IKEA will install Electrify America’s fast EV chargers at over 25 US stores

IKEA will install Electrify America’s fast EV chargers at over 25 US stores

IKEA have announced that they have struck a deal to bring Electrify America’s fast chargers to more than 25 stores in the US.

The rollout will bring over 200 individual chargers to shops in 18 states, including California, Florida, New York, Texas and Washington. They’ll offer charging speeds between 150kW and 350kW, and will serve both customers as well as IKEA’s fleet. 

The first chargers will be available near the end of 2022. The companies expect to complete the rollout by the end of 2023. 

The IKEA deployment is tiny compared to Electrify America’s overall expansion plans, which should have 1,800 fast charging stations (10,000 chargers) in place across North America by the end of 2025.  

When the plan is complete, there should be over 1,800 fast charging stations and 10,000 individual chargers — many of them 150kW or 350kW chargers to support newer EVs like the Porsche Taycan and Hyundai Ioniq 5. 

However, this is still a significant launch. This guarantees reasonably speedy charging for compatible EVs (such as the Ioniq 5 and Taycan) at one of the most popular furniture chains in the country — you can buy that dresser knowing you’ll have the range to carry it home. That could spur EV adoption, not to mention help IKEA support its claims of being eco-friendly. 

Ford Motor Company and DTE Energy announce the largest renewable energy purchase from a utility in US history

Ford Motor Company and DTE Energy announce the largest renewable energy purchase from a utility in US history

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Through a new clean energy agreement with DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE), Ford Motor Company will soon be able to attribute all its electricity supply in Michigan to clean energy, a major step toward Ford’s goal to reach carbon neutrality. 

As part of the new agreement announced today, DTE will add 650 megawatts of new solar energy capacity in Michigan for ford by 2025. 

The purchase is a strategic investment in Michigan through DTE’s MIGreenPower program and is the largest renewable energy purchase ever made in the U.S. from a utility. According to data collected by the Solar Energy Industries Association, once installed, the arrays will increase the total amount of installed solar energy in Michigan by nearly 70%.  

“This unprecedented agreement is all about a greener and brighter future for Ford and for Michigan,” said Jim Farley, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company. “Today is an example of what it looks like to lead… to turn talk into action.” 

Since 2009, DTE’s investments in renewable energy have created more than 4,000 Michigan jobs. DTE estimates that the construction of the solar arrays will create 250 temporary jobs and 10 permanent jobs. Local communities that host DTE’s renewable energy projects also benefit from the additional tax revenue these projects generate. This revenue can be used for community support services including roads, schools, libraries and first responders. 

“We want to congratulate Ford Motor Company for its environmental leadership and commitment to clean energy,” said Jerry Norcia, chairman and CEO, DTE Energy.  

“Ford was the first large industrial customer to enroll in our MIGreenPower program in 2019 and we thank Ford for its continued commitment to using MIGreenPower to help decarbonize its operations and meet its sustainability goals.” 

Ford is purchasing carbon-free electricity through DTE’s MIGreenPower program, which is among the largest voluntary renewable energy programs in the country. To date, the company has more than 600 businesses enrolled in the program along with more than 62,000 residential customers.  

On an annual basis, MIGreenPower customers have enrolled 2.8 million megawatt hours of clean energy in the program, which has the environmental benefit equivalent to avoiding 2.2 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions. DTE is Michigan’s largest producer of renewable energy, and the company plans to add thousands of megawatts of new clean energy projects to support the program. 

“I want to congratulate DTE Energy and Ford Motor Company for taking this significant step to increase our state’s solar energy production and to position Michigan as a leader in climate action,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer.  

“Efforts like this are the reason Michigan had the best job growth for energy-sector jobs in the country last year, which will help to advance our state’s decarbonization goals, create good-paying jobs and strengthen our economy. As outlined in our state’s MI Healthy Climate Plan, we must take immediate, tangible steps to mitigate climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions so we can achieve economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2050. Steps like this collaboration between Ford and DTE are helping to move our entire state forward, building on our automotive legacy while protecting clean air and water for future generations.” 

Ford manufactures more vehicles in the U.S. and employs more hourly workers in America than any other automaker and was one of the first U.S. automakers to align with the international community to limit the impacts of global warming as part of the Paris Agreement. 

Michigan has been home to Ford since its founding in 1903. Since 2016, Ford has invested nearly $10 billion in Michigan and created or retained more than 10,000 jobs. This includes refurbishing Michigan Central Station, developing a new Ford Research and Engineering campus in Dearborn, creating Ford’s Ion Park in Romulus and more. 

EV battery plant projects get US Energy Department backing

EV battery plant projects get US Energy Department backing

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Seeking to stimulate domestic electric vehicle production, the US Department of Transport is providing hundreds of millions of new loans for US advanced battery component manufacturing plants now being built.  

DOE announced in July a $2.5-billion conditional loan to a General Motors Corp. joint venture with South Korea’s LG Solutions that now has three large battery cell plants under construction, each about 2.8 million sq ft in size and costing from $2.3 billion to $2.6 billion.  

DOE said its loan, which could close in two months, would be the first for a battery cell manufacturing project under the agency’s Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program.  

The first plant is set to be based in Lordstown, Ohio, and will begin production this month to supply electric vehicles being made at two GM Michigan plants. Another plant in Spring Hill, Ten is set to be completed in late 2023 and will serve nearby GM vehicle production.  

Site construction also has begun for the third plant in Lansing, Mich., with battery cell production set to begin in late 2024. GM CEO Mary Barra said earlier this year that the firm could announce a fourth plant location in 2022. 

DOE also said last month it closed a $102.1-million loan to Australia-based Syrah Technologies LLC for expansion of its Vidalia, La., facility that produces graphite-based active anode material, a critical component of lithium-ion batteries. The estimated $176-million project will add 180,000 sq ft to the plant’s existing 50,000 sq ft. 

