eMotorWerks deploys 30 MW “virtual battery” in California energy markets

San Francisco-based eMotorWerks is demonstrating the grid balancing potential of its smart-grid EV chargers with a 30-megawatt, distributed “virtual energy storage battery,” which has been active in California since the start of 2017.

With an energy capacity of 70 MWh and eMotorWerks’s JuiceNet cloud software platform as the Battery Management System (BMS), the eMotorWerks virtual battery is active in California Independent System Operator (CAISO) wholesale day-ahead and real-time markets, dynamically managing charging loads to balance grid demand, reduce wholesale energy costs and mitigate the intermittency of renewables.

The virtual battery is made up of over 6,000 of eMotorWerks’s JuiceNet-enabled chargers, spread across the state and concentrated in the major population centers. By controlling them through the company’s cloud-connected JuiceNet software, and enrolling EV drivers to participate in rewards programs, eMotorwerks is delivering grid services such as demand response capacity on a daily basis, with the capital outlay borne by EV drivers instead of utilities.

“Having proved at scale capabilities that no other EV charging technology has accomplished, eMotorWerks is aggregating and bidding EV loads at the wholesale level,” said Val Miftakhov, CEO of eMotorWerks. “Our intelligent platform already delivers on grid integration, wholesale energy cost reduction and renewables integration with cost-effective load aggregation. It’s time for utilities around the country and the world to take advantage of these capabilities and help grow this virtual battery to support our shared electrification and decarbonization goals.”

“Through eMotorWerks’ virtual battery aggregations, EV drivers themselves can participate in the overall health of our grid,” said David Schlosberg, eMotorWerks VP of Energy Market Operations. “Collectively, we have the opportunity to future-proof our electricity systems now by ensuring EV grid integration ‘off the lot’ to prepare for a reliable electricity system dominated by EVs, renewable energy and storage.”


Source: eMotorWerks

Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine

VDL Bus & Coach Sold 500th Electric Bus

VDL reached a milestone of 500 delivered or ordered EV buses.

Dutch company VDL Bus & Coach recently received an order from Arriva Danmark for 21 Citea SLFA-180 Electric buses – the first 18-meter-long articulated buses for Denmark.

The buses will be equipped with a 288 kWh battery and ready for regular service on line 2A in Copenhagen thanks to fast charging stations at the end points of the route via an inverted pantograph, plus chargers at the depot. The buses have a fully electric climate control system to be always zero-emissions.

Deliveries are expected in December 2019. Taking into consideration that Arriva Denmark operates 1,200 or 40% of the buses in Denmark, it’s just a small beginning of whats to come.

“The 21 VDL Citeas SLFA-180 Electric will operate on line 2A in Copenhagen. This line was recently revised and connects a new part of Copenhagen to the bus network. Starting in late 2019 the 13.7-metre-long buses currently serving the line will be replaced by the electric articulated VDL buses, which are 18 metres long. Thanks to the rapid charging stations at the end points of the route, line 2A will be in operation 24 hours a day.”

Anita Palm Laursen, managing director VDL Bus & Coach Danmark A/S said:

“We are very proud to have received this order and are delighted to be working with Arriva Denmark as a transition partner to zero-emission public transport in Copenhagen. We also look forward to seeing the electric articulated VDL Citea articulated buses become part of the daily street scene of Copenhagen,”

Jens Boe Jacobsen, business development director at Arriva Denmark, said:

“Arriva’s past experience with VDL Bus & Coach via our Dutch branch has been exemplary, and the collaboration between VDL and Arriva in Denmark is now progressing smoothly as well. Furthermore, VDL Bus & Coach is known for its good products with excellent quality. The good collaboration between Arriva and VDL Bus & Coach is the key to the success of this project.”

500 sold and counting

For VDL Bus & Coach, the latest order enabled it to reach a milestone of 500 fully electric buses sold in Western Europe. That’s one of the highest results in Europe currently, as all others players engaged in the EV buses combined have sole somewhere in the three-digit territory.

VDL Citea electric bus

“With already more than 40 E-Mobility projects in Western Europe, VDL Bus & Coach is a proven transition partner for efficient zero-emission public transport systems. Beyond the Netherlands, electric VDL buses are currently operating in various cities in Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Sweden and France. In many cases VDL is also responsible for implementation of the infrastructure, project management and the repair and maintenance of the entire system. Arriva and VDL Bus & Coach have already carried out a number of successful projects with electric buses in the Netherlands, including those in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, South-east Friesland & Terschelling, Venlo and Maastricht.”

VDL electric buses:

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Source: Electric Vehicle News

Ford E-450 Electric Shuttle Bus Becomes Real Thanks To Lightning

Lightning Systems electrified the Ford E-450.

Lightning Systems, which specializes in making plug-in commercial vehicles, introduced two more models to choose from, the Ford E-450 Shuttle Bus and Ford E-450 Cutaway.

