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Local Chinese Governments Give Financial Support to Leading U.S. Electric Vehicle Battery Company

December 22, 2014 in Battery Energy Storage, China, Electric Vehicles, EV News

Sonny Wu, chairman of Boston Power  Photo courtesy of Boston Power Local Chinese Governments Give Financial Support to Leading U.S. Electric Vehicle Battery Company

Sonny Wu, chairman of Boston Power
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Local Chinese Governments Give Financial Support to Leading U.S. Electric Vehicle Battery Company

BEIJING - Boston Power, a world leader in next generation electric vehicle battery design and production, has secured USD 290 million in local government financial support for the expansion of its two facilities in China.

The company’s Liyang facility will receive a total investment of 160 million dollars, increasing its manufacturing capacity fivefold by 2016. The company’s Tianjin facility will grow its capacity to 4GW by 2017, and is expected to reach 8GWh in manufacturing capacity by 2018.

The expansion of these facilities will allow Boston Power to meet the growing demand by leading Chinese automakers in the Yangtze River Delta and throughout the Bohai Gulf in Northern China. China’s EV market is expected to reach USD 35 billion by 2020, with demand for high-end lithium-ion batteries hitting 100 GWh.

Sonny Wu, chairman of Boston Power noted that “China is the largest and fastest growing EV market in the world and leads in the manufacturing of Eco-EV and E-buses. Our analysis shows that this market will experience significant battery supply constraints over the next 3-5 years which we aim to address.”

On the decisions by both governments to provide financial support, Mr. Wu added that “this is a vote of confidence in Boston Power’s leading technology in high energy density, longer life-cycle and fast charging EV batteries. We will use this support to ease a backlog of secured contract orders for our range of more than 30 EV battery designs used by leading Chinese automakers. We are proud that our batteries have demonstrated a 30+% drive range against local competitors.”

This announcement comes on the back of the recent U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change. Both nations have committed themselves to reducing their carbon emissions by over 20%, by 2025 and 2030 respectively, while increasing the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 20% by 2030.

Commenting on the decision to provide support, Mr. Feng Jiang, chief director of Jiangsu Province Zhongguancun Science & Technology Industrial Park, said that “Boston Power is a great example of how to turn the climate change goals announced by China and the United States into a reality.  Both nations need to leverage their complementary technological and manufacturing assets, through companies such as Boston Power, to achieve their ambitious, new emissions targets. We are thrilled to take part in this effort in Liyang.”

Mr. Xiangyu Ni, chairman of the Administration Commission of Tianjin Binhai Hi-Tech Industrial Development Area, added that “Tianjin has been on the cusp of China’s drive for EV adoption and we’re constantly embracing a growing variety of EV car models into our city and into our grid. We are specifically supporting local and foreign companies, such as Boston Power, whose innovations are helping China, the world’s largest auto market, to meet its aggressive demand for long-range EV.”

Boston Power’s products serve multiple segments in the electric vehicle industry, all geared towards the growth of green, sustainable cities. In addition to premium cars, the company’s products cater to buses, sedans, taxis, and a variety of EVs designed for personal consumers and clean public transport operators.

ABOUT BOSTON POWER

Boston Power is a developer and manufacturer of next generation lithium-ion battery cells, blocks, modules and systems. Designed to fuel a wide range of applications, its flagship offerings, Swing® and Sonata®, serve as the foundation for a new era of longer-lasting, faster-charging, safer and environmentally sustainable batteries. The company’s Swing® product delivers unmatched capabilities for Battery Electric and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (BEV/PHEV), and utility energy storage applications. Sonata® delivers industry leading performance to a wide range of portable power and industrial applications.

Boston Power is a global company with R&D centers in Westborough, Massachusetts, USA and Beijing, China, and mass manufacturing operations based in Asia. The company is funded by top-tier venture capital firms GSR Ventures, Venrock, Foundation Asset Management and Oak Investment Partners.

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

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Scania to Test Wirelessly Charged City Bus in Sweden

December 22, 2014 in Electric Bus, Electric Vehicles, EV charging, EV News

Starting June 2016 a prototype for a new Scania plug-in hybrid bus (based on Scania Citywide Low Entry) will go into daily operation in Södertälje.  Image courtesy of Scania Scania to Test Wirelessly Charged City Bus in Sweden

Starting June 2016 a prototype for a new Scania plug-in hybrid bus (based on Scania Citywide Low Entry) will go into daily operation in Södertälje.
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Scania to Test Wirelessly Charged City Bus in Sweden

Scania has become the first company in Sweden to test a wirelessly charged electric-hybrid city bus. The bus will start operating on the streets of Södertälje, Sweden, in June 2016 as part of a research project into sustainable vehicle technology.

