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Antelope Valley Transit Authority Recognized for Environmental Efforts

October 3, 2014 in BYD, Electric Bus, Electric Vehicles, EV News, Solar

AVTA Electric Bus  Photo courtesy of BYD

AVTA Electric Bus
Photo courtesy of BYD

Lancaster – For the second time in ten years, the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) has been awarded the William J. “Pete” Knight AIRE Award for its efforts to reduce emissions in the Antelope Valley.

The award was presented to AVTA Board Chair Norm Hickling during a recent board meeting of the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD). “We are very pleased to be chosen as the recipient of this award, and to be recognized for not only providing safe and good-quality transit service in the Antelope Valley, but also for striving to be a supporter of the environment,” said Hickling. “We take our responsibility to the environment very seriously, and are proud to be a proponent of green technology in our community.”

The AIRE award recognizes the steps AVTA has taken this past year to reduce its carbon footprint and become a leader in promoting clean energy sources. In the forefront of these efforts is the purchase of two zero-emission electric buses from Lancaster manufacturer BYD. The electric buses are currently being evaluated to determine the possibility of converting more of AVTA’s diesel fleet to electric, and initial tests have yielded extremely promising results. AVTA also operates 15 diesel-electric hybrids, and is pleased to report not only improved fuel efficiency, but a 35% overall reduction in emissions since September of 2012.

Additional efforts by the AVTA to “go green” include the installation of solar panel carports at its Lancaster facility. The sustainable Photovoltaic Solar Carport system, completed in 2013, is now generating 100% of the facility’s electric needs, as well as providing shade to AVTA’s buses. Solar light tubes installed throughout the facility provide natural light and further reduce the company’s reliance on electricity.

“We are extremely honored to receive the William J. “Pete” Knight AIRE Award for our efforts to make AVTA an environmentally friendly organization that stands out from the rest,” said AVTA Executive Director Julie Austin.

As the state of California continues to experience the worst drought in recorded history, AVTA has implemented water conservation strategies with the goal of reducing water consumption by 75%. These strategies include washing buses weekly instead of daily, and converting much of the facility’s landscaping to xeriscape. As a result of these measures, AVTA’s water usage has gone from 3.8 million gallons to just 900,000 annually, surpassing its goal.

During the award presentation, State Senator Steve Knight, R-Antelope Valley, applauded the transit agency’s efforts. “AVTA is at the forefront in promoting clean, efficient energy,” stated the senator. “The agency’s commitment to electric bus technology and its overall culture of environmental responsibility serves as a model for other agencies throughout the state of California.”

AVTA provides local, commuter and dial-a-ride service to a population of more than 450,000 residents in the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale as well as the unincorporated portions of northern Los Angeles County. Its total service area covers 1,200 square miles and it is bounded by the Kern County line to the north, the San Bernardino County line to the east, the Angeles National Forest to the south, and Interstate 5 to the West.

This article (10-1-14) is an EV News Report repost, credit: AVTA.

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Green Charge Networks Signs Lithium-Ion Battery Supply Agreement with Samsung SDI

October 3, 2014 in Battery Energy Storage, Electric Vehicles, Environment, EV charging, EV News, Greentech, Large Energy Storage

Samsung SDI and Green Charge Networks Partner to Provide Intelligent Energy Storage Worldwide

Photo courtesy of Samsung SDI

Photo courtesy of Samsung SDI

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Clean tech market leaders Green Charge Networks and Samsung SDI today announced the signing of a strategic supply agreement to deliver as much as 25 megawatt-hours (MWh) of lithium-ion batteries over the next two years. The agreement guarantees Green Charge has adequate supply of batteries as it seeks to expand its leading position in the growing market for intelligent energy storage.

Samsung SDI is the leading manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries for stationary energy storage, electric vehicles, as well as consumer electronics. In February 2014, Samsung SDI announced an investment of $600 million to build China’s largest automotive lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in Shaanxi province. The plant will begin operation in October 2015 with an annual capacity of enabling battery supply for over 40,000 EVs. Samsung SDI formed the strategic alliance with Green Charge as it has emerged as the leading solution in distributed energy storage with a fast growing list of brand name customers.

The GreenStationTM software-driven energy storage systems are installed and operating at commercial businesses, cities, and schools from coast to coast. After more than a year of technical collaboration, Green Charge chose Samsung SDI as its primary source for lithium-ion due to its safety, quality standards, and 10-year warranty. In addition to scale, Samsung SDI has met the highest level of performance and reliability demanded by Green Charge’s customers. By agreeing to purchase as much as 25 MWh of batteries from Samsung, Green Charge assures itself access to safe and reliable lithium-ion batteries to expand its market-leading position. Samsung SDI, in turns, benefits by gaining access to the growing mid-tier U.S. energy storage market.

“Green Charge’s partnership with Samsung affirms our commitment to using the best technology to deliver exceptional results to our customers,” said Vic Shao, CEO at Green Charge Networks. “Our customers count on us to use safe, reliable, and robust battery technology. This partnership solidifies the quality and value of the GreenStation platform.”

