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Cenntro Automotive Launches Production of Citelec Line in Nevada Facility

October 24, 2014 in Electric Utility Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, EV News, Neighborhood EV

Cenntro Automotive Launches Production of Citelec Line in Nevada Facility  Photo courtesy of Cenntro Motor

Cenntro Automotive Launches Production of Citelec Line in Nevada Facility
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Sparks, NV – Cenntro Automotive Corporation, a Nevada-based manufacturer of all-electric vehicles, today announced the launch of production of the Citelec, all electric light commercial utility vehicle, in its Sparks, Nevada, facility.

Cenntro Automotive added the Citelec to its product portfolio in the acquisition of Brant Motors (Lyon, France). The acquisition, valued at $50 million, included the all-electric utility vehicle, the Citelec which has been sold in Europe since 2013.

The Citelec offers a unique solution to customers offering a range of up to 200 miles on a single charge, a payload of 1,400 pounds and a top speed of 50 mph.

Cenntro’s US Manufacturing site is in Sparks, Nevada, where both the Citelec and Kombi EV are produced. “Our 80,000 square foot facility opened in the third quarter and we have been pleased with our ability to quickly set up our manufacturing facility, find local talent that underscores of commitment to quality and bring the Citelec to the United States.” said Marianne McInerney, Executive Vice President.

“The Citelec launch in the US will fulfill an important void in the US market – an affordable, versatile vehicle that can meet varying needs of multiple customer bases at an affordable price point, “continued McInerney. “The Citelec platform can support local delivery needs with its spacious van box, and is available in nine configurations ranging from the van box, to a refrigerated unit to three flatbed configurations.” The Citelec is expected to retail in the US for under $20,000 USD for a base unit initially and Cenntro has already moved forward with demo programs for US fleets.

“Under the direction of our US VP of Operations and Human Relations, Kevin Neal, we are confident that we can ramp our production as we move through 2015 and introduce multiple lines, continued McInerney. “Kevin’s experience running diverse operations from the World’s Largest Wholly Owned Apparel VF Corporation to giant Smithfield/Farmland foods and his most recent experience with Smith Electric Vehicles position our Nevada facility to deliver the high quality that US customers demand.”

“I’m excited and inspired by Cenntro’s Board and Executive Team commitment to bring the Citelec and Kombi innovations and entrepreneur driven solutions to the US Market, noted Kevin Neal, “I’m looking forward to building upon the success and accelerated momentum of Cenntro’s real world empowerment of its clients and the clean environmental impact that will be achieved in the US Marketplace.

About Cenntro Automotive Corporation

Cenntro Automotive Corporation designs and manufacturers electric commercial vehicles. Based in the United States with operations in France, Cenntro Automotive aims to become a global industry leader in production of highly efficient electric vehicles that reach 200+ MPGe. Cenntro Automotive’s product line-up includes the versatile Citelec and the KOMBI EV, both zero-emissions lightweight electric commercial vehicles that offer smart choices for maintenance, delivery and light cargo transport, and can be used in a variety of environments including parks, farms, resorts, campuses, industrial facilities, airports and more. www.cenntroautomotive.com

About The Citelec

The Citelec fills an important void in the commercial market – an affordable, versatile vehicle that can meet varying needs of multiple customers at an affordable price point.

The Citelec was engineered and purpose built of offer a class leading All Electric Vehicle that won’t sacrifice productivity, With a payload capacity of 1,400 pounds, a robust cargo volume and nine vehicle configurations from a flatbed to a van box, the Citelec can meet the most diverse and demanding needs.

        1,400 lbs Payload
        200 miles on Single Charge
        High Strength Chassis and Cab
        Eliminates Fuel Cost for Better Budget Control
        Low Cost of Ownership
        Zero Emissions

This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: Cenntro Motor Corp.

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Huge win for Sydney customers as preferred bidder announced for CBD and South East Light Rail project

October 24, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Light Rail

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today (10-23-14) announced light rail would have 50 per cent more capacity than the 9,000 passengers per hour previously planned, after a preferred bidder was selected to deliver and operate Sydney’s new CBD and South East Light Rail project.

Ms Berejiklian said the news was a huge win for customers, with the NSW Government future-proofing the light rail network for decades to come, to cater for Sydney’s future economic and population growth.

The preferred bidder has also proposed reducing the expected length of time of construction along George Street, with extra support staff on the ground, importantly helping to minimise disruption to the community.

