking to collect 500,000 pounds via crowdfunding to kick start its project in London, which will then successively expand to other parts of the country.
thisismoney.co.uk

Sells like hotcakes: Kandi has signed another deal, this time with Pang Da Automobile that ordered 60,000 EVs that will be delivered over the next four years. The electric cars will be stationed at universities across the country.
globenewswire.com

Seattle plugs in: Utility Seattle City Light will install 20 new rapid-chargers, as well as set up charging at several hundred private homes. Previously, the company had announced plans to set up 10 fast-chargers.
seattletimes.com

Electrifying Dubai: The UAE’s biggest city wants that by 2020, at least two percent of all new cars registered there will be electric of hybrid – a number said to grow to 10% by 2030. Meanwhile. Dubai’s taxi service Careem is working with Next Future to set up a shuttle service with self-driving electric pods.
tradearabia.com, timeoutdubai.com (pods)

Public electrification: Thanks to federal grants, Portland is looking to purchase four all-electric New Flyer buses and the corresponding charging infrastructure. Service will start in 2018. The city of Everett, located in the U.S. state of Washington, has received 3.4m dollars in grants to replace four older buses with electric ones from Proterra.
patch.com (Portland), heraldnet.com (Everett)

Jun 29, 2016 - 08:13 am

Volkswagen, BYD, Proterra, Baidu, Aston Martin, Paragon.

VW has to pay 14.7bn dollars to settle the diesel scandal in the USA. 2bn will fund ZEV infrastructure and initiatives over ten years. Most money (10bn) is to go into a funding pool for affected consumers, who will then have to choose between a buyback or emissions modification. The latter has to be approved by the EPA and CARB. If the court ultimately approves the ruling, it will be the largest consumer auto industry class action settlement in U.S. history. VW may face criminal charges still.
greencarcongress.com, dailymail.co.uk, vwcourtsettlement.com (check for eligibility)

BYD-QinDreaming big: BYD aims to sell 1 million electric vehicles by 2020 and believes in an EV marketshare of 30% by 2025, assuming that growth is accelerating. Furthermore, BYD is to start a pilot with an elevated transit bus for up to 50,000 passengers in Shenzhen this September. The concept resembles the straddling bus and the Airbus would travel 5 – 10 metres above cars.
chinadaily.com.cn

Open fast-charging patents: Proterra released patents on overhead fast-charging technology for electric buses, following Tesla and Toyota in the hope to accelerate the industry. The technology that has been made available openly is called Single Blade Charging and access is royalty-free.
autoblog.com

Chinese Google car: Baidu, China’s equivalent to Google, gears up to mass produce driverless cars within five years time. Testing of the autonomous vehicles is under way and while nothing has been said about the nature of those cars, it seems rather obvious that they will be electric in one way or another.
news.xinhuanet.com

Similarly certain is that the super car by Aston Martin and Red Bull is to be a hybrid, Autocar reports. A model of the AM-RB 001 hypercar has been presented to the selected few already and is set for public debut on July 5. Working prototypes cannot be expected before spring next year though.
autocar.co.uk

Mining more sustainably: Paragon subsidiary Voltabox is to strategically cooperate with Joy Global to develop smart battery systems for the latter’s mining equipment. First deliveries are planned for 2017.

May 24, 2016 - 08:40 am

Fastned, Elm EV, hydrogen-diesel lorry, Proterra, China.

3m euros were raised by Fastned in the first five weeks of its listing on the new stock exchange Nxchange. 307,473 new certificates of shares each worth 10,000 euros have been issued. The Dutch EV infrastructure provider will use the funds to expand its network abroad, in cities, and along highways.
marketwatch.com

EV fleet encouragement: Stronger together is the idea of the partnership between EV charging provider Elm EV and the Zero Carbon Futures consultancy. Together, they aim to support businesses and organisations to roll-out large-scale EV programmes and charging networks across multiple sites.
fleetnews.co.uk, autovolt-magazine.com

H2 hybrid bin lorry: Two hybrid hydrogen-diesel lorries have been introduced by Scottish Fife Council. The converted garbage trucks are part of a project that will also see the transformation of five Ford Transit vans and ten Renault HyKangoo vans to hybrid electric and fuel cell operation.
commercialfleet.org

Transition to electric: Proterra launches the EV Simulator designed to point fleet managers to electric buses. It visualises mass transit networks and assesses cost savings, performance, and environmental impact of BEVs in comparison to diesel, CNG and hybrid technologies on specified routes.
prnewswire.com

Hangzhou homes in on charging: The Chinese city issued a law that requires all newly built homes to incorporate for the installation of EV charging facilities. From June 8th, parking lots in new housing projects must reserve a space for a charging post for every unit.
shanghaidaily.com

May 18, 2016 - 08:14 am

BMZ, Proterra, TransX, Electrovaya.

