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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.
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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.
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Electric vehicles and solar have the most potential to surprise. However, the world is full of surprises.
Post Carbon Institute expects US oil production to start declining again around 2016-2017. Production may decline sooner if oil prices stay in the 80s. 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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PHILADELPHIA – Passengers on today’s Train 605 from Philadelphia to Harrisburg were aboard the first Keystone Service train in revenue operation to be powered by the modern and reliable Amtrak Cities Sprinter (ACS-64) electric locomotive.
Use of the high-tech locomotives is the latest step forward in the long-standing partnership between Amtrak and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania which share the revenue as well as operating and equipment maintenance costs of the Keystone Service.
Amtrak is acquiring 70 of the state-of-the-art locomotives that will operate on the electrified Northeast and Keystone Corridors. More than a dozen ACS-64 units are now in service with the remainder to be delivered through the end of 2015. The new locomotives replace older equipment that have seen between 25 and 35 years of service, and accumulated an average of more than 3.5 million miles each.
“The Keystone Service provides transportation that is competitive with driving, and these locomotives will further improve customer service,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. “Our new transportation plan will allow us to keep improving the service and the stations so the experience on and off the train is a great one.”
“We commend and thank Amtrak for acquiring and using this new equipment for the Keystone Service. The passage of our new transportation plan, Act 89, stabilized our ability to fund passenger rail service and allows us to continue and accelerate our investment in intercity rail,” he added.
Ridership on the Keystone Service has grown to more than one million riders annually, up 60 percent since more than $145 million worth of infrastructure improvements were made under the Keystone Corridor Improvement Program in 2006. The upgrades have enabled faster speeds and more frequent departures between Harrisburg, Lancaster, Philadelphia and New York.
“The Keystone Service is an important link connecting Central and Eastern Pennsylvania with the rest of the Northeast Corridor,” explained Jay Commer, Amtrak General Manager of State-Supported Services. “We value our partnership and the new locomotives will help drive continued ridership, revenue and regional economic growth along the Keystone Corridor.”
The new locomotives are designed for improved reliability and easier maintenance which leads to increased availability for service. A state-of-the-art microprocessor system performs self-diagnosis of technical issues, takes self-corrective action and notifies the locomotive engineer. In addition, there are redundant systems to ensure power is maintained to the passenger cars to keep heating and cooling systems working, the lights on and the doors operational. The locomotives also meet the latest federal rail safety regulations, including crash energy management components.
Among the benefits of the ACS-64 is the ability to feed energy back into the power system for use by other trains through a process known as regenerative braking. When the entire ACS-64 fleet is deployed, this feature is estimated to save 3 billion kilowatt hours of energy.
The locomotives are being built by Siemens and assembled at its facility in Sacramento, Calif., with parts from more than 60 suppliers representing more than 50 cities and 20 states.
Amtrak is America’s Railroad®, the nation’s intercity passenger rail service and its high-speed rail operator. Amtrak and its state and commuter partners move people, the economy and the nation forward. Formally known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak is governed by a nine member board of directors appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Anthony R. Coscia is board chairman and Jeffrey R. Moreland is vice chairman. In FY 2013, a record 31.6 million passengers traveled on Amtrak on more than 300 daily trains – at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph) – that connect 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. Enjoy the journey® at Amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and more information. Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter (@Amtrak) and check out our blog at blog.amtrak.com.
This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: Amtrak.
Formula E unveils circuit layout for Miami ePrix Map courtesy of Formula E
The FIA Formula E Championship – the world’s first fully-electric racing series – has today revealed the circuit location and layout for the Miami ePrix, taking place on March 14, 2015.
The eight turn, 2.17km circuit is located in Downtown Miami, Florida, along Biscayne Bay around the streets of the AmericanAirlines Arena, home to the Miami Heat NBA basketball team. Produced by leading track design company Ayesa, it is the setting for the fifth race in the inaugural Formula E season and the first of two events in the US.
Mayor of Miami, Tomas Regalado, said: “I’m pleased to be welcoming Formula E to Miami, the location of the first electric single-seater race in America. We are proud to be among the elite group of international cities hosting the FIA Formula E Championship.”
Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Carlos Gimenez said: “The FIA Miami ePrix is precisely the type of international event that will showcase Miami-Dade as a world-class destination.”
All Formula E events take place in one-day in order to minimise disruption to the city. Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag, speaking at a press conference held at the Pérez Art Museum of Miami, said: “We’re delighted to be officially unveiling the circuit for the Miami ePrix, the host for round five of the FIA Formula E Championship. Having two races in the US is very important to us with America’s rich motorsport heritage and the States being such an influential and burgeoning market for electric vehicles.”