“The NSW Government is getting on with the job of building a new light rail network for Sydney and delivering major improvements to public transport,” Ms Berejiklian said.

The Connecting Sydney consortium, consisting of Transdev Sydney, Alstom Transport Australia, Acciona Infrastructure Australia and Capella Capital, has late today been advised that it is the preferred bidder to deliver and operate the project.

“The preferred bidder’s proposal offers an innovative, world class solution that will deliver a huge win for public transport customers, with reduced crowding on the light rail service and more capacity to cater for future demand,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“The proposal offers services that from day one carry up to 15 per cent more light rail passengers in peak hours, and 33 per cent more seats across the day.

“As I have said previously, the biggest challenge for this project is meeting the high demand from customers who are expected to choose light rail over buses, private vehicles and other transport options.

“The preferred bidder has responded to this challenge with a proposal that ultimately has the potential to carry over 50 per cent more than the 9,000 passengers per hour in each direction previously announced by the government.

“As a result of these wins for customers, this will mean an increase in the overall budget of the project, and the NSW Government will now work with the Connecting Sydney consortium over the coming weeks to finalise this major contract.”

The NSW Government has always said that construction of the CBD and South East Light Rail in such a busy environment will be extremely challenging and will result in some impacts along the route.

Connecting Sydney has responded to this, entering a bid with an earlier end date than expected for construction along George Street, a reduced impact on the community during construction.

The preferred team has also proposed using extra construction support staff on the ground, to better manage impacts in the CBD, meaning less disruption for motorists, businesses and CBD workers.

The detailed construction program is now subject to further commercial negotiations and once agreed, the project team will ensure communities are well informed along the route.

Ms Berejiklian said the extra capacity has been even more important, since the opening of the Inner West Light Rail extension in March this year.

“The Inner West Light Rail extension has proven extremely popular from day one. There have been over 2.3 million trips made on the Inner West Light Rail since the extension opened, a 21 per cent increase compared to last year,” she said.

“We have seen how popular the Inner West Light Rail extension has been and have decided to deliver additional capacity on the CBD and South East Light Rail to ensure we future-proof the system.”

Ms Berejiklian said the CBD and South East Light Rail is expected to generate over $4 billion in economic benefits to NSW. It will help remove up to 220 buses an hour from CBD streets.

“Light rail has been selected as the best value for money solution to the crippling congestion reducing Sydney’s productivity which currently costs the NSW economy around $5.1 billion per year and is expected to rise to $8.8 billion by 2021,” she said.

Huge win for Sydney customers as preferred bidder announced for CBD and South East Light Rail project Image courtesy of Transport for NSW

Huge win for Sydney customers as preferred bidder announced for CBD and South East Light Rail project
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Further detail on the successful tender will be released when the contract is awarded by the end of the year.

The NSW Government will set light rail fares and enforce financial penalties if the operator does not meet the customer service standards set out in the contract. These will include running services on time and making sure the vehicles are clean.

As with other major projects including the North West Rail Link, the design of the CBD and South East Light Rail has evolved during its planning process and the preferred bidder may require some modifications to the project, which are also expected to be announced before the end of 2014.

This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: Transport for NSW.

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District Announces List of Potential Builder-Operators for Scaled-Down DC Streetcar System

October 24, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Streetcar

District Announces List of Potential Builder-Operators for Scaled-Down Streetcar System Photo courtesy of DC Streetcar

District Announces List of Potential Builder-Operators for Scaled-Down Streetcar System
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DDOT’s Streetcar and Integrated Premium Transit System Move Forward

Today (10-23-14), Mayor Vincent C. Gray and District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Matt Brown announced plans for advancing the next phase of the DC Streetcar Program and the Integrated Premium Transit (IPT) system including a list of potential builder-operators.

The IPT is a program and contracting mechanism that leverages private-sector expertise for efficient and innovative delivery of the design, build, operations, and maintenance (DBOM) of the Streetcar and Circulator bus systems in the District.

The IPT includes a 22-mile priority streetcar system (37-mile long-range plan) and will allow for new and enhanced connections to neighborhoods and access to activity centers and jobs. The IPT complements existing transit services (DC Circulator, Metrobus, and Metrorail) and is based on more than 10 years of coordinated multi-agency planning efforts. Unfortunately, cuts the DC Council made in the FY15 budget only support the construction of a significantly scaled-down system.

