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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 Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2011
Baltimore's first public electric-vehicle charging stations debuted Thursday in a Mount Royal parking garage, as places begin to pop up across the Baltimore-Washington area to plug in the new battery-powered cars trickling off automakers' assembly lines. The developers of the Fitzgerald, a recently opened apartment building on Mount Royal Avenue, installed two charging stations in the adjoining 1,245-space parking garage, which is available to the public as well as residents. The University of Baltimore and Lyric Opera House are nearby.
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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.
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.
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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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.
NEWS
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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By Martin Zimmerman and Martin Zimmerman,Tribune Newspapers | August 12, 2009
General Motors Co. said Tuesday that its long-awaited Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid is expected to achieve fuel economy of 230 miles per gallon in city driving. That would give the Volt, which is expected to arrive in showrooms late next year, by far the highest fuel efficiency rating of any car rated by the Environmental Protection Agency. The current EPA mileage leader is the Toyota Prius hybrid, which is rated at 50 mpg in combined city-highway driving. The Volt is designed to run on electric power only for about 40 miles, after which a small gasoline engine kicks in to recharge the battery, giving it a range of more than 300 miles.
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,Staff Writer | March 3, 1992
Chrysler Corp. and the local unit of Westinghouse Electric Corp. are expected to announce today that they will team up on the development of an electric vehicle that could turn the corner toward the next generation of automobiles.Westinghouse declined to comment on the planned announcement, but Tom Kowaleski, a spokesman for Chrysler in Detroit, said the joint development program could advance the technology needed to bring about production of the electric vehicle.The Big Three automakers have tried for more than 15 years to develop electric cars.
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