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smarterplanet:

Hertz and IBM Launch Smart Microgrid for Electric Car-Sharing | TPM Idea Lab

IBM’s Ehningen Innovation Center campus in Germany is about to become ground zero for the development of an advanced personal transportation system that combines Hertz’s car sharing know-how with distributed renewable energy, electric vehicles and smart microgrid technology.

The new system, announced earlier this week, will piggyback on an existing car sharing agreement between the Ehningen campus and nearby Stuttgart Airport, through Hertz’s online self-service renting portal.

The new field test illustrates IBM’s accelerating embrace of renewable energy and electric vehicle technology. Last month, Idea Lab reported that IBM has been developing an advanced lithium-air battery that could be instrumental in lowering the retail price of electric vehicles.

The Ehningen test dovetails with IBM’s EV battery research and with its participation in the EDISON research consortium, which the company joined in 2009. EDISON is a Denmark-based project (it stands for Electric Vehicles in a Distributed and Integrated Market using Sustainable Energy and Open Networks) designed to build a pathway to mass market use of electric vehicles.

Posted at 10:08am and tagged with: transport, innovation, energy, tech, technology, electric cars,.

smarterplanet:

Hertz and IBM Launch Smart Microgrid for Electric Car-Sharing | TPM Idea Lab
IBM’s Ehningen Innovation Center campus in Germany is about to become ground zero for the development of an advanced personal transportation system that combines Hertz’s car sharing know-how with distributed renewable energy, electric vehicles and smart microgrid technology.
The new system, announced earlier this week, will piggyback on an existing car sharing agreement between the Ehningen campus and nearby Stuttgart Airport, through Hertz’s online self-service renting portal.
The new field test illustrates IBM’s accelerating embrace of renewable energy and electric vehicle technology. Last month, Idea Lab reported that IBM has been developing an advanced lithium-air battery that could be instrumental in lowering the retail price of electric vehicles.
The Ehningen test dovetails with IBM’s EV battery research and with its participation in the EDISON research consortium, which the company joined in 2009. EDISON is a Denmark-based project (it stands for Electric Vehicles in a Distributed and Integrated Market using Sustainable Energy and Open Networks) designed to build a pathway to mass market use of electric vehicles.

mothernaturenetwork:

Car battery swapping in Israel
Better Place is set to launch an audacious electric car option: buy the vehicle but lease the battery, and pay for ‘electric miles’ like you would a cellphone contract. Today Israel and Denmark; tomorrow the world.

Posted at 6:01pm and tagged with: tech, technology, electric cars, business models,.

mothernaturenetwork:

Car battery swapping in IsraelBetter Place is set to launch an audacious electric car option: buy the vehicle but lease the battery, and pay for ‘electric miles’ like you would a cellphone contract. Today Israel and Denmark; tomorrow the world.

smarterplanet:

Battery breakthrough could bring electric cars to all |  GigaOM

A startup working on battery technology says it’s developed a key breakthrough that could one day lead to an electric car that has a 300-mile range and could cost around $25,000 to $30,000. Envia Systems, backed by venture capitalists, General Motors, and the Department of Energy, plans to announce on Monday at the ARPA-E conference that the company has created a lithium ion battery that has an energy density of 400 watt-hours per kilogram, which Envia CEO Atul Kapadia told me in an interview could be the tipping point for bringing electric cars to mainstream car owner.

