Category: charging infrastructure

A 100% renewable grid isn’t just feasible, it’s in the works in Europe

Europe will be 90% renewable powered in two decades, experts say. The myth that a very high level of renewables can’t be integrated into the electric grid is being demolished by the cleantech and battery storage revolution. “By 2040, renewables make up 90% of the electricity mix in Europe, with wind and solar accounting for…
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28th June 2019 0

Intelligent charging tech ‘could make EV refuelling 75% cheaper than petrol’

Ohme Technologies says its new platform will facilitate the mass-adoption of EVs by significantly slashing costs when combined with a time-of-use energy tariff. New intelligent charging tech could make electric vehicle (EV) refuelling 75% cheaper than filling a petrol or diesel vehicle. That’s according to Ohme Technologies, which says its new platform will facilitate the…
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27th June 2019 0

First of more than 100 solar-powered electric forecourts planned for Essex

It is part of GRIDSERVE’s £1bn UK-wide programme to make EV charging ‘as easy as using petrol stations’ he first of more than 100 electric forecourts powered by solar panels to be built in the UK has been announced for Braintree in Essex. The news follows GRIDSERVE’s previous commitment for a £1 billion UK-wide programme…
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26th June 2019 0

Nissan serves up electric ice cream van

Japan-based automaker Nissan has released a prototype of a zero-emission ice cream van based on its own electric van.Ice-cream vans have been singled out as being responsible for a lot of air pollution, on account of mostly running on diesel engines and having to keep the engine idling throughout the day, both for the frequent…
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25th June 2019 0

Germany: 3 battery consortia will be funded

To stimulate domestic battery cell production, the German Federal Ministry of Economics will most likely fund three consortia a total of 1 billion euros ($1.12 billion USD). Of these, only the project of Peugeot, Opel and the battery manufacturer Saft have been confirmed by name. “We’ve now reached a point where we can say that…
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24th June 2019 0

Solar, Wind, Batteries To Attract $10 Trillion to 2050, But Curbing Emissions Long-Term Will Require Other Technologies Too

Deep declines in wind, solar and battery technology costs will result in a grid nearly half-powered by the two fast-growing renewable energy sources by 2050, according to the latest projections from BloombergNEF (BNEF). In its New Energy Outlook 2019 (NEO), BNEF sees these technologies ensuring that – at least until 2030 – the power sector…
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19th June 2019 0

Volkswagen invests €900m in Swedish battery maker

Volkswagen AG has announced a €900 million ($1.467 billion) investment into an electric vehicle battery joint venture with Swedish firm Northvolt AB. According to VW, part of the above sum “is intended for a joint venture” with the battery producer, while a further portion of the investment will go directly to Northvolt in return for…
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17th June 2019 0

Audi E-tron recalled for battery seal, potential “thermal event”

Audi confirmed Monday that it is recalling 1,644 E-tron electric SUVs, including 544 vehicles that have been delivered to customers, due to an issue with the battery pack’s seal that it says could lead to “a short circuit or thermal event.” Audi is not aware of any such shorts or thermal events, it says, insisting…
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13th June 2019 0

UK’s biggest battery ever seen to cover area half the size of a football pitch at Glasgow wind farm

‘This is a significant step forward on the road to baseload for renewable energy,’ says ScottishPower chief executive A vast “super battery” is set to be installed at the UK’s largest onshore wind farm where it will store power generated by 215 turbines.  The battery – which will be half the size of a football pitch – has twice the…
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12th June 2019 0

Taking urban transport to the NXT level – a new concept from Scania

Welcome to the NXT future! Scania’s new battery electric self-driving urban concept vehicle is designed with the flexibility to shift from ferrying commuters to and from work in mornings and evenings, delivering goods during the day and collecting refuse at night. In a bold display of innovation, Scania’s engineers have taken the company’s DNA –…
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11th June 2019 0