The good news is that orders are being accepted immediately with first deliveries expected by the end of this year. There is also a possibility to convert existing Ford E-450s to electric.

The range of the Lightning Systems Ford E-450 stands at 110 miles, while the electric motor is 220 kW.

Lightning Systems Ford E-450 spec:

  • 110 miles (177 km) of range
  • liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery system
  • 220 kW (295hp) of power and 700 Nm of torque
  • five-year, 60,000-mile warranty on the powertrain
  • 14,500-pound gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR)
  • full charge in two hours with DC fast charging

More in the press release:

“The new Lightning Electric Ford E-450 model will offer peak power of 220 kW, which is the equivalent of 295 horsepower. Torque is rated at 700 Nm, equal to 516 pound-feet. There is a five-year, 60,000-mile warranty on the powertrain with maintenance performed by trained local dealers. Clean fleet vouchers and incentives are available in many states through the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust.

The new model will have an electric range of 110 miles – depending on route and driver. Full regenerative braking, with industry-leading efficiency, adds range while reducing wear and tear on the friction brakes. Featuring a state-of-the-art, liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery system, the new Lightning Electric Ford E-450 will accommodate a full charge in two hours with DC fast charging.”

“Lightning Electric is available for the Ford E-450 as part of Ford’s eQVM (Advanced Fuel Qualified Vehicle Modifiers) program. Ford’s vehicle warranty covers the base chassis for vehicles with the Lightning drivetrain. Ford QVM participants perform installations and service. Earlier this year Lightning Systems began deliveries of the Lightning Electric upfit for the heavy-duty Ford Transit, which is also covered by Ford’s eQVM program.

QVM is Ford’s quality recognition given to aftermarket adaptive equipment installers that meet manufacturing guidelines and best practices. Ford’s thorough QVM qualification process includes on-site assessments at each location to verify the operation meets manufacturing, assembly, workmanship, customer service, and quality requirements, and that it has processes in place to produce vehicles that meet federal regulations.

Lightning Analytics, a cloud-based analytics system that provides predictive maintenance, route scoring, range analysis, driver behavior and geofencing for maximum range and efficiency, is available as an option on every Lightning Electric vehicle. The analytics system provides fleets with real-time information to operate their fleet at peak efficiency.”

Tim Reeser, CEO of Lightning Systems said:

“We’ve become the only stop you have to make to get zero-emission vehicles for all of your fleet needs. This follows our strategy of electrifying popular high-quality platforms in the Class 3 to 8 segments. Fleets can get the job done around town or on the worksite, while saving fuel and meeting their sustainability and environmental goals.”

“Now we have high-quality zero-emissions vehicles available for commercial and government fleets in the medium-duty and heavy-duty segments, from the Ford Transit all the way to our all-electric repower product for transit buses. Our goal is to be a full-service provider of elegantly-integrated zero-emission solutions, and this new powertrain for shuttle buses and cutaways is yet another option for fleets looking to reduce their environmental footprint with no compromises on the capability and quality of the vehicle.”

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Coming Event: Silicon Valley Reinvents the Wheel—Monday, Oct. 1

New Technologies, New Cars & More

Next Monday, Oct. 1, Silicon Valley will take a look at the state-of-the-art in automotive tech. The accelerating trends of autonomy, electrification and connected vehicles will be explored with speakers from auto companies, start-ups, universities and others. The event, the 10th Annual Silicon Valley Reinvents the Wheel presented by Western Automotive Journalists and the Autotech Council, will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Registration is here.  

Silicon Valley Reinvents the Wheel

Leading minds from Silicon Valley and beyond will gather to discuss the state-of-the-art

Thought leaders from Silicon Valley and around the world will be a part of a day of interactive discussions, vehicle displays, technology demonstrations and a “Science Fair” organized by the Autotech Council. Part of registration includes lunch from several local gourmet food trucks.  

Sven Beiker of Silicon Valley Mobility will provide an opening keynote for the day. He’ll be followed by, among others, the CTO of Lucid Motors, a new Silicon Valley car company. Dragos Maciuca, head of Ford Motor Company’s expanding Palo Alto Lab, Powell Kinney, CPO of Toyota Connected, George Hotz of comma.ai, Danny Shapiro of Nvidia, and many more.

Afternoon Sessions

In one of the afternoon sessions. I’ll be in conversation with Mollie D.Agostino, policy director of U.C. Davis’ Three Revolutions program, discussing some of the big questions about our mobility future. Specifically, we’ll be talking about whether coming electric, autonomous vehicles must also be shared vehicles in order to truly move forward environmentally and socially.

Silicon Valley Reinvents the Wheel

Time in the program is allocated to exploring vehicle displays and demos outside

Other speakers at SVRtW 2018 include the Society of Automotive Engineers’ John Tintinalli, addressing the needs for education and standards as part of the automotive transformation.