DOE said Syrah “is the only vertically integrated, large-scale AAM manufacturer outside of China, and the [Vidalia plant] is the first of its kind in the U.S.” Construction is targeted to finish by mid-2023, with Worley Group hired to provide detailed engineering and procurement services. 

UfoDrive expands electric vehicle rental to US

UfoDrive expands electric vehicle rental to US

UfoDrive has announced that it plans to expand electric vehicle rental operations to the United States, following rapid growth in 18 cities across Europe including London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Dublin. The first North American UfoDrive location has launched in San Fransisco to be followed quickly by further locations across Europe and the United States. 

UforDrive is also announcing the opening of a global tech hub and innovation centre in Dublin later this month.  

The hub will serve as focal point for further development of their unique electric rental platform and help UforDrive unlock more of the features that make EV rental the best product on the market, it says.  

Aidan McClean, CEO and co-founder of UforDrive, explained: “In only a few years we’ve helped customers drive 15 million fully electric miles. Behind the scenes we try to solve every anxiety and make the enhanced electric driving experience a reality for our customers. 

“Our customers love the UforDrive experience, and that success has allowed us to accelerate plans to reach North America and open the tech hub and innovation centre in Ireland.  

“Those are big steps towards helping accelerate the transition to sustainable rental and introduce more and more people to the joy of driving electric.” 

UfoDrive San Francisco is now open in the heart of downtown San Francisco, with a full EV fleet set to be active by the end of August, and additional expansion to other US cities planned for autumn. 

Lotte Aluminum Materials USA plans an aluminum foil manufacturing operation to serve the electric vehicle battery industry in Kentucky

Lotte Aluminum Materials USA plans an aluminum foil manufacturing operation to serve the electric vehicle battery industry in Kentucky

Lotte Aluminum Materials USA plans an aluminum foil manufacturing operation to serve the electric vehicle battery industry in Kentucky and is expected to create 122 full time jobs.  

The company is planning to invest $238.7 million in the plant in Hardin County. Lotte Chemical announced a joint venture with Lotte Aluminum to produce 36,000 tons of cathode foil, used in electric vehicle batteries. The plant will be the company’s first aluminum foil facility in the U.S. and is expected to begin operation in 2025. 

Last year Ford announced its building two lithium-ion battery plants in Hardin County and Envision AESC and said this year that it will build a plant at Bowling Green to produce battery cells and modules to power electric vehicles. 

The state approved a 10-year incentive agreement worth up to $3.3 million in tax incentives for the Lotte project. The company was also approved up to $1 million in sales and use tax incentives, the governor’s office said.  

The need for electric car batteries using raw materials such as lithium and aluminum is growing rapidly as we progress towards electrification.  

Manufacturing operations are appearing all over the states and it is now a key element of the mobility industry to ensure that these production plants are sustainable and serve a better future. 

The Modern Fleet Manager’s Challenge: Data Overload

The Modern Fleet Manager’s Challenge: Data Overload

Written by: Shiva Bhardwaj

As part of the fleet management team, you are inundated with data from many sources, such as driver ELD data, routing and scheduling data, vehicle profile logistics, and so on. If you are within the maintenance organization, you have your work order data as well as vehicle component health data. Your diagnostic service tools are a must, and you might see several daily dashboards. As your vehicles get more populated with electronics – especially the ‘smart trailers,’ it will only grow exponentially in the near term. At any given time, you have access to more information than anyone can humanly digest. All the while having to make quick decisions that positively impact your fleet’s driver and vehicle productivity (and profitability). This is the definition of DATA OVERLOAD!

 

You might consider telematics as a cost-cutting, and safety tool that satisfies compliance, improves routing and modifies driving behavior to improve safety or fuel efficiency. However, there is so much more under the hood, literally. There are thousands of diagnostic and component health fault codes, hundreds of sensor-reporting fluids, temperatures, and flow rates every second. This data review process can be overwhelming! Taking advantage of this data is perceived as a tall task without hiring a team of data analysts.

 

We can all agree that data is powerful and offers new possibilities to manage your fleet. But sifting through the data to find what is useful to your unique fleet without using up precious resources is challenging. In addition, receiving loads of real-time data may not always be actionable, refraining you from making informed decisions. So how can we use the data to make our fleet more efficient and cost-effective without losing sight of the bottom line?

 

The challenge of data overload begins with thousands of fault codes and millions of sensor data points generated from your vehicle components and emerging through your fleet’s telematics/ELD provider. How can any fleet afford to process all of this raw data in a manner that guarantees reduced downtime and operational costs? 

 

Attempting to make sense of this data has many fleet managers like yourself answering reactive questions such as  “Is this fault code severe or not?”, “Does this fault code correlate to other fault codes?”  “What is the frequency of this fault code?” “Should I pull the truck off its route, or can it keep driving?” “Should I hire someone to review fault codes and telematics data manually?”

 

However, what many don’t realize, is that it is actually more important that you can answer these questions: 

 

  1. How do I avoid unscheduled repairs, unexpected breakdowns and the associated repair & tow costs? 
  2. With my aging fleet (we all have them), which vehicles should I prioritize getting rid of? 
  3. Are our fleet maintenance costs justified? What regions are performing well and which are not?
  4. Is the cost per day per truck of operation growing for vehicles in my fleet? (hint: unless you had the tools to predict the parts and vehicle shortage a few years back, the answer for every fleet is that the costs are growing!”)

 

A fleet cannot survive solely on preventive maintenance strategies. Instead, it must increase its focus on predictive maintenance and be able to create data visualizations that tell a clear story of effectiveness and efficiency. Predictive fleet maintenance, like Pitstop, enables you to receive insights on your vehicle’s health, predicting equipment failure and overall cost savings.

 

The difference between raw data and receiving insights is that those insights allow you to make quick decisions about the business. In contrast, raw data has you going down rabbit holes, answering questions that do not help your core business thrive and waste your precious time. This is the biggest problem with data overload. There is too much information to consume, and generating decision intelligence is at significant risk. 

