Avnet Abacus is selected to support GP Batteries’ major expansion initiative; delivers greater choice of industry-leading battery products to industrial and OEM sectors across Europe.
Presumably this includes EVB Technology products for EVs – EVB is a wholly owned subsidiary of GP Batteries that specialize in the manufacturing of Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) and Lithium Ferro Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries for electric mobility plus heavy duty industrial, and energy storage applications.
EVB Technologies in-turn own Vectrix, the electric scooter company.
Avnet Abacus, one of Europe’s leading interconnect, passive, electro-mechanical and power distributors and a business unit of Avnet Electronics Marketing EMEA, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), has signed a pan-European distribution agreement with GP Batteries, a global supplier of alkaline, nickel metal hydride (NiMH), and specialist lithium-ion rechargeable batteries.
Avnet Abacus’ appointment as the authorized distributor for GP Batteries industrial products portfolio across Europe is a strategic initiative (more…)
Interesting piece from Damon Lavrinc at wired.com, who is using a Zero electric bike to travel the US.
“Range anxiety sucks. but not as bad as a slow charge”
“The tack people are taking is to throw a bigger battery at the problem,” Rich says. “I think they should throw a bigger charger.”
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…)
I think that one of the people commenting on the Visordown site made a valid point though: the bike is aimed at the super rich and is marketed as such, but isn’t actually that pricey.
Don’t get me wrong; the sooner electric bikes go mainstream the better, but right now they are still a novelty, so maybe the niche manufacturers who are brave or mad enough to borrow the money to develop them should be taking advantage of their early adopters with the money to spend on such oddities.
“A London-based financier has become the first person in the world to own of a production version of the Saietta R, which does 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds and 112 miles per battery charge. Mark Northwood also contributed to final development tweaks after test-riding the £16,770 machine.”