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From: Eric10/6/2017 8:02:07 AM
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More Launch Details About Zunum Aero Electric Hybrid Planes

October 5th, 2017 by Nicolas Zart

We’ve covered the Zunum Aero previously, as well as the state of the electric flight industry here. One of the pioneers in modern electric aviation is releasing more details on the launch of its Aero aircraft today. The hybrid-to-electric aircraft is the first of an ambitious line of electric and hybrid regional platforms that promise to seat up to 12 passengers for short hops. Zunum just announced that they will be available for delivery by 2022.

Zunum Aero Electric Hybrid Regional Planes

Zunum aircraft aims to tap into a not so well represented market, that of regional flights with a range of up to 1,000 miles. This is good news since we are now more than ever shuttled back and forth through impersonal enormous airport hubs that bring us away from our final destination and force us through the dreadful connection rigmarole. The only options available today are chartered local flights, or learn how to fly and then rent one. However, regional flights from mainstream carriers are very limited, expensive to operate with the cost handed down to travelers and simply not that practical. This stalemate will eventually disappear with the renewal of smaller airports hops as it was more common a few decades ago.

Aiming squarely at the $1 trillion stock of aircraft serving regional routes, Zunum wants to slash operating costs and bring them more in line with those of regular commercial airliners. What Zunum also brings to the plate is that its Aero platform will be much quieter with the hybrid system. They are designed to compete with mid-sized aircraft, but with quietness, a greener footprint, and faster door-to-door service to secondary airports. This also means less noise, which is something regional airports will rejoice over.

The Zunum Aero Electric Hybrid Regional Planes Announcement

Zunum announced that the Aero will cost 8 cents per seat mile or $250 per hour for the aircraft. It will have a maximum cruising speed of 340 MPH with a take-off distance of 2,200 feet and a range of 700 miles. All of this will come with 80% lower emissions and noise.

Zunum Aero 12-Passenger Aircraft

According to Logan Jones, Managing Director at Boeing HorizonX, and a Zunum investor: “Zunum is reinvigorating the regional market with a solution that’s both innovative and realistic… We see them as a leader in electric aviation, building on proven technologies, with a mature technical and commercial team.”

Zunum shared more information on its hybrid-electric series powertrain as well. The battery system will allow for a seamless transition from hybrid to electric power. The electric propulsors will have variable pitch fans and will allow for a 40% reduction noise on the runway. Zunum estimates that this will translate to a 75% noise drop for local communities.

So where are the batteries? They will rest inside the wings and will be fully integrated but will enable a quick swap or recharge at airports, and this is perhaps the key advantage the Zunum Aero provides. With fresh packs in its hubs and quick recharging DC stations in secondary airports, the Aero would be favored over traditional jet engines.

Zunum goes even further by implementing a control system that will optimize power management, fault detection, and recovery in real-time flight conditions.

JetBlue Onboard the Zunum Aero

A company that stands to win the most from opening secondary airport routes is JetBlue. JetBlue and Boeing have backed Zunum since April of this year, according to fellow writer Steve’s article, Hybrid Electric Airplane Startup Zunum Aero Collects Investments From JetBlue & Boeing. And according to Bonny Simi, President of JetBlue Technology Ventures, another Zunum investor, “We believe that the regional transportation industry is ripe for disruption and we’re excited to support Zunum and its efforts to help introduce a new era of aviation.”

The economics that the Zunum aircrafts bring mean more work for 5,000 under-utilized secondary airports, as well as lightening up the load for other mid-range aircraft that would be better used on other routes. Zunum expects its Aero aircraft could deliver significantly lower door-to-door times, costs, and emissions below than what is commercially available today.

The Serious Need To Redesign Routes and Approaches

If you’ve ever watched the trajectory of any given flight, either long range or short hops, you will find they never fly a direct route. Taking off from and landing at airports means circling around the landing sites. International routes correct their navigation courses more than once during their flight. All of this adds time and fuel, thus raising prices on the overall effectiveness of traveling. Trains have answered this prickly problem by rolling directly into the heart of most cities. It is also noteworthy to see that the FAA is currently looking into ways of having aircraft radar systems better detect traffic and give them direct routes. This would make the Aero a perfect contender for secondary more direct routes, especially with cities that have more stringent noise ordinances. Zunum believes a Boston to Washington, DC flight would take 2 hours and 30 minutes door-to-door, compared to 4 hours and 50 minutes today.

