Ireland is facing a roadblock just like the one in a few of the country's European Union allies: sales of electric vehicles (EVs) are much lower than initially projected. While the goal had been to sell 2,000 units in Ireland by the end of 2011, only 192 have been sold so far. When the campaign was launched in Ireland, the target was to sell enough EVs to make up 10 percent of all new vehicles by the end of 2020. That would be about 7,000 cars a year at the current new vehicle sales rate.
There's no question that the CHAdeMO quick-charging technology standard is a Japanese thing. But the Japanese government wants to take it global, and has thus disclosed more information about the CHAdeMO quick-charging technology standards as a way to encourage CHAdeMO adoption by more automakers. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry would like to see the charging infrastructure grow and EV prices come down by encouraging more competition through a widespread charging infrastructure. Befo
Supplying energy for cars on the move is an important piece of the electric vehicle puzzle and in this regard Tesla Motors is taking a unique approach. At some time in the future – the company is not saying when, exactly – it plans to reveal what it calls its Supercharger network.
Owning an electric car with a reasonable range could be a very practical solution for many drivers. After all, pulling into the garage at the end of the day and plugging in your car can be a huge time saver if it means you can forgo the gas pump, not to mention the potential environmental benefits. That is, if you have access to a plug.
Electric vehicles typically come with a home charging cord, and additional stations for 120v or 240v connections are relatively inexpensive. However, when you start trying to cram electrons into a battery in a hurry, the cost can rise steeply. In particular, "Level 3" quick charging stations can be a significant investment, with costs starting around $20,000.
In mid-May, Epyon unveiled its fast-charging system for electric vehicles during the Nissan Leaf's brief stop in the city of Amsterdam. Later that month, the company installed Europe's first fast-charging station at a fueling depot in the Netherlands. Now, Epyon announced that it has lined up five investors willing to back the company to the tune of €7 million ($9.7 million U.S. at the current exchange rate). The funds will be used to scale up Epyon's operations, which includes installing f
Coulomb Technologies, along with partner Aker Wade Power Technologies, is now taking orders for the ChargePoint CT3000 networked DC fast-charge stations. Deliveries of the CT3000 will commence early next year. The CT3000 offers the convenience of 30-minute charging and is designed to accommodate the proposed CHAdeMO standard, which supplies up to 62.5 kilowatts of DC power through its specialized connector.
The state of Washington is hoping to turn the interstate 5 corridor that runs from Canadian border to Oregon into the nation's first electric highway. With the help of a $1.32 million federal grant, Washington hopes to install between seven and 10 so-called Level 3 electric vehicle charging stations along the main north-south road. Level 3 stations charge at 400 volts and 30 amps or more. Such stations can charge a typical EV battery to 80 percent full in under 30 minutes.
Early last month, we broke a story regarding a super-rapid charging system that could take an electric vehicle (EV) from empty to 50 percent charged up in as little as three minutes. The super-rapid charging system, developed by JFE Engineering, could potentially change the EV industry forever. Just imagine, an EV could be charged in about the same amount of time that it takes to fuel up a traditional car. This could certainly put to rest some of the gripes regarding long charging times that are
While Land Rover may be a bit behind the competition in regards to hybrid products, it hopes to make waves with its plug-in hybrid slated for production in 2013. Last year, Land Rover officially announced that it would begin work on a plug-in diesel electric version of the Range Rover Sport. Now, Just-Auto is reporting that Land Rover is currently testing five prototypes, dubbed the range_e, throughout the UK. Initial reports point to some stellar efficiency numbers, implying that Land Rover has
What if you could charge an electric vehicle (EV) in about the same amount of time that its take to fuel up a gasoline car? Would EVs reach mainstream status if charging them was a simple, three minute procedure? Well, we may find out soon. The Nikkei newspaper is reporting that Japen-based JFE Engineering Corp. has developed an entirely new charging system that can take an electric vehicle from empty to halfway charged in just three minutes. Get your stopwatches ready.
With the early initial success of the Nissan Leaf already showing us that electric vehicles are in high demand, we now must address the infrastructure issue. In short, we need more chargers and we need them now. To fill the void, Eaton Corp. has teamed up with Japan-based Takaoka Electric to develop a fast charger for both residential and commercial use.
All of the Coulomb Technologies charging units that we've seen thus far are rectangular units that sit on poles or hang from the wall. A new ChargePoint unit that Coulomb is developing with Aker Wade Power Technologies looks much more like a standard gas pump and, more importantly, will provide fast Level 3 charging. These units, which will be available to buy this fall for around $40,000 (and $20,000 to install!), draw power from dedicated 480-volt, 125-amp circuits and can theoretically deliv
It seems all kinds of automakers are sending out strong hints about the vehicles they will have on display at the 80th edition of the Geneva International Motor Show taking place in early March. Protoscar is proving no exception with the release of the teaser image you see above. No exception, that is, but for the fact that the company is really more of an auto designer than maker. The previous version of the LAMPO proved itself more of a looker than a driver when it was entered into the Viking
It's said that you can't judge a book by its cover and that adage would seem to hold true in the case of a certain Ford Windstar circulating through the streets of Sacramento, California. This nondescript all-electric minivan, which acts as both a technology platform and working taxi vehicle for ElectriCab Technologies, recently racked up 428 miles on one of Northern California's worst winter weather days and will try to turn heads sometime soon with an official attempt at cracking the 700-mile