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San Francisco Sustainable Race 11K (August 2nd), USA Sweat on the Green Course

June 30, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, San Francisco, Sustainable San Francisco

Jack Collins Wearing a Sustainable Race 11K sweatband, Collins prepares for the future delivery of the Nissan e-NV200 all-electric van, to be christened the Sustainable Race Van.

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Wearing a Sustainable Race 11K sweatband, Mr. Collins prepares for the future delivery of the Nissan e-NV200 all-electric van, to be christened the Sustainable Race Van.

EV News Report has initiated a sustainability campaign, sending a Sustainable Race 11K sweatband to US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, encouraging Dr. Moniz to race the USA course to a green sustainable future. Sweatbands will be sent to numerous changemakers in the Bay Area in the coming days and weeks to encourage local leaders to sweat the green stuff, to go the extra K for sustainability.

“The Bay Area is the epicenter of change. It’s only natural that we take the lead on the two most pressing issues of our day, climate change and peak oil. We’re running to 100% renewable.” – Jack Collins.

Happy Fourth of July!

Sustainable Race 11K Update

Sustainable Race will have kilometer markers along the course with short messages on San Francisco’s progress on sustainability. Jack Collins will craft the messages, updating the information and ideas each year.

We will be having a group photo after the race with sunflowers in hand. Of course, runners are not obliged to be in the photo, but we hope to see your sweaty face in the picture. After all, you are the founding runners of Sustainable Race 11K.

Trophies for the winners are being designed by Ky Faubion, former president of the Dolphin South End Runners. Winners will also receive a special Sustainable Race 11K t-shirt, distinct from our founding runner shirts in the raffle.

The raffle will be dominated by Sustainable Race t-shirts and stainless steel water bottles. We will handle the raffle rapidly due to the number of giveaways.

Jack Collins will be running Sustainable Race 11K, representing the Pamakid Runners Club (masters running team).

Ky Faubion Wearing his Sustainable Race 11K sweatband, Mr. Faubion explains his plans to design trophies using recycled aluminum

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Wearing his Sustainable Race 11K sweatband, Mr. Faubion explains his plans to design trophies using recycled aluminum.

About EV News Report

EV News Report is a community blogging website for electric vehicle and greentech enthusiasts, as well as peak oil activists. We are sharing information and opinions to best facilitate the change from the fossil fuel age to a green sustainable future.

Two major world emergencies are driving this change:

1. There are over 7 billion people on the planet according to the United Nations. Today’s worldwide economic growth is placing tremendous demands on the energy sector. Unfortunately, according to the International Energy Agency, approximately 80% of the world’s energy is derived from fossil fuels. Absent an energy revolution, climate research tells us that the planet will be significantly warmer and altered for future generations.

2. The oil market is expensive and fragile. The door is open to green alternatives; however, high oil prices may destroy the currencies of oil dependent nations before the EV and greentech revolutions have a chance to reach mass adoption.

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Energy Department Awards $45 Million to Deploy Advanced Transportation Technologies, Source: DOE

September 4, 2013 in Battery Energy Storage, Electric Vehicles, EV News

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Photo courtesy of DOE

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz
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WASHINGTON — Building on President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to build a 21st century transportation sector and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Energy Department announced today more than $45 million for thirty-eight new projects that accelerate the research and development of vehicle technologies to improve fuel efficiency, lower transportation costs and protect the environment in communities nationwide.

“By partnering with universities, private industry and our national labs, the Energy Department is helping to build a strong 21st century transportation sector that cuts harmful pollution, creates jobs and leads to a more sustainable energy future,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “By improving the fuel economy of our cars and trucks, we can save families and businesses money at the pump and better protect our air and water.”

