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Balqon Corporation China EV Growth

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Article by Jennifer Obodoa

Balqon Corporation (OTCBB: BLQN) developer and manufacturer of zero-emissions heavy-duty electric vehicles, lithium battery energy storage products and electric drive systems, similar to companies like Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) and A123 Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: AONE), is well positioned to capitalize on China’s growth in electric vehicles.

China’s EV Market Could be the World’s Largest

China has a large problem with pollution. Approximately one third of 113 cities surveyed by the Environmental Protection Ministry failed to meet national air standards last year. According to the World Bank, 16 of the world’s 20 cities with the worst air pollution were located in China. In fact, only 1% of China’s city dwellers breath air considered safe by EU standards!

China’s electric vehicle market represents a solution to this problem. Last March, the country adopted its 12th Five Year Plan that called for a number of measures to promote EVs. The country will setup five businesses to produce batteries and electric motors within a few years and implement the supporting infrastructure for EVs throughout its major cities.

Pike Research believes that China will lead EV sales in the Asia Pacific by 2015. While Japan is currently the largest EV producer, expected to grow at 10% between 2010 and 2015, China is rapidly closing the gap with a CAGR of around 40% over the same period. And many analysts believe it’s only a matter of time before it becomes the world’s largest EV market.

Balqon Capitalizes on Chinese EV Demand

Balqon is a leading provider of electric vehicle technologies to China from the United States. In early 2011, the company received a .9 million order for 300 electric drive systems from Winston Global Energy. The order created 150 jobs in Los Angeles, CA and will be used to power a fleet of 15-40 passenger buses in Chinese municipalities.

Balqon CEO Balwinder Samra elaborated on this agreement in a Fox Business News interview:

The move could pave the way for many more orders in China, particularly with its agreement with Winston Global Energy. Winston Global Energy is a Chinese green energy company founded by Winston Chung, a leading lithium battery innovator and fuel cell research philanthropist based in China.

Energy Storage and the Future of Energy

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Article by Jack

One of the main criticisms of wind and solar power is their nature as intermittent sources of energy. If the wind stops blowing on the plains of North Dakota, or clouds cover the desert in California, blackouts could occur across the country if these renewable energies were primary sources of power.

So the challenge for investors is finding who will supply the technology to smooth out those peaks and valleys. Some new technologies are now emerging that have the potential to play a big role in the future of renewables.

Battery storageA123 Systems (Nasdaq: AONE ) and Ener1 (Nasdaq: HEV ) have been testing battery storage in locations around the world with some success. Ener1 has a million deal with the Russian Federal Grid Company, and A123 Systems is on its second deal with AES Energy Gener in Chile for a total of 32 MW.

Inverter manufacturer Satcon Technology (Nasdaq: SATC ) has even talked about adding battery storage to their inverters to kill two birds with one stone.

The problem for battery storage is scale. Batteries may be able to charge quickly and release energy quickly, but right now they can’t store mass amounts of energy for the grid — something renewable power needs.

Pumped hydroStore energy by pumping water uphill and release energy by capturing the energy of it running downhill. Simple, cost effective — and so far, our best answer to energy storage. There are 21 GW of pumped hydro in the U.S. and 38 GW in Europe, but this isn’t a solution for all problems. Wind-heavy areas like North Dakota and offshore aren’t exactly conducive to this, nor are deserts where solar power is most effective.

Compressed air storageMaybe the more immediate answer is compressed air storage. Think of this as a huge compressed air tank that is filled during off-peak hours and released as needed to provide electricity. There are two sites online in Alabama and Germany, with Pacific Gas and Electric (NYSE: PCG ) and New York State Electric and Gas looking to get in the game.

The PG&E site in Kern County is 300 MW so the potential size of compressed air energy storage is much larger than battery storage right now.

Bottom lineEnergy storage roadblock that may decide how quickly renewable energy becomes adopted on a wider scale. With GW of projects in the works at solar leaders First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR ) and SunPower (Nasdaq: SPWRA ) , the next challenge may be out of their hands. Southern California can only handle so much solar power before the lights start flickering when a cloud passes overhead. Energy storage is the key to make sure that doesn’t happen.

There are no sure-fire solutions, but batteries are sure to play a role in smoothing out energy supply. It may not be on a GW scale, but even on a much smaller scale, A123 and Ener1 are working to play a role in making the grid both cleaner and smarter.

BYD Green Dream - Electric Car World

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Article by Robinner

He has the flexibility to adopt a “semi-automatic pay rise”, made in the battery market dominance. Since then, he was duty-bound to battle auto industry, done in full swing. However, he was not satisfied , but also ventured into new energy sources. He is Wang, chairman of BYD. The company is the largest supplier of lithium-ion battery and is considered the world leader in new energy vehicles manufacturer.

Wind and water

15 years ago, Wang battery technology experts in the field began to get involved as the battery industry, with Japanese companies producing automated production line compared to the standard battery, BYD is just a small company just starting out, there is no strong financial support, you want to the battery is not easy to do. Prior to this, this threshold has been prohibitive for many companies.

However, Wang has taken a unique “human + fixture = robot” model, the flexibility to take a “semi-automatic adding artificial” growth line. This independent research and product development path, but also for the early start BYD significant cost savings and to secure a lot of valuable time.

In 1997, the business only two years sales of BYD Ni-Cd batteries, which amounts to 150 million, moved up to fourth in the world. Nickel-cadmium batteries in the field of a foothold, the Wang followed seize a second chance, began the development of the battery market with core technology products NiMH batteries and lithium batteries. Benefit from quality, cost and efficiency advantages, BYD in 2000 and 2002, Motorola and Nokia has become the first lithium-ion battery supplier in China.

If only the footsteps of Wang to stay in the battery industry, he was talking about new energy Kingdom only castle in the air, it will not be “Warren” Buffett their companies on him.

This is a bold move with Wang closely related. Dominant in the throne firmly secured after the global battery industry, Wang began a new adventure to get into the automotive industry.

The reason bent into the automotive industry, Wang interpretation is not unexpected: “BYD was in nickel batteries, lithium batteries, has been ranked first in the world, in the battery industry to be very difficult to achieve further breakthroughs; and it is in China’s auto market rapid development, huge market demand, development of electric vehicles is to solve the problem of resource constraints and environmental pollution, a good program. ”

But then the repairer failures have been, and no one would dare believe that a business can be better to do car batteries, Wang-made car was facing many challenges.