 

Luckily, along with the rise of data, there has also been notable growth in fleet technology and software. Now, an AI-based analytics solution can tell you what matters from the data noise. Empowering you to make the right decisions in real-time has significant financial benefits for your fleet. The benefits significantly outweigh the investment and make predictive analytics the next wave of necessary fleet technology. I would value your thoughts, opinions and experience with data overload. Please visit Pitstopconnect.com to chat with my team and me! 

 

About the Author:

Shiva Bhardwaj is the Founder and CEO at Pitstop. While earning a degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from UWaterloo, Shiva spent time working at NVIDIA and Blackberry. Shiva started his entrepreneurship journey by inventing ShockLock which brought a safe, simple and cost-effective hardware solution to the automotive world. His largest and most recent accomplishment is Pitstop, a predictive maintenance platform for the automotive industry founded in 2015. Shiva has also been recognized as the Vaughan Entrepreneur of the Year & SEMA 35 Under 35. 

BRP pushes forward with electrification plan by introducing all-electric Can-Am motorcycles and all-new electric Sea-Doo Hydrofoil

BRP pushes forward with electrification plan by introducing all-electric Can-Am motorcycles and all-new electric Sea-Doo Hydrofoil

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BRP has announced that in addition to electrifying its existing product, it is aiming to seize the opportunity to enter new markets with game-changing electric products. 

BRP has unveiled the first two models of its Can-Am all-electric motorcycle lineup, the Can-Am Origin and Can-Am Pulse. Building on its already existing motorcyle legacy, BRP is opening the door to a new generation of riders and electric vehicle enthusiasts.  

Additionally, BRP is announcing a completely new electric hydrofoil board bearing the Sea-Doo signature: the Sea-Doo Rise. All of these products are said to be available in mid-2024. 

“Today, our story of innovation reaches new heights with the reveal of market-shaping electric products that will enhance consumer experience on the road and on the water, ” said José Boisjoli, President and CEO of BRP. 

“Half a century ago, Can-Am roared to victory on the track and the trail, and today, a new legacy begins. With the Can-Am Origin and Can-Am Pulse, the first two models of our electric 2-wheel family, we are gearing up to reclaim our motorcycle heritage by crafting thrilling riding experiences for a whole new generation.” 

The Can-Am Origin is a tribute to Can-Am’s Track n’ Trail heritage. This dual-purpose model is designed to bring new exhilaration to both the street and the trail for a more modern multi-terrain experience.  

The Can-Am Pulse is a balanced and agile motorcycle designed to immerse riders in the energy of the city and transform their daily commute into an electric joyride. Both models feature stunning, modern design, built to showcase state-of-the art technology, like the high-performance LED headlamp, a unique visual signature. 

While both have their own unique design and features that can benefit users in many ways, however, they both are powered by the new Rotax E-POWER technology. 

The Sea-Doo Rise on the other hand, is another unique model and is designed with innovative and dynamic features that transform the board as riders gain experience over time. Full specs are expected to be revealed in August 2023. 

SK IE Technology to enter Southeast Asian and North American EV battery market

SK IE Technology to enter Southeast Asian and North American EV battery market

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SK IE Technology has announced today that it plans to enter both the Southeast Asian and North American markets by cooperating with Vingroup. 

SKIET supplies separators to a wide portfolio of battery manufacturers globally, including SK On, another subsidiary of SK Innovation. 

The battery material maker is expected to gain more momentum in its global market penetration by looking into ways to cooperate with Vingroup, which is based in the fast-growing Vietnamese market. 

SKIET and VinES have recently signed an MOU including the section on the prioritized provision of SKIET’s separators for EV batteries of VinES, which will be produced in Vietnam and the United States. The visit has been made in order to fine-tune the specifics of the business. 

Recently, VinFast has been aiming to expand its business globally and this is shown in its plans to stop producing internal combustion engines all together and go fully electric. 

VinFast proceeds with vigor into global market penetration as it officializes its plans to enter the US market. The Vietnamese company officially announced its plan to invest USD 2 billion (approx. KRW 2.6 trillion) in the manufacturing plant in North Carolina, US. The company aims to produce 150,000 EVs annually, including the production in its US manufacturing plant, which will come into operation in July 2024. 
 

Roh Jae-sok, CEO of SKIET, said, “We are excited to have the opportunity to discuss the cooperation with the leading company in Vietnam, one of the fastest growing EV markets.” 

“We will enhance the cooperation between two companies through exploring business opportunities, including the separators, by promoting our outstanding technology and safety excellence.” 
 

Pham Thuy Linh, CEO of VinES, has also commented saying: “Vingroup and SK Group have maintained trust in our relationship for years, and both companies have built capabilities. And the efforts are now paying off.”  

“We have great trust in SKIET’s capabilities and know-hows. We hope that SKIET and VinES can continue a strong cooperative relationship.”

SKIET leads the world’s premium wet-laid separator market. Using the sequential stretching method, the company is able to implement a uniformly high quality while freely adjusting the thickness of the separator.  

The method brings benefits in terms of productivity and production cost. SKIET was the first in the world to develop such technology. The company has production plants in South Korea, China, and Poland. 

The West Virginia Department of Transportation has just completed a preliminary plan to add more electric vehicle charging stations

The West Virginia Department of Transportation has just completed a preliminary plan to add more electric vehicle charging stations

The West Virginia Department of Transportation has just completed a preliminary plan to add more electric vehicle charging stations in hopes of bringing more travelers to the Mountain State. West Virginia is anticipated to receive about $46 million over the next five years to assist in the development of charging stations and electric vehicle infrastructure.
 

“You see the economy starting to move into a newer economy with all of the above types of energy,” said Mark Nestlen, GreenPower vice president of business development and strategy.  

However the question still remains as to whether consumers will make the switch away from petrol-powered vehicles.  

