Sep 082011
 

H.B. to install electric vehicle charging stations

Huntington Beach is taking another step to encourage residents to go green by installing a dozen public electrical vehicle charging stations throughout the city.

City Council members at their meeting on Tuesday approved a contract with Coulomb Technologies for 12 charging stations paid for by state and federal grants.

The city is expected to install the charging stations in various city-owned parking lots in October, city officials reported.

Locations include Pier Plaza, Main Street Promenade parking structure, the Civic Center parking lot, Bella Terra parking structure and the Sunset Vista RV parking lot.

Coulomb Technologies will provide the equipment and the city will receive service until December 2013.

After the grant funds are expired, city officials will have the option to be a service fee of $410 for each unit to continue offering the charging station to residents and visitors.

Read the full Story At OC Register

Sep 082011
 

First CODA Experience Center Opens in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — CODA Holdings, a California based leading developer of advanced Lithium-ion power battery systems for its all-electric CODA sedan, EV propulsion system and stationary energy storage applications announced the opening of its first consumer store, located in the Westfield Century City Shopping Center in Los Angeles County.

“We’re thrilled to be opening our first CODA Experience Center in such a consumer rich environment,” said Phil Murtaugh, CEO of CODA Holdings. “We want to open dialogue between consumers, provide a stress-free purchase experience and ultimately accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs).”

Staying consistent with a green message, the CODA store features eco-tech building materials, such as salvaged wood from Utah’s Lucin Cutoff Railroad Trestle, energy efficient lighting, neutral concrete flooring, formaldehyde free plywood and recycled stainless steel. Both convenient and functional, the bright 900 square foot space is located adjacent to a multiplex theatre, dining terrace, and valet parking, and features an engaging and interactive in-store environment:

Electric Vehicle Bar – An interactive educational area focused on communicating the benefits of electric cars.

Technology Display – A full-scale replica and explanation of CODA’s industry-leading battery and propulsion system.

Test Drive Check-in Counter – A one-stop shop for interested consumers who can sign-up for a test-drive at the time of their visit, make an appointment for a future date, or check-in from an online inquiry (www.codaautomotive.com).

Located in the parking garage directly below the store, CODA’s Test Drive Center will offer customers the chance to take a CODA for a test drive. Drivers can also become comfortable using an EV charger and the installation process, at the six reserved CODA parking spaces with dedicated EV chargers.

Read the full Story At Alaska Dispatch

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Sep 072011
 

New stations offer free charge for electric cars

Electric car owners may find it a bit more convenient to recharge when traveling through Roseville.

The city recently installed three new EV charging stations, two at the Westfield Galleria at Roseville and one on the corner of Oak Street and Washington Boulevard in downtown.

“We want to give people the ability to charge their car when they need to,” said Vonette McCauley, public relations director for Roseville Electric. “Whether they are here for employment or they are shopping, we want to provide some ability for them to recharge.”

But the city isn’t the only entity making it easier for electric car owners to charge up.

John L Sullivan Chevrolet at the Roseville Auto Mall is in the process of installing two large solar canopies that will act as a charging station for customers.

“This will provide a free charge to our customers who want to come in and hook up,” said Steve Ruckels, controller with John L Sullivan Chevrolet.

All these efforts are in response to increasing demands for electric vehicles, albeit the demand might be slow moving, according to Kris Blair, account representative with Roseville Electric.

Read the full Story At Granite Bay California

Sep 072011
 

Smartphone apps help EV drivers find chargers

A variety of smartphone applications are being launched to help smooth out driving an electric vehicle.

Some, such as the Chargepoint app, point out nearby charging stations on a map.

Coulomb Technologies Inc. created the app to help users find the chargers it is installing across the country. The app notes whether stations are available, in use or out of service, all in real-time. It can also distinguish between free and paid chargers and be used to make reservations.

ECOtality, an electric-vehicle infrastructure developer also in the midst of a nationwide build-up, launched a similar app linking to and named after its growing network of Blink charging stations.

Recargo, created by Dictionary.com founder Brian Kariger, also tracks public charging stations. The app comes equipped with a comments section for updates on specific chargers, a photo-sharing feature to locate hard-to-find units and maps with Google Street View.

Developer Xatori has a more crowd-sourced take on a station-finder app. PlugShare is a social network of homeowners and business owners willing to give drivers access to their outlets. Providers can give out contact information so drivers can make appointments to power up.

Other apps allow drivers who are still considering EVs to pretend.

Read the full Story At L.A. Times

Apr 212011
 

Chu cranks up funding for EVs and energy research

Google Maps to provide information on US charge point locations through new government partnership
US energy secretary Steven Chu announced a raft of new funding awards this week, designed to accelerate the development of advanced clean technologies and speed the rollout of electric vehicles.

Chu confirmed yesterday that the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy is to receive a further $130m in funding to support five new projects, partly as a result of the budget deal thrashed out earlier this month.

The advanced research programmes will focus on a number of areas, including biofuels, energy storage, solar and potential alternatives to rare earth materials.

Speaking to reporters during a teleconference yesterday, Chu said that the hard fought budget deal brokered between Democrats and Republicans had effectively saved the agency’s research programmes.

“We do know that without additional Congressional funds … the programme essentially would have been put on ice,” he said.

The agency has been tasked with investing in relatively high risk research projects that cannot attract private investors but have the potential to revolutionise the low carbon energy sector.

The news came just a day after Chu unveiled a new partnership with Google to help electric car drivers locate recharging points, and announced a further $5m of funding to support community-based efforts to deploy electric vehicle technologies.

The initiative has also been backed by the Department of Transport and the Clean Cities Coalition, which brings together over 100 city governments committed to cutting carbon emissions and air pollution.