Speak louder than words. Wang’s choice for BYD Auto sales growth every year more than 100%, as the car industry, “Shenzhen speed.” August 31, 2009, BYD released mid-year performance: F3 sold 120,000, an increase of 78%, if coupled with F3R, domestic single car sales ranked first.

Throw away the gearbox gallop

“The future does not need transmission car!” Wang was stunned. In his eyes, car sooner or later the world of electric cars, electric cars are no gearbox. And to achieve this goal, Wang and did not let the outside world so long.

In 2008, BYD, the world’s first production hybrid vehicle F3DM officially listed. The investment in R & D personnel and more than 500 one billion yuan out of the hybrid electric vehicle research and development can be like cell phones, charging outlet in the home, breaking the electric vehicle charging station to be charged in the professional bottleneck, and power alone driver, the maximum speed of 150 km, full of oil and electricity reached after the maximum mileage of 500 km.

As the world’s first dual-mode electric vehicle, using a self-developed iron BYD BYD battery technology F3DM, broke through the home charging and charging station charging energy of two complementary approaches of technical problems, but also represents the current development of electric vehicles the highest level.

This has important significance is that BYD electric vehicle technology from the fundamental subversion of the traditional powertrain fuel vehicles, but also to make Chinese manufacturers dominated the car market with the giants on the same starting line.

“BYD listed F3DM to become the world’s new energy vehicles, one of the leading market,” Asia Pacific automotive research JDPower Meisong Lin, general manager of China research, once commented.

BYD advantages in the new energy and even affect the urban development in Shenzhen. When he was party secretary of Shenzhen, BYD Liu Pu in the investigation and study, after driving BYD F3DM had a smile as this “Shenzhen-made” new energy vehicles start with the “ad”: “to accelerate fast, low noise, very smooth and at an affordable price. “and BYD to meet new energy vehicles, energy storage power station and the long-term low-cost solar power development strategy, tailored to the Shenzhen Municipal Government said that its system to support a set of policy measures and docking.

In addition to domestic implementation, Wang also plans to let his pride - “Green Core” to the world. Wang says that BYD plans in the domestic market F3DM dual-mode hybrid electric vehicles and pure electric vehicles in 2011, when e6 put to the European market. “For the Chinese cars, the most important thing is the first successful entry into the European market. BYD on the use of new energy vehicles as a stepping stone to open the European market confidence.” Wang confidence.

And this toshiba pa3820u-1brs battery, toshiba pa3821u-1brs battery attitude can not do without the support of the data. A set of internal data from BYD, e6 once fully charged can travel 300 km, power 75 kW, the maximum speed of 140 km, the price is about 30 million yuan (12 million in Shenzhen will receive subsidies), power consumption per hundred kilometers 21.5 degrees. In contrast, dual-mode technology to master two other companies - General Motors and Toyota are selling electric cars, a charge can only travel 25 kilometers.

Look to “future village”

This year, BYD, and Daimler signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly develop electric vehicles in China. The two sides plan to set up a joint-venture technology center in China, using the best BYD battery and drive technology, Daimler’s security and structure technology, jointly developed an electric car for the Chinese market. Will undoubtedly accelerate the BYD new energy to the world the pace car.

In the new field of energy, BYD made for the benefit of mankind “three green dream”, in addition to electric cars, as well as energy storage power plants, and solar power. This practice of Wang’s commitment. Wang said, “BYD is not only to do ‘first’ business, but also responsible business should do dell studio xps 1645 battery, dell studio xps 1647 battery.” BYD concern not only in the sense of responsibility and actively participate in disaster relief to save crisis, donate resources to teach science and social stability, support cultural, sports and other public welfare undertakings of social responsibility, but also manifested in BYD through a unique low-carbon technologies to solve problems caused by oil pollution and economic problems of the global environment to contribute to the benefit of mankind.

After the introduction of electric vehicles, Wang has begun to reach extended to solar energy, BYD is working to develop energy storage power station. Wang once said: “The electric car is actually a small energy storage power station, is kilowatt, but also can expand to MW.” BYD is now in R & D is such a large energy storage power station.

Meanwhile, Wang also wants to use their own solar and wind battery storage. BYD factory in Shenzhen, there are two small villas, villa all the electricity used in all from the yard of a few solar panels and a few windmills, villa wind and energy storage system will have stored in the battery for normal use. Allegedly, this small courtyard named Wang as “the next village”, perhaps this is his dream of the future society should look like.

From electric cars, solar , Wang and BYD “green dream” people unconsciously influence the world.

Plug-in Range Anxiety No More? - Charging Station Trends in the United States

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Plug-in Range Anxiety No More - Charging Station Trends in the United States

Though some of the most accessible and first fully electric cars just now arrived in the United States, the turn to hybrid 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 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 EV charging 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 electric cars, plug-in hybrids and EV 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 a few 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.

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Electric vehicle charging will receive a $120M Jolt in California

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

California Governor Jerry Brown, and California’s utility regulator, just introduced that the decade-old claim having a partner of NRG Energy, Dynegy, over energy contracts throughout the state’s energy crisis, will are a $120 million settlement fund to purchase building out an electrical vehicle charging network in California. A hundred million dollars from the fund is going to be allocated to setting up 200 public fast-charging stations and 10,000 plug-in models at 1,000 locations over the San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, L.A. and North Park County the rest of the $20 million from the fund goes to “ratepayer relief,” or reducing consumer energy bills.

Simultaneously Governor Brown, who spoke today in the Wall Street Journal’s Eco:nomics conference, also signed a professional order with a road to get 1.5 million “zero-emission vehicles” on California’s streets by 2025. The executive order set targets for:

•             By 2015, all major metropolitan areas in California may have sufficient infrastructure and become “zero-emission vehicle ready.”

•             By 2020, the condition may have established sufficient infrastructure to aid a million zero-emission automobiles in California.

•             By 2025, you will see 1.5 million zero-emission automobiles on the highway in California.

•             By 2050, almost all personal transportation within the Condition depends on zero-emission automobiles, and green house gas pollutants in the transportation sector will disappear by 80 % below 1990 levels.

It’s quite a creative utilization of funds from the major energy issue in the state’s history. Dynegy had an Enron-style energy buying and selling platform and was among the firms that was involved with California’s energy crisis. NRG, inside a statement, describes the connection with Dynergy because this: a subsidiary of Dynegy would be a co-owner with NRG of energy producing plants, that are presently possessed by NRG in California. “NRG assumed full responsibility for solving this matter in 2006 when NRG acquired Dynegy’s 50 % curiosity about the assets.”