“It would be huge for our state,” Jamie Spears, president and co-owner of Astorg Auto Charleston, said. 

 “For our state to get that, it would make a difference in whether we might or might not sell an electric car. They might go buy a competitive brand or they go somewhere else. It just puts us at a competitive disadvantage.” 

The department has said that over the next five years, around  900 charging stations will be installed along all West Virginia interstates, significantly expanding the charging network.
 

“There are 200,000 charging stations across the country, but there are only about five in West Virginia, and there is no place to charge, even for people driving through from Ohio or North Carolina,” Spears said. 

In addition, with electric motor companies crossing state lines, the state Department of Transportation surveyed members of the public, and 59% indicated they support switching electric, while 41% said they oppose it.
 

“Everybody’s scared, everybody is afraid to run out. It’s kind of like running out of gas. You run out of electricity, you sit on the side of the road, so there’s gotta be a place to charge,” Spears said.
 

While charging stations may appear in West Virginia in the coming years, the debate of whether electric vehicles are the way of the future persists.
 

“It’s money savings. It’s cost savings. It’s healthier for the people who ride those vehicles, and at the end of the day, it’s a boost to the economy and job market in the state of West Virginia,” Nestlen said. 

Army ground vehicle lab researches different batteries to electrify fleet

Army ground vehicle lab researches different batteries to electrify fleet

Th US Army’s ground vehicle research lab is working on a collection of new batteries meant to properl the service towards hybrid, and eventually, fully electric vehicles. This aims to give soldiers more operational and flexibility in the field and could eventually power weapons system.  

A lab official has recently described how the service is in the early stages of a multi-decade journey to add hybrid and fully electric vehicles into its fleet, in part to reduce its climate impact, but also because of electric power’s operational impact. The service’s recent climate strategy laid out plans to hybridize the service’s tactical fleet by 2035, with fully electric vehicles targeted for 2050. 

“As we start to go into our tactical vehicles, we believe that those can be electrified pretty easily in that 2050 period of time,” said Laurence Toomey, branch chief for the energy storage team at Army’s Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC). 

The service will begin by upgrading Lithium-Ion batteries for some of the ground vehicles. Currently Army vehicles are powered by lead-acid 6T batteries, common to of its fleet and a NATO standard power source, according to Toomey. The GVSC is finalizing a 6T Lithium-Ion battery that would replace the lead-acid versions. 

The operational benefits of that effort, he said, are the Lithium-Ion batteries allow for “extended” operations with the engine off. The battery will also improve anti-idling capabilities, which allows the on-board electronics to still function while the engine is off. 

“What they want to do there is they want to facilitate longer silent watch,” Toomey said. “They want to turn the engine off and conduct longer duration missions without the heat signature and a noise signature from the engine. It also allows us to introduce the first step of our hybridization strategy and that really is anti-idle.” 

The challenge of using 6T Lithium-Ion batteries is its lower voltage and difficulty cooling, which limits it to lower energy options.  

The MHV program is targeting a range of 50 to 600 volts and is focused on the next generation combat vehicle program. Toomey said that the program is focused on creating a modular, common battery for the Army’s future vehicles. 

To find more affordable options, the Army, partnered with the Navy and Defense Innovation Unit, and turned to the commercial automotive industry that’s already invested in the high-voltage batteries needed for the larger combat platforms.  

That effort, called JumpStart for Advanced Battery Standardization, is looking at how the commercial battery technologies can be packaged to meet as many of the military requirements as possible. 

 Instead of militarizing the commercial battery itself, Jumpstart is also exploring strengthening the batteries’ enclosure within the vehicle to address survivability. 

According to the GVSC’s energy storage roadmap, the plan is to start the new battery program in 2023. The program states that the program will run from FY23-27 and will down the road become fully electrified. 

HOVSCO have announces the launch of their HovBeta 20” Step-Thru Foldable E-bike

HOVSCO have announces the launch of their HovBeta 20” Step-Thru Foldable E-bike

HOVSCO have announced the launch of their HovBeta 20” Step-Thru Foldable E-bike. The company specialises in electric bicycles. The company has a presence in the European and American electric bicycle markets and a community of devoted HOVSCO customers. 

The usage of the newly launched e bike is designed to make the users commute easier and more efficient.  

The founder of HOVSCO has said: “HovBeta 20″ Step-Thru Foldable E-bikes are ideal for everybody. Women and men will love and have fun riding our electric bicycles. Our foldable bicycles come in a range of fashionable colors and styles. Consequently, purchasers may select bicycles that suit their preferences and demands.” 

HOVSCO folding bicycles are available at all HOVSCO distributors in all the 48 contiguous states but not Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the other U.S. territories worldwide and are ready to be transported to international locations. 

One of the features of HOVSCO bikes is that they can be conveniently fit into the back of a vehicle or even on a commuter train. Additionally, the e bike will help the transition to electrification and minimise air pollution. 

HOVSCO will commence preorder sales for the HovBeta 20” Step-Thru foldable E-bike on the 1st
August 2022 and will conclude them later that month.  

HOVSCO prides itself on its E-bikes being constructed for every type of rider and level of expertise. Each riding position is distinct, with significant variances in sitting position, suspension, and more. HAVSCO has included flat tire E-bikes, foldable fat tire E-bikes, mountain E-bikes, city commuters, and more. Each bicycle consists of a high-speed engine and a robust Battery with Flashlight. 

The HovBeta 20″ Step-Thru Foldable E-bikes are outfitted with the following features: 

  1. 750W Upgraded Brushless Gear Hub Motor utilizes cutting-edge technology to deliver more power more efficiently. 
  1. The 750W geared hub SUTTO motor can provide a maximum of 85 Nm of torque, allowing the rider to overcome hills faster, all terrains more easily, accelerate more quickly, and enjoy a more robust and pleasant ride. 
  1. Also, it has up to 20 mph on the electricity. It can be adjusted to a maximum of 28 mph (45 km/h) on Pedal Assist and can be ridden uphill at a gradient of 40 degrees. 
  1. The HovBeta 20″ Step-Thru Foldable E-bike is equipped with five simple-to-use levels of pedal aid. 

