As of late, President Obama launched a program called EV-Everywhere Challenge. This is an attempt to bring everyone together (scientists, business leaders, government and engineers) to develop an infrastructure and market for a robust electric vehicle market in ten (10) years. So after reading the press release, it was quite obvious that this is an effort to try and bring all the players together. However, it is not seemed to be a realistic approach to developing an electric vehicle structure for the United States. While Secretary Chu and the Obama Administration wishes this to be a reality, there are multiple obstacles to letting this occur.
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Smith Electric Vehicles Launches Production of All-Electric Newton™ Step Van With The Help of FedEx!
FedEx Express helps launch zero-emission step vans built on Smith’s Newton platform (KANSAS CITY, MO.) – March 6, 2012 – Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. (Smith), a global leader in all-electric commercial vehicles, today unveiled the Newton Step Van, an all-electric, zero-e mission vehicle built on the versatile Newton platform that features a walk-in body produced by Indiana-based Utilimaster. Smith announced the launch of the Newton Step Van in Indianapolis at the NTEA Work Truck Show, North America’s largest vocational truck and equipment event. FedEx Express will be the first company to deploy the Newton Step Vans in the United States. The Newton Step Van, an ideal solution for thousands of delivery routes in urban environments, offers a gross vehicle weight of 14,000 pounds to 26,000 pounds and a range of approximately 100 miles on a single charge. The vehicle incorporates Smith’s proprietary Smith Drive™, Smith Power™, and Smith Link™ technologies to provide superior power train performance, battery management efficiency and remote system monitoring.
Sources: ET List, Remy C and GE Reports While connecting the dots toward electrification for the masses, I was brought to this blog post by GE Reports on November 11, 2010. It was in recognition and celebration of the fact that they GE is buying 25,000 electric vehicles for its fleet and fleet customers. GE is really going all in on EV technology. They recognize that we need to integrate electric cars into our DAILY life. While GE’s home and public WattStation EV chargers have been getting the lion’s share of attention, GE’s technology is interconnected all along the EV infrastructure chain — from generating clean electricity to leading the smart grid transformation to increasing efficiency and reliability. The info-graphic below gives a high-level overview of how the whole system works — and what part GE plays. The so-called EV transformation — from both the utility side and the consumer side — will not only drive further clean-tech innovation, it will create jobs all along the EV supply chain. GE’s energy and tech teams see their involvement in the process as significant growth opportunity that’s expected to lead to up to $500 million in near-term business for GE.