Congestion tolling with mileage-based user fees or a VMT tax better for low income drivers

By Chet Edelman, September 17th, 2018 in News in SSTI, Tags: congestion pricing, equity, VMT fees,  Do mileage-based congestion fees hit low-income drivers harder? While there is mounting evidence that demand-based pricing—or congestion tolling—can more efficiently manage highway use, serious concerns continue to arise regarding the system’s disproportionate impacts on low-income drivers. However, a recent study by researchers at Purdue University has found that a less onerous tax alternative may exist—one that combines …

Xcel eMotorWerks pilot provides Vehicle to Grid support for peak demand

By Peter Maloney, “EMotorWerks provides CAISO with 30 MW of DR through smart EV charging,” on Utility Dive, Sept 12, 2018 https://www.utilitydive.com/news/emotorwerks-provides-caiso-with-30-mw-of-dr-through-smart-ev-charging/532110/ Enel X’s eMotorWerks subsidiary is rolling out its smart grid electric vehicle (EV) charger as a virtual battery that can participate as a demand response resource in the California wholesale power market. Over the last year or so, Enel X …

Electric Vehicle Charging Demand Response Pilot Jedlix and Kraftwerke in Netherlands

September 11th, 2018 by Kyle Field on Clean Technica  Cologne, Germany-based Next Kraftwerke has partnered with electric vehicle smart charging platform provider Jedlix on a new pilot that will aggregate electric vehicle charging stations as a deployable demand response unit aka secondary control reserve (aFFR) on its Virtual Power Plant (VPP) platform. The pilot was tendered by the transmission system operator (TSO) TenneT to …

EVs now 4 million, 5 million in 6 mos. Most Important Charging is Home (or Work to maximize solar use). GM & Delta Americas Working On 180 Miles In 10 Minutes Charging.

September 4th, 2018 by Steve Hanley in Clean Technica General Motors is partnering with Delta Americas to develop extremely fast charging technology that will allow electric car drivers to add 180 miles of range in as little as 10 minutes, according to Bloomberg. To put that into context, that is three times as many miles as Tesla drivers can add in 10 minutes using today’s Superchargers and …

Utility PG&E to test price signals, load management strategies in EV charging program

Excerpt from Utility Dive, April 2018 As Pacific Gas & Electric begins to roll out electric vehicle charging stations, the utility is focused on how to manage that demand efficiently. On UtilityDive.com by Robert Walton@TeamWetDog, 4 Apr 2018 For the last few years, the state’s three largest investor-owned utilities have been rolling out plans, pilots and ports in their bid to …

V2X: New project trials EV to building energy storage

 Apr 03, 2018  Priyanka Shrestha on Energy Live News  Image: Shutterstock A new project is trialling the use of electric vehicle (EV) batteries as energy storage for office buildings. ENGIE, Hitachi Europe and Mitsubishi Motors linked the first “vehicle to everything” (V2X) charger to the French utility’s office building in the Dutch city of Zaandam. Hitachi’s V2X charger can not only recharge EVs but also discharge the energy …

Why Is Vehicle-to-Grid Taking So Long to Happen?

One analyst: “It’s not a slam-dunk.” JASON DEIGN MARCH 19, 2018, GTM media Using electric vehicles for grid services isn’t easy. The U.K. launched a major vehicle-to-grid (V2G) study last month. But it could still be a long time before the technology goes mainstream. “V2G projects often get stuck in pilot,” admitted Simon Daniel, CEO of energy storage firm Moixa Energy, …

Exercise and community centers: Reebok’s vision for “recycling” gas stations

March 24th, 2018 by Matt Pressman, Originally published on EVANNEX. The way we think about gas stations is about to change. As the world transitions to electric vehicles, the sneakerheads at Reebok have completely reimagined the gas pump experience altogether. Reebok announces that, “more cars are relying on electricity instead of gasoline for energy. … So what do you do with all of those perfectly-placed fuel stations in every community? Turn them …

Reasons Why the Tesla Semi Is So Popular With Food & Beverage Companies

March 24th, 2018, Originally posted on EVANNEX, by Charles Morris A number of companies around the world have placed pre-orders for the Tesla Semi, and a preponderance of those orders seem to be coming from purveyors of food and beverages. PepsiCo has ordered 100, Anheuser-Busch has ordered 40, restaurant supplier Sysco is taking 50, and Canadian grocery chain Loblaw’s wants 25. Why is this …

Utility Proposes Electric Vehicle Charging Pilot, But Will Anyone Opt In For No Benefit?

March 15th, 2018 by John Farrell  Originally published at ilsr.org. Electric vehicles sales have been surging, with every quarter of 2016 showing the highest sales yet in the United States. Electric utilities see an opportunity to sell more electricity. Renewable energy advocates dream of using car batteries to store energy from wind that blows most fiercely at night, or from the noonday sun. …