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Published on November 20th, 2008 | by Jerry James Stone

Schwarzenegger, Bay Area to Build First U.S. Electric Vehicle Network

November 20th, 2008 by  
 

[social_buttons] Bay Area leaders are hoping that a combo of public and private investments can turn the region into The Electric Vehicle Capital of the U.S., by building out a $1-billion electric vehicle infrastructure. The group involves Silicon Valley’s Better Place and a group of wide-eyed politicians: California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the mayors of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland.

The startup says planning and permitting will start as soon as January 2009, and infrastructure deployment could begin as early as 2010. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal for Better Play. Along with the Bay Area, it will the same investment models used in Israel, Denmark and Australia. The company claims that a “mass market availability of electric cars” will be ready by 2012.

The San Francisco mayor also plans policy initiatives to help deliver the electric vehicles to the Bay Area roads. Mayor Newsom says “they will start in December to work with city organizations and private sector partners on different ways to help deliver electric transportation powered by renewable energy,” according to earth2tech.com.

Governor Schwarzenegger said in the release that the state is “taking the lead in the move to electric transportation powered by renewable energy,” and he added “I’m confident that Californians, who love their cars, will love zero emission vehicles even more, so long as they’re fast, fun and affordable.”

Fast, fun, zero emissions? Sign me up!

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  • Jeff Baker

    Solar Panels and Paint on Plug-In EVs to Boost V2G Two Way Charging

    The “state of the art” electric vehicle charging system will include V2G: Vehicle to Grid capability. A two-way system that will enable you to feed excess power from your vehicle into the local grid for energy credits, in addition to charging your vehicle when needed.

    One of the first mainstream production vehicles with a Solar Roof Panel will be the next generation Toyota Prius due out next Spring. Plug-in hybrids and EVs equipped with solar roof panels will soon follow. Nissan, VW and numerous other carmakers will offer solar panels on their vehicles also. The early mainstream electric vehicles will initially be like Henry Ford’s Model A, compared to what they will become, with the right combination of break-through components that are in the works.

    One solar roof panel will only provide a small percentage of the power that todays electric vehicles require. At 20% efficiency (Suniva, Day4 Energy), a solar roof panel could generate up to 270 watts. The panel will be optional and cost under $900. Keep in mind, the cost of solar panels will come down, and the efficiency will go up. Already, there are cheaper and more efficient solar panels being announced. The SunFlake panel, invented by Martin Aagesen who is a PhD from the Nano-Science Center and the Niels Bohr Institute at University of Copenhagen, gets 30% efficiency and will be cheaper than current panels. Innovalight claims they have a solar panel that is 44% efficient at one tenth the cost. NanoSolar and others also look promising. At the rate that solar technology is advancing, solar roof panels on vehicles will soon be over 500 watts.

    The next technology, coming within 3 to 5 years, is SOLAR PAINT, that will generate solarvoltaic power from the entire body of the vehicle. When the body is covered with solar paint, that has the potential to provide three times the surface area of a first generation solar roof panel. This will triple the generating power of your vehicle to 1,500 watts, more or less, depending on the angle of the sun, weather conditions, and the amount of light reflecting onto the body. Window tinting will also be replaced by translucent solarvoltaic film.

    Recently, Toyota described its 1/X Concept vehicle, a plug-in hybrid about the size of a Prius, but ONE THIRD the weight, only 926 lbs. With a vehicle that is one third the weight, the mileage DOUBLES from the same wattage. Quantum Sphere announced a breakthrough in their lithium ion batteries that produces FOUR TIMES the capacity from the same size cell. Ultra-capacitors may also be combined with batteries, or one day overpower them. Another breakthrough is an electric motor that uses HALF the amount of energy to perform the same amount of work. With this new electric motor, the mileage DOUBLES again. Search: Thor Power: Revolutionary Electric Motor Design Cuts Energy Use in Half (there are others).

