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2013 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium vs. 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid

3/2/2014 4:30:29 PM

From the August 2013 Issue of Car and Driver

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If you are dubious about electrified cars entering the American fleet, consider the two subjects of this comparison test. Both of these models were newly redesigned for 2013, and, as of?this writing, the Honda Accord is the bestselling nameplate in the country. The Ford Fusion is the third-best seller. But their respective companies are not putting their feet up on their desks. Both are introducing plug-in hybrid versions of their crowd-pleasers—the first such powertrains to be added to cars normally equipped with conventional engines.

The Ford Fusion Energi was quicker out of the gate, hitting the market a few months after the Fusion hybrid. Both cars, as well as Ford’s C-Max twins, share the same powertrain: a 141-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle internal-combustion engine coupled to a pair of AC electric motors. A 118-hp motor propels the car while a second motor-generator works with a planetary-gear continuously?variable transmission (CVT) to blend the internal-combustion and electric power as needed.

The biggest difference between the Fusion Energi and the Fusion hybrid is the size of their lithium-ion battery packs. It grows in the Energi about five-fold, from 1.4 kWh to 7.6. That’s enough to provide the Energi with an electric-only range of 21 miles, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, while achieving 100 MPGe (or miles per gallon of gasoline equivalent, the EPA’s convoluted method of placing an mpg rating on electric vehicles). Thanks, however, to the nearly 300-pound weight increase that accompanies the bigger battery, the fuel consumption when operating on gasoline falls from the hybrid’s 47-mpg EPA rating to 43.


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Liberty Access Technologies Awarded Credit Card Access Patent

2/28/2014 6:54:38 PM

Santa Barbara, CA –Liberty Access Technologies (LAT), a Liberty PlugIns, Inc. subsidiary, announced today that it has been granted a patent by the US Patent Office that describes a process in which credit card numbers can be used for identification and access control purposes without an actual billing transaction being initiated. This concept has wide application in access control environments such as parking and electric vehicle (EV) charging systems.

“Business parking operations have to provide service to a mix of customers; employees, vendors and company owned vehicles,” says Chris Outwater, President of LAT. “Having to issue separate access control devices to each class of user increases complexity and cost. Our system takes advantage of the fact that most people already have a unique ID token…their credit card.”

Parking structures and EV charging stations that accept credit cards for payment by public users will have tenants and employees register their personal credit card numbers. When they swipe their credit card the system will recognize that user and grant access without any billing transaction taking place. Public users will use their credit cards to pay for parking or EV charging in the usual manner. Liberty will make this feature available in their Hydra R access, data and energy management control system for EV service equipment (EVSE) later this summer.

About Liberty Access Technologies. Liberty Access Technologies specializes in access, data and energy control systems for electric vehicle charging in commercial parking, workplace and multi-tenant dwellings. LAT’s Synchronous Code Generation technology enables secure charging without expensive networks, and Hydra provides cost effective solutions for workplace, fleet and multi-tenant dwelling EV charging. For more information, visit the website at www.libertyaccesstechnologies.com.



Liberty Announces HID Integration with Hydra R Workplace and Multi-Tenant Dwelling EVSE System

2/28/2014 6:53:32 PM

Santa Barbara, CA – Liberty Access Technologies (LAT), a Liberty PlugIns, Inc. subsidiary, announced that it has successfully integrated iCLASS 13.56 MHz contactless smart card technology from HID Global into its Hydra R access, data and energy control system for electric vehicle service equipment (EVSE). LAT’s Hydra is the industries’ first EV charging solution specifically designed for workplace and multi-tenant dwellings. By combining HID Global’s proximity card technology with the Hydra, business and property owners are able to provide EV charging services to their employees and tenants and control access to the chargers using their existing security and ID badge system.

“The environment at a workplace or apartment complex is completely different from public EV charging,” says Chris Outwater, LAT’s President, “and this starts with how employees and tenants access their parking garages and buildings. HID is the world leader in providing secure access solutions for these types of environments. The use of HID’s Prox cards to activate an EV charging session on our Hydra system is a natural outcome of our commitment to provide non-proprietary EV charging, access control and billing solutions.”

