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The July 2011 Issue of Tailpipe Endgame Project at UC San Diego includes updates on
• The California Energy Commission’s 2012 Investment Plan for the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program Committee Draft Report in support of AB118 recently recommended, “Encourage workplace and fleet charging, the Energy Commission will consider grants to support charging infrastructure (with emphasis on battery storage and renewable charging) and outreach to business and fleet owners.”
o CleanTech San Diego, CONNECT, GE, San Diego Regional Economic Development Council and UCSD submitted for the record support for this recommendation.
• A proposal from a consortium of Maui’s rental car companies, hotels, utility, local and state government and universities was submitted to DOE that included the Tailpipe Endgame strategy.
• The concept of using “grid connected” Photovoltaics to charge EVs in a carport configuration was very prevalent in the news during the past two months with separate press releases by GE, Nissan and Hitachi.
o GE commissioned in Plainville CT (pictured above) a 100 kW PV carport to fully charge up to 13 electric vehicles per day via six Level 2 GE EV Charging Stations and to power the overhead lighting in the parking lot.
o Nissan North America began installation of 30 solar assisted charging stations at the Smyrna Plan in Franklin, TN with a scheduled operation in July 2011.
o Ford Motor Company announced a 500 kW PV facility that would have a 750 kW/2 MWH battery storage bank for factory loads and 10 EV charging stations.
o Hitachi announced plans for various types of rapid chargers will be installed on Maui HI by 2014, including flexible power supply type, Photovoltaic DC to DC Power supply type and DC power supply type with battery power at EV charging stations, and demonstrate their effectiveness at controlling EV chargers so they do not overload distribution facilities.
• Bids were submitted on July 1 to the CA South Coast Air Quality Management District for $30M of financial incentives for five megawatts of in-basin renewable distributed electricity generation and storage to support electric technology applications such as plug-in hybrid vehicles in response to a Request For Proposals.
• European Union published its Renewable Energy Directive for Transportation in 2009 establishing that 10% of final consumption of energy in all forms of transport are to be renewable in 2020.
• A Ricardo Study released in June highlighted the increasing importance of accounting for whole life carbon emissions to compare the GHG of low carbon vehicles. This document will be debated for sometime into the future, particularly on the CO2 footprint of the manufacturing of BEVs.
• The Tailpipe Endgame was recently featured in PluginCars.