Let The Zunum Aero Testing Begin

Zunum Aero plans to do test flights by 2019 and will open a second development center near Chicago for ground tests. It is surrounding itself with senior technologists from various fields, including power electronics, electric motors, propulsors and more from folks having worked on the Boeing 787, the Lockheed Martin F35, and the Rolls Royce Ultrafan.

According to founder and Aero Chief Engineer Matt Knapp: “This aircraft is going to transform how we live and work… We’ve pushed ourselves to challenge conventional wisdom and the limits of engineering to deliver an aircraft of which we are extremely proud — one that offers efficiency and performance without compromise.”


So what’s in a company name? Zunum is derived from the Mayan “tzunuum,” which means hummingbird, according to Steve’s article. How a propos! We’re excited to see the Zunum Aero continuing to gather momentum and can only imagine the comments on those V tails.

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From: Eric10/6/2017 8:25:45 AM
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US Senate Panel Gives Green Light To Self-Driving Car Fast-Track Bill

October 5th, 2017 by James Ayre

The commercial deployment of self-driving car tech in the US now appears to be on the fast track, following the unanimous approval of a bill aimed at just that outcome by a US Senate panel.

It should be noted here, though, that the bill — which would block states from imposing regulatory roadblocks against fully autonomous cars — still has to make it through a Senate vote. Though, this appears to now be more or less a given according some of those involved.

This news follows extensive lobbying efforts funded by GM, Alphabet/Google/Waymo, and Ford, amongst others — all of which seem to view self-driving vehicles as a means of capturing the business of the millennial generation, which in aggregate purchases far fewer vehicles than earlier generations.

“The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved the bill, and the US House of Representatives unanimously passed a similar measure last month. Automakers would be able to win exemptions from safety rules that require human controls. States could set rules on registration, licensing, liability, insurance, and safety inspections, but not performance standards,” Reuters notes.

“Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, sought to amend the bill to require human controls in case of emergency, but dropped that proposal. Some senators argued it would be more dangerous to allow human drivers to seek to take over driverless cars.

“After lengthy negotiations, congressional aides added language to the bill aimed at preserving legal rights to sue over defective vehicles. This resolved a dispute that threatened to derail the bill.

“Within three years, the bill would allow automakers to each sell up to 80,000 self-driving vehicles annually if they could demonstrate they are as safe as current vehicles. Auto safety advocates complained it lacked sufficient safeguards. The phase-in schedule was revised to initially allow 15,000 per manufacturer in the first year and up to 80,000 after 3 years, down from 50,000 to start and up to 100,000 in 3 years. It would eliminate the cap after 4 years.”

The bill gives the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the authority to exempt vehicles from federal safety requirements, and requires it to create permanent rules on self-driving cars within 10 years. The regulators involved are apparently expected to study the impact of self-driving cars on traffic congestion, infrastructure wear, and fuel consumption.

Notably, none of these points pertain to self-driving commercial trucks, which will have to seek approval separately — partly as a result of union opposition, it seems.

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From: Eric10/6/2017 3:39:28 PM
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Do not do this at home!

(and I'm a FAA Flight Instructor!)


Pilotless airplanes closer with Boeing acquisition

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From: Eric10/8/2017 7:27:41 AM
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Electric Vehicles Will Drive A $5 Trillion Transition

October 7th, 2017 by Guest Contributor

Originally published on OilPrice.

By Peter Tertzakian

Change in the world of wheels is accelerating! Momentum is building and some days it’s hard to keep up.

Every week, the assumptions about the future of transportation, and the energy systems that turn our wheels, are becoming more Jetson-esque.

The excitement is palpable and as a technology junkie I love it. Auto shows are rolling out new electric vehicle (EV) models; China says it’s planning on banning internal combustion engines (ICE); and Daimler is jockeying with Tesla in the budding electric truck segment. In the battery world, lithium prices have reached an all-time high on anticipated demand growth. In tow with all the EV news, there is a trailer full of autonomous vehicle talk that makes me think that 1950s Popular Science articles were real after all.

But it’s time to take our foot off the accelerator and make sense of it all.

