Need for MORE “ON-STREET” #EV chargers – there are 2 on-street chargers in West London. Pathetic.

January 23rd, 2013 § Comments Off on Need for MORE “ON-STREET” #EV chargers – there are 2 on-street chargers in West London. Pathetic. § permalink

At times when NCP is charging anything to £6+/hour, there is certainly the need to have the convenience and financial sense to have quite a few more on-street EV chargers, in Central and West London.

And no, its not the “we dont have expensive parking space” excuse, because i DO see the EDF and other branded street-convenient parking locations – typically un-self-used, while growing number of Electric Car (sourcelondon membership) users are struggling to find a decent and non-extortionate-charged parking location in London, particularly in the West End.

This is “today##Q##s” snap, from SourceLondon Map. Please do share and retweet.

 

[caption id=”attachment_1156″ align=”aligncenter” width=”521″]Observe. lack of "on-street" parking locations in London.width=”521″ height=”431″ /> Observe. lack of “on-street” parking locations in London.[/caption]

#ElectricCar efficiency / upgrades: Potential EV and Hybrid Battery Breakthroughs

January 20th, 2013 § Comments Off on #ElectricCar efficiency / upgrades: Potential EV and Hybrid Battery Breakthroughs § permalink

Today, a mere handful of Tesla Roadsters, Chevy Volts, Nissan Leafs, Fisker Karmas, and Mitsubishi MiEVs have been sold. But in the next few years sales of electric and plug-in hybrid gasoline–electric cars may reach 1 percent of the giant annual new-car market—approximately 150,000 cars. Toyota, the current market leader, sells mostly nickel-metal-hydride (NiMH) battery packs. But many of the newest plug-in hybrid and pure electric cars are powered by lithium-ion batteries, currently considered the best battery technology for range, power, and recharging time. And the upcoming all-electric Prius and RAV4 and the new plug-in hybrid Prius use lithium-ion technology too.

But while lithium-ion technology is a step forward, let##Q##s be frank: The battery is still the weak link in the usefulness of these cars compared to existing gasoline and diesel machines. None of the mainstream pure electric cars can travel more than 100 miles at a time, and some far less. Electric powertrains are expensive, costing perhaps 50 percent more than a gasoline equivalent. So what other battery options are coming that might boost range, cut cost, and generally push EVs into the future? Here##Q##s a look at new battery techcurrently being developed at universities, government think tanks, and corporations around the country.

[caption id=”attachment_1131″ align=”aligncenter” width=”600″]many of the newest plug-in hybrid and pure electric cars are powered by lithium-ion batteries, currently considered the best battery technology for range, power, and recharging timewidth=”600″ height=”450″ /> many of the newest plug-in hybrid and pure electric cars are powered by lithium-ion batteries, currently considered the best battery technology for range, power, and recharging time[/caption]

 

Lithium Air Carbon

IBM

Companies investing in future battery design could be positioned for a lucrative windfall—if their tech becomes the silver bullet for EVs. IBM is now one of those competing companies. Its goal is to increase the range of a battery-powered car range to 500 miles. That would allow owners to drive from Los Angeles to Phoenix on one charge—and still have enough juice left over to cruise around town for a day or so.

To do it, the company is developing a lithium-air battery with the potential for far more energy density than current lithium-ion batteries. IBM says its battery can last much longer during a charge because it uses carbon electrodes in which the ions react with oxygen (think of it as a breathing battery), yet that oxygen doesn##Q##t deplete the electrolyte medium. IBM is keeping mum about its new technology that keeps oxygen at bay, but says it was developed at the molecular level. The battery technology, however, is not expected to be commercially available to electric car makers until 2020.

[caption id=”attachment_1132″ align=”aligncenter” width=”600″]a lithium-air battery with the potential for far more energy density than current lithium-ion batterieswidth=”600″ height=”450″ /> a lithium-air battery with the potential for far more energy density than current lithium-ion batteries[/caption]

 

Lithium Manganese Composite/Silicon Carbon Nanocomposite

Envia Systems

Envia##Q##s primary development is a proprietary cathode material based on manganese, an abundant metal that is stable when used in the battery. Manganese is also less expensive than the more common cobalt-based cathode material, Envia says. The firm has received grants from U.S. auto companies and federal and California energy agencies to continue developing the battery for commercial use; it says the battery could give a range of 300 miles in an EV.