Scania is undertaking intensive research into various types of electrification technologies that could replace or complement combustion engines. Induction is among the options being investigated and would involve vehicles wirelessly recharging their batteries via electrified roads.

Now, for the first time in Sweden, Scania and the Stockholm based Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) plan to test the technology in real-life conditions. The project will be run through their jointly operated Integrated Transport Laboratory research centre.

Swedish Energy Agency will provide 9.8 MSEK for the project’s realisation. Other stakeholders include Södertälje Municipality, Stockholm County Council and Tom Tits, the tech-oriented museum for children and youths.

As part of the field tests, a Scania citybus with an electric hybrid powertrain will go into daily operation in Södertälje in June 2016. At one of the bus stops there will be a charging station where the vehicle will be able to refill wirelessly from the road surface enough energy for a complete journey in just six-seven minutes.

“The main purpose of the field test is to evaluate the technology in real-life conditions,” says Nils-Gunnar Vågstedt, Head of Scania’s Hybrid System Development Department. “There is enormous potential in the switch from combustion engines to electrification. The field test in Södertälje is the first step towards entirely electrified roads where electric vehicles take up energy from the road surface.”

To build an infrastructure and convert bus fleets to vehicles that run exclusively on electricity will provide many advantages for a city. With a fleet of 2,000 buses, the city can save up to 50 million litres of fuel each year. This means the fuel costs decrease by up to 90 percent.

Apart from induction, Scania’s research and development department is looking at different technology options, including the take-up of energy from overhead electrical wires or from rails.

“Our customers have different needs and prerequisites when it comes to switching to more sustainable transport. Therefore we don’t want focus on just one technology. Instead we are continuing research in different areas,” says says Nils-Gunnar Vågstedt.

About Scania

Scania is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks and buses for heavy transport applications, and of industrial and marine engines. Service-related products account for a growing proportion of the company’s operations, assuring Scania customers of cost-effective transport solutions and maximum uptime Scania also offers financial services. Employing some 41,000 people, the company operates in about 100 countries. Research and development activities are concentrated in Sweden, while production takes place in Europe and South America, with facilities for global interchange of both components and complete vehicles. In 2013, net sales totalled SEK 86.8 billion and net income amounted to SEK 6.2 billion. Scania press releases are available on www.scania.com (http://www.scania.com/se)

This article (12-17-14) is an EV News Report repost, credit: Scania.

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ACCIONA will compete in the Dakar Rally with the first ever zero-emission, electric car

December 22, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV enthusiast, EV News

ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered electric vehicle will compete in the Dakar Rally  Photo courtesy of ACCIONA ACCIONA will compete in the Dakar Rally with the first ever zero-emission, electric car

ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered electric vehicle will compete in the Dakar Rally
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ACCIONA will compete in the Dakar Rally with the first ever zero-emission, electric car

CHICAGO – ACCIONA, a global infrastructure, water, services and renewable energies company, has designed and built the first electrically powered car based entirely on renewable sources.

The vehicle is further evidence of ACCIONA’s commitment to innovation, renewable energy and sustainable development.

Developing ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered has taken more than two years of R&D and has counted on the collaboration of a multidisciplinary team of over 20 people.

The purpose was to reach an optimal balance between electric propulsion technology, powered entirely by batteries, and the unique characteristics of a racing car prepared for an extreme adventure such as the Dakar.

100% clean energy systems

  1. A highly efficient synchronous electric engine equivalent to 300 CV and which weighs only 80 Kg compared to its internal combustion counterparts which weigh 280 Kg.
  2. A set of 4 removable Lithium Ion battery packs, capable of storing a total of 140kWH (similar to the contracted capacity of 32 homes) to adequately power the electric motor.
  3. A system of high-efficiency solar panels, ensuring the supply of 100% renewable energy to power telemetry and security systems of the ACCIONA 100% EcoPowered.

Dakar in figures

  1. 37 editions.
  2. 7 editions in South America.
  3. 431 vehicles participated in the 2014 edition, 50% abandoned.
  4. Extreme temperatures of up to 50ºC.
  5. 13 stages of up to 800 km each.
  6. More than 9,000 km in total.
  7. Dakar 2015 will travel across three countries: Argentina, Chile and Bolivia.
  8. 2-day marathon stage for all participants where they will not have access to their service vehicles.

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About ACCIONA

ACCIONA is one of Spain’s main companies operating in infrastructure, energy, water and services in over 30 countries. Its slogan “Pioneers in development and sustainability” reflects its commitment to contribute to economic growth, social progress and environmental protection, a commitment recognised by its inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) and FTSE4Good. The company is listed on the Ibex-35, has a workforce of more than 34,000 professional employees and in 2013 its sales reached 6.607 billion euros.

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

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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.