BGE EV charger ribbon cutting at BWI/EV Rideshare Program announcement

BGE EV charger ribbon cutting at BWI/EV Rideshare Program announcement

Fastest EV Chargers on BGE’s EVsmart Network Now Live at BWI

BGE is also partnering with Lyft on an upcoming U.S. Department of Energy supported program focused on providing equitable access to cleaner transportation options

BALTIMORE (May 24, 2021) – Four 150+ kilowatt capacity electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers are now available for public use at BWI’s cell phone lot – these utilize advanced technology able to provide a quick charge in a matter of minutes. Six more of these publicly accessible chargers will soon be online at BWI’s Rideshare Lot.

 

“Expanding access to electric vehicles and infrastructure is a major step toward ensuring a cleaner and brighter future for our community,” said BGE CEO, Carim Khouzami. “We are excited about this first step related to our EV Rideshare Program and our public EV infrastructure rollout, and to partner with Lyft to help drivers and riders benefit from cleaner transportation.”

These chargers are part of BGE’s EVsmart Program which also provides customers with rebates, tools, and information that they need to go electric. They are also partially funded by a U.S. Dept. of Energy grant awarded to BGE in 2020, in partnership with a Mid-Atlantic coalition, to support an EV Rideshare Program consisting of up to 100 EVs, administered by a rideshare provider, and designed to provide access to more equitable, clean, point to point transportation options.

With the grant funding, BGE will operate more advanced fast charging infrastructure well-suited to rideshare drivers on platforms like Lyft and other drivers’ needs not only at BWI, but also in communities around Baltimore that will be convenient to drivers and riders in and around those neighborhoods. In addition, through the grant and working with Lyft, BGE plans to support the introduction of electric cars in the greater Baltimore region, which may be used for more clean, easy access to grocery stores, healthcare, jobs, and other travel needs.

“At Lyft, we’ve committed to reaching 100% electric vehicles on the network by 2030 and partnerships like this one with BGE will help propel us toward our goal,” said Jon Walker, Sustainability Policy Manager, Lyft. “EVs have the potential to make a transformational impact on society and the environment and we’re uniquely positioned to help ensure that their benefits are distributed equitably – especially as nearly half of Lyft rides start or end in historically underserved communities.”

The EV Rideshare Program will aim to increase EV access to drivers and expose more riders to the technology. Through electrification, drivers benefit from lower operating costs, passengers have the opportunity to take cleaner rides and it results in healthier air for communities.

 

BGE will install and operate a 500-charger network available to all EV drivers containing L2 chargers, 50 kilowatt DC Fast Chargers (DCFC) and 150 kilowatt DCFC once fully built. BGE is working with state, county, and municipal government agencies throughout its service area to determine optimal locations, on government-owned property, to site the chargers. Publicly available charging infrastructure is also critical to electrifying vehicles operating on transportation network companies’ platforms.

More information on EVs, chargers, and federal and state incentives can be found at bge.com/electricvehicles. Users can explore online savings calculators that compare EVs to gasoline-powered cars in terms of fuel and commute costs, carbon impacts, and more. BGE customers can also apply for rebates to help offset the cost of chargers.

The EVsmart Program is a joint effort by Exelon’s Maryland-based utilities (BGE, Delmarva Power, and Pepco) and fuels progress on Maryland’s Air Quality and Chesapeake Bay goals, which include having 300,000 zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the road by 2025.

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BGE is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility, providing safe and reliable energy delivery to more than 1.3 million electric customers and more than 680,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company was founded in 1816 as the nation’s first gas utility and remains headquartered in Baltimore City to this day. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (Nasdaq: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider. Engage with the latest BGE stories on bgenow.com and connect with BGE on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

 

 

Ocean View School District Gets Smart Charging System from BTC Power

OCEAN VIEW SCHOOL DISTRICT GETS SMART CHARGING SYSTEM | New electric buses and chargers in Oxnard

Ocean View School District in Oxnard has received grant funding and rebates for four all-electric buses and to fund a smart charging system from The Mobility House, headquartered in Munich with offices in Silicon Valley. 