The Autotech Council will present its Top 5 startups, who’ll give rapid-fire pitches on their technologies and business models.

Silicon Valley Reinvents the Wheel

We’ll make sure attendees are fed, too

Dan Sahar from Upstream will be discussing cybersecurity with Timothy Higgins of the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Jim Doty of A/Eye, a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, will be addressing “Making Sense of the Sensor & Applying Biomimicry to Autonomy.”

There will be additional speakers during this packed day, but in additional there will be vehicle displays and demonstrations from Ram, Ford, Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Lucid, Phantom Auto, Byton, Eyeris and more.

The program will end with a reception and a chance to interact with attendees and speakers to reflect and further discuss the day’s topics.

Friends of Clean Fleet Report can get a special discount to Silicon Valley Reinvents the Wheel—use the code SVRTW2018 at checkout on the WAJ website.  

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Chinese lithium producer will supply a fifth of its production to Tesla

Tesla Batteries 18650 Li-ion Cells

One of China’s top producers of lithium has agreed to supply a fifth of its lithium hydroxide production to Tesla’s battery suppliers. The agreement with Jiangxi-based Ganfeng Lithium runs from 2018 to 2020, and could be extended by three years.

EV-makers have been scrambling to secure supplies of lithium for the past couple of years. However, Bloomberg reports that prices for the light white stuff have declined in 2018 as some banks forecast that a wave of new mining projects will outpace demand growth.

Earlier this week, Ganfeng announced an agreement to supply LG Chem from 2019 to 2025. Ganfeng’s lithium compounds capacity may rise to 75,000 tons of carbonate equivalent by the end of this year, making it the industry’s second-largest producer, according to the CRU Group.

Ganfeng has now locked in the sector’s two biggest supply pacts, piquing investor interest ahead of a planned IPO on the Hong Kong stock market. “These deals are dwarfing the size of the entire lithium hydroxide market from only a couple of years ago,” said Simon Moores of industry consultant Benchmark Mineral Intelligence.

According to Benchmark Mineral’s forecasts, Tesla may need as much as 28,000 tons of lithium hydroxide per year, beginning in late 2019, based on battery output at the Gigafactory reaching the equivalent of 35 GWh. Earlier this year, the company sealed a deal to obtain lithium from Australia’s Kidman Resources, starting “early next decade.”


Source: Bloomberg

Source: Electric Vehicles Magazine

Electrify America Charger Leaves Electric Car Driver Stranded: Video

Electrify America launched 15 fast charging stations, but are they operational yet?

Electrify America presents on its website a map and list with 15 ultra-fast charging stations (out of nearly 500 planned by the end of June 2019) that are already installed.

Doing ordinary research onprogress, we come acrossa new video entitled “Electrify America High Speed Chargers don’t work” with a Nissan LEAF driver who complains that he was left stranded in Breax Bridge Louisiana as the Electrify America station wasn’t working.

The biggest problem is that the driver says that he called Electrify America ahead and was encouraged to visit the station as it’s ready for charging. Hopefully, it’s just one of the early kinks and network will become reliable.

Luckily, the driver was able to connect to the outlet at Walmart, but that was a long wait to recharge at just over 2 kW.

“The got me stranded in Breax Bridge Louisiana and offer no compensation. I called ahead and they lied to me and told me that the charger was working. When I got here, it wasn’t. So now I’m stuck here for 24 hours trickle charging at Walmart.”

We look forward to hearing from you about Electrify America stations nearby. Feel free to leave a comment on whether or not you experienced any issues.

Electrify America Charging stations

  1. Gulfport Premium Outlets(10000 Factory Shops Blvd, Gulfport, MS, 39503)
  2. Brughs Mill Country Store(345 Brughs Mill Rd, Fincastle, VA, 24090)
  3. Chicopee Marketplace(591 Memorial Dr, Chicopee, MA, 01020)
  4. Reston HQ(2003 Edmund Halley Drive, Reston, VA, 20191)
  5. Walmart Supercenter 1065(2400 N Hervey St, Hope, AR, 71801)
  6. Farrar Place(920 Hillsboro Blvd, Manchester, TN, 37355)
  7. Stratford Square(411 Barnum Ave Cutoff, Stratford, CT, 06615)
  8. Walmart Supercenter 91(205 Deaderick Rd, Forrest City, AR, 72335)
  9. T & T Country Store(40 Washington St W, Huntington, OR, 97907)
  10. Walmart Supercenter 1214(115 W Willow St, Colby, KS, 67701)
  11. Walmart Supercenter 664(4301 Vine St, Hays, KS, 67601)
  12. Casey’s Lebanon MO(669 West Elm St, Lebanon, MO, 65536)
  13. Walmart Supercenter 402(1932 Rees St, Breaux Bridge, LA, 70517)
  14. Willowbrook Commons(61 East Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN, 37211)
  15. Walmart Supercenter 3835(5588 Little Debbie Pkwy, Ooltewah, TN, 37363)

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Tesla Model X Compared To Jaguar I-Pace In Slick New Video

No racing, this time around.

