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LG Chem Leads Light-Duty EV Li-ion Battery Market

LG Chem Leads Light-Duty EV Li-ion Battery Market

LG Chem, Panasonic and Samsung SDI are leading the light-duty electric vehicle lithium ion (Li-ion) battery market, according to a new Leaderboard report from Navigant Research. All three companies performed exceedingly well in strategy and execution. With the exception of Toyota’s continued use of nickel-metal hydride batteries for strong hybrid … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: VW, LNG America,JJ Taylor, ClipperCreek

Beverage distributors JJ Taylor has opened a second compressed natural gas fueling station in Florida at its Fort Myers location. The station was designed by CNG fueling infrastructure firm TruStar Energy. ClipperCreek has launched its ETL listed utility smart grid connected charging station, the CS-40-SG2. The CS-40-SG2 charging station features ZigBee Smart Energy Protocol 1.1 demand … Read more »

Long Beach Terminates Electric Bus Contract

Electric bus manufacturer BYD Motors and the Long Beach Transportation (LBT) terminated a contract for 10 electric buses on a technicality. BYD said the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) withdrew funding when the company failed to direct a percentage of the contract to minority-owned businesses, as part of a federal mandate. LBT … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: BMW, Boeing, Hino, NHSTA, Newport Coachworks

Hino Motors and Denso have jointly developed the world’s first electric refrigerator system for heavy-duty trucks using a hybrid unit. Hybrid trucks conventionally use energy generated from hybrid systems to assist the vehicle’s driving. However, this truck uses energy from a hybrid unit only for the new electric refrigeration system, which … Read more »

LNG-fueled tugboat

Green Fleet Roundup: NYK, Tesla, VW, BYD

NYK will build Japan’s first liquefied natural gas-fueled tugboat (pictured). The dual fuel engine can be powered by LNG or heavy oil. NYK says using LNG as a fuel will cut the tugboat’s CO2 emissions by about 30 percent, NOX by about 80 percent and SOX by 100 percent compared … Read more »

BYD bus

Green Fleet Roundup: BYD, Renault, Hyundai, Caterpillar

BYD’s all-electric, long-range, 40-foot buses (pictured) will this month ply the streets of Quebec in a 10-month field test, operated by Société de transport de l’Outaouais and Société de transport de Montréal transit companies. The buses have in-wheel-hub motors, regenerative braking/re-charging systems, and a large 324 kWh battery pack that … Read more »

LG Chem, Johnson Controls, AESC Lead Li-ion Battery Market

LG Chem, Johnson Controls, AESC Lead Li-ion Battery Market

LG Chem and Johnson Controls currently lead the lithium ion (li-ion) batteries for electric vehicles market in terms of both strategy and execution, according to a leaderboard report by Navigant Research. Only three companies — LG Chem, Johnson Controls and AESC — are ranked as “leaders” in the report’s leaderboard … Read more »

BYD ebus

Green Fleet Roundup: BYD, GE, Virgin, SkyNRG, Alcoa

BYD will begin making electric buses (pictured) and large-scale batteries at two manufacturing facilities in Lancaster, Calif., the company says. These mark the first manufacturing facilities in the US for BYD Motors, a Los Angeles-based subsidiary of the Chinese firm BYD (short for Build Your Dreams) Company. Last month, the … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: BYD, C40, Modern Transportation, Sainsbury’s, BAE

Modern Transportation has deployed freight service to the Owens Corning roofing plant in Savannah, Ga., using trucks powered solely by 12-liter natural gas-fueled engines. The high volume, dedicated service established between Sanford, NC, and Savannah on April 18 is the first ever built around commercial-order, production-built engines fueled exclusively with liquefied … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Cummins, Peterbilt Motors Company, Honda, Toyota, BYD

Cummins and Peterbilt Motors Company have released test results showing their demonstration SuperTruck (pictured) with a higher-efficiency engine and an aerodynamic tractor-trailer achieved a 54 percent increase in fuel economy, averaging about 10 mpg under real-world driving conditions. The companies say standard long-haul trucks typically achieve between 5.5 and 6.5 … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: Volt Problems, BYD EVs in London, Duke Energy

General Motors said it will correct a software glitch in the 2013 Chevrolet Volt that has caused the car’s electric motor to shut down abruptly, Edmunds Inside Line reported. The issue, which affects about 4,000 Volts, was initially reported on the company’s consumer forum GM-Volt.com. GM has asked owners to … Read more »

Electric Drive Bus Sales ‘to Quadruple’ by 2018

Electric Drive Bus Sales ‘to Quadruple’ by 2018

Global sales of electric drive buses are set to quadruple over the next six years, driven by an explosion in demand from the Asia Pacific region, according to a report by Pike Research. Electric Drive Buses says that by 2018 annual sales of buses with hybrid systems, battery electric systems … Read more »