    And with that 1,500 watts of solar power, we will Not be powering the vehicle motor. We will be powering a generator to Pulse Charge a cluster of individual batteries in rapid succession, many times per second. Search John Bedini and Energenx battery charger. This is a motor-generator with a pulse width modulator charging multiple batteries simultaneously. Scientist Tom Bearden explains that when a battery is pulse charged, there is an “electro-chemical lag” between pulses, and it continues to charge for a split second, even after the current is briefly switched off. Then, with the power still off, a second line of current flows out of the battery briefly, if there is a load on it. The next pulse charge is carefully timed to first allow these second and third responses. Thus, with solar electricity being precisely distributed, it may also be possible to plug-in and feed power into the grid or to operate the vehicle, while the batteries are also being charged.

    A large percentage of the coming electric and plug in hybrid vehicles will be charged at night, when the rates are low, then driven to work and parked all day. If you live in a sunny location, the big pay-off will be V2G (vehicle to grid). This concept was originally conceived to transfer into the grid a portion of cheap off peak power, from your batteries, into expensive daytime peak load power. You would charge up at night when the rates are low, drive to work, park your car at a V2G receptacle, plug in and tell your car how much power to sell to the grid at the higher daytime price. Then when you got off work, you would have enough juice left to get home. This was before V2G engineers realized that future EVs and Plug-in Hybrids would also be equipped with solarvoltaic glass and solar roof panels, or covered with solar paint.

    With lighter vehicles coming, with high capacity batteries and ultracapacitors, with advanced motors and battery chargers, with vehicle bodies covered with solarvoltaic collectors, a whole new world will open up. Your vehicle will generate 1,500 watts of power, maybe more, either for charging your batteries to move you down the road, or to feed power into the grid at peak load rates while your vehicle is parked. How would you like to get credits on your electric bill, while your solar equipped plug-in vehicle is parked in the sun?

    All of this will eventually become mass produced standard features financed into your vehicle, and it will pay for itself. As a last resort, if your juice is running low, plug into the V2G system and charge your batteries from the grid. The power will go both ways. Feed electric power into the grid for credits, or draw power out as debits on your electric bill, or on a plastic card that you could use anywhere.

    Solar panels, solar glass, and solar paint on vehicles will soon contribute power to your vehicle and to the local grid using V2G. Vehicles capable of feeding the local grid, charging, or generating power on the fly. The vehicles of the future will be portable power plants, and their owners will manage energy from the sun.

  • Jeff Baker

    Solar Panels and Paint on Plug-In EVs to Boost V2G Two Way Charging

    The “state of the art” electric vehicle charging system will include V2G: Vehicle to Grid capability. A two-way system that will enable you to feed excess power from your vehicle into the local grid for energy credits, in addition to charging your vehicle when needed.

    One of the first mainstream production vehicles with a Solar Roof Panel will be the next generation Toyota Prius due out next Spring. Plug-in hybrids and EVs equipped with solar roof panels will soon follow. Nissan, VW and numerous other carmakers will offer solar panels on their vehicles also. The early mainstream electric vehicles will initially be like Henry Ford’s Model A, compared to what they will become, with the right combination of break-through components that are in the works.

    One solar roof panel will only provide a small percentage of the power that todays electric vehicles require. At 20% efficiency (Suniva, Day4 Energy), a solar roof panel could generate up to 270 watts. The panel will be optional and cost under $900. Keep in mind, the cost of solar panels will come down, and the efficiency will go up. Already, there are cheaper and more efficient solar panels being announced. The SunFlake panel, invented by Martin Aagesen who is a PhD from the Nano-Science Center and the Niels Bohr Institute at University of Copenhagen, gets 30% efficiency and will be cheaper than current panels. Innovalight claims they have a solar panel that is 44% efficient at one tenth the cost. NanoSolar and others also look promising. At the rate that solar technology is advancing, solar roof panels on vehicles will soon be over 500 watts.

    The next technology, coming within 3 to 5 years, is SOLAR PAINT, that will generate solarvoltaic power from the entire body of the vehicle. When the body is covered with solar paint, that has the potential to provide three times the surface area of a first generation solar roof panel. This will triple the generating power of your vehicle to 1,500 watts, more or less, depending on the angle of the sun, weather conditions, and the amount of light reflecting onto the body. Window tinting will also be replaced by translucent solarvoltaic film.