“Distributed energy storage will follow the same growth trajectory as distributed solar in the years to come,” said Woo-chan Kim, SVP of Samsung SDI. “We are pleased to partner with Green Charge as it has developed one of the most advanced and software-driven energy storage solutions. This partnership will vastly accelerate deployment in the emerging battery storage market in America and beyond.”

About Samsung SDI

Having entered the secondary Li-ion battery business in 2000, Samsung SDI has developed and grown into a market leader. Li-ion battery manufacturing now serves as one of Samsung SDI’s core businesses as it seeks to restructure its business portfolio from electronic display products to eco-friendly energy solutions, thereby writing another chapter of our industrial history in energy sector. The secondary lithium-ion batteries manufactured by Samsung SDI are rapidly expanding their applications from digital mobile devices such as cell phone and laptop to electric vehicles such as xEV and Energy Storage System (ESS). Our employees are sparing no effort to further develop new and innovative technologies and products and to expand our presence into untapped markets. For more information, visit

About Green Charge Networks, LLC (Green Charge)

Founded in 2009, Green Charge Networks is a leader in intelligent customer-sited energy storage. The company gives commercial and industrial businesses, municipalities, and schools control of rising demand rates on their monthly electric bills. Green Charge’s product complements solar PV, electric vehicle charging, and energy efficiency. The GreenStationTM was developed in partnership with leading utilities and Fortune 500 customers from coast to coast. K Road DG is the lead investor in Green Charge, with $56M investment announced in July 2014. Green Charge is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA with offices in New York City. For more information, visit www.GreenCharge.Net.

This article (10-1-14) is an EV News Report repost, credit: Samsung SDI.

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Panasonic announces the establishment of Panasonic Energy Corporation of North America, a new manufacturing company of lithium-ion batteries at the Tesla Gigafactory

October 3, 2014 in Battery Energy Storage, Electric Vehicles, EV News, Tesla

Osaka, Japan – Panasonic Corporation announced today that it has established a new manufacturing company of lithium-ion batteries, Panasonic Energy Corporation of North America in Sparks, Nevada, the United States on October 1, 2014.

Tesla and Panasonic have been working together in various collaborative projects toward the popularization and growth of electric vehicles since 2007.

A new company, Panasonic Energy Corporation of North America will be built in the Tesla Gigafactory, a large-scale battery manufacturing plant which has been discussed between Tesla and Panasonic, and will produce and sell lithium-ion batteries. This new factory will enable a continuous reduction in the cost of long range battery packs in parallel with manufacturing at the volumes required to enable Tesla to meet its goal of advancing mass market electric vehicles. Through this cooperation, Panasonic will contribute to accelerate the expansion of the electric vehicle market.

Panasonic plans to continuously expand operations meeting with Tesla’s vehicle delivery schedule, driven by the progressive role out of new vehicles and across global markets.

Overview of New Company

Corporate name Panasonic Energy Corporation of North America (ABBR:PENA)
Establishment Oct. 1, 2014
Location Sparks, Nevada, USA
Principal lines of business Production and sales of lithium-ion battery cells
Stated capital 5 million US dollars (Capital investor: Panasonic Corporation of North America)
Name and title of representative CEO: Masayuki Kitabayashi
Area of factory 555,000 square meters

About Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and engineering of electronic technologies and solutions for customers in residential, non-residential, mobility and personal applications. Since its founding in 1918, the company has expanded globally and now operates over 500 consolidated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.74 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2014. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company strives to create a better life and a better world for its customers. For more information about Panasonic, please visit the company’s website at

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Envision Solar Receives Order From Silicon Valley Search Engine For 20 EV ARC™ Solar Powered Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

October 2, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV charging, EV News

The EV ARC™ Units Ordered Will Provide Emission Free Workplace Charging Infrastructure That Enables Employees to Drive on Sunshine

Photo courtesy of Envision Solar

Photo courtesy of Envision Solar

SAN DIEGO, CA – Envision Solar International, Inc., (EVSI) (OTCQB: EVSI) (“Envision Solar,” or the “Company”), the leading renewable energy Media and Branding product company, today announced that it will be supplying the next order of 20 EV ARC™ charging stations to a major Silicon Valley search engine.

The EV ARC™ is a cost-effective, easy-to-install, standalone solar powered electric vehicle charging station that solves many of the problems faced by employers looking to provide workplace charging. It does not require a foundation, trenching, building permits or grid connection and the batteries on board provide emission free charging all during the day or night.

“The EV ARC™ has received a brilliant reception throughout Silicon Valley, where Envision Solar’s products are providing the clean energy charging infrastructure employees require, as well as the opportunity to drive on sunshine,” said Desmond Wheatley, President and CEO of Envision Solar. “We are pleased to continue our relationship with this world-renowned customer. Their facilities team rigorously tested the first two EV ARC™ units purchased. After months of testing, they found the EV ARC™ to exceed expectations and as a result, placed this latest and more significant order. I look forward to continuing our work with them to provide the workplace charging infrastructure needed at their many other campus locations.”

