Recharging EV Batteries-Industry Rises – New York Times

New York Times
A Recharging EV Batteries Industry Rises
New York Times
Such public charging has an advantage over the 240-volt charger that a car owner can install in a garage or car port, said Michael D.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Recharging EV Batteries but EV batteries may not be here to stay?

It seems that Americans are throwing billions of dollars in the production of electric car, now they are expanding the car battery

charger market. In the article by the New York Times it explains the way that the USA is going towards in this direction.

I live in the North of the UK at it appears that we are miles behind in the establishment of Battery charging stations in our towns and cities. There is a website that shows EV drivers where their electric cars can be charged up, but to date I have only seen the Battery Charging Stations in the Cheshire city of Chester, where there are three of them in one spot, a local hotel.Recharging EV Batteries

We do have companies that manufacture charging stations; one of them is Schneider Electric’s EV Link fast charge stations…http://www.schneider-electric.co.uk/sites/uk/en/products-services/electrical-distribution/products-offer/ev-link-charging-solutions/electric-vehicle-fast-charging-infrastructures/ev-link-fast-charger.page   that can charge 80% of the Car Batteries in less than 30 minutes. These Recharging EV Batteries stations can be bought for home use or for use by businesses and the Electric Vehicles owners will be able to easily and safely charge their vehicles, without any risk of exceeding their supply contract and in the most environmental friendly manner.

The UK also has web site that shows electric car owners where to find the car  batteries charging points to recharge their cars batteries

the web site is http://www.nextgreencar.com/electric-cars/charging-points.php it also tells you other valuable information, such as the number of fast charging sites, it now states that we have 3035 fast charging sites in the UK, alright if you are near one?

The big problem here in the UK is that the public have not taken the electric car to their heart, they do not seem interested. According to the figures only just over 1000 cars were sold in the UK in year ending in October 2011 and figures for up to October 2012 were even worse at 950 cars, these figures are measly

Recharging EV Batteries

A Renault Twizy at a charging station in Rome Italy

compared to 981,000 diesel cars sold and 934,000 petrol cars sold in the same period… Read more: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/experts/article-2243534/How-does-cost-charge-electric-car-home.html#ixzz2kpbrHF3a

In my opinion the bottom line is that it is too early just to go out and buy a so called green car because you care about the” greenhouse effect “on our planet. The reason being that there

Recharging EV Batteries

Filling a Toyota Hydrogen cell vehicle

are many new technologies that will be coming onto the market in the next few years that will not run solely on batteries , but use other mechanical methods to lower the emissions, the new technology that is coming out of Peugeot looks a good alternative and Toyota are looking into Nitrogen powered engines, so it will be very interesting to say the least.

Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk
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Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

ELECTRIC CAR Battery Plug in Stations in Chester UK

ELECTRIC CAR Battery

 

ELECTRIC CAR Battery Plug in Stations in Chester UK

In the last few days I visited the beautiful city of Chester in Cheshire, North West England. Chester is very close to the Welsh border and is steeped in history. Of course, the city was once a Roman settlement. So, still boasts a near complete Roman wall. Encircling the city centre. Including, its many shops and hotels. Attracting millions of visitors a year.

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Charging station sign

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My daughter Brooke collecting her graduation gown from the University campus in Chester.

My wife and I were in Chester to see our daughter receive her Honours degree. Naturally, from the University of Chester. The ceremony was held at the cities cathedral. Attended by many dignitaries and important university personnel. Subsequently, the service took some two hours. But was well worth it see our daughter Brooke receive her degree in French studies. Indeed, we were very proud parents indeed Celebrating with a nice meal and a few drinks. Before heading back to the hotel for a few more night caps.

The Hotel was the Mill Hotel and Spa complex Hotel just off the centre of Chester and very nice it was too. On arriving I could not help noticing that there was a few very large life size replicas of rhinos, painted in very bright psychedelically painted situated around the hotel car park. Looking more closely I noticed that they all had a sign attached to them. To my amazement the rhinos were in fact “electric car charging points”.

ELECTRIC CAR Battery- charging is free to residents of the hotel.

These were some of the first that I had ever seen in the North of England. The Hotel had them installed care of a company called”Zerocarbonworld.org and are fitted free of charge through government grants and special funding. I have always been interested in the electric car and other inventions that are at the moment flooding the car market place, so I could not wait to turn this find into a blog.

When we checked out I asked the guy at the reception how much they charged to top the battery up on an electric car and to my surprise he said that there was no charge for the service indeed the service was free. But as a business man I know that the electricity used would have been a business cost and used to calculate the cost of a room, so therefor we would have been paying for the cost of charging up an electric car battery in the price of a room. The reception guy then told me that they had only ever had two electric cars to have their batteries charged.

