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Lightning Systems, a developer of zero-emissions solutions for commercial fleets, is taking its new Ford Transit LightningElectric model on the road, showcasing the recently released vehicle efficiency ratings of 61 MPGe on in-town routes and 66 MPGe on highway.

Tours will start at Lightning Systems’ headquarters in Loveland, Colo. One will go westbound to California and throughout the state (Sacramento, San Francisco, Fresno, San Diego, Los Angeles and Long Beach), while the other will travel eastbound through Detroit to New York (Kansas City, Detroit, Albany and New York City). The westbound tour will end at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Long Beach, Calif., while the eastbound tour will culminate at the 30th annual Equipment & Vehicle Show in Queens, N.Y.

At the end of the eastbound and westbound tours, Lightning Systems will make deliveries of the LightningElectric to Halo Event Group, a FedEx Ground contractor in New York City, and to XPO Bus Sales in Los Angeles.

Test drives will be offered at the following tour stops:

Eastbound

Loveland – April 3
Kansas City – April 11-13
Detroit – April 16-20
New York City – April 24-27
Queens, Equipment & Vehicle Show – May 17

Westbound

Sacramento – April 10-11
San Francisco – April 12-13
Fresno – April 16-17
Bakersfield – April 18
San Diego – April 23-25
Los Angeles – April 26-30
Long Beach, ACT Expo – May 1-3

“The upcoming road show is a great chance for fleets to experience firsthand how quiet, smooth and powerful the new LightningElectric is,” says Tim Reeser, CEO of Lightning Systems. “It comes with all the benefits fleets expect from a Ford vehicle – interior comfort, warranty, and top-class fit and finish – with the added benefits of a zero-emissions electric vehicle, like instant acceleration and lower maintenance costs.”

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CATS to roll out electric buses this year

Posted by Alexandria Burris
Via Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

Looking to reduce costs and replace aging diesel buses, the Capital Area Transit System is joining with other transit agencies across the country to incorporate battery powered electric buses into their fleets.

CATS recently spent $2.8 million for three electric buses from Los Angeles-based BYD, the largest battery-electric bus manufacturer in North America, and will begin field testing the vehicles later this year.

“Electric buses are a big step forward,” CATS Board President Jim Brandt says in a statement. “They represent a chance to pilot new technology in Baton Rouge, and we are very excited about that.”The buses have zero emissions and cost roughly $1 less per mile to operate than typical diesel buses.

CATS plans to run the electric buses on three lines: Plank Road and Florida Boulevard and perhaps, says Brandt, Nicholson Drive. Each vehicle can operate for approximately 150 miles on a single charge and hold up to 32 passengers.

“These buses will allow us to see how we can use electric buses to reduce the impact of our fleet on our environment and also control costs,” CATS CEO Bill Deville says.

CATS began exploring the use of electric buses several years ago, asking UNO in 2015 to do a cost-benefit analysis on alternative fuel options. The study recommended CATS transition to electric buses for the long term.


GM plans to expand Bolt EV output, asks Congress to help

Posted by David Shepardson
Via Reuters

General Motors Co (GM.N) Chief Executive Mary Barra called on the U.S. Congress on Wednesday to expand a consumer tax credit for electric vehicles as the automaker said it would boost production of its EV Chevrolet Bolt in response to strong demand.

Barra also called on U.S. regulators to take into account when scoring automakers’ emissions the potential for autonomous ridesharing vehicles to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and petroleum consumption. The Trump administration is reviewing whether Obama administration emissions standards that called for roughly doubling average U.S. vehicle fuel efficiency by 2025 are appropriate.

“We feel tax credits should be expanded so our customers continue to receive the benefit going forward,” Barra told an energy conference in Houston. “We believe in an all-electric future.”

GM has sold more than 160,000 plug-in and full-electric vehicles eligible for the credit. The $7,500 consumer tax credit phases out over a 12-month-period soon after an automaker hits the 200,000 mark and the largest U.S. automaker is expected to hit the mark later this year. The tax credit is aimed at helping defray the cost of pricier electric vehicles.

Introduced in October 2016, the Bolt was the first mass-produced electric vehicle to go more than 200 miles (320 km) between charges, and sell at a sticker price of under $40,000.

Electrically powered vehicles account for a just a fraction of GM’s overall sales. In 2017, an analyst estimated GM loses $7,400 on every Bolt it sells. GM does not disclose individual vehicle profitability, company spokesman Pat Morrissey said by phone.

GM sold about 26,000 Bolt EVs worldwide last year, mostly in the United States. The company declined to say how much it would hike production when it adds production later this year at an assembly plant north of Detroit.

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Goodyear unveils new tire for electric cars to reduce wear from powerful instant torque

Posted by Fred Lambert
Via Electrek

There’s no getting around it, the instant torque of electric vehicles can be quite hard on tires – especially with the heavier and more powerful models, like Tesla’s.

Goodyear claims to have a solution with a new tire aimed at the electric vehicle market.

After testing, Goodyear says that “traditional tires can wear out up to 30% faster on electric vehicles.”

At the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show this week, they unveiled the “EfficientGrip Performance with Electric Drive Technology”, which they claim will reduce the wear from high torque.

Chris Delaney, President of Goodyear Europe, Middle East and Africa, says that they are working to bring the technology to market next year:

“The combination of increasing regulations to reduce emissions, the desire to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and rapid gains in battery technology is creating an ideal environment for electric vehicles. We are working with automakers to introduce our Electric Drive Technology next year designed to address the unique performance requirements of this growing vehicle segment.”

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