    Recently, Toyota described its 1/X Concept vehicle, a plug-in hybrid about the size of a Prius, but ONE THIRD the weight, only 926 lbs. With a vehicle that is one third the weight, the mileage DOUBLES from the same wattage. Quantum Sphere announced a breakthrough in their lithium ion batteries that produces FOUR TIMES the capacity from the same size cell. Ultra-capacitors may also be combined with batteries, or one day overpower them. Another breakthrough is an electric motor that uses HALF the amount of energy to perform the same amount of work. With this new electric motor, the mileage DOUBLES again. Search: Thor Power: Revolutionary Electric Motor Design Cuts Energy Use in Half (there are others).

    And with that 1,500 watts of solar power, we will Not be powering the vehicle motor. We will be powering a generator to Pulse Charge a cluster of individual batteries in rapid succession, many times per second. Search John Bedini and Energenx battery charger. This is a motor-generator with a pulse width modulator charging multiple batteries simultaneously. Scientist Tom Bearden explains that when a battery is pulse charged, there is an “electro-chemical lag” between pulses, and it continues to charge for a split second, even after the current is briefly switched off. Then, with the power still off, a second line of current flows out of the battery briefly, if there is a load on it. The next pulse charge is carefully timed to first allow these second and third responses. Thus, with solar electricity being precisely distributed, it may also be possible to plug-in and feed power into the grid or to operate the vehicle, while the batteries are also being charged.

    A large percentage of the coming electric and plug in hybrid vehicles will be charged at night, when the rates are low, then driven to work and parked all day. If you live in a sunny location, the big pay-off will be V2G (vehicle to grid). This concept was originally conceived to transfer into the grid a portion of cheap off peak power, from your batteries, into expensive daytime peak load power. You would charge up at night when the rates are low, drive to work, park your car at a V2G receptacle, plug in and tell your car how much power to sell to the grid at the higher daytime price. Then when you got off work, you would have enough juice left to get home. This was before V2G engineers realized that future EVs and Plug-in Hybrids would also be equipped with solarvoltaic glass and solar roof panels, or covered with solar paint.

    With lighter vehicles coming, with high capacity batteries and ultracapacitors, with advanced motors and battery chargers, with vehicle bodies covered with solarvoltaic collectors, a whole new world will open up. Your vehicle will generate 1,500 watts of power, maybe more, either for charging your batteries to move you down the road, or to feed power into the grid at peak load rates while your vehicle is parked. How would you like to get credits on your electric bill, while your solar equipped plug-in vehicle is parked in the sun?

    All of this will eventually become mass produced standard features financed into your vehicle, and it will pay for itself. As a last resort, if your juice is running low, plug into the V2G system and charge your batteries from the grid. The power will go both ways. Feed electric power into the grid for credits, or draw power out as debits on your electric bill, or on a plastic card that you could use anywhere.

    Solar panels, solar glass, and solar paint on vehicles will soon contribute power to your vehicle and to the local grid using V2G. Vehicles capable of feeding the local grid, charging, or generating power on the fly. The vehicles of the future will be portable power plants, and their owners will manage energy from the sun.

  • nybe

    “Better Play?” I thought the company is called Better Day?

  • nybe

    “Better Play?” I thought the company is called Better Day?

  • Doug

    I like all of the play that EVs have been getting lately, but there is still not enough talk about mass transit. Why are we not hearing about EV trains to run up and down California, or a subway/elevated train for LA? EV’s are a great step, but they still require tremendous power outputs and are nowhere as efficient or ecologically sound as commuter trains and buses.

  • Doug

    I like all of the play that EVs have been getting lately, but there is still not enough talk about mass transit. Why are we not hearing about EV trains to run up and down California, or a subway/elevated train for LA? EV’s are a great step, but they still require tremendous power outputs and are nowhere as efficient or ecologically sound as commuter trains and buses.

  • News like this make me happy – the only way electric vehicles will be widely adopted as anything more than short-range city vehicles is if infrastructure like this exists. I’m glad to be a Californian right now, and actually somewhat proud of my Governator for supporting initiatives like this.

