January 23, 1996 |
Two Ventura County companies will take part in a $5.5-million project backed by the Calstart transportation consortium and the Defense Department to develop a new generation of hybrid electric vehicles. The companies--U.S. Flywheel Systems of Newbury Park and APS Systems of Oxnard--will help test high-powered "flywheel" batteries, which store energy in a spinning wheel and release it as needed to power electric cars.
January 16, 1996
Calstart, a Burbank-based consortium that is trying to create an advanced transportation industry in the state, announced several new demonstration projects. The programs are part of a $5.5-million partnership between Calstart and the U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency. Nine California companies are also participants.
November 20, 1995 |
Joseph LaStella makes an unusual product in an unusual place. LaStella's company, Battery Automated Transportation International, produces electric cars and bicycles in the high-ceiling hollows of an old Lockheed factory in Burbank that is now home to Calstart, a public-private consortium devoted to nurturing an advanced transportation industry in California. There, Calstart operates Project Hatchery, a so-called "business incubator" that helps companies get a start in business.
June 7, 1995 |
Truth is, a great new industry in advanced, pollution-free transportation is emerging in Southern California. "By 2010, I would expect you to be able routinely to purchase a vehicle, probably a hybrid [engine powered by electricity and gasoline] that will have energy efficiency equal to 100 miles per gallon," says Paul MacCready, chairman of AeroVironment Inc., a pioneering Monrovia company. But as the old saying goes, "In war, the first casualty is truth."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1994 |
State lawmakers have awarded $300,000 to a Burbank-based consortium of government agencies and private businesses to develop a prototype of a 40-foot-long bus powered by electricity and natural gas. Assemblyman James Rogan (R-Glendale), and Sen. Newton Russell (R-Glendale), announced the grant on Wednesday, to be given to CALSTART, a statewide agency representing 80 utilities, vehicle manufacturers and defense companies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1994 |
With U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer looking on approvingly, Calstart--the Burbank-based consortium dedicated to fostering an advanced transportation industry in the state--Monday unveiled a radar-like device that could eventually help prevent collisions and smooth the flow of traffic. If all goes according to plan, sensors the size of computer chips may be built into car bodies within three years that will beep to alert motorists to objects--such as people and other cars--in close range.