In A Turnaround Story in Transportation? Daily Finance revealed how Canadian aircraft manufacturer, Bombardier, may change the way we power electric vehicles. In this video we see how Bombardier’s cutting edge wireless technology is designed to power vehicles (buses, trams) in urban areas from under the road thereby avoiding the need for overhead wires and electric charging stations. Any electric vehicle could be charged while it is in motion or stationary. Auto123 told us the company is testing its system in the city of Braunschweig, Germany.

Green Car Reports writes about the renewed interest in turbocharged engines. Cheaper to build and buy than hybrid systems, turbocharged internal combustion engines using gasoline or diesel offer excellent gas mileage and performance. In some cases gas mileage may equal or even exceed those of a hybrid car.

Propel Fuels will construct 100 E85 flex fuel stations in the state of California over the next four years reports Domestic Fuel.

MyPerfectAutomobile introduces us to the world’s first plug-in diesel hybrid. See video. The Volvo V60 gets 150 mpg. The all-electric range is 30 miles and in that mode the car can reach speeds of up to 60 mph. The powerful diesel engine is in the front while the electric motor and battery pack are in the rear. The V60 is expected to list around $70,000 when it hits US showrooms later this year.

The UK has a diesel-electric van according to TheGreenCar. The Emerald Automotive t-001 has an all-electric driving range of 66 miles and an ‘extended’ range of 463 miles. It has a top speed of 81 mph.

Electric vehicles could soon be powering homes says smartmeters. Through smart grid technology, electric utilities anticipate EVs will be able to accommodate peak demand times by powering homes. Nissan and PoweStream are working on a technology that converts energy stored in the car’s batteries to residential use through a system called Vehicle to Home (V2H). Nissan says its fully charged Nissan LEAF, which has a 24 kW lithium-ion battery, could provide enough electricity to run an average North American residence for one full day. Smart connections between the grid, the home and the car can help electric utilities improve the way energy is managed, consumed, and conserved.  See also reve Nissan Electric Car LEAF’s Batteries To Supply Power To Homes, Earth Techling Power Out? The Prius Plug-in Can Charge Your House, reve Mitsubishi Motors to use electric vehicles for Vehicle-to-Grid, and Green Energy News Rethinking Electric Cars Part 8.

SBWire reports on the Chinese EV market. In 2011, China only sold 8,000 electric vehicle (60% were passenger vehicles), accounting for less than 1% of the total global sales volume. In April of this year the country issued its electric vehicle plan, which stipulates that pure EV will play a key role going forward; the output and sales goal in 2015 is to reach 500,000 units and the 2020 goal is 5 million.

TheChargingPoint advises if you live in a UK city, rent an EV rather than own it.

hybridCars tells us that 80% of Electric Vehicles Will Include Advanced Telematics Systems by 2017. The global market for electric vehicle telematics will reach $1.4 billion annually by 2017 says Pike research. By then most EVs will offer basic telematics systems that not only enable the driver to check on charging station locations and the state of the battery charge, but will also provide details on energy costs and charging station availability. In addition they will provide live traffic, weather, streaming content, and cloud computing-based applications. Telematics are also expected to play a significant role in the smart grid. The ability of EVs to communicate with both electric utilities and the grid will help utilities anticipate the location and duration of PEV charging and help them manage the grid more efficiently.

Green Energy News posts part 11 of its series Rethinking Electric Cars. You can access the earlier 10 parts at the site.

No need for a tow truck, EV rescue in the UK is going portable posts TheGreenCar. A portable electric vehicle charging unit is being launched by Charging Solutions.  This will enable rescue services to recharge a depleted electric car battery at the roadside and avoiding the need for a tow. Its 4 kW portable EV charging system can provide an electric vehicle with up to 15 miles of range in around 30 minutes.

EV World asks How Much Would You Spend to Recharge Your Electric Car? The post notes that there are public charging stations in Los Angeles that charge $2.00 per hour and ones in Santa Barbara are scheduled to cost that much. That would put the price of a charge at $8.00 for 35 to 45 miles. That is as bad as getting 20 miles per gallon with gasoline and diesel that costs $4.00 per gallon. What will this level of EV pricing charges do to EV adoption?

The Los Angeles Times wonders if gas savings can make up for the higher cost of a hybrid. The post looks at various factors including how much city driving you do and how long you plan to keep the vehicle.

The Sacramento Bee reports that automakers are working towards creating a global standard for EV fast charging. Firms from Japan, the EU and the US are meeting to see if they can standardize their different systems in order to have a global standard within the next few years.

plugincars says that Energy Storage is the Key to Reducing the Cost of Fast Charging. The author notes that more and more direct current (DC) fast chargers are available in the US, with waiting times down to 20 minutes. However, fast charging has the potential to strain the electric grid or incur high “demand charges” for pulling power off the grid at peak times. Demand charge avoidance will be necessary for operating DC fast charging stations, which can draw more than 50 kilowatts of power from the grid, or between 7 to 15 times as much power as “slow charging” a vehicle. The post mentions several firms that are looking at the  potential for using batteries to reduce the grid impact of DC charging.

New York state is funding 325 electric car chargers across the state we learn from the Wall Street Journal. am New York adds that New York City will get at least 120 of these chargers, which will be placed in parking garages and lots throughout the city by next April.

The city of Vancouver, Canada is setting up free EV chargers in its parks reports the richmondReview. The city is putting 6 to 8 240-volt level 2 charging stations in high volume parks.  Visitors will be able to fully recharge in 4 to 6  hours or top up to travel another 20 to 40 kilometres in an hour or two.

reve writes about how solar energy and electric vehicles complement each other.

British Gas will be offering incentives for home charging systems for electric cars to people living in the UK Midlands according to UTILITY WEEK. As of March 2013 the company will offer a 60% discount on the cost of a home charge point and its installation. At the same time, Plugged-in Midlands plans to install more than 250 charge posts in high profile public locations, including shopping centres and railway stations, to encourage electric vehicle users to travel further without fear of being unable to complete the journey home.

 

 

 

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  1. […] Australian company, Club Assist, is rolling out a mobile electric vehicle charger intended for roadside assistance. According to ZDNet Green Tech Pastures, it is a Level 2 charging device designed to provide enough charge over 10 minutes to get an EV to a place where it can be charged completely. Last Week Earth’s Energy told you about a similar mobile charger in the UK. […]