Local companies and State of California funding news top this roundup of California’s advanced transportation news for late January. If your organization has advanced transportation news or events it would like to share, please send them to the Advanced Transportation Center editor.
AeroVironment’s new TurboDock modular commercial charging station
California Approves $12 Million for Alt-Fuel Projects
California offers grants to build a center for alternative fuels
ELEKTROBIT, NVIDIA JOIN THE CONNECTED CAR EXPO ADVISORY BOARD
Third Annual Event Nov. 17, 2015, in Conjunction with LA Auto Show
Custom Zero Motorcycle Concept Goes From Sketch To Road
Another Kinkisharyo light rail vehicle begins testing on the Green Line
Luskin Center Receives California Energy Commission Grants for Clean Transportation and Energy Planning
NRG eVgo charging network experiencing rapid growth, has big expansion plans
Little-known agency keeps commuter rail network on track
Bosch Opens eBike Headquarters In Irvine, California
Effectiveness of state’s ‘parking cash-out’ program is unclear
City of Mountain View deploys shuttle buses with Motiv electric powertrains
California Commute: Cheap gas may not lead to drop in transit ridership, experts say
Gogoro: Take a ‘Roman Holiday’ on an Environmentally Friendly Electric Smartscooter
Ford Opens New R&D Facility In Silicon Valley
Watch How Metro Will Build Subway Stations Under Wilshire
GREEN21: Greening for the 21st Century, Senator Carol Liu, District 25 Report on Sustainability, Green Economy
ACCELERATING TOMORROW’S LIGHTING SOLUTIONS
The Next Challenge: Lighting will spur the development of innovative energy technology solutions and identify ground-breaking opportunities to drive product differentiation. For complete details and information, go to: http://www.nextenergy.org/nextchallenge/
The NextChallenge: Lighting is a global innovation challenge developed to identify advanced lighting technology ideas, concepts and intellectual properties. In partnership with Ford Motor Company and RecoveryPark, NextChallenge: Lighting is aimed at driving innovation, energy savings and economic development.
For each challenge, winners will be awarded up to $80,000 in cash and/or in-kind support to further development and demonstration for the selected innovation(s).
- Michigan-based applicants may be eligible for up to $80,000 in cash and/or in-kind support
- Non Michigan-based applicants may be eligible for up to $40,000 in cash and/or in-kind support, or more depending on the interest of the industry partner.
This is your opportunity to unleash your innovative solutions and build relationships with industry partners. Be a part of tomorrow’s energy solutions and apply today!
Request for solutions (RFS) issued November 19, 2014 Webinar – details and registration here. February 5, 2015 RFS responses due by 11:59 p.m. EST via online portal March 6, 2015 Reviewing process March – April 2015 Semi-finalists notified April 2015 Innovation pitch days April 2015 Finalists notified May 2015
Ford Motor Company is seeking to identify new, innovative automotive lighting ideas that can be incorporated into its products that help add value and product differentiation to its portfolio for the benefit of their customers. The goal is to spur the development of advanced lighting solutions and identify highly innovative opportunities for Ford Motor Company that will drive product differentiation, energy savings and technology innovation. Solutions should address one or more of the following technology breakthroughs or concepts:
- Feather weighting
- Design for manufacture
- Interior lighting
- Structural lighting
Headquartered in Dearborn, MI, Ford Motor Company focuses on developing vehicles that deliver exceptional value to its customers across global markets. Apply here.
RecoveryPark, a major urban farming operation located in Detroit, is seeking to identify new, innovative lighting ideas that will optimize agricultural lighting systems for greenhouses to increase agricultural yields while maximizing energy efficiency. The goal is to spur the development of advanced lighting solutions and identify highly innovative opportunities for RecoveryPark that will increase its capacity to meet growing demand by driving sustainable urban agricultural production, job creation, energy savings and technology innovation. Solutions should address one or more of the following technology breakthroughs and corresponding benefits:
- Lighting spectrum
- Lighting augmentation/supplementation
- Localized lighting control
- Daylight reflectors and/or advanced optics
- LED daylight emulators
- Direct current (DC) distribution systems integrated with solar systems and low current lighting
- System approach solutions
Located in Detroit, RecoveryPark is a collaborative initiative to create economic renewal by utilizing unused urban space for high-tech agriculture based businesses. Apply here.
