February 18, 2013 in EV News
World’s largest, most open electric vehicle charging network available to ELR drivers
NEW YORK – Cadillac today announced a partnership with ChargePoint, the largest and most open electric vehicle-charging network in the world. The collaboration brings Cadillac ELR drivers immediate access to more than 16,500 charging locations on the ChargePoint network.
The ELR electrified luxury coupe went on sale at the end of 2013. It embodies Cadillac’s Art & Science design philosophy, combining provocative design with progressive technology. All 2014 and 2015 ELRs include a ChargePoint Driver Kit in the owner’s manual, providing access to its 16,500 EV charging stations. Many are located where EV drivers work, eat, shop and play.
“ChargePoint is thrilled that Cadillac, a marquee brand in the luxury car industry, has developed an electric vehicle for its customers,” said Pasquale Romano, ChargePoint CEO. “With the ELR, Cadillac is helping drive the rapid growth of EVs by offering an innovative and premium vehicle. We are confident that as more EV options come out, more people will make the switch to electric.”
By choosing ChargePoint as a partner for the ELR, Cadillac ensures that car buyers know there is a robust charging network to support the growth of electric vehicles. The ELR has a total range of 340 miles and an all-electric range of 37 miles – which more than covers the average daily commute.
By providing a ChargePoint card with every ELR, drivers can immediately sign up for free and get access to ChargePoint’s network.
“We strive to provide Cadillac buyers with the highest level of customer care and ease of use for their vehicles, which is why we chose to partner with ChargePoint for the ELR,” said Uwe Ellinghaus, Global Cadillac chief marketing officer.
“ChargePoint’s large network with advanced technology ensures the smoothest charging and greatest driving experience for ELR drivers,” he said.
ChargePoint users have helped combat global warming by saving over 3.8 million gallons of gas and over 25 million pounds of CO2 emissions.
ChargePoint is the largest and most open electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the world, with more than 16,500 charging locations and a 70%+ market share. Ranked #1 by leading independent research firm, Navigant Research, ChargePoint makes advanced hardware and best-in-class cloud based software. ChargePoint’s open network is utilized by many leading EV hardware makers and encourages all EV charging manufacturers to join.
ChargePoint’s real-time network information including the availability of charging locations throughout the nation is available through the ChargePoint mobile app, online and via the navigation systems in top-selling EVs. Every 10 seconds, a driver connects to a ChargePoint station and by initiating over 4.4 million charging sessions, ChargePoint drivers have saved over 3.5million gallons of gasoline and driven 89 million gas free miles. For more information about ChargePoint, visit www.chargepoint.com
Cadillac has been a leading luxury auto brand since 1902. Today Cadillac is growing globally, driven by an expanding product portfolio featuring dramatic design and technology. More information on Cadillac appears at www.cadillac.com.
This article is a repost, credit: GM.
U.S. Parking Facilities Cut Energy Use by 90 Percent, Switch 270 Million Square Feet to Energy Efficient Lighting
WASHINGTON – As part of the Energy Department’s commitment to helping U.S. businesses save money by saving energy, the Department’s Better Buildings Alliance is supporting the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign. To date, more than 100 U.S. businesses and organizations are participating in the campaign and planning or installing energy efficient lighting in their parking lots and garages. In the past year, these organizations have committed to install efficient lighting across more than 270 million square feet of parking space – cutting energy use by up to 90 percent.
“By making parking lots and garages more energy efficient, our partners in the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking Campaign are saving energy, improving their bottom lines and serving as models for other organizations to increase the use of energy efficiency in their communities,” said Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson.
Building owners spend more than $6 billion to light their parking lots and garages, and much of this could be saved if parking lots and garages were upgraded to the most efficient lighting solutions. LEEP Campaign participants have upgraded their facilities to high efficiency metal halide, fluorescent, and LED solutions that last three times longer than their previous technology and by using controls are able to reduce energy use when parking facilities are not in use. Through the LEEP Campaign, the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Alliance, the Building Owners and Managers Association, the Green Parking Council and the International Facility Management Association are working together to help owners of parking lots and garages upgrade to energy efficient lighting.
Today, the Energy Department joined LEEP Campaign co-organizers to recognize 12 organizations for leading the way in efficient lighting. Combined, these 12 winners are saving nearly 45 million kilowatt-hours and $4 million per year by upgrading to high efficiency lighting in 500,000 parking spaces nationwide.
Since 2009, the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Alliance has provided technical assistance to help building and parking facility owners and managers install energy efficient lighting. Find more information on the Energy Department’s broader efforts to save money by saving energy at U.S. parking facilities and a full list of the organizations recognized today.
