EV Battery Maker

DOE-Backed EV Battery Maker Opens New Plant

February 22, 2012

DOE recognized on February 14 EnerG2, which recently opened its new manufacturing facility for electric vehicle (EV) battery components. Supported in part by $21.3 million in DOE funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Albany, Oregon, facility will produce nano-engineered carbon materials for batteries and other energy storage devices that can be used in EVs. EnerG2’s proprietary freeze-drying process to make its specialized carbon material was developed in laboratories at the University of Washington. At full capacity, the EnerG2 plant is expected to be able to produce enough advanced carbon material to support 60,000 electric drive vehicles each year.

EnerG2 is one of 30 advanced battery and electric drive manufacturing facilities supported by the Recovery Act. At full scale, these factories will be able to supply batteries and components for more than 500,000 electric drive vehicles. This support for both manufacturing and research and development is contributing to the revitalization of the U.S. auto industry and will help meet President Obama’s goal of reducing oil imports by one-third by 2025. See the DOE press release and the Vehicle Technologies Program website.

Clean Cities Electric Vehicle 2012 Webinar – February 27 at 10am PT

A quick reminder on the EV quarterly webinar scheduled for February 27. Details are below. Let me know if you a have any questions.

Mark your calendars and save the date for the February 27 Clean Cities Electric Vehicle Quarterly discussion webinar.  It is slated to begin at 1pm ET, 12pm CT, 11am MT, 10am PT.  The webinar is free and no pre-registration is required.

Ted Bohn, Senior Power Electronics Engineer at Argonne National Laboratory, will present on the status of Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) related standards, such as Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) DC combination connector standard slated to be ratified by the end of March and the recently approved SAE Hybrid and EV First and Second Responder Recommended Practices standard, and on other trends that affect decision makers as the market gets ready for the introduction of model year 2013 PEVs, such as the Chevy Spark, Ford Fusion and C-Max Energi, Honda Accord, and BMW 1-Series/Megacity.

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Sandra Loi

Project Leader

Clean Cities Program

National Renewable Energy Lab  (NREL)




Coachella Valley Gets Green To Go Green

By Adam Stocksdale, News Channel 3 Producer

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. — Tens of millions of dollars will be available to public agencies and other groups in the Coachella Valley seeking funds for green projects, the South Coast Air Quality Management District announced today.

The AQMD’s governing board on Friday approved a request for proposals for $53 million in air pollution reduction projects in the Coachella Valley.

Funding comes from air pollution mitigation fees paid by operators of the CPV Sentinel Energy Project, a power plant under construction in Desert Hot Springs.

AQMD board member and Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit, who represents the Coachella Valley, was pleased because the board could have spread the money between the valley and other parts of the region.

“Keeping 100 percent of the Sentinel air pollution-mitigation funds in the Coachella Valley is the right thing to do,” Benoit said. “I commend my fellow board members for their understanding and support for our valley. These mitigation funds now present a unique opportunity, exclusively within the Coachella Valley, to improve our air quality.”

Examples of potential emission reduction projects include school bus and heavy-duty truck retrofit or replacement, truck stop electrification, school air filtration systems, and renewable-energy power products.

Also infrastructure improvements, such as paving dirt roads, developing parkways and installing electric vehicle charging or compressed natural gas fueling stations.

The AQMD will offer workshops and meetings during the next four months to assist community groups and others in preparing proposals for consideration.