HovBeta combines the latest battery technology with a 5000mAh single-cell capacity, resulting in a battery with a smaller footprint and a greater variety. This 720Wh battery enhances the range, stability, and security of HOVSCO bicycles. A single charge may last up to 40 miles on purely electric power and, with pedal assist, over 60 miles. After 1,000 charges, the battery’s capacity will remain at 80 percent. 

As an electric-powered bicycle, the HovBeta 20″ Step-Thru Foldable E-bike exemplifies the notion of sustainability admirably. The HovBeta 20″ Step-Thru Folding E-Bike is better suited for residents with hectic schedules.  

With the HovBeta 20″ Step-Thru Foldable E-bike, riders may effortlessly switch between human-powered, power-assisted, and electric-assist riding styles. Except for the HovCity Step-Thru electric bicycle, other items can engage in the presale activities. 

EvoCharge partners with AmpUp for Smart EV charging solutions

EvoCharge partners with AmpUp for Smart EV charging solutions

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EvoCharge has announced its partnership with AmpUp to offer simple, convenient charging options for electric vehicle drivers, charging station owners and fleet managers. AmpUp’s innovative software allows individuals, organisations, and fleet operators to monitor and manage their EV charging infrastructure to simplify charging schedules and optimize energy consumption.  

EvoCharge and AmpUp’s preconfigured charging stations provide customers with a turnkey solution, valuable up-time, and a cost-effective charging station setup. 

This solution provides users with real-time analytics, monthly reporting, user management and payment controls. EvoCharge Level 2 charging stations with AmpUp software are available through EvoCharge and electrical distributors nationwide.  

The new partnership follows early success from AmpUp’s award-winning Community Manager solution, which has served workplaces, universities, multi-unit dwellings, retail, municipalities, and light-duty fleets to date.  

AmpUp’s charging network powered over 340,000 electric miles in 2021, an estimated 142 metric tons of CO2 saved. The company’s software is used by several Fortune 500 companies across North America. 

“The AmpUp partnership offers a unique opportunity for stocking and distribution of commercial units preconfigured and tested to run on the AmpUp network. “We are delighted to further deliver on our go-to-market strategy with AmpUp.” said Manish Virmani, vice president of sales and marketing for EvoCharge and its 102-year-old parent company, Phillips and Temro.  

The partnership directly contributes to our goal of putting reliable and simple charging solutions in the hands of new station owners across North America,” said Tom Sun, CEO & co-founder of AmpUp. 

U.S Congress considers first incentive program for commercial EVs

U.S Congress considers first incentive program for commercial EVs

Last week, Senators Schumer and Manchin announced a compromise on a reconciliation bill, called the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, that includes important climate and air quality progress and a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions nationwide by 2030. 

This bill would establish a federal tax credit for businesses to purchase electric and plug-in hybrid trucks, buses, vans, shuttles, and other heavy-duty vehicles, among many significant investments in decarbonisation and air quality. 

The bills also included a revised and extended tax credit for consumers to purchase light-duty electric vehicles.  

The current version of the bill includes a tax credit of up to $7,500 for smaller commercial vehicles like pickup trucks and delivery vans and up to $40,000 for larger vehicles from tractor trucks to refuse trucks. Fully electric vehicles will receive a larger credit than plug-in versions and the incentives will be in effect through 2032.  

The bill also includes several other provisions related to cleaning up heavy-duty trucks and buses, including $1 billion targeted towards zero-emission clean heavy-duty vehicles such as school buses and associated infrastructure (with 40 percent specifically directed to federal nonattainment areas) and $3 billion in additional funding for the electrification of the new Postal Service delivery fleet and buildout of charging infrastructure.  

This is a significant positive step, given that the purchase price of zero-emissions vehicles is typically higher than that of their combustion counterparts due to the high cost of batteries. 

The heavy-duty provisions in this bill would constitute a major step in the right direction, accelerating the manufacture and adoption of clean trucks that will deliver meaningful reductions in climate-warming and toxic air pollution. But it’s not the end of the job, and we need to use every tool available to fight the health-damaging pollution and climate harm from heavy-duty trucks. 

Laura Fox: the impact of micromobility on the road to net-zero!

Laura Fox: the impact of micromobility on the road to net-zero!

Q&A with Laura Fox!

Laura Fox is currently Lyft’s General Manager and Senior Director for Citi Bike, where she oversees strategy, growth, operations, marketing, new product launches, and the local P&L – as well as community engagement and the public-private partnership with New York City and New Jersey.

Laura is passionate about cities, climate, tech, and cultural entrepreneurship – and has shaped a multi-faceted global career that combines long-term strategic perspectives with the nuts-and-bolts experience to make things happen.

We had the great pleasure of talking to Laura about how micro mobility is a key part in creating more sustainable cities and how Citi Bike is paving the way for this change.

 

Q: Tell us about Citi Bike  

A: Citi Bike is part of Lyft and is a core part of delivering on the Lyft mission to deliver the world’s best transportation. In 2019, Lyft committed $100M to doubling the size of the Citi Bike service area, and we’re mid-way through that dramatic geographic expansion now. Already Citi Bike has the largest number of bikes and stations of any bikeshare system in the world outside of East Asia and will surpass or rival the small handful of larger systems by the end of 2024.  

To help contextualise that scale a bit further – in 2021, Citi Bike had nearly 28 million rides from 1.3 million unique riders (and to date has more than 157 million lifetime rides). If Citi Bike were a public transit system, it would be the 25th largest in the United States based on ridership last year, with more than the SF BART system and nearly as many as the PATH train in New Jersey and New York.  

All of these stats are important as they speak to micro mobility as a transportation system, that – through strong public-private partnerships – can be an instrumental, resilient, healthy part way that people get around cities. 