The Mobility House (TMH) smart charging system, ChargePilot, allows flexibility in managing the charging of the district’s new fleet of four all-electric buses at the four new charging stations recently installed. 

“This groundbreaking project for the district marks a notable milestone on our journey to electrify our entire school bus fleet and reduce pollution in our community,” said Bob Brown, operations and transportation director for Ocean View School District. The Mobility House team and their wealth of experience was invaluable for navigating not only the development of a sophisticated charging infrastructure but a new funding landscape as well.” 

The district received funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC) and Ventura County Air Pollution Control District for the fleet of four zero-emission electric buses and BTCPower chargers, made by Broadband TelCom Power Inc. in Santa Ana. 

The new TMH system allows the district to manage all aspects of the fleet, including maintenance, charging and travel routes, to reduce overall costs to the district. By scheduling charging to avoid time-of-use rate charges, the system has the potential to save tens of thousands of dollars on the district’s utility bills. The ChargePilot system also allows battery range to be factored into route planning and has an alert system built in. 

“School buses are by far the safest way for kids to get to school. But diesel-powered buses are not safe for kids’ developing lungs . . . Making the transition to electric school buses that don’t emit pollution provides children and their communities with cleaner air and numerous public health benefits,” said Patty Monahan of the CEC. 

The district is one of the first in Southern California to participate in Southern California Edison’s Charge Ready Transport Program, a funding program that provides needed infrastructure for the chargers. The local transformer had to be upgraded, with a panel and meter added and conduit laid. SoCal Edison also provided a 50% rebate for the cost of the charges. 

Part of the grant-reporting requirements for the CEC funding includes charger usage data to track energy use; the ChargePilot system allows that to be easily tracked and reported. 

TMC was founded in 2009 in Germany and today has offices in Silicon Valley, Munich and Zurich with customers in more than 10 countries. Current clients include automotive manufacturers such as Audi and Tesla, fleet operators, utilities and electric vehicle drivers. TMH systems have been used at two of the largest electric bus fleets in the U.S. at Metro Transit in the St. Louis area and in the EU at the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. 

Penske adds BTC fast chargers for more electric trucks

Penske Truck Leasing held a grand opening for its growing network of DC fast chargers at its La Mirada, Calif., service center Tuesday as it prepares to usher in a new era of zero-emissions medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

“We are ready to charge them. We are ready to maintain them. We are ready to go,” said Drew Cullen, senior vice president of fuels and facilities for Penske Truck Leasing.

The Reading, Pa., company operates more than 311,000 vehicles in North America with 15,000 full-service lease customers at 750 service centers. But only one of those vehicles is currently electric – the Freightliner eM2.

“The eM2 we took delivery of in December, the last time I saw it, it was plugged in in Chino and charging up. It’s very exciting,” Cullen said.

Penske will add another nine of the medium-duty eM2s, as well as 10 of Freightliner’s all-electric Class 8 eCascadias, before the end of the year. The trucks are part of a testing program Penske is running with its large fleet customers, asking them to run Daimler’s Freightliner electrics as they would every other truck in their fleet to provide feedback to Daimler Trucks for its production models.

Daimler Trucks North America President Roger Nielsen told Trucks.com in December that the company will bring its battery-electric trucks to market “in huge volumes in 2021.”

14 CHARGING CENTERS

To support those Daimler electric trucks and those from other manufactures, Penske started the process of installing DC fast chargers at its Southern California facilities in September, Cullen said. It now has 14 operating at service centers in San Diego, Chino, Anaheim and La Mirada. Penske will install an additional six fast chargers at its facility in Ontario.

“All the locations have a diverse range of customers that have the ability to utilize electric vehicles,” Cullen said. The locations were also chosen because they had the requisite power to support 150 kilowatts of charge.

The chargers are from BTCPower of Santa Ana, Calif. They charge an all-electric class 8 tractor from zero to 100 percent in less than half a work shift, or about five hours.

