If this car is driven four days a week for a maximum of 31 miles a day, there’s no need to plug into an outlet (or ever gas up)

Toyota is trying to build a vehicle powered by the sun. “The solar car’s advantage is that — while it can’t drive for a long range — it’s really independent of charging facilities,” said Koji Makino, a project manager at Toyota. Put together the best solar panels money can buy, super-efficient batteries and decades of car-making know-how and, theoretically, a …

National League of Cities urges cities to consider congestion charging systems

The National League of Cities (NLC) released a new guide that encourages cities to consider congestion charging systems as a potentially economical solution to build thriving communities, calm traffic and improve quality of life for residents. Congestion pricing is a type of road-user charge system in which a flat or variable rate fee is charged to vehicles that drive in a specified area …

Why Building Owners Should Care About Increasing EV Adoption

Also: Seattle City Light: Transportation Electrification Strategy Report 2019  |  By Lynn Daniels and Brendan O’Donnell DOWNLOAD Shares Rocky Mountain Institute worked with Seattle City Light to develop the first comprehensive transportation electrification strategy for a municipal utility, looking across all market segments—personally owned vehicles, trucks, buses, and shared mobility. The market and policy landscape for transportation electrification is changing rapidly. Private developers …

Barcelona, Stockholm, and Amsterdam

Rather out of date but still good info… Barcelona already boasts a strong public transit system. Several buses, a robust metro system and a seemingly popular public bicycle program make mobility easy. In a current effort to develop a casebook of global EV activities, the Clean Energy Ministerial found that in Barcelona, only about 24 percent of the citizenry relies on personal …

‘Nearly all’ high voltage EV charging stations lose money: Report

GPI’s research showed that it is generally less expensive to operate a single 50 kW charger, and those can break even with less than a dozen customers per day. However, “in most other cases, it is very difficult for a DCFC station to break even due to demand charges.” Robert Walton, Utility Dive, Aug. 22, 2019 Demand charges continue to …

Almost a quarter of transportation-related emissions come from the medium- and heavy-duty trucks, mainly for freight transportation. The EV shift is promising but there are particular charging needs.

Almost a quarter of transportation-related emissions come from the medium- and heavy-duty trucks, mainly for freight transportation. The EV shift is promising (see UC-Davis May 2019 research) but there are particular charging needs. May 18th, 2019 by Rocky Mountain Institute  Originally published on the Rocky Mountain Institute’s website. By Jessie Lund When most people envision climate action, images of solar panels and wind farms often come …

Utilities, charger vendors find interconnection best practices to propel EV growth

DEEP DIVE  Utilities, charger vendors find interconnection best practices to propel EV growth: Collaboration and transparency pioneered in solar interconnections can fast-start delayed transportation electrification ambitions By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive, April 22, 2019 Gasoline-fueled vehicles would not get far without easy-to-access gas stations and, for the same reason, electric vehicles (EV) will need easy-to-access charging stations for the U.S …

Time of use rates can halve increase in electricity load from EVs. Storage makes the rest a benefit through V2G support

Looking into the future, the most exciting technologies are vehicle-to-grid (V2G), which allows EV batteries to discharge energy to the grid, and smart charging, which uses algorithms to optimize charging times. Implementing these technologies could turn EVs into a valuable asset for the grid — not only would smart charging minimize the negative effects of increased electrical consumption, but V2G …

How to implement a successful EV charging network, financially and technically

How Cities Can Support Successful EV Charging Networks, February 16th, 2019 by Cynthia Shahan, Clean Technica As part of CleanTechnica’s Cleantech Revolution Tour in Warsaw, Poland, Zachary Shahan began a panel discussion about the hurdles, potential, and best practices of EV charging infrastructure. His group of panelists constituted truly early adopters and early entrepreneurs in the transition, mostly EV charging leaders who were able to …

Portable, faster charging for Teslas

January 16th, 2019 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica:  New Tesla Home Charging Station Offers Faster Charging, Plus You Can Take It With You Until now, Tesla offered its customers two home charging options — the Gen 2 Mobile Connector that comes standard with all new Teslas or a hard-wired wall-mounted charger. Now it is offering Tesla owners a third option — a new …