Smith Vehicles & Germany’s Proton Power systems develop fuel cell truck

Smith Vehicles & Germany’s Proton Power systems develop fuel cell truck

Smith Vehicles & Germany’s Proton Power systems have jointly developed the world’s first electrically operated commercial vehicle in the 7.5 to 12 tonne class.

The truck uses a battery and a HyRange fuel cell system from Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH. The vehicle is based on the battery-powered Newton vehicle built by Smith Electric Vehicles.

Proton Motor has integrated a HyRange hydrogen fuel cell system with an output of 8kW into the vehicle which supplies the battery with electrical energy. This significantly improves the vehicle’s range and enables power to be supplied to the driver cabin air conditioning unit or additional equipment such as electrically powered refrigeration units.

The vehicle is available immediately for field testing by interested customers in the box van and tail lift configuration. The project was supported by funding from the NIP (National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Innovation programme).

Dr. Francoise Faiz Nahab, Managing Director of Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH, said: “We developed our HyRange system for buses and commercial vehicles for innercity use. The vehicles are extremely quiet and emissions free. This is an optimal solution for every city that needs to meet the planned environmental targets. We are very proud of the results of our (more…)

Ian Hobday Named CEO of Green Automotive Company

liberty_logo_140x70pxGreen Automotive Company (OTC: GACR) today announced that Ian Hobday has been named CEO with effect from the 1st September 2013. He will take on this role in addition to his current position as CEO of GAC’s UK subsidiary Liberty Electric Cars and will continue to be a Director of GAC. Hobday will be responsible for implementing the strategy developed by the management team of GAC which, amongst other things, will see it launch a “first-of-its-kind” electric shuttle bus through its subsidiary Newport Coachworks in February 2014. Hobday assumes the CEO position as Fred Luke, steps down from his role as President whilst continuing to work with the company as a Director.

“These are exciting times for Green Automotive Company and our industry, and I look forward to leading GAC to the success I am sure it is poised to achieve.”

“Electric vehicles represent the clear future of the automotive industry and our strategic focus on developing, designing, manufacturing, selling and supporting in this category will be key to our success going forward. I am delighted to have accepted the Board’s nomination to this role and will utilize all my enthusiasm, energy (more…)

Ballard Power Systems signs agreement to develop fuel cell buses in China

Canada’s Ballard Power Systems extended an agreement with Azure Hydrogen Corporation of Beijing to include fuel cell buses in order to help address the air quality issue in China

Azure plans to develop fuel cell bus capabilities in China with Ballard’s technical support and funding from Chinese sources, including both private investors and various levels of Government. Ballard fuel cell power modules are currently powering zero emission fuel cell buses in public transit service across a number of sites in North America and Europe.

China’s rapid economic expansion over the past decade has resulted in a public concern regarding deteriorating levels of air quality.

VANCOUVER, CANADA – China’s rapid economic expansion over the past decade has resulted in a public concern regarding deteriorating levels of air quality. The China State Council is investing 1.8T Yuan (US$288 billion) in the renewable energy industry over the period 2010-15, along with 2.3T Yuan (US$368 billion) on actions designed to save energy and reduce emissions.

Given the size and rapid growth of China’s economy, the country has considerably larger carbon dioxide emissions than other nations, including the U.S. For example, China’s carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels accounted for 28% of the global total in (more…)

Balqon & Polar Power to introduce plug in hybrid drive system for heavy commercial vehicles
Large commercial vehicles & freight

Balqon & Polar Power to introduce plug in hybrid drive system for heavy commercial vehicles

Balqon Corporation (OTCBB: BLQN), a developer of electric drive system technology for commercial vehicles, today announced that it has entered into a Joint Development Agreement with Polar Power Inc. to develop series plug in hybrid system for its line of heavy duty electric trucks and buses. Under this Agreement both companies will work towards development of a 40 kw on-board DC hybrid generator to charge batteries during daily drive cycle to increasing the range of the vehicles.

“Integration of on-board generator in our 2014 model year vehicles allows us to address increased range applications for heavy duty trucks and buses used at ports, airports and distribution warehouses, while still providing our customer with lower operating cost and emissions of an electric drive train” said Balwinder Samra, CEO and President of Balqon Corporation. “We believe Polar Power’s decades of experience in developing and integrating DC powered generator systems provides us the opportunity to jointly address the growing need for lower emission heavy duty vehicles in global markets,” he added.

“Our experience in DC generators and hybrid industrial/commercial and military vehicles combined with Balqon’s experience in heavy duty electric drive system provides both companies an opportunity to expand our (more…)

PepsiCo adds 20 more all-electric delivery trucks to it’s fleet in NY
Charging stations

PepsiCo adds 20 more all-electric delivery trucks to it’s fleet in NY

Good news for Smith Electric Vehicles

Frito-Lay Increases Fleet Of All-Electric Delivery Trucks And Rolls Out Enhanced Charging Stations In NY State.

Empire State to be home to 35 Frito-Lay electric trucks, expected to save 63,000 gallons of fuel annually

PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America division, already a leader in the use of all-electric delivery trucks, is adding 20 electric vehicles to its fleet in upstate New York, along with 20 innovative and enhanced electric vehicle charging stations.

Representatives from Frito-Lay were joined today by New York State Senator Kathy Marchione and Janet Joseph, vice president for technology and strategic planning at the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), to announce the news at a celebratory event at the Frito-Lay Clifton Park Distribution Center.
Once the new all-electric trucks are deployed, New York will be home to 35 Frito-Lay all-electric trucks, the company’s second largest deployment in any state.

Additionally, the new highly automated charging stations will help optimize the future of electric vehicles. Frito-Lay is the first commercial test subject for these charging stations, which will not only improve how the Frito-Lay fleet is utilized, but also relay important information to the state for a better understanding of electric fleets.
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“PEV sales will grow 18.6% annually in the US” – good news for the Electric Vehicles Initiative targets

The USA is still the biggest and fastest growing plug hybrid EV market, and forecast growth for plug in EVs is also going to be strong according to a Navigant Research report.

If they prove right, it would make the targets outlined in the recent International Energy Agency (IEA) report “GLOBAL EV OUTLOOK – Understanding the Electric Vehicle Landscape to 2020“, realistic.

According to the IEA; Global EV Sales have more than doubled globally between 2011 and 2012, and they set an aggregated goal for all countries with known deployment targets of 7.2 million in EV sales and 24 million in EV stock by 2020.

“Analysis of EVI data show that to reach the EVI goal of 5.9 million in annual sales of EVs in 2020, the 2011 EV market (approximately 45,000) would need to grow by 72% compounded each year until 2020″.

That is quite a target, but the IEA have provided some nice graphs and infographics with data-backed forecasts for each of the market developments that have to change to support it, including…

  • An increase in Research and development as a result of greater funding
  • A continued drop in the costs of batteries
  • An increasing growth in charge point installations, in-particular the “slow-charge” (more…)