Will Electric Cars Destroy Your Neighborhood Power Grid? No, But.

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One question that's frequently asked of GreenCarReports.com--and many others too: Does recharging electric cars pose a threat to the electricity grid? Over the next 12 months, carmakers will introduce several new plug-in electric vehicles. The 2010 Fisker Karma and the 2011 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrids, among other electric-drive vehicles, are

Green Deals: Hover-1 Origin Hoverboard has a built-in Bluetooth speaker at low of $130, more

Electrek

This unique hoverboard lets you cruise around the neighborhood at up to 7 MPH for 6 miles before it’s time to recharge. Amazon is offering the Hover-1 Origin Electric Hoverboard for $129.99 shipped in select colors. Matched at Best Buy as part of its Deals of the Day.

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Green Deals: Cruise around town this spring on a Segway electric scooter at $470, more

Electrek

With a maximum speed of 15.5MPH, and a range of 15 miles before you need to recharge, the Segway Ninebot ES2-N is a great choice for both cruising around the neighborhood as well as running to the store for quick errands.

Study: Four of five new-car buyers can charge EVs at home

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“Approximately 22 percent [of] vehicles currently have access to a dedicated home parking space within reach of an outlet sufficient to recharge a small plug-in vehicle battery pack overnight.”

Bosch launches eScooter sharing service under new Coup brand

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At launch, 200 connected eScooters will be available in the Berlin neighborhoods of Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain, and Kreuzberg. Coup handles recharging. Bosch is launching its new Coup eScooter sharing service in Berlin. Coup, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bosch, now provides Berlin residents with a new mobility option featuring a simple pricing model. Customers can now find, reserve, and use their nearest eScooter at any time.

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Electrify America announces $200M additional investment for ZEV infrastructure and education in California

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Additionally, the company will direct $25 million of the $200 million investment for an initiative in the City of Long Beach and the Wilmington neighborhood of Los Angeles (Long Beach-Wilmington), for a “Green City” program.

NREL study finds that uncoordinated plug-in vehicle charging could prove challenging to the grid

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In this case, a problem arises when motorists gathered in a geographic area began buying these vehicles and plugging them in to recharge upon returning home—a practice known as uncoordinated charging. Muratori found that as more PEVs are added to a neighborhood, and a higher charging power is adopted, the distribution infrastructure might no longer reliably support the local electricity demand.

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Scientists at KU Leuven, University of Lubumbashi reveal the health risks of cobalt mining in DR Congo

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The metal is a crucial component of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for smartphones and electric cars. The researchers conducted a case study in Kasulo, an urban neighborhood in Kolwezi, in the heart of the Congolese mining area. Demand for cobalt has been on the increase due to its many applications. Around 60% of the world’s cobalt supply comes from the mineral-rich Katanga Copper belt, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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South Korean EV Company to Open Two Production and Distribution Facilities in Pennsylvania

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CT&T makes low- and mid-speed, short-distance neighborhood electric vehicles that pass crash tests required for regular passenger cars. As the demand for electric vehicles grows, the Governor said, companies and universities like CMU will be called upon to develop more efficient and economical batteries, while the nation’s electrical infrastructure will need to be upgraded to accommodate vehicles in need of a recharge. South Korea-based CT&T Co.

Top 10 Reasons To Buy An E-Bike

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They use rechargeable batteries to ride at speeds of up to 45 kilometers per hour, much faster than most people would cycle, taking you to your destination faster and in better condition.

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Wrightspeed unveils new turbine range extender for medium- and heavy-duty electric powertrains; 30% more efficient than current microturbine generators

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The Route extended range electric powertrains incorporate a range-extending genset designed to recharge the high-power battery pack (currently from A123 Systems) and Wrightspeed’s own geared traction drive (GTD) ( earlier post ). In addition, the Fulcrum will make for a smooth, comfortable ride for drivers and a quiet, clean experience for neighborhoods because of its ultra-low vibration. Wrightspeed Inc.,

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Road Trip: 2021 Volkswagen ID4

Clean Fleet Report

Driving around town, stuck in stop-and-go rush hour freeway traffic or coasting down hills will recharge the battery. With the ID4 rated at a 250-mile driving range, recharging stops were planned to happen with 40-50-percent battery remaining.

