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February 18, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Greentech

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EV News Report covers the top electric car, electric bus and electric train stories. Electric vehicles are the crux of the sustainable matter. In a world of 7 billion plus people, transportation is the toughest transition. Battery production is the key.

Approximately 85 million new autos will be delivered globally in 2014 with the vast majority being powered by petroleum. To put that statistic into perspective, Tesla Motors plans to be delivering 100,000 electric cars on an annualized basis in late 2015.

The world demands a clean environment. In congested cities, modern electric subways, streetcars, light rail and train services are the most logical transportation choices. Urbanites want safe walking and biking routes. Clean air zones are good for business. Clean technologies make jobs. A good mayor is the key.

Siemens Electric Locomotive "The new Cities Sprinter locomotives were designed for improved safety and reliability. They also allow for more efficient and cost-effective maintenance, which means they can return to service as quickly as possible, getting you to exactly where you need to be. On time." - Amtrak Photo courtesy of Amtrak Amtrak Delivers Strong FY 2014 Financial Results

Siemens Electric Locomotive
“The new Cities Sprinter locomotives were designed for improved safety and reliability. They also allow for more efficient and cost-effective maintenance, which means they can return to service as quickly as possible, getting you to exactly where you need to be. On time.” – Amtrak
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Amtrak Delivers Strong FY 2014 Financial Results

Simple metric to judge US Congress

Gasoline demand averaged 9.2 mb/day over the last four weeks (EIA, week ending 12-12), up 4.1% yoy. Congress failed to raise the gas tax! Amtrak asks Congress to develop modern rail.

Secondarily, EV News Report covers leaders in greentech, focusing on solar, wind, battery storage and HVDC. In the drive to 100% renewable, states and localities are finding an increasing number of greentech opportunities to power their economies. Prices keep falling. Demand keeps rising. The world economy booms.

Electric vehicles and solar have the most potential to surprise. However, the world is full of surprises.

Peak Oil

Post Carbon Institute expects US oil production to start declining again around 2016-2017. Production may decline sooner if oil prices stay in the 50s. The US Dollar’s reserve status will only blunt US inflation in the peak oil era. The bond bubble will burst. Gold and silver will rise.

China will float the Yuan to gain reserve currency status. However, weak oil dependent nations will suffer during peak oil. Eventually, humanity riding electric vehicles powered by greentech will kick its addiction to oil. A rising Yuan will float the currencies of the East. The Euro region will integrate its financial system. The world will be more stable under three major reserve currencies.

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Terra Motors Forays into Electric Three Wheelers Market in Asia

December 19, 2014 in Electric Utility Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, EV News, Neighborhood EV

Tokyo – Terra Motors, the No.1 manufacturer of electric two and three wheelers in Japan unveils R6, Japanese electric three wheeler, and they will start to sell R6 next year early.

Image courtesy of Terra Motors Terra Motors Forays into Electric Three Wheelers Market in Asia

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Terra Motors Forays into Electric Three Wheelers Market in Asia

Talking about its strong commitment towards Asia, Toru Tokushige, CEO & Founder, Terra Motors said, “There is huge three wheeler market in Asia, for example in India. Currently, there are so many e-rickshaw from China without the government approval in those countries. So we’ll release R6 with a strong durability and safety.”

First Terra Motors aims for the 10,000 units of sales for electric three wheelers within 2015 in India. They are now developing 23 types electric three wheelers including the e-rickshaw segment with the competitive price.

He continues, “Terra Motors is set to deliver electric vehicle (EV) of high quality and services just what Japanese manufacturing process are known for. We have done the market research a lot for two years, and we especially decided to develop the power train including battery, motors, controllers and chargers. With the expertise and a strong research and technology background for electric vehicles we strongly believe that our products will exceed market expectations. Along with the product superiority, we also will create the brilliant service support though our seasoned dealers who can enrich customers’ experience. We aim to be the No.1 tricycle manufacturer in the world.”

Terra Motors plans to expand the customer base in other regions as well as Asia, by making distributor agreements to achieve the vision of “leading innovations with electric vehicles in creating clean & sustainable society”.

Features

Driving Mileage with full charge, R6 can go as far as 100km. Terra Motors has developed the electronics components especially battery, controller, charger and motor to achieve the performance.

Seat Capacity: Compact, Light and Spacious

We design the experience for drivers and passengers.

Development

Terra Motors carefully inspected and selected components with Japanese quality standard to provide the best electric three wheelers in the world. R6 has been tested in India many times for the durability.

About Terra Motors

Terra Motors, founded in 2010, is a leading company manufacturing electric two and three wheeled vehicles in Japan. Headquartered in Shibuya, Tokyo, Terra Motors also has branch offices and factories in Vietnam and Bangladesh. The company currently has over 1,000 dealers and 3,000 service networks in Japan. Terra Motors portfolio boasts an impressive list of stockholders including one of the most famous celebrities in Japan, for example, Mr. Idei, the former chairman of Sony, Mr. Yamamoto, the former vice president of Apple Japan, and Mr. Tsujino, the former president of Google Japan.

