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Consortium successfully runs silicon carbide multiport DC-DC converter in EV

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Silicon Carbide multiport DC-DC converter fitted to the Tata Vista EV. A consortium led by motorsport and technology company Prodrive has successfully run a silicon carbide-based multiport DC-DC converter in an electric car. The DC-DC converter acts as a hub that transfers energy between key components of the vehicle’s high voltage electrical system. Click to enlarge.

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Honda opens Smart Home US in California; produces more energy than it consumes; direct DC-DC EV charging

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The system will also enable Honda to evaluate the second life, or re-use, of EV batteries in grid applications, home-to-grid (H2G) connectivity and other concepts. DC-to-DC electric vehicle charging.

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Norwegian Electric Systems to provide hybrid electric systems for three new ferries; Odin’s Eye DC grid system

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Norwegian Electric Systems’ main DC system ensures the safe charging and discharging of the batteries. The DC system also includes NES’ Odin’s Eye solution, allowing for future upgrades of the vessels, such as larger battery capacity and/or higher charging power from shore.

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ABB launches 22 kW AC & DC fast charging station

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The Terra Smart Connect Duo supports both DC and AC charging equally and features an attached AC charging cable for customer convenience.

ABB introducing new DC fast-charger in Europe for €9,988

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ABB launched the Terra Smart Connect (SC), a low-cost DC fast-charger that the company says will significantly improve the business case for installing electric-vehicle (EV) fast chargers throughout Europe. Output DC voltage range is 180 – 500 V. The Terra SC. Click to enlarge.

Fuji Electric installs 25 kW DC Quick Charger in Manhattan; EV Connect lands NY state charging contract

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of America announced the installation of a 25kW DC Quick Charger for Electric Vehicles at the Edison ParkFast’s Hippodrome location, located in Midtown Manhattan. Separately, EV Connect announced it has been awarded a four-year, $1,568,108 value contract from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) for the deployment and management of more than 100 EV charging stations in 37 locations throughout New York State. Fuji Electric Corp.

CA To Get Dual-Standard DC Quick-Charging For Electric Cars

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Charging stations rolling out across California will soon be compatible not only with existing CHAdeMO connections, but with newer SAE Combo connectors too.

GE Energy launches fully networked Wattstation and Wattstation Connect software; pay by smartphone

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GE’s WattStation Connect for mobile device users. GE Energy’s Industrial Solutions business unveiled the new WattStation and WattStation Connect software at the SAE 2012 World Congress in Detroit, Mich. Click to enlarge.

VW, BMW and ChargePoint partner to create SAE Combo DC fast charging corridors on the East and West Coasts

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In the initial phase, the aim is to install nearly 100 DC Fast charging ports across both coasts, with plans to expand the program to increase access to fast charging across the country. DC charging the BMW i3 (left) and Volkswagen e-Golf (right).

ABB launches Terra 53 DC fast charger in NA; SAE Combo and CHAdeMO

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This 50 kW DC fast charging station meets both SAE Combo and CHAdeMO standards for battery electric vehicles. The Terra 53 joins the ABB Terra family of DC charging stations that offer fast charging times with industry leading, business-to-business network solutions. ABB has introduced the Terra 53 for North America, showcasing it at the Plug-in 2013 conference in San Diego.

Debugging the DC-DC waveforms

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I spent most of Friday trying to figure out just what was blowing the DC-DC converter. On the upper left, I have a 156V DC power supply. The opened up DC-DC converter is front and center.

ABB launches Terra multi-standard DC 50 kW fast charging station 53 with CCS support

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ABB launched the Terra 53 , the first 50 kW CCS (Combined Charging System) DC fast charging station compliant with BMW i3, Volkswagen e-up! The Terra 53 C is the first product configuration from a family of DC charging stations supporting the CCS standard. Terra 53’s smart connectivity allows remote monitoring, pro-active maintenance and functional upgrades providing customers with the tools necessary to gather customer specific usage statistics and reports.

ABB launching Terra 51 DC fast charger in US market; Combo charging standard prototype at EVS26

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ABB has entered the US market for electric vehicle charging solutions with the launch of its Terra 51 direct current (DC) charger. The Terra 51 is CHAdeMO-certified and services all DC fast-charge capable cars that are currently on the market. The Terra 51 is an intelligent DC fast charger that reduces electric vehicle charging times from eight hours, using regular alternating current (AC), to as little as 15 to 30 minutes.

BMW, GM complete testing on DC Fast Charge station usage; validation on BMW i3 and Chevy Spark EV

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Engineers from BMW AG and General Motors recently passed a milestone in the adoption of the new SAE standard for DC Fast Charging. Teams from both companies worked jointly to ensure the conformity of DC “Combo” Fast Charge stations developed by various suppliers to the SAE standard by charging pre-production versions of the BMW i3 and the Chevrolet Spark EV. —Cliff Fietzek, Manager connected e-Mobility at BMW of North America, LLC.

