Whatever you may think about Ford’s efforts to sell its plug-in vehicles, when it comes to workplace charging, the company is forging ahead. It currently has 200 charging stations at 50 facilities in the US and Canada, and it plans to triple that number to 600 in the next two years.Ford recently conducted a three-year study on employee charging and driving behaviors, and found that 60% of employees who drive EVs said that Ford’s workplace charging network influenced their purchase or lease decisions. Since September 2014, Ford employees have charged their vehicles at work more than 165,000 times, providing around 2 million miles of electric driving.
Efacec has developed a mobile fast charger that’s built into a towable 20-foot container. The system can charge three vehicles simultaneously, and can be fed through the local electrical grid or by a generator.The container includes three HV350 charger units, as well as a power management system. It provides output voltage up to 920 V (nominal) and 1,000 V (maximum). Charging power is up to 320 kW (nominal) and 350 kW (maximum).This solution is designed to charge vehicles in locations where it might not be appropriate to install permanent charging infrastructure, such as test tracks, road tests, or sites with difficult conditions.
Georgia-based Green4U Technologies showed its first all-electric vehicles – the MTU-6 and Enova SUVs – at two recent US trade shows.The developmental prototypes on display feature all-electric powertrains that will deliver up to 230 miles of range. Both vehicles, which are designed primarily for fleet use, will share an in-house-designed modular aluminum chassis. Both feature six doors to provide easy access to each SUV’s second- and third-row seats.
TOKYO — Japan’s automakers aim to electrify at the Tokyo Motor Show with a cavalcade of battery- powered cars that preview the home team’s EV ambitions.Connectivity and autonomous driving will also be big themes under the show’s banner of “Beyond the Motor.”But sticking to tradition, the domestic players won’t forget to roll out a few quirky and futuristic concepts to inspire and delight.
French automobile manufacturer Renault has said that it is working with the government of India to come out with policy on electric vehicle, to bring clarity on various aspects of establishing a market in this segment in the country.The company said as one of the major players in the electric vehicle segment, along with its global partner Nissan, it had the capability to introduce electric vehicles in India, but the infrastructure was not ready.Renault India MD Sumit Sawhney said, “It depends on the government policies and how they want to take it forward.” While the government has set a target to convert 100 per cent sales into electric vehicles in 2030, it is looking at various aspects of this goal.
General Motors is finding some success with the Chevy Bolt EV, which was launched under the guidance of Pamela Fletcher as the company’s Chief Engineer of Electrified Vehicles. In fact, the Bolt has outsold the Chevy Volt for three months in a row, with 2,632 units going to customers in September. With its growing EV business, GM saw fit to create a new role, Vice President of Global Electric Vehicle Programs, and appoint Fletcher to the position.In her new role, Fletcher will oversee the launch of every GM electric vehicle. The company has plans to introduce more than 20 all-electric cars around the world by 2023. ”
A key focus of electric vehicle (EV) makers is maximizing the range users can get from each charge, and for that reason new battery technologies are poised to play a huge part in driving their adoption. Toshiba has developed a new fast-charging battery it claims could allow EVs to travel three times as far as they do now, and then be fully recharged again in a matter of minutes.Toshiba’s SCiB (Super Charge ion Battery) has been around in various forms since 2007, with its chief claim to fame an ability to charge to 90 percent of capacity in just five minutes. It also boasts a life-span of 10 years and high levels of safety, and has found its way into a number of notable EVs, including Mitsubishi’s i MiEV and Honda’s Fit EV. The current SCiB uses lithium titanium oxide as its anode, but Toshiba says it has now come up with a better way of doing things. The next-generation SCiB uses a new material for the anode called titanium niobium oxide, which Toshiba was able to arrange into a crystal structure that can store lithium ions more efficiently. So much so, that the energy density has been doubled.