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Earlier this year Ford Motor announced that their fully autonomous Ford Fusion Hybrid vehicles will hit California’s public roads in 2016. The Department of Transportation’s Secretary Anthony Foxx continues the momentum with his announcement that the Obama administration plans to invest $4 billion over the next ten years to pave the way for autonomous technologies. While America is innovating in autonomous and connected vehicles, China is on track to lead the world in electric vehicle (EV) sales. Last year alone Chinese company BYD sold over 60,000 plug-in vehicles, mostly in its home country. Autoblog suggests that government incentives, combined with disincentives for driving a polluting vehicle could mean China will soon lead the world in EV sales.
Could General Motors be poised to turn their new Chevy Bolt into a mass market vehicle in the United States? Consumer Reports recently tested it out and the word “impressive” was ubiquitous in their review. The Bolt is expected to roll off the production line at the end of the year offering 200 miles of range for $30,000 (after a $7,500 federal tax credit). Innovations in fueling infrastructure in Southern California will help grow the market. Southern California Edison (SCE) just got approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to begin implementing their $22 million “Charge Ready” program to install 1500 charging stations in their service territory. Education and outreach, including for business customers, will be provided to raise awareness of transportation electrification options.
XL Hybrids has announced a pilot program using their hybrid conversion technology in Denver on two step vans used for delivering construction supplies. BMC provides building materials and construction services and looks forward to achieving the fuel efficiency and emission reductions others have realized with the XL Hybrids system.
Kudos to San Joaquin Regional Transit District General Manager/CEO Donna DeMartino who is the recipient of the Sacramento Chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar’s Woman of the Year Award. Among her many accomplishments, DeMartino has brought to fruition a bus rapid transit system and brought new hybrid and electric bus technologies into their fleet. CALSTART is pleased to be working with San Joaquin RTD as we’ve officially opened the San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center, which is funded through a competitive California Energy Commission (CEC) solicitation. CALSTART’s Joseph Oldham, a life-long Valley resident, is the Director of the Center and his aim is to advance clean transportation solutions in the region.
Transportation challenges can take many forms and the Wall Street Journal identified one in Durham, North Carolina where an underpass has plagued countless trucks because of a 100 year old train trestle that is 11 feet and 8 inches tall, about two feet lower than the minimum for standard sized trucks. Documenting the traffic infrastructure logistics problem is Jurgen Henn, a systems analyst who works in a nearby office and has a camera at the ready to document more than 100 trucks that have had their tops shaved off. You can check it out here.
DOT Unveils Autonomous Vehicle Development Plan, MotorAuthority
Tesla and BYD Kings of the EV Market, CheatSheet
The Growing Electric Vehicle Market in China, Autoblog
Electric Chevy Bolt Promises Long Range, Low Price, Consumer Reports
Regulators Green-Light SCE’s $22 Million EV Charging Program, NGT News
XL Hybrids Trial by BMC in Denver, Fleets & Fuels
RTD General Manager Honored by Sacramento Group, Central Valley Business Journal
Center Helps California Transportation Stay on Track, Scienceblog
The Joys of Watching a Bridge Shave the Tops off Trucks, The Wall Street Journal
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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has re-adopted a low carbon fuel standard which is a key part of Governor Jerry Brown’s mandated 50% cut in petroleum use according to CARB chair Mary Nichols. CALSTART President and CEO John Boesel lauded the move saying “The Low Carbon Fuel Standard requires fuel producers to innovate and invest in cleaner fuels. Because of strong policy direction, a number of California industries have been doing their part-now it’s time for the oil industry to do its fair share.” Cummins Westport is doing their part by having recently received an endorsement from CARB for their 100 natural gas-fueled 8.9 liter ISL G engine as near zero emission. The engine is 90% cleaner than the existing NOx standard. EPA validation doesn’t seem far behind and transit agencies and refuse haulers will be able to use them next year. As for this year, New Flyer Industries just received an order from San Bernardino-based Omnitrans for 217 heavy-duty CNG Xcelsior buses.
Several thousand people were at Tesla’s Fremont, CA plant last night for the unveiling of their Model X SUV. CEO Elon Musk told the crowd that their mission is to accelerate sustainable transportation. The Model X is expected to cost between $132k-$144k. DHL Express has set their sights on electric trucks having just ordered 45 battery electric delivery trucks from Zenith Motors. UQM Technologies benefits from the deal as well as the trucks will be equipped with their electric power systems. And, the City of Detroit is upgrading 31 ambulances by partnering with NextEnergy and Navitas Systems to add auxiliary power units. Navitas customized energy solutions reduce vehicle idling by letting an ambulance driver run lights, communications, heating and air conditioning and onboard medical equipment while the engine is turned off.
Tis the season for a lot of conferences and CALSTART’s Bill Van Amburg is the keynoter for the Northern California Clean Technology Forum on October 15 in Sacramento. Bill will focus on what Light- and Heavy-Duty products as well as Off-road you can expect to see in 2016. CALSTART’s Jean-Baptiste Gallo speaks later that morning about a new electrified natural gas truck from EDI and Greenkraft. At the end of October, CALSTART’s John Boesel will lead two workshops at the VERGE Conference 2015, October 26-29 in San Jose. You can save 10% by registering with the code V15CS. Among the topics John will address is how electric buses are accelerating smart cities. The Volvo Group has addressed that topic as well and in a recent study they show that a city roughly the size of Sacramento, with half a million people, could save $12 million annually if their buses run on electricity vs. diesel. Volvo recently began operating a new electric bus line in Gothenburg, Sweden. If you want to smile, click here right now to see the delightful thing that happened on a Volvo bus recently, involving a Swedish pop star, to demonstrate how the emissions free bus is perfectly silent.
California Regulators to Restore Emissions-Cutting Fuel Rule, NGT News
Cummins Westport Engine Earns Accolades from CARB, School Transportation News
New Flyer Awarded $119M Contract by Omnitrans, ChrisD.ca
Tesla’s Model X Shows an SUV Can Go All Electric, Scientific American
Breakthrough Order for Battery Trucks for CA and NY, JOC.com
Ambulances Going Green With New Technology, WLNS.COM
Northern California Clean Technology Forum, Sacramento Clean Cities Coalition
Electric Buses Could Lead to Significant Savings, environment360
Zara Larsson-Silent Bus Sessions-Better You, YouTube
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