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Infrastructure for EVs

Posted by Steve Anderson on Monday, December 27th, 2010

Electric cars (EVs) are becoming more practical (like theĀ  Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf ), making EV infrastructure development a necessity.

  • The Federal Government wants to add “…an additional 13,000 grid-connected vehicles and 20,000 charging stations in residential, commercial and public locations nationwide by December 2013.” US Department of Energy
  • New technologies are being developed in order to“…smooth the load on the grid, optimize use of on-the-grid solar and wind power, and generally make things easier for grid operators by helping to maintain a steady frequency on transmission wires.” –
  • Coulomb Technologies, along with Ford, Chevrolet and Smart USA, are partnering to spread the use of EVs and “place charging stations strategically across the metropolitan areas in a variety of settings including public places, private garages, airports, train stations, malls, movie theatres, rental car agencies, restaurants, and other likely locations where owners of electric vehicles park their cars and need to charge.” -ChargePoint America
  • Auckland Uniservices Ltd., of Australia, plans to install charging pads in streets, homes and highways by harnessing “…the power of magnetism to transfer power across large spaces, in a perfect combination of safety, convenience and efficiency.” -HaloIPT

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