For the next several columns I’ll be looking at what the pundits are saying, characterizing and examining all assumptions, and putting things into pragmatic context.

I know one thing for sure: this is a very complicated and contentious subject. There are no easy parallels. An electric car is not like a smartphone or a Netflix subscription. For one thing, neither had much competitive resistance.

Parrying against the sunny alt-transport news, there is a cloudy, competitive reality. Global oil demand is ratcheting up at near-record pace. A couple of weeks ago, the International Energy Agency put our oil-addicted world on track for a 1.6 MMB/d of growth this year over last (the 20-year average is 1.2 MMB/d per year).

For 2018, analysts are already starting to escalate their oil growth forecasts. The lesson shouldn’t be lost on any of us: Never underestimate the consumer’s ability to overindulge in cheap energy commodities.

“Death of the Combustion Engine” and the “End of Oil” headlines are increasing in frequency on the promise of better, cheaper EVs with greater selection. Yet the actual data trends for ICE car sales and oil consumption are like pistons firing in the other direction, revving harder and racing away from any speculative eulogies.

What to believe?

There is little debate in my mind that big changes are forthcoming to our energy systems and transportation paradigms. For context, let’s think about how big is big?

The Biggest Transition Ever Just the scale of what’s in play will challenge many assumptions and forecasts. As the baseball philosopher Yogi Berra once said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”

When it comes to oil and autos, big is a word that is not big enough. Transitioning not one, but two of the largest industries in the world simultaneously is unprecedented. Both have multi-trillion-dollar roots as tough as oak trees.

Our daily dose of oil momentarily touched 100 million-barrels-a-day in June. I estimate we’ll sustain past that incomprehensible century marker by the middle of 2018. That’s the equivalent rate of burning an ultra-large supertanker of oil every half hour.

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From a sales perspective, the top 10 integrated oil and gas companies recorded annual revenue in excess of $US 3.1 trillion per year in 2015. For comparison, the top 10 technology companies add up to $US 1.3 trillion in sales and they sell a lot more than just smartphones.

There are over 1.2 billion ICE-powered vehicles on the road today. If the average vehicle is modestly worth $US 20,000, that represents a potential fleet turnover of $US 20 trillion. Electrifying this fleet on a fast track won’t be limited by technology (it never is). Aggressive adoption scenarios will be a function of many other considerations; for example, who will compensate car owners for trillions of dollars of devalued capital stock?

And the capital stock of a billion-plus vehicles isn’t static. After scrapping 40 million clunkers every year, the overall vehicle fleet is still expanding at a rate of 50 million vehicles annually, 99 percent of which are still ICE-powered. Like oil, autos are big business too: Off the assembly lines, the top 10 conventional automakers generate $US 1.6 trillion in sales worldwide.

Oil and gas plus conventional vehicle sales adds up to more than $US 5 trillion per year of business. That’s a big tree to shake. The multi-trillion-dollar scale of what’s in play is unlike any other we’ve seen. So, even modest shifts in the way we turn our wheels will be hugely impactful.

Many unknowns are in play. Will the world be driving 1.5 or over 2.0 billion vehicles by 2040? How many kilometers will each person be traveling, on average? At what rate will people switch from ICE to EV? Will EVs be full or partial substitutes for each of the various wheeled transportation segments? What will the value of a used car be?

Change one small assumption in the decades to follow—for example, how long people hold onto cars before trading them in—and the forecasts are out by a couple hundred million electric vehicles, several million barrels of oil per day, and hundreds of millions of tons of carbon per year.

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From: Eric10/8/2017 7:35:05 AM
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Renault Promises 8 All-Electric Models & 12 Electrified Models

By 2022 October 7th, 2017 by James Ayre

As part of its newly unveiled “Drive The Future 2017–2022” plans, Groupe Renault is aiming to bring 8 all-electric vehicle models and 12 electrified vehicle models to market by 2022, according to a new press release.

Accompanying the plans regarding plug-in electric vehicles and hybrids, the company is reportedly aiming to double sales outside of Europe (bringing totals to more than 5 million). We presume this includes significant growth plans in the very large markets of China and India.

The plans also call for the release of 100% connected vehicle in some key markets, and 15 models featuring self-driving tech — one aim apparently being to introduce a robotaxi service by the end of the plan period.