With the 2019 Jaguar I-Pace slowly but surely appearing in driveways of customers, outside of the U.S., at least, now is a good time to stand it up against its main electric competitor: the Tesla Model X. Some might say these aren’t exactly in the same segment, but we’ll bet they will be cross-shopped against each other, as well as against petrol-powered machines. Instead of just giving you numbers, the video above allows you to see them side by side to draw your conclusions. All within three measly minutes.

The footage doesn’t have a voiceover, but it does have text. Unfortunately, it’s not English — it appears to be French and Dutch — so we’ll do a little translation for you. It is, though, pretty apparent what they are discussing, with the camera panning over certain details of each vehicle before making its pronouncements.

They start with size, noting that the Tesla SUV is 5.03 meters (16.5 feet)  in length, while the Big Cat is, um, less big, coming in at 4.68 meters  (15.35 feet). Next, they bring up range, saying the I-Pace is good for 470 kilometers (292 miles), while the Model X 75D is scored at 417 km (259 miles).  Here we have to pause and note that this is slightly misleading. The figure for the Model X is the more conservative EPA rating, while the I-Pace number is its less conservative WLTP rating. Jaguar, on its U.S. website, gives it an estimated range of 240 miles. Also, this part of the video mentions a metric of ch/pk, of which the British crossover offers more. We’re pretty sure this stands for chortles per kurmuffin, but feel free to correct us in Comments.

Next, the Belgian prices of the two samples are compared. The Model X is more pricey at 97,530 Euro ($114,770), while the First-Edition I-Pace is a better bargain at 78,990 Euro ($92,968). Our guides then take us inside and judge that the American car has a futuristic look to its cockpit, while the Austria-built Jag features a more traditional cabin with a better finish. A peek inside the back doors concludes that the X offers a large seating space while the rear passenger area of the I-Pace is “less habitable.”

We keeping moving around back to the cargo space where we see the Jaguar can hold 656 liters (23.17 cubic feet). The boot of the larger Model X is, well, larger, with an accommodating 1,090 liters (38.49 cu.ft.) for all your gear and groceries. Frunks (front trunk) also get measured, with the I-Pace offering 27 liters (.95 cu.ft.) and the Model X 187 liters (6.6 cu.ft.) of additional storage.

Calling both vehicles “lively and dynamic,” the Jaguar I-Pace is said to be “incisive,” meaning, we believe, it has sharper handling. Meanwhile, they grant that the ride of the Tesla Model X is more comfortable.

Efficiency-wise, they give the Tesla the edge at 22.9 kWh/100 km (62 miles), while the smaller Jaguar somehow only scores 20.4 kWh/100 km. (We have noticed that efficiency isn’t the strongest point of the I-Pace.

Each of these vehicles has its strengths and weaknesses. While one may take some sales from the other, we can only hope the larger losers here will be the petrol-powered equivalents.

Source: YouTube

Source: Electric Vehicle News

Watch Audi RS3 With Formula E Motors Get Tested

The car is built by ABT Schaeffler who’s using it as a test bed to further develop high-performance electric technology.

For Formula E fans, the name ABT Schaeffler will certainly ring a bell. The German tuning company has been present in the electric racing series from the start. And now, it seems that its racing technology is being brought to the street thanks to the Schaeffler 4ePerformance concept, a Formula E car for the street.

What is essentially an Audi RS3 TCR, the vehicle comes with a 220-kilowatt electric motor powering each wheel. Naturally, every one of these electric motors has been taken straight out of the ABT Schaeffler FE01 Formula E race car. In turn, up to 1,180 horsepower and 1,280 Nm of torque is available to the driver. Thanks to Active Torque Vectoring, the Audi RS3 now has the ability to sprint from zero-to-124 mph in less than seven seconds. Let that sink in. Furthermore, the vehicle relies on two batteries with a total capacity of 64 kWh.

“For Schaeffler, this vehicle is a test laboratory on wheels thanks to its free scaling options for the drive power,” explained Simon Opel, Director of Special Projects Motorsports at Schaeffler. “We are currently testing and developing our own driving dynamics control system, which is based on physical vehicle and wheel modeling. We have been learning a lot especially in the area of software-based driving dynamics control systems.”

Above, you can see what this vehicle is capable of. Impressive standstill spins around its axle, all the way to burning tires in seemingly every situation. The sheer stability and speed in cornering should make anyone that loves racing more than impressed. Press play and enjoy a taste of what the future brings.

Source: Electric Vehicle News