German battery factory: BMZ inaugurated two new buildings in German Karlstein-Großwelzheim. The production and logistic facilities are just one step of becoming Europe’s biggest battery maker. CEO Sven Bauer aims to make “up to 800m Li-ion batteries in different sizes with a total storage volume of around 40 GWh per year” by 2020. He stresses the importance of pedelec batteries for BMZ. Furthermore, the 20-year-old company is working on a super cell with a prototype set to debut this year.
bike-eu.com, elektronikpraxis.vogel.de (super cell, in German)

Stronger bus battery: Proterra presents a new battery design for its Catalyst XR. The transit bus now holds 330 kWh, 28 percent more than the previous power pack but stays within the same volumetric footprint. The upgrade to the higher energy level is free of charge for existing customers.
electriccarsreport.com, greencarcongress.com

Mini mid-motor: Taiwanese TransX of JD Group enters the speed pedelec segment. A new central motor delivers 400 W to accelerate electric bicycles to up to 45 kph. Being round and small, the M25GTS integrates neatly into the frame. Winora utilises the system for its Radar model.
can-newsletter.org

Sensible battery modules: Electrovaya introduced a 1kWh battery module as well as an 48V, 2.3 kWh version as building blocks for Li-ion batteries. The Litacore1000 has voltage and temperature sensors. Integrated in the 48 V EV4823 is an intelligent battery management system including CANbus.
greencarcongress.com

May 12, 2016 - 08:54 am

Delhi, Hyperloop, battery swapping, Amazon, Go Ultra Low, Proterra.

Delhi welcomes electrification: The Indian capital has reduced VAT on hybrid and electric cars as well as e-rickshaws from 12.5 to 5 percent with immediate effect. Delhi’s government further decided to launch 25 electric buses, which will likely be procured by July.
indiatimes.com (VAT), hindustantimes.com (electric buses)

Hyperloop hype: One of the start-ups hoping to make very high speed trains a reality has issued a global call for applications. Regions, projects, and really anyone is invited to make a case for the first Hyperloop location. Hyperloop One just collected 80m in funding. Germany’s railway company Deutsche Bahn is among the investors.
electrek.co, hyperloop-one.com (Global Challenge)

Battery swapping comeback? BAIC BJEV trials a strategy of replacing batteries rather than just charging them. It sees the idea as particularly useful for electric taxi applications, but also rental EV fleets. A first such swapping station has been erected in Beijing.
autonews.gasgoo.com

Electric delivery: Amazon expanded its electric cargo bike delivery service to Berlin. Prime customers can now receive their orders within one or two hours. The couriers ride pedelecs by Bullit and shall mainly deliver perishable goods in time.
ebike-news.de (in German)

Go Ultra Low Company is a new status awarded by the UK government initiative of the same name. Among the first 11 organisations to be recognised for their commitment to electrify up 5 percent of their fleet by 2020, were Microsoft, the London Fire Brigade, and the Environment Agency.
fleetnews.co.uk

Though testing: Proterra’s Catalyst electric bus has undergone rigorous testing in the King County Metro Transit fleet. The electric bus was in service 24/7 for 106 days, transporting the equivalent of 97 passengers and driving an average 325 miles a day with stops at the rapid-charger in between.
insideevs.com (with video)

Apr 25, 2016 - 08:08 am

Eakay, Proterra, LA, FirstElement Fuel, Colombia.

Eakay expands: Chinese electric auto rental service Eakay concluded a successful two year trial in Wuhu and will open branches in 50 cities in the next two years. Cars can be rented via an app and dropped off at predetermined locations. Eakay intends to grow its fleet from 1,100 cars from locally-based Chery Automobile to 3,100 by the end of the year.
china.org.cn

Low-No orders: Several companies receiving funds from the U.S. Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Grants (we reported) have set their hearts on Proterra. Funds from SEPTA, Foothill Transit and King County Metro will go towards 33 Catalyst electric buses and charging infrastructure. In total, Proterra has now received order for a total of 155 vehicles from across the U.S.
greencarcongress.com

LA orange line: Los Angeles has received 4.3m dollars in federal grants to purchase five electric buses and eight charging stations for their orange line. The intended supplier has not yet been named. Many suspect that the city will choose BYD, after the manufacturer filled orders for the Metro’s fleet last year.
sfvbj.com

Real hydrogen network: Start-up FirstElement Fuel intends to establish a hydrogen charging network of unprecedented size in the U.S., called the True Zero Network. The company already opened 15 True Zero stations on the West Coast. Four more will follow this year, contracted to Black & Veatch. The network is funded largely by grants, as well as partnerships with Toyota and Honda.
prnewswire.com, ngtnews.com

Mandatory chargers: The Quebec government considers a mandate that would require every newly built home in the Canadian province to be outfitted with a 240V EV charging station. Results of a relevant impact study are expected to be published this summer. It is already known that the chargers would only raise the cost of new homes by about 400 dollars.
autoblog.com

Travel Colombia: UQM Technologies and Colombian EV integrator Creatti Labs SAS are working on EV transportation systems for South American markets, currently setting up an electric transit bus platform for Colombia’s Cali, Medellin and Bogota. A UQM PowerPhase HD250 motor/controller system with two speed EV transmission has already been shipped to the country.
businesswire.com

Apr 1, 2016 - 07:59 am

Tesla, Low-No, Proterra, Spinx, Daventry.