“The announcement of the short list of contractors brings us one significant step closer to making the visions for a comprehensive District streetcar system a reality,” said Mayor Gray. “Unfortunately, this announcement is bittersweet considering the steep funding cuts to the system made by the DC Council. By cutting Streetcar funding by nearly 75 percent, the Council has prevented us from building out the full system over the next 10 years.”

To ensure a competitive and fair procurement process, the DBOM model utilizes a multi-stage procurement process which includes a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) followed by a Request for Proposals (RFP). Interested industry parties (Responding Teams) submitted detailed statements of qualifications in response to the RFQ and a team of DDOT technical and business experts, with assistance from an engineering program management firm, identified a short list of responding teams qualified to receive the RFP. The short list was announced today.

The three Responding Teams (with current partner composition) that will advance to the RFP stage of the procurement are:

  1. Capital Transit Partners:
    1. Balfour Beatty Rail Infrastructure, Inc.
    2. FCC Construction
    3. CPT Operators
    4. Parsons Brincherhoff
  2. DC Transit Partners:
    1. Clark Construction Group
    2. Shirley Contracting Company
    3. Herzog Transit Services, Inc.
  3. Potomac Transit Partners:
    1. URS
    2. MC Dean
    3. Facchina
    4. RDMT

“Moving forward with the IPT is a game-changer in delivering streetcars to the District,” said DDOT Director Brown. “Issuing the short list is an exciting first step in the process.”

The short-listed teams will now move on to the RFP portion of the IPT procurement process. After the RFP is developed, responses to the RFP are evaluated, and a potential “best and final” round of responses is evaluated, negotiations will be held with the highest-scoring Responding Team. Additional information on these teams may be obtained through a written request to DDOT’s Contracting Office.

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

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Over 85 Mayors, City Councilmembers and Other Local California Leaders Say “Yes” to Clean Vehicles

October 24, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV enthusiast, EV News, Politics

Over 85 Mayors, City Councilmembers and Other Local California Leaders Say “Yes” to Clean Vehicles California Governor Brown

Over 85 Mayors, City Councilmembers and Other Local California Leaders Say “Yes” to Clean Vehicles
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Supporting Gov. Brown’s Goal to Reach 1.5 Million Zero Emission Vehicles by 2025

Los Angeles – Zero emission cars, trucks and buses are on the rise in California, and a growing number of local California leaders are seeking to accelerate the adoption of clean vehicles by supporting Governor Brown’s goal to place 1.5 million zero emission vehicles on California’s roads by 2025.

To date, over 85 mayors, city councilmembers and supervisors from Oakland and Sacramento to Fresno and San Diego, who collectively represent millions of Californians, have signed on to say “Yes! I endorse Governor Brown’s pioneering vision to place 1.5 million zero emission vehicles on California’s roads by 2025. By accelerating the deployment of clean vehicles, we can clean up our air, reduce global warming pollution, improve public health, save Californians money at the pump and stimulate economic growth.” (Full list of endorsers below.)

“Accelerating the transition to zero emission vehicles will bring tremendous benefits to all Californians,” said Michelle Kinman, clean energy advocate with Environment California Research & Policy Center. “By achieving the 1.5 million goal, California will create a tipping point for clean vehicle sales, lead the country towards a clean vehicle revolution, and continue its position at the forefront of innovative climate change solutions.”

California is continuing to push the envelope of what is possible in the clean vehicle revolution. By August 2014, California had more than 100,000 electric vehicles on the road – more than any other state in the country. Last month, Governor Brown signed into law the Charge Ahead California Initiative (SB 1275 De León), which will put California’s first million electric vehicles on the road by 2023 and ensure that low-income communities, which are disproportionately impacted by air pollution, benefit from the transition to zero tailpipe emissions. Brown signed this law on the eve of the United Nations Climate Summit, where he voiced clear and passionate support for climate change solutions, including clean vehicles.

“California has a critical opportunity—and responsibility—to head off the worst impacts of climate change on local communities,” Kinman said. “Rapidly transitioning the state’s transportation sector to zero emission vehicles is critical to meeting California’s greenhouse gas reduction goals and setting a strong precedent for other jurisdictions to follow.”

As of October 21, 2014, over eighty-five local elected officials endorse this statement:

Yes! I endorse Governor Brown’s pioneering vision to place 1.5 million zero emission vehicles on California’s roads by 2025. By accelerating the deployment of clean vehicles, we can clean up our air, reduce global warming pollution, improve public health, save Californians money at the pump and stimulate economic growth.

