Exploring on-street EV car charging using power poles and streetlights

An electric car (EV) charging at an power pole in a London street.

By Mathew Dickerson

A friend visited me from Canberra recently. Several years earlier he had purchased a new AMG CLA45 compact performance car. 

Inline-4 turbo engine. Dual-clutch 8-speed automatic transmission. 4 seconds to 100km/h. And the exhaust was tuned so it sang beautifully. 

In sports mode when braking for a corner it did an automatic double-clutch that would have made Peter Brock proud. 

He was interested in comparing the driving experience of this zenith of internal combustion cars versus this idea of a golf-buggy – an electric vehicle (EV)!

After five seconds behind the wheel of an EV, his eyes had been opened. He was convinced this was the future. 

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Portable hydrogen generators to charge electric cars in remote areas

General Motors is working on a radical plan to use portable hydrogen-powered generators to charge electric vehicles in remote areas.

By Trent Nikolic

US car giant General Motors is considering a radical plan to develop portable hydrogen generators to charge electric cars in remote areas.

It’s another technology option being considered as the world’s auto makers grapple with how low-emissions and zero-emissions cars could be used in remote areas.

Most electric cars on sale today have a driving range of between 200km and 400km, which is less than most petrol or diesel vehicles.

While hydrogen-powered vehicles are also in development – experimental fleets of Toyota Mirai (pictured below) and Hyundai Nexo hydrogen cars are already on Australian roads – they are reliant on limited refuelling points. 

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This Solar Electric Vehicle Company That Beat Tesla In A Drag Race Has Over 22,000 Reservations

by Chris Katje

ZINGER KEY POINTS

The upcoming Aptera solar-powered electric vehicle is estimated to get between 250 and 1,000 miles of range.

As consumers adapt to electric vehicles, the use of solar power for charging could help differentiate Aptera.

A solar vehicle startup continues to see strong anticipation for its vehicle. Here’s a look at how the company’s reservations are shaping up.

What Happened: Aptera has more than 22,000 reservations for its solar electric vehicles, according to a report from InsideEVs.

The upcoming Aptera solar-powered electric vehicle is estimated to get between 250 and 1,000 miles of range.

Deliveries of the vehicle are expected to happen later this year with a cost ranging from $25,900 to $44,900.

The company sees building 10,000 vehicles by the end of 2022 with an eventual goal of production of 600,000 vehicles annually. Aptera believes demand could support the six-figure production target.

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FORD REVEALS ITS ELECTRIC TRANSIT VAN OF THE FUTURE – AND WHY IT’LL CHANGE YOUR MIND ABOUT EVS

The new electric Transit Custom will go 263 miles between charges

By Rory White

FORD has revealed its fully electric E-Transit Custom as part of plans to have five electric vans by 2024.

The vans are part of a wider promise to do away with engines on all its European models by 2035. 

Ford has already shown off its larger electric E-Transit van, and we’ve already driven it.

The Custom features many of the same impressive features, but betters the larger, heavier E-Transit’s range by 40 miles. Here, a 236-mile drive is possible.

Ford has launched what it’s calling Ford Pro at the same time.

It’s the name of a new dedicated service for Transit customers covering sales, conversions, financing, servicing, smart charging and software.

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World’s fastest electric car charger in Norway

ABB and Eviny have collaborated on the first installations of ABB’s Terra 360. ABB’s Terra 360 is now available for use by the country’s growing community of EV drivers at the Oasen Shopping Centre, Bergen and in the Norwegian ski resort of Geilo.

The pilot installations, which will be followed by more widespread roll out across Norway and Sweden, serve as a further demonstration of the ability of ABB charging technology to perform in extreme weather conditions and enable sustainable transport solutions in the widest range of locations.

The charging stations can simultaneously charge up to two vehicles with dynamic power distribution. With a maximum output of 360kW, the Terra 360 is a future proof solution capable of fully charging an electric car in 15 minutes or less.

Frank Muehlon, CEO of ABB E-mobility explains: “Having recently unveiled the Terra 360 to the world, these are truly landmark launches which we are delighted to partner with Eviny on. Norway is setting the global standard when it comes to the e-mobility transition, and we are excited to hear the reaction of EV drivers in one of the most advanced nations for EV adoption.”

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Solar-powered car that can ‘drive for months without charging’ to hit roads this summer

The five -seater Lightyear One is designed to be an ‘off-the-grid, clean, and convenient mobility solution’(Lightyear)

By Anthony Cuthbertson

Lightyear One costs €150,000 and aims to be on roads by mid-2022.

A solar-powered car has travelled hundreds of kilometres on a single charge, marking a major milestone towards bringing the “world’s most efficient and sustainable” vehicle to the market.

The Lightyear One drove 400km (248 miles) at 130kph before needing to recharge during tests in the Italian town of Aprilia last month. Previous tests carried out at a lower speed saw the electric car travel more than 700km.

Lightyear claims its car will allow customers to “drive for months without charging”, and hopes to deliver the first vehicles to customers by mid 2022.

Reservations for the Lightyear One can already be made through the company’s website, requiring a €150,000 down payment.

“We have achieved an energy consumption of 141-watt hours per kilometre. What this means is that on one charge, you’d be able to drive for over 400km. For example, that ‘s from Amsterdam all the way to Luxembourg,” said Megan Parfitt, vehicle test coordinator at Lightyear.

“Comparing that to other vehicles on the market right now, that’s about one-and-a-half times further than a directly-comparable vehicle can do with the same battery size… It shows we’re well on our way to achieving our target of being the most efficient car on the market, not just in legislative cycles but also in real-world conditions that the customer will experience.”

