Renewable energy sources like solar and wind only generate electricity when the wind blows or the sun is out and that isn’t always when customers need power. Batteries large enough to hold megawatts of electricity are prohibitively expensive but another potential source of battery storage is fast emerging: electric vehicles.
Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) storage allows the smart grid to use EVs (and even hybrids) as a distributed network of batteries that can store power at off-peak times and help power the grid when demand peaks. Here’s how it works:
No wonder why this car is flying off the shelves like hot cakes. All electric and then gas backup to power only the electric motor giving over 70 MPG! Let’s not forget luxury and refinement not seen in other electrics. Last year alone they…
FOOTHILL TRANSIT TO LAUNCH WORLD’S FIRST HEAVY DUTY FAST CHARGE ELECTRIC BUS
Ecoliner charges in 10 minutes; zero-emissions
WEST COVINA, CA (August 26, 2010) – Foothill Transit, the primary public transportation provider for the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys in Los Angeles County, is launching the world’s first heavy duty, fast charging electric bus on Friday, September 3rd.
The Foothill Transit Ecoliner is a lightweight vehicle with heavy duty responsibilities, driving 30-miles without charging, and will be recharged, hands-free and within its route, in 10 minutes. This public transportation vehicle is the first of its kind in the nation.
“Recent rapid advancement in battery and vehicle technology has made this leading edge project possible,” said Roger Chandler, Chair of Foothill Transit’s Executive Board. “And the challenges that we face with our environment demand that we expand beyond what’s available into what’s possible. This is the time and place for possibility. Excited doesn’t begin to describe how we feel. This is history.”
Leading Heavy-Duty EV Bus Manufacturer Provides Cost Effective, Comfortable Green Commercial Transit Solutions to Southern Californians
Proterra EcoRide bus to serve one of Foothill Transit’s busiest and most challenging routes
Helps California transit agencies meet mandated 15 percent zero emission bus target
Introduces enhanced experience for bus riders with reduced air and noise pollution
Golden, Colo. – August 31, 2010 – Proterra Inc, a leading maker of zero-emission commercial transit solutions, today announced the first major deployment of its EcoRide BE35™ zero-emission, fast-charge battery-electric transit buses by Foothill Transit, a premier public transport provider that operates bus services in the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys, located in the eastern portion of Los Angeles County. On Sep. 3, Foothill Transit will launch the Proterra EcoRide BE35™ buses and related fast charging stations into its existing bus fleet and transit routes with the goal of establishing a full fleet of clean-fueled vehicles by 2011.
FULLERTON, CA (June 16, 2010) – Yokohama Tire Corporation’s ADVAN® ENV-R2™ orange oil-infused race tires have another mountain to conquer…literally. Already the official spec tire in the IMSA Patrón GT3 Challenge by Yokohama and the new ALMS GT3 Challenge (GTC) Class, the ENV-R2 is now poised to take on Pikes Peak in the new Electric Vehicle Class, June 27.
Once again, Yokohama tires will be on a Sanyo battery-powered electric buggy driving a new AC Propulsion engine in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Last year with Japanese driver Ikuo Hanawa behind the wheel, the Yokohama-sponsored EV buggy sported off-road Geolandar® tires and placed second in its class, just missing the EV world record by 13 seconds. Hanawa is back piloting the new EV Sports Concept HER-02 buggy, but this time it will have the ENV-R2 tires, which cut petroleum use in the manufacturing process by 20 percent by utilizing sustainable resources such as orange oil and natural rubber.
“Yokohama is the only tire company to have perfected this science,” said Mark Chung, Yokohama director, corporate strategy and planning. “The ENV-R2, the world’s only environmentally-friendly race tire, is campaigned on Porsche 911 GT3 cars in two sports cars series, including an endurance race.”
Chung said “the Pikes Peak race is a different beast, but we feel the ENV-R2 will handle the hill quite well. And the fact that the orange oil tires are on an electric race vehicle is perfect for Yokohama. It certainly fits our longstanding commitment to innovation, technology and the environment.” green living, Electric vehicles, electric transport, reduce oil, Conservation, green living news, Eco Friendly, Eco Friendly Products, green cars, build your own electric vehicle, green business