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March 24, 2015 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Greentech

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Gasoline demand averaged over 9 mb/day over the last four weeks (EIA, week ending 5-15-15), up 1.1% yoy. Congress graded F (failure).

Orlando SunRail & LYNX spokespersons could not articulate a path to 100% electric. FTA should support sun-wind-battery. Orlando wrong track.

With US debt over 18 trillion inflation is door to federal salvation. Construction activity likely increase volatility at long end of curve.

US Commerce Dpt. reported a 20.2% jump in housing starts over March. As US economy shows signs of April surge, Fed remains in crisis mode.

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Gasoline demand averaged over 9 mb/day over the last four weeks (EIA, week ending 5-15-15), up 1.1% yoy. Congress graded F (failure). EV News Report grades Congress on its ability to serve the long-term interests of the United States.

Bond Bubble

The bond bubble will likely burst in 2015. President of St. Louis Federal Reserve James Bullard stated on Bloomberg (1-30-15) that he sees unemployment under 5% in Q3. Given the multiple potential problems with the international oil market, it is not difficult to imagine panic in the bond market.

“The last asset I would want to buy is a 30 year government bond.” – Warren Buffett (Fox News interview 2-4-15)

“Solar, wind and EV markets driving extended investment and employment boom. Fed has it wrong.” – Jack Collins 3-18-15

US Unemployment Rate Historic, 5.5% Latest Data Chart courtesy of US Bureau of Labor Statistics Breaking Electric Vehicle News

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Peak Oil

Post Carbon Institute expects global oil production to start declining again in late 2015. 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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ABB and U.S. Policymakers Meet to Address Grid Vulnerability Issues

May 21, 2015 in ABB, Climate Change, Congress, Environment, Europe, EV News, Greentech, Grid, North America, Substation, Switzerland, Washington DC, Zurich

Recovery transformer (RecX) Photo courtesy of ABB ABB and U.S. policymakers meet to address grid vulnerability issues

Recovery transformer (RecX)
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ABB and U.S. policymakers meet to address grid vulnerability issues

Washington, D.C. – ABB, the leading power and automation group, testified before Congress at a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing and met with policymakers this week regarding minimizing grid vulnerabilities.

The US is more dependent than ever on reliable electric power for residential, commercial and industrial use as well as strategic security. However, a natural disaster or terrorist attack on the grid could result in widespread power outages and significant economic losses for the nation.

In their latest edition of the “Large Power Transformers and the U.S. Electric Grid” report, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) addressed issues around how the loss of large power transformers (LPTs) could result in exposure to the grid leading to the consequences mentioned above.

The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) also recently issued a first draft of a reliability standard for physical security measures (CIP-014-1). These standards mandate that all electric utilities identify and protect critical substations within their system, directly addressing critical equipment security such as these LPTs. The nation’s ability to maintain a strategic reserve of LPTs was therefore one of the topics on the meeting’s agenda.

“Large power transformers carry almost 70 percent of the nation’s electric power. They are essential to maintaining grid reliability,” said Emily Heitman, Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Operations for Medium and Large Power Transformers in North America. “Replacement of these LPTs can take anywhere from 12 to 24 months. This could be especially disruptive during a widespread outage where multiple transformers need replacement. Quick access to spare LPTs would dramatically reduce the risk of a prolonged outage.”

To further support electrical utilities and address the DOE’s concerns, ABB is launching a “Transformer and Grid Resiliency and Recovery” initiative. ABB’s capabilities can play a crucial role in restoring the power grid after a disaster. The new initiative will cover at least five key strategic elements:

  1. Assessment – Ability to launch multiple on-site assessments for utilities to determine accurate scope of the electrical grid damage
  2. Hardening – Provide hardened transformers and grid equipment that can withstand extreme conditions or attacks
  3. Monitoring – Onsite monitoring for utilities to determine power disruptions in real time on a local, regional and national scale
  4. Rapid Repair – Quickly restore large power transformers and critical substation equipment following a major manmade or natural event
  5. Rapid Replacement – When repairs cannot be performed, rapid replacement greatly decreases the amount of time required to replace LPTs and restore power to the grid.