This article (12-18-14) is an EV News Report repost, credit: Terra Motors.

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Alstom’s 1MW Tidal Stream Turbine Installed in Scotland Achieves 1 GWh Power Production

December 19, 2014 in Environment, EV News, Greentech, Ocean / Tidal Energy

Image courtesy of Alstom Alstom’s 1MW Tidal Stream Turbine Installed in Scotland Achieves 1 GWh Power Production

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Alstom’s 1MW Tidal Stream Turbine Installed in Scotland Achieves 1 GWh Power Production

On the 6th December, the 1MW tidal stream turbine installed and connected by Alstom at the EMEC (European Marine Energy Centre) off the Orkney Islands, as part of the ReDAPT Project delivered in partnership with the Energy Technologies Institute, has produced 1 GWh for the grid.

This marks a crucial step in the development of Alstom’s tidal power technology, and clearly demonstrates its performance and endurance, as well as its autonomous operation.

On the strength of this success, Alstom has also improved its tidal stream turbine design by introducing the Oceade™ 18-1.4 MW, which has just been chosen along with GDF Suez by the French Government for the pilot farm at Raz Blanchard.

An Alstom team based in Nantes and Bristol and devoted to tidal power is now working on developing the Oceade™ platform and an associated “subsea hub”, a seabed interconnection solution that was declared the winner of an earlier call for expressions of interest (CEI).

Trials performed under real-life conditions, at sea and connected to the grid, have shown that Alstom can optimise the use of tidal resources according to the various local conditions (speed of current, depth) and so reduce the cost of electric power.

“Reaching this milestone has demonstrated the experience acquired during the trials performed in Scotland and positions Alstom as a pioneer in tidal power development,” said Jacques Jamart, Alstom Senior Vice-President in charge of New Energies. “By proving our ability in this way to produce electricity over the long term and in significant amounts, we are contributing to establishing the credibility which is vital to the emergence of the tidal power sector.”

Alstom is continuing to develop the largest portfolio of solutions in the field of renewable energies. The company offers the most complete range of products and integrated systems to generate electricity from hydraulic, onshore and offshore wind, geothermal, biomass and solar sources.

[1] The choice is part of the Investissements d’Avenir Scheme, calling for €47b to fund innovation in France and increase its growth potential: www.ademe.frwww.investissement-avenir.gouvernement.fr

This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: Alstom.

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Tesla Battery Swap Pilot Program

December 19, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV charging, EV News, Model S, Tesla

Image courtesy of Tesla Tesla Battery Swap Pilot Program

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Tesla Battery Swap Pilot Program

At an event in Los Angeles last year, we showcased battery swap technology to demonstrate that it’s possible to replace a Model S battery in less time than it takes to fill a gas tank. This technology allows Model S owners in need of a battery charge the choice of either fast or free. The free long distance travel option is already well covered by our growing Supercharger network, which is now at 312 stations with more than 1,748 Superchargers worldwide. They allow Model S drivers to charge at 400 miles per hour. Now we’re starting exploratory work on the fast option.

Starting next week, we will pilot a pack swap program with invited Model S owners.

They will be given the opportunity to swap their car’s battery at a custom-built facility located across the street from the Tesla Superchargers at Harris Ranch, CA. This pilot program is intended to test technology and assess demand.

At least initially, battery swap will be available by appointment and will cost slightly less than a full tank of gasoline for a premium sedan. More time is needed to remove the titanium and hardened aluminum ballistic plates that now shield the battery pack, so the swap process takes approximately three minutes.

With further automation and refinements on the vehicle side, we are confident that the swap time could be reduced to less than one minute, even with shields. Tesla will evaluate relative demand from customers for paid pack swap versus free charging to assess whether it merits the engineering resources and investment necessary for that upgrade.

This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: Tesla.

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Volvo’s Electric Hybrid Bus in Commercial Service in Hamburg, Germany

December 19, 2014 in Electric Bus, EV News

Photo courtesy of Volvo Volvo’s Electric Hybrid Bus in Commercial Service in Hamburg, Germany

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Volvo’s Electric Hybrid Bus in Commercial Service in Hamburg, Germany

Volvo’s new Electric Hybrid bus is for the first time placed in scheduled service. The bus will run on the Innovation Route 109 in Hamburg, Germany.

The new Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid commenced scheduled operation in Hamburg on December 18. The starting shot for the innovative bus system coincided with the opening of the Innovation Route 109. The route will be used by the public transport company in Hamburg, the Hamburger Hochbahn AG (HOCHBAHN), to run comparative tests of innovative drive technologies under the strict everyday conditions of scheduled services. The city of Hamburg has established the target: from 2020, only emission-free buses should be acquired by the city.

Alongside three Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid buses, Volvo’s diesel hybrid buses in both 18 m articulated and 12 m versions will also be tested on the route, as well as battery fuel cell buses and fuel cell buses from other manufacturers.

The event in Hamburg took place in the presence of Olof Persson, President and CEO of the Volvo Group, Günter Elste, CEO of HOCHBAHN, Olaf Scholz, First Mayor of Hamburg, Rainer Bomba, State Secretary at the Federal Transport Ministry and some 120 guests from the fields of politics, economics and the bus industry.