Tesla’s lawsuit: According to The Wall Street Journal, Tesla is preparing a federal lawsuit to prevent states from banning direct-sales. Six U.S. states (18 percent of the vehicles market) won’t currently allow Tesla stores, which could hurt sales of the new Model 3. The EV maker’s legal team has been studying a case in which monk were allowed to directly sell coffins to customers to establish precedence.
wsj.com

“Low-No” programme: The U.S. Federal Transit Administration has approved 55m dollars in funding for state and government agencies to purchase low or no emissions vehicles, as well as related equipment and facilities. The funding comes as part of their Low or No Emission Programme, designed to transition the nation’s transit to energy efficient vehicles.
fta.dot.gov, greencarcongress.com

Proterra tested: King County Metro Transit in Washington state, USA, has completed accelerated durability and reliability testing for the Proterra Catalyst e-bus. The highly rigorous test consisted of simulating continuous use with a 97 passenger sized load for one year. The Proterra averaged 325 miles per day, driving 572 miles/day max. The electric bus was charged over 1,750 times during the testing period.
greencarcongress.com

Spinx in Carolina: Select Spinx locations in South Carolina will be getting Level 3 (DC) electric chargers. While Levels 1 and 2 chargers are already available, the Level 3 allows customers to load up faster. Chargers will be ready to use by May 3rd, and will cost a flat rate of 5.95 dollars plus 20 cents per minute.
greenvilleonline.com

Daventry local council: One new Nissan Leaf has joined the Daventry District Council in the UK. The EV was purchased with the help of a grant from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, and will be used by staff for business travel.
daventryexpress.co.uk

Mar 14, 2016 - 10:25 am

Utrecht, Thailand, Seattle, Proterra.

Solar chargers for Utrecht: Renault, the Dutch city of Utrecht, ElaadNL, and LonboXnet have signed a letter of intent to test solar smart charging stations. Some 1,000 units could be installed, where ElaadNL would be in charge of the infrastructure and Renault would supply 150 Zoe Z.E. through 2017. The project’s second phase could see the construction of a V2G system.
v2g.co.uk

Thailand’s three step plan: To push EV uptake in the public sector, the country will start regulating EV costs, making sure prices will not exceed those of natural gas vehicles. In a second step, those measures will also apply to electric passenger cars, while Thailand will also cut tax rates, push local battery production and develop charging infrastructure. The third step (2020-2036) will see the installation of up to 800 chargers for an estimated 1.2m electric vehicles.
bangkokpost.com

Seattle’s 15,000 EV plan: To cut the city fleet’s emissions in half by 2025, Seattle’s mayor is calling to include more electric vehicles – a total of 15,000 purely electric cars are said to roam the city’s streets in ten years. Moreover, the EVs will all be powered with clean energy, as Seattle produces enough hydropower.
seattletimes.com

Proterra prepares for rising demand: As more and more transport agencies are looking to include electric buses in their fleets, manufacturer Proterra wants to nearly double production capacity in 2016. It therefore placed a follow-on order with UQM Technologies for PowerPhase HD electric systems, to be delivered this year.
greencarcongress.com

Feb 25, 2016 - 09:43 am

Gatwick, Proterra, Tesla, Vector, SemaConnect.

Electric Gatwick: The London airport wants to become the “UK’s leading low carbon airport” by 2025. That also means it will electrify its entire fleet over the coming 10 years.
internationalairportreview.com, airport-technology.com

More efficient: According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Proterra’s all-electric buses are four times more efficient than buses running on compact natural gas. The study looked at a pilot scheme in California’s Foothill Transit, where 12 Proterra buses are in service.
chargedevs.com

EV feud: A new bill could put an end to Tesla’s direct sales model in the U.S. state of Indiana from July 1st, 2016. The EV maker blames GM to behind the measure, who responded to the allegations by saying that Tesla should not play by “special rules” when competing against “similarly capable vehicles and similar price points” – meaning the Chevy Bolt going up against the Tesla Model 3.
autoblog.com (bill); autoblog.com (GM)

Vector expands network: New Zealand’s Vector added two more rapid and one standard charger to its network in the city of Auckland. The company also said that it will install at least another 13 fast-chargers in the country over the next six months.
evfleetworld.co.uk

Charging USA: SemaConnect has installed five new charging stations at three The Wiseman Company properties in California. Four stations will be reserved for tenants and local drivers, while the fifth is open to the public. Meanwhile, DC Solar will install six portable, solar-powered EV chargers for the NASCAR weekend in Las Vegan, Nevada, next month.
pressreleaserocket.net (California), pressreleaserocket.net (Nevada)

Feb 4, 2016 - 08:56 am

London, Frankfurt, Proterra, Hammersmith and Fulham.

