Charged EVs | Proterra sells 10 electric buses to San José airport

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Proterra’s E2 series 35-foot electric buses feature a 440 kWh battery pack with an estimated range of 251 miles. Proterra was bidding against BYD for the airport contract, and won the sale with a price of $759,824 per bus.

Proterra will design and build the buses at its Los Angeles County manufacturing facility. They are scheduled to go into service in late 2018.

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Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens are Working to Build an Electric Airplane

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The E-Fan X is an important next step in our goal of making electric flight a reality in the foreseeable future,” said Eremenko. “The lessons we learned from a long history of electric flight demonstrators, starting with the Cri-Cri, including the e-Genius, E-Star, and culminating most recently with the E-Fan 1.2, as well as the fruits of the E-Aircraft Systems House collaboration with Siemens, will pave the way to a hybrid single-aisle commercial aircraft that is safe, efficient, and cost-effective. We see hybrid-electric propulsion as a compelling technology for the future of aviation.”

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Charged EVs | Fisker files patents on solid-state battery tech

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Fisker reports that its solid-state technology enables the construction of bulk three-dimensional solid-state electrodes with 25 times more surface area than flat thin-film solid-state electrodes and extremely high electronic and ionic conductivities. Fisker claims its battery delivers 2.5 times the energy density of current batteries.

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Charged EVs | Thomas, Blue Bird and IC Bus introduce electric school buses

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Three major school bus manufacturers – Thomas, Blue Bird and IC Bus – introduced battery-electric buses at the recent National Association for Pupil Transportation trade show in Columbus, Ohio.

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Apple might have leased out a testing track for self-driving cars

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The company is leasing an Arizona proving ground to experiment with its nascent autonomous platform, according to a Jalopnik report citing a source familiar with the project. The facility in Surprise, Arizona was previously owned by Fiat Chrysler, which took advantage of the area’s brutal climate to conduct tests on how heat affected its vehicles.

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Keller Rinaudo: How we’re using drones to deliver blood and save lives | TED Talk | TED.com

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Keller Rinaudo wants everyone on earth to have access to basic health care, no matter how hard it is to reach them. With his start-up Zipline, he has created the world’s first drone delivery system to operate at national scale, transporting blood and plasma to remote clinics in East Africa with a fleet of electric autonomous aircraft.

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EvoBus signs up first customer for fully electric Mercedes-Benz Citaro bus

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The move to electric drivetrains isn’t limited to cars, with bigger vehicles like trucks and buses also ditching internal combustion engines in favor of cleaner alternatives. Continuing along this route is Daimler subsidiary EcoBus GmbH, which has signed a memorandum of understanding with public transport operator Rhein-Neckar-Verkehr GmbH for the supply of the first fully electric Mercedes-Benz Citaro city buses towards the end of 2018.

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Ford expands police range with Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan

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Following on from the pursuit-rated police hybrid sedan and F-150 Police Responder it released earlier this year, Ford has unveiled a Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan aimed at those in government or law enforcement whose job description doesn’t involve chasing criminals and performing PIT maneuvers.

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Human pilot holds off NASA’s autonomous racing drones

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Loo averaged 11.1 seconds per lap, while the AI drones averaged 13.9 seconds. But it wasn’t simply a question of speed. The JPL team points out that its drones flew more consistently overall and weren’t troubled by fatigue, unlike Loo.

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Charged EVs | Chinese ridesharing colossus Didi Chuxing to build charging network

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Didi Chuxing may not be familiar to most Americans, but the gargantuan Chinese mobility provider claims to be the world’s largest online transportation platform. It has over 450 million users and 21 million drivers in 400 cities across China. Now the company has announced plans to build its own EV charging network.

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Fisker Car Battery Charges in One Minute | InsideHook

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The electric car company Fisker, makers of the upcoming EMotion EV and the first car company to put a curved solar roof on a vehicle, just patented a new type of car battery with a 500-mile range that can be charged in one minute.

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SureFly is a Next-Gen Personal Octocopter – WeTalkUAV.Com

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Surefly has a top speed of 70 mph, and its max takeoff weight is estimated to be 1,500 pounds. It has a gasoline piston engine that drives dual generators to provide power to the motors. Surefly can get up to one hour of flight time per tank of gasoline. It can go as high as 4,000 feet, and it comes with full computer and electrical redundancy systems. The emergency battery power system lasts for five minutes, but passengers can always resort to using the ballistic parachute system in extreme cases.

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Solar supercapacitor creates electricity and hydrogen fuel on the cheap

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Hydrogen-powered vehicles are slowly hitting the streets, but although it’s a clean and plentiful fuel source, a lack of infrastructure for mass producing, distributing and storing hydrogen is still a major roadblock. But new work out of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) could help lower the barrier to entry for consumers, with a device that uses sunlight to produce both hydrogen and electricity.

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Charged EVs | BYD delivers electric side-loader refuse truck to Palo Alto

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Palo Alto may be the most EV-friendly city in the US – even its garbage trucks are going electric. BYD has delivered an electric automated side-loader refuse truck to GreenWaste, the city’s waste hauling service.

The BYD electric refuse truck has 76 miles of range and can fully charge in two to three hours. The batteries are used not only for propulsion, but also to power the hydraulic system.

The truck will operate on a variety of service routes in the community, including streets with steep inclines. The city projects fuel and maintenance cost savings of more than $16,000 annually. GreenWaste will monitor and collect data to determine the feasibility of replacing its entire diesel truck fleet with electric refuse trucks.

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