  

Q: What has been the impact of Citi Bike and has the impact changed since COVID? 

A: Citi Bike is the fastest growing transportation system in New York City’s history and that allowed it to help meet the moment during the pandemic. In 2020, we saw tens of thousands of critical workers turn to Citi Bike as their primary mode of transportation, and hospitals shot up to the top of the most used stations list. Interestingly, we also saw leisure rides expand significantly and bring in a significant number of new riders to bikeshare for the first time, many of whom are now becoming regular users. This includes a growing number of low-income and BIPOC riders. Our Reduced Fare Bikeshare program has more than doubled in size and 61% of our riders now identify as being part of a racial or ethnic minority group.  

 Overall, we saw the resilience of bikeshare as a key theme. Bikeshare ridership returned to and surpassed previous highs much faster than other modes of transportation, feeding off the global Bike Boom, and playing an important complementary role as part of the regional transit system.  

  

Q: How important do you believe ebikes and micromobility to be on the road to net-zero and to more sustainable cities? 

A: Bikes, ebikes, and micro mobility overall are essential to building more sustainable cities. There’s a lot of hype over “big EVs” like Tesla and others dominating news cycles. But big EVs can only reduce emissions from a standard gas-powered car by 50% (compared to an ebike at 92%). There are a lot of dependencies there: (1) how “clean” the grid is, and (2) grid capacity. For example, it’s estimated that upgrading the grid in the U.S. to support EVs will cost $125B; currently $5B is dedicated to this work in the U.S.’s largest infrastructure bill in decades. So, we need to focus on reducing individual car ownership overall, and getting folks onto more sustainable models – from ebikes to walking, public transit, shared rides, etc.  

To wax poetic about ebikes for a moment as the fastest-selling electric vehicle of any type in the US: at Citi Bike, we see ebikes used for longer trips (almost double the milage on average), they make up over 60% of trips across bridges despite being 20% of the fleet, they’re great for commuting as you don’t break a sweat, and they can take you in directions that the buses or subways don’t go where you’d otherwise need a car. To that point, a number of national studies have found that after people start riding ebikes, they replace 70% of their vehicle miles with ebike usage. So, they’re an incredible car replacer.  

  

Q: What do you think will be the next big thing in the mobility industry that we will see over the years?  

A: First, I’m hopeful that we see more cities want to replicate the success of micromobility networks like Citi Bike, to build long-term, resilient active transportation networks that help people get from point A to B faster, cheaper, greener, and healthier.  

 With the rise of micromobility ridership for both personal use as well as for delivery (with cities like NYC seeing 3.6M+ package deliveries per day), I hope that we’ll start to see more (and faster) road infrastructure changes roll out that support these light eclectic vehicle form factors – from more dedicated lanes, to lower car speeds, congestion pricing, and more.   

  

Q: Is public-private ownership the way forward to grow the system? If so, how? 

A: Definitely. For example, our relationship with NYCDOT is critical to the important role Citi Bike plays in helping New Yorkers get around. Our public-private partnership has a number of foundational elements to make the program successful today and into the future. Just to name a few of them: 1) Station density – anywhere within the network needs to be within 5 min or less of a Citi Bike station, and NYCDOT plays a critical role in helping us site stations; 2) Robust transit connections – our joint planning process with NYCDOT ensures that we facilitate first/last mile trips from public transit, and cluster density near those stations. As a result, more than 90% of Citi Bike riders use a bike to get to/from transit. 3) Protected bike lanes – there are nearly 600 miles of protected lanes in NYC today, and Mayor Adams just committed to building nearly $1B worth of more over the coming years. We’ve seen consistently that protected bike lanes bring out larger and more diverse groups of riders.   

  

Q: What can we expect to see from Citi Bike in the next few years? 

A: We’ll soon have more than 40,000 bikes throughout the Citi Bike network, covering 60% of the NYC population and 70% of NYCHA residences. While on this fast-paced growth, we’re also committed to rolling out new products that riders love — most recently, this includes our next-generation ebike with a more powerful motor (for easier bridge riding), retroreflective paint (for better visibility at night), and double the battery capacity so that bikes are available more often and can be ridden even further.   

  

Q: What are you excited for about MOVE America? And what topics will you be addressing when you’re there? 

A: It’s great that MOVE covers so many types of mobility – from micromobility to freight and more. I’m looking forward to discussions with folks across sectors, and to trying out lots of new products as well. My keynote will address many of the points above. 

 

Laura will be joining us at MOVE America in Austin this September to talk about how micromobility is playing a crucial role in creating greener cities. 

To find out more head to: MOVE America

To find out more about Lyft and Citi Bike head to: Citi Bike or Lyft

Biden-Harris Administration announces all 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico have submitted plans for National Electric Vehicle charging network

Biden-Harris Administration announces all 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico have submitted plans for National Electric Vehicle charging network

To keep up with President Biden’s commitment to build out a national network of 500,000 electric vehicle chargers by 2030, the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Energy today announced all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have submitted EV infrastructure deployment plans as required under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program established and funded by President Biden’s Infrastructure Law. 

These plans are required to unlock the first round of the $5 billion of Bipartisan Infrastructure Law formula funding available over 5 years to help states accelerate the important work of building out the national EV charging network and making electric vehicle charging accessible to people all over the country. 

“We appreciate the thought and time that states have put into these EV infrastructure plans, which will help create a national charging network where finding a charge is as easy as locating a gas station,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. 

“We will continue to work closely with all fifty states, D.C. and Puerto Rico to ensure EV chargers across the country are convenient, affordable, reliable and accessible for all Americans.” 

“Today’s milestone in our plans to build an interconnected national EV charging network is proof that America is prepared to act on President Biden’s call to modernize the national highway system and help Americans drive electric,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm.  

“Our whole-of-government approach, made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and coordinated through the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, will boost local economies, strengthen our independence from the volatilities of fossil fuels, and ensure that electric vehicle charging deserts are a thing of the past.” 

