NextEnergy: Developing Charging and Power Systems for Tomorrow’s Cars, Homes, and Businesses

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This post continues Dashboard Insight’s look at NextEnergy, and the technologies it is incubating, as demonstrated at ITS World Congress.

In addition to the networking technologies that NextEnergy is developing with its partners, NextEnergy is also developing vehicle charging and power systems that look to trim energy bills for both homes and businesses. Continue reading this entry

NextEnergy: Incubating Technology for Tomorrow's Homes and Cars

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Two major forces are reshaping the cars that people will drive in coming years: the push to create a smarter (and eventually, even an autonomous) car, and the push for better fuel efficiency. Smarter cars are seen as a way to make the roads safer and less stressful to use, and fuel efficiency is seen as a way to reduce both the consumption of nonrenewable fuels and the emission of carbon dioxide and other undesirable exhaust gases. In both cases, automakers and other businesses are looking to these technologies not only to give consumers a better product, but also to comply with government mandates for smarter, more efficient cars. Continue reading this entry

Ohio EPA Voluntary Action Program Update

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The following post is provided by our guest author, Graham Crockford from TRC Environmental Corporation. Graham can be reached at gcrockford@trcsolutions.com

Many of our Ohio based automotive suppliers with retained environmental liability are performing soil and groundwater cleanups using the Ohio Voluntary Action Program (VAP). My colleagues and I thought it would be timely to describe the August 1, 2014 Ohio EPA rules for the VAP program and how these rules intend to clarify certain ambiguities regarding investigation and remedial coverage relative to on and off-property areas. Although requirements for certain situations have been made explicit, some ambiguities remain that are subject to interpretation by Certified Professionals (CPs) and Ohio EPA. The new rules streamline the No Further Action (NFA) submittal process and a Covenant Not to Sue (CNS) is issued following an Ohio EPA administrative review and finalization of remedy documents. Complete technical review of the NFA by Ohio EPA does not occur until the post-CNS audit stage, where agency findings may result in further action being required to avoid revocation of the CNS. Obtaining VAP technical assistance from Ohio EPA prior to NFA submittal is recommended to resolve potentially ambiguous issues prior to them being identified by Ohio EPA during the audit process. Continue reading this entry

A Busy Year for NHTSA Enforcement and Rulemaking

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This promises to be one of NHTSA’s busiest years for enforcement and rulemaking activity. NHTSA is expected to continue its aggressive enforcement, sparked by GM’s massive ignition switch recall and the flood of follow-on recalls by GM and other manufacturers. And the agency is moving forward with research and possible rulemaking on advanced crash avoidance technologies, driver distraction, and autonomous vehicles, and with implementing enhancements to its recall processes. To reduce their compliance risks, and to prepare themselves and their products to meet these new regulatory developments, Foley clients that manufacture vehicles or motor vehicle equipment are urged to revisit their safety compliance policies and procedures and to implement regulatory monitoring programs. Continue reading this entry

Best Practices in Drafting U.S. Government Subcontract Terms and Conditions

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Federal government subcontracts are a hybrid between commercial contracts governed by state law (such as, for the sale of goods, the Uniform Commercial Code) and government contracts governed by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and FAR agency supplemental clauses. A “subcontract” is broadly defined in FAR 44.101 as any contract “entered into by a subcontractor to furnish supplies or services for performance of a prime contract or subcontract. It includes but is not limited to purchase orders, and changes and modifications to purchase orders.” Continue reading this entry