The Race to Fuel the Buses of Future Is On

While bus and truck pools account for just a fraction of the vehicles on America’s roads, they’re responsible for generating 80% of the smog and as much as a quarter of the nation’s transportation emissions. That has local and state governments across the country working to overhaul their fleets, touching off a race to gain an early edge and dominate an industry that consumes 1 billion …

Adding more EV charging capability and demand management capability in Minnesota

 Excerpt from Utility Dive, July 2019https://www.utilitydive.com/news/xcel-minnesota-power-propose-subscription-services-lower-demand-charges-t/558047/ EV sales in Minnesota grew by 103% from 2017 to 2018, according to utility filings, compared with 81% growth nationally in the same time.  The state wants to harness that momentum to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save customers money. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, rural drivers in the state could save $750 annually …

Snow, sweeping and garbage: How autonomy will transform city maintenance

Snow, sweeping and garbage: How autonomy will transform city maintenance: The rise of autonomous and connected vehicles isn’t confined to passenger vehicles and trucks. Jason Plautz, March 19, 2019 Imagine this: It’s Christmas Eve, when an unexpected storm starts dumping snow on the city. Streets and sidewalks have to be cleared, salt has to be laid down, but getting staff in the middle …

Xcel eMotorWerks pilot provides Vehicle to Grid support for peak demand

By Peter Maloney, “EMotorWerks provides CAISO with 30 MW of DR through smart EV charging,” on Utility Dive, Sept 12, 2018 https://www.utilitydive.com/news/emotorwerks-provides-caiso-with-30-mw-of-dr-through-smart-ev-charging/532110/ Enel X’s eMotorWerks subsidiary is rolling out its smart grid electric vehicle (EV) charger as a virtual battery that can participate as a demand response resource in the California wholesale power market. Over the last year or so, Enel X …

V2G services can provide EV owners with an addition $11,000 over 10 years, in addition to residual value, but battery degradation is still a question

Why Fleets Can Overestimate The Total Cost Of Ownership For EVs.  By Joshua Gordon, FleetCarma, August 7, 2018 The total cost of ownership (TCO) measures the real cost of a vehicle. Due to regulation and cost pressures, fleet owners are continuously looking for ways to reduce operating costs. Traditionally, the life-cycle costs of conventional vehicles (CVs) have remained unchanged. However, with the …

EV buses expected to be half of city fleets in the 2020s and 80% by 2040

It is true that electric buses cost more up front than their diesel-powered counterparts. However, those costs are falling, and when considering the entire life cycle of the vehicle — purchase price, fuels, operational and maintenance expenses — electric buses prove to be cheaper than their diesel counterparts. Moreover, according to BNEF, the projected decline in battery costs likely make electric …

Over the last year, almost all truck makers have either announced an electric truck program or they’ve unveiled an electric truck.

Fred Lambert, May. 16th 2018, Electrek, A look at DAF’s new all-electric truck with a 170 kWh battery pack  Over the last year, almost all truck makers have either announced an electric truck program or they’ve unveiled an electric truck. Dutch truck manufacturing company DAF is the latest to join the trend by unveiling a new all-electric truck with a 170 kWh battery …

Denver and Los Angeles add Teslas to police vehicle fleets. Others using Tesla Model X for an all-electric ‘rapid responder’ vehicle for an ambulance service

By Fred Lambert on Electrek, May. 16th 2018  Tesla Model X used as an all-electric ‘rapid responder’ vehicle for an ambulance service  65 Comments Facebook Twitter Google Pinterest LinkedIn Reddit Tesla vehicles are surprisingly starting to invade all segments of emergency vehicles. After police and fire departments, now an ambulance service is using a Tesla Model X as an all-electric ‘rapid responder’ vehicle. Home Solar Power …