SMUD is offering a new program, “Charging as a Service” (CaaS) that provides commercial electric vehicle advisory services, including technical evaluation and cost estimates, electrical engineering/design and construction services, as well as network and hardware options, full maintenance of charging systems, and financing options.
Sac Metro Air District Accepting Applications for Supplemental Environmental Impact Program
The Sac Metro Air District is now accepting applications for their Supplemental Environmental Impact Program. Up to $140,000 will be available in this round of funding, which closes on July 30. Eligible Projects must be in a District Priority Community. Eligible projects include:
Air Pollution Prevention or Reduction:
Air Quality Related Education or Compliance Training:
Community Air Monitoring:
Environmental Restoration and Protection:
Projects considered on a case-by-case basis if there is a demonstrated substantial health or environmental benefit and are consistent with the District SEP Policy.
VW Mitigation Trust Second Round Solicitation is Now Open
The VW Environmental Mitigation Trust’s second round solicitation for $26M is now open on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible projects include Class 7 & 8 Freight, Drayage, Dump, Waste Hauler and Concrete Mixer trucks as well as Freight Switcher Locomotives.
Ford has acquired Electriphi, giving Ford a major step up in Charge Management and Fleet Monitoring software. Ford will integrate integrate this technology into commercial purchases of their electric vehicles including the E-Transit and the F150 Lightning.
Tesla’s Guide to extinguishing a battery fire (Guide) isn’t good news for a drought-threatened state like California, since they recommend using 3,000 to 8,000 gallons of water, ten to twenty six times as much as is required to extinguish a typical IC vehicle that has caught on fire. A recent Tesla accident in Houston required 28,000 gallons to fully extinguish, about 93 times the water necessary for an IC vehicle.