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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2011
An Annapolis company has received an order to produce 1,500 electric-vehicle charging stations to serve the small but growing number and variety of plug-in, battery-powered cars on America's roads. SemaConnect Inc. said Tuesday it would be supplying charging stations to 350Green, a California-based developer of electric vehicle-charging networks that's planning a coast-to-coast rollout of charging stations. "Conveniently located charging stations will play a critical part in the adoption of EVs," SemaConnect founder and president Mahi Reddy said in a statement.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2011
Howard County unveiled its first electric vehicle charging station last week, a free public plug-in site in Columbia, and officials are considering sites for more. The five-plug charging station, near the county's Thomas Dorset Building, adds Howard County to the growing list of areas across the state where charging stations are popping up. "We chose our location because that's where our building inspectors are. People will be able to use them," said County Executive Ken Ulman.
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By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2011
Elaine and Bill Phillips already own seven cars, but they may be in the market for another. The Millersville couple came to the 2011 Motor Trend International Auto Show at the Baltimore Convention Center on Saturday to get a look at the Chevrolet Volt, the plug-in electric vehicle recently introduced by General Motors. "We're car people," said Elaine Phillips, adding that she and her husband visit the show every winter and liked what they saw this time. "It's more exciting this year because of all the hybrids and the electric car," she said.
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By PAT MCGLONE and PAT MCGLONE,SUN REPORTER | August 9, 2006
Alex Makell Segway instructor Segs in the City/Segs at the Maryland Science Center Age --18 Salary --$9 an hour, plus tips Time on the job --Almost nine months Learning to lean --Segways are self-balancing, battery-operated vehicles resembling a scooter with side-by-side wheels instead of in-line wheels. There are four models. Maximum speed is 12.5 mph and range varies between six and 24 miles. Riders move the Segway forward or backward by leaning in the desired direction while steering left and right with a hand grip.
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By Tom Horton and Tom Horton,SUN STAFF | December 10, 2004
SAVING THE BAY is about to get a little easier. I'm talking about the imminent explosion of less-polluting, higher mileage gasoline-electric hybrid passenger vehicles coming to market. Hybrids can significantly improve air quality and water quality. For example, the one I drive, Toyota's mid-size Prius (look for my Bay plate: KICKGAS), emits about one-tenth the nitrogen of a typical late-model vehicle. That's big - or it would be if lots of us drove them. Nitrogen's a key ingredient in smog, and the bay's biggest pollutant.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2013
General Motors officially launched its new electric motor in White Marsh Tuesday, a milestone in U.S. manufacturing - and a key part of the company's bet that the electric-vehicle market is poised to grow. With production under way at the Baltimore County "eMotor" plant, GM says, the company is the first automaker to manufacture electric-drive motors domestically. The operation is small for now: About 20 employees make motors for the plug-in electric Chevrolet Spark EV, side by side with 27 robots.
BUSINESS
January 12, 2010
Electric, hybrid and small cars will grab center stage at the Detroit auto show this week, as the industry adapts to a world reshaped by recession and environmental worries. Ford wants to build on success in midsize sedans and reignite small-car sales, while Hyundai aims to extend last year's triumph in budget-conscious models. GM and Chrysler will start fresh with electric vehicles but also try to boost their small-car credibility. Toyota hopes to solidify its dominance in hybrids. The new models must be successful if automakers are to reverse last year's 21 percent sales plunge.
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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2012
Vorbeck Materials, a Jessup firm, won a national competition by the Department of Energy that highlighted startup companies willing to launch new products from technology developed within the country's national laboratories. Vorbeck specializes in developing products with graphene, a variation of the graphite that's used in pencils and one of the strongest and most conductive materials available. Vorbeck was one of three firms across the country who won the "America's Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge" by the DOE. The company is using a method developed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to improve the performance of lithium-ion batteries, which are used in laptops, mobile devices and electric vehicles.
NEWS
October 9, 2012
Commentator Bob Bruninga would have us believe that electric cars could substantially increase the energy efficiency and decrease the environmental impact of autos while providing an economical and practical alternative to our current gasoline-fueled fleet ("Keep on open mind on electric cars," Oct. 4). Nothing could be farther from the truth. Let's look at energy efficiency. The gasoline-fueled internal combustion engine has an efficiency rate of about 25 percent, while diesels have an efficiency rate of 30 percent.
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July 1, 2010
The dust-up in Maryland over the Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. smart grid proposal highlights the importance of utilities, regulators and other stakeholders having a clear understanding about the range of potential benefits of smart grid technologies and the need to design smart grid plan expressly to achieve those goals. The California Public Utilities Commission took a big step in the right direction recently when it approved a comprehensive plan to maximize the environment and consumer benefits of smart grid technologies.
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