Volkswagen unveils I.D. EV concept; 1st MEB-based vehicle, to launch in 2020; up to 373 miles

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Because of the increasing criticality of connectivity and digitization, the MEB is going further than the other Baukasten (e.g., To charge by cable, a separate charging plug is needed to connect the car to an electrical outlet. Connected Community – the new Volkswagen ID.

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BMW expands ChargeNow by EVgo programs for DC fast charging

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BMW of North America has expanded the ChargeNow by EVgo programs (including ChargeNow DC Fast) to more than 50 metro areas in the US, encompassing the entire EVgo public charging network, the largest public DC Fast charging network in the nation. EVgo’s fast charging network currently totals more than 668 dual-port DC Fast charging stations installed and available to EV drivers across the United States, supported by supplemental Level 2 chargers.

ABB wins order to install OnBoard DC Grid on a ship; up to 20% reduction in fuel consumption and emissions by up to 20%

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Leading power and automation technology group ABB has won an order from ship owner Myklebusthaug Management to supply the first direct current (DC) power grid on board a ship. The OnBoard DC Grid ( earlier post ) will allow a new offshore platform support vessel, under construction in Norway, to operate at the highest energy efficiency level to minimize emissions.

Daimler and Valens partner to bring HDBase T Automotive to vehicles in near future

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HDBaseT Automotive also allows for daisy-chaining and multistreaming, to simplify and optimize in-vehicle connectivity. Connected vehicles Driver Assistance Systems Sensors Vehicle Systems

Valeo introduces new 48V e4Sport hybrid system; all-wheel drive

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The system also supports driving in all-electric mode and, when on low-grip surfaces, improving performance by connecting the rear axle to the 48V eRAD electric rear axle drive, effectively transforming the vehicle into a four-wheel drive.

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FCA unveils Chrysler Portal concept: next-gen family transportation for Millenials; electric, semi-autonomous, connected, flexible

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The Chrysler Portal concept uses an industry-accepted Combined Charge System (CCS) plug to connect to the next generation of 800V, 350-kilowatt DC charging stations. There are more than 20 available technologies designed to engage, inform and connect the driver and passengers.

Columbus, Ohio wins $40M DOT Smart City Challenge; $10M more from Vulcan, $90M from private partners

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The city proposed to deploy three electric self-driving shuttles to link a new bus rapid transit center to a retail district, connecting more residents to jobs. Big Data Connected vehicles Electric (Battery) Mobility services Smart charging Smart Grid Sustainability

A Response from CC Power on the DC-DC

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I just got an e-mail back from Electro Automotive from CC-Power regarding the failed DC-DC converter. The converter should be connected directly to the battery terminals. if he is connecting to the controller terminals, the problems of over voltage during regeneration will be much greater." I prefer not to comment on it but simply wish to pass it on to others who might have wondered what the manufacturer said.

California Energy Commission to award $8.9M for completion of California DC fast charge North-South corridors

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) has selected 8 awardees for a total of $8,875,457 in funding to install Direct Current (DC) fast charging stations on Interstate 5 (I-5), State Route 99 (SR 99), and along United States Highway 101 (US-101) from San Jose traveling South in California.

Fast-charging corridor from Berlin to Munich complete

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and Siemens have completed the installation of 8 DC fast-charging stations on the A9 highway linking Berlin to Munich in Germany as parat of the framework of the “Electromobility Connects” Bavaria-Saxony showcase sponsored by the German government. BMW, E.ON

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Hubject connects eleven energy suppliers to create the largest Austrian charging network for EVs

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The charging stations will also be connected with Hubject’s international charging network “intercharge”. The connection to Hubject’s eRoaming platform enables EV drivers to complete the approximately 700-km (435-mile) distance from Lake Neusiedl to Lake Constance with an electric car and to charge at all DC fast-charging stations and AC charging stations within the intercharge network.

Hauling Lead and Confusing Connections

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I pre-laid out these batteries on the floor to guestimate what the connections between the terminals were. I've got an e-mail into ElectroAuto for some connection diagrams, but haven't received the files yet. Tonight was an evening of heavy lifting.

Cal Energy Commission approves ~$9M for DC fast chargers; $12.6M for NGV incentives

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The California Energy Commission approved nearly $9 million in grants for the installation of DC fast chargers along major state freeways and highways to allow electric vehicle drivers to travel from San Diego to the Oregon border without worrying about running out of energy. EV Connect Inc.; —which will install 61 DC fast chargers at 41 sites along major routes on Interstate 5, Highway 99 and Highway 101.

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IHS: automotive semiconductor market up 10% in 2014 to $29B; hybrids, connectivity and ADAS major drivers

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IHS reported that the fastest growing segments for automotive semiconductors are hybrid-electric vehicles, telematics and connectivity and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). Connected vehicles Controls and controllers Driver Assistance Systems Forecasts Hybrids Microprocessors and controls The automotive semiconductor market did exceptionally well in 2014, according to new analysis from IHS.

