More Thursday thoughts

September 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

  • Researchers at a Mitsubishi-sponsored lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, are developing a concept for mobile, portable emergency EV charging stations which can be deployed rapidly where required. Participating electric vehicle owners would have sensors fitted to their cars to alert a central operations base to their state of battery charge – and the mobile units placed on standby in areas where a number of EVs are expected to run out of juice, such as long stretches of highway (New Scientist).
  • Daimler is running a lift-share pilot project in Ulm, Germany, as part of its Car2Go car-share programme. Car2gether links drivers with people needing to get somewhere via social media and smartphone apps; users create a profile – with photograph – and input their location and desired destination, and will make a contribution to the driver via cash or smartcard micro-payments (the recommended rate’s 9.5 euro cents a minute). It will be trialled amongst students at Ulm’s two universities. More details at daimler.com.
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