The Obama Administration has taken unprecedented steps to improve the fuel efficiency of American vehicles, establishing the toughest fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles in U.S. history. These standards are expected to save consumers $1.7 trillion at the pump — or more than $8,000 in costs over the lifetime of each vehicle – and eliminate six billion metric tons of carbon pollution. Innovative technologies and manufacturing are helping U.S. automakers achieve the goals of this historic agreement, and the investment announced today will help provide new technologies and innovations to enable automakers to continue to improve vehicle fuel efficiency.

Through the Advanced Vehicle Power Technology Alliance between the Energy Department and the Department of the Army, the Army is contributing an additional $3 million in co-funding to support projects focused on lightweighting and propulsion materials, batteries, fuels and lubricants. “Working with the Energy Department, we are accelerating the development and deployment of cutting-edge technologies to strengthen our military, economy, and energy security,” said Dr. Paul Rogers, director the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center.

The 38 projects announced today span five major areas critical to advanced transportation technologies, such as lightweighting and propulsion materials as well as affordable, efficient batteries, power electronics, fuels and lubricants, and efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, and include:

  • Advanced lightweighting and propulsion materials (15 projects; $10.2 million): Advanced materials are essential for boosting the fuel economy of cars and trucks while maintaining and improving safety and performance. Next generation lightweight materials can reduce passenger car weight by up to 50 percent. Reducing a vehicle’s weight by just10 percent can improve fuel economy by 6 to 8 percent. These projects will conduct research on lightweight materials — such as advanced high-strength steel, magnesium and aluminum – that allow vehicle manufacturers to include electric drive components, electronic systems and emissions control equipment without increasing vehicle weight.
  • Advanced batteries (13 projects; $22.5 million): In the last four years, the cost of a plug-in electric vehicle battery has come down by nearly 50 percent. The awards announced today will help improve cell chemistry and composition, develop advanced electrolytes and create new battery design tools – helping to further reduce costs. Broadly, the projects aim to cut battery size and weight in half, while improving efficiency and performance.
  • Power electronics (Four projects; $8 million): Compared to silicon-based technologies, wide bandgap semiconductors – such as silicon carbide and gallium nitride – can operate at higher temperatures, have greater durability and reliability, and can lower the cost and improve performance of plug-in electric vehicle inverters. Separately, new approaches to enable high-temperature operation and cost reduction for capacitors in these inverters will also help to reduce the cost of vehicle power electronics. These projects will contribute to reducing the cost of a plug-in electric vehicle inverter by more than 30 percent.
  • Advanced heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (Two projects; $4 million): Reducing the impact of heating and cooling on plug-in electric vehicles can significantly increase all-electric driving range.  These two projects are focused on developing innovative heating and cooling technologies that reduce battery demands and improve range by 20 to 30 percent.
  • Fuels and lubricants (Four projects; $2.5 million): These projects will develop advanced fuels and lubricants that can reduce friction losses and increase the efficiency of cars already on the market and next generation passenger vehicles.

Read the full list of the thirty-eight projects announced today.

These new projects support the goals of the Energy Department’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, a broader initiative to make plug-in electric vehicles as affordable and convenient to own and drive as today’s gasoline-powered vehicles within 10 years.

This article is a repost, credit: US Department of Energy,

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Moniz: Tesla Repayment Shows the Strength of Energy Department’s Overall Loan Portfolio, Source: DOE

May 23, 2013 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Tesla

Tesla Model S Washington Auto Show Photo courtesy of DOE

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WASHINGTON (5-22-13) – Today, Tesla Motors repaid the entire remaining balance on a $465 million loan from the Department of Energy nine years earlier than originally required.  U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz made the following statement:

“When you’re talking about cutting-edge clean energy technologies, not every investment will succeed — but today’s repayment is the latest indication that the Energy Department’s portfolio of more than 30 loans is delivering big results for the American economy while costing far less than anticipated.

“More than 90 percent of loan loss reserve Congress established remains intact, while losses to date represent about 2 percent of the overall $34 billion portfolio.  The other 98 percent of the portfolio includes 19 new clean energy power plants that are adding enough solar, wind and geothermal capacity to power a million homes and displace 7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide every year – roughly equal to taking a million cars off the road.