This article is a repost, credit: US DOE.
The riders spoke and BART listened when designing the new Fleet of the Future train cars. Now the public is invited to experience what the new fleet will look and feel like during an unprecedented outreach effort with 10 events held all over the Bay Area between April 16th and May 9th. The public will get to walk through the model train car and provide feedback on the new modern features. This tour is the final review of the train car design before manufacturing and testing begin.
By popular demand, the new cars will be:
- Quieter: “micro-plug” doors will help seal out noise
- Cooler: cooling systems will distribute air directly to the ceilings, making it more comfortable for standees on hot days
- Comfortable: padded seats will have lumbar support and will be covered with wipeable fabric for ease of cleaning
- Easy to use: routes will be color coded like the BART system map, and next stop information will be readily available via automated announcements and digital screens
Watch the above video for a sneak peek. More details about BART’s New Train Car Project can be found at www.bart.gov/cars
Please find attached the printable invitation.
Times & Locations
- San Francisco—Justin Herman Plaza (Near Embarcadero Station) April 16, 2014 | 11:30am–7:00pm
- West Oakland Station April 18, 2014 | 2:00–7:00pm
- Fremont Station April 21, 2014 | 2:00–7:00pm
- Pittsburg/Bay Point Station April 23, 2014 | 2:00–7:00pm
- San Francisco—Civic Center Plaza (Fulton Street near Civic Center Station) April 25, 2014 | 11:00am–7:00pm
- North Berkeley Station April 29, 2014 | 2:00–7:00pm
- Milpitas/San Jose—Great Mall Main Transit Center (Great Mall Parkway & S. Main Street) May 2, 2014 | 2:00–7:00pm
- Dublin/Pleasanton Station May 5, 2014 | 2:00–7:00pm
- Fruitvale Station May 7, 2014 | 2:00–7:00pm
- Concord Station May 9, 2014 | 2:00–7:00pm
This article is a repost (4-2-14), credit: BART. Video courtesy of BART.
- Consortium leader Siemens to supply HVDC transmission technology
- Consortium partner Petrofac responsible for construction and installation of platform
- 900 megawatt (MW) BorWin3 grid connection to supply nearly one million German households with electricity from wind energy
- Completion planned for 2019
Siemens receives an order from TenneT for an offshore wind farm grid connection in the North Sea. In a consortium with Petrofac Siemens will supply the complete technology for efficient direct-current transmission for the BorWin3 grid connection as the consortium leader. The consortium partner Petrofac, with over 30 years of experience as a leading EPC contractor to the international oil and gas industry, will be responsible for the construction and offshore installation of the project’s platform. Supply and laying of the cables was tendered separately by TenneT and is therefore not part of the consortium’s scope of supply.
The BorWin3 grid connection, with a transmission capacity of 900 megawatts (MW), is the fifth order that Siemens has received from the German-Dutch transmission grid operator TenneT for connection of offshore wind farms in the North Sea. “BorWin3 will supply nearly one million German households with clean electricity from wind power. We can now fully apply our broad experience gained in our first four pioneer projects in the North Sea to this project”, declared Karlheinz Springer, CEO of the Power Transmission Division of the Siemens Energy Sector. Commencement of commercial operation of Borwin3 is scheduled for 2019.
The scope of supply includes the entire high-voltage equipment of the grid access system as well as the complete onland station. Both converters, which are meant to turn the alternating current into the direct current one and then back again, constitute an essential part of the installation. In addition to this, Siemens supplies two power transformers per station at a rating of about 670 MVA as well as the entire air and gas insulated high-voltage switchgear equipment. Furthermore, Siemens is in charge of the overall construction works of the onland station. The high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter modules are going to be designed, manufactured and tested at the Siemens converter factory in the city of Nuremberg. The technology applied here is well-proven and it is already successfully used in four offshore projects by Siemens. The power transformers are also manufactured by Siemens at the factory in Nuremberg.
The converter technology applied by Siemens, which is referred to as the HVDC Plus, stands for a voltage-sourced converter constructed on the basis of the Modular Multilevel Converter concept (VSC MMC). Pioneering the VSC MMC technology, Siemens boasts the technological leadership in this field. Unlike the conventional HVDC variant used only in the grids with a sufficient level of short-circuit power, the installations furnished with the HVDC Plus provide the black-start capability of the islanded grids, which is the basic requirement when operating an offshore network. The modular VSC technology helps reduce the complexity and subsequently the size of installations – which is a mandatory requirement especially when used on offshore platforms. Moreover, the HVDC Plus ensures a virtually ideal sinus-shaped alternating current voltage and a smooth voltage in the direct current voltage circuit. This makes the use of harmonic filters superfluous.