The secret sauce

Energy density is how much energy a battery can store and provide for the car with a given battery size — the more energy dense the battery, the less volume and weight is needed. For electric cars it is particularly important to have a high energy dense battery because electric cars need to be as light weight as possible (any extra weight just drains the battery faster), and batteries that are smaller and use less materials can also be lower in cost

Posted at 8:25am and tagged with: electric cars, transport, energy, disruption,.

smarterplanet:

Battery breakthrough could bring electric cars to all |  GigaOM
A startup working on battery technology says it’s developed a key  breakthrough that could one day lead to an electric car that has a  300-mile range and could cost around $25,000 to $30,000. Envia Systems,  backed by venture capitalists, General Motors, and the Department of  Energy, plans to announce on Monday at the ARPA-E conference that the  company has created a lithium ion battery that has an energy density of  400 watt-hours per kilogram, which Envia CEO Atul Kapadia told me in an  interview could be the tipping point for bringing electric cars to  mainstream car owner.
The secret sauce
Energy density is how much energy a battery can store and provide for  the car with a given battery size — the more energy dense the battery,  the less volume and weight is needed. For electric cars it is  particularly important to have a high energy dense battery because  electric cars need to be as light weight as possible (any extra weight  just drains the battery faster), and batteries that are smaller and use  less materials can also be lower in cost

Tesla’s ‘Brick’ Problem

"Tesla Motors’ lineup of all-electric vehicles — its existing Roadster, almost certainly its impending Model S, and possibly its future Model X — apparently suffer from a severe limitation that can largely destroy the value of the vehicle. If the battery is ever totally discharged, the owner is left with what Tesla describes as a “brick”: a completely immobile vehicle that cannot be started or even pushed down the street. The only known remedy is for the owner to pay Tesla approximately $40,000 to replace the entire battery”

Full Story: EvWorld

Posted at 10:48am and tagged with: transport, electric cars, risk, technology, tech,.

Tesla’s ‘Brick’ Problem



"Tesla Motors’ lineup of all-electric vehicles — its existing Roadster, almost certainly its impending Model S, and possibly its future Model X — apparently suffer from a severe limitation that can largely destroy the value of the vehicle. If the battery is ever totally discharged, the owner is left with what Tesla describes as a “brick”: a completely immobile vehicle that cannot be started or even pushed down the street. The only known remedy is for the owner to pay Tesla approximately $40,000 to replace the entire battery”

Full Story: EvWorld

smarterplanet:

A Plug-and-Play Plan for E.V. Batteries - NYTimes.com

The first electric car battery swapping station in Europe opened here last month, the initial site in a network of 24/7 fully automated drive-through stations. There, the lithium-ion battery packs, which weigh about 600 pounds, will be removed from specially designed cars and replaced with a fully charged pack. The swap takes five minutes.

Posted at 8:33am and tagged with: electric cars, transport, climate change, environment,.

smarterplanet:

A Plug-and-Play Plan for E.V. Batteries - NYTimes.com
The first electric car battery swapping station in Europe opened here last month, the initial site in a network of 24/7 fully automated drive-through stations. There, the lithium-ion battery packs, which weigh about 600 pounds, will be removed from specially designed cars and replaced with a fully charged pack. The swap takes five minutes.

smarterplanet:

‘Quick Charge’ Trucks Will Save Your Stranded EV 

AAA is rolling out North America’s first fleet of quick-charge trucks that will rescue dead electric vehicles and get them back on the road.

The move, announced today at the big Plug-In Conference & Exposition in Raleigh, North Carolina, should help alleviate “range anxiety,” the nagging fear of being stranded with a dead battery. AAA is the perfect vehicle — pardon the pun — for this because it is a big provider of roadside assistance. The company, which has more than 52 million members, wants to establish itself in a new niche as more automakers join Nissan in offering mainstream mass-market EVs.

“As an EV advocate-turned EV salesman, I applaud the AAA for taking the lead offering this service to EV drivers,” said Paul Scott, a founder of the advocacy group Plug-In America. “Many people have asked me what would happen if they were to run out of juice on the freeway and now I have a very good answer: They get juiced up by AAA.”