In the end we all had a great three days and I found an interesting subject to blog about.

Eric Roberts… www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

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Giant model Rhino marking where the electric car charging points are located

Recycling Li-On batteries-Lithium-Ion- electric car batteries- to provide power to homes.

Recycling Li-On batteries

Lithium-Ion batteries may be used to store solar energy in the future as a form of Recycling Li-On batteries

Post updated  18/3/2014

Motor-Trades Insight Recycling Li-On batteries

Recycling electric car batteries to provide power to homes could mean ‘an end …

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

We are already talking about a second use for the old electric car batteries ?

Four partner companies in the North East of England, they are Opus Green, SR Technologies, together with Tadea and Gateshead College. They are looking at the possibility of using Recycling Li-On batteries that will be changed at the end of life period after say ten years, on such cars as the Nissan Leaf.

The companies are trying to come with ideas about the use of Recycling Li-On batteries in conjunction  with solar panels and wind turbines, to store energy for use at night time, rather than just put the electricity used into the National Grid. We have such solar panels on our roof and the electricity generated is transmitted via inverter and an electric meter into the grid here in the UK.

All this working project will be carried out at Gateshead College research and development department at Barmston Road in Sunderland, in the North East of England. The EV batteries will be tested on sight at the college and will be used to power equipment that will be used on demonstration. In my opinion I cannot see why it should fail, once they found a way for the solar panels to charge up Lithium-Ion batteries. I know that there have been many other types of experiments in this field even using large banks of Trojan  batteries can be made to work-.

See more at…http://www.tadea-uk.com/News/A-second-chance-for-EV-batteries-


“Malcolm Potter, Project Manager at Tadea said “This is a very exciting project for tadea to be involved in and as it’s the first of its kind within in UK to focus on how to extend the life of these batteries it’s hoped that the results will lead to further developmental work in this field.”

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

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Rechargeable flow batteries-Could be cheaper solution to renewable energy Solar Storage

Rechargeable flow batteries

Rechargeable flow batteries

Rechargeable flow batteries

 

Post updated  15/2/2014

Researchers at MIT have developed some Rechargeable flow batteries that could bring us reliable and cheap large scale energy storage. Based on flow battery technology, the researchers took out the costly membrane and created a battery that has a power density that is an order of magnitude higher than lithium-ion batteries and three times greater than other membrane-less systems.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:  Going onto a different development the Multiple-Electron Aqueous Battery

There are many Universities now developing new types of batteries ?

Multiple-Electron Aqueous Battery

The University of Maryland UMD has just secured $32 million for research. Developing  electric vehicles (EV) energy storage systems using innovative chemistry, architectures and designs.

Rechargeable flow batteries

Nissan Leaf at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Rechargeable flow batteries

The short distances that are covered by using the Lithium-Ion batteries are

causing some concern in the auto industry and governments and car makers are looking for better ideas and products that will be safer, lower cost and more reliable than the Lithium-Ion batteries that are now in use.

This has brought together the Army research Laboratory aka(ARL) and the UMD to create a new type of Rechargeable flow batteries.

This new type of Rechargeable flow batteries are expected to be with twice the cell voltage and capacity, this would cut the cost in half compared to the lithium-Ion battery.

Rechargeable flow batteries give twice the distance

The new Rechargeable flow batteries would enable an electric vehicle to twice the length of the charge. So if the new batteries development is a successful. Then the EV will drive up to 300 miles. Thus, on a single charging. This would be a great improvement on the Lithium-Ion batteries that are used by some companies at present.

In my opinion, for what it’s worth. Thus, we will one day discover the “magic battery”. Cutting down our reliability on gasoline burning engines. As a result will truly make for a better driving experience. Without having to rely on fossil fuels. I think we are slowly getting there. Whether this new development will be the answer or not, only time will tell.

Also the era of a Cheap Car battery may be coming to an end. Many of the new car models are now coming out with the Start-Stop battery technology. Of course, these batteries are AGM batteries. This gives the option of a deep cycle battery. But at the moment they are twice the price of a regular Discounted car battery online.

Eric Roberts

 

Varta Batteries Driven BMW…All Electric of 1972 – Top Gear

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Varta Batteries powered 1602e was BMW’s first EV, and grandaddy to the i8. Here’s its strange story

 

This was a surprise to me when i read about it?

I knew that battery driven cars are nothing new, but have never heard of BMW getting involved, and using Varta Batteries . We are now developing the electric cars driven by a different type of battery, but BMW apparently used the only technology available in those, the good old lead acid battery and Varta ones to boot.

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Electric cars driven by batteries are nothing new?