Liberty PlugIns, LAT’s parent company, has been a member of the Advantage HID Connect® Partner Program since March 2011. This program helps HID Global developer partners to generate new business and revenue for their HID technology-enabled products.  Through this worldwide network of HID Connect Partners, end-users can easily find third-party solutions that solve business needs through the innovative use of HID technology. The Genuine HID TechnologyTM trademark provides customers with the means to quickly identify third-party products manufactured using HID technology.

About Liberty Access Technologies. Liberty Access Technologies specializes in access, data and energy control systems for electric vehicle charging in commercial parking, workplace and multi-tenant dwellings. LAT’s Synchronous Code Generation technology enables secure charging without expensive networks, and Hydra provides cost effective solutions for workplace, fleet and multi-tenant dwelling EV charging. For more information, visit the website at www.libertyaccesstechnologies.com.



CLIPPERCREEK LAUNCHES COMMERCIAL HCS-40 SINGLE & DUAL PEDESTAL MOUNTED CHARGING STATIONS - Starting at $1309

2/25/2014 9:06:25 PM

AUBURN, California, February 25th, 2014 – Making its debut this month is ClipperCreek’s HCS-40 Single and Dual Pedestal Mounted charging stations. This new low cost charging system provides commercial consumers with the option of mounting 1 or 2 rugged 240V charging stations to a single pedestal, and up to two additional 120V outlets, giving customers the option to charge four vehicles from one post.

Built specifically for the commercial market, the pedestal mounted charging stations package all of ClipperCreek’s “best in class” standard product features, like a 3-year warranty, a fully sealed, rugged NEMA 4 station enclosure, and 25 feet of charge cable. Starting at $1309, this is the best valued commercial solution on the market.

The dual mounted HCS pedestal reduces the total installation expense associated with trenching and concrete slabs by offering almost a two for one installation cost. ClipperCreek’s 25 feet of charging cable allows for one installation point to service multiple vehicle parking spots conveniently.

“By creating a low cost, dual point pedestal charging station, we have provided commercial consumers an option to double the number of parking lot stations with minimal additional cost,” states ClipperCreek’s CEO, Jason France. “This is great news for our fleet customers or any company that wants to offer parking lot EV charging as an amenity.”

The HCS-40 single and dual pedestal mounted systems are available for immediate delivery.

ClipperCreek products are made in the USA, compatible with every vehicle, and automotive supply chain certified. As a leading supplier of electric vehicle charging infrastructure for over 16 years, millions of electric vehicle charge sessions have relied on ClipperCreek. Unparalleled quality, reliability, and superior customer service are core values at ClipperCreek. Visit our online store at www.buyevse.com where we offer the widest variety of charging stations in the market.

ClipperCreek products are manufactured in Auburn, CA, USA.

Electric vehicle showcase draws crowd

2/25/2014 7:16:23 PM

SUISUN CITY — For much of Thursday afternoon, people filed through the Kroc Center to get a glimpse of the latest in plug-in electric vehicle technology.

The Plug-In Electric Vehicle Showcase was aimed at fleet managers and the like, but electric vehicle enthusiasts and those curious about the technology lined up to check out offerings from several companies.

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Jonas Broth of Alameda test drives the Switch during the Electric Car Show at the Kroc Center in Suisun City, Thursday. Participants at the Electric Car Show had the opportunity to test drive a variety of electric cars, including a Tesla. The Switch is designed for high school and college students so they can learn how to build an electric car. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)


“It was a great crowd . . . and there were many people from the vehicle manufacturers, vehicle infrastructure as well as just interested consumers,” said Nicole Appenzeller of the Center for Sustainable Energy, which handles the state rebate program for electric vehicle purchase. “You’ve got the full package here. You’re learning about the plug-in electric vehicles and their benefits, the incentives associated with them and how it’s a great option for fleet managers especially, which is who we were focusing on today.”

Well-known manufacturers such as Chevrolet, Nissan, Ford and Toyota all had vehicles on display, but smaller manufacturers and newer models also featured prominently.

Among the biggest draws was a pair of Tesla Model S sedans, one brought by the manufacturer and another by a private owner who was happy to offer rides in his own vehicle.

Rob Stelling of Angwin shuttled curious attendees up and down Pintail Drive in his Model S, all the while singing its praises and making the case for why the $70,000 investment in the sporty, all-electric car is a solid one.

From the massive touchscreen control center to the immediate and surprising acceleration, everyone who took a ride in the Teslas came away in awe.


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