California Public Utility Commission Commissioner Mike Florio referred to the settlement fund inside a statement as: “In one stroke it shuts out a regrettable chapter within our background and propels us in the future to some clean transportation future.”

The fund is among the better final results of these funds for NRG Energy, that has been building out its first electric vehicle charging network in Dallas, Texas, known as eVgo. NRG states it’s arrived at a contract using the CPUC to construct the California electric vehicle charging network within the next 4 years. Like its charging station in Dallas, the charging network depends on the monthly subscription.

EVCARCO’s Corporate Development Update Regarding its Future Driven® Brand

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Fort Worth, Texas – EVCARCO Inc. (OTCBB:EVCA) (OTCQB:EVCA), a Future Driven® Automotive Retail Group today announced updates to the shareholders and investment community on recent corporate developments, future plans, growth strategies, capital needs and changes to its share structure.

The Company has been working diligently to cultivate several, potentially valuable joint partnerships, identify new markets with products that provide carbon reduction technologies, sales channels, and sources of revenue.

As the Company moves forward, it continues to operate from its Micro-New Car Dealership in Ft.Worth, Texas that has generated cumulative gross revenues of $2,208,948.00, as of the last reported period of September 30, 2011. These revenues represent sales of new electric cars, EV charging stations, and pre-owned vehicles. The Company also continues to expose and market its Master Franchise and Single Locations Franchises opportunities of the Future Driven® Dealership Franchise.

On February 22, 2012, the Company announced that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with HFX Laboratories, Inc. regarding the market development, testing and licensing of the HFX4 Hydrogen Hybrid Combustion/Fuel Enhancement Systems. The Company is currently conducting tests of the HFX4 Hybrid System. The system produces hydrogen for use as a catalyst in the vehicle’s combustion system. The hydrogen catalyst is introduced into the vehicle’s air intake to completely utilize the fuel in the combustion process. The goal is to find in EVCA’s Due Diligence, results of 20% to 35% improvement in MPG and a reduction in emissions in the range of 60%, depending on engine efficiency.

Mack Sanders, CEO of EVCARCO, stated, “We have continued to work on expanding and growing acceptance of environmentally friendly vehicles. With recent increases in gasoline and diesel, we expect more consumers will feel the pain at the pump and embrace our products.”

Effective November 30, 2011, the Company amended its Articles of Incorporation to increase authorized capital. The increase was necessary in order to accommodate conversion of debt taken on over the same year. As of the date of this release, significant portion of the convertible notes payable has been paid off.

For more information on EVCARCO, Inc., please view: www.evcarco.com.  Shareholder inquiries should be directed to (972) 571-1624.

EVCARCO Inc. is a Future Driven® Automotive Retail Group focused on deploying a coast-to-coast network of environmentally friendly franchised dealerships, vehicles, technologies and sustainable solutions. EVCARCO is bringing to market the most advanced clean technologies available in plug-in electric, alternative fuel, and pre-owned hybrid vehicles from multiple manufacturers.

Forward-Looking Statement

This release contains forward-looking statements that reflect EVCARCO Inc. plans and expectations. In this press release and related comments by Company management, words like “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “forecast,” “objective,” “plan,” “goal” and similar expressions are used to identify forward-looking statements, representing management’s current judgment and expectations about possible future events. Management believes these forward-looking statements and the judgments upon which they are based to be reasonable, but they are not guarantees of future performance and involve numerous known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company’s actual results, performance, achievements or financial position to be materially different from any future results, performance, achievements or financial position expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

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So you don’t think Americans will pay $5 per gallon of gas?

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Think the cost of the gallon won’t ever go to $5? Think again, say experts, a number of whom even predict we’re able to be seeing $5 gas countrywide through the end of 2012, because of tensions in the middle East and elevated demand from nations like India and china.

Will $5.00 per gallon push most Americans over the edge?

In either case, People in America seem to be approaching the tipping point when it comes to gas prices and overall investing, based on the outcomes of a Gallup Poll launched at the begining of March. One of the survey participants, 28 percent stated that the cost close to $4 per gallon could be enough to allow them to change their lifestyle and reduce investing elsewhere, while 14 to 17 % will be ready to make individuals changes at present day prices. The typical cost for “common, serious effects” for investing and lifestyle designs, based on Gallup, is $5.30 per gallon.

We requested people of Yahoo! Contributor Network to mirror on the potential of $5 gas and share how rising costs will affect their very own driving habits. Their reactions are below.

“Although I is going to do things i can to handle high gas prices, you will find several things I will not do. I do not like public transit and so i will not have a bus or train. I additionally tend not to commute by bicycle. In my experience, it’s an excessive amount of to need to change my clothes at work bathroom after you have sweaty.” — Laura Cone

“I’ve made the decision which i will walk more towards the places near to the house. This is not merely ‘green’ but additionally saves money. I understand which i would need to become more careful in arranging my daily errands. They’ll take more time if I walk. I additionally have made the decision to consider public transit whenever you can. The buses during my city operate on gas. I’ll cut back money basically purchase a bus pass instead of driving every single day.

“The truth is that, as gas prices rise, it is not only the vehicle costs which go up. Transport price of goods is immediately affected. During these uncertain occasions throughout the economy overspending on anything is really no option.” — Hector Quiambao

“Among the greatest advantages of residing in Chicago isn’t needing to use my vehicle every single day. With public transit and thus a multitude of locations within easy reach, there’s pointless they are driving. Actually, I truly only drive my vehicle when I must leave the town. With gas at $4.39 a gallon and rising, driving my vehicle every day just is not inexpensive. If gas is actually likely to be $5 a gallon this summer time, I believe I’ll virtually stop driving my vehicle altogether. It is only not worthwhile any longer.” - Katya Gordeeva

“My husband and that i put aside $80 per week to fill each of our tanks, and that we generally utilize it all up by week’s finish. That’s $320 per month at max, our fuel finances are $350 per month. We have been discussing a very long time about buying a hybrid vehicle. If gas genuinely does achieve $5 a gallon, I believe that’ll be our breaking point. We simply will not have the ability to manage to drive standard automobiles any longer. I predict most be directly behind us if these gas prices carry on how they are.” - Marie Brandon

“We live near to work although not to affordable supermarkets or dry goods stores. We’ve already transformed our grocery along with other shopping outings. We visit town once each month. That might have to be extended to once each month .