In recent years, ABB has partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Electric Power Research Institute and Houston-based transmission and distribution utility CenterPoint Energy to develop a tested prototype rapid recovery transformer known as “RecX.”

The “RecX” spare transformer could conceptually be transported and installed to replace a failed large power transformer in about a week as opposed to several months. The next generation of this concept includes higher ratings and the “hardened” designs of the resiliency initiative, allowing utilities the availability of the most reliable innovations for LPTs that are easily transportable.

“The possibility of rapid recovery transformers, coupled with wider access to spare large power transformers, will better prepare our power grid for an emergency situation,” said Craig Stiegemeier, Transformer Technology Director for ABB in North America.

This article (5-19-15) is an EV News Report repost, credit: ABB.

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York Monks Cross Park&Ride Gets New Fleet of Electric Buses

May 21, 2015 in Air Quality, Congestion, Electric Bus, Electric Vehicles, Electrification, Europe, EV Fleet, EV News, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hinduja, London, Manufacturing, UK, York

The UK’s top Park&Ride (P&R) service is further expanding its offer to customers by introducing a new fully electric fleet of buses at Monks Cross Park&Ride.

Photo courtesy of Optare York Monks Cross Park&Ride Gets New Fleet of Electric Buses

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York Monks Cross Park&Ride Gets New Fleet of Electric Buses

In partnership with First who operate the site, the introduction of six new electric buses this month follows on from the success of the introduction of a fully electric fleet onto the new Poppleton Park&Ride last June.

Andrew Bradley, Sustainable Transport Manager at City of York Council said: “Over four-million passenger journeys are made on York’s Park&Ride every year, making this one of the most used Park&Ride services in the UK. As well as reducing congestion on York’s roads, these new fully electric buses replace existing diesel buses and therefore represent a further step towards improving air quality in the city.”

Will Pearson, business manager of First in York, said: “First is proud to serve nearly 12m customer journeys a year in York including the successful Park&Ride service in partnership with City of York Council.

“This latest investment of nearly £1m in electric vehicles demonstrates our commitment to further improving bus services in York, supporting communities, the local economy and the environment by lowering air emissions & reducing congestion.

“This announcement follows the successful introduction last year of six electric vehicles on the Poppleton Park & Ride and I’m sure customers using Monks Cross will also welcome these latest high quality, zero-emission buses.”

Local business Optare, based in Sherburn in Elmet near York, was procured to manufacture the new electric buses.

Enrico Vassallo, CEO of Optare PLC, said: “We are delighted at the success of the Optare electric vehicle fleet at Poppleton Bar Park&Ride and the Unibus route. There are over 80 Optare electric vehicles now currently in service across York, Harrogate, London, Nottingham, Coventry, Scotland, Switzerland and Holland and we anticipate the fleet at Monks Cross will also prove to be another example of electric vehicles delivering a commercially viable public transport solution. As the leading manufacturer of electric buses in the UK we are particularly proud to be able to contribute to improved air quality in our local area by supplying buses that are running on local routes to where they are manufactured in Sherburn in Elmet near York.”

The new fleet has been made possible by Green Bus Funding (approx £566k) which was awarded to First Bus by the Department for Transport. The buses are topped up during the day using rapid chargers located at the P&R terminal which enable a range of 120 miles per day, resulting in a significant reduction in emissions along the Monks Cross P&R route.

To position York as one of the best digitally connected cities in Europe in 2015, all six Park&Ride terminals and on-board services across the city have free Wi-Fi. This follows on from the success of the free Wi-Fi access pilot in the city centre.

This article (5-19-15) is an EV News Report repost, credit: City of York.