“The Department of Energy’s Clean Cities initiative is bringing together local governments and industry to demonstrate the benefits of advanced technology vehicles and help communities use less oil and gasoline to power their vehicles,” Chu said.

“The initiatives announced today are just the latest steps in our broader efforts to reduce America’s dependence on oil, improve our energy security and save families and businesses money.”

Read the full story at Business Green

Apr 192011
 

New ‘EVolve’ App From BMW Decides Whether You’re Ready For An EV

Electric vehicles and other alt-fuel rides are big news these days. Tech fans and greenenthusiasts can’t wait to get their hands on ‘em, while others think that hybrids and their eco-friendly kin are part of a vast communist conspiracy.

No matter where you fall on that spectrum, there are many things to consider before dumping your conventional ride for something greener. EVs, for example, are fine for most work commutes, but current models aren’t practical for longer trips because of range limitations and long recharge times. If you’re on the fence, there’s now a tool that can evaluate your lifestyle and decide whether or not you’re ready for an EV.

The tool in question is an app from BMW called “EVolve” (see what they did there?). At the moment, it’s only for Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, but we’d expect to see it in Android form soon.

Using EVolve is pretty straightforward: when you’re ready to start your commute or run your errands or leave on that cross-country road trip, just click the “start tracking” button, and EVolve will keep tabs on you using Google Maps. When you’re done, click “finish tracking”, and you’ll see a breakdown of your travel details, including the time you spent on the road, the distance you’ve gone, and how much charge is left in your battery. (No word, exactly, on what battery standard BMW uses for the app.) A few clicks more, and you can get EV-friendly driving tips, a full travel log, and an estimate of your savings versus a conventional gas-powered vehicle.

Read the full story at All Car Tech

Apr 192011
 

AUDI A3 E-TRON PLUG-IN HYBRID CONCEPT UNVEILED IN SHANGHAI

And for those who think they’ve seen this story before, Audi was keen to point out that this latest concept has nothing to do with the A3 e-tron Sportback pure-electric car TheChargingPoint.com wrote about last week. That car is a running prototype based on the current generation A3 Sportback. A spokesman said that the two different concepts are simply “an exploration of different approaches.”

A 211hp 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine supplemented by a 27hp electric motor powers the Shanghai concept car. The A3 e-tron’s lithium ion batteries are stored behind the rear seats and pack a charge capacity of 12kWh – they can be charged from a household socket.

That combination gives the e-tron enough punch to get to 62mph in just 6.8secs and on to a top speed of 144mph. Oddly, though, Audi isn’t prepared to quote mpg or CO2 figures for the e-tron concept.

Read the full story at The Charging Point

Apr 182011
 

Secretary of Energy to Join Earth Week Kick-Off

“Innovation Motorcade” to Parade Electric Drive Vehicles Through the Streets of Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — With gas prices hitting $4 a gallon and the one-year anniversary of the Gulf oil disaster this week, on Tuesday Secretary of Energy Stephen Chu will headline a motorcade of battery, hybrid and fuel cell powered vehicles through Washington D.C. The parade takes place during Earth Week and is part of the Electric Drive Transportation Association’s (EDTA) annual conference – in order to highlight alternatives to oil dependence.

The Honorable Steven Chu, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy, will kick-off the “Innovation Motorcade” from L’Enfant Plaza Promenade at 10 a.m. with a press conference. He will be joined by EDTA President Brian Wynne, Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA) renowned explorer and environmentalist Fabien Cousteau. They will discuss what needs to happen to reach President Obama’s goal of 1 million electric vehicles on the roads by 2015, how electric drive technology means clean American jobs, and our overreliance on oil in light of the Gulf oil disaster. After the press conference, the vehicles will tour our nation’s capital and end at the EDTA Conference Ride, Drive and Charge event at the Washington Convention Center.

The following day, the Honorable Ray H. LaHood, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation, will be the keynote speaker at the opening plenary of the 2011 EDTA Conference, where leading government and industry experts will discuss the latest advances in electric drive technology and policies to accelerate the electrification of transportation.
“We are excited to show consumers and policymakers how many electric drive choices are available and how rapidly innovations are being brought to the market place,” said Brian Wynne, the President of EDTA. “These cars and trucks, and the technology that supports them, are helping to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, reducing driving costs and pollution, improving our national security and creating advanced energy jobs.”

The documentary film Revenge of the Electric Car premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on Earth Day, April 22. This week also features the New York Auto Show, where new models of electric vehicles will be the buzz of the show.

EVENT FLOW

10:00 AM: Opening press conference (with Secretary Chu, Rep. Ed Markey, EDTA President Brian Wynne, EDTA co-chair Ted Craver, and Fabien Cousteau) followed by Q&A (approx 25 cars will be present); LOCATION: L’Enfant Promenade just south of the intersection of Independence Avenue and 10th Street SW
11:00 AM – 11:45 PM: Cars and trucks depart for Innovation Motorcade through Washington, D.C.
12:15 PM: Walter E. Washington Convention Center “Ride, Drive and Charge” event, where the public can interact with the vehicles and charging stations.

About EDTA

The Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) is the trade association representing battery, plug-in, hybrid and fuel cell electric drive technologies and infrastructure companies. EDTA conducts public policy advocacy, education, industry networking, and international conferences. EDTA’s membership includes vehicle and equipment manufacturers, energy companies, technology developers, component suppliers, and others. For more information about EDTA and its members, visit www.electricdrive.org. For consumer information about owning and operating electric vehicles, please visit www.GoElectricDrive.com.

SOURCE The Electric Drive Transportation Association

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