Boris Buses: London’s Mayor Boris Johnson will leave office this year but is busy buying more of his “signature” hybrid buses, ordering another 195 from Wrightbus. This will eventually bring the total number of orders to a 1,000 of which 600 are already in service. Potential successors to the mayor already said they would not continue to aim for 2,000 hybrid buses by 2020. Instead, they would seek full electrification or “true” hybrids if not suspending infrastructure spending altogether.
theguardian.com

Electric fleet in Frankfurt: The city added 35 electric cars to its official fleet as part of its procurement initiative. Departments and offices could apply for monetary support and Frankfurt spent all 200,000 euros initially reserved. The city hopes to set an example not only for its citizens but also other cities as it considers itself to be a European mobility metropolis.
frankfurt.de (in German)

Electric buses on campus: Proterra received an order from the Associated Students of the University of Montana (ASUM) Transportation. The two electric buses and a semi-fast charging stations are the beginning of ASUM’s initiative to phase out diesel buses and to move into electric transit.
greencarcongress.com, ngtnews.com

Let the charge begin: The London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham has started the installation of its on-street EV charging facilities. The first nine of 20 planned charging locations with two charging points each will be ready by March.
fulhamsw6.com

Nov 16, 2015 - 08:39 am

Norway, Proterra, London, Kentucky, Washington.

Electric mail: The post office branch in the Norwegian province of Rogaland replaced its fleet with 16 electric cars. It is part of the Posten Norge’s strategy to replace all vehicles with electric ones by autumn 2016 (we reported) and intends to buy another 300 EVs from Renault and Nissan next year.
aftenbladet.no (in Norwegian)

Country meets electric: A total of nine Proterra electric buses are now in service in Nashville, Tennessee. They are running on the blue and green line of the Music City Circuit. Some 50 bus drivers were trained to operate the all-electric buses, which have room for up to 42 passengers (27 seated).
tennessean.com, masstransitmag.com

Room for EVs: London neighbourhoods Hammersmith and Fulham are said to build 40 charging points for electric vehicles by the end of 2016. The application for ten on-street car-charging spots (each with two chargers) has been submitted; another ten are said to follow shortly.
getwestlondon.co.uk

Kentucky charges ahead: Utilities Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company want to each install ten charging stations in the U.S. state. These will all be public. Moreover, business owners will have the chance to host a charger, if they agree to a five-year commitment.
lanereport.com, wtvq.com

ZEVs for dam project: The Grand Coulee Dam in Washington State, USA, will add 27 Electric Utility Vehicles (EUVs) to its fleet, to cut the use of petrol by 10 to 15 percent. The cars feature Li-ion batteries, have a top speed of 20 mph and will be used to make short trips around the 18 square mile campus.
krem.com

Oct 6, 2015 - 08:21 am

Tesla, Nissan, Uniti, VECV, Proterra, Renault & Dongfeng.

Elon tweets: Tesla CEO Elon Musk took part in a Q&A on Twitter and revealed that a cheaper Model X version with a smaller battery will come in around 12 months from now. Musk has also confirmed that a Model Y ist planned. Whether the Tesla Model Y will be based on the Model 3 remains to be seen.
teslarati.com, insideevs.com

Connected Nissan EV: Nissan previewed its Teatro for Dayz concept ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show. Designed for the so-called share natives, the all-electric car is based on the Dayz kei car and boasts customizable screens on the inside and outside.
pcworld.com, carscoops.com, worldcarfans.com

Open design EV: The Uniti projects brings together an international team at Swedish Lund University. Together, they aim to challenge the idea of urban mobility and automotive design. An electric two-seater prototype is being set up with the design and development process open and patent-free.
pr.com, youtube.com (teaser), iamuniti.com (project website)

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Hybrid school bus: The Indian Joint Venture Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles (VECV) plans to develop a hybrid powertrain and AMT system for buses and trucks in the 16-49t range. The development work has begun first in a hybrid school bus that will take a year and a half for completion.
autocarpro.in, indianautosblog.com

Nimble electric bus: Proterra introduced its 35-feet electric bus (10.7 metres). The smaller Catalyst is easier to steer through dense urban areas and features more automation but sits on the same technology platform as the 40-feet version. Dallas Area Rapid Transit already ordered seven.
greencarcongress.com

Spied: As we reported, Renault and Dongfeng are building an EV for the Chinese market. Now the Fluence Z.E. with a Dongfeng name tag has been spied without camouflage. It looks like a rebadge-only operation rather than a re-development but if the former is true, why is the launch only set for 2017?
worldcarfans.com

Sep 4, 2015 - 09:43 am

Full hybrids, Proterra.