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SoCal Edison white paper shares data about PEV usage and charging

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Because “early adopters” tend to cluster in the same neighborhoods and adding a plug-in vehicle is like adding another house to the circuit, in terms of load, SCE developed an operational strategy to upgrade distribution circuits. With 70% of SCE PEV owners commuting 40 miles or less daily, many PEV owners can fully recharge at night at Level 1; SCE encourages PEV customers to charge up every night at home.

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Pike Research says lack of technical standards could hinder utilities’ readiness for EVs; forecasts $5.1B in spending from 2010-2015 on EV IT systems

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Utilities will face a host of new infrastructure requirements to support the increased power demand that will result from customers plugging in to recharge. While plug-in electric vehicles will not threaten the integrity of the power grid as a whole, they will have an immediate local impact on neighborhood distribution infrastructure. EV IT investment by segment, United States: 2010-2015. Source: Pike Research. Click to enlarge.

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BMW X5 eDrive Concept SUV

Hybrid SUV Blog

So many automakers are starting to offer people the ‘next-best-thing’: A familiar gas-electric hybrid with rechargeable batteries. Unlike a traditional hybrid, the battery pack in Plug-in Hybrid vehicles can be recharged using a standard 110v plug, or a dedicated 240v charging station. . In order to meet future fuel MPG standards, automakers are starting to adopt electricity en-mass.

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Coming Soon – The Electric City

Revenge of the Electric Car

And at the headquarters of Pacific Gas and Electric, utility executives are preparing “heat maps” of neighborhoods that they fear may overload the power grid in their exuberance for electric cars.&#. And at the headquarters of Pacific Gas and Electric, utility executives are preparing “heat maps” of neighborhoods that they fear may overload the power grid in their exuberance for electric cars. Photo by Jim Wilson, New York Times.

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Are You Plugged In?

Revenge of the Electric Car

Plug-in hybrids differ from hybrids on the road today in that they can go longer distances on battery power and can be recharged via electrical outlets. NEV stands for neighborhood electric vehicle, which can travel at a top speed of 25 mph. The Wall Street Journal assesses your EV readiness. Are You Plugged In? By Mara Lemos Stein. Here is the full text of the entire article, in case the link goes bad: [link]. By MARA LEMOS STEIN.

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The Business of Plugging In: Building the Full Ecosystem for a Successful Plug-in Vehicle Industry in the US

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Infrastructure, recharging and business models. Berkeley will have a higher percentage than Fresno—it will not be unlikely for 3-5 PEVs to show up on one neighborhood circuit in Berkeley, overwhelming the local circuit, and leading to blackouts, he said. The next step will be the ability to communicate with individual cars—that could address the 3 cars on the same neighborhood circuit issue.

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Bright’s Plug-In Car: Aerodynamics Are Key

Revenge of the Electric Car

million gallons of gas consumed by those white little trucks trolling your neighborhood. The onboard gas engine largely exists to recharge the batteries for the electric engine. This new company, Bright Automotive , is founded by ex-GM EV1 people, and the super efficient Rocky Mountain Institute to make plug-in hybrids in Indiana.

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PHEV Energy Bill

Plug In Partners

Priority given to recently closed facilities or facilities in danger of closing SEC 133 Inclusion of Electric Drive in Energy Policy Act of 1992 Adds PHEVs, hybrids, and Neighborhood Electric Vehicles to list of those vehicles receiving credit under Epact fleet requirements. W e've had the people in our shop go over the new energy bill with an eye for Plug Ins and electric transportation in general.

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Using the PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) to Transition Society Seamlessly and Profitably From Fossil Fuel to 100% Renewable Energy

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The pure electric vehicles, for reserve, must carry heavy and expensive batteries—which add expense as well as weight—and must have access to high-powered recharging stations [ 1 ]. Furthermore, even the older version PHEV can recharge at a slow rate using local solar, wind, water-derived or other net zero CO 2 fuel. In addition, the grid could ask for energy back from the batteries of a PHEV if the house or neighborhood need is at a high level for a short time.