  • News like this make me happy – the only way electric vehicles will be widely adopted as anything more than short-range city vehicles is if infrastructure like this exists. I’m glad to be a Californian right now, and actually somewhat proud of my Governator for supporting initiatives like this.

  • How is California going to do this exactly? We’re talking about a state which still has rolling black and brown outs in the summer.

    Where do they FEASIBLY expect to acquire this energy? Are they building REAL power plants or just investing in “alternatives”.

  • How is California going to do this exactly? We’re talking about a state which still has rolling black and brown outs in the summer.

    Where do they FEASIBLY expect to acquire this energy? Are they building REAL power plants or just investing in “alternatives”.

  • Joe

    Just recently the Irish government announced plans to make 10% of all vehicles in Ireland electrically powered.

    They have also said that 100% of the cost of the purchase for business EV vehicles can be offset as a tax write off.

    Its good to see governments finally wake up and start doing something positive but these targets are still far too low. Israel for example plans to have its entire fleet fully EV by 2020.

  • Joe

    Just recently the Irish government announced plans to make 10% of all vehicles in Ireland electrically powered.

    They have also said that 100% of the cost of the purchase for business EV vehicles can be offset as a tax write off.

    Its good to see governments finally wake up and start doing something positive but these targets are still far too low. Israel for example plans to have its entire fleet fully EV by 2020.

  • Tim

    I am thrilled to see Tom Beardon and John Bedini getting some credit for their years of labor and contribution to battery charging technology. I am building some of their circuits which only require a pulse charge to initiate the system and the rest of the energy can be gathered free from the vacuum via negative energy and looped back through via inverter as positive energy to supply the batteries pulse charge. This all means more out than put in without breaking the laws of physics only using up to date quantum physics technology that the electrical engineering departments in Universities have not adopted.

  • Tim

    I am thrilled to see Tom Beardon and John Bedini getting some credit for their years of labor and contribution to battery charging technology. I am building some of their circuits which only require a pulse charge to initiate the system and the rest of the energy can be gathered free from the vacuum via negative energy and looped back through via inverter as positive energy to supply the batteries pulse charge. This all means more out than put in without breaking the laws of physics only using up to date quantum physics technology that the electrical engineering departments in Universities have not adopted.

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  • Uncle B

    Good, as long as Exxon doesn’t lobby against things, or other corporate interests don’t jump in and destroy these sweet dreams for energy self sufficiency in the sunshine rich south! Google / torrent the movie “Who Killed The Electric Car” for the truth in America on the guerrilla tactics that screwed the people the last time we all jumped on the electric car bandwagon, and remember, electric cars challenge a big part of the “Status Quo” in America, even if government sponsored, government supported! Also keep in mind, Asians are experts in the field – they have the Shanghai Taxi, a Volt knock off, tested in two years +, of taxi service in Shanghai and going strong! We Americans may not be able to catch up, and we will never produce the same technology for less per unit, our labor far to costly, inefficient. Build the Solar Power Plants, the charging stations, the infrastructure to accommodate them, the cars will come as the price of oil rises to match the rising price of Gold, the falling dollar, and OPEC’s next demands!

  • Uncle B

    Good, as long as Exxon doesn’t lobby against things, or other corporate interests don’t jump in and destroy these sweet dreams for energy self sufficiency in the sunshine rich south! Google / torrent the movie “Who Killed The Electric Car” for the truth in America on the guerrilla tactics that screwed the people the last time we all jumped on the electric car bandwagon, and remember, electric cars challenge a big part of the “Status Quo” in America, even if government sponsored, government supported! Also keep in mind, Asians are experts in the field – they have the Shanghai Taxi, a Volt knock off, tested in two years +, of taxi service in Shanghai and going strong! We Americans may not be able to catch up, and we will never produce the same technology for less per unit, our labor far to costly, inefficient. Build the Solar Power Plants, the charging stations, the infrastructure to accommodate them, the cars will come as the price of oil rises to match the rising price of Gold, the falling dollar, and OPEC’s next demands!

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