Riding Electric Vehicles to Economic Recovery
(Rick Sander, CEO, Tuesday April 6, 2021) As the US recovers from the economic impact of COVID-19, infrastructure appears to be one of the key investment areas for the federal government, which is not unusual. What is (somewhat) different this year is the extent to which vehicle electrification is central to this economic recovery. The […]Read More
Practical Examples of V2X Deployment
(Joseph Gottlieb, CTO, Tuesday March 30, 2021) So if vehicle to anything (V2X; includes vehicle-to-grid, vehicle-to-building, and vehicle-to-home) has so much promise, why aren’t there many real deployment of V2X? In fact, there are a significant number of them across the world; some of the projects include: White Plains, NY: In 2018, LION Electric, Nuvve, […]Read More
Just How Many Delivery Vehicles Are There In The US?
(Joseph Gottlieb, CTO, Tuesday March 23, 2021) To understand the extent to which vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capable vehicles can help to stabilize the US grid, we need to know how many delivery vehicles are in the US fleet. We all know that COVID-19 has had a positive effect on the delivery industry in the US, as […]Read More
What Does It Take To Implement V2X in Delivery Trucks and Vans?
(Joseph Gottlieb, CTO, Tuesday March 16, 2021) We have investigated the value of V2X (“vehicle to everything”) in providing grid resiliency in our blog from two weeks ago. One prospective class of vehicles to consider for V2X usage are delivery trucks and vans – think of all the Amazon, FedEx, or UPS vans that you […]Read More
Rhombus 125kW DC Fast Charger Received UL 1741-SA Certification
(Rick Sander, CEO, Tuesday March 9, 2021) Today, we announced that the Rhombus 125kW DC fast charger was certified by Underwriters Laboratory to the UL 1741-SA (Standard for Inverters, Converters, Controllers and Interconnection System Equipment for Use With Distributed Energy Resources) specification. This certification, which is required for EV chargers to operate in a bi-directional […]Read More
V2X-Capable Vehicles: A Potentially Significant Adder to Grid Resiliency
(Rick Sander, CEO, Tuesday March 2, 2021) As the weather event in Texas last month demonstrated, there are many factors that affect the resilience of the US power grids. One thing that seems true is that like for any event, it is important to factor in unexpected situations (“Murphy’s Law” – whatever can break, will). […]Read More
The Role of Utilities in Promoting The Move to Electric School Buses
(Rick Sander, CEO, Tuesday February 23, 2021) Clearly, the role of utilities in enabling (and even promoting) vehicle to grid (V2G) charging is very important. One of the biggest challenges that school districts have in moving from diesel internal combustion engine (ICE) school buses to electric school buses is the higher initial purchase cost. While […]Read More
Is Your Power Out? How About Using School Buses to Power Critical Infrastructure?
(Joseph Gottlieb, CTO, Tuesday February 16, 2021) For anyone that lives in California (and increasingly, more and more Western states), wildfires are a part of life as climate change creates warmer and drier conditions, and with them the power outages during “red flag” conditions as utilities try to keep their backcountry lines from being an […]Read More
Driving Towards the Finish Line for Production Vehicle to Grid Deployments
(Joseph Gottlieb, CTO, Tuesday February 9, 2021) In last week’s blog, we discussed why electrifying school buses was attractive from an air pollution perspective. But for electric school buses to “pencil out”, the higher acquisition cost must be offset by reductions in other costs such as maintenance costs (which we also discussed in the previous […]Read More
School Buses and Vehicle Electrification – A Winning Combination
(Joseph Gottlieb, CTO, Tuesday February 2, 2021) One of the hottest topics in medium- and heavy-duty (M/HD) vehicle electrification today is the electrification of school buses. There are over 480,000 school buses in the US which carry 25 million children to school on a daily basis. From an air quality standpoint, it is easy to […]Read More