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Electric Vehicle News From Navistar & FVT

May 28, 2010
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Portland Hosts EV Truck Introduction

Here are a couple of electrical vehicle stories involving the Pacific Northwest. The first is the announcement from truck maker Navistar that it will first offer it’s new EV truck in Portland, Oregon. The second story is an update on Future Vehicle Technology’s eVaro and its recent successes and tribulations in the X-prize competition.

Navistar eStar truck priced at $149,900

Thursday, May 27, 2010, AutomotiveWorld.com

EStar trucks roll out at Navistar plant.

Navistar has announced that Portland, Oregon will be the initial launch market for the company’s eStar short-haul electric truck. Additional launches are scheduled for June 2010 in Sacramento, California and in summer 2010 in Chicago. Future introductions are also proposed for Detroit and East Coast locations. The eStar is priced at US$149,900.

Navistar has also announced its eStar dealer for the Pacific Northwest market – Cascadia International Trucks of Tacoma, Washington.

Comments Jim Hebe, senior vice president, North American sales operations at Navistar: “With the eStar truck making its debut in Portland today, Navistar is fully capable to support our customers through select dealers networked in our initial launch regions. No other commercial electric vehicle competes with the eStar in terms of capacity, size and application. We believe customers will love the eStar because of its capabilities as an electric vehicle and won’t have to change their fleet usage in order to take advantage of the truck’s performance.”

CNETGreenTech — April 15, 2010 — Martin LaMonica from CNET’s Green Tech blog gets a look at one of FedEx’s four all-electric delivery trucks in Laguna Niguel, California on April 14, 2010.

In other local EV news…

On April 23 we posted our exclusive interview Frank Cloutier of Future Vehicle Technology. We discussed the car, its technology and the development work being done locally in Corvallis. The FVT three wheeled hybrid car the eVaro is one of the 22 vehicles still in competition for the Automotive X-Prize. But, it faces serious challenges.

FVT Still in the Competition but Face Technical Problems

Frank Cloutier and the FVT team talk problems and fixes

“FVT Racing – got what is being called a “conditional” pass, which means they passed technical inspection but did not successfully complete at least one on-track safety test or did not complete all mandatory events. eVaro has not yet passed the 0-60 acceleration or the 60-0 braking tests.” Read more in Auotblog Green… The eVaro competitor the Aptera had serious handling problems, taking 40 attempts to pass the accident avoidance test.

The following articles and videos are about the recent shakeout event…

Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE Concludes First of Three On-Track Competition Stages at Michigan International Speedway; Announces Teams Qualified to Move on to Scored Knockout Stage

Twenty-two teams Representing 27 Vehicles Continue to the Pivotal, Scored Knockout Stage June 20-30

in Pursuit of the Multimillion Dollar Cash Prize for Super Fuel-Efficient Cars

PLAYA VISTA, CALIF. (May 13, 2010) — Today, the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE, a $10 million competition to inspire a new generation of viable super-efficient vehicles capable of achieving 100 MPGe (miles per gallon or its energy equivalent), announced 22 teams representing 27 vehicles survived Shakedown – the first of three on-track testing stages – and will now move on to the Knockout Qualifying Stage to be held June 20-30 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, Mich. Read full release..

Automotive X Prize: Final Shakedown results

consumerreports — May 20, 2010 — The challenge? Creating a vehicle that gets 100 mpg. Consumer Reports testers help judge the X Prize competition.

With the Shakedown phase of the Automotive X Prize competition completed, 24 teams showed off their cars and their capabilities. Of those 24 teams, 22 are expected to return for the Knockout phase of the competition. Two teams, FourSight and Wikispeed, did not meet the minimum standards to return. That can be a crushing blow for teams who have struggled for the last two years to build their competition cars, although members of both teams say they hope to forge ahead with bringing their X Prize cars to market. See full CR article…

There’s also a Discovery Chanel report on the event you can watch…

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BTW if you signed-up to reserve a Nissan LEAF EV available later this year you can now get a social networking badge to showoff.

Like this one:

Have an excellent Memorial Day weekend! And while we’re BBQing those steaks and getting too much sun, let’s not forget the reason for this holiday…

“Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the American military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.” The History Channel…

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