EV World says we can expect 10 million charging stations globally by 2020. A new study from IMS Research predicts the number of EV charging stations will grow from 135,000 worldwide in 2011 to as many as 10.7 million in 2020, with the fastest growth likely to occur in the US, China, Japan and Germany. “These countries have strong domestic carmakers that are pursuing electric vehicles, public and private investment in charging infrastructure, and comparatively strong government leadership with regard to e-mobility,” the report said. See also autonews, In boost to EVs, report sees surge in charging outlets worldwide.

FleetNews notes the UK city of London has added another 13oo EV charging points. The charging points have been installed at over 300 sites including supermarkets, shopping centres, council and private car parks, hospitals and on the street. London now has Europe’s largest urban charging network.

CSPnet looks at the obstacles facing the growth of public fast charging stations for EVs. Direct Current (DC) Fast charging is an electric vehicle supply equipment  technology that can provide a full charge to an all-electric vehicle in less than one hour, compared to lower-voltage Level 1 and Level 2 home and public charging stations, which can take several hours. Often it is referred to as Level 3 charging. One of the biggest barriers to the roll out of DC fast charging equipment is its costs which is currently about $16,000 per unit. There is also the problem of different standards used by Japanese automakers versus US and European manufacturers, which is similar to the BETA vs. VHS videotape issue. Experts expect it will take a decade to get a common global standard. Finally, because utilities charge different prices for electricity over the day, the owner of the DC fast charger equipment needs a sufficient demand from EVs in order to work out a profitable pricing policy.  Otherwise it could be stuck with very large costs for its electricity depending on when EVs recharge.

plugincars tells how buses in Long Beach, California will be using wireless charging. The buses are to be built by Chinese automaker BYD and the wireless charger by WAVE Inc. The wireless charger can recharge the vehicles with an air gap of eight to ten inches. WAVE will construct 2 wireless charging stations in the city.

In the village of Hornstein, Austria a bus is operating on solar power reports the Austrian Independent. The electricity for the electric motor comes from the photovoltaic systems, which can harness the power of the Sun both on the roof of the 9-seater bus as well as on the roof of its garage.

The sun energy is stored in two exchangeable batteries. When one is in use, the other is loaded. Therefore, in principle, the bus can drive for an unlimited distance without having charging breaks.

DailyTech informs us that the US city of Lansing, Michigan has opened the first municipality-owned solar powered electric vehicle charging station in that country.
The charging station generates 5 kW of solar energy for charging electric vehicles. The solar power also operates the LED lighting for the signs and banners on the charging station. It was designed to recharge the fleet of Lansing Board of Water & Light EVs. When the carport is not being used, the electricity will go into the local gird and be used elsewhere in the city.


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