“If this involves the homestead, high gas prices hits us hard. When the Maqui Berry farmers pay greater fuel costs, they will pass that cost onto customers. We must buy hay for the animals. The Maqui Berry farmers we purchase from will heighten the hay prices to pay for their added fuel expenses. Therefore, have small animals proprietors like ourselves, selling off breeding stock. With hay ground being converted into corn/bean fields, greater gas prices will nearly put us from creating our very own beef.” - Sherry Tomfeld

“In the past, when gasoline was initially listed in the levels there has been now, I designed a conscious option to forget about expectations and think outdoors this area. I offered my vehicle and acquired myself just a little 50cc Yamaha scooter. And I am glad Used to do. I saved 1000′s of dollars in the initial year which i rode the fast little scoot rather than my vehicle. Crazy because it sounds, the cute little motorbike has really taken care of itself several occasions in gas savings alone since i have purchased 2 yrs ago. And that is excluding the absolutely massive cut in costs I’ve completely loved on my small car insurance bills.

“The scooter is fun they are driving, also it literally will get about five occasions as numerous mpg as my old vehicle, and 10 occasions the mileage from the truck which i drove before that. I suppose the cost of $5 a gallon gas already did affect me. However I understood it would stay high for that expected future, and so i modified, and that i never looked back.” - Abby Sweet

“The rise in gas prices will not change my driving habits much, since i already plan my vehicle outings. If I have to visit 3 or 4 places, I actually do them all-in-one trip, creating a large loop rather than four separate outings. I frequent stores which are along the way I drive to operate, instead of heading out of my way. I would not imagine creating a 46-mile round visit to the “better” mall when there is a perfectly good mall 2.5 miles from the house. As well as for God’s sake, don’t request me for any ride towards the neighbor’s house.” - Kay Whittenhauer

“My greatest problem is which i drive a V-6 also it only will get about 23 miles towards the gallon, and so i am already investing about $35 every week on gas. I will attempt to drive less, meaning I won’t go in the future towards the local Dollar General simply because I would like a snack. I will need to make sure to get everything I want and can want in a single trip, so I will have to begin to make a listing of a few things i should get as i am already out. I additionally intend on reducing just how much gas I place in my vehicle’s gas tank previously, since i tend not to have $60 to fill the vehicle’s gas tank. I’m able to scrape together $5 much simpler than I’m able to $60, and so i guess I’ll be driving with under one half tank more frequently.” - Jeanne Rose

“We are really not an very wealthy family we’re middle-class without a doubt. We live pretty easily at this time, however with gas prices rising we might rapidly achieve our breaking point. We have already needed to reduce eating to cover the present very high cost gas. If your gallon of gas reaches $5 here, and stays there for lengthy, we might be instructed to purchase another vehicle that will get more mpg to counterbalance the cost.” - Theresa Goff

“If gas were $5 a gallon I’d require me to pay $100 to fill my tank, however it does not matter. At $4 and $5 a gallon, I am not likely to fill my tank. I am likely to place the minimum quantity of gas during my vehicle to obtain me with the week and that is it.” - S.L. Carroll

So what can the Obama do in order to keep fuel cost low?

Can the Leader do anything about the price of gasoline?

One further-ditch move could be for Leader Obama to tap the Proper Oil Reserve, as ended throughout the very first Iraq war in 1991, after Hurricane Katrina broken refining facilities in 2005, by Leader Obama throughout Libya’s civil war this past year. But it has generally been done like a temporary measure in reaction to 1-off supply interruptions, less an insurance policy reaction to rising prices. Indeed, experts the effect on prices has generally been temporary.

All this seems like not so good news for Leader Obama-but here’s something which might provide the Whitened House more reason behind optimism: Despite what voters say, there isn’t much evidence that oil or gas prices by themselves really are a significant element in identifying presidential elections, based on Nate Silver, the brand new You are able to Times’ record guru.

Still, prices in the pump don’t appear in isolation. The worry is they could put a crimp within the economic recovery, by departing People in America with less cash within their pockets and therefore slowing down lower consumer investing. In the event that happened, voters would probably blame Obama.

Rising gas prices have put a damper on Leader Obama’s political fortunes-54 percent from the participants to a different CBS-New You are able to Occasions poll stated they feel the leader can perform a lot to manage prices in the pump. And nearly two-thirds from the participants for an ABC-Washington Publish poll stated they disapprove of methods Obama is handling the problem. It’s possibly unsurprising that Obama saw sharp drops in the overall approval rating both in polls.

The Whitened House can’t complain an excessive amount of about using the blame for top gas prices. While campaigning for leader in 2008, Obama castigated Leader George W. Rose bush within the same problem. “You have to pay nearly $3.70 a gallon for gas-2 1/ 2 occasions what it really cost when Leader Rose bush required office,” he told an audience in Ohio at that time.

Political rhetoric aside, just how much can the leader do to manage gas prices?

Not that much. The main reason for the current spike-gas rose to $3.80 a gallon now-may be the growing tension with Iran, most experts say. That’s making traders concern about a potential conflict inside a crucial oil-creating region,  that could lead to reducing a substantial supply of the earth’s oil. Additionally, Japan continues to be using a lot more oil since shutting lower almost all of their nuclear energy plants within the wake from the Fukushima disaster this past year. As well as other conflicts in Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Libya have clogged off some production in individuals nations.

Republicans say opening the U . S . to more domestic drilling will bring prices lower. Newt Gingrich continues to be hammering on that theme recently in the mission for that Republican presidential nomination, saying he’s an agenda to lessen gas to $2.50 a gallon. But American customers are members of a worldwide marketplace for oil, and oil makes up about around three-quarters of the price of a gallon of gas, based on the Energy Information Administration. So growing domestic production wouldn’t do much to help ease prices. As well as, it might take a long time to promote and begin getting prices lower even marginally.

How about the demand side? Could not the administration bring lower the total amount People in America invest in gas by encouraging a change to more fuel-efficient automobiles-possibly by mandating that car manufacturers adopt greater gas mileage standards? Yes, eventually. However, it might take around ten years, experts say, for that effect of this change to begin to become felt in the pump.

As Jay Hakes, an old top Energy Department official, told The Washington Publish: “There’s a considerable time lag between your adoption of one’s guidelines as well as their impact available on the market.Inch

Some Dems have contended that unscrupulous investors on Wall Street are driving up prices looking for short-term profits, which the administration could ease the discomfort in the pump by cracking lower about this activity. But even when that’s happening, most professionals state that global oil marketplaces are merely too big for government bodies to police. “Should you go and set a situation limit on [contracts within the New You are able to Mercantile Exchange], fine,” energy analyst Stephen Schork told the Washington Publish a week ago. “But a lot of buying and selling is incorporated in the Brent Market, which is not in New You are able to. You’ll

A123 Electric Vehicle Battery Maker About to See Company Turnaround?