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DOE to Award Up to $2.4B for Advanced Batteries, Electric Drive Components, and Electric Drive Vehicle Demonstration/Deployment Projects

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Technologies that are eligible for selection include PHEV and similar extended range electric vehicles (EREV), Electric Vehicles (EV), or fuel cell vehicles (FCV), and the recharging and electric support infrastructure required for each technology. Motorcycles, three-wheeled vehicles, neighborhood electric vehicles, and other non-conventional passenger vehicles are not desired and will be deemed non-responsive to the announcement.

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US DOE Awards $300 Million in Clean Cities Grants to Support Alternative Fuels, Vehicles, and Infrastructure Development

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The program includes the installation of 10 alternative fuel refueling sites (two B20, one Electric Recharging, and seven CNG). The project includes a portfolio of different technologies and fuels, including B20 (three stations), ethanol E85 (three stations), compressed natural gas (three stations and 97 vehicles), electricity (four recharging sites and 34 vehicles), and 251 hybrid electric vehicles. Geographical distribution of Clean Cities Recovery Act awards. Click to enlarge.

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BMW unveils the production i3 in New York, London and Beijing; efficiency, dynamics and a supporting ecosystem of services

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As a visual cue, the pure battery-electric version only has the recharging port; an i3 with the range extender will also have a fueling port on the front quarter.). And if the battery has to be recharged at a public charging station, the driver is given a choice of available stations in the neighborhood. For the purpose of energy management, not only are the current battery capacity levels taken into account, but the various options for recharging are also considered.

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The Most Powerful Greenius In America

Creative Greenius

Nobody was recharging any cell phones or laptops during the 1976 bicentennial year. (I m Weatherization Assistance Programs ($5b) Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Programs ($300 million), Green Jobs ($500 million), Neighborhood Stabilization Programs ($2b). FOLLOW ME IF YOU WANT TO LIVE.

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Solar Powered Greenius Producing Massive South Bay Energy

Creative Greenius

As we reported in our exclusive interview with ABC Solar’s Brad Bartz last month, he was battling the City of Torrance on behalf of a homeowner in my very own Hollywood Riviera neighborhood who was being blocked from installing solar by the City. The software upgrade also will allow Prius drivers with PICC conversion kits to boost highway fuel efficiency to 170 miles per gallon (until the rechargeable battery is depleted), as recently measured by Argonne National Laboratory.

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Plug In America - Links and Resources

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

About Electric Cars & Plug-In Hybrids California Cars Initiative , promoting 100 MPG cars Electric Auto Association Advanced Hybrid Vehicle Development Consortium Neighborhood electric vehicle user group Plug In America's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Plug In Partners , demonstrating demand for Plug-In Hybrids Set America Free , promoting steps to energy independence Allies of Plug In America California Cars Initiative Co-op America U.S. Learn About Plug-ins What Are Plug-ins?

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Nissan plans to start selling electric car in Seattle next year

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

Local Weather Transportation/Traffic Education Environment Politics Real Estate Joel Connelly Webtowns/Neighborhoods Obituaries Special Reports Corrections US/World U.S. The new plug-in vehicle will be able to exceed highway speed limits, go 100 miles on a charge and recharge in four to eight hours using a 220-volt line, similar to those for clothes dryers, said Mark Perry, director of product planning for Nissan North America.

Profile: Li-ion Battery and Pack Supplier Valence Technology

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They are usually delivery vehicles working within a neighborhood, and are on the road for 6-8 hour a day and are recharged overnight. by Bill Cooke. The olivine structure of one of Valence’s lithium iron magnesium phosphate materials. The view is looking along an axis of the crystal structure. The polyhedra aid the eye in seeing the ions grouped as (green) Fe/Mg-enclosing octahedra and (yellow) phosphate tetrahedra.

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Greenlings: Benefits of charging stations vs. battery swaps vs. home charging

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

Although charging infrastructure is beginning to find its way into cities, it may be awhile until they are available in residential neighborhoods en masse. Please feel free to tell us what you believe to be the benefits of some of the various recharging modes mentioned above in the comments section below. Jason ↓ ↑ report 7 jharlan 10:41PM (4/09/2009) Home recharge with your home solar recharge station would be the most desirable for commuting from the suburbs.

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