Check out our Advanced Transportation Center News pages often, where we will keep you up to date on the latest advanced transportation headlines: news, commentary, information about innovations, policies, and milestones in the industry. Topics may be grouped by World, National, and California news, as wells as updates pertaining to vehicle manufacturers. All links go directly to the media source.
California Approves $12 Million for Alt-Fuel Projects
Another Kinkisharyo light rail vehicle begins testing on the Green Line
California Commute Cheap gas may not lead to drop in transit ridership, experts say
CLEANTECH, INFRASTRUCTURE, INTERNATIONAL
Take a ‘Roman Holiday’ on an Environmentally Friendly Electric Smartscooter
REPORT: GREEN21: Greening for the 21st Century
SCHOLARSHIPS: California Transportation Foundation
From the CTF website:
Since its founding in 1988, The California Transportation Foundation (CTF) has awarded $784,270 in scholarships through November 2014. To qualify for CTF scholarships, recipients must be intent on a career in transportation and be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or documented, international students. Each scholarship has additional qualifications…
Automakers have been busy announcing new vehicles and expanding their alternate fuel, hybrid, fuel celll, and electric offerings. Here are some recent news and commentary about the industry for your perusal.
Hyundai plugs in the Sonata
Do Falling Sales Spell Doom For The Toyota Prius?
How Does Tesla’s P85D Compare Against The Audi RS7, BMW M6 GC, & Mercedes CLS63 AMG?
Meanwhile, Chevrolet unveils a substantially improved 2016 Volt
GM reveals 200-mile EV concept. Now, about that name…
GM’s new electric could upstage Tesla — and its own Volt
Chevrolet Bolt EV: 200-mile range for $30,000
Chevy Bolt & Chevy Volt 2.0 — Implications & Comparisons
TransPower ElecTruck – A Pure Battery-Electric Class 8 Truck (video)
Here’s Why Ford Is All Over Ride Sharing
VOLKSWAGEN DEMONSTRATES E-GOLF THAT CAN PARK (AND CHARGE) ITSELF
Tesla releases detailed range chart for Model S family
BMW i3: “The most advanced vehicle on the planet” taken apart and reverse-engineered
Tesla developing snakelike automatic charger
Autonomous Audi Drives Itself To CES
Toyota Opens 5,680 Hydrogen Patents To Other Automakers
TOYOTA OPENS UP ITS FUEL CELL PATENTS; BMW WILL ALSO RESEARCH FCVS
Hyundai to release EV in 2016
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV adds vehicle-to-home power export capability
Fisker is hiring, rebuilding its supply chain
German automakers (still) planning to challenge Tesla
Ford Recalls Escape, Lincoln MKC SUVs
Tesla Gigafactory Construction — Picture of Progress
OPINION: Mercedes F 015 Luxury in Motion Concept Is A Self-Driving Slug
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz Joint Business Development Mission to China: Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou | April 12-17, 2015
Smart Cities – Smart Growth: Exciting Opportunity to Expand Your Business in Asia
The United States Secretaries of Commerce and Energy will co-lead a Business Development Mission to China from April 12-17, 2015. This mission will promote U.S. clean technology products and services in the areas of green building/construction, energy efficiency, carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and environmental technologies in support of the Smart Cities-Smart Growth theme.
On November 12, President Obama and President Xi jointly announced the two countries’ respective post-2020 climate targets in Beijing. This announcement is a pivotal step in addressing the global challenge of climate change and movement towards achieving the deep decarbonization of the global economy. The mission will build on strong climate change progress during the first six years of the Obama Administration, and supports the intent of the announcement, as it will help to achieve its ambitious goals. It is one of several measures that will strengthen and expand U.S.-China clean energy cooperation, and will support the deployment of cutting edge, innovative technologies to combat and adapt to climate change. Additionally, the recent announcements from President Obama and President Xi will spur new opportunities for U.S. clean technology companies in China.
If you’re interested in participating in the upcoming business development mission, please visit the mission website to apply: http://www.export.gov/ChinaMission2015
Why participate in the China Smart Cities – Smart Growth Mission?