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Pilot to Provide Eco-Friendly Food Carts Across New York City

May 21, 2015 in Air Quality, Environment, EV News, Fuel Savings, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, New York, North America, Pollution, Renewables, Solar

NEW YORK, NY – City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Donovan Richards (Chair of the Committee on Environmental Protection), and MOVE Systems CEO James Meeks today (5-11-15) announced a new pilot to provide 500 state-of-the-art eco-friendly food carts to vendors throughout New York City neighborhoods.

Photo courtesy of Move Systems Pilot to Provide Eco-Friendly Food Carts Across New York City

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Pilot to Provide Eco-Friendly Food Carts Across New York City

Joined by local street vendors and supporters, MOVE Systems unveiled the new carts, which are designed to increase safety, provide clean food preparation, and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from food carts. Joining the Council and MOVE Systems were Frank Bisignaro, CEO of First Data and Sean Basinski, Senior Vice President of the Street Vendor Project.

“As a strong supporter of our city’s street vendors, I am pleased to join MOVE Systems today as they announce this innovative pilot program,” said Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “Small business owners like food cart vendors, are the backbone of New York City’s economy and the fabric of our neighborhoods. I look forward to seeing the results of this pilot and thank MOVE Systems for this important effort.”

“I’m thrilled that we can support the food cart entrepreneurs – many of whom are our veterans – while making tangible environmental and safety improvements throughout our communities. MOVE is pleased to join the City Council and New York street vendors to introduce a new fleet of food carts that deliver more varied cuisine in a cleaner and safer environment,” said James Meeks, President and CEO of MOVE Systems.

The national environmental group Energy Vision today released a report assessing the impacts of New York City’s existing food cart fleet versus MOVE Systems new MRV100. According to the report, each MRV100 reduces climate change gases by 60% and smog-causing NOx pollution by 95% thereby taking the pollution equivalent of nearly 200 cars off the road.

“New Yorkers encounter air pollution every day and in some communities like mine, there is an undeniable direct correlation to some of the highest asthma rates in the country. I’m pleased that the carts being provided will reduce emissions, improve air quality and increase safety on our streets,” said Councilman Donovan Richards, who chairs the Environmental Conservation Committee.

First Data, a global leader in payment technology and services solutions, provides cutting-edge technology to the MRV100. “First Data is proud to partner with MOVE Systems to provide mobile food vendors with the innovative technology necessary to grow their businesses,” said Dan Charron, Executive Vice President, Global Business Solutions at First Data. “We are particularly honored to support the 100 veteran entrepreneurs who are building their food cart businesses with the help of First Data business solutions.” Every MRV100 comes equipped with First Data’s state-of-the-art Clover mobile technology, a powerful point-of-sale (POS) business solution.

The MRV100 incorporates a federally certified heavy-duty fuel tank and low emission CNG to achieve the highest environmental and safety standards. “Being the fuel provider to MOVE’s cleaner, safer vehicles is an honor for Clean Energy,” said Peter Grace, Senior Vice President of Sales at Clean Energy Fuels. “Everyone is a winner with the launch of these eco-friendly vehicles, especially New Yorkers who love their food carts.” Clean Energy Fuels is the leading provider of natural gas fuel for transportation in North America. First Data and Clean Energy Fuels are both investors in MOVE Systems.

New York City has nearly 8,000 food carts and trucks operating on its streets resulting in an estimated 1.2 million daily mobile food transactions. The typical food cart uses propane, a highly combustible fuel. The City has already experienced food truck and cart fires, including an incident in 2011 that caused the temporary shutdown of the West Side Highway.

The MRV100 vending vehicle included a restaurant-grade kitchen with refrigeration and a sustainable energy system that utilizes solar power, alternative fuel, and plug-in hybrid technology. Each cart will be modeled after a stationary kitchen and will be equipped with refrigeration and sink for proper food preparation.

The average cost of a basic food cart is between $15,000 to nearly $25,000. MOVE Systems is providing the carts at no cost to the first 500 vendors who sign up to switch to the new model.

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