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

A123 Systems Inc., (AONE) Electric Vehicle Battery Maker About to See Company Turnaround?

Electric vehicles have been out of testing labs and on the market, at least in limited quantities, for a few years now.  There are not a large number of these vehicles on the roads just yet, but slowly they are starting to become more of a presence.  One of the biggest reasons why the vehicles have not gained more popularity is simply that they are harder to manage.  While a traditional vehicle can go around 300 miles before refueling at one of the many available gas stations, electric vehicles can traditionally go about 100-200 miles before needing to be charged using a proper power source.  But a recent deal with A123, a maker of batteries for electronic vehicles, indicates that things may soon be changing.

A123 has inked a deal with Detroit’s GM to supply batteries for vehicles that are intended to be announced later on.  While little is known about the deal or the vehicles that the batteries will be used for, speculation indicates that the company will be providing GM with thousands of batteries.  The batteries are expected to be engineered and produced by the end of 2012, with vehicle production to begin shortly thereafter.  In the time following this announcement, it has also been noted that the remainder of the year is expected to bring more announcements from A123, including deals with BMW as well as another major North American car manufacturer.

So, what does all of this mean for the electrical vehicle market?  Well, it seems that this, too, is open to speculation.  Are GM and BMW working on new electric vehicles?  It will be some time before those announcements are made, but indicators are certainly pointing in that direction.  With numerous major car companies producing electric vehicles, the race may finally be on for car companies to produce an EV that can go farther and longer without the need to recharge.  The recent announcement regarding solar panels with the new EV from Ford certainly shows that makers are working hard to improve EV lifespan between charges.

Electric vehicles are still in their infancy.  The technology is available, but improvements will likely need to continue before the general public is willing to make these vehicles the primary choice.  But with announcements like these indicating that major manufacturers are likely putting more work and research into creating better electric vehicles, the dawning of a new era in personal vehicles might not be as far away as you think.

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EV Innovation: One inventor wants to boost EVs Range with a towable turbine

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

San Francisco’s P Youthful Museum is really a modernist copper-and-glass statement that challenges the attention and mind to consider past the quotidian. Exactly the same could be stated for that funky vehicle and it is oddball trailer parked just next door in the middle of Golden Gate Park. Should you thought the all-electric Nissan Leaf would be a walk into the near future, Phil Sadow would love you to consider again.

“What you are searching at is really a gas-powered Capstone turbine engine that spins at 100,000 revoltions per minute, but only has one moving part and may help electric vehicle proprietors circumvent the possible lack of quick-charging stations,” Sadow states, starting right into a flurry of scientific jargon that’s the San Francisco Bay Area engineer’s natural language.

When Nissan revealed its Leaf EV this past year, the wedge-like machine lifted the spirits associated with a driver disgruntled through the Who Wiped out The Electrical Vehicle? era. None much more than Sadow, who was raised criss-crossing the nation because of his father’s job using the electric golf buggy giant, E-Z-Go.

“You can tell I acquired the EV bug early, around age 7,” Sadow states.Skip forward couple ofseveral decades, which kid has become an electric engineering whiz that has become consumed with creating this version from the electric vehicle live.

“Transpire is always to make EV’s successful, because it is factoronly factor that’s likely to save us,” statesaccording to him. “The west is dependant on cars, so that is not vanishing. However when oil becomes scarce, our economy will most likely tank given our addiction to foreign oil. I simply hope what we are doing is not not enough past too far.Inch

Sadow is a component of the growing number of savvy fanatics who’re wanting to enhance whatever alternative-fuel automobiles auto producers can produce. In lots of ways, this smart number of renegades aren’t unlike the garage-based computer nerds who, in the past from the PC, compromised around to be able to find more effective methods of the machines to operate.

Hacker, however, is really a term which make Sadow wrinkle his nose. “We’re making appropriately designed items,” he states. “We are not hacking things together.”

Although Sadow themself drives a heavily modified Prius — run by a 6.5 kilowatt-hour battery power and monitoring system of their own devising — he understood that Leaf proprietors would benefit most out of his brainstorms. His first thought had related to japan EV’s 120-volt energy cord, which could re-charge the Leaf in around 20 hrs, “that is just way too lengthy to become practical.”

Joining track of fellow EV enthusiast Mark Dutko, EVSE Upgrade was created. The internet company sells re-designed Leaf energy cords for $240, which may be blocked into 240-volt connections — what most houses have for any washer/dryer or spa — therefore reducing re-charge occasions close to seven hrs. Another $25 buys a fast-220, a forked adapter that enables the Leaf to charge off two separate 110-volt shops.

Dutko will not release sales figures, but he states EVSE Upgrade has put connects to the hands close to 15 % from the nation’s 7,000 Leaf proprietors. Nissan hasn’t endorsed Sadow’s invention, something he finds vexing.

“It’s certainly simple for individuals to panic,Inch he states, referencing the fires some Chevrolet Volt proprietors faced consequently of this plug-in hybrid’s energy cord issues. “However I think overall there’s an excessive amount of untrue stories available.”

Sadow states he’s heard no reviews of incidents from his clients. That’s given him the impetus to further upgrade the Leaf. Next is really a $150 tweak towards the car’s climate controls. In the as-shipped condition, the Leaf’s heater — a substantial energy drain, because it does not come with an car engine producing spare warmth — can’t be turn off using the press of the mouse, much the means by a regular vehicle the energy-drawing AC could be shut lower with one touch.

“Using what we are developing, the Leaf owner can very simply turn off the heat tank,Inch states Sadow. “What we should find is the fact that with many EV proprietors, an obsession evolves around mileage. People wish to go so far as they are able to off electric power charge, and do not want almost anything to get when it comes to that mission.”

Sadow happily announces he has not put gas in the Prius since last March.

Such obsession is part associated with a new technological boom, states Andy Frank, the plug-in hybrid pioneer whose transmission system improvements produced as they was in the College of California-Davis happen to be licensed to a different firm he’s managing, Efficient Drivetrains, Corporation.

“Should you look in time, the beginning associated with a new technologies have found people tinkering, in the Model T on up,” states Frank. “I performed with hot rods like a kid. Exactly the same is happening with plug-inches and hybrid cars. It’s a part of American culture.”