Councilmember Steve Cohn – Sacramento
Councilmember Steve Hansen – Sacramento
Councilmember Darrell Fong – Sacramento
Councilmember Kevin McCarty – Sacramento
Councilmember Steven Detrick – Elk Grove
Mayor David Glass – Petaluma
Mayor Eric Lucan – Novato
Councilmember Katy Miessner – Vallejo
Vice Mayor Michael Menesini – Martinez
Councilmember Jim Rogers – Richmond
Councilmember Peter Maas – Albany
Mayor Tom Bates – Berkeley
Councilmember Linda Maio – Berkeley
Councilmember Darryl Moore – Berkeley
Councilmember Max Anderson – Berkeley
Councilmember Susan Wengraf – Berkeley
Councilmember Kriss Worthington – Berkeley
Vice Mayor Ruth Atkin – Emeryville
Councilmember Jennifer West – Emeryville
Councilmember Dan Kalb – Oakland
Councilmember Libby Schaaf – Oakland
Mayor Pro Tem Mary Rocha – Antioch
Mayor Edwin Lee – San Francisco
Supervisor Mark Farrell – San Francisco
Supervisor David Chiu – San Francisco
Supervisor Scott Wiener – San Francisco
Supervisor David Campos – San Francisco
Supervisor Norman Yee – San Francisco
Supervisor Katy Tang – San Francisco
Councilmember Lena Tam – Alameda
Councilmember Stewart Chen – Alameda
Councilmember Jim Prola – San Leandro
Mayor Tim Sbranti – Dublin
Vice Mayor Don Biddle – Dublin
Councilmember Jenny Kenoyer – Modesto
Vice Mayor Vinnie Bacon – Fremont
Councilmember Anu Natarajan – Fremont
Councilmember Ian Bain – Redwood City
Councilmember Michael Kasperzak – Mountain View
Mayor Nancy Shepherd – Palo Alto
Councilmember Larry Klein – Palo Alto
Mayor Jim Griffith – Sunnyvale
Councilmember Tara Martin-Milius – Sunnyvale
Mayor Jose Esteves – Milpitas
Mayor Chuck Reed – San Jose
Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen – San Jose
Councilmember Ash Kalra – San Jose
Councilmember Sam Liccardo – San Jose
Councilmember Xavier Campos – San Jose
Councilmember Kansen Chu – San Jose
Councilmember Rich Constantine – Morgan Hill
Councilmember Gordon Siebert – Morgan Hill
Councilmember Don Lane – Santa Cruz
Councilmember David Terrazas – Santa Cruz
Councilmember Oliver Baines – Fresno
Mayor Helene Schneider – Santa Barbara
Mayor Pro Tem Carmen Ramírez – Oxnard
Councilmember Larry Spicer – Monrovia
Councilmember Sam Kang – Duarte
Councilmember Mary Sue Maurer – Calabasas
Mayor Zareh Sinanyan – Glendale
Mayor Bill Bogaard – Pasadena
Mayor Marina Khubesrian – South Pasadena
Mayor Eric Garcetti  – Los Angeles
Councilmember Jose Huizar – Los Angeles
Councilmember Paul Koretz – Los Angeles
Councilmember Christina Carrizo – Pomona
Councilmember Ted Winterer – Santa Monica
Councilmember Kevin McKeown – Santa Monica
Mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells – Culver City
Mayor Pro Tem Eduardo De La Riva – Maywood
Mayor Rusty Bailey – Riverside
Councilmember Mike Gardener – Riverside
Mayor Pro Tem Miguel Canales – Artesia
Councilmember Albert Robles – Carson
Mayor Pro Tem Joe Shaw – Huntington Beach
Mayor Miguel Pulido – Santa Ana
Councilmember Larry Agran – Irvine
Councilmember Beth Krom – Irvine
Councilmember Toni Iseman – Laguna Beach
Councilmember Lisa Shaffer – Encinitas
Deputy Mayor Lesa Heebner – Solana Beach
Councilmember Peter Zahn – Solana Beach
Councilmember Ed Harris – San Diego
Councilmember Myrtle Cole – San Diego
Councilmember David Alvarez – San Diego
Councilmember Marti Emerald – San Diego
Councilmember Mary Salas – Chula Vista

This article (10-21-14) is an EV News Report repost, credit: Environment California.

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The European Union has reached a historic deal to cut greenhouse gasses by at least 40% domestically by 2030.

