The Indian startup pioneering new battery swapping system for country’s electric buses

July 19, 2017 by  
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One of the hassles associated with electric vehicles is how long it takes to charge them. But in India , an energy infrastructure startup has partnered with the country’s second biggest truck manufacturer to pioneer a solution: a battery swapping system. They’ll start with electric buses , which could stop at stations reminiscent of today’s petrol pumps to swap out batteries and avoid having to spend a lot of time charging. Vehicle manufacturer Ashok Leyland has partnered with startup SUN Mobility to develop the battery swapping system first for intra-city buses, potentially followed by delivery trucks, inter-city buses, and long-haul trucks, according to Ashok Leyland CEO Vinod Dasari. Related: India to only sell electric cars by 2030 SUN Mobility has been working on the system with Stanford University-trained engineer Chetan Maini, who designed India’s first electric car Reva, at the helm. Their smart battery system can reportedly power a variety of electric vehicles. According to their website, they aim to shake up transportation with an “open-architecture ecosystem built around a smart network of quick interchange battery stations,” which Quartz India said will be powered by renewable energy . SUN Mobility’s ultimate goal is lofty: refuel electric vehicles even cheaper and faster than cars can fill up at gas stations today. The partnership follows India’s plan to sell only electric vehicles by 2030 , recently announced by energy minister Piyush Goyal. At that time, he said the government would invest in charging infrastructure, and even pointed to the potential of battery swapping systems. Government advisor Ashok Jhunjhunwala said in a June lecture swappable batteries would need to be a key component of India’s push to put more electric cars on the road. The expense of batteries is prohibitive for many, but he said, “…we’ll start buying vehicles without battery. For example, if I want to buy a bus or a three-wheeler, I’ll buy it without [the] battery but with enhanced [vehicle] efficiency.” In such a system, with high efficiency vehicles and swappable batteries, costs per kilometer could potentially be lowered until they’re on par with gas-guzzling cars. Via Quartz India Images via Wikimedia Commons and shankar s. on Flickr

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Porsche’s new EV chargers top up Mission E batteries by 80% in 15 minutes

July 19, 2017 by  
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We’re still about two years away from the arrival of the Porsche Mission E electric car, but Porsche has already started installing the 800-volt chargers that will power it. The automaker recently installed two 800-volt chargers in Berlin that have the ability to recharge an EV’s batteries up to 80 percent in a mere 15 minutes. The 350kW chargers are twice as powerful as the 145kW chargers that Tesla’s Supercharger network uses. Although Porsche’s new charging stations, Tesla refuses to be out done, since Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk recently stated that its future charging network will make the 350kW charger look like a “children’s toy.” Related: Porsche is moving ahead with their Tesla rival ‘Mission E’ electric car Since the Mission E is still at least two years away, the good news is that the Porsche’s new chargers do have the ability to charge lower-powered EVs. While we wait for the Mission E, Porsche does offer plug-in hybrid versions of the Porsche Cayenne and Panamera. Porsche is also installing similar chargers in Atlanta. Porsche has yet to reveal the production version of the Mission E , but when it arrives it will be one of the most significant Model S rivals. The Mission E will feature two electric motors that generate around 600 horsepower and a driving range over 300 miles. + Porsche Via Trusted Reviews Images @Porsche

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Israel to test electric roads that wirelessly charge vehicles as they drive

January 4, 2017 by  
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Forget the charging port—the roads of the near future could power your electric car while you drive, eliminating the need to ever stop to recharge or refuel again. Israeli startup Electroad is working to pave the way towards a greener world with technology that retrofits existing roads with buried coils to inductively charge electric vehicles. The team has already performed successful tests of the technology, and will be demoing the electric roads on a larger scale with a public bus route in Tel Aviv . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkpcavw_vFI Founded with the goal of reducing global emissions, Electroad promises a more cost-effective, efficient, and cleaner way to travel. The startup uses technology that relies on electromagnetic induction —the basic principle behind wirelessly powering smartphones and rechargeable toothbrushes—to power electric cars with renewable energy while driving. Although other companies like Qualcomm and KAIST also work with wireless vehicle charging, Electroad’s CEO Oren Ezer says that while the concept is the same, the technology is different. “Our technology is flexible,” said Ezer. “Only copper and rubber is needed, and deployment is quick and easy. You can retrofit one kilometer of road in just half a day, from night to morning.” The installation process begins with an asphalt scraper that digs an 8-centimeter-deep trench. A second vehicle installs the wireless energy charging strips and fills the trench back up with asphalt. Smart inverters with real-time communication are installed on the sides of the road. A coil unit attached beneath the electric vehicle receives power transferred over a small 24-centimeter air gap. Radiation is minimized and locally shielded for driver and passenger safety. Related: KAIST Launches First Road-Charged OLEV Electric Buses in South Korea Electroad plans to focus on public transportation first before opening the platform up to private transit. The startup successfully tested their technology with an electric bus five months ago in Tel Aviv and opened 20 meters of retrofitted electric road outside their lab. Soon the company will test out the technology on a public electric bus with a set route in Tel Aviv. Since the bus will drive on electric roads, it won’t need to be recharged though it will have a small battery to allow the bus to drive up to five kilometers without an electric current. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQ-DzXirW08 “We remove the energy source,” said Ezer. “The electricity will come from renewable energy transferred to the road. This is a really sustainable solution. A battery for an electric bus can cost $300,000 and weigh 5 tons. If you remove the battery then the bus is much lighter and requires less energy. This technology is cost saving. If you compare it to diesel buses, it’s half the price. If you just start with public transportation it will save money and then you can open it up to taxis and trams. Payback is very fast.” Ezer has a dream to turn all of Israel’s transportation electric with inductive charging. Electroad received a research and innovation grant from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 and recently completed a program at Capital Nature , an accelerator that focuses on emerging renewable energy in Israel. The startup plans to test their technology on a public bus route in Tel Aviv next year. + Electroad + Vibe Israel Tour courtesy of Vibe Israel Images © Electroad , last image © Lucy Wang

