The BMW i3 is about to get a lot cooler. No, wait, a lot warmer. That's because there will a few new standard features in the i3 plug-in vehicles sold in the US, including seat heaters and satellite radio. Oh, and DC fast charging.
Stanford, MIT, Sandia Show Rapid Charge, Discharge Cycle Likely Balanced In Pack
Tesla Model S owners rejoice, for any reports of a lithium-ion battery's rapid demise from fast-charging might be highly exaggerated. A study put together by researchers from Stanford, Sandia National Laboratories and MIT and published in Nature Materials refutes previous reports that indicate that rapid charging and intense use of electric-vehicle batteries degrades them at a faster rate than a slower, steadier recharge-discharge process.
Here's a classic pot-kettle-black story. Daimler, which has a partnership with Tesla, is calling the EV automaker out for its Supercharger stations that - at this point - only work with Tesla vehicles. Daimler, along with supplier Bosch, is saying that there should be compatible standards in the EV industry. Tesla has big plans to install Supercharger throughout Germany (and Europe), but Daimler isn't singing praises.
No question about it, the Tesla Supercharger network is a sweet deal for Model S drivers. A free, fast and sometimes solar-powered way to put more miles into your EV's "tank," Superchargers point to an entirely new paradigm for personal mobility. Still, despite an ambitious roll-out schedule in the US and Europe, the California start-up can't compete with CHAdeMO when it comes to the number of fast charging stations in the world today. Maybe that's why the automaker is going to join 'em, instead
Since its introduction, it has been clear that the SAE Combo DC fast charging system (pictured) is contentious. While most public charging network providers are hesitant to take sides and different engineers will tell you why one system is better than the other, the big fight was always between the automakers. On the SAE Combo side are of the format war are, mostly, the German and the US automakers and, on the competing CHAdeMO side are Japanese companies like Nissan and Mitsubishi. Stepping int
The association representing the world's most prevalent fast-charging standard may be based in Japan, and the region in question might be Europe, but the CHAdeMO Association made its feelings clear about the European Commission's (EC) charging-infrastructure strategy in very, very plain English.