October 24, 2014 in Climate Change, Environment, EV News, Politics

The European Union has reached a historic deal to cut greenhouse gasses by at least 40% domestically by 2030.  Image courtesy of GOV.UK

The European Union has reached a historic deal to cut greenhouse gasses by at least 40% domestically by 2030.
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The target is part of a package of measures to make Europe’s energy system more secure, sustainable and competitive, announced today by European leaders at the European Council meeting in Brussels.

The agreement is a major win for the UK, which has been leading efforts in Europe for an ambitious but flexible deal that cuts carbon emissions whilst giving the UK and other Member States the flexibility to decide how they will decarbonise at least cost to consumers – while also improving energy security by reducing the EU’s reliance on imported energy. The UK’s Climate Change Act and Electricity Market Reforms have put the UK on a clear path to become a low carbon economy, which is further enhanced by these measures announced today with no expected additional cost impact for UK bill and tax payers.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey said:

“This is a historic moment. Europe has sent a clear and firm message to the world that ambitious climate action is needed now. True to our word, we have delivered a highly ambitious EU climate target while also significantly strengthening Europe’s energy security by making us less reliant on imported energy. This morning only five countries in Europe had climate targets post 2020, now 28 countries do.

“The UK has been leading the climate debate pushing for an ambitious deal in Europe and by building alliances and working constructively with our European partners, we’ve agreed a package of measures that meet all the UK’s top priorities.

“It lays down the gauntlet to the world to come forward with ambitious climate targets, reforms EU energy policy so it’s flexible and affordable and tackles energy security – reducing Europe’s energy import bill for fossil fuels by around €285 billion by 2030.

“It’s good for consumers because we can decarbonise at the lowest possible cost using a diverse mix of technologies.

“And it’s good for business as it provides the certainty they have been calling for to unlock billions in low carbon investment.”

The key elements of the package are:

A binding domestic EU Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission reduction target of at least 40% by 2030. This:
  1. Fulfils the Prime Minister’s call for the EU to agree a domestic EU GHG target for 2030 of at least 40% at the UN Climate Summit last month;
  2. Keeps the EU on least cost path to meeting its 2050 goal of reducing EU emissions by between 80-95%;
  3. Ensures all 28 EU Member States make significant emission reductions efforts through to 2030, creating a more level playing field for business;
  4. Allows the EU to put pressure on other nations to bring similarly ambitious climate pledges ahead of the global climate talks in Paris next year.
A 27% EU level renewables target and 27% non-binding energy efficiency target that cannot be binding on Member States. This:
  1. Ensures a substantial reform of EU energy policy, providing greater flexibility for the UK and others to design their low carbon energy mix at least cost, including renewables, energy efficiency, as well as nuclear, CCS and gas;
  2. The Commission’s Impact Assessment also shows that these levels of renewables and energy efficiency would be delivered cost-effectively across Europe under a 40% GHG target.
Calls for the EU ETS to be reformed by including a Market Stability Reserve (MSR) as the UK has been calling for. See the DECC Policy paper released on 20th October.
Extended and expanded EU level support – via an ‘Innovation Fund’ – for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) demonstration projects. As a leader in CCS technology in Europe, the UK is well-placed to capitalise on further EU funding support. The UK’s White Rose CCS project was awarded €300m under the existing NER300 programme.
This package fulfils the calls from business, investors and economists for the EU to urgently agree and ambitious 2030 package in order to provide long-term clarity over the EU’s post-2020 energy and climate policy framework such as:
  1. A letter of 6th October to EU leaders from 57 major companies in Europe including Shell, Unilever, GlaxSmithKline and Kingfisher.
  2. Calls from the UK’s CBI on 22nd October.
  3. A letter of 22nd October from senior economists Thomas Piketty, Claudia Kemfert and Cameron Hepburn.
Overall, this package will significantly strengthen Europe’s Energy Security by:-
  1. Cutting EU net energy imports by 14% in 2030 and cutting EU gas imports by 12% in 2030 (Source: Commission Energy Efficiency Impact Assessment, Table 5, p41);
  2. Deliver average annual saving to the EU’s fossil fuel net import bill of €14bn a year between now and 2030 compared to reference scenario (Source: Commission Energy Efficiency Impact Assessment, Table 5, p41);
  3. Deliver cumulative savings to 2030 of €285bn in reduced fossil fuel imports compared to reference scenario (Source: Commission Energy Efficiency Impact Assessment, Table 5, p41).

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