Frank salutes leaders for example Sadow, but, like a passionate Volt owner, thinks that plug-in hybrid cars possess the best possibility of beginning a genuine automotive revolution due largely towards the vexing problem of re-charging EVs, whose range typically tops out around 100 miles.

“For brief drives out and about, my Volt runs only on electric,” states Frank. “But when I were an EV owner and needed to move from Davis to Bay Area and back, I’d need to rent a vehicle.”

That kind of talk will get Sadow’s motor running. Actually, he was partially driven to action by EV owners’ frustration over both how gradually electric re-charging stations are now being folded out by the prices - $6,000 or even more - of in-home re-charging models.

“I needed a means for individuals to recharge without resorting to city assessments and major electrical rewiring projects,” he states.

What quickly adopted suit was the Leaf’s upgraded plug, its enhanced Air conditioning system, and — perhaps his most impressive if up to now not scaleable invention — a transportable electrical powerplant that will get towed behind the Leaf.

It’s this contraption which has Golden Gate Park drivers slowing down and bike riders preventing.

“Uh, what’s that factor?” asks a biker because he pulls a set of buds from his ears.

Sadow does not have to be requested two times within minutes, he’s off and running having a science-heavy explanation of methods he fabricated a tow-hitch to drag a micro-turbine given by gas you can use to charge the vehicle from zero to 80 % in about half an hour (the final 20 % takes another 40 minutes), or utilized on-the-go therefore stretching the plethora of the EV as lengthy because the gas lasts.

“This can be a evidence of concept, and we are still tinkering,” states Sadow, explaining the way the somewhat bulky package may ultimately be sleek right into a sleek tow-able oblong. He stays he mind within the turbine’s exhaust and sucks inside a lungful of air. “It’s cleaner than most air you breathe,” he states.

The price of Sadow’s portable generator continues to be within the prohibitive category, around $30,000. But he’s going to bring that lower, in addition to expand the scope of the potential marketplace for the invention. He’d particularly prefer to interest traditional gasoline stations covering the country’s interstates. “Not just could they assist EV proprietors fill, however they could likely get free heating for his or her garages” because of towards the extreme warmth produced through the turbine, states Sadow.

Not sometime ago, Sadow reached demonstrate his invention in a gathering of EV fans for Hidetoshi Kadota, Nissan’s chief vehicle engineer for that Leaf. Sadow reviews that although impressed, Kadota felt such improvements would only attract “techies, but that is not really a fair description of who Leaf proprietors are,” states Sadow. “Should you continue any EV discussions groups (online), you’ll find yourself speaking to everybody from doctors to mechanics, Dems and Republicans. We are just individuals who want to get rid of the earth, and believe that cars make the perfect starting point.Inch

Sadow shrugs. “I possibly could make much more money talking to than I actually do with EVSE, however i am going to help begin to see the EV grow,” he states. He then confesses for an odd dream to have an entrepreneur.

“Eventually, we’ll get beyond these habits that we have produced over decades, of seeing a service station to fill on oil therefore we can drive these noisy, smelly gadgets,” he states. “When on that day comes and you will find a lot more EVs on the highway in addition to easy methods to recharge them, I’m going to be happily bankrupt.”

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.

Sears to offer the Evatran Plugless Power Wireless Electric Car Charger

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Sears to offer EV customers the Evatran Plugless Power Wireless Electric Car Charger!

2012 Electric Cars Unplugged

If the idea of inserting a plug to your vehicle every time you need to charge up is a pain, here’s promising news: Sears has connected with Evatran to sell the wireless

Evatran's Plugless Power

charging systems for residential and commercial use. The Evatran system, known as Plugless Power, means that you could simply drive to your office or home garage and jump from the vehicle without needing to worry that you simply didn’t remember to hook it up.  This of course might not be among life’s large problems but getting a vehicle that will not go is worse than getting an iPad that is not juiced up, so you shouldn’t be too quick to laugh about this.

Installation will be handled by Sears Home Services that has been setting up home appliances and electronics for many years.

“Sears is very excited to announce this agreement with Evatran to support the installation and servicing of these stations. We look forward to being one of the leaders in this growing industry,” said Stu Reed, SVP and President, Home Services at Sears Holdings.

The companies say the benefits of the Sears-Evatran agreement includes:

  • Simplified Purchasing: Evatran will offer Plugless Power systems with optional basic or standard home installation wrapped into the purchase price of the equipment; this full price may be included in the vehicle purchase or lease at the time of sale.
  • Pre-Installation Site Visits: Site visits, as necessary to quote non-standard and commercial installations, will be completed in advance of installations.
  • Timely Installation: Sears will receive automatic notification of a customer’s installation request; Sears will contact the customer within one business day of equipment purchase to schedule home installation.
  • Convenient Additional Services: Sears will offer ongoing service and maintenance to Plugless Power owners.

Sears installation network technicians will be trained and certified on the wireless charging systems and will work with Evatran to structure a comprehensive launch plan for aftermarket systems throughout 2012, the companies said.

Product offerings will initially focus on Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf models but Sears and Evatran said they will quickly expand to include additional electric vehicles. Installation will be offered with the sale of each Plugless Power system and priced based on the customer’s home and current electrical service. Sears will also offer commercial installation for electric vehicle fleet owners and managers.

Aftermarket systems will be available for installation starting in 2012 for Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt models. A specific geographic rollout plan will be announced next year with final installation pricing for basic and standard home installations.

Interesting Approaches to Electric Vehicle (EV’s)

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Over the years we have all been able to monitor the ways that electric vehicles (EV’s) have increased in popularity and capability. Though early models were simply equipped with large arrays of batteries, today we can find a huge number of improvements and options. For this brief discussion on the most recent evolutions in electric vehicles (EV’s) we’ll consider Israel’s use of Better Place cars, solar powered electrical powering poles and stations, and the release of the fully electric Focus in the United States.

We’ll begin this look at interesting approaches to the use of electric vehicles (EV’s) with a review of the innovative system about to be launched in Israel. The Better Place vehicles come with a promise of around 20 percent savings in annual automotive expenses for their owners, but they do this through a series of unique concepts. The first is that the system uses a monthly membership plan similar to most cell phone plans. This locks the costs of operating the Renault Fluence Z.E.s into a fixed range and requires only that the driver “swap” batteries at the appropriate stations when necessary. The company also has a nice package deal that will actually decrease total costs by 35% by including three years of use of the car, all of the battery swaps needed, all service fees, and around 25km in mileage per year. The company indicates that it isn’t just making electric vehicles (EV’s) possible, but also affordable – which is something that is a major challenge in the industry.