Today’s news follows the announcement earlier this year of nearly $5 billion that will be made available to states over the next five years under the NEVI Formula Program along with a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on proposed minimum standards and requirements to ensure the national EV charging network is user-friendly, reliable, and accessible to all Americans. 

To access these new funds and to help ensure a convenient and equitable charging experience for all users, each state was required to submit an EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan to the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation that describes how the state intends to use its share of NEVI Formula Program funds consistent with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) guidance. 

With all state EV deployment plans now submitted, the Joint Office and FHWA will review the plans and continue to work with states, with the goal of approving state plans by September 30. Once each state plan is approved, state departments of transportation will be able to deploy EV charging infrastructure through the use of NEVI Formula Program funds. 

President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes $7.5 billion for EV charging, along with over $7 billion to support critical minerals supply chain necessary to support domestic EV battery manufacturing. 

Ferguson partners with Holman and Electrada to launch electric vehicle program

Ferguson partners with Holman and Electrada to launch electric vehicle program

Fleet electrification pilot is announced as a first of a kind collaboration between Ferguson, a distributor of plumbing and HVAC supplies, Holman, a global automotive services organisation and Electrada, an electric fuel solutions company, announce their partnership. 

The pilot delivers a turkney fleet management and electrification solution enabling Ferguson to deploy medium-heavy-duty-all electric vehicles throughout California while streamlining the development of the necessary charging and energy management infrastructure.  

“This electrification project supports Ferguson’s overall corporate sustainability strategy to reduce our carbon footprint, and through our position in the value chain, help build a better world,” explained Denise Vaughn, Ferguson’s Vice President of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG). 

“Fleet emissions account for a sizable portion of our Scope 1 emissions and future reductions require an accelerated conversion from medium- and heavy-duty fleet to electric vehicles. Electrada’s comprehensive solution positions us to gain rich learnings from this program and expand with scale as technology progresses.” 

This electrification program aligns with Ferguson’s overall corporate sustainability strategy as the company is committed to sustainable transportation and reducing the fleet’s carbon footprint.  

The scope of this phase is highlighted by the 30 class 6 through 8 all-electric delivery trucks from Peterbilt and Freightliner that will be integrated into Ferguson’s fleet in the months ahead. The project also includes the charging infrastructure from Electrada to serve five depot locations across the company’s operating footprint in California.  

The key to this electrification project is Holman and Electrada’s innovative strategic partnership that helps North American fleet operators accelerate, scale, and seamlessly integrate electric vehicles into their fleet mix.  

This collaboration with Ferguson is the first to leverage Holman and Electrada’s holistic electrification-as-a-service model, thus providing inclusive fleet management services along with electric fuel and infrastructure development, significantly streamlining fleet electrification and allowing organizations to scale their electrification programs expeditiously.  

“With the electric vehicle segment evolving rapidly, discussions around integrating these units into the fleet mix have quickly moved past simply determining which model is the best fit. Today, stakeholders from across an organization – fleet, sustainability, operations, facilities, etc. – are all involved in the process,” said Emily Graham, Director of Sustainability, Holman.  

“As we approach potential electrification projects with our customers, it is a very consultative conversation, ensuring all the parties are aligned on the goals of the initiative. Throughout this collaborative effort with Ferguson, their intent was clear, and it quickly became apparent that our partnership with Electrada could help them accelerate their goals.” 

Key to this electrification project is Holman and Electrada’s innovative strategic partnership that helps North American fleet operators accelerate, scale, and seamlessly integrate electric vehicles into their fleet mix. This collaboration with Ferguson is the first to leverage Holman and Electrada’s holistic electrification-as-a-service model, thus providing inclusive fleet management services along with electric fuel and infrastructure development, significantly streamlining fleet electrification and allowing organizations to scale their electrification programs expeditiously.  

“With the electric vehicle segment evolving rapidly, discussions around integrating these units into the fleet mix have quickly moved past simply determining which model is the best fit. Today, stakeholders from across an organization – fleet, sustainability, operations, facilities, etc. – are all involved in the process,” said Emily Graham, Director of Sustainability, Holman. 

“As we approach potential electrification projects with our customers, it is a very consultative conversation, ensuring all the parties are aligned on the goals of the initiative. Throughout this collaborative effort with Ferguson, their intent was clear, and it quickly became apparent that our partnership with Electrada could help them accelerate their goals.” 

Together, Holman and Electrada offer fleet operators a comprehensive, fully capitalized (vehicle and charging infrastructure) fleet management and performance-guaranteed electrification solution that allows organizations to simplify their transition to electric vehicles. This unique approach to fleet electrification provides a predictably priced contract that eliminates the significant upfront capital investment and long-term energy cost risks that often prevent organizations from adopting a robust EV program.  

“Electrada couldn’t be more thrilled to work with a company as forward-thinking about sustainable transportation as Ferguson. We’re making a long-term program investment commitment, providing and operating all of the infrastructure, while eliminating the fuel price and operational risk of Ferguson’s historic fleet transformation effort because that’s the core of what we do, that’s the essence of 360 Charging-as-a-Service,” said Kevin Kushman, CEO, Electrada.  

“We developed a deep understanding of Ferguson’s electrification needs based on their location-specific, real-world use cases. The solution not only provides the reliable electric fuel infrastructure that Ferguson needs to successfully accomplish their fleet electrification goals but will also reduce fuel cost per mile from day one versus fossil fuel.” 

Construction of the depot-charging infrastructure is underway, and Ferguson anticipates taking delivery of the initial all-electric trucks before the end of the year. 

First ever e-bike solo cross-country journey across the historic Lincoln Highway

First ever e-bike solo cross-country journey across the historic Lincoln Highway

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For the first time, an electric bike was used for a 4,500-mile solo, cross country ride that followed the historic Lincoln Highway. Cycling Gregory Maassen, Ph.D, who has peripheral neuropathy, a neuroglial condition that causes pain, numbness and weakness, ended his four-month, cross-country journey in San Francisco. 