In related news, Renault-Nissan Alliance partner Nissan recently unveiled a new version of the all-electric e-NV200 van with an improved range — that announcement should be followed before too long by the announcement of range increases for Renault’s corresponding all-electric vans. Furthermore, one would expect the range of Renault’s market-leading Zoe to keep increasing.

For more details on the news, below is Renault’s full press release.

Drive The Future 2017–2022: New strategic plan builds on record results, targets sustainable, profitable growth #DriveTheFuture

Please find here the link to the strategic plan conference

Groupe Renault Strategic Plan targets by the end of the plan:

Revenues over €70 billion1

Operating margin over 7%, representing a 50% increase in value, with a floor at 5% throughout the plan

Positive free cash flow each year

€4.2 billion Monozukuri savings over the plan

€18 billion invested in Research & Development

Over 5 million vehicles sold, doubling sales outside of Europe

EV Leadership: 8 pure electric vehicles, 12 electrified models

100% connected vehicles in key markets and 15 AD Renault vehicles

Paris, October 6, 2017 — Groupe Renault today announced Drive The Future, a new six-year plan to deliver annual revenues of over €70 billion1, achieve a group operating margin of over 7% by the end of the plan, with a floor at 5%, and positive free cash flow every year. Drive The Future is aligned with the Groupe Renault vision: sustainable mobility for all, today and tomorrow.

Under the Drive The Future plan, Groupe Renault forecasts that unit volumes will grow more than 40% to over 5 million units, compared with 3.47 million units2 sold in 2016, as the company expands its product range, including in LCV and new zero-emission electric vehicles and builds on success of its global access range. The plan will also leverage the R&D and global economies of scale from Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, the world’s largest automotive alliance, while maintaining financial discipline and cost efficiency.

Drive The Future will build on the strong foundation of Groupe Renault’s last plan Drive the Change, which resulted in record growth and operating profit, increased synergies gained through the Alliance with Nissan, empowered regions, expanded product mix and leadership in zero-emission vehicles in Europe.

Renault Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn said: “Groupe Renault is now a healthy, profitable, global company looking confidently ahead. Drive the Future is about delivering strong, sustainable growth benefiting from investments in key regions and products, leveraging Alliance resources and technologies, and increasing our cost competitiveness. Supported by the men and women of Renault, this new plan will unleash our full potential to innovate and grow in a rapidly-changing industry.”

Key elements of the plan include:

Worldwide profitable growth:

— 21 new vehicles including 3 add-ons
— Expanded Russia presence through Renault and investments in AVTOVAZ (Lada)
— Accelerating opportunities in China, new strategic joint ventures in EV and LCV
— Growing market opportunities in Brazil, India, Iran

Alliance scale and technologies to support the growth:

— €4.2 billion in Monozukuri savings over the plan
— Common platforms – 80% of Group Renault vehicles
— R&D Investment – €18 billion over six years, with a multiplier effect from the Alliance
— Connected – 100% vehicles connected in key markets
— Autonomous – 15 AD vehicles
— New mobility services – Ride-hailing, robo-taxi services by end of plan

As well as Groupe Renault key assets:

— Globalizing light commercial vehicle (LCV) range; becoming a top global player
— Expanding the group’s already successful Global Access range
— EV Leadership – 8 pure electric vehicles models, 12 electrified models
— RCI Bank and Services – supporting customer loyalty and expanding connected and mobility services

Drive the Future will also include investment in digitalization in all parts of the company, in new talent recruitment and skills development. The plan will enhance industrial competitiveness, reduce the company’s carbon footprint, and improve sustainability.

Drive The Future — the presentation will be available on October 6, 2017 on or visit for more information

1 with FX from banking consensus September 2017.
2 Including Avtovaz consolidated on December 31, 2016.

About Groupe Renault

Groupe Renault has been making cars since 1898. Today it is an international multi-brand group, selling close to 3.5 million vehicles in 127 countries in 2016, with 36 manufacturing sites, 12,700 points of sales and employing more than 120,000 people. To meet the major technological challenges of the future and continue its strategy of profitable growth, the Group is harnessing its international growth and the complementary fit of its five brands, Renault, Dacia and Renault Samsung Motors, Alpine and LADA, together with electric vehicles and the unique Alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi. With a new team in Formula 1 and a strong commitment to Formula E, Renault sees motorsport as a vector of innovation and brand awareness.