Another great challenge with EVs is the fact that they need to have access to charging stations, but there are not a lot of them available at the current time. This is being changed in many ways including the recent “launch” of the first solar “tracking” pole station in the state of Maryland. Originally the concept created by children of the real estate developer who installed the device, the idea was to mount solar panels that track or follow the sun to a special utility pole. This pole would then serve a few cars at a time. The very first was installed in Bethesda, MD in August of 2011.

Of course this sort of concept is going to come in very handy as the first full fleets of electric vehicles begin rolling out across the U.S. In 2012, the states of California and New York will be the first recipients of fully electric Ford Focus vehicles. These are cars that will require the presence of such things as charging poles, and fortunately the timing is almost perfect!

Opting for an At Home Charging Station for your Electric Vehicle

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

How much would it cost you to run your clothes dryer (over night) for around six to eight hours? If you have it on the mandatory 220 volt line and you choose to use the energy during the evening hours it is likely that it would cost you no more than the price of an average gallon of gas – meaning between three and four and a half dollars. This is also what it would cost to give a fully electric car’s battery a full charge too, and the great thing is that you can actually get a charging station installed in your own home.

Whether you have a garage or just a basic driveway, you can now get a safe and efficient charging station installed at your home. There are some Federal tax credits available to those who make this choice; and the pump and cords would cost less than three thousand dollars for the entire job. This would give you the optimal method for owning and operating your electric car (EV) in the current era, but you wouldn’t have to worry for very long about where to get charges when far from home.

For instance, though many say that the production of the EVs has jumped far ahead of the actual infrastructure necessary for them, it is easy to look in any metropolitan or suburban area and find plans for the development of charging station locations. Consider a city like Austin, Texas which is already home to 103 public electrical charging station facilities or the ClipperCreek firm that has worked in the Sacramento, California area since 2009 and which has installed more than 3,000 charging stations since that time.

There are also groups like Coulomb Technologies of Campbell, California which has received $15 million in federal stimulus funding to develop 4,600 charging stations. This will be done through its ChargePoint network in nine different regions across the United States.

The ability to have an at home charging station and the massive expansion of public charging stations could not come at a better time. This is because the first wave of fully electric vehicles is due to arrive in the United States in late 2011 or early 2012. This is the Ford Focus, but it will not be the only vehicle of its kind on American roads for very long. With efficiency standards changing and the price of gas escalating, more and more people are happy to consider such options as totally electric cars.

News from the Electric Vehicle Market

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

In late 2011 or early 2012 Ford’s first completely electric version of their famous “Electric Vehicle Market” will arrive in United States markets. This is a vehicle that is generating a lot of interest because it is quite likely to be among the first of the brands or models that is used in a broad manner by a huge portion of the population. This car is going to appear first in California and New York and then spread out across the country before being released in Europe. This is great news for those hoping to some day see the electric vehicle, or EV, market go totally main stream.

Naturally, the appearance of fleets of electric vehicles indicates that the country has the infrastructure ready to support them…right? Sadly, the United States is out of sync in terms of its capabilities for supporting electric vehicle usage and the appearance of actual electric cars or trucks.

Consider the most substantial factor for any electric vehicle – the energy supplies it requires. This is something that most often comes from a home-based charging station, but this is an issue that will have to change. Most of the vehicles will run from 50 to 120 miles on a single charge, but that is not adequate to the needs of most daily drivers. This has always been one of the reasons behind the wild popularity of the Tesla EVs with their 245 mile capacity on a single charge, but with a $100k price tag it is not likely that average drivers will be able to enjoy this, and so a better infrastructure of charging stations is essential.

In 2008, the City of Chicago began creating esthetically pleasing and totally functional solar charging stations that remain free of the public utility grids, but this is not the preferred approach. That is why so many news stories featured the inaugural use of a single Solar Charging Pole that began operating in Bethesda, MD in July of 2011. The pole utilizes a “tracking solar” array that relies on GPS guidance to keep it continually aligned with the sun. By doing this, it provides around 45% more energy than standard or “fixed” panels.

This is the sort of readily available support that most EV drivers will require and is what needs to begin appearing as the thousands of brand new and totally electric cars start to appear on American roads and highways.

How the Electric Vehicle Industry Will Succeed?

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

How the Electric Vehicle Industry Will Succeed?

We know that energy supplies are limited and that there is a time in the near future when we have to accept reality and transition away from fossil fuel use. This is something that people understand and accept, but which many have not yet taken steps to make a reality. This is why there is still a limited infrastructure meant to support the use of the electric vehicle on a widespread basis.

For example, if you own an electric vehicle you may make a point of finding all of the charging stations available to you in your area or in the places where you travel frequently. If you don’t already own an electric vehicle, on the other hand, you may see a charging station as a novelty or as something very interesting, but not yet essential. Continue reading “How the Electric Vehicle Industry Will Succeed?” »

Can a Solar EV Charging Station Work?

Friday, August 19th, 2011

GE EV Solor Charging Station - Carport

You may know that you can have a charging station installed in your home in order to provide your electric vehicle with its “fuel” requirements. You may also know that hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent to rapidly expand the number of public charging station facilities available to those with hybrid and EVs (electric vehicles) as well. Did you also realize that there are solar charging station facilities at work too?

As long ago as 2009, the city of Chicago was not only thinking ahead of things by laying the foundation for a charging station infrastructure for the fleets of hybrid and electric cars that were bound to appear on the city’s streets, but they were also savvy enough to opt for solar powered charging stations too. What is even more interesting about this decision was that they didn’t just use a basic structure but had their installation designed to look like “trees”. The city created their Solar Plug-in Stations in the shape of trees that have solar panels as their canopies. These can power up to two cars at one time and were the creation of Carbon Day Automotive, which operates as part of the ChargePoint Network.

Honda's Solar Charing Station

This system truly operates off of the grid and give the drivers of the electric vehicles the

peace of mind knowing how clean the energy that they are using truly is, but there are also some solar charging station options that work in a similar manner but without the disconnect from the grid. For instance, in Bethesda, Maryland the first solar tracking station was opened in 2011. This is a pole system that uses two panels that track the trajectory of the sun thanks to GPS gear. This gives the pole around 45% more energy than any of the fixed panel systems, but this energy actually goes into the public grid rather than to the vehicles. Continue reading “Can a Solar EV Charging Station Work?” »

1.2MWh Lithium Ion Battery Energy Storage System Project In Canada

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Electrovaya to Provide 1.2MWh Lithium Ion Battery Energy Storage System (BESS)Under the Federal Government Clean Energy Fund for Demonstration Purposes in Ontario

Electrovaya Inc. today announced that it has signed a contract to provide a lithium ion Battery Energy Storage System (“BESS”) of approximately 1.2MWh for demonstration purposes in support of renewable energy generation in Ontario.

