• California Advanced Transportation News, January Roundup

    30 January 2015
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    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


    photo courtesy of Connected Car Expo (2014)

    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

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  • Opportunity: Ford, RecoveryPark Partners in Next Challenge Lighting Competition

    26 January 2015
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    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_home_logoFord 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
    • Lifecycle

    Headquartered in Dearborn, MI, Ford Motor Company focuses on developing vehicles that deliver exceptional value to its customers across global markets. Apply here.

    recoverypark_home_logo  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.

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  • California: Advanced Transportation Headlines – January 2015

    23 January 2015
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    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


    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…


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  • Auto Manufacturers’ News Headlines and Updates – January 2015

    16 January 2015
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    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


    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


    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

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  • 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

    8 January 2015
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     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)

    Additional Information?
    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.

    Quick Facts


    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

    Energy Efficiency

    • Smart Grid, Green Data Centers, Certain Engineering Services

    Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage
    Environmental Technologies

    • 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
    Application Deadline:

    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)


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  • CalState LA featured in DOE Article on Rollout of Fuel Cell Vehicles

    29 December 2014
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    CalState LA

    Source: Department of Energy

    “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.

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  • National Advanced Transportation News – December 2014

    24 December 2014
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    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.

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  • News From the World of Advanced Transportation – December 2014

    24 December 2014
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    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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  • CA Advanced Transportation News Roundup – November

    5 December 2014
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    Our News page is where we will be posting news and information regarding CA Advanced Transportation news and Alternative Fuels innovations. Be sure to check posts categorized as National and World news for information with a broader focus. If you are looking for information regarding funding and grant opportunities, please go to our Funding Opportunities page.

    AmeriTram photo courtesy of Kinkisharyo

    • 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

    Airmen from Los Angeles Air Force Base learn how to use charging equipment for the base’s new electric vehicle fleet during a training demo Oct. 31, 2014, in El Segundo, Calif. When not in use, the vehicle’s batteries can switch charging direction and feed their energy back to the base’s power grid. (U.S. Air Force photo/Sarah Corrice)

    • 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
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  • 2014 Connected Car-LA Auto Show News

    5 December 2014
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    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  :

    photo courtesy of Connected Car Expo / Los Angeles Auto Show.

    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

    2015 Chevrolet Cruze Offers More Connectivity

    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

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