The race will be organised in collaboration with experienced event company Andretti Sports Marketing. Chief Executive Officer Michael Andretti said: “I’m excited that we are serving as the event organiser for the 2015 Miami Formula E race. We at Andretti Sports Marketing are committed to making this event a world class experience and we anticipate a long and great relationship with Formula E.”
Stadler produces first intercity for Sweden in record one year time Photo courtesy of Stadler
Stadler Rail has handed over the first unit of the altogether 6 FLIRT intercity trains that it produced for the Hong-Kong based private operator MTR Express for operation in Sweden.
The factory acceptance of the new train by the customer was held today in Bussnang, Switzerland. Stadler once again managed to produce the vehicle train of the ordered series in record time, within only one year, which is exceptionally fast in the railway industry. The first FLIRT of the five-carriage fleet will expectedly start commercial operation in March 2015 on the Gothenburg-Stockholm route.
Stadler received the order from MTR Express altogether for six intercity FLIRTs only in November last year, and by now the company was able to successfully pass the factory acceptance of the first vehicle. The order is worth around CHF 85 million, the production and commissioning of the trains are carried out in Switzerland. With the new units MTR Express will provide a long-distance intercity service with around 16 connections per day on the route between Stockholm and Gothenburg. MTR Express is not the only operator on this route, it will provide the service in competition with the Swedish state railway operator, which is possible due to the deregulation of the Swedish passenger rail market. After the factory acceptance the first unit is going to Sweden, and after receiving the permit for commercial operation, it will start service expectedly around March 2015. The last, 6th unit will start carrying passengers in August 2015.
The five-carriage trains operate with 15 kV alternating current and are equipped with the Swedish train control system ATP L 10’000. The top speed of these trains is 200 km/h, and they have been specifically designed to fulfil the strict requirements of extreme climatic conditions like severe winters of -40 Celsius degrees. Features include, for example, improved isolation, floor heating, double-wall intercar gangways, snow scrapers between bogies and carriage body as well as a heat recovery system. This technology has already proven itself in Stadler trains for other Nordic countries, like Finland, Norway, Estonia or Belarus. The trains have a lightweight aluminium carbody, which allows the vehicles to accelerate faster, thus significantly reducing energy consumption and operating costs in comparison to conventional vehicles.
About MTR Express Private railway company MTR Express is a globally active private rail operator with its headquarters in Hong Kong. It was founded in Hong Kong 1975 as ”Mass Transit Railway Corporation” to build and operate the metro in Hong Kong. It has been active in Sweden since 2009, where it operates the Stockholm underground. It belongs to one of the world’s largest global railway corporations with 11 million journeys every weekday, and has been listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange since 2000.
About Stadler Stadler Rail Group, system supplier of customer-specific solutions for rail vehicle construction, has locations in Switzerland (Altenrhein, Bussnang, Winterthur and Biel), in Germany (Berlin-Pankow, Berlin-Hohenschönhausen, Berlin-Reinickendorf and Velten), in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Belarus, Algeria and in the USA. The Group has a workforce of around 6,000 people, of which 3,000 are based in Switzerland. The best-known vehicle series from Stadler Rail Group are the articulated multiple-unit train GTW (571 trains sold), the Regio-Shuttle RS1 (497 trains sold), the FLIRT (1’018 trains sold) and the double-decker multiple-unit train KISS (190 trains sold) in the railway segment, and the Variobahn (353 vehicles sold) and the Tango (147 vehicles sold) in the tram segment. The Metro is another addition for the commuter rail market (2 + 34 vehicles sold). Furthermore, Stadler Rail manufactures metre-gauge trains, passenger carriages and locomotives and is the world’s leading manufacturer of rack-and-pinion rail vehicles.
ZAP and Jonway Auto Receive Accolades from China Vice Premier Ma Kai on E-380 EV SUV Photo courtesy of Zap
SANTA ROSA, Calif. – ZAP (ZAAP), an Electric Vehicle (EV) automotive company incorporated in California Bay Area, and its subsidiary Jonway Auto received accolades from China Vice Premier Ma Kai on its E-380 SUV, which is the countries’ first type approved and fully certified EV SUV. Prior to China’s National holiday on September 25th, Jonway Auto in partnership with Tianjin Lishen Battery Company exhibited Jonway Auto’s SUV in Tianjin for China’s Vice Premier Ma Kai. Vice Premier Ma Kai was appointed as the Vice Premier of China’s State Council at the sixth plenary meeting of the first session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) March 16, 2013. He is a member of the 18th CPC central committee politburo, and is the Director of the State Council Leading Group for Promoting Medium and Small Enterprises, and the President of the Chinese Committee of Governance, and Vice Premier of the State Council and the country’s State Councilor.