Business Development Missions organized by the U.S. Government provide a unique opportunity for businesses interested in exploring export opportunities overseas. Participating U.S. companies will meet with prescreened potential partners, agents, distributors, representatives, and licensees. The agenda will also include meetings with high-level national and local government officials, networking opportunities, and country and industry briefings.
Below are statements from two past trade mission participants highlighting their mission experience:
“I recently returned from Japan and South Korea where I took part in a five-day trade mission organized by the Department of Commerce, led by Secretary Penny Pritzker. Just as soldiers protect our freedom, the Department of Commerce is on the front lines supporting American businesses, making valuable connections that enable expansion into new markets that drive growth at home and abroad. They focus on facilitating job creation, economic growth, and sustainable development in the U.S., while encouraging global trade in new markets: a herculean task similar to what is known in the business world as the position of chief commercial officer.” Read more…
- Bryan Speilman, Executive Vice President, Medidata (2014)
“The high calibre of the meetings was incredible, with access to top level government officials and decision makers. One particular high point during the mission in Ghana was meeting John Dramani Mahama, the Ghanaian President, where the group was given the opportunity to ask direct and frank questions – and received clear and fair responses. It was remarkable to have this level of access to the President and a number of the cabinet ministers, and to be able to talk frankly about business opportunities and issues. We left these meetings with confidence in doing business in Ghana.” Read more…
Allistair Jessop, Senior Vice President, Development, SolarReserve (2014)
Please visit the mission’s website at http://www.export.gov/ChinaMission2015, or contact the Department of Commerce Office of Business Liaison at [email protected] or 202-482-1360.
April 12-17, 2015
Cities/Countries: Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou
Optional Add-on stop in Hong Kong
Participants: Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker
Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz
Selected U.S. Government Officials
Senior Executives (equivalent to C-suite) from 20-25 U.S. Companies
Construction and Green Building
- Design, Smart Urbanization, Better Cities
- Smart Grid, Green Data Centers, Certain Engineering Services
Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage
- Cement Plant Air Pollution Reduction, Power Plant Emissions Reduction, Groundwater Monitoring, Pollution Prevention, and Remediation, Municipal Water and Wastewater Treatment and Plant Development, Process and Produced Water, Water Efficiency and Reuse, Sludge Treatment
The application deadline for this mission will be Friday, January 23, 2015.
Applications received after the January 23rd deadline will be considered as time and space permits.
Application Notification: Companies should receive final notification regarding the status of their application no later than February 6, 2015. Participation Fee: After a company has been selected to participate on the mission, a payment to the Department of Commerce in the form of a participation fee is required. The fee schedule for the mission is below:
- $12,500 for large firms
- $10,000 for a small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
“Fuel cell electric vehicles are now available in the United States! Offering completely zero emissions, these passenger vehicles have the driving range, ease of refueling, and performance of today’s gasoline vehicle. Originally used for space applications, fuel cells work like batteries, but they do not run down or need recharging. They produce electricity and heat as long as fuel is supplied. Fuel cells produce electrical power without any combustion or carbon emissions and operate on fuels like hydrogen, natural gas, and propane.” – Department of Energy, view the rest of the article here.
It’s been a busy month for National Advanced Transportation in the final month of the year: December 2014, including commentary from the fleet managers’ perspective on transitioning to alternative fuels, charging, and more. Federal legislation, tax credits, and announcement by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on a business development trip to China.
$8,000 Hydrogen Tax Credit Expires, What Now?
Federal Legislation Boosts Diesel Emissions Reduction Grants
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Pritzker and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz Announce Business Development Mission to China
Siemens and Duke Energy demonstrate smart-grid-capable EVSE
GE pilot intelligently schedules charging to reduce demand charges
Your EV may not be so green – but then again, it may.
EV City Casebook highlights 50 big ideas driving EV adoption
Autonomous Vehicles Near for Delivery Work, Report Says
Route 66 Goes Electric With EV Charging Stations
Atlanta Falcons & ChargePoint Score A Touchdown With EV Chargers
Bakery Company Unveils Propane Autogas Vehicles
Blu LNG Hires Industry Vet as Company President
Obama approves retroactive mass-transit benefit for workers
How Dangerous is LNG?