[caption id=”attachment_1133″ align=”aligncenter” width=”400″]a proprietary cathode material based on manganese, an abundant metal that is stable when used in the battery, delivering some 300EV miles.width=”400″ height=”600″ /> a proprietary cathode material based on manganese, an abundant metal that is stable when used in the battery, delivering some 300EV miles.[/caption]

 

 

 

Early morning “rise and snow-shine” home #ev #charging installation #electricCar

January 20th, 2013 § Comments Off on Early morning “rise and snow-shine” home #ev #charging installation #electricCar § permalink

Here are this early Sunday morning home charging unit installation snaps

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”614″]Electric Car Home Charging Installation. EV. ElectricVehicle. "as-its-done..."width=”614″ height=”461″ /> Electric Car Home Charging Installation. EV. ElectricVehicle. “as-its-done…”[/caption]

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”614″]Electric Car Home Charging Installation. EV. ElectricVehicle. PodPoint Charging Unit installation.width=”614″ height=”461″ /> Electric Car Home Charging Installation. EV. ElectricVehicle. PodPoint Charging Unit installation.[/caption]

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”614″]Electric Car Home Charging Installation. EV. ElectricVehicle. PodPoint Charging Unit.width=”614″ height=”461″ /> Electric Car Home Charging Installation. EV. ElectricVehicle. PodPoint Charging Unit.[/caption]

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”614″]Electric Car Home Charging Installation. EV. ElectricVehicle. fitting cableswidth=”614″ height=”461″ /> Electric Car Home Charging Installation. EV. ElectricVehicle. fitting cables[/caption]

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”614″]Electric Car Home Charging Installation. EV. ElectricVehicle. fitting cableswidth=”614″ height=”461″ /> Electric Car Home Charging Installation. EV. ElectricVehicle. fitting cables[/caption]

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”461″]Electric Car Home Charging Installation. Thickness of 16A category cable. From electric meter to Charging podwidth=”461″ height=”614″ /> Electric Car Home Charging Installation. Thickness of 16A category cable. From electric meter to Charging pod[/caption]

[caption id=”attachment_1113″ align=”aligncenter” width=”614″]Ev Charging Pod Opened up. Inside the Home Charging Point.width=”614″ height=”461″ /> Ev Charging Pod Opened up. Inside the Home Charging Point.[/caption]

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”461″]Electric Car Home Charging Installation. Snowing in February. London 2013width=”461″ height=”614″ /> Electric Car Home Charging Installation. Snowing in February. London 2013[/caption]

Cold weather snap? Well, here are few snaps of #ev in the #snow blanket. Don’t worry, #charger wasn’t frozen to it.

January 18th, 2013 § Comments Off on Cold weather snap? Well, here are few snaps of #ev in the #snow blanket. Don’t worry, #charger wasn’t frozen to it. § permalink

This morning with half battery level and no heating i got the shock of “20 miles” remaining range. luckily i did remind myself hammering the car the evening before and …that had me calmed down, – especially when i got back 25 miles WITH heating..after some 15 minutes of more “cautious” driving.

I say what i always said about these EVs – all learner drives should have these when they pass the test.
It cost cheaper (near-nil) to run as they typically get used afterhours (after school, college) and its cost effective driving – you get rewarded for careful driving with better mileage on the clock. simples.

As for rest of us mere Electric Car Drivers/Commuters -its flat fee ownership package “all in one” cost per month.

With another rise of TFL (London Transport costs) “in line with inflation”, the 5 zone travelcard – near £200/month – is about the same as cost of ownership for these smallish city EV.(84mph max/80miles range no heating max/50miles with heating).

Commuting daily in and out of work some 13 miles away and free charging… i cant complain.