 

source: https://www.trucks.com/2019/04/24/penske-adds-fast-chargers-more-electric-trucks/

 

Electric Buses Are Coming To Porterville using BTC Fast Chargers

California has some of the highest-reaching goals in the nation when it comes to reducing carbon emissions. Our state is also where some of the most innovative clean technology is developed and manufactured. One electric bus company is setting up shop in California, and it’s already changing transit in one Central Valley town.

When you think of electric vehicles, you probably think of Tesla, Silicon Valley, and automakers in Southern California like Toyota. It’s likely that you aren’t thinking of Porterville, a small city near the foothills of Tulare County. But that could change.

Richard Tree is the transit manager for the city of Porterville. Last week, we took a ride on the first of ten electric buses purchased by the city.

Like many electric vehicles, it was so quiet that I had to ask if it was on.

With the help of a grant from the California Air Resources Board, Porterville bought ten electric buses from Canadian startup, GreenPower Motor Company Inc. These battery-powered buses will replace nearly half of their fleet, and they’re one of the first valley cities to make such a dramatic switch.

At the same time, GreenPower is building its first North American assembly plant in Porterville.

“My feeling is that Porterville has won the lottery of one being awarded $9.5 million to buy transit buses,” Tree says. “But we won the lottery with GreenPower choosing Porterville.”

“We just made our first public transit delivery just yesterday, and you were on it,” says Brendan Riley, president of GreenPower.

Richard Tree points out one of many sections of the GreenPower electric bus housing battery packs.
Credit Laura Tsutsui / Valley Public Radio

 

Up until now, GreenPower has been selling buses as shuttles for tourist companies and airports.  GreenPower isn’t the first electric bus company to move to the state, but it is the first to settle in the Valley.

“The reason we chose Porterville is that it’s located in the San Joaquin Valley, a place that needs this technology more than anything else,” says Riley. “So we just saw it as really a convergence of need for the product, a great location to build, and a partner in local transit property that was sophisticated enough to deal with this technology and help incorporate it and work collaboratively with us.”

The plant isn’t built yet. The buses Porterville has were actually built at a contract factory in China.

Riley hopes more nearby transit agencies take the leap and adopt electric buses. The transition, though, can be hard. Porterville officials say they’ll have to train bus operators on how to efficiently drive an electric one.

John Drayton is the former director of vehicle technology for LA Metro. He wrote the plans to transition the agency’s fleet to zero-emission vehicles, including electric ones.

While LA Metro has always been an early adopter of clean, new technology, Drayton can attest to the growing pains.

“You would always have a couple old line mechanics that said, ‘I’m never going to touch those things, are you out of your mind?’” says Drayton. “They'd self-select and say, ‘I’m not going to deal with natural gas and new technology.’ We saw the same with battery electric buses. We had operators that refused to drive them, we had mechanics that said they’re not going to touch them. Just the personnel issues going to new technology are significant.”

The battery bus available today is not a perfect replacement for your standard transit bus. - John Drayton

Now as a consultant, Drayton is helping other transit agencies make the switch to cleaner technology, but he says that doesn’t always mean electric.

“The battery bus available today is not a perfect replacement for your standard transit bus. Natural gas continues to be a great option and a great alternative,” says Drayton. “So it’s not like there’s a perfect single solution out there that fits everyone. That may come down the road, we may see something in the mid-2020s.”

Whether electric is the best option or not, the California Air Resources Board may soon decide that electric buses are the only option, at least when it comes to replacing old diesel or natural gas buses.

Dean Florez is a member of the California Air Resources Board and a former state senator from Kern County.

“I think you need to mandate the fact that when you have an opportunity to retire a diesel bus or a CNG bus, that it’s just got to be an electric bus,” says Florez. “I think with that comes some incentives from our cap-and-trade program to allow people to move into that new environment.”

Right now the Air Resources Board is working on the Innovative Clean Transit Rule, which has a goal to achieve zero-emission transit by 2040. Florez hopes that this is the first step to getting other diesel-reliant industries to adopt cleaner technology, too.

“One of the biggest things that buses can do if we can get this done is then transform other industries, heavy duty industries like school buses,” says Florez. “It isn’t just about transit. I think in some sense it's about being a leader in large machinery field with electrification.”

In Porterville, Richard Tree is more than happy to be a leader.

