Cross continental car race along the world’s longest charge network
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Cross continental car race along the world’s longest charge network

The world’s longest charge network makes it possible to travel by electric vehicle from Seattle on the west coast of North America, via the trans Canadian Highway to North America’s east coast. Over 3,500 miles over an entire continent.

To prove it, the pioneering charge network operator/integrator Sun Country Highway Ltd organised the world’s longest Electric Vehicle Tour – the E-mazing Race, which was successfully completed by a handful of privately owned EVs at the weekend.

The event stretched from Seattle, Washington to Summerside, Prince Edward Island, via the Sun Country Highway Charging Network – a journey of around 3,500 miles depending on the route.

The rally is promoted as “a celebration of conquering one of the most climate diverse, vast and geographically challenging continents in the world… North America. As well, for the first time in the history of the world, an EV charging network is ahead of the automotive industry, it can charge virtually all EVs faster than what they can handle. Oh, and cooler yet.. this coast to coast connection was completed in less than a year without government assistance.”

I think the last bit is worthy of repeating: without government assistance.

The basic model is (more…)

Ballard Power Systems signs agreement to develop fuel cell buses in China

Canada’s Ballard Power Systems extended an agreement with Azure Hydrogen Corporation of Beijing to include fuel cell buses in order to help address the air quality issue in China

Azure plans to develop fuel cell bus capabilities in China with Ballard’s technical support and funding from Chinese sources, including both private investors and various levels of Government. Ballard fuel cell power modules are currently powering zero emission fuel cell buses in public transit service across a number of sites in North America and Europe.

China’s rapid economic expansion over the past decade has resulted in a public concern regarding deteriorating levels of air quality.

VANCOUVER, CANADA – China’s rapid economic expansion over the past decade has resulted in a public concern regarding deteriorating levels of air quality. The China State Council is investing 1.8T Yuan (US$288 billion) in the renewable energy industry over the period 2010-15, along with 2.3T Yuan (US$368 billion) on actions designed to save energy and reduce emissions.

Background
Given the size and rapid growth of China’s economy, the country has considerably larger carbon dioxide emissions than other nations, including the U.S. For example, China’s carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels accounted for 28% of the global total in (more…)

“PEV sales will grow 18.6% annually in the US” – good news for the Electric Vehicles Initiative targets

The USA is still the biggest and fastest growing plug hybrid EV market, and forecast growth for plug in EVs is also going to be strong according to a Navigant Research report.

If they prove right, it would make the targets outlined in the recent International Energy Agency (IEA) report “GLOBAL EV OUTLOOK – Understanding the Electric Vehicle Landscape to 2020“, realistic.

According to the IEA; Global EV Sales have more than doubled globally between 2011 and 2012, and they set an aggregated goal for all countries with known deployment targets of 7.2 million in EV sales and 24 million in EV stock by 2020.

“Analysis of EVI data show that to reach the EVI goal of 5.9 million in annual sales of EVs in 2020, the 2011 EV market (approximately 45,000) would need to grow by 72% compounded each year until 2020″.

That is quite a target, but the IEA have provided some nice graphs and infographics with data-backed forecasts for each of the market developments that have to change to support it, including…

  • An increase in Research and development as a result of greater funding
  • A continued drop in the costs of batteries
  • An increasing growth in charge point installations, in-particular the “slow-charge” (more…)