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From: Eric10/8/2017 7:52:08 AM
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7 Governors Unite To Bring Charging Infrastructure To Western U.S.

16 hours ago by Mark Kane


Governors of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming Sign MOU to Plan Regional Electric Vehicle Corridor for the West

Governors of seven US states (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to provide a framework for creating a regional electric vehicle plan for the West (“ REV West Plan”).

Chevrolet Bolt charging

The main goal is to support the expansion of electric vehicle charging infrastructure on the highways through following actions:
  1. Create best practices and procedures that will enhance EV adoption by promoting EV consumer acceptance and awareness by addressing “range anxiety”; coordinate on EV charging station locations to avoid redundancy and to ensure stations are sited at a frequency and locations so as to optimize utilization and to minimize inconsistencies between charging infrastructure in each state; and leverage economies of scale;

  2. Create voluntary minimum standards for EV charging stations, including standards for administration, interoperability, operations, and management;

  3. Identify and develop opportunities to incorporate EV charging station infrastructure into planning and development processes, such as building codes, metering policies, and renewable energy generation projects;

  4. Encourage EV manufacturers to stock and market a wide variety of EVs within the Signatory States; and

  5. Identify, respond to, and where possible collaborate on funding opportunities to support the development of the Regional Electric Vehicle West EV Corridor.
There is more than 5,000 miles of major highways across east-west Interstates 10, 40, 70, 76, 80, 84, 86, 90 and 94, and north-south Interstates 15 and 25 that would need to be covered with charging stations.

Interstates 25, 70 and 76 in Colorado;
Interstates 15, 84, 86, and 90 in Idaho;
Interstates 15, 90 and 94 in Montana;
Interstates 15 and 80 in Nevada;
Interstates 10, 25 and 40 in New Mexico;
Interstates 15, 70, 80 and 84 in Utah;
Interstates 25, 80 and 90 in Wyoming.
Interestingly, the combined number of plug-ins within those seven states really isn’t all that significant, just exceeding 20,000 vehicles, which is probably why the highway infrastructure is the main focus of the initiative – to support long distance travel.

Now, enjoy the 7 talking heads Governors talking about the program, with a short blurb from each!
“This framework is another example of the innovation and bipartisan collaboration happening around energy here in the West,” said Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. “Through this collaboration, we will drive economic growth and promote our outdoor recreation opportunities across our states. Our residents and the millions of visitors to our states will be able to drive electric vehicles from Denver to Las Vegas, from Santa Fe to Helena.”

“This is the latest example of states like Idaho being on the forefront of energy advancement,” said Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter. “In the West we pride ourselves on what we can accomplish by working together. This initiative will ensure that locals and visitors to Idaho and our neighboring states have the freedom to explore the West in the way they prefer.”

“This state-led effort shows how western states continue to work together to find innovative solutions and plan for a future where increasing numbers of people and families are traveling the West in electric vehicles,” said Governor Steve Bullock of Montana. “I am pleased to sign onto this bipartisan effort to take practical steps to realize the economic and environmental benefits of coordinated infrastructure planning that will benefit us now and well into the future.”

“It is important for Western states to work together and prepare as the use of electric vehicles grows,” said Wyoming Governor Matt Mead. “This initiative encourages infrastructure plans that allow people with electric vehicles to visit and recreate in Wyoming. Strategically spaced charging stations will allow these visitors to enjoy the same independence as traditional vehicles.”

“Utah is proud to take part in modernizing the ‘Crossroads of the West’ through working state-to-state to establish this strategic electric vehicle transportation network,” said Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert. “By knitting together the plans of seven key states through cooperative partnerships one to another, America’s travelers will soon be able to experience the wonders of the West while enjoying the innovations of our day and advancing environmental outcomes.”