This program is a part of an Electrovaya led $7.6 million project supported by the Government of Canada’s Clean Energy Fund (CEF) to investigate the potential use of battery energy storage systems in clean energy project, such as wind and solar farms. Partners in the project include Natural Resources, Canada, Hydro One and others. Electrovaya is the prime contractor and system designer and will provide the full energy storage system.

“By investing $3.36 million in the Electrovaya electricity storage project, our Government is demonstrating its commitment to position Canada at the forefront of clean energy technology,” said the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources. “This innovative project supports high quality jobs for Ontario and encourages new technologies to help protect our environment for future generations.”

“We are pleased to team up with Electrovaya to explore how Battery Energy Storage Systems can work with our grid and benefit our customers,” said Rick Stevens, Vice President, Asset Management, Hydro One Networks Inc. “We are proud to work with an Ontario company to take a leadership role in the further development of the advanced distribution system.” Continue reading “1.2MWh Lithium Ion Battery Energy Storage System Project In Canada” »

A Look at Current Federal Credits for Electric Vehicles

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

A Look at Current Federal Credits for Electric VehiclesU.S. President Obama Support of Electric Cars

In 2009, the federal government began offering credits for people who purchased hybrid and electric vehicles.  Sales of the vehicles increased significantly, but the credits, which were offered on a first come, first served basis, ran out rather quickly in most states.  Pushing harder to get consumers to use electric vehicles is certainly a priority, however, and because of this 2010 brought us another wave of tax credits for the purchase of EVs.  These credits are still firmly in place, and the phase-out period has not yet begun, which means that purchasers will still qualify for the entire $7,500 credit. Continue reading “A Look at Current Federal Credits for Electric Vehicles” »

Plug-In EVerywhere Program - Austin, Texas gets 103 public EV charging stations!

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Austin, Texas

A network of 103 plug-in charging stations for electric vehicles has been completed in Austin Texas, under the watch of city utility Austin Energy.

The Plug-In EVerywhere network successfully fulfills Austin’s commitment to the ChargePoint America program, a federally-funded nationwide build-out of electric vehicle charging facilities on which Austin was one of only nine metropolitan regions in the country to participate.

The locations of the Level 2 (220/240 volts) charging stations in Austin are diverse, including restaurants, hotels, medical facilities, educational institutions, retail stores, public facilities such as libraries and recreation centers and at other public, private and non-profit partners.

The locations also are geographically distributed throughout all parts of Austin, said Austin Energy, which believes around 36,000 electric vehicles will be on the city’s streets within the next nine years. Continue reading “Plug-In EVerywhere Program - Austin, Texas gets 103 public EV charging stations!” »

14,000 EV Charging Station promised before the end of 2011

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

The Electric Vehicle Project is a $230 million program half funded by the U.S. Federal Stimulus Package and under the direction of ECOTALITY (NASDAQ: ECTY), has snared another retail partner as it looks to expand the roughly 1,200 charging stations currently in place to the 14,000 units promised before the end of 2011.

IKEA announced it will join the likes of Macy’s (NYSE: M), BP (NYSE: BP), Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) and Sears (NASDAQ: SHLD) in hosting EV charging stations at select locations as part of the infrastructure program rolling out in specified regions of the United States.

At least 10 stores in Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington are being considered to host the EV chargers. Participating stores must agree to maintain the installations and report data use and those selected will get charging stations equipped to power at least two vehicles. Continue reading “14,000 EV Charging Station promised before the end of 2011” »

Michigans A123 lithium-ion battery coating plant visit from U.S. Energy Secretary Chu

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu visited Michigan on Monday to support the state’s development of electric car batteries and the growth of clean-energy jobs. A123 Systems, which makes lithium-ion batteries for the transportation, electric grid and commercial markets, received a $249 million grant to open its Livonia and Romulus electric vehicle battery plants.

After touring A123 Systems’ new lithium-ion battery coating plant in Romulus, Chu spoke of the growing demand for fuel-efficient vehicles and said the United States needs to create — not import — the necessary technologies. He said the Obama administration is supporting the development of electric vehicle batteries and components through the Recovery Act, which has provided about $2 billion in grants to advanced battery manufacturing.

“A123′s success is a great example of how we are working with industries to create jobs, strengthen our manufacturing industry and help our auto companies to keep in the global market,” Chu said.

The plants are capable of producing batteries for about 20,000 to 30,000 vehicles a year. The company hopes to create about 15 percent of the world’s lithium-ion batteries used for transportation by 2015, said Jason Forcier, vice president of its Automotive Solutions Group. Continue reading “Michigans A123 lithium-ion battery coating plant visit from U.S. Energy Secretary Chu” »

Toyota (TM) Plug-in’s and ALL Electric RAV4 showcased

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Toyota’s eco-friendly autos are center stage at a Little Tokyo event this weekend showcasing new technologies and designs from Japan.

Visitors to the Little Tokyo Design Week area can peek inside the Prius Plug-in hybrid, the RAV4 EV battery-electric vehicle and the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Hybrid vehicle that are sitting in the plaza beside the Japanese American National Museum.

The Prius Plug-in will be able to run for 13 miles on power from its Lithium-ion battery, according to Toyota. More than 160 of the vehicles are already being driven in the U.S. as a demonstration program before sales start in earnest next year.

Toyota is working with Tesla on the electric RAV4, which is also expected to become available to buyers in 2012. Meanwhile, the automaker plans to spread more than 100 of its advanced fuel-cell vehicles around the country by 2013 through another demonstration program, with hopes of bringing the technology to market by 2015. 

The rest of the event, which lasts through Sunday, involves more than 15 steel storage containers acting as temporary exhibit space.

The Giant Robot retail chain has a makeshift gallery featuring products such as a “crunching dog” USB stick with a model canine doing sit-ups on the end. There’s a “Robot Box,” with various automatons and other machines. Representatives from USC, UCLA and SCI-Arc have their own boxes too.

Near the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, there’s an extended garden set up on stilts with tomatoes, carrots and beans.

BY Tiffany Hsu

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