How far would you go for a better electric car? The ends of the earth? The moon? Ari Jónsson's answer is further than either of these places. He can help find a better electric car on Mars.
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The CHAdeMO fast charging protocol is an interesting beast. Developed by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) along with Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi and Fuji Heavy Industries (Subaru), CHAdeMO is a DC fast-charging protocol for electric vehicles. What's unusual is that any company can use CHAdeMO without paying royalties or any other fees to the developers. Hiroaki Takatsu, TEPCO's executive director, spoke about the technology at the 2010 Driving Sustainability conference in Reykjavík
Gisli Gislason has been a lawyer, a real estate mogul and a film producer (he's behind the 2009 horror flick Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre. Yes, that's a real movie). He's also not satisfied with this long list of accomplishments. A few years ago, he moved back to his home of Iceland after a stint in Denmark and realized no one there was really working to bring in electric cars. Remember, at the time, Iceland was pushing hard for a hydrogen economy. So, he set out to be the change he wished
It makes sense that filmmaker Chris Paine (of Who Killed The Electric Car? fame) would appear at the Driving Sustainability conference via online video. Paine appeared on a panel that discussed the benefits and challenges of transformative technologies. If any tech is transformative, electric vehicles (EVs) certainly are.
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, the President of Iceland, just returned to his homeland from China. Why does this matter? Because the trip gave him a way to frame his opening speech at the Driving Sustainability conference, which began today in Reykjavík. Grímsson detailed some of the global challenges he saw there – and explained how Iceland's long shift toward greener sources of energy can play a role in helping all of us.
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