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General Motors developing hydrogen-powered generators for electric car chargers and military

Hydrotec fuel cells can be used for electric vehicles and the equipment to charge them

By Gary Gastelu

General Motors believes in an ‘all-electric’ future: CEO Mary Barra

GM CEO Mary Barra reveals the automakers plan to phase out internal combustion vehicles on ‘The Claman Countdown.’

General Motors is getting into the gas station business, so to speak.

The Hydrotec charging station can be installed in places that don’t have the electrical infrastructure required. (GM)

The automaker has started developing variety of fixed and mobile charging stations powered by its Hydrotec hydrogen fuel cell technology, which generates electricity without any emissions aside from water vapor.

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Daymak Has Released a New Super Fast Crypto-Mining Electric Vehicle

Watch out, Tesla.

By  Loukia Papadopoulos

Back in March of 2021, we brought you news of Daymak’s world’s fastest three-wheeled vehicle in the works called the Spiritus. Then, in July we brought you the news that the car would actually mine cryptocurrencies while it charges. 

Now, Daymak has released the first prototype of the Spiritus and it’s hard to believe it’s even real!

“The Spiritus car will be equipped with a customized AI-Powered IoniX Pro Lithium Ion Battery System,” said in a statement Aldo Baiocchi, President of Daymak.

“A poster from 2005 of our Spiritus concept three-wheeler still hangs in my office, so finally seeing our vision come to life 16 years later and sharing that dream with more than 25,000 people who ordered the vehicle is a very special moment for us. This prototype is a major milestone in our commitment to the Avvenire program, and having achieved this goal, the rest of the journey is finally coming together.”

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iPhone Manufacturer Foxconn Introduces Electric Car Prototypes

Foxconn: Taiwan-based semiconductor giant Foxconn has announced three new electric car prototypes. These prototypes appeared as a sedan, an SUV and a bus. The prototypes announced by the company will be launched in Taiwan in the near future. However, this development may herald much bigger events in the electric car industry. Foxconn, one of the most important suppliers of US-based technology Apple, announced its electric motor car prototypes at an event. While the announced models are an SUV, a sedan and a bus, according to the statements made by the company, an investment of 35 billion dollars will be made in the next 5 years.

Prototype vehicles produced by Foxconn will not be released under the company’s own brand. So end consumers will never see Foxconn branded vehicles. However, the vehicles produced by Foxconn will be sold with the cooperation to be made, especially with Taiwanese companies. The most striking aspect of the statements made is that the sedan model will be released this year. Buses will start to be used in some cities in 2022 as a result of agreements with the government. The SUV model will go on sale in 2023 under the “Yulon” brand.

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ABB launches the world’s fastest electric car charger

ABB is launching an innovative all-in-one Electric Vehicle (EV) charger, which is said to provide the fastest charging experience on the market.

ABB’s new Terra 360 is a modular charger which can simultaneously charge up to four vehicles with dynamic power distribution. This means that drivers will not have to wait if somebody else is already charging ahead of them – they simply pull up to another plug. The new charger has a maximum output of 360kW and is capable of fully charging any electric car in 15 minutes or less, meeting the needs of a variety of EV users, whether they need a fast charge or to top their battery up while grocery shopping.

“With governments around the world writing public policy that favours electric vehicles and charging networks to combat climate change, the demand for EV charging infrastructure, especially charging stations that are fast, convenient and easy to operate is higher than ever,” comments Frank Muehlon, President of ABB’s E-mobility Division. “The Terra 360, with charging options that fit a variety of needs, is the key to fulfilling that demand and accelerating e-mobility adoption globally.”

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Electric Vehicles Could Make Up 50% of Total Car Sales by 2030


Major automakers are making changes backed by the Biden administration, pledging that half of all cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. by 2030 will be either electric, hydrogen-fuel cell, or plug-in hybrid vehicles.

General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. , and Chrysler maker Stellantis NV will be aggressively pushing out cleaner fuel vehicles and stated that their green commitment will be contingent on federal funding for manufacturing and supply-chain research and development, purchase incentives, and a national electric vehicle charging network, the Wall Street Journal reports.

“This industry’s going to spend $330 billion over the next five years on electrification alone,” John Bozzella, president of the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, the lobbying group for auto makers and suppliers, said at a conference. “Even in Washington, D.C., that is real money.”

The auto company executives and the United Auto Workers attended a White House event Thursday afternoon where the Biden administration announced more stringent fuel-efficiency standards for the industry.

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Bridgestone and Lightyear Combine Forces for the World’s first Long-Range Solar Electric Powered Car

The FINANCIAL — Bridgestone and Lightyear combine forces for the world’s first long-range solar electric powered car. Bridgestone applied its lightweight and environmentally-friendly ENLITEN technology on Turanza Eco tyres specially engineered for Lightyear One, providing significant efficiency contribution in order to maintain battery life, maximise vehicle range, and reduce environmental impact. The collaboration is the latest development demonstrating Bridgestone’s progress in delivering its strategy to be a global leader in advanced solutions and sustainable mobility, Bridgestone notes.

ENLITEN technology enables tyres to have a super low rolling resistance while requiring less raw materials to be used, providing significant efficiency contribution in order to maintain battery life, maximise vehicle range, and reduce environmental impact. Partnership between Lightyear and Bridgestone is a direct result of shared focus on sustainability and builds upon work together for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Lightyear One will hit test tracks in Q2 2021 and be commercially available by the end of Q4​.

Building on 90 years of expertise, Bridgestone, a global leader in advanced solutions and sustainable mobility, has announced an exclusive partnership with Netherlands-based mobility innovator Lightyear. Bridgestone has engineered tyres specifically for Lightyear One, the world’s first long-range solar electric vehicle, which is set for commercial availability by the end of this year.

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