How Washington State Is Electrifying Highways

Posted on July 14th, 2011 by

Details On How Washington State Is Electrifying Their Highways

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has selected AeroVironment to manufacture, supply, install and manage 9 fast-charging electric vehicle charging stations along Interstate 5 and US-Highway 2.

The $1 million project will allow Aerovironment to place a station every 40-60 miles at strategic fueling stations, travel center and shopping malls near highway exits. Fast-charging stations will be able to fully charge a vehicle in less than 30 minutes. There will also be a Level 2 “medium-speed” charging station at each location which offers a cheaper, longer-time-to-charge option, as well. The fast charging stations are expected to be up and running by the end of November.

Details about the hybrid-like features of the 2012 Buick LaCrosse

We wanted to share with you some interesting design specs for the new 2012 Biuck LaCross. Buick isn’t touting the new model as a hybrid car, but the vehicle has many energy-focused design improvements that are worth noting. Borrowing from hybrid electronic technology, the LaCrosse will features the eAssist system, which is an advanced internal combustion engine technology that will allow the vehicle to capture energy normally lost during deceleration. That energy will then be consumed to generate up to 15 horsepower of electrical assistance to the engine. Tests show that this new system will perform at a 26 percent fuel economy improvement. The eAssist will come standard for 2012 Buick LaCrosse.

Severstal Dearborn, LLC receives $730M conditional loan guarantee from the DOE

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has granted a conditional loan commitment of $730 million for the advancement of automotive advanced high strength steel. Severstal Dearborn, LLC, who is the beneficiary of the announcement, plans to modernize existing facilities in Dearborn, Michigan, and build new ones. AHSS is a key component in the development of fuel-efficient vehicles and this announcement is expected to help U.S. automotive manufacturers meet the pending and future design, weight, and safety requirements of advanced technology vehicles.

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