This 160 kilometers (km) long grid connection will link several wind farms to the mainland. The 155 kilovolt (kV) alternating current supplied by the wind power plants will be transformed into 320 kV direct current on the BorWin3 offshore platform. A basic principle behind power transmission is: The higher the voltage, the more energy that can be transmitted via a cable and the less the losses. Normally, direct current transmission is implemented in cable links of more than 80 km, as this is usually more economical, and also because transmission of alternating current over such distances and at these high power levels would result in a major portion of the energy being lost without any means of compensation. The BorWin3 link will transport electrical energy via cable over 130 km at sea and a further 30 km on land to the grid feed-in point in Emden. The direct current will then be converted back into alternating current for further transmission and distribution. Thanks to the efficient Siemens HVDC (high-voltage direct current) technology, transmission losses over the link, excluding cable losses, are less than three percent.
The platform will be designed as a parent platform, equipped with a helipad and crews’ quarters. Siemens will essentially be supplying the HVDC technology for the platform and will be responsible for the construction of the complete HVDC converter station on land. In all, Siemens is now implementing five North Sea grid connection projects for TenneT. Projects to date are: HelWin1 (576 MW) and HelWin2 (690 MW) off of Helgoland, BorWin2 (800 MW) off of Borkum and SylWin1 (864 MW) off of Sylt. Those grid connections are well advanced and are scheduled to take up operation successively between 2014 and 2015.
HVDC solutions and the associated service are part of the Siemens environmental portfolio. Around 43 percent of the company’s revenues are provided by green products and solutions. That makes Siemens one of the world’s leading providers of eco-friendly technology.
The Siemens Energy Sector is the world’s leading supplier of a broad spectrum of products, services and solutions for power generation in thermal power plants and using renewables, power transmission in grids and for the extraction, processing and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2013 (ended September 30), the Energy Sector had revenues of EUR26.6 billion and received new orders totaling approximately EUR28.8 billion and posted a profit of approximately EUR2 billion. On September 30, 2013, the Energy Sector had a work force of approximately 83,500. Further information is available at: http://www.siemens.com/energy
This article is a repost, credit: Siemens.
Getaround Partners With The City Of San Francisco To Launch On-Street Carsharing; Plans To Double Fleet
Project will expand carsharing across San Francisco, promises to reduce parking congestion, improve environment & boost local economy.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – April 9, 2014 – It is official, Getaround is one of three carsharing services selected by the SFMTA as a partner in the new Carsharing Policy and Pilot Project in San Francisco. In addition, the SFMTA is releasing the on and off-street parking spot selections and the project launch timeline. Getaround is the leading peer-to-peer carsharing company that enables you to find, rent, and unlock great cars instantly from your phone. The other two San Francisco based companies selected for the project are ZipCar and local non-profit City CarShare. The project is unprecedented in its scope and scale, and Getaround’s inclusion represents an inflection point for peer-to-peer carsharing.
The two-year project, which will include approximately 900 new carsharing parking spots across the city, aims to accommodate the growing popularity of carsharing services in San Francisco and make carsharing a real alternative to car ownership in every neighborhood across San Francisco. In doing so, it also stands to improve San Francisco’s local economy, traffic congestion, and environment by eliminating over 10,000 cars in San Francisco.
“As carsharing is expanded across the City, San Franciscans will be able to instantly access a great car when and where they need it, providing a real alternative to car ownership.’ said David Chiu, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, who has championed on-street car- sharing opportunities, “This is smart policy and represents an important step toward building a more connected, sustainable, Transit First city.”
The project’s benefits are expected to be substantial. Studies have shown each shared vehicle removes approximately 10 cars from the road, with recent studies in leading markets showing a displacement of 32 cars. By creating 900 spaces for carshare vehicles the project stands to eliminate tens of thousands of cars from San Francisco’s congested streets and parking ecosystem. San Franciscans can participate in the project by applying to put their personal car in the project via Getaround, both offsetting the cost of car ownership and benefitting their local neighborhood.
The project is also the latest illustration of of the rapid growth of Getaround and adoption of the Sharing Economy. “This is an inflection point for peer-to-peer carsharing and the future of cities,“ said Jessica Scorpio, Founder of Getaround. “This project will effectively double the size of Getaround Instant’s fleet and empower San Franciscans to earn additional income, approximately $500-$1000 a month, while helping the environment—this is good for our community and will serve as a model for cities around the world.”