“Our state’s portfolio encourages the use of all energy assets,” said New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez. “We’ve already begun to install electric vehicle charging stations at state-owned buildings, and we stand with other western states by making a bold commitment by supporting successful implementation of an EV charging station network along our main interstate corridors.”

source: Colorado

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From: Eric10/8/2017 7:58:15 AM
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US EV Sales Charted: Market Share Increases To 1.4% In September

2 days ago by Mark Kane


U.S. Plug-In Car Sales – September 2017

September 2017 was the second best month to date for plug-in electric vehicle sales in the United States (full report here), with roughly 21,325 deliveries being made. As one might expect, the month also brought one of the highest market shares for the segment at of 1.4%.

Put another way, about 1 in every 70 new vehicles sold in the US last month came with the plug.

The stellar performance last month also enabled the US to cross the milestone of 700,000 plug-in sales since the start of this generation of EVs.

More than 62% of September sales were all-electric cars, lead by the Tesla Model S, Tesla Model X and Chevrolet Bolt EV.

U.S. Plug-In Car Sales – September 2017

U.S. Plug-In Car Sales – September 2017

The top six models in September managed to reach four digit results:
  • Tesla Model S*4,860
  • Tesla Model X*3,120
  • Chevrolet Bolt EV – 2,632
  • Toyota Prius Prime – 1,899
  • Chevrolet Volt – 1,453
  • Nissan LEAF – 1,055
Editor’s note: all the individual sales for every plug-in model sold in September (and all-time) can be found on our Monthly Plug-In Sales Scorecard.

We should also note some of the relative newcomers that are assisting with the gains. First up, the Chevrolet Bolt EV, which has seen 7 consecutive months of gains, culminating with a new record of 2,632 deliveries last month:

Chevrolet Bolt EV sales in U.S. – September 2017

Toyota Prius Prime almost set new a record in September, and surely could go much higher if inventory would allow (perhaps by November it will); but most importantly, the Prime share inside the Prius family is now at its highest level – 20.5%.

Toyota Prius Prime sales in U.S. – September 2017

And here is Top 10 for the year after nine months:

U.S. Plug-In Car Sales – September 2017

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From: Eric10/8/2017 12:44:37 PM
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Cummins Readies Reveal Of A 560-kWh BEV And 210-kWh EREV Powertrain For Transit Buses

1 min ago by Mark Kane


Cummins AEOS – first fully electric heavy-duty truck and powertrain

[This story need to be presnted ahead of October 9 – because the info about date of the unveiling]

Cummins has announced the expansion of its powertrain lineup for transit, shuttle and commuter buses by offering battery electric vehicle (BEV) and range extended EV (REEV) solutions.

Cummins AEOS Electrified Power unveiled month ago

The company intends to presents both platforms at the upcoming APTA public transportation show that opens on October 9 in Atlanta.

The base setup for the BEVs and REEVs are 70 kWh battery enclosures – and up to eight can be combined in the all-electric bus format, good for a total of 560 kWh and 224 miles (360 km) of real world range. The REEV version is designed for up to three batteries pack units (210 kWh) and 84 miles (135 km) range.
“Enhanced energy storage for both the BEV and REEV systems is achieved using Cummins’ high-density battery enclosure, which are compact and modular allowing for both on-roof and chassis integration. Cummins’ unique design fits into existing bus designs.

Cummins’ proprietary control technology enables the zero-emissions bus range to be extended by optimally managing subsystems, allowing the charge of the battery to be extended. Operational flexibility is also improved with fast recharge capability using a plug-in connection, as well as options for en-route charging when a pantograph or charge plate infrastructure is available.”

“The standard-size Cummins battery enclosure provides a 70-kWh storage capability with up to 8 enclosure units (560 kWh) suited for installation within the BEV bus. This enables a zero-emissions range of up to 224 miles on a single charge, with an energy consumption of 25 miles per gallon diesel, which provides significant cost reductions.”
Both the BEV and REEV powertrains will offer the same electric motor – with a peak output of 350 kW (225 kW continuous) and 3,400 Nm (1,850 Nm continuous).

The REEV version will of course also need a compact engine-generator, in this case rated at 150-kW (201-hp) via a 4.5-liter engine (downsized by about 50 percent in terms of displacement).
“Cummins REEV system has a battery pack of three enclosures (210 kWh) which can provide a zero-emissions range of up to 84 miles — a significant advantage over current hybrid bus capability. When the battery pack depletes to a low state-of-charge, the REEV system brings online a 150-kW (201-hp) engine-generator to recharge the batteries and continue operations with ultra-low emissions capability.

