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Volkswagen, SunPower Join Forces for Solar Driving


The second-biggest solar manufacturer in the U.S., SunPower Corp., is teaming with Germany’s Volkswagen AG to show consumers how to make driving a truly green experience. Volkswagen will soon begin promoting home-based solar systems through its dealerships. SunPower makes a set of rooftop panels that can collect and supply clean electricity for a plug-in car’s [...]

Harley-Davidson Unveils Electric Motorcycle


Harley-Davidson, the U.S.-based maker of motorcycles, revealed this week that it would be adding an electric model to its lineup. Several smaller companies already sell electric bikes, but market-watchers say the introduction of the H-D LiveWire will be an epic moment in motorcycle history. Officially a “prototype,” the LiveWire’s unveiling was something of a shock [...]

Three Carmakers Eye EV Charging Standard


Nissan, BMW and Tesla have jointly announced that the three carmakers are working together toward a unified EV charging standard. Most industry analysts think that a single charging protocol will help global sales of electric cars. Nissan’s Leaf and Tesla’s Model S, for example, are unable to use each other’s charging stations without expensive adapters. [...]

Portable Solar EV Charger Unveiled


Envision Solar International has delivered its unique EV ARC portable EV charging stations to a California client. The mobile units are simple to install and let employers offer charging points for their workers without having to build permanent, much more costly structures. The stand-alone EV ARC does not require construction permits or grid connection. It [...]

ChargePoint Leads Infrastructure Race


One of the nation’s leading EV charging companies, ChargePoint, has now raised at least $22.6 million of venture capital funds in a financing effort aimed at building a vast network of EV stations in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere. In the seven years since its founding, the EV infrastructure startup has brought in a total [...]

Wireless EV Charging Tested by Toyota


Toyota is experimenting with a new EV charging system that lets cars replenish their batteries without plugging in. By parking over a special coil, an electric car can recharge its battery and drive off several hours later with a fully loaded pack. The resonance charging method is one of the Japanese auto giant’s plans for [...]

Ford to Unveil a Solar C-Max at NAIAS


Ford has unveiled a solar concept C-Max at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Later in the week, the Michigan automaker plans to show the vehicle at the Detroit Auto Show. The concept employs a unique roof that is covered with solar panels. The panels collect power from a magnifier-type canopy that maximizes the [...]

Cost of Electricity Baffles Some EV Owners


Those interested in purchasing an electric car often wonder about the exact amount of money they will save by using electricity instead of gasoline. The answer depends on two prices, both of which fluctuate daily. The price of gasoline is well known and easy to determine. The price of electricity for your EV is a [...]

Toyota Prius Batteries Given Second Life


Toyota has announced that it will begin selling electricity systems that use recycled Prius batteries for power. The units will work in conjunction with overall electrical management systems in buildings, solar generating stations, and lighting circuits The recycled nickel-metal hydride batteries will allow for storage of significant amounts of electricity, to the tune of about [...]

EV Battery Tech Set for April in London


London will be the host city for the seventh “EV Battery Tech: Global Cost Reduction” series, which runs for two days beginning on April 24. The conference brings together some of the top minds in the industry to develop realistic cost-cutting methods for battery production, development, and processing. In addition, several presentations will focus on [...]

Wireless Charging Could Beat Range Anxiety


A new study from Pike Research suggests that wireless charging systems could go a long way toward alleviating consumer range anxiety associated with electric vehicles. Pike’s data estimates that there will be more than 280,000 wireless charging points by the end of this decade. Because the units can be embedded in roadways and public parking [...]

Chevy Volt Batteries: Backup Energy Source

A Chevy Volt on the road

General Motors and ABB Group displayed an electrical backup system for private homes this week. The mechanism can provide enough energy to power three residences for approximately two hours, and is powered by used EV batteries from Chevy Volt automobiles. With a maximum output of 50 kWh of energy, the system was the result of [...]

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