Good-bye full hybrids: According to German Manager Magazin, German carmakers quietly said good-bye to full hybrid technologies, focusing on plug-in versions instead. While Toyota hybrids continue to be successful, BMW says the “crawling electrically does not satisfy customers.” Farwell…
manager-magazin.de (in German)

Video tip: Proterra put its Catalyst XR Electric Bus to the test, driving 258 miles on one charge. That is a 70 mile increase compared to tests done earlier this year, and Proterra says its 321 kWh buses could soon crack the 300-mile-mark.
youtube.com via autoblog.com

Events for the upcoming week: Cenex LCV2015 (Sept 09-10; Millbrook, England) ++ National Drive Electric Week (Sept 12-20; USA and other countries)
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar

Aug 13, 2015 - 08:34 am

Hyundai, Kia, BMW, Tesla, Proterra, Brammo.

Koreans charge ahead: Together, Hyundai and Kia want to introduce four new hybrids, two plug-ins and one electric car in the USA, Automotive News reports. Two models are solely designed as hybrids. They are based on the platform of the Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte, respectively, and can be expected by 2017. The all-electric model will come from Hyundai, possibly in the same year.
autonews.comautoguide.com

BMW i5 update: An electric and a PHEV variant of the i5 are becoming more likely. AutoBild summarises presumptions so far: it will be bigger than the i3 but use the same electric motor, while the PHEV will be coupled with an engine doubling as range extender. Materials will include carbon, but less to keep the cost down. The price is presumed to be around 5,000 euros higher than a comparable 3-series BMW. The launch is expected by 2019.
autobild.de (in German)

Tesla-Model-XModel X production delayed? Tesla is still negotiating with three essential suppliers and not all components have been ordered yet, Green Car Reports discloses. Consequently, only a few units of the Model X are being assembled pretty much by hand, while serial production might not start before December or January.
greencarreports.com

Explosion at Proterra plant: The electric bus maker’s facility in Greenville, South Carolina, saw two blasts last night. Apparently, one bus also caught fire. The cause of the explosions is still being investigated. No one was harmed.
foxcarolina.com via insideevs.com

Out with the old: Brammo is selling off its remaining stock of electric motorcycles. 2014 Empulse models now cost only 9,995 dollars, while the 2014 Empulse R, on which the new 20,000-dollar Victory Empulse TT is modeled on, is selling for a mere 11,995 dollars.
blog.motorcycle.com

Jul 22, 2015 - 08:12 am

Kandi, Myles, London, Munich, Proterra, CarCharging.

Kandi signs another big deal: The Chinese carmaker will deliver 1,500 electric vehicles to the city of Luzhou in the southeastern region of the Sichuan province. The city will uses the cars to start its Micro Public Transportation (MPT) program before the end of the year.
nasdaq.com

EVs for hire: Hiring service Myles has opened 20 new locations in the city of Mumbai, India, allowing customers to rent cars hourly, daily, weekly or on a monthly basis. Myles has 34 car models in its portfolio, including electric vehicles.
indiatoday.intoday.in

Double-trouble in London: Some of the city’s hybrid double-decker buses, that have been on the road since 2012, have been experiencing battery performance problems. That meant the buses were diesel-powered 90 percent of the time. Transport for London admitted that earlier buses had battery problems, but said these batteries had been repaired or replaced at no cost to the taxpayer.
airqualitynews.com

First H2 station with two systems: In Munich, the world’s first hydrogen filling station featuring two refueling technologies has gone online. Next to CGHT technology with 700 bar, it makes use of Cryo-compressed hydrogen storage technology (CCH2) with 350 bar, which is developed by the BMW Group. It offers up to 50 percent more hydrogen storage capacity than 700 bar tanks
automotiveworld.com, bmwgroup.com

Proterra sells e-buses in California: The cities of Stockton and Porterville each ordered two of Proterra’s Catalyst battery-powered buses. The purchase is funded by the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District and the buses will replace diesel-powered buses currently in use.
prnewswire.com, greencarcongress.com

Four chargers for Tennessee: CarCharging and the Hamister Group have installed four Blink EV charging stations at the Fairfield Inn & Suite and MainStay Suites Hotel in Tennessee. The chargers are available to anyone, as they accept payment with any major credit card.
prnewswire.com, cnn.com

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Jul 2, 2015 - 08:49 am

Nissan, Toyota, BMW, Proterra, Formula E, Catalonia.

Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid scrapped: The Japanese manufacturer seized its the hybrid SUV after only two years, probably due to low sales. And with the Pathfinder, its luxury version, the Infiniti QX60 Hybrid disappeared from all websites as well.
greencarreports.com, caranddriver.com

Toyota and BMW JV progresses: Apparently, the two carmakers have agreed on a platform on which its joint sport car will sit. News on where the model might be built have not been released, while component testing will not take place before 2020.
bloomberg.com

Proterra finalises investment: The electric bus manufacturer has received another 55 million dollars in funding; 19 million from new strategic investors, while current creditors added the rest of the cash. The money will be used to further scale production and to accelerate growth.
greencarcongress.com

Formula E race in Brussels? The city is another hot contender to host the ePrix during the second season of the Formula E. Brusselshas agreed to look into the feasibility. Berlin and Paris are the city’s rivals, but mainly it is a question about timing, as the 24 Hours of Le Mans might coincide.
electricautosport.com

Catalan EV privileges: Electric vehicles will be freed from road toll in Catalonia, i.e. the area in and outside of Barcelona. The new rule will go into force on September, 15th, and will be followed by other privileges such as free parking or access to bus lanes.
emobilitaetonline.de (in German)

Jun 12, 2015 - 09:05 am

Sumitomo Chemical, Proterra, McMaster University, Airbus.

Separators in high demand: Sumitomo Chemical, supplier to Panasonic and Tesla, will more than double production capacity for its PERVIO separator in Japan by next spring. Furthermore, the company plans to build a new facility in South Korea where production is to start by 2017.
greencarcongress.com

New electric bus by Proterra: Testing is completed for Proterra´s new electric bus called Catalyst. The company says it is in the process setting records for efficiency, gradeability, weight and acceleration. The motor delivers 220 kW and the Catalyst will be offered with both lithium-titanate and NMC batteries.
greencarcongress.com

A total of 15 million dollars in funding will go to the Canadian McMaster University from the Ontario Research Fund. 4.4 millions are destined for the ‘Virtual Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicle Powertrain Integration Lab’ (HEPIL), where engineers and scientists will research and test the next generation of vehicles with electrified powertrains using a sophisticated dynamometer.
thespec.com, mcmaster.ca

Charging while flying: The ‘Fly Your Ideas’ competition by Airbus has seen young inventors coming up with a concept that allows an airplane to reap energy from the fluctuations experienced during flight. An all-woman team presented electric taxiing via inductive charging technology embedded in the runway.
apex.aero

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Most clicked link on Thursday was the all-electric bus MD 9 ElectriCITY by Turkish company Temsa.
temsaglobal.com

Apr 10, 2015 - 09:00 am

Renault, Proterra, Washington, Los Angeles, Phillippines.

Cognac distillery electrified: Renault delivered 23 Zoe and 22 Kangoo Z.E. to Hennessy. The liquor company does thus electrify 80 per cent of its fleet in one go in the French city of Cognac where the electric cars will be used by employees.
electriccarsreport.com, greencarcongress.com

Good times for Proterra as the company just received a grant over 3 million dollars from the DoE. The money goes into the design and construction of Proterra’s new electric bus manufacturing line in California. Foothill Transit ordered another 13 Proterra buses scheduled for delivery in 2016.
greencarcongress.com

Bad news for Tesla and BMW as Washington State is discussing to limit its EV subsidy in form of a sales tax exemption to vehicles costing less than 35,000 dollars. The Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt would still qualify. So far, the bill is a proposal but could replace current EV policies by the end of July.
insideevs.com

Low carb LA: Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, has outlined his vision for a sustainable Hollywood star hub and its outer boroughs. Among other initiatives, the ‘pLAn’ asks for the installation of 1,000 EV charging stations within the next two years.
latimes.com, scpr.org

Electric trike trial: On the Phillippines, Fujitsu and Global Mobility Service (GMS) are to expand a trial with electric three wheelers that GMS already conducted in Manila. The trikes will now be connected to the to the Fujitsu Intelligent Society Solution SPATIOWL, a cloud service that plans routes according to remaining range or access to a charging spot.
greencarcongress.com

Apr 1, 2015 - 08:49 am

Proterra electric buses.

Proterra’s buses have travelled a total of 1 million miles, the company reported. Proterra honoured each of its transit partners and their role as early pioneers in electrifying mass transit. According to the manufacturer, by going electric, Proterra customers have saved nearly 250,000 gallons of fossil fuel.
greencarcongress.com

Feb 26, 2015 - 10:03 am

PNNL, A* Star, IREQ, Proterra, Electrovaya & Mondelez.