How Much Renewable Natural Gas Can Be Produced?
Diesel Falls to Lowest Average Cost in 4 Years
Obama Approves Incentives for Alt Fuels, Bi-Fuel NGVs
President Obama Extends Tax Benefit for Vehicle Purchases
Gasoline Prices Fall to $2.40 Per Gallon
Fueling Your Natural Gas Vehicle
Fleets looking to switch to natural-gas-fueled vehicles can reduce fuel costs by up to 40 percent or more. Understanding the variations in fueling station types, and how the fleet needs to fuel, can help in making the decision.
Green Fleet: A Primer on Natural Gas Fueling
Green Fleet: What’s New with Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles
While electric vehicles have captured the imagination of the public at large, fleets continue to lag behind. In every vehicle’s future, advocates see electric potential.
For your convenience, we’ve posted recent headlines from the world of Advanced Transportation news for December 2014:
China Puts Billions Into Electric Cars & EV Charging Stations
Electric Cars Could Undercut Conventional Vehicles
2015 Yamaha eVino Arrives in Taiwan (w/ Video)
Wireless Hybrid Bus To Launch In Sweden In 2016
The World’s Biggest Car Company Wants to Get Rid of Gasoline
Formula E Punta del Este Race Highlights
ACCIONA fields first electric car to compete in the Dakar Rally
IATA publishes guidelines for safe transport of lithium batteries
Qualcomm invests in Chargemaster to deploy wireless charging in UK
France to build nationwide EV charging network, phase out diesel cars
Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport fields 167 Tesla taxis
Poop-Powered Bus Comes To British Streets
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Kinkisharyo inks deal to build light rail cars in the county
- Southern Calif. PD Adds Zero’s EV Motorcycles
- Honda Funding Hydrogen Fuel Stations in California
- Uh, Oh, Here Comes Honda With $13.8 Million For FCEV Hydrogen Stations In California
- Committed to sustainability: Foothill Transit Park & Ride implements environmentally friendly initiatives
- USABC awards funding for stop-start applications, improved electrolytes
- California considers lifting ban on utilities owning EVSE
- PG&E Unveils PHEV Class 5 Bucket Trucks, Sustainability Initiatives
Los Angeles Air Force Base Using 42 EVs For V2G Demonstration
- VIA Motors eREV Van Gets EPA Approval
- Greener Truck Exhaust System Takes Top Global Cleantech Honors
- Beet ethanol demonstration project to begin next month
- Nestle Deploys Propane Autogas Delivery Trucks in L.A.
- Jay Leno Rides The Lightning Motorcycles LS-218
- Quick Drive: The Harley-Davidson LiveWire
In case you missed this year’s Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center, you can catch up on the Connected Car Expo speakers, vehicle debuts, and more by going to the stories we linked to below. There’s a lot to watch on the site. You can watch and listen to the entire conference, including and interview with President & CEO of Volvo, Håkan Samuelsson, and keynote speaker, Peter Schwartz at the following link :
Panel Recap: The Pros & Cons of Connected Autonomy
LA Auto Show in the News:
LA Auto Show 2014: BMW’s i3 named Green Car of the Year
Government Fleet: 2014 L.A. Auto Show Press Day Impressions
Audi prologue Coupe Debuts In LA
Why The Hydrogen Fuel Cell Range Advantage Doesn’t Matter
Toyota Discusses Fleet Strategy for Fuel Cell Vehicle
Automakers respond to tough questions about fuel cells
Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz – Connected Buyers Want Connected Cars
Audi Considering Plug-In Hybrid Version Of R8 Sports-Car, In Addition To 100% Electric Version
Toyota partners with Air Liquide to develop hydrogen fueling stations for new Mirai sedan
Toyota To Lose $100,000 On Every Hydrogen FCV Sold?
BMW i5 Could Be Powered By Toyota Hydrogen Tech
Next-Gen Volt Gains User-Friendly Charging Features
Hyundai Has An Answer For Fuel Cell EV Haters…Make That 10 Answers
Is the 2016 Toyota Mirai the Car of the Future?
MINI Debuts Electric Scooter Instead Of Electric Car
2016 Chevy Volt Front End Peeks Out
Audi A7 h-tron Is A High Performance Hydrogen Car