Honda is late to the electric car party. Like most of its fellow Japanese car companies, it has been chasing the fuel cell chimera while Tesla was busy turning the automotive industry upside down with innovative electric cars. Now Honda is playing catch up. At the Frankfurt auto show this week, it is presenting two […]
Vehicle To Grid
A study of a vehicle to grid plan in Europe finds that owners can earn more than $1,500 a year from a V2G plan and that being hooked up to the grid actually extends the life of a lithium ion battery.
This 11th and final article pulled from Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want — a new report from CleanTechnica, EV Obsession, and GAS2 — is a summary of the whole report. Of course, I encourage you to read through the entire report, at least in parts here on CleanTechnica (where you can also dive into the comments under […]
Originally published on EV Obsession. Cara Clairman gave the 4th presentation in the Renewable Cities “Trends, innovations, and barriers in electrifying transportation” panel that I recently moderated in Vancouver. (See my presentation, Brian Hansen’s, and Gil Friend’s if you missed them.) As the CEO and president of Plug’n Drive, as well as the driver of a […]
Originally published on CleanTechnica. There’s an exciting project currently underway in the northern German city of Hamburg, being carried out by the German energy and IT company LichtBlick: An apartment building is being transformed into a power plant. There’s a photovoltaics system on the roof, a combined heat and power unit and a storage battery in […]
Nissan and the energy company Endesa, the largest Spanish utility company, struck an agreement at the Geneva International Auto Show that lays the groundwork for a vehicle to grid (V2G) energy supply that will basically enable EV owners to sell excess energy back to the electric company. Nissan, the global leader in EV sales with the Nissan Leaf leading the charge, is committed […]
Originally posted on CleanTechnica Though electric vehicles represent just a tiny fraction of the cars on the road today, over the next decade analysts believe millions of plug-in vehicles will be bought. This means big business for companies looking to take advantage of advances in Vehicle-Grid Integration (VGI), which could exceed $20 million within the […]
LA Air Force Base is replacing its entire general-purpose fleet with electric vehicles as part of a larger vehicle-to-grid demonstration project.
Ford has joined an effort to develop a universal language between cars and utilities that will let the two communicate via the cloud for many purposes.
Detroit Electric has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with South Korea’s Jeju Island to provide 300 electric vehicles to the zero emissions zone island.
Last week, accessio brought EV and hydrogen business leaders from the German state of Baden-Württemberg to San Francisco and Los Angeles. The most interesting takeaway was how the region is capitalizing on its long history of automotive industry excellence and pushing the industry toward electric through a combination of grants, partnerships and promotional events.
Nissan announces a smart home compatible with the Nissan Leaf! Total off-the-grid self-sufficiency! Available soon! …Nissan seems to be talking science fiction at CEATEC Japan 2011, an IT and electronics exhibition held in Chiba this week, but Technology Marketing Director Nobunori Suzuki assures the exhibition attendees and press that the company is quite serious.
Are electric cars really that difficult for consumers to comprehend? Apparently so. That’s why this morning, GE and Nissan have inked a deal to make electric vehicles “easier to use and more consumer friendly.” Which, as it turns out, means a whole lotta infrastructure upgrades.
[social_buttons] The idea of using electric cars to store energy for the power grid is a good one, I think. Unfortunately, it may be too expensive at this time to make any sense, according to one recent cost analyst. The same high cost problems that have hindered electric cars in the past mean it may […]