“We took the risk of jumping in first but it's paying off the benefits as an agency that struggles to find funding,” says Tree. “So we’re not stopping there. Ten is great, but we’ve made a commitment to be a hundred percent zero-emission fleet-wide.”

He plans to introduce the electric buses to city streets as early as next month. GreenPower hopes to start assembling buses by the end of this year.

 

SOURCE:  https://www.kvpr.org/post/electric-buses-are-coming-porterville#stream/0

Walmart to double EV charging network with BTC Power / Electrify America

Walmart shoppers soon will have far greater access to stations where they can charge up their electric cars quickly while they buy goods and groceries.

The world's largest retailer announced today that it will work with Volkswagen subsidiary Electrify America to roll out fast electric vehicle chargers at 100 locations across 34 states by the summer of 2019. The project will double the number of EV chargers installed at Walmart locations.

Walmart’s investment in EV charging infrastructure underscores just how quickly electric cars are becoming more mainstream. While the vast majority of Walmart shoppers don’t currently own EVs, the new charging infrastructure is meant to last at least 10 years. So the retailer is making a bet on the future.

In close to two decades, 54 percent of new car sales will be electric, Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicted. Electric cars could be cheaper to buy and use than internal combustion engine cars in most countries starting in 2025, the analysts estimate.

Mark Vanderhelm, vice president of energy at Walmart, told GreenBiz that the company is expanding the amount of electric vehicle chargers to deliver a better "customer experience." "There’s a transition [to electrification] happening and this is our opportunity to participate in that transition," he said.

Walmart already has electric car chargers at about 100 locations, working with vendors such as EVgo and ChargePoint, as well as Tesla. Partnering with Electrify America will enable the next rollout of chargers "to have a single customer experience with a national footprint," Vanderhelm said.

The Walmart charging network will use faster chargers than the current standard ones that are in use today. The DC chargers will be able to offer between 150 and 350 kilowatts of electricity, enabling customers to charge up 20 miles of battery range per minute. That’s seven times faster than the charging rates of 50-kilowatt DC chargers. The vast majority of public chargers currently installed are "level 2" chargers, which are slower than DC chargers.

"This is a technology that is changing quickly. To be relevant, you have to be at the forefront," Vanderhelm said. "Over time, it could get down to a level where charging is like a gas fueling station."

"The charging options today simply take too long," said Wayne Killen, senior director of infrastructure, planning and business development at Electrify America. "Power equals speed in DC fast charging. The more power, the faster you can charge the vehicle."

Working with Walmart is an important win for Electrify America. The company, a division of VW, was created as part of a settlement after the automaker was caught cheating on its diesel vehicle emissions tests.

The group has a $2 billion electric vehicle charging infrastructure plan, and it began rolling out some of its first chargers last summer. The first part of its program is to install 2,000 chargers at close to 500 sites.

This week, Electrify America also said that it plans to work with four vehicle charging infrastructure vendors — ABB, Signet EV, Efacec Electric Mobility and BTC Power — to deploy those 2,000 chargers.

Site acquisition ... is one of the most important things you can do in the charging business.
Signing Walmart as a partner enables Electrify America to secure valuable real estate where users can shop while their cars charge. "Site acquisition ... is one of the most important things you can do in the charging business," Killen said.

There were around 16,000 public electric vehicle charging stations across the United States as of mid-2017, and that number is expected to grow quickly over the next few years as more consumers and companies invest in electric vehicles. But just 13 percent of those chargers are DC fast chargers. 

Companies from various sectors are trying to figure out how to invest in the rollout. Utilities in fast-moving states such as California are planning on building out networks. Meanwhile, automaker Tesla has spent the last few years creating its own proprietary charging network, which is nearing 1,200 stations.

Walmart and Electrify America didn’t specify the vendors they would use for the deal, and they also declined to comment on how much money will be invested in the new project. Killen described the size of the deal as "significant." 

Walmart will start deploying the first fast chargers in the next three to five months, with the remaining to be built out within the next 18 months, Vanderhelm said.

 

SOURCE:  https://www.greenbiz.com/article/walmart-double-ev-charging-network-electrify-america

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