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EV Industry News: Choosing Fisker Automotive for Green Cruising

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Choosing Fisker Automotive for Green Cruising

EVCARCO takes a look inside the world of hybrid vehicles to look at an unexpected turn towards the seriously sexy with the release of the Fisker Karma in 2011. Not a fully electric car, it nonetheless has a lot to offer to the environmentally friendly driver. It also has a tremendous amount to offer to those interested in sports cars too. Difficult to describe in terms of design and appearance, the fact that this new offering from Fisker Automotive sold out until 2012 demonstrates the universal appeal of the car.

Basically, the Fisker Karma is powered by batteries that can give it around 50 miles per charge. When the batteries are low or depleted a simple flick of a steering wheel-mounted paddle kicks in the 2 liter turbocharged engine (four cylinders) that will power the car on lengthier trips even as it is also recharging the batteries. It takes around five hours to fully charge the batteries, and to run the vehicle in its Stealth mode.

Fisker Automotive decided to mount the electric motors in the rear of the car and to give them enough power to supply the driver of the Fisker Karma with a stunning 260 horsepower. When these are active (in the Sport mode) the car can go from zero to sixty in less than six seconds and can reach speeds of 125 mph. This is unprecedented in the world of hybrids and EVs (electric vehicles) and accounts for the diverse number of buyers who managed to acquire all 3,000 units available.

Fisker Automotive also opted to outfit the interior of the Fisker Karma with technologies and luxuries too. Drivers are seated on leather upholstery, touch suede or wood to engage all of the different functions, and even see a large central touch screen that will interact beautifully with any driver’s command.

What all of this means is that the Fisker Karma is taking the world of hybrids and EVs to an all-new level. Some industry experts worry that the release of this model is too early in terms of viability. These concerns are due entirely to the difficulties with “away from home” charging in many parts of the world. There are some places in which public charging stations are readily available, but in a location such as the United States the infrastructure is not yet “up to speed” and may impact the delight that should be experienced by all who are driving these amazingly impressive and eco-friendly cars.

EV Industry: Charing Station Trends in the United States

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Charging Station Trends in the United States

Though some of the most accessible and first fully electric cars have began to arrive in the United States in late 2011, the turn to hybrid plug-in and all electric vehicles has created the need for a system of charging station access. If you don’t know a lot about electric vehicles, or EVs, it helps to know that they have what is known as a “range”. This is a figure that indicates the number of miles that the EV can operate in between full charges. Hybrid plug-ins vehicles also have their electric capabilities or ranges too, and this is the reason behind the need for charging station access around the country.

What is so interesting is that it is retail stores that are really moving things forward by opting to install stations for consumers to use as they do their shopping or errands. The average charging station is going to be able to supply power to cars, scooters, and bikes that require batteries, but they will vary in terms of fees or prices.

For example, the world-famous Mall of America in Minnesota has a charging station system that asks for three dollars per hour in order to charge the batteries while other stations ask for nothing in return. The owners of the fee-less stations usually understand that a customer is not going to be in their store or shop long enough to take the full charge and they believe that this is simply a service to clients and the environment.

Industry experts feel that the days of free charging station access are numbered simply because the shift to hybrid and fully electric vehicles is inevitable. With changing efficiency standards being required by the United States government (capped at more than 50 MPG by 2025) it is going to be impossible for most manufacturers to avoid the use of battery systems. This means that increasing demands for charging stations will begin to arise very quickly, and the option for free charges will disappear just as quickly.

For now, there are literally hundreds of stations popping up all over the country. The most unique of them was unveiled in Bethesda, MD in 2011. This is a totally green station that uses solar panels, GPS tracking of the sun, and clean supplies to provide drivers with free charges. The owner is a real estate developer who decided to his “bit” for the environment by making the green solar charging station available in a heavy commuting region.