Compared to the standard diesel-powered bus, the REEV 4.5-liter engine is downsized by about 50 percent in terms of displacement and can achieve up to 10 miles per gallon, significantly lowering the carbon footprint. A power assist function is available from the battery pack whenever the system needs additional energy.

The REEV system’s ability to switch between shorter-range battery-only mode and extended-range generator mode allows transit authorities to geofence specific downtown areas by utilizing Cummins over-the-air connected technology. The REEV system also enables buses to travel significant distances beyond the city charging infrastructure.”

“Energy Efficiency

The BEV and REEV systems incorporate the same traction motor and power electronics to deliver a continuous torque output of 1850 N•m (1365 pound-foot), eliminating the need for gear shifting and dramatically reducing powertrain noise. When the vehicle requires additional tractive power during rapid acceleration or while climbing gradients, the system can deliver an instant peak torque boost of up to 3400 N•m (2508 pound-foot) for a short period.

Both systems provide a continuous electrical output of 225 kW (302 horspower), increasing to a peak output of 350 kW (469 horsepower) when it senses the need for a power boost. The high-voltage system operates at a nominal 660V when battery state-of-charge is around 50 percent.

Battery energy storage levels are boosted on-route by accepting “free” energy recovered through regenerative braking. On a frequent stop/start bus duty cycle, this could contribute the equivalent of 20 percent to the total state-of-charge.

Electrical energy is also exportable from the Cummins system to all electric-powered accessories featured on the bus, such as e-power steering, e-HVAC, e-air compressors and e-cooling fans, adding up to a typical 25-kW (33-horsepower) load at any one time. The electrical supply from the Cummins system can be both low-voltage DC and high-voltage AC, helping to simplify the installation and lower the cost of the e-accessories package.

The same electronic control module used on the popular L9, L9N and B6.7 bus engines is adapted for use as the BEV and REEV system controller, offering familiar diagnostics and the connectivity that bus operators experience today.”
Julie Furber, Executive Director, Electrification Business, Cummins Inc. said:
“The introduction of our new BEV and REEV systems will complement Cummins’ clean-diesel, near-zero natural gas and diesel-hybrid products to offer the broadest, most energy-diverse power portfolio in the bus industry. We are able to meet the needs of every transit route, every duty cycle and every emissions standard in the most cost-effective manner,”
Brian Wilson, Cummins General Manager — Global Bus Business said:
“A key focus in the design of both our BEV and REEV systems ensures the electrified architecture is modular and adaptable to enable an easier technology transition for bus manufacturers. This allows transit authorities to continue using the same preferred bus models and retain fleet commonality.”

“The new systems will be expertly serviced and supported by Cummins’ distribution network the same way we currently provide 24/7 support for our diesel-, hybrid- and natural-gas-powered fleets. This is an important factor for transit authorities, because as they adopt new technologies they can count on Cummins to help with a transition to BEV and REEV technology,”

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From: Eric10/8/2017 1:51:10 PM
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The Electric Car Transition Likely To Parallel Model T

1 min ago by EVANNEX


Tesla Model 3


How long will it take for electric vehicles to replace fossil-burners? Observing the current auto market, one might conclude that it will take quite a long time. Of over a billion vehicles on our planet’s roads today, only two million are electric, and half of those are in China. Many consumers are not even aware that an EV is a viable option.

However, an analysis of past technological shifts indicates that, once a certain threshold is reached, the transition could take place at surprising speed. Back in the 1980s, when cell phones were massive and expensive, industry observers were predicting that, by 2000, sales might be about 900,000 units a year. In fact, sales that year were over 109 million. Seventeen years later, almost all the phones being sold are smartphones, with capabilities that would have seemed like the stuff of science fiction only a couple of decades earlier.

Kodak was one the world’s largest companies when it invented the digital camera in 1975. But, whether due to short-sightedness or the inescapable destiny of the Innovator’s Dilemma, it failed to capitalize on its new technology, and in 2012 it went belly-up.

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Charles Morris.

Fighting the transition to digital photography led to the demise of Kodak (Source: Faisal Butt)

When it comes to electric cars, experts have been saying for years that they would quickly begin to replace legacy vehicles once you could buy one with 200 miles of range for a price in the $30,000 range. Tesla has just reached that milestone with the new Model 3. Will 2017 be remembered as the auto industry’s “Kodak moment?”

