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PSE&G Incentives Employees’ Electric Cars

PSE&G has launched a program to encourage New Jersey businesses to provide employees with electric car charging at work by providing smart charging equipment for about 150 cars. Charging stations will be given out on a first come, first serve basis to companies that secure a commitment from a minimum … Read more »

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Green Fleet Roundup: Tesla, MetLife, Freightliner, LG Chem

Tesla Motors will work on penetrating China’s auto market with its all-electric Model S sedan, strengthened by its success in the US and in Europe, reports the San Jose Mercury News. It will open its first showroom in Beijing. MetLife, a partner of the Department of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge, has installed 32 … Read more »

Green Fleet Roundup: EV Chargers from ABB and Fuji, US Hybrid Market, Apps for Vehicles

ABB has launched its Terra SmartConnect 20kW DC fast charger (pictured) with delivery in North and South America in the second quarter. Initial shipments will support the CHAdeMO fast-charging standard, with SAE / Combined Charging System units available later this year. The charger is designed for commercial and office areas. … Read more »

GM to Cut Vehicle Weight ‘Up to 15%’ by 2017

General Motors will save 12 billion gallons of fuel over the life of the vehicles it builds between 2011 and 2017 by reducing vehicle weight by up to 15 percent, along with other fuel efficiency improvements, GM CEO and chairman Dan Akerson said in a speech at the IHS CERAWeek … Read more »

Green Fleet Briefing: IBM’s B2B Marketplace, Ford Fusion Energi, Volt Dropped

IBM has launched B2B Marketplace, a project it hopes will allow energy providers, car manufacturers, and charging point owners to share and integrate services on one common IT platform. This will create a network of EV charging services that are compatible regionally in Europe, the company says. IBM wants electric … 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 »

Fleet Briefing: Lexus, Infiniti, Ram, Chevy Volt

Lexus unveiled its 2013 ES lineup at the New York International Auto Show. The lineup includes the ES 300h, the first sedan equipped with Lexus hybrid drive. Its 2.5-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine has four drive modes: normal, sport, eco and EV, and it is expected to earn an EPA … Read more »

2020 Li-Ion Battery Costs Will Be Too High for Mass EV Adoption, Report Says

Electric vehicle manufacturers need to focus on strategies other than scaling up production if they are to lower Li-ion battery costs and boost flagging EV sales, according to a report by Lux Research. Sales of such vehicles are tied to the cost of Li-ion batteries, Lux says, and early demand … Read more »

GM to Replace Volt Charger Cords – Says Problem is Consistency, Not Overheating

GM is to replace the 120-volt charger cords in most of the 9,500 Chevrolet Volts it has sold since late 2010, according to reports. Stories of overheating and melting 120-volt charging cords first surfaced four months ago on Yahoo Autos. At the time GM said the issue was most likely … Read more »

Fleet Briefing: Mass. EV Stations, Hertz, Endesa, Toyota, Chevy Volt

Electric and gas company National Grid is installing more than 30 electric vehicle charging stations throughout Massachusetts under charging station manufacturer Coulomb Technologies’ “Charge America” program. Through the program, Coulomb is providing the charging stations at no cost to participating cities. National Grid is funding the installations and the hosting … Read more »

Fleet Briefing: Chevy Volt Declared Safe, Fisker Recall, OnStar, Mercedes, Honda

GM’s electric Chevy Volt has been declared safe after months of testing into the risk of post-crash fires posed by its lithium-ion battery. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tests have concluded that no “discernible defect trend exists” with the battery. In December, GM offered to buy back Volts from … Read more »

Green Fleet Briefing: GM Fire Response, Ford Bottle Fabric, EV Council, Gas Fueling Stations

Green Fleet Briefing: GM Fire Response, Ford Bottle Fabric, EV Council, Gas Fueling Stations

General Motors has announced changes to the vehicle structure and battery coolant system in the Chevy Volt, in response to a government investigation into fires that broke out in the vehicle after test crashes. GM said it will strengthen an existing portion of the Volt’s vehicle safety structure, add a sensor … Read more »

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