“The Department first offered loans to Tesla and other auto manufacturers in June 2009, when car companies couldn’t get other financing and many people questioned whether the industry would survive.  Today, Tesla employs more than 3,000 American workers and is living proof of the power of American innovation.  This is another important contribution to what the Obama Administration has done to preserve and promote America’s auto industry.

“Finally, this announcement is also good news for the future of America’s growing electric vehicle industry.  While the market has taken longer than predicted to get going, sales of electric vehicles in the U.S. tripled last year and are continuing to increase rapidly in 2013.  Tesla and other U.S. manufacturers are in a strong position to compete for this growing global market.”

The Department released today a fact sheet providing additional statistics and highlights of the Department’s loan portfolio.

Key Statistics and Highlights of the Department’s Loan Portfolio:

Losses to date in the Department’s loan programs represent about 2 percent of the $34 billion portfolio and less than 10 percent of the $10 billion loan loss reserve that Congress set aside to cover expected losses in the programs.

Many of the nation’s largest and most innovative energy and transportation projects are supported by the Department of Energy’s loan programs, including:

  • Several of the world’s largest solar generation facilities and thermal energy storage systems (Ivanpah, Agua Caliente, Desert Sunlight, Abengoa Solana, and Solar Reserve Tonopah)
  • One of the world’s largest wind farms (Shepherds Flat)
  • The first two all-electric vehicle manufacturing facilities in the U.S. (Tesla and Nissan)
  • The first nuclear power plant to be built in the U.S. in the last 30 years (Vogtle)

In the auto industry specifically, these investments have made an enormous impact.  In June 2009, for example, the Department offered more than $8 billion in conditional loan commitments to three companies — Ford, Nissan and Tesla – to help retool, refurbish, and reopen American auto plants to produce the cars of the future.  The results have been impressive:

  • The Department provided a $5.9 billion loan to Ford Motor Company to upgrade and modernize thirteen factories across six states and to introduce new technologies to raise the fuel efficiency of more than a dozen popular vehicles, including C-Max Hybrid, Focus, Escape, Fusion, Taurus, and F-150 trucks, representing approximately two million new vehicles annually.  This investment is supporting approximately 33,000 manufacturing and engineering jobs across the United States.
  • In Smyrna, Tennessee, the first advanced battery packs produced in the United States are coming off the production line of Nissan North America’s production plant. These advanced batteries are powering U.S.-made all electric Nissan LEAF cars. The construction of the 1.3-million-square-foot, state of the art battery facility was made possible through a $1.4 billion loan from the Department of Energy.
  • Tesla’s $465 million loan enabled it to reopen a shuttered auto manufacturing plant in Fremont, California and to produce battery packs, electric motors, and other powertrain components. Tesla vehicles have won wide acclaim, including the 2013 Car of the Year from both Motor Trend and Automotive Magazine, and Consumer Reports recently rated Tesla’s Model S as tied for the best car ever rated.  Tesla has created more than 3,000 full-time jobs in California – far more than the company initially estimated – and is building out a supply chain that supports numerous additional jobs and technologies, and is bringing advanced manufacturing technology back to America.

It’s important to remember that these three loans were conditionally offered in June 2009, which was a time when many people believed that the industry itself might not survive.  That was the same month GM filed for bankruptcy, and auto sales were 28 percent lower than the year before.  One major newspaper headline that month summed up the industry as “on the verge of extinction.”  June 2009 was also the lowest point for U.S. auto industry employment in decade.  At the beginning of 2008, America’s auto industry had employed almost a million people; just 18 months later, one-third of those jobs were gone.  The ongoing financial crisis was making it nearly impossible for the major auto companies – let alone startups like Tesla – to obtain financing.  The lack of financing for the automotive industry was critical and potentially lethal for the industry.  Providing these loans was a calculated risk – but it was the right decision for the country.

This article is a repost, credit: US Department of Energy,