Of course, cars are neither phones nor cameras. In a new paper, researchers from the International Monetary Fund and Georgetown University (via National Geographic) explore what might be a more apt comparison: the transition from horses and buggies to automobiles, which happened in the early 1900s. The writers of “ Riding the Energy Transition” predict that over 90 percent of passenger vehicles in the US, Europe and the rest of the rich world could be electric by 2040.

Growth forecast projected for electric vehicles (Source: National Geographic)

“We were surprised at how fast cars replaced horses as the main means of transport in the early 1900s,” says IMF economist Fuad Hasanov. “It happened in only 10 to 15 years in spite of the many hurdles.” In retrospect, those hurdles appear much higher than the barriers to adopting electric vehicles are today.

In 1910 there were few paved roads, and gasoline was hard to find – today’s vast infrastructure of refineries and gas stations didn’t exist. The price of a Model T was the equivalent of about $137,000 – almost double the price tag of a Tesla Model S.

A decade later, the picture looked quite different: the price of a Model T had dropped to the equivalent of $35,000, and governments and the oil industry were investing huge sums in roads and other infrastructure. In 1921, the Model T was selling a million units a year. By 1925 annual sales were approaching two million.The authors of the new paper point out that making the switch to an electric car is much simpler than swapping the bag of oats for the fuel pump was a century ago. Furthermore, there are several technological and geopolitical trends that are combining to turbocharge the gathering electromobility revolution.

Tesla Vehicles Supercharging

One is the rise of China, which is struggling to deal with choking air pollution and has global ambitions for its auto industry. Another is the advent of vehicle autonomy, which some believe will make transportation so cheap that few will want to own their own vehicles anymore.

In a much-discussed study, “ Rethinking Transportation,” Stanford economist Tony Seba and colleagues predict that 95 percent of all passenger miles will be traveled in autonomous electric vehicles by 2030. The shift will have little to do with climate change or government regulations – it will be a simple matter of cost and convenience.

Tony Seba: Clean Disruption - Energy & Transportation

Above: Tony Seba discusses disruption in the energy and transportation sectors (Youtube: Colorado Renewable Energy Society)

Stopping at a gas station to fuel a Model T was easier than feeding and stabling a horse, and the horseless carriage could go faster and farther. And no, people didn’t wait for their existing horses to die before replacing them with cars. Once the cost of a motorcar dropped to an affordable level, all those poor horsies were quickly shipped off to the proverbial glue factories (or, as we prefer to think, to a pleasant retirement in a pasture somewhere).

Although most consumers don’t realize it yet, plugging in at home is better than stopping to pump stinky gas and sending your money up in oily smoke. And if the predictions about autonomous vehicles come true (Mr. Seba is far from the only one making them), the millions of Camrys, Corollas, and Civics could disappear as quickly as all those mares and geldings did a century ago.

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From: Eric10/8/2017 9:34:48 PM
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Norway Nears 50% EV Market Share In September, As Tesla Nets 2,000 Deliveries

12 hours ago by Mark Kane


New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – September 2017

Plug-in electric car sales in Norway reached an all-time high in September of 2017, with record 6,524 new registrations (up 43.3%) at a record 48.4% market share!

Tesla Model S and Model X at the factory in Fremont, California

It’s amazing to see nearly half of the Norwegian market opt for plug-ins:
  • BEVs 3,850 (up 46.6%%, good for a 28.6% market share) + 1,053 used + 90 vans (74 new and 16 used) + 6 FCV
  • PHEVs 2,674 (up 39.1%, good for 19.8% market share)
The big surprise however is that the new record was mostly influenced by deliveries of more than 2,000 Tesla cars!
  • 1,007 Model S
  • 996 Model X
September’s result was Tesla’s best to date:

New Tesla Model S and Model X registrations in Norway – September 2017

Here is how we got to a 48.4% market share:

New Tesla Model S and Model X registrations in Norway – September 2017

And here is how dead diesel is looking these days (18% in September), while the average CO2 emissions in the country hit a record low 71 g/km.

New plug-in passenger car registrations in Norway – September 2017

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