Snow or no snow. i find it just works. I also do have concerns about “dying battery” as they say in the cold. but These czero/imiev/ion models are used all over europe and USA where cold snaps are way over -10 celcius – clearly working to date. And another thing – battery under warranty for 5 years (if you care about it – since you were brave enough to actually BUY these electric car models outright)

Anyway, anything else? just ping @evMeerkat on twitter and i will be happy to answer any questions…

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”461″]Electric Car Citroen@The_O2 why is #ElectricCar #charging points are located ONLY at chargeable car park and none at car park two - free - for cinema goers?! RT. Read more ... » czero (imiev, ion) in the Snow. Winter 2013. “Time to go Home”. @EvMeerkatwidth=”461″ height=”614″ /> Electric Car Citroen@The_O2 why is #ElectricCar #charging points are located ONLY at chargeable car park and none at car park two – free – for cinema goers?! RT. Read more … » czero (imiev, ion) in the Snow. Winter 2013. “Time to go Home”. @EvMeerkat[/caption]

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”614″]Electric Car Charging in theSnow. Citroen czero (imiev, ion). Winter 2013. “Time to go Home”. @Evmeerkatwidth=”614″ height=”401″ /> Electric Car Charging in theSnow. Citroen czero (imiev, ion). Winter 2013. “Time to go Home”. @Evmeerkat[/caption]

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”614″]Electric Car Charging in the Snow. Citroen czero (imiev, ion). Winter 2013. “Hope its not frozen to 13A Type 1 connector. @evMeerkatwidth=”614″ height=”401″ /> Electric Car Charging in the Snow. Citroen czero (imiev, ion). Winter 2013. “Hope its not frozen to 13A Type 1 connector. @evMeerkat[/caption]

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”460″]Electric Car snap submitted by www.evmeerkat.com reader. Citroen czero (imiev, ion). Winter 2013. “Morning Surprise. Snow Blanket”. @EvMeerkatwidth=”460″ height=”614″ /> Electric Car snap submitted by www.evmeerkat.com reader. Citroen czero (imiev, ion). Winter 2013. “Morning Surprise. Snow Blanket”. @EvMeerkat[/caption]

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”461″]Electric Car. Finally got home. Dirty Citroen czero (imiev, ion). Winter 2013. “Barely parked up the gradient. slippery slope”. @EvMeerkatwidth=”461″ height=”614″ /> Electric Car. Finally got home. Dirty Citroen czero (imiev, ion). Winter 2013. “Barely parked up the gradient. slippery slope”. @EvMeerkat[/caption]

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”614″]Electric Car. About to get in and drive home. Dirty Citroen czero (imiev, ion). Winter 2013. “sticky snow”. @EvMeerkatwidth=”614″ height=”401″ /> Electric Car. About to get in and drive home. Dirty Citroen czero (imiev, ion). Winter 2013. “sticky snow”. @EvMeerkat[/caption]

[caption id=”” align=”alignnone” width=”614″]Electric Car. Citroen czero (imiev, ion). Winter 2013. “runaway car”. @EvMeerkatwidth=”614″ height=”401″ /> Electric Car. Citroen czero (imiev, ion). Winter 2013. “runaway car”. @EvMeerkat[/caption]

Citroen electric DS3 – Coming soon 2013/14

October 16th, 2012 § Comments Off on Citroen electric DS3 – Coming soon 2013/14 § permalink

Citroen will reveal a fully-electric concept based on the popular DS3 supermini next week during the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

[caption id=”attachment_357″ align=”alignnone” width=”300″]ds3 electrumwidth=”300″ height=”199″ class=”size-medium wp-image-357″ /> ds3 electrum[/caption]

The project is called the DS3 Electrum and it promises performance capabilities “consistent” to that of the standard Citroen DS3 range, whilst keeping emissions to zero at the same time.

The powertrain in this concept features two 65kW electric motors, powered by a lithium-ion battery and all located on the front axle, thus ensuring cabin and boot space is unchanged compared to the standard DS3.

It has not been revealed just how fast the DS3 Electrum can go, but Citroen does give the supermini and estimated range of up to 75 miles.

The French manufacturer also says that the electric DS3##Q##s battery can be charged to 80 per cent capacity in just 30 minutes, when using a quick-charge docking station.

For now it is unclear whether the Citroen DS3 Electrum will remain a concept or emerge into a full production model. However its makers say that the electric powertrain set-up featured in this car can be utilised in other Citroen models without requiring extensive re-engineering.

Therefore it##Q##s possible we may see many other models from Citroen##Q##s current and future range receive a similar treatment like the DS3 has enjoyed.

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