Building & Transportation Electrification

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    High electricity rates impede crucial but costly technology investments to manage rising DER levels: utilities

    Utilities want distribution system technologies for more DER visibility and control. But advocates want a new national stakeholder dialogue about the timing of spending for DER integration.

    By Nov. 29, 2022
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    Want to electrify your bus fleet? A new FTA-funded research center can help.

    Battery and hydrogen fuel-cell electric buses are “fundamentally different technologies” cities and transit agencies will have to learn, said a researcher from The Ohio State University's Center for Automotive Research.

    By Dan Zukowski • Nov. 23, 2022
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    Electric transit bus orders boom after Federal Transit Administration funds 1,100 buses

    Cities, states and transit agencies need to plan ahead to transition their fleets to electric buses as manufacturers struggle to keep up with orders.

    By Dan Zukowski • Nov. 22, 2022
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    California moves to accelerate fossil-free energy and vehicles to further cut climate gases and other pollution

    An updated greenhouse gas reduction plan from the state’s Air Resources Board incorporates new clean energy laws and directives and includes the potential use of carbon capture to curb emissions at fossil-fueled power plants.

    By Elizabeth McCarthy • Nov. 21, 2022
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    Second-life EV batteries can bolster the energy storage market — if major challenges can be overcome

    With 80% of a battery’s capacity left at the end of its useful life in a vehicle and current constraints on supply chains for new batteries, repurposing electric vehicle batteries seems like a no-brainer. 

    By Emily Goldfield • Nov. 21, 2022
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    Building out nationwide EV charging is taking longer than consumers think, Fuels Institute says

    Permit approvals, government funding and knowing where to deploy charging stations are some of the many hurdles EV stakeholders face.

    By Brett Dworski • Nov. 21, 2022
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    Pilot and Volvo to launch charging network for heavy-duty electric trucks

    The companies will select the Pilot locations to house the chargers based on driver needs, the number of electric trucks, public funding and more.

    By Brett Dworski • Nov. 18, 2022
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    US EV adoption likely to get 20% boost by 2030 from Inflation Reduction Act: BloombergNEF report

    A BloombergNEF report released at COP27 outlines trends for electric vehicles. Meanwhile, at the global climate summit, a coalition of 200 government and private sector entities committed to accelerating EV adoption. 

    By Dan Zukowski • Nov. 17, 2022
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    SDG&E partners with General Motors to study electric vehicle bidirectional charging potential

    The collaboration will focus on three bidirectional capabilities: the ability for vehicles to support home energy needs, send energy back to the grid or participate in a virtual power plant.

    By Nov. 16, 2022
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    US can reach 100% clean power by 2035, DOE finds, but tough reliability and land use questions lie ahead

    New aggressive planning is needed to identify the long-duration storage technologies and find the land to grow enough resources to reach the Biden administration’s net zero emissions goals, a DOE national lab reports.

    By Nov. 15, 2022
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    Electric vehicle sales rise as registrations jump 57% through September

    Consumers are shifting away from hybrid vehicles to plug-in EVs as manufacturers offer more models. 

    By Dan Zukowski • Nov. 14, 2022
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    Georgia to get $850M EV battery parts plant

    Chemical manufacturer Solvay Specialty Polymers plans to build a plant in Augusta to manufacture binders and separator coatings for lithium-ion batteries.

    By Megan Ruggles • Nov. 10, 2022
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    Californians reject tax on millionaires intended to raise up to $4B a year for vehicle electrification

    Gov. Gavin Newsom, D, criticized the ballot measure as an attempt by Lyft to get its drivers’ EVs subsidized.

    By Elizabeth McCarthy • Nov. 9, 2022
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    Porn and Putin-focused hacks of charging stations drive new cybersecurity steps for an EV boom

    A broad utility-to-charger attack surface will require smarter protection strategies and tools for cyber threats as transportation electrification and vehicle-to-grid integration expand, analysts said.

    By Nov. 8, 2022
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    Amazon rolls out Rivian EVs in new cities for holiday deliveries

    The company has more than 1,000 electric fleet vehicles making U.S. deliveries and plans to have thousands on the road by the end of this year.  

    By Max Garland • Nov. 8, 2022
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    New York’s building decarbonization goals may be unachievable without a new technology boost

    Building developers and government mandates should consider newly developed solar PV windows to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings, the author writes.

    By Arnold R. Wallenstein • Nov. 4, 2022
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    PG&E launches vehicle-to-grid export rate for commercial electric fleets to help meet peak demand

    The new three-year pilot will cost ratepayers up to $1.52 million.

    By Elizabeth McCarthy • Nov. 2, 2022
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    Tesla revamps EV production schedule to ease logistics strains in its delivery network, Elon Musk says

    The EV maker is transitioning to a more evenly spread schedule throughout the quarter to avoid logistics capacity strains.

    By Kate Magill • Nov. 2, 2022
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    How the US plans to transform its lithium supply chain

    With just 3.6% of global reserves, U.S. access to the critical mineral is vital to the country’s sustainable energy plans.

    By Deborah Abrams Kaplan • Nov. 1, 2022
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    California moves toward mandating zero-emission heavy-duty vehicles

    To fight air pollution, the California Air Resources Board discussed a proposal to begin requiring government and commercial fleets to purchase cleaner vehicles. A plan could be in place by next year.

    By Dan Zukowski • Oct. 31, 2022
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    Electric utilities aren’t doing enough to address inequities in today’s power system, advocates say

    How are companies, regulators, NGOs and others ensuring that the energy transition is equitable?

    By Robert Walton • Oct. 28, 2022
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    BP and Hertz to build EV fast charging stations across the US

    Ride-hailing drivers, Hertz car renters and the public will be able to charge up at hundreds of locations in the U.S.

    By Dan Zukowski • Oct. 27, 2022
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    For equitable building electrification, philanthropy-backed fund puts communities in the driver’s seat

    Who designs the energy transition? As cities work to reduce building emissions and spur clean alternatives, the creators of the Equitable Building Electrification Fund believe that decision-making power needs to shift.

    By Maria Rachal • Oct. 27, 2022
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    BMW invests $1.7B to expand EV output in the US

    The automaker will expand a South Carolina plant and partner with a battery supplier to build a nearby facility.

    By Megan Ruggles • Oct. 27, 2022
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    EV charging station rollout hampered by outdated state, city regulations: report

    An electric vehicle charging station is not a petroleum storage tank system, but some governments regulate it as such. That will have to change to speed up the electric vehicle transition, a new research report says. 

    By Dan Zukowski • Oct. 26, 2022