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

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Interior Department (USGS) risks the safety of US citizens with oil/gas industry induced earthquakes. Hobbes wins US. Locke wins Europe.

ChargePoint stated that EV drivers have had over 9 million charging sessions on its network. Earth Day message.

Tesla will report Q1 results on May 6 after market close. Model X progress will be high on the agenda. How quickly will Tesla ramp the X?

Jet fuel demand up 12.2% yoy, (4-17) EIA report. This is largely due to failure of Congress to develop high-speed rail in the United States.

Simple metric to judge US Congress

Gasoline demand averaged over 9 mb/day over the last four weeks (EIA, week ending 4-17-15), up 4% 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

US Unemployment Rate Historic, 5.5% Latest Data
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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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Two Special Trolleybuses Have Left the Solaris Plant

April 26, 2015 in Austria, Battery, Electric Bus, Electric Vehicles, Europe, EV Fleet, EV News, Lithium, Poland

Photo courtesy of Solaris Two Special Trolleybuses Have Left the Solaris Plant

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Two Special Trolleybuses Have Left the Solaris Plant

The Trollino with the number 1000 went to Salzburg in Austria. The 1001st trolleybus was built for trolleybus operator PKT in Gdynia, who today celebrated the handover of the vehicle, which is fitted with the latest environmentally-friendly technologies.

Two new, completely low-floor Solaris Trollino 12 have been delivered to Gdynia, northern Poland. Their most significant feature is an energy storage system which allows them to operate independently from overhead wires for up to fifteen kilometers. It was made possible thanks to an innovative lithium-ion battery set drawing energy from the overhead wires at other times, as well as from a three-phase plug connection installed in the depot. In addition, the recuperation system will allow batteries to recover energy from the braking process, which will lower operating costs.

The Trollino 12 have been equipped with a package of modern solutions intended for the passengers’ comfort in particular. Air-conditioning of the compartment, as well as a CCTV monitoring system should be noted. Also, LED daytime driving lights and a reversing camera will be mounted in the bus. The 175 kW traction motor will provide the power to drive the vehicle. Medcom is the supplier of all electric equipment in the trolleybus.

“I am very proud that the collaboration between PKT Gdynia and Solaris is so satisfactory. It had its origins in 2001, when our first trolleybus was built. The trolleybus presented today is a good example of the technical capabilities that Solaris has in the area of electric mobility. Thanks to the batteries, the Trollino will be able to operate out of reach of overhead wires. The effect is a vehicle successfully combining the best features of trolleybuses and battery buses,” said Solaris management board member Zbigniew Palenica at the handover ceremony in Gdynia.

The official presentation of the 1001st trolleybus was an opportunity to reflect that the very first Trollino built by Solaris was bought by PKT Gdynia in 2001. Almost fifteen years of cooperation between the operator and Solaris has resulted in purchases of fifty-four 12-metre trolleybuses in total. The city transport company has been continuously investing in its modern fleet and developing the trolleybus network in the city. The effort to make this eco-friendly mode of public transport accessible to citizens has been noted by the European Commission. Recently, PKT Gdynia won the prestigious RegioStars 2014 award for its development of clean public transport. The lastest order for two modern trolleybuses was the result of plans to extend line 21 in Gdynia. From May, the route will lead to the Aquarium.

For many years, Solaris Bus & Coach has been the leader of the trolleybus market in the European Union and EFTA countries. Solaris Trollino run in Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden and in Switzerland.

This article (4-24-15) is an EV News Report repost, credit: Solaris.

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Stadler on Track for Success in the Netherlands

April 26, 2015 in Aluminum, Electric Vehicles, Europe, EV News, Fuel Savings, Manufacturing, Netherlands, Rail, Stadler, Trains

Image courtesy of Stadler Stadler on track for success in the Netherlands

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Stadler on track for success in the Netherlands

Stadler Rail has won an order of Dutch State Railways (NS) for 58 FLIRT trains. The trains will already be delivered at the end of 2016.

This sees Stadler demonstrate an unparalleled degree of flexibility once again: in recent years, no other company has managed to process so many contracts of this type, with such short delivery times, on schedule. The trains will be used in the commuter and regional transport systems nationwide. The order volume amounts to approximately EUR 280 million. This represents Stadler’s first order from NS.

The particular feature of this order is the very short delivery deadlines for such a large number of vehicles. In rail vehicle construction, the lengthy lead time means that in most cases, production can only begin one to two years after an order has been received. This is because many components have to be purchased and include delivery deadlines of up to one year. Furthermore, engineering also has to construct the vehicle before any orders can be released.

