Plugless starts second-generation wireless EV charging for the US

By James Ayre, cross-posted from Clean Technica The wireless electric vehicle charging technology company Evatran — the firm behind the Plugless brand of consumer wireless charging stations — has formed a new joint venture with Zhejiang VIE Science and Technology Company, according to an email sent to CleanTechnica and EV Obsession. The new joint venture (JV) was formed with the …

Fastned makes EV fast charging as cheap on the go as at home

By James Ayre, cross-posted from Clean Technica The Netherlands-based electric vehicle fast-charging network firm Fastned is now offering 19 cents per kilowatt-hour (Euro cents) fast-charging to those who sign up for its new “Power” subscription service, according to an email sent to CleanTechnica andEV Obsession. The new service is intended to allow subscribers to charge at Fastned’s electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging …

Ratepayer net benefits of rooftop solar in one state (NV) comes to $7 million

The SolarCity and NRDC study looks at a full suite of costs and benefits previously identified by Nevada regulators. In Nevada, where regulatory changes recently brought the rooftop solar market to a standstill, a new analysis by SolarCity and the Natural Resources Defense Council finds that the state’s 23,000 existing rooftop solar customers provide net benefits to all Nevadans ranging …

Moving from 95% fossil fuel to pollutant free truck traffic from the ports with 40% of US imports – Siemens LA pilot

The growing demand for transport will increase road freight emissions from 1.1 Gigatons (Gt) of CO2 in 2010 to 4.5 Gt by 2050, according to the International Transport Forum (ITF). The ITF predicts emissions from surface freight transport to overtake those from surface passenger transport in the period up to 2050. See References. It is therefore imperative to curb emissions …

Eliminating truck emissions with more efficient, electric transportation

Los Angeles Is Building an e-Highway. The road would eliminate truck emissions, and is being tested in a corridor that connects the port to downtown.  Cross-posted from http://www.citylab.com/tech/2014/09/los-angeles-is-building-an-e-highway/380914/   The neighboring ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach bring in roughly 40 percent of the goods shipped to the United States. Once there, the first leg of their journey to warehouses and …

Rapid shift to electric in heavy vehicles, as diesel garbage trucks are retrofitted with electric powertrains, and buses, boats, and delivery trucks go electric

The clang of garbage cans will still probably wake people way too early in the morning. But in Santa Rosa, California, at least, the roaring diesel engine will be quiet, replaced by a silent, electric motor. The electric garbage trucks scheduled to begin rolling there this summer may be less alluring than the sporty vehicles that engineer Ian Wright helped …

India producing over 1 million jobs in solar push by 2022

India’s massive solar power capacity addition target is expected to be a revolution in the Indian jobs market as well. According to a report by the Natural Resources and Defense Council (NRDC), India may end up creating over a million new jobs in its endeavour to have 100 GW of operational solar power capacity by March 2022. The report suggests …

New energy storage enabled virtual power plants set to serve as precursors to a fully functional energy cloud

Several trends are shaping the market for energy storage, but perhaps none is more dramatic than the advent of the virtual power plant.  A new report from Navigant Research argues that energy storage enabled virtual power plants will “invade energy markets,” in the coming years. The report’s authors argue that virtual power plants (VPPs) will serve as precursors to a …

First fully dispatchable PV electricity plant with storage comes online, on the way to Hawaii’s 100% renewables mandate

In Hawaii, where leaders are planning to meet a 100% renewable energy mandate by 2045, the state’s largest utility recently began a pilot program to better understand how to integrate solar generation onto its grid, but some equally valuable lessons might be learned from the state’s smallest electricity provider. The Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) was recently awarded a $2.4 million grant …