The event hosted by Tianjin Lishen Battery Company was focused specifically on China’s promotion and support of the electric vehicle market expansion, and to place priority on the development and adoption of EVs in China.
Vice Premier Ma Kai gave clear and firm support for China’s commitment to the EV market and the commitment to support continued development of advanced technologies for new and improved batteries and electric power train technologies.
This special visitation event by Vice Premier Ma Kai highlights the recognition of ZAP and Jonway Auto’s SUV EV, and emphasizes ZAP’s strategic partnership with Tianjin Lishan Battery Company, and showcases the quality of ZAP’s EV product and technology with its E-380 SUV which is seen by its Chinese partners as one of the higher quality EVs in China.
With ZAP’s focus on supporting Chinese government EV fleets, the visibility and recognition by the Chinese government for ZAP’s SUV and minivan EV and its partnership with large state owned enterprises like Lishen Battery Company are important in laying the framework for endorsement by the local government to adopt the EV for its fleet use.
About ZAP and Jonway Auto ZAP and Jonway Auto design and manufacture quality, affordable new energy and electric vehicles (EVs). Jonway Automobile has ISO 9000 manufacturing facilities, certified for EV manufacturing, and engineering, sales and customer services facilities in China. Jonway has production capacity of up to 50,000 vehicles per year, over 1 million square feet of factory space, and over 65 acres of land and established sales distribution network in China. ZAP, an early pioneer of EVs, brings to both companies a broad range of EV product technologies. ZAP is headquartered in Santa Rosa, California and Jonway Auto is located in Zhejiang Province of the People’s Republic of China. Additional information about ZAP and Jonway is available at http://www.zapworld.com.
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This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: ZAP.
Trend Expected to Continue, PV Pricing to Drop Another 3 – 12 Percent in 2014
Distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) system prices dropped by 12 – 19 percent nationwide in 2013, according to the third edition of a jointly written report on PV pricing trends from the Energy Department’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).
In addition, 2014 prices are expected to drop another 3 – 12 percent, depending on system location and market segment. Industry analysts expect this trend to continue over the next couple of years, keeping the nation on track to meet the DOE SunShot Initiative’s 2020 targets.
“These price drops are consistent with previous annual reductions achieved since 2010, when the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative was established,” NREL’s David Feldman, a lead author of the report said. “However, the report also indicates that there are significant variations in reported pricing both geographically and across market segments due to a variety of factors, including value-based pricing based on local competition within the marketplace and prevailing electric retail rates. Other factors include differences in specific system configurations such as panel efficiency, mounting structure, and geographic location; and the time lags between commitments and commercial operation for utility-scale systems.”
The report, Photovoltaic (PV) Pricing Trends: Historical, Recent, and Near-Term Projections (2014 Edition), provides a high-level overview of historical, recent, and projected near-term PV system pricing trends in the United States and examines progress in PV price reductions to help the Energy Department and other stakeholders manage the transition to a market-driven PV industry. The report shows that the general downward trend in PV system pricing continued in 2013, and is expected to continue through 2016. Other key findings include:
Modeled utility-scale PV system prices fell below $2 a watt in 2013, and have continued to decline in 2014, to roughly $1.80 a watt, which is 59 percent below what modeled pricing showed in 2010.
Solar Energy Prices See Double-digit Declines in 2013 Data courtesy of National Renewable Energy Lab. Chart by Daniel Wood.
There is a difference of roughly $2 a watt between the median reported price of the lowest- and highest-priced states for residential and commercial systems (less than 10 kW in size); a similar price range also exists within individual states.
There is a wide-range in analysts’ PV pricing estimates, however a number of analysts are now projecting long-term pricing in line with the targets set by the SunShot Initiative for 2020. At these pricing levels, PV is expected to reach widespread grid parity in the U.S. without federal or state subsidies.
“There is still considerable uncertainty as to how low PV system prices will drop in the next five to 10 years,” Feldman said. “However, there appears to be an emerging consensus that the SunShot’s price reduction targets are within reach and more and more likely to be realized. We see this reflected in the fact that many of the current projections are far lower than projections made in the recent past by the same sources.”
The report was produced as part of an ongoing collaborative research effort between the two labs focused on solar technology system-level cost analysis and modeling. This briefing draws on several ongoing research activities at LBNL and NREL, including LBNL’s annual Tracking the Sun report series, NREL’s bottom-up PV cost modeling, and NREL’s synthesis of PV market data and projections.
The research was supported by funding from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, in support of its SunShot Initiative. The SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national effort that aggressively drives innovation to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources before the end of the decade. Through SunShot, DOE supports efforts by private companies, universities, and national laboratories to drive down the cost of solar electricity to $0.06 per kilowatt-hour. Learn more at energy.gov/sunshot
NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for the Energy Department by The Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.
This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: NREL.