BMW, Daimler, Ford, and VW are planning an electric vehicle superhighway in Europe

November 30, 2016 by  
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Four major automakers recently announced they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create the highest-powered charging network in Europe. While electric cars like the new Chevy Bolt are curing some of the range anxiety issues that plagued earlier EVs, there’s still one other issue – charging times. Today it takes about 30 minutes to almost fully charge some electric cars, but BMW , Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen have announced a new partnership that will dramatically cut down that time. The goal for the charging network is to quickly build a sizable number of stations in order to enable long-range travel for electric vehicles, which will make them even more desirable. The idea of a charging network isn’t entirely new, since Tesla and Chargepoint have built similar networks in the U.S., but the big news is how much power these chargers will pack. Related: VW’s new electric car goes further and costs less than the Tesla 3 or Chevy Bolt Today’s DC Fast Chargers max out at 50 kW of power, which can charge an electric car’s battery up to 80 percent in as little as 20 minutes. The new chargers that will comprise this new partnership will pack up to seven times more power at 350 kW, which will significantly drop the amount of time it takes to recharge an electric car to around 10 minutes. The first chargers will arrive in 2017, with an initial target of about 400 charging sites in Europe. By 2020, the plan is to have thousands of high-powered charging points in operation. The announcement doesn’t include any networks outside Europe, like in the U.S., but this summer the White House announced that the Department of Energy is researching the feasibility of 350 kW fast chargers. + Daimler All images © Volkswagen and Daimler

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BMW and Volkswagen team up to install up 100 DC fast chargers on high-traffic U.S. routes

January 30, 2015 by  
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A new partnership between BMW, Volkswagen and ChargePoint could see as many as 100 DC fast chargers installed on high-traffic routes along the east and west coasts of the United States. The chargers will give electric cars the ability to drive longer distances, allowing drivers of the  BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Golf the ability to recharge their vehicles up to 80 percent in as little as 20 minutes. Read the rest of BMW and Volkswagen team up to install up 100 DC fast chargers on high-traffic U.S. routes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BMW , bmw i3 , bmw i8 , chargepoint , charging network , electric car , electric motor , electric vehicle , ev station , green car , green transportation , lithium ion battery , supercharger network , tesla , volkswagen , vw , VW e-Golf , vw golf

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Scientists discover a way to “unboil” eggs – and it could make cancer treatments more affordable

January 30, 2015 by  
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Scientists have found a way to unboil an egg – and the discovery could lead to cost reductions in cancer treatments , food production advancements and other areas of research . The process, developed by University of California and Australian chemists, can turn a hard boiled egg white back into liquid form. And while that might seem like just a cool trick, it’s really a fun way to show the revolutionary process the chemists have developed that can ‘untangle’ protein molecules. Read the rest of Scientists discover a way to “unboil” eggs – and it could make cancer treatments more affordable Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cancer drugs , cancer treatments , egg unboiling process , protein unraveling , protein untangling , scientists unboil an egg , uc irvine chemists , unboiled egg

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UK Opens Free Solar-Powered Highway EV Charging Network from Ecotricity

August 9, 2011 by  
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The first three of many free EV charging points have just opened in the UK in Hertfordshire, Reading, and Gloucestershire. The Ecotricity charging points will be part of a network of free, 100% green energy powered charging stations expected to be completely installed by September that are juiced up with energy from Ecotricity’s solar or wind energy parks across the UK. Drivers can get a quick charge in 20 minutes or a full charge in 2 hours at the quick-charging points along the route, or stay in a hotel by the roadside while their car gets a more leisurely overnight charge at the standard charging outlets. Every station only has 2 outlets (which may not be enough for very long at the rate automakers are releasing electric cars) but they need to be accessed using a free but registered swipe card , which will keep Ecotricity aware of how many people are using the system. Read the rest of UK Opens Free Solar-Powered Highway EV Charging Network from Ecotricity Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative transportation , Ecotricity electric highway , Ecotricity EV charging network , electric car , electric vehicle , ev charging station , EV range anxiety , green energy , green transportation , renewable energy , Solar Power , UK electric highway , UK EV charging network , wind energy

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