“We are delighted that our new electric hybrid bus will serve the Innovation Route 109. For us, the electric hybrid bus represent the current peak of our successful cooperation with Hamburger Hochbahn AG”, said Olof Persson. “Together, we have reached our shared goal, making public transport more efficient, quieter and more sustainable. We will continue our cooperation here in Hamburg with sustainable, low-noise vehicles.”

Future drive technologies tested on a single route
The Innovation Route 109 of HOCHBAHN will be almost exclusively served by buses with innovative drive technologies. Different types and drive modes for the sustainable buses of the future are to be tested in parallel and under identical conditions. Conventional diesel buses will also be used on the route to serve as reference vehicles in the scientific comparison of the innovative drive concepts.

The Innovation Route 109 runs from the new Electric Bus Terminal near Hamburg Central Station to the final stop at the underground station in Alsterdorf. With a length of about ten kilometers, it’s highly suitable for the Volvo Electric hybrid buses, with their groundbreaking plug-in technology that permits full electric operation over at least seven kilometers. Charging takes place at the two bus terminals.

With the newest vehicles, the HOCHBAHN is expanding its rolling development lab for modern drive technology to a total of about 65 vehicles.

Key findings through direct comparison and cooperation
Olaf Scholz, First Mayor of the City of Hamburg, is convinced that the Innovation Route will offer important findings to accelerate the development of more sustainable and resource-saving buses: “The goal of only acquiring emission-free buses from 2020 is thus feasible.”

The CEO of HOCHBAHN, Günter Elste, was especially pleased about the cooperation between the industry and HOCHBAHN in this project:
“In this way, we demonstrate what we want to and can achieve with electric drives – a higher quality of life in the city.”

Martin Schmitz, Technology Manager of the VDV (Verband Deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen e.V), Association of German Transport Companies, also regards the future opportunities for sustainable drive concepts as positive:

“The use of electric buses in the German public transport system is constantly developing; nationwide, there are now about 20 projects and further will be added in the months to come.“

The Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid
With its world-first electric hybrid bus incorporating Euro 6 equipment, electric motor and plug-in technology, Volvo is further developing its electro mobile pioneering role. Charging takes place at the end stop using a pantograph that is integrated with the charging station. When the bus has reached its parking position under the charging mast, the pantograph is lowered to both of the charging bars on the roof of the bus when the driver presses a button. The complete charging process takes only six minutes.

The lithium ion iron phosphate charger provides the electric motor (150 kW) with power. The bus travels at least seven kilometers purely on electricity, before the Euro 6 diesel aggregate switches on. On the stretches driven only on electricity, the bus is completely emission-free and extremely low-noise: Near to a Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid, the noise level can be compared to normal conversation level.

The Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid also offers a high level of flexibility of use: In selected areas, it can be driven on electricity alone, while it can be deployed as a hybrid bus on all scheduled routes. The technology used in the electric hybrid bus is that of the successful Volvo 7900 diesel hybrid bus, which ensures a high level of availability.

Volvo Bus Corporation is taking another step forward in the direction of electrification with its Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid. There is a major interest in the new Electric Hybrid buses from numerous cities, both in Europe and in other parts of the world. Serial production is scheduled to commence early 2016.

This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: Volvo Buses.

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Alstom’s Shareholders Meeting Authorises Sale of Energy Businesses to General Electric

December 19, 2014 in Environment, EV News, Politics

Alstom’s Extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting, convened on 19 December 2014, approved the transaction to sell Alstom’s Energy businesses to General Electric.

Alstom offshore wind turbine production plant in Saint-Nazaire Image courtesy of Alstom Alstom’s Shareholders Meeting Authorises Sale of Energy Businesses to General Electric

Alstom offshore wind turbine production plant in Saint-Nazaire
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Alstom’s Shareholders Meeting Authorises Sale of Energy Businesses to General Electric

This meeting gathered shareholders holding 64.25% of the total number of shares and voting rights. The resolution relating to this transaction was approved by a majority of 99.187%.

During the Shareholders’ Meeting, Patrick Kron, Chairman and CEO, reported on the project’s progress with General Electric. In particular, he indicated that the Board had taken note of a limited number of recent positive and negative adjustments regarding the terms of the transaction. The combination of these adjustments should not have a material impact on the transaction.

Following the information-consultation procedure with works councils and the authorisation relating to foreign investments in France, the support expressed by shareholders is a key milestone since the signing of the agreements with General Electric on 4 November 2014.

The transaction remains subject to the authorisations required from a regulatory and merger control standpoint in a number of jurisdictions. Subject to that condition, the closing of the transaction is expected in the second quarter of 2015. It will be accompanied by the reinvestment by Alstom of part of the proceeds into joint ventures to be formed with General Electric and will be followed by a cash return to shareholders which could range between €3.5 billion and €4 billion and be implemented through a public share buy-back offer (offre publique de rachat d’actions). Such offer would be submitted to a shareholders’ decision after completion of the transaction.

 This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: Alstom.