Cenex involved in large-scale UK trial of biomethane-fueled heavy-duty trucks

Cenex—the UK’s first Center of Excellence for low carbon technologies—announced its involvement in the UK’s largest trial of biomethane-fueled trucks. Led by Air Liquide and funded in part by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) in partnership with Innovate UK via the recently launched Low Emission Freight and Logistics... Details →


The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) and the partnering integrator company Brandmotion have selected Savari Inc. to equip the majority of vehicles with its V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) connected car technology for the USDOT connected vehicle roll-out in Tampa. Tampa becomes the first city to feature Savari’s innovative and life-saving connected car... Details →


Nissan, Savari, UC Berkeley and City of Sunnyvale collaborate on real-world V2X testbed with DSRC

Nissan Motor Company, Savari, UC Berkeley Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH), and the City of Sunnyvale have collaborated on a real-world V2X (Vehicle-to-Everything) testbed spanning 4.63 square miles with three public intersections in Sunnyvale, California. The City of Sunnyvale pilot is examining the role of V2X communications and its... Details →


Daimler has concluded customer field trials with eight pre-production Fuso Canter E-Cell electric trucks (earlier post) in Portugal. In addition to delivering a 64% savings in operating costs compared to conventional diesel trucks, the Canter E-Cells also reduced CO2 emissions by 37% compared to diesel, taking into account the current... Details →


Daimler reports that the two-year eMERGE real-world trial of 146 smart fortwo electric drive vehicles has been completed. Those taking part in the project were private and business customers in Berlin, Potsdam and North Rhine-Westphalia. The lowest average energy consumption per vehicle over one year was 10.4 kWh/100 km, while... Details →


U Michigan opens Mcity test environment for connected and automated vehicle technologies

The University of Michigan has opened Mcity, the first large controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies that will lead the way to mass-market driverless cars. Mcity was designed and developed by U-M’s interdisciplinary Mobility Transformation Center (MTC), in partnership with the Michigan... Details →


Toyota i-ROAD and COMS for use in "Cité lib by Ha:mo" EV sharing trial in Grenoble, France. Click to enlarge. The City of Grenoble, France, its metropolitan area Grenoble-Alpes Metropole, EDF and its affiliate Sodetrel, Toyota Motor Corporation and Cité lib officially launched the new “Cité lib by Ha:mo” electric... Details →


Test bus for the Diesel R33 project. Click to enlarge. Neste Oil is part of a fleet demonstration program of a new blend of diesel fuel in Coburg, Germany. The aim of the program is to introduce to the market a fuel with a significantly higher proportion of renewable content... Details →


Toyota wraps up 3-year Strasbourg Prius PHV demo project; average 46% reduction in fuel consumption compared to gasoline ICE vehicles

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has completed its three-year plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHV) demonstration project jointly carried out with Électricité de France (EDF) and the City and the Urban Community of Strasbourg in France. The partners revealed the final conclusions collected from this large-scale demonstration, in which approximately 70 units of... Details →


Safety Pilot will include several transportation modes including, cars, trucks and transit vehicles as well as traffic signals. Source: DOT. Click to enlarge. Parsons Brinckerhoff has been selected to design and supervise deployment of technology infrastructure for a US Department of Transportation (US DOT) pilot program to study the potential... Details →


BMW Group releases results of UK-supported EV trial

The BMW Group released the data from the MINI E field trial in the UK. (Earlier post.) With 62 members of the public and 76 pool users running the battery-powered hatchbacks over two six-month periods, the Government-supported trial is the most in-depth of its kind in the UK to publish... Details →


GM and OnStar launching real-world smart grid pilot with ATOMS-based services

General Motors and OnStar are launching a real-world pilot of smart grid applications for electric vehicles. Starting this quarter, hundreds of employees of regional utilities will drive leased Chevrolet Volts as their everyday vehicles and participate in the pilot. Through the OnStar Advanced Telematics Operations Management System (ATOMS), a utility... Details →


Victoria Begins Major 5-Year Electric Vehicle Trial

Premier John Brumby launched the Australian state of Victoria’s Electric Vehicle Trial, with more than 50 organizations and 180 households to participate in the five-year, A$5-million (US$4.9-million) trial. (Earlier post.) About 60 vehicles will be used in the trial and have been provided by Blade Electric Vehicles, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Nissan... Details →


Initial Results of UK EV Driver Study Show Increased Confidence and Low Cost Recharging

Six months into the CABLED trial (Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Demonstrators) (earlier post), Aston University’s research reveals that drivers are travelling more miles more frequently and are undertaking longer journeys, indicating increased confidence and notably reduced ‘range anxiety’. The percentage of journeys exceeding 45 miles grew from 3% to... Details →


CU-NREL Energy Institute Launches Study of Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles in Boulder; 18 Prius PHVs

The University of Colorado at Boulder’s Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, (RASEI)—a joint venture with the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory—will partner with Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. in a field study of household experiences and the technical impacts of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), in a... Details →


Powertrain components of the Prius PHV. Click to enlarge. Toyota, French energy provider EDF, and the City and the Urban Community of Strasbourg launched a large-scale, 3-year Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle demonstration in Strasbourg. The project involves about 100 Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHVs) as well as a dedicated charging... Details →


The EV Trial and Scoping Study are part of a larger effort on low-emission and electric transportation in the state. Click to enlarge. The government of the state of Victoria, Australia is developing a five-year trial of electric vehicles—the most comprehensive trial of EVs in Australia so far. The trials... Details →


The ColognE-Mobil large-scale battery electric vehicle (BEV) field trial in Germany will launch on 4 January 2010, bringing together four partners—the Ford-Werke GmbH, RheinEnergie AG, the city of Cologne and the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE)—in a project to test electrical mobility in all its aspects under everyday conditions. Ford will... Details →


Components of the MINI E powertrain. Click to enlarge. BMW handed over forty electric MINI E cars to their test drivers on Sunday—all members of the public—in the start of two consecutive six-month field trial periods which will evaluate the psychological, social and technical aspects of living with an electric... Details →


i-MiEVs for the CABLED trials. Click to enlarge. The first stage of a Government-supported UK-wide project to trial electric and ultra low emission vehicles began Saturday in the West Midlands with the keys to 25 Mitsubishi i-MiEVs (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) (earlier post) being handed over to independent drivers. The... Details →