Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla Model X umbrella mode video, German mail van EVs
Oak Ridge National Laboratory demonstrates 20-kW inductive charging
The German postal service has developed its own electric delivery van. Deutsche Post expects to build some 2,000 of these EVs by the end of 2016, hoping to eventually replace its entire fleet of some 30,000 internal combustion vehicles with electric ones. Deutsche Post is even considering building EVs for sale to fleet customers. Read more at Green Car Reports, or from Europe Online.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has demonstrated a wireless EV charging system. The 20-kW inductive charging demonstration transfers energy with 90 percent efficiency, charging nearly three times as fast as a standard plug. "We have made tremendous progress from the lab proof-of-concept experiments a few years ago," says Madhu Chinthavali, head of the ORNL Power Electronics Team. "We have set a path forward that started with solid engineering, design, scale-up and integration into several Toyota vehicles. We now have a technology that is moving closer to being ready for the market." The next charging target is 50 kW. Read more from Hybrid Cars.
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