Solar Power Meets Electric Vehicle Atop a VW Microbus

Brett Belan, Apparent Energy for MotherEarth News:  The time is here for solar power to make its way to our vehicles. The state-of-the-art panels pose no weight limitation. At 6 pounds per 150 watts, thin flexible solar panels will weigh 600 pounds but give you 15 kilowatts! This is enough to directly drive from the sun.

However, the surface area is a limitation, because that much solar would require 10 feet around the vehicle on all sides. The solution, ironically, is a mechanical engineering question of how to accordion-style fold these panels to conveniently open them for charging while the vehicle is at a standstill.  Cont'd...

Electric Vehicles: Next Comes the Melodrama

by Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx

'Ideal' energy storage material for electric vehicles developed

Walt Mills for Phys.org:  The energy-storage goal of a polymer dielectric material with high energy density, high power density and excellent charge-discharge efficiency for electric and hybrid vehicle use has been achieved by a team of Penn State materials scientists. The key is a unique three-dimensional sandwich-like structure that protects the dense electric field in the polymer/ceramic composite from dielectric breakdown. Their results are published today (Aug. 22) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

"Polymers are ideal for energy storage for transportation due to their light weight, scalability and high dielectric strength," says Qing Wang, professor of materials science and engineering and the team leader. "However, the existing commercial polymer used in hybrid and electric vehicles, called BOPP, cannot stand up to the high operating temperatures without considerable additional cooling equipment. This adds to the weight and expense of the vehicles."  Cont'd...

BMW electric-car batteries to be used as home energy-storage devices

 Stephen Edelstein for GreenCarReports:  Tesla Motors was the first carmaker to branch out from selling electric cars to offering standalone battery packs for energy storage, but others have followed the company's lead.

Mercedes-Benz and Nissan have stated their intentions to enter the energy-storage market, and now BMW is jumping on the bandwagon as well.

At the Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition 29—known as EVS29—held this week in Montreal, Canada, BMW unveiled an energy-storage system that uses battery packs from i3 electric cars.

Developed in concert with German firm Beck Automation, BMW's system is designed to use either new battery packs or "second-life" packs that have degraded too much for continued use in electric cars.

Battery packs that can no longer function in cars still have enough usable capacity for energy storage.

BMW has tested the concept over the past five years with various research projects, including a 2013 "micro-grid" project with the University of San Diego, and a 2014 collaboration in Germany with utility Vattenfall to use electric-car battery packs as buffer to help stabilize electricity grids.  Cont'd...

Swedish solar energy expert Midsummer receives funding from Mistra for development of lightweight solar modules on vehicles

The developed solar panels will be integrated in body panels in a Clean Motion Zbee ultra-light electric vehicle composite roof. The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, Mistra, is funding Midsummer's development of lightweight solar modules on vehicles.

sonnen announces the world's cheapest electric vehicle

sonnen's Philipp Schroeder: "We are headed for a revolution that has the potential to completely abolish pedestrians and give congested inner cities new freedom!"

eMotorWerks Announces a Universal Adapter That Converts Any Level 2 EV Charging Station into a Smart Charging Station

JuicePlug will enable smart-grid control of any third-party EV charging station and expand company's popular rewards program that pays EV drivers for charging their vehicle

Electric vehicles to be 35% of global new car sales by 2040

Continuing reductions in battery prices will bring the total cost of ownership of EVs below that for conventional-fuel vehicles by 2025, even with low oil prices.

California Public Utilities Commission Approves Landmark Electric Vehicle Charging Program

Charge Ready Makes Electric Vehicle Charging Available Outside of Single-Family Homes

Kyocera Expands Number of Solar Recharging Stations in Japan as Electric Vehicle Use Grows

Solar-powered recharging stations also provide off-grid back-up power during emergencies.

EV ARC™ - Transportable, Solar Powered EV Charging Station.

Delivered to the location complete and ready to charge vehicles, it requires no permits, no civil engineering or planning, no foundations, trenching or electrical connections and is operational within minutes.

Corvus Energy powers the world's first electric commercial fishing vessel

A Corvus lithium polymer Energy Storage System (ESS) has been integrated with a Siemens propulsion system aboard the world's first electric commercial fishing vessel designed and built by Selfa Arctic AS.

Electric Vehicles and the Smart Grid Get a Boost From eMotorWerks Intelligent Charging Stations

eMotorWerks utilizes OSIsoft's Connected Services to help bring its Smart[Grid] Electric Vehicle (EV) charging platform to the national scale

Drive Oregon Gathers Key Industry Influencers in Portland to Discuss the Future of Electric Vehicles

EV Roadmap 8 Program focus on Cars, Charging and Community Tracks

Cadmus Support Yields Results for Electric Vehicle Research and Policy

Many states have already begun implementing policies to support the increasing use of EVs.

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