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Maine moves forward with electric vehicle charging » “This infrastructure is going to be needed for decades to come”

David Thill » Energy News Network »

Tourism may be down now, but when travelers return to Maine with electric cars they’ll have more places to charge up.

The state has been moving forward on a three-phase initiative using its federal Volkswagen settlement funding to increase electric vehicle chargers in key locations, especially routes frequented by travelers from Canada as well as other New England states.

The first phase, which began in 2018 and will wrap up shortly, focuses on fast chargers that can recharge a battery in about half an hour. That overlapped with the second phase, in progress, focusing on Level 2 charging for drivers who can take more time to refill. The final phase will return to the fast charging network and extend it further, helping drivers reach coastal destinations like Acadia National Park.

Audi and EnBW to give used electric car batteries a second life by turn them into grid support tools

Vera Eckert » Reuters »

German carmaker Audi and utility EnBW are setting up an electric car battery operation at EnBW’s Heilbronn plant to build scaleable storage facilities by the end of this year, drawing on retired batteries to help power grids.

Electric vehicle battery recycling and reuse has become a priority for car and battery makers while renewable energy companies face the problem of how to absorb surpluses of wind and solar power to avoid waste and disruption to the stability of grids, slowing the transition to purely carbon-free energy systems.

More » ee News (German), Elektroauto-News (German), Channel News Asia

Groupe Renault is launching Elexent, a new subsidiary to help companies find charging solutions for their fleets of electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles

Elexent helps European clients – SMEs to large multinationals – by designing the best charging infrastructure to meet their needs, supervising installation and implementation, and overseeing operations and maintenance.

More » Elexent, Group Renault, electrive

UBC Okanagan engineers look at ways to power electric vehicles sustainably

UBC Okanagan News »

Despite the perception that electric vehicles are environmentally friendly, the reality is that most of the electricity used to power these vehicles is generated by fossil fuels, says Majid Moradzadeh, a doctoral student at UBCO’s School of Engineering.

“Renewable energy sources are currently a small part of the larger electricity generation system,” explains Moradzadeh. “Due to the variability of electricity output by these renewable sources, energy storage systems are vital to ensuring continuous power is available.”

In the first study of its type, Moradzedeh developed a comprehensive planning method specifically for fast-charging stations. The method considers a wide range of technical and operation features of renewable resources, energy storage systems and the electric vehicles’ charging demand. The goal is to create a fast-charging station at minimal optimum cost, while meeting its performance requirements.

25 Jaguar I-Pace will be used as taxis in Oslo to trial a new wireless charging system

Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar is supporting the City of Oslo with the world’s first high-powered wireless taxis.

Momentum Dynamics is providing the wireless charging system for the Jaguars.

Fortum Recharge will be supporting the installation and electrification of the project.

The ElectriCity initiative will make the Norwegian capital the first city in the world with a fully automatic charging infrastructure model that can be implemented almost anywhere, this proof of concept could help the rapid adoption of electric vehicles globally.

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Hydro-Québec’s Electric Circuit selects AddEnergie to install one-hundred 100 kW chargers in Québec over the next 2 years

Hydro-Québec has again selected Québec company AddEnergie to supply and install one-hundred 100-kW DC fast-charge stations to the Electric Circuit, a Hydro-Québec subsidiary.

The installation will accelerated development of fast charging following the January 2019 announcement regarding the deployment of 1,600 fast-charge stations over 10 years.

This is the fifth Electric Circuit call for proposals to be won by AddEnergie. Since 2013, AddEnergie has supplied nearly 2,500 public charging stations to the Electric Circuit.

This latest roll out is timed to meet the growing number of electric vehicles able to charge at power levels exceeding 50 kW.

More » AddEnergie, Hydro-Québec

Apple Maps in iOS 14 will have EV routing to charging stations

Image Credit: TechCrunch screenshot from Apple

Image Credit: TechCrunch screenshot from Apple

Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch »

Maps on iOS 14 will track the user’s current charge and factor in things like elevation and whether to automatically add charging stops along your route, Apple senior director Stacey Lysik said Monday during WWDC 2020.

Apple said it’s working with a number of manufacturers to support easy routing in their vehicles, including BMW and Ford. Lysik said more manufacturers will be added in the near future. Ford confirmed it is working with Apple and didn’t provide any further details.

Apple Maps is also adding in a feature that lets users view congestion and green zones and pick alternate routes that avoid these areas, if needed.

More » Electrek, Car and Driver

Tweet » Ford

US utilities group proposes 1,300-mile West Coast Clean Transit Corridor with EV charging stations for electric freight haulers and delivery trucks every 50-miles along Interstate 5 from Canada to Mexico

Michael Strong / The Detroit Bureau »

Nine electric utilities and two agencies representing more than two dozen municipal utilities in California, Oregon and Seattle have come up with a plan to add electric vehicle charging for freight haulers and delivery trucks at 50-mile intervals along Interstate 5 and adjoining highways.

This more than 1,300-mile stretch of interstate from Mexico to Canada has been dubbed the West Coast Clean Transit Corridor, and all of the stake holders rolled out a new study showing just what they want to do to make it happen.

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Hyundai, Kia, and LG Chem are jointly sponsoring the “EV & Battery Challenge” (EVBC), a global competition to identify up to 10 EV and battery start-ups for potential investment and collaboration

With the automobile industry’s increased focus on development of EVs, the demand for high-performance, high-efficiency batteries is greater than ever before. Hyundai, for example, is planning to deploy 44 eco-friendly models by the year 2025, including 23 EVs.

The chosen start-ups will have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with Hyundai, Kia, and LG Chem, to develop proof-of-concept projects while leveraging the sponsors’ technical expertise, resources and laboratories. The global competition offers start-ups the opportunity to showcase their respective innovative technologies and unique business models. Through the EVBC, the three sponsors aim to identify and secure core technology capabilities that will bring more value to their customers.

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Nissan and China’s Sunwoda Electric Vehicle Battery Co. join to explore next-generation EV batteries

Nissan News Release »

Nissan is expanding its global lineup of electric cars and e-POWER models. The company’s e-POWER technology consists of an electric motor that delivers power directly to the wheels, and an onboard gasoline engine that generates electricity for the motor. Nissan will expand the award-winning 100% electric motor-driven e-POWER technology globally into the B- and C-segments. Nissan expects to sell more than 1 million electrified vehicles annually by the end of fiscal year 2023.

Sunwoda has an established global track record in the development of lithium-ion batteries, mainly used in consumer electronics and automotive batteries. Nissan is confident that Sunwoda’s deep-rooted technological expertise will contribute to Nissan’s e-POWER strategy.

Further discussions by the companies will focus on combining Nissan’s expertise in electric vehicles and battery technology with Sunwoda’s next-generation battery development capabilities and production capacity, with an eye to strengthening competitiveness in the Chinese market and globally. The companies are also considering the joint establishment of a secure supply structure geared toward future global business opportunities.

More » electrive, Just-Auto

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