Peter Spuhler, owner and CEO of Stadler Rail Group, is very proud of this recent success: “This order increases the number of FLIRT trains sold to 1,094. Once again, we have been able to demonstrate that we are in a position to guarantee very short delivery times.” Stadler Rail has processed a high number of orders from its bases in Switzerland in recent years, always meeting the deadlines. This includes, for example, the order for 50 FLIRT trains from Norwegian State Railways (NSB). The successful execution of this order has already triggered follow-up orders for 31 additional trains, which has seen Stadler set an unparalleled standard in Europe.

Low energy consumption

The 58 electric FLIRT trains include 33 three-carriage and 25 four-carriage trains. As with all FLIRT trains, they also include the following features as standard: spacious, transparent interior design, large multi-purpose spaces in the entrance areas and vehicle bodies made from lightweight aluminium, leading to significantly lower energy consumption and thus also substantially lower energy costs. Each train is equipped with an accessible toilet and is prepared for the modern European Train Control System (ETCS). The latest crash fronts ensure a very high level of passive safety for passengers, for example in the case of an accident at a railway crossing.

The four-carriage trains are equipped with 32 seats in first class, 170 seats in second class, 12 tip-up seats and 26 handholds; the three-carriage trains have 32 seats in first class, 114 in second class, 12 tip-up seats and 20 handrails. The trains have a maximum speed of 160 km/h.

This article (4-23-15) is an EV News Report repost, credit: Stadler.

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Sound Transit, Bellevue moving forward with East Link

April 25, 2015 in Bellevue, Infrastructure, Light Rail, North America, Politics, Rail, Ridership, Seattle, Washington

Image courtesy of Sound Tranist Sound Transit, Bellevue moving forward with East Link

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Sound Transit, Bellevue moving forward with East Link

Sound Transit and City of Bellevue leaders have finalized agreements to move ahead with construction of the voter-approved East Link light rail line in a way that minimizes construction and operations impacts to neighborhoods, confirms the city’s financial contribution to a downtown tunnel, and promotes the city’s Bel-Red Corridor land use vision for transit oriented development.

“This caps years of hard work between Sound Transit and the City of Bellevue,” said Sound Transit Board Chair and King County Executive Dow Constantine. “With this unprecedented partnership, we will reduce the tunnel’s cost to Bellevue, while helping to deliver East Link on schedule and promoting transit-oriented development throughout the Bel-Red Corridor.”

“Today’s agreement is an important milestone in the continued partnership between the City of Bellevue and Sound Transit,” said Sound Transit Board member and Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci. “We’re now poised to moved forward and begin building the system to serve the people of the Eastside and the region. I look forward to joining the many people who will be riding this train on the east side in 2023.”

The Sound Transit Board of directors approved the agreement today. The Bellevue City Council unanimously approved the agreement at its April 20 meeting.

“I am extremely pleased with what our Council was able to achieve on behalf of the City by working together and building consensus,” said Bellevue Deputy Mayor Kevin Wallace. “The agreement leaves the city in the black financially and sets the framework for the exceptional mitigation of noise and traffic impacts that our neighborhoods and businesses expect and deserve. I also appreciate the collaboration we achieved with Sound Transit, and I look forward to seeing that relationship continue as construction moves forward.”

A 2011 Memorandum of Understanding outlined up to $160 million in city contributions to a downtown Bellevue light rail tunnel. Since then, Bellevue and Sound Transit officials have worked continuously to find solutions for reducing costs. Through that process, the agreement  finalizes Bellevue’s upfront contribution at $100 million.

In addition to finalizing the city’s financial contribution to the project, which ensures inclusion of the downtown tunnel and other mitigation measures in the project design, the agreement includes terms surrounding the potential Operations and Maintenance Satellite Facility (OMSF).

As part of an ongoing environmental process studying multiple sites, the Sound Transit Board identified a location within Bellevue’s Bel-Red area as its preferred alternative, and is expected to make a final selection later this year after the environmental review is complete. The new agreement includes provisions to address the potential OMSF and its impact on the transit-oriented development that is the centerpiece of the city’s long range plan for Bel-Red.

With the terms of the agreement with Bellevue set, the Sound Transit Board adopted a $3.6 billion lifetime budget for East Link. The baseline budget includes a $33 million contribution from Microsoft to fund a bike/pedestrian bridge over SR 520 at the Overlake Transit Center Station and a $10 million contribution from the City of Redmond towards a pedestrian/bike bridge over SR 520 at the Overlake Village Station. The new bridges create a direct connection to the Microsoft campus and other businesses on the north side of SR 520.

By 2030 the 14-mile East Link line is projected to carry about 50,000 riders each weekday with stations in Seattle, Mercer Island, South Bellevue, downtown Bellevue and the Bel-Red and Overlake areas. As the region’s population continues growing, East Link will provide expanded transportation capacity in the I-90 corridor. Increases in the length and frequency of trains over time offer the capacity to carry from 8,000 to 12,000 people per hour in each direction, more than doubling the person-carrying capacity of I-90.

This article (4-23-15) is an EV News Report repost, credit: Sound Transit.