Local Motors debuts first self-driving vehicle using IBM Watson Internet of Things for Automotive

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The vehicle, dubbed “Olli,” will be used on public roads locally in Washington DC, and late in 2016 in Miami-Dade County, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada. Autonomous driving Connected vehicles Internet of Things

ECOtality installs first DC fast charger in Tennessee

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ECOtality and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store unveiled the first Blink Direct Current (DC) Fast Charger in Tennessee at the Lebanon Cracker Barrel location. This is the first of 12 Cracker Barrel locations statewide that will install DC Fast Chargers as a part of The EV Project. With two CHAdeMo-compliant EV charging connectors, the dual-port DC fast charger provides an intuitive connector dock for storage and protection.

ABB wins 1st commercial order for 600 kW 15-second flash charging technology; electric buses in Geneva

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This will be the world’s fastest flash-charging connection technology taking less than 1 second to connect the bus to the charging point. This converts the incoming AC supply to DC in a similar way as is done for DC railways, trams or trolleybuses.

INRIX and Parkmobile bring end-to-end parking solution to the connected car

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a leading provider of dynamic connected car services worldwide, and Parkmobile, the leading provider of on-demand and prepaid mobile payments for on- and off- street parking and mobility solutions, announced a strategic partnership at the annual International Parking Institute (IPI) conference. cities, including Washington D.C., INRIX, Inc.,

VitaeMobility, ABB to deploy a network of 50 DC fast chargers throughout Belgium

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VitaeMobility, specialists in e-mobility for business and government fleets and consumers, and ABB will partner to install and manage 50 Terra Smart Connect (SC) DC fast chargers at multiple locations throughout Belgium. VitaeMobility said it specifically chose ABB’s Terra Smart Connect (SC) as it is the only smart connected charging station on the market that supports EV charging for company fleets in 30-120 minutes.

CLEVER chooses ABB to supply 51 DC fast chargers for network in Denmark

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CLEVER, a leading electric mobility operator (EMO) in Denmark has chosen ABB to supply 50 Terra 51 DC fast chargers at multiple locations throughout Denmark. CLEVER’s network of DC fast chargers and AC chargers builds on Denmark’s commitment towards becoming independent of fossil fuels by 2050. Each web-connected ABB fast charger is capable of a full range of connectivity features, including remote assistance, management and servicing and smart software upgradeability.

ABB, KredEx and Estonia’s Ministry of Economic Affairs deploy first of 200 web-managed DC fast chargers in Estonia

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Power and automation technology group ABB, KredEx and the Ministry of Economic Affairs of Estonia, announced the first public installation of an ABB Terra 51 DC fast charging station for electric vehicles in Estonia.

ABB launches cost-effective 20kW DC fast charger for the Americas

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ABB launched the Terra SmartConnect (SC), a direct-current (DC) charger specifically designed for convenient fast charging in commercial and office areas in North America. Despite its focus on cost minimization, the Terra SC will be fully UL-listed, and comes standard with an outdoor-rated steel housing, a full-color, eight inch, intuitive touch-screen user interface and smart connectivity features.

Qualcomm introduces Snapdragon automotive solutions for connected in-car infotainment

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The Snapdragon 602A processor is pre-integrated with Qualcomm Gobi 9x15 multimode 3G/4G-LTE and QCA6574 Qualcomm VIVE 2-stream, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE 4.0-based modules to provide unprecedented, integrated connectivity options for connected infotainment systems. The built-in capabilities and superior low power/high performance of the Snapdragon 602A processor enables next-generation connected automotive infotainment systems. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.,

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Researchers developing DC micro smart grid for charging EV fleets; Li-ion, redox flow batteries and renewables

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The MSG is designed as a direct current (DC) grid. We settled on a DC design for our micro smart grid to avoid the losses that occur when transforming alternating current (AC) into DC. Up to 30 electric vehicles at a time can recharge in Fraunhofer IAO’s parking garage.

ABB launches new DC power system for marine applications; reduce fuel consumption by up to 20%

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ABB, the power and automation technology group, introduced a new DC (direct current) electrical system for marine applications. The new system is part of a revival of power solutions using DC electricity, and will provide highly efficient power distribution and electric propulsion for a wide range of vessels. ABB’s onboard DC system represents a step forward in optimized propulsion by connecting all DC links and distributing the power through one main DC circuit.

BMW boosts battery capacity of MY2017 i3 to 33 kWh with higher energy density Li-ion cells; up to 114 miles combined cycle range

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With the introduction of the BMW i3 (94 Ah), BMW i now also offers a new BMW Home Charger Connect, a residential charging station designed for comfortable and fast home charging featuring additional connected functions.

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