Many car manufacturers have tried to produce the electric cars, going back to the 1800’s. One of the efforts came from Ferdinand Porsche, the guy who started the Porsche car

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This Renault was an early experiment into electric cars, but the lead acid batteries were too heavy.

company. He developed an electric car known as the P1 as far back as 1898. He also developed what could have been the first hybrid in the world a car that was powered by a gasoline engine and a battery.

Thomas Edison also thought that electric cars were going to be the future and was always trying to improve a better batter to drive cars. Edison teamed up with Henry Ford to try to create lower cost electricity. Bur it was Ford who scuppered Edison’s plans by bringing out the model T, which would run on a petrol engine and not battery driven.

The cost of the cars driven on a gas engine was half the price of a battery driven model. The gas engine cars out sold the battery cars and this was amplified even more when the starter motor was invented and it became far easier to start a car by pressing a button, than by hand cranking the engine to start the car.

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The Urbee experimental electric car

Petrol became more popular, as oil was discovered in more and more of America. This meant that the new roads that were been built all across the States were serviced by petrol filling stations all across the country, giving the gas powered engine an even bigger advantage to the consumers who were buying these affordable cars in droves, a new freedom had arisen and people were wanting to explore the new rod networks that were opening up all over America.

Petrol shortages spark interest in  electric vehicles driven by batteries

Nothing much happened in battery development for years and this brings me up to the time when I became interested in cars and went to work as an apprentice mechanic, here in Yorkshire my home county.

The 1960’s and 1970’s the world was shook by the Arab Oil Embargo (1973), which worried the USA about importing oil and in 1976 they passed a law authorising the development of battery driven electric and hybrid vehicles, nothing new here, what goes round comes round?

General motors developed an urban electric car, in 1973 and the American Motor company developed an electric battery driven jeep to be used by the American post office in 1975, things were starting to move but the problem of distance traveled on one charge, was rearing its ugly head, the same old problem that we are getting in today’s Lithium-Ion battery power trains.

Interest in the electric than slowed down and there were no further developments to name, regarding battery powered cars. That was until the 1990’s came along and the desire for cleaner air and pollution controls, Increased the interest once again, about developing the battery driven electric car.

Governments were introducing clean air acts and implementing emission controls on the car manufacturers. Unknown to the public which includes myself, governments were throwing billions of dollars in the surge to develop a better battery that would drive the electric vehicle of the near future. Oil prices were rising after the relatively cheap price of gasoline in the 1990,s and a similar scenario to the 1970’s was now emerging.

The world needed electric cars powered by batteries again

The race was on between the huge car companies in different parts of the world. Toyota of Japan was the first car maker to make big inroads into the electric car developments. In 1997 they introduced the Prius, which became the first mass produced hybrid car, a car with a petrol engine and a battery train. This to me is still the better option than the elusive all battery driven car. Toyota used a Toyota used a nickel metal hydride battery to power the Prius and as I stated earlier the gas prices were starting to rise, which made this car a very popular choice for consumers.

Honda had also produced their new hybrid in 1999, but the developments after that are another story, this article gives my readers a little insight of a period before the development of the new technology batteries, such as the popular Lithium-Ion batteries, that scientists are still trying to perfect to this day.

Please note these are the words and opinion of the author (Eric Roberts) only. Neither the author nor the website can be held responsible for any errors or omissions. You should seek professional assistance if in doubt about your choice of battery. The article may contain a link to Batteriesontheweb where you can buy Varta Batteries products online.

Electric Car Servicing-Buying An Electric ‘Compliance Car’? Think Hard About-

electric car servicing

There are now more than a dozen plug-in electric cars for sale in the U.S., but not all electric cars are created equal.

 

eric Roberts’ insight: Electric car Servicing

This is an interesting article about the difficulty that the American motorists could experience when wanting to repair or service their electric battery operated cars.

It tells of the state of California giving the car manufacturers a quota for a number of vehicles, that they are to supply as compared to normal gasoline engined ones.

The problem is that the amount of electric car servicing garages are in short supply, especially Toyota.

The question on my mind is “whatever happened to the Right to Repair Laws” that are in operation in the States and in the European Union. This states that service garages should be given the access to  technical details of all the cars that car manufacturers are making. So why can’t the regular garages service these cars? If you know out there please let me have the answers. It has always been a strong suspicion of mine that this work will be kept away from the independent garage sector and Electric Car Servicing will not be open to us. In some ways they cannot be blamed for wanting to protect all their investment and development, but every other product that has ever been produced would have had to start out somewhere, so this won’t stick with me, we should all have a share in this market as we do today, I hope the EU are looking at this, so that they can legislate against the car makers protectionism and give us all a fair deal allowing us to carry out Electric Car Servicing, alongside petrol engine car servicing.

Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple of national tyre companies in my

Electric Car Servicing

Toyota Prius electric car

younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and, of course, Tyre-safe.

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