Tues news: e-mobility, incentives and other developments

September 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

usual-shop-feb-2010-003An interesting research paper from Lisbon in this journal (open access): 25 EV drivers (private and fleet) tracked for a year, giving feedback through interviews and online diaries. Environmental and economic factors were the primary motivators for the private drivers to go electric, while the fleet drivers cited their company’s image. Over the year, a well-to-wheel analysis showed an estimated 35-43% reduction in energy consumption by the drivers, and a 58-63% fall in CO2 emissions. Full paper here. (OK, I know this picture doesn’t show Lisbon. Generic EV-charging pic, taken in my ‘hood).

  • Latest e-motorbike and e-scooter forecast from Navigant Research: 55 million to be sold worldwide from now ’til 2023. Though China is the primary market for electric two-wheelers right now, from 2015 growth is expected in other regions; the report also identifies successful niches in the fleet market such as law enforcement and small cargo delivery.
  • An important step in solving home-charging access for EV drivers: in California, a bill has been passed giving rental tenants the right to install charging equipment (as long as they pay for it themselves, have suitable insurance, and gain their landlord’s approval), reports Charged EVs. The state has also just approved $1million of funding to support infrastructure, including fast-charger installation, in Encinitas and Sonoma County; more here. And China’s planning to plough $16billion into developing charging infrastructure, reports Bloomberg. Oh, and Rotterdam: a 2,500 euro scrappage grant to crush dirty older vehicles – in addition to the nationwide Dutch scheme giving 3,000 euros towards purchase of an EV, plus further local incentives (a slightly different scheme in Amsterdam, for example) of up to 7,000 euros. More here.
  • LG Innotek has developed a motor for DCTs which is rare earth-free: the motor enables fast and smooth switching between gears, and is said to give a 4% reduction over a conventional DCT (dual clutch transmission). Press release posted here.
  • Experiments in nanotech at MIT into a thermopower wave process suggest that electrical pulses of energy could be generated from burning liquid fuel, in an energy-dense and low-emissions process. Some details at Transport Evolved.

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