New research by Pike Research forecasts that the number of hybrids fleet vehicles will reach nearly 750,000 by 2015. Pike’s study, Hybrid Electric Vehicles for Fleet Markets, concludes that the global market for HEV light-duty vehicles in the fleet sector will “increase at a compound annual growth rate of 17.5 percent during the years from 2010 to 2015, with vehicle sales surpassing 740,000 per year by the end of that period.”
Nation-E has unveiled the NationMobile Angel Car, the first mobile charging vehicle for electric cars stranded on the road. Nation-E’s Angel Car concept becomes the key solution to consumer concerns over EV’s mileage range and improves the odd of more drivers adopting e-cars without the huge deployments of new infrastructures.
POD Point says the home charge unit it is launching in September will give EV drivers more control over charging their electric cars. The POD Point Home is the UK’s first domestic fast-charge solution, charging EVs two and a half times quicker than then using a normal home socket. POD Point already has extensive experience in providing electric vehicle charging infrastructure with their public POD Points which are installed nationwide.
SunPods SP-300 has developed the world’s first factory built-to-order solar-powered EV charging station. The Solar Powered Electric Vehicle Charging Platforms, called the EV Plug-N-Go, are modular, integrated solar power platforms designed specifically for private and government entities seeking a plug and play solar powered infrastructure solution that works for electric vehicles (EV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and electrical industrial utility vehicles.
In a show of support for green transportation, beginning in January 2011, consumers who buy electric vehicles will be eligible for a 25 percent discount on the price of the car up to the value of £5,000 to be subsidized by the UK government. Besides price, however, there are still concerns over the number of miles a car gets on a charge and availability of roadside charging stations. POD Point, the UK’s fastest growing provider of electric charging, is working to establish the necessary infrastructure to accommodate the estimated 274,000 EVs that will be on UK roads by 2020.
California is expected to be the United States’ leader in electric car drivers. While good for the state’s environment, California utilities need to implement strategies that accommodate the power needs of communities identified as potential EV strongholds such as Berkeley, Santa Monica and San Diego. The concern is that an overload of neighborhood transformers could trigger local blackouts.
At the recent Smart Grid Exhibition 2010 in Tokyo, JFE Engineering Corp revealed it is developing a “super-rapid charging system” that will directly impact electric vehicles. According to JFE, the prototype system can charge the battery of a normal electric passenger vehicle to 50 percent capacity in three minutes and to 70 percent capacity in five minutes. The convenience of near-instant charging is expected to make EVs more practical for many consumers. The drawback is, most EVs are currently not compatible with rapid charging.
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has expanded ECOtality’s EV Project to include Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. In addition, the project will also offer free home chargers to qualified new owners of Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended-range capability and an additional 1,000 Nissan LEAF zero-emission cars. The expansion of the EV Project is funded by a $30 million DOE grant extension which includes $15 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding which will be matched by private funds.
NRG Energy, Inc. is publicly applauding new legislation aimed at facilitating electric vehicles. The Electric Drive Vehicle Deployment Act of 2010, introduced May 27in the United States Congress, will establish the charging infrastructure and incentives needed for wide-scale adoption of electric vehicles in critical geographic regions.
ClipperCreek has begun delivery of the only UL listed, fully SAE compliant charging stations on the market. The ClipperCreek CS-40 charge stations, which have a 30 Amp charge rate, have been tested and meet the requirements of the National Electric Code (NEC625) and SAE-J1772, a North American standard for electrical connectors for EV’s maintained by the Society of Automotive Engineers,. The CS-40 units also include a universal standard electronic interface and connector, making the CS-40 compatible with all major automaker electric vehicles, including Nissan Leaf, the Chevy Volt, Ford Fusion BEV and all EV vehicles coming from major automakers.