Wheatley said these EV ARC™ units will be manufactured in Q4 at Envision Solar’s new headquarters and manufacturing facility in San Diego, California, providing for new green jobs and making a significant economic contribution to the local community.

The past year has seen a major uptick in deployments of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). This acceleration is a direct result of developments in the market for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs). Frost and Sullivan forecasts that EV charging infrastructure deployments will grow at a 128% CAGR over the next five years. Solar powered charging offers the cleanest and easiest method for the deployment of such infrastructure particularly in cities and remote locations.

About Envision Solar International, Inc.

Envision Solar,, designs, manufactures and deploys unique, proprietary and architecturally accretive renewable energy media and branding systems with a Drag & Drop Infrastructure™ product line. The company’s flagship products include the patent pending EV ARC™, patented Solar Tree® array and Solar Tree® Socket™ solar media and branding platforms with EnvisionTrak™, a proprietary and patented solar tracker, and SunCharge™ Column Integrated Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.

Based in San Diego the company integrates only the highest quality components into its Made in America products ensuring long and trouble-free service and timeless beautification of the parking lots they serve. This unique approach to the industry allows the company’s commercial and institutional customers to take full advantage of the value creation associated with transforming parking lots into beautiful, shaded, renewable energy generation plants shrouded in the “Green Halo.” Envision Solar is listed on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol [EVSI]. For more information on Envision Solar, visit or call (866) 746-0514.

About the EV ARC™

Invented, engineered and fabricated in the United States, the EV ARC™ fits inside a standard parking space and generates approximately 16 kWhrs per day that are stored and ready for use in the 22 kWhr on board battery storage. The system’s clean solar electrical generation is enhanced by EnvisionTrak™, which enables the solar array to follow the sun, generating 18 to 25 percent more electricity than a conventional fixed array. The EV ARC™ makes electric vehicles truly emissions free. It changes the deployment story and further advances us to a day when range anxiety is a thing of the past.”

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

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Bombardier’s Regio 2N Double Deck Train Receives Homologation in France

October 2, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Trains

The Bombardier Regio 2N double deck train for SNCF in France  Photo courtesy of Bombardier

The Bombardier Regio 2N double deck train for SNCF in France
Photo courtesy of Bombardier

SNCF received authorization today from the French Public Establishment of Railway Safety (EPSF) for the commercial operation of Bombardier’s Regio 2N in single units. This essential step will allow for the progressive deployment of the first Regio 2N vehicles in the Aquitaine, Brittany, Centre, Nord-Pas de Calais, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’ Azur and Rhône-Alpes regions from November.

The Regio 2N belongs to the new BOMBARDIER* OMNEO* double deck train platform designed by Bombardier teams in Crespin to meet the needs of SNCF and the French regions for seating capacity and service. It offers high modularity in terms of versions and interior configurations and is also fully compliant with the latest accessibility standards. The Regio 2N project also represents more than half of the activity of Bombardier’s site in Crespin, involving 900 direct jobs plus employment at suppliers, the majority of which are French.

“The approval obtained today, the result of six years of joint work between SNCF and Bombardier teams and all partners involved in the process, is the confirmation that our new OMNEO platform meets French and European standards. This is truly the green light from the authorities allowing for the safe transport of passengers in our train,” commented Pierre-Yves Cohen, Vice President of the Regio 2N project at Bombardier. “SNCF and the Regions will now be able to deploy the Regio 2N and improve the journeys of thousands of people who take regional trains daily.”

An intense series of tests

In order to qualify and certify the various configurations of this innovative platform, Bombardier built nine test trains that travelled a total of over 150,000 kilometers. Bombardier teams also performed more than 4,000 tests required to verify compliance with the nearly 10,000 French and European standards covering safe passenger train travel. Test runs for approval of the double and triple Regio 2N train configurations are still ongoing. Authorization for commercial operation of the double unit is expected in the first semester of 2015. This test campaign has mobilized teams at Bombardier, but also at the SNCF, Eurailtest (ERT), the Railway Testing Agency (AEF), Certifer, BelgoRail, Réseau Ferré de France (RFF) and EPSF.

Contract data

Nine French regions have ordered a total of 159 Regio 2N trains under a contract signed in 2010 with SNCF on behalf of the regions, for a maximum of 860 trains. Orders per region are as follows: Aquitaine: 24 trains, Centre: 14 trains, Brittany: 17 trains, Nord-Pas de Calais: 18 trains, Provence- Alpes-Côte d’ Azur: 16 trains, Rhone -Alpes: 40 trains, Picardy: 7 trains, Pays-de-la-Loire: 13 trains, Midi-Pyrenees: 10 trains.

About Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. BOMBARDIER* ECO4* technologies – built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology – conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total train performance for operators and passengers. Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and has a very diverse customer base with products or services in more than 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.

BOMBARDIER, OMNEO and ECO4 are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

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