ELECTRIC CITIES - LA ROCHELLE, NICE, FRANCE
ECOSTAR LINKS A-Z
COMPETITION: BETTER PLACE - TESLA
COMPETITON: SUZUKI ALTO & NISSAN LEAF
MECHANICS, SUSPENSION, STEERING, BRAKES
SERVICES STATION INFRASTRUCTURE
SLEP - SOUTH EAST LOCAL ENTERPRISE PARTNERS
NICE CAR SHARING SHUTTLE - Car à la carte
By combining the flexibility of using an individual vehicle, minimizing nuisances and ensuring full control of maintenance costs, car sharing offers multiple benefits:
Economics: the driver pays only according to use
A website shows the location of available vehicles and allows online booking but no reservations are required for the full self-service system.
Operating similar to self-service shared bicycles, the system allows for use adapted to each individual's needs, whether for shopping, evenings out or professional trips.
TESLA: In the time it takes this lady to connect and disconnect the plug on the EV, a Tesla vehicle could have recharged completely - cutting out all of that long wait in the middle. A potentially faster and more versatile innovation is the Bluebird™ recharging system that is largely self supporting.
FRANCE: NICE TO SHARE ELECTRIC CARS
Launched in April, the Autobleue car-sharing network in Nice, France, already counted 132 electric vehicles and 44 stations as of December 2011. The operator, VENAP, 70%-owned by Transdev, plans to expand to 210 cars and 70 stations by the end of 2012.
Featuring contactless ticketing, mobile NFC payment, personalized Web space booking and an "intelligent" re-charging system, Autobleue combines car sharing, electro-mobility and advanced digital services. With a 24/7 customer care center, the service offers mobility packages for all means of transport (public transport, car sharing and cycling).
After nearly one year of operation, the new service (insurance, assistance, GPS...) has attracted 2,500 subscribers and customer satisfaction is running at 91%.
Will autonomous computer-piloted automobiles change the world? Some say yes others say no. I've been known to have my doubts that they'll clear regulatory hurdles, and Megan McArdle observes that the structure of personal injury litigation in the United States could be a major challenge. But she also points to the reason I'm fundamentally optimistic, namely that the United States isn't an island.
Cable also launched a £75 million fund to speed up development of green technologies for engines.
"By 2050, very few -- if any -- new cars will be powered solely by the traditional internal combustion engines, so it is important that the UK car industry is at the cutting edge of low carbon technologies," he said on a visit to Northampton on Thursday.
Google is carrying out high-profile research in California on designing a driverless car aimed at joining regular cars on the roads, while automotive firms including Toyota, Ford and Audi have also been working on prototypes.
THE DEVONSHIRE PROJECT: Shown here is a Bluebird™ 3.6 - 7.68MW solar assisted service station containing 96 cartridges on a continuous charge cycle. Five of these stations (38.4MW) can recharge (refuel) up to 10 cars a minute. Next time you visit your BP or Tesco fuel pump, count the number of cars leaving the station in a minute. You will find that an electric forecourt holds the potential to be quicker. During rush hour, 300 cars might be serviced in one hour. During an eight hour day 2,400 cars might be serviced more conveniently than plug in curb-side charging and we start every morning with 96 slow charged cartridges from off-peak supplies. The same forecourt might be used to service fuel-cell cars powered by liquid hydrogen. One size fits all. The secret is to KISS the design (keep it simple silly). There are only 28* moving parts in this station, not including the gearbox for the solar powered drive motor. This is possible because the cars load the cartridges themselves. Learn more about this concept.
UNIVERSAL ENERGY CARTRIDGE: Shown here is the proposed size for a Universal energy cartridge. The cartridge may contain many types of energy storage medium: batteries and fuels cells being the most likely, though hybrid forms are also to be considered. The internal volume is approximately 0.145m2 or 8 cubic feet. The difficult part is getting the motor manufacturers to agree these basic dimensions. Failing which, to take the decision from them with directives.
It is not the cure for cancer, but the cleaner air that will result from the adoption of zero emission vehicles will prevent carcinogens from entering the atmosphere, thence our lungs.
Solar powered charging points for EVs are becoming more popular.
THE PROPOSAL: ‘BLUEBIRD ECOSTAR UNIVERSAL EV SERVICE STATION (SS) PROTOTYPE’
RANGE ANXIETY - The blend of technology outlined above promises an innovative energy efficient vehicle and support infrastructure necessary that fulfills the aspirations of the Canadian authorities and member states of the European Union.
CLEAN MOTORING - Electric vehicles incorporating a means of instant refueling could make road transport clean and practical by eliminating the limited ranges of fixed battery EVs, which are perceived as less practical by the at present long parked-up recharge times.
ENERGY GENERATING-DISTRIBUTION UTILITIES
TECHNOLOGY IMPROVING SOLAR AND FUEL BATTERY SYSTEMS
NineSigma, representing a multi-billion dollar electrical manufacturer, is seeking technical information regarding enhancements and improvements for Solar and Fuel Cell battery systems, by providing additional benefits in conjunction with photovoltaic (PV) panels and fuel cells (FC).
The deadline to submit Proposal Briefs for NineSigma RFI# 70389, "Technology Improving for Solar and Fuel Battery Systems" is Monday, February 24, 2014. Please let Mr Ishiga know if you are interested in responding but cannot provide a proposal by this date. This reminder does not represent a complete description of the project.
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Rechargeable Li-Ion OEM Battery Products
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