Electrolyte research: Researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) say they have developed a new electrolyte that allows lithium-sulfur, lithium-metal and lithium-air batteries to operate at 99 percent efficiency, while having a high current density and without growing dendrites.
greencarcongress.com, pnnl.gov

Cathode research: Researchers from Singapore and Canada have synthesized silicate-based nanoboxes that, according to the researchers, could more than double the energy capacity of lithium-ion batteries as compared to conventional phosphate-based cathodes.
greencarcongress.com, hydroquebec.com

More range for e-buses: Proterra has introduced an optimised battery system for its electric buses. The TerraVolt XR has a capacity of up to 321 kWh, allowing for a range of up to 180 miles.
greencarcongress.com, automotive-business-review.com

Powering forklifts: Electrovaya and Mondelez Canada will work together on batteries for electric forklifts. The Li-ion battery packs are “essentially maintenance free” and “run continuously over three shifts,” Electrovaya says. Field tests will begin in the coming months.
finance.yahoo.com

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Most clicked link on Wednesday was the Briefcase Electric Scooter from Coolpeds, a carry-on sized suitcase that folds out into an electric scooter.
gizmag.com

Feb 13, 2015 - 09:58 am

Japan, Proterra, Indianapolis, Beijing, Puget Sound.

Honda, Nissan and Toyota announced to jointly support the Japanese government’s efforts of promoting the installation and operation of hydrogen filling stations. Toyota says the specifics, including investment amount and the number of stations to be deployed, will be “determined at a later date.”
wsj.com, autoblog.com, toyota.co.jp

28 new electric Proterra buses: Six of the ten recent winners of Federal Transit Administration´s grants will use their funds to purchase 28 Proterra electric buses and seven charging stations, bringing Proterra’s total number of orders to 97 buses from 14 different transit agencies in North America.
greenvillebusinessmag.com, chargedevs.com

BlueIndy thwarted: The future of Bolloré´s electric car sharing in Indianapolis is uncertain after state regulators denied a 16 million dollars rate increase to Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) to pay for charging stations. IPL now has 20 days to accept or appeal the commission’s decision.
indystar.com, ibj.com, sunherald.com

Mobile chargers for Beijing: The Chinese capital plans to introduce portable electric car chargers in April to benefit those who find it difficult to install charging facilities in housing complexes where they live. So far, the city has built 1,500 charging stations for private users.
cri.cn

Home charger rebate: EV drivers in the Puget Sound region in the state of Washington can qualify for a 500-dollar rebate when installing one of the most common level 2 chargers at their home. The offer is good for the first 5,000 applicants and includes plug-in hybrids.
insideevs.com, pse.com

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Sep 12, 2014 - 08:29 am

ELEVATE, Proterra & Toshiba, Gazelle & Panasonic, Kobe Steel.

British research funding: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) grants two new low carbon research projects six million pounds. ELEVATE (ELEctrochemical Vehicle Advanced Technology) is funded to develop new materials for batteries and supercapacitors as well as fuel cell diagnostics.
greencarcongress.com, epsrc.ac.uk

Proterra powered by Toshiba: The American manufacturer will use Toshiba’s SCiB cells in its electric buses in the future. The Li-ion batteries are said to have a high-rate performance and high durability. The density of the prismatic SCiB cell is at 90 Wh/kg and 177 Wh/L.
greencarcongress.com

Gazelle and Panasonic have developed a front-wheel drive for pedelecs. It will be employed in both the Orange and Chamonix models. The Dutch manufacturer believes that the front hub drive is “often the best choice for flat terrain.” The Panasonic driven bikes will be available this month.
bike-eu.com

New composite materials for FCVs: Japanese Kobe Steel is working on lightweight materials that are mixed from steel, aluminium, carbon fibre and composite resins for hydrogen tanks. The steel maker has created a new segment within the firm and hopes to bring the products to market by 2025.
asia.nikkei.com

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Most clicked link on Thursday was the overview of electric car milestones since the year 1828.
sustainnovate.ae

Aug 26, 2014 - 09:03 am

Foxconn & BEV, Michigan, Amsterdam, KRET, Proterra.

Foxconn and BEV set up electric car rental in China: Operations are set to begin in Beijing and Hangzhou next month already. Beijing Electric Vehicle (BEV) announced that within the coming year, some 5,000-10,000 rental vehicles will be available across the country.
digitimes.com

Michigan tests first hybrid-electric bus line: On top of being greener and quieter, the so called “Silver Line” also has an on-board technology to change traffic lights to green, allowing for faster connections. It also provides free Wi-Fi for customers.
wzzm13.com (video)

Why electrifying Amsterdam will work: By 2015, the number of public charging stations in the city will reach 2,000. And to make sure people use them, their locations were chosen based in demand. In others words, they are located where people live and work, to ensure easy and convenient access.
cnbc.com

Charging station from Russia: KRET has developed a charging station for the use with the EVs from Lada but says the system will be easy adaptable to charge EVs from other manufacturers according to IEC 61851-1. Currently the FORA charging station supplies AC, but a DC version is in the making.
greencarcongress.com, kret.com

Proterra buses for Seattle: The manufacturer sold two 12-meter electric buses to the city of Seattle, USA. The sale also includes a fast-charging system. The buses will be tested for one year, after which Proterra could sell as many as 200 additional buses and charging systems to the city.
electriccarsreport.com, greenpowertrain.automotive-business-review.com

Jul 17, 2014 - 08:53 am

Shanghai, Sri Lanka, Proterra, Texas.