Wired.com

via electricpower:

Posted at 6:10am and tagged with: electric cars, transport,.

smarterplanet:


‘Quick Charge’ Trucks Will Save Your Stranded EV 
AAA is rolling out North America’s first fleet of quick-charge trucks that will rescue dead electric vehicles and get them back on the road.
The move, announced today at the big Plug-In Conference & Exposition in Raleigh, North Carolina, should help alleviate “range anxiety,” the nagging fear of being stranded with a dead battery. AAA is the perfect vehicle — pardon the pun — for this because it is a big provider of roadside assistance. The company, which has more than 52 million members, wants to establish itself in a new niche as more automakers join Nissan in offering mainstream mass-market EVs.
“As an EV advocate-turned EV salesman, I applaud the AAA for taking the lead offering this service to EV drivers,” said Paul Scott, a founder of the advocacy group Plug-In America. “Many people have asked me what would happen if they were to run out of juice on the freeway and now I have a very good answer: They get juiced up by AAA.”

 Wired.com

via electricpower:

BMW, Siemens developing wireless charging system for plug-in vehicles


Siemens’ contactless charging station is connected to the grid by wires buried underground. A secondary coil is attached to an electrified vehicle and a charge, induced by a magnetic field, is sent across an air gap of up to six inches. The wireless charging process is claimed to be more than 90 percent efficient.

via @Competia

Full Story: Autoblog

Posted at 3:40pm and tagged with: electric cars, energy, transport,.

BMW, Siemens developing wireless charging system for plug-in vehicles


Siemens’ contactless charging station is connected to the grid by wires buried underground. A secondary coil is attached to an electrified vehicle and a charge, induced by a magnetic field, is sent across an air gap of up to six inches. The wireless charging process is claimed to be more than 90 percent efficient.
via @Competia
Full Story: Autoblog

For Electric Car Owners, a Way to Share Juice

First there was music sharing and then car sharing. Now get ready for plug sharing.

Full Story: New York Times

Posted at 4:09am and tagged with: transport, electric cars, applications, collaboration,.

For Electric Car Owners, a Way to Share Juice

First there was music sharing and then car sharing. Now get ready for plug sharing.

Full Story: New York Times

smarterplanet:

Japan to Build 10,000 EV Charging Station/Vending Machine Hybrids by 2012 

Japan is notorious for its fascination with vending machines — as of 2008, there were 5.5 million of them across the nation. And these aren’t merely the candy bar and soda variety, either — Japan has vending machines that sell live crabsgrow lettuce, arecovered in moss, and dispense smart cars. And by this time next year, it will have 10,000 vending machines that charge electric cars.

via electricpower: TreeHugger

Posted at 2:50pm and tagged with: technology, electric cars, Japan,.

smarterplanet:

Japan to Build 10,000 EV Charging Station/Vending Machine Hybrids by 2012 
Japan is notorious for its fascination with vending machines — as of 2008, there were 5.5 million of them across the nation. And these aren’t merely the candy bar and soda variety, either — Japan has vending machines that sell live crabs, grow lettuce, arecovered in moss, and dispense smart cars. And by this time next year, it will have 10,000 vending machines that charge electric cars.
via electricpower: TreeHugger

smarterplanet:

For Electric Car Owners, a Way to Share Juice

Source: NY Times

First there was music sharing and then car sharing. Now get ready for plug sharing.

Xatori, a Silicon Valley software start-up, aims to create a network of electric carenthusiasts who make their household power outlets and home chargers available for drivers who need to top off their battery or who find themselves out of range of the few public-charging stations currently available.

On Monday, Xatori released PlugShare, a free iPhone app that lets drivers and outlet owners locate and offer electricity.

Posted at 6:17am and tagged with: climate change, collaboration, applications, electric cars,.

smarterplanet:

For Electric Car Owners, a Way to Share Juice
Source: NY Times
First there was music sharing and then car sharing. Now get ready for plug sharing.

Xatori, a Silicon Valley software start-up, aims to create a network of electric carenthusiasts who make their household power outlets and home chargers available for drivers who need to top off their battery or who find themselves out of range of the few public-charging stations currently available.
On Monday, Xatori released PlugShare, a free iPhone app that lets drivers and outlet owners locate and offer electricity.