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It’s rush hour for urban electric buses

July 13, 2016 by  
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There’s an all out push to get more zero emissions buses into the urban core. Along with government incentives, electric bus maker Proterra has opened its patents for transit EV charging stations.

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The world’s fastest charging electric bus powers up in 10 seconds flat

August 7, 2015 by  
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The world’s fastest-charging electric bus , which takes as little as 10 seconds to completely recharge, is now in service in the coastal city of Ningbo, China. The bus, manufactured in Ningbo by China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corporation (CSR), has made its debut on a 24-stop, 7-mile route around the city. Though each charge only allows the bus to run for about three miles, the lightning-fast charging time means the bus can recharge at many of its stops along the route. Read the rest of The world’s fastest charging electric bus powers up in 10 seconds flat

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Google gives free electric community shuttle buses to Mountain View

January 15, 2015 by  
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  Thanks to Google , residents of its hometown of Mountain View, California can now get around the city on electric shuttles—for free. Google provided funding and teamed up with Motiv Power Systems to add four new electric shuttle buses to the city’s fleet, which will help move people around the city more effectively. The buses are part of a two-year pilot program aimed at moving residents and visitors through the city in a way that reduces drive-alone traffic, while helping residents get around more effectively via a loop route. Read the rest of Google gives free electric community shuttle buses to Mountain View Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: battery pack , California , electric bus , electric motor , Google , Google electric shuttle , Google shuttle , green bus , green car , green transportation , Motiv Power Systems , mountain view

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Scania is testing Sweden’s first wirelessly charged hybrid city bus

December 22, 2014 by  
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A wirelessly charged electric city bus is about to hit the streets of Sweden. Scania is launching a sustainable public transit project in the streets of Södertälje, Sweden in June 2016 to see if the technology could be viable across the world. The system works by allowing the bus to charge in just six or seven minutes wirelessly from the road surface at a bus stop, eliminating the need for long recharges or bulky plugs so the bus can keep going on its journey. Read the rest of Scania is testing Sweden’s first wirelessly charged hybrid city bus Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric bus , electric public bus , hybrid bus , Scania , Scania electric bus , Scania Sweden , Scania technology , Scania tests electric bus , Scania tests hybrid bus , Scania tests wireless bus , Scania wireless bus , Sweden electric bus , Sweden hybrid bus , Sweden wireless bus , wireless electric bus , wireless hybrid bus

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BYD’s All-Electric Bus Sets a New Record with 200 Mile Journey Around Copenhagen

March 25, 2014 by  
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An electric bus recently set a new record for the longest journey on a single charge in Denmark, when it managed to drive more than 200 miles while traveling its normal route. BYD , the Chinese company that makes the bus, said that the e-bus exceeded the previous best performance set by one of its vehicles during the company’s European trials. As an added bonus, the record also smashes the official distance record of 155 miles for an all-electric bus. Read the rest of BYD’s All-Electric Bus Sets a New Record with 200 Mile Journey Around Copenhagen Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 200-mile electric vehicle journey , bus travels 200 miles on a single charge , BYD , BYD electric bus , Chinese electric bus , Copenhagen bus sets new electric vehicle record , Denmark , ebus , green transportation , new distance record for an electric bus        

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Utah State University Develops an E-Bus That Charges at Each Stop

October 29, 2013 by  
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Utah State University has tested a first-of-its-kind electric bus that is capable of charging itself through wireless induction technology . Dubbed ‘the Aggie Bus’, the e-bus uses a  high-power, high-efficiency wireless power transfer system capable of transferring enough energy to quickly charge an EV over an air gap of 10 inches. Read the rest of Utah State University Develops an E-Bus That Charges at Each Stop Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aggie bus , e-bus , electric bus , usu research foundation , USU’s Wireless Power Transfer , Utah Science Technology and Research initiative’s Advanced Transportation Institute , Utah State University , wireless charging , wireless induction technology        

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LG Unveils G Flex Curved Smartphone that Self-Heals like X-Men’s Wolverine

October 29, 2013 by  
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Korean smartphone maker LG has finally announced a phone that promises to free us from the horrors of scratched smartphone screens. One of the world’s first curved smartphones, the G Flex innovates one step further by offering self-healing, protective coating. In a press release, LG likens the protective coating to Wolverine’s self-healing powers and says that any light scratches on the G Flex could be self-repaired in mere minutes. Read the rest of LG Unveils G Flex Curved Smartphone that Self-Heals like X-Men’s Wolverine Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: android smartphone , curved smartphone , G Flex , lg , LG smartphone , oled display , self-healing , self-healing smartphone , snapdragon processor        

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