Shanghai electrified: The Chinese metropolis plans to erect 1,800 charging stations by the end of the year and has another 2,400 in the pipeline for late 2015. The uptake of EVs in the city with 23 million inhabitants has doubled (from 581 in 2013) in the first half of 2014.
ecns.cn

Sri Lanka is to build 40 charging spots next to supermarkets by August. More are to follow. The chargers will serve the Mahindra E20, which is now offered in Sri Lanka (we reported). The country hopes to quickly increase the number of EVs from currently 100.
lbt.lk

Proterra launches 2nd generation: The company just sealed its first sale of its updated electric bus to its long-standing customer Foothill Transit in California. To acquire new sales, Proterra has went on an U.S. tour, promoting its offering to transportation officials.
greencarcongress.com (sale in California), timesunion.com, albany.twcnews.com (tour stop in Albany)

Switching pays: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is to give 7.7 million dollars to individuals, businesses, governmental organisations and schools willing to exchange their old diesel vehicles with new alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles. Grants may cover up to 80% of the purchase cost.
starlocalmedia.com

Jun 23, 2014 - 08:45 am

Car Charging Group, Proterra, California, Intelligent Energy, H2USA.

Blink charger upgrade: After Tesla made its patents public, the Car Charging Group announced that it will integrate Tesla charging technology into its 119 Blink quick chargers in the USA. Before, Model S drivers needed an adapter to use Blink’s CHAdeMO chargers.
green.autoblog.com, electriccarsreport.com

E-bus investment: Electric bus manufacturer Proterra received 30 million dollars from GM Ventures, Kleiner Perkins and Tao Invest to further develop its vehicles. Furthermore, the company expects to generate another ten million dollars funding within the coming weeks.
automotive-business-review.com, electriccarsreport.com

Five millions for infrastructure: The Californian Energy Commission is funding the installation of 475 EV chargers in the Sunshine State with five million dollars. The funding is spread over 15 grants which come from the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP).
greencarcongress.com, energy.ca.gov, earthtechling.com

British-American knowledge transfer: With British ‘Intelligent Energy’ the U.S. hydrogen initiative ‘H2USA’ will gain another supporter. Intelligent Energy will join the consortium to transfer knowledge and experience, which the developer of fuel cell systems won from hydrogen programs in Germany, the UK, and France.
greencarcongress.com, marketwatch.com

Jun 20, 2014 - 08:56 am

Harley Davidson, France, NEVS, Proterra, BMW, Hyundai.

Harley-Davidson-LiveWireElectric rocks: Project ‘LiveWire’ is Harley Davidson’s first all-electric motorcycle, which the legendary brand just presented. The electric Harley is not on sale (yet?), but will go on a demonstration tour through the United States. Harley CEO Matt Levatich expects the EV technology and customers openess is “only going to increase” and wants to make sure his company is “part of leading the development” of standards, infrastructure and technology. What will Harley fans will think of the new humming sound?
washingtontimes.com, theverge.com, youtube.com (video) via greencarreports.com

Energy transition á la France: The French cabinet has just been presented with a new bill designed to reduce the country’s dependency on fossil fuels and nuclear energy. The so-called energy transition is estimated to cost between 15 and 30 billion euros until 2050 and includes the installation of seven million EV charging points across the country.
wattsupwiththat.com, news.yahoo.com

NEVS indebted: This is why creditors have turned to the Stockholm enforcement authority. Kronofogden reports that it received 30 applications worth 22.7 million kroner (3.4m dollars) for unpaid bills relating to National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS). The automaker is having cashflow problems but hopes to get help from other vehicle manufacturers (we reported).
just-auto.com, automotorsport.se (in Swedish)

Proterra eyes Tesla patents: The electric bus company, which is run by former Tesla employee Ryan Popple, welcomes the Californian carmaker’s latest move to share its patents. While nothing is certain yet, Proterra could imagine working with Tesla to improve its e-bus charging technology soon.
businessinsider.com

A critic’s choice: Hollywood reporter Michael Walker reviewed the BMW i3 and liked it so much that he now wonders if it could replace the Model S as the number one choice of Hollywood stars. His only worry is that it might be a bit too obviously “granola-driven.”
hollywoodreporter.com (with video) via greencarreports.com

Hyundai Tucson FCV review: At the recent launch of the hydrogen vehicle, Michael Harley had half an hour to get acquainted with the car that “sips hydrogen and drips water.” His conclusion is that the Koreans finally made a “no-compromise emissions-free vehicle.”
autoblog.com

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https://www.electrive.com/2016/10/13/mercedes-bmw-toyota-suzuki-nissan-proterra/
13.10.2016 07:04