While many have discussed the potential of EVs to act as energy storage devices in a smart grid of the future, the day when this idea can be implemented on a citywide scale is probably pretty far off. However, a smaller, self-contained “microgrid” offers the perfect opportunity to test the concept. Microgrids are one of… Read more »
Deep in the heart of a state that’s famous for petroleum and pickup trucks, Austin Energy, the electric utility that serves the capital city, is a leader in promoting electric vehicles. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the company an additional $500,000 to encourage plug-in vehicle adoption in Central Texas. Austin Energy has… Read more »
With a receiver in the car’s bumper, a driver need only pull up so that the wheels rest against the stop, and the vehicle is perfectly aligned for charging.
According to the researchers, the system can transfer power across a wide air gap at more than 90% efficiency.
Governor Brown issued an executive order in March that directs state government to support the rapid commercialization of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) in the state.
ChargePoint, a network of independently owned charging stations that operates in 14 countries, has opened its first publicly available DC fast charging station at the Residence Inn by Marriott in San Juan Capistrano, California, just off Interstate 5. The Fuji Electric 25 kW, CHAdeMO-compliant charger is owned and operated by EVoasis. “The collaboration with Fuji… Read more »
Electronics giant ABB is busily building what it claims is the world’s first nationwide EV charging network in the Baltic nation of Estonia. This snappy video highlights the typical European blend of ancient architecture and modern technology in the country’s capital, Tallinn, as a modern-looking dude drives his LEAF to work and hooks it up… Read more »
The new chargers will be available to LEAF and Volt owners starting in April 2013 and require installation of a home charging station and an adapter on the undercarriage of the car.
The new charger supports the CHAdeMO standard, and features an attached AC charging cable. It is now on sale throughout Europe.
A two-year study that examined the charging behavior of 142 households with plug-in vehicles. The PHEVs averaged 68 mpg and used 27 megawatt-hours of electricity.