The project has gained support from leading organizations in both the environmental and business community including SPUR, citi.sf, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). “San Francisco’s carsharing service is as much a transportation solution as an environmental solution. It will allow SF residents to meet their daily needs without having to own a car, saving them thousands of dollars a year and making it more affordable to live here,” says Amanda Eaken, Deputy Director for Urban Solutions at the NRDC.
The SFMTA is hosting a public hearing about the Project on May 2nd and will roll out the on- street locations this summer. Local residents are encouraged to attend the hearing to learn more and show support for the project. If you are interested in participating by sharing your car or joining Getaround as a member, signup for free at Getaround.com.
Getaround empowers people to safely share cars by the hour, day, or week through a trusted online marketplace. With Getaround Instant, now it is easier and more convenient to share your car with the use of an iPhone and the patented Getaround Carkit. Getaround is free to join, and for as little as $5 an hour, members can conveniently rent nearby cars and save money on auto payments, insurance and maintenance. Owners share cars ranging from a Smart to a Tesla, offsetting the high cost of car ownership and have complete insurance coverage backed by Assurant. Getaround helps to create a seamless and fun sharing experience. while making a positive impact on the environment, and earning thousands in extra income each year.
This article is a repost, credit: Getaround.
- Next Generation Destroyer USS Zumwalt Recently Launched in Bath, Maine
- GE Power Conversion Provides Electric Propulsion and Power Management Systems for U.S. Navy’s Most-Advanced Multi-Mission Destroyer
- First All-Electric Design Sets the Standard for Future Naval Shipbuilding
PITTSBURGH - The USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), 610 feet long and with a displacement of 15,656 long tons, is the largest stealth destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy and is the first of its kind in recent history to use an electric propulsion system with induction based motors, rather than propelling the ship directly with gas turbines. The ship marks a new era for naval vessel design. GE’s Power Conversion business (NYSE: GE) has provided the integrated power systems to the U.S. Navy for its first “all-electric” warship.
The DDG 1000 Zumwalt-class destroyer is the U.S. Navy’s most-advanced multi-mission destroyer. It has been developed as a successor to the DD(X) program, which in turn evolved from the DD-21 program. It is sleeker and carries state-of-the-art weapons that the Navy estimates will allow it to hit targets at a range of more than 60 miles. Designed for surface warfare, anti-aircraft and naval fire support, the ship’s revolutionary technologies extend from its outward appearance to its internal equipment.
GE is supplying the integrated power systems, including advanced induction propulsion motors, switchboards, propulsion converters, power management, power quality equipment and system engineering and integration services—in essence, the essential equipment to make the power system operate. GE has a firm order to supply these systems to three vessels.
“When the Navy challenged the industry with the need for the electrical systems required to support next-generation naval warfare, it chose GE Power Conversion. We rose to the challenge and have delivered a capability never before seen on a naval vessel, with the support of a team of our world-class engineers,” said Paul English, marine business leader for GE’s Power Conversion business.
While GE’s Power Conversion business has been providing electric propulsion systems for almost 100 years, these systems are a first on a U.S. Naval destroyer. The system is capable of propelling the ship, powering the radars and the Integrated Fight Through Power, a zonal electric distribution system, thanks to the 78 megawatts of power generated on the ship. In an all-electric ship, the turbines are shared by one distribution system. This new all-electric design also gives greater flexibility to where power is distributed across the ship according to varying needs including additional radar or weapon power, for example.
GE’s Power Conversion business became involved with the U.S. Navy with a related technology demonstration contract in the late 1990s when it supplied an Advanced Induction Motor (AIM) and pulse-width modulation converter for testing at NAVSSES in Philadelphia. More recently, Power Conversion provided a double-flanged AIM to the Navy’s land-based test site in Philadelphia to operate in conjunction with a water brake as part of a four-quadrant load test facility for testing high-power naval machines.
About GE Power Conversion
GE’s Power Conversion business applies the science and systems of power conversion to help drive the electrification of the world’s energy infrastructure by designing and delivering advanced motor, drive and control technologies that evolve today’s industrial processes for a cleaner, more productive future. Serving specialized sectors such as energy, marine, oil and gas, renewables and industry, through customized solutions and advanced technologies, GE Power Conversion partners with customers to maximize efficiency. To learn more, please visit: www.gepowerconversion.com.
GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.ge.com.
This article is a repost, credit: GE.