Schaeffler will test a 48-volt mild hybrid system in the Audi TT. A lithium-ion battery powers an electrified rear axle, which supplements the power provided to the front wheels from the internal combustion engine. The system includes a belt-driven starter generator also running on 48 volts. The car has driver-selected Sport and Eco modes, the latter of which maximizes all-electric driving at low speeds for increased fuel economy. The rear axle can also support the front when more traction is needed. Sport mode wrings out every bit of performance from both the internal combustion and electric motors, with torque vectoring between the rear wheels offering extra stability. Read more at Green Car Congress, or in the press release from Schaeffler.

A man has built a near-life-size replica of a Tesla Supercharger out of Legos. Robert Turner's ode to the charging station stands at 42.5 inches tall (which looks impressive standing next to a real Model S), and took over three months to build. Turner showcased his Lego Supercharger at the Brickworld Chicago Lego convention, and he goes into more detail about the painstaking process of forming his creation out of tiny plastic bricks in a video interview. See the Lego Supercharger and read more at The Brothers Brick.

Georgia Power is opening 11 new EV charging stations around the state. The charging islands – which are located at various Georgia Power locations – offer DC fast charging with CHADeMo/SAE Combo plugs as well as Level 2 208/240-volt chargers. Customers can pay with either a Georgia Power or ChargePoint card. These first chargers are part of a larger plan by the utility to roll out 61 charging islands throughout Georgia by the end of 2016. See a list of locations and learn more in the press release below.

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Georgia Power opens 11 new EV charging islands

First phase of statewide public charging infrastructure completed

ATLANTA, Sept. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Power announced today that the company will open 11 new electric vehicle (EV) charging islands to the public on October 1. The new charging islands, located at Georgia Power properties across the state, mark the completion of the first phase of planned charging infrastructure being developed by the company which will include approximately 61 community charging islands for public use statewide by the end of 2016.

The new Georgia Power EV charging islands are:

• (Atlanta) Georgia Power Headquarters – 241 Ralph McGill Blvd., NE
• (Dunwoody) Georgia Power Customer Resource Center – 4404 North Shallowford Rd.
• (Duluth) Duluth Operating Center – 3825 Rogers Bridge Rd.
• (Lilburn) Lilburn Business Office – 6434 Lawrenceville Highway
• (Lawrenceville) Lawrenceville Business Office – 1453 Highway 120
• (Athens) Northeast Region Office – 1001 Prince Ave.
• (Augusta) Augusta Customer Service Center – 1607 Walton Way
• (Savannah) South Abercorn Customer Resource Center – 12016 Abercorn St.
• (Alpharetta) North Fulton Business Office – 11675 Wills Rd.
• (Lithonia) Metro East Region Office – 5215 Minola Dr.
• (Smyrna) Smyrna Business Office – 1088 Concord Rd., SE

Charging EVs on the go is convenient and affordable at the new charging islands with multiple options for drivers including a DC fast charger (CHADeMo/SAE combo plugs) as well as a Level 2 208/240-volt charger. The charging islands accept either a new Georgia Power Card, powered by ChargePoint and available at GeorgiaPower.ChargePoint.com, or an existing ChargePoint card. Charging using the DC fast charger includes a $4.95 activation fee for the first 20 minutes of charging and 25 cents per each additional minute. Charging using the Level 2 chargers includes a $1 per hour fee for the first three hours and 10 cents per each additional minute.

Georgia Power is committed to assisting customers with their EV energy needs and advancing Georgia as an EV-friendly state. In addition to developing public charging infrastructure, the company offers EV charger rebates for business and residential customers and a special rate for EV customers. The company also recently rolled out dozens of plug-in electric hybrid vehicles as part of its statewide fleet and supports public engagement annual events such as the Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Roadshow and National Drive Electric Week. To learn more about driving electric with Georgia Power, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com/EV.

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