Gregory rode over a new course on the Lincoln Highway, considered the first road across America, and which was once traveled by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  

His journey began from his home in Washington D.C to California as a fundraiser of one cent per mile to support the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy. He has already raised nearly $150,000 during his ride.  

E biking is known to have impacted the lives of many across the state, being the newest, most sustainable form of travel. Dr. Ahmet Hoke, Johns Hopkins Medicine, director of the Neuromuscular Division, professor of neurology has said, “E-biking is a wonderful low-impact form of exercising that can be a meaningful aspect of a patient’s recovery and well-being.” 

Gregory has said: “This fundraiser, using an e-bike to traverse the Lincoln Highway for the very first time, is a tribute to the special friendship between the Dutch and the Americans, and to President Eisenhower’s vision to create the nation’s Interstate Highway System,”  

“It celebrates the longest uninterrupted peaceful relationship that the United States has with any foreign country and supports the millions of people everywhere suffering with peripheral neuropathy. Medical research for PN is significantly underfunded and finding a cure for this debilitating condition must be addressed.” 

E bikes are being adopted globally at a rapid rate and have benefitted the lives of many, it is inspiring to see how e bikes are being used for medical recovery and enjoyment for those who use them. 

Traveling with MassDOT on the road to electrification and future of mobility

Traveling with MassDOT on the road to electrification and future of mobility

“I do think that technology and the implications of switching to electric vehicles but also really looking at how vehicles are connected and how we address vehicle miles traveled and how we reduce vehicle miles traveled is where we are going to be sitting as a nation over the next five and ten years” – Hayes Morrison

We had the great pleasure of talking to Hayes Morrison about some of the fantastic projects at the Massachusetts Department of Transport and industry developments!

Hayes will be joining us at MOVE America 2022 in Austin this September to talk about implementing the Infrastructure Bill at the State Level.

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To find out more about MOVE America 2022 head to: MOVE America 2022

To find out more about MassDOT head to: MassDOT

 

Stellantis has announced $99 million investment into three North American plants

Stellantis has announced $99 million investment into three North American plants

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Stellantis has announced that it will invest $99 million in three North American plants for production of a new four-cylinder turbocharged engine. Investments will be made at the Dundee Engine Complex in Michigan, the Kokomo Casting Plant in Indiana and the Etobicoke Casting Plant in toronto. 

The new engine is a 1.6 litre, I-4 turbocharged unit with direct fuel injection and flexibility for hybrid-electric vehicle (HEV) applications. Based on a current Stellantis production engine in Europe, this next-generation engine will power two future North American HEV models. This will be the first HEV engine for the company in the region. Production is expected to begin in early 2025. 

With an investment of nearly $83 million, Dundee Engine will be retooled and become the final assembly location for the new engine. The Michigan plant will continue production of the 3.6-liter Pentastar Upgrade for the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee L. The Tigershark 2.4-liter I-4 engine will build out in the first quarter of 2023. 

Engine blocks will be cast at the Kokomo Casting Plant, one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world. More than $14 million will be invested to convert existing die cast machines and cells for the new engine. 

Etobicoke Casting will produce the oil pan for the new engine. The company will invest nearly $2 million to support the development and installation of new tooling and equipment upgrades. 

These investments support Stellantis’ Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan of delivering innovative, clean, safe and affordable mobility solutions. 

Indorama Ventures and Capchem evaluate proposed carbonate solvents plant to supply North American lithium-ion battery market

Indorama Ventures and Capchem evaluate proposed carbonate solvents plant to supply North American lithium-ion battery market

Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited, a global sustainable chemical company, has entered into a non-binding agreement with Capchem Technology USA Inc to study the opportunity to build and ond operate a world-class lithium-ion battery solvents plant at one of IVL’s petrochemical facilities in the U.S Gulf Coast. 

The proposed plant will supply the lithium-ion batteries industry in North America, which is boosted by significant growth in the development of electric vehicles (EV). 

The proposed facility will produce ethylene carbonate and its chemical derivatives, which are essential components of the electrolytes solutions used in lithium-ion batteries. IVL’s Integrated Oxides and Derivatives (IOD) segment and Capchem USA, a subsidiary of Shenzhen Capchem Technology Co., Ltd., will study the proposal to develop and operate the plant. 

 Capchem is a global leading company in lithium-ion battery chemicals. It would significantly benefit the North American lithium-ion battery market, which currently depends on imports from Asia amid potential for accelerated growth in the EV industry. 

IOD’s transition towards downstream specialty products, increasing IVL’s opportunities in attractive end-market applications. Under its Vision 2030 ambition, IVL is building on its global integrated petrochemicals model through investing in adjacent businesses that offer High Value Add (HVA) products which contribute to a more sustainable world. 

The study will assess the opportunity to build a plant using Capchem’s established technology to produce ultra-pure ethylene carbonate, di-methyl carbonate, ethyl methyl carbonate, di-ethyl carbonate and derivatized electrolyte solutions. The study also includes an option to build a second module to meet expected growing market demand. 

“IVL is constantly looking for ways to enhance our sustainability programs towards our vision of creating a more sustainable world. This mutual study with Capchem USA not only helps us to achieve that, but also supports the adoption of zero-emission electric mobility.” Said Alastair Port, Executive President, Integrated Oxides and Deratives, IVL 

“Given our proven operational excellence, highly skilled workforce, world-class infrastructure, and access to captive raw materials, we believe we are well-placed to successfully implement the technology, which will help to reduce North American EV manufacturers’ reliance on imports.” 

The key raw materials for the proposed new plant, namely purified ethylene oxide and carbon dioxide, will be supplied from IVL’s integrated supply network as part the company’s strategy to enhance end-market exposure, technologies, and downstream portfolio breadth. The sequestered carbon dioxide used in the process has a positive sustainability impact.