EV NEWS: National Highway Transportation Safety Administration confirms safety of Chevy Volt and other electric vehicles

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

EVCARCO continues to be carefully following NHTSA’s investigation into the safety issues on the GM [GM  24.86  -0.14  (-0.56%)   ] Volt’s battery power because the first reviews of the fire incident were released last year. Just like any report, it appears the allegation received much more coverage compared to resolution. Therefore we desired to make certain we did our part to obtain the discharge of the NHTSA’s stamp of approval to our fans.

On January 20th, 2012 the NHTSA cleared the Volt

“The NHTSA issued a statement essentially saying, ‘case closed.’ Typically, when the NHTSA closes an investigation, there is no public statement. Not this time. This time, the NHTSA issued a very public release, explaining it closed the Volt case, finding no safety defect. Then the federal government went a step further. In its release, the NHTSA said the Chevy Volt and other electric vehicles pose no greater risk of catching on fire than gasoline-powered cars. It was a very public and strong statement about the safety of electric vehicles.”

Read more from CNBC here

You can also read the full statement from the NHTSA here

Even though the opening of this investigation generated national news coverage along with a slew of online press stories, it seems the “case closed” statement isn’t reaching exactly the same audience. We’re encouraged that Chevrolet Volt sales, together with Nissan Leaf sales, continue to increase each month they are available. Some interesting sales statistics are available here showing that sales of electric vehicles continue to increase despite this (now closed) NHTSA case. You’ll find that in their first year of availability both the Nissan  Leaf and the Chevrolet Volt (individually) outsold the Toyota Prius in its first year of availability here. The Volt and Leaf each sold between 7,500 and 9,000 vehicles in 2011, almost double that of 2000 sales of the Toyota Prius (~5,000). This bodes effectively for the continued adoption of the electric vehicle, as also does the information found here, showing that Nissan has officially hit its goal of selling 10,000 Leafs in the states (less than 20 days after its target date of December 31, 2011).

With the NHTSA case closed, having a vote of confidence in electric vehicle safety, and with the promising 2011 EV sales figures, we believe the EV market is going to have an exciting 2012.

Improvements in Electric Vehicle Systems

What do you need to run electric vehicles (EVs)? Obviously you require a good battery system inside of the car or light truck, but you also need a place where “fuel” or energy can be supplied. Currently there are a few ways that this is done. For instance, in some locations there are curbside stations that allow users to plug their fully electric or hybrid vehicles in for a charge. There are also some innovative solutions in the form of battery swapping stations (which is currently being tested in Israel), and then there are solar powered poles that allow electric vehicles (EVs) to be plugged in while the driver runs errands or goes to work.

It is the latter that is of such interest to many people in the world. For example, in mid-2011 a real estate developer in the Washington D.C. metro area spoke with his children about the need for solar charging stations for the many hybrids that fill the streets of the region. The three teenagers challenged their father to begin developing the “greenest” stations possible for those with electric vehicles (EVs), and together they came up with a very unique plan.

They designed and installed the first Solar Power Pole. This is a device that uses solar panels mounted to a very sturdy utility pole. The panels are equipped with “tracking” gear that enables them to turn with the sun and to accumulate energy all day long. Thus, they are of tremendous use to commuters who need to give their electric vehicles (EVs) a charge, but who do not want to drive well out of their way in order to obtain a resource making energy available.

The concept was actually implemented by the ATR Corporation (Advanced Technology and Research) and is capable of generating an impressive 1410 watts of electricity. This makes it around 45% more efficient than standard “fixed” solar arrays. The tracking is done through a built in GPS system that follows the trajectory of the sun and maximizes the production from the pole.

It is interesting to note that these poles work in the same way that all net-metering systems do in standard households. They generate totally green energy that is then fed into the public supply. The pole itself is fed with constant electricity by the actual grid, but the use of the supplies is offset completely by the creation of the green energy that is sent into the public grid. This makes the system neutral, and gives drivers the ability to use only the most earth friendly energy possible.

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