10. December 2015 · Comments Off on Nissan is making an electric car that doubles as a renewable energy hub · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Unveiled at the 21st annual UN Conference on Climate Change, the new partnership between Nissan and multinational energy provider Enel aims to bring Smart Grid technology to Europe in the near future.The concept behind the tech centres around using an updated version of the traditional underground power grid, known as a Smart Grid. Nissan proposes creating a symbiotic relationship of sorts between the grid and a new wave of electric cars. Known as Vehicle-to-Grid, the process will see energy used to charge up your car can then be redistributed back into other areas, essentially turning your motor into a rolling energy hub.

Source: Nissan is making an electric car that doubles as a renewable energy hub | T3

18. November 2015 · Comments Off on EVs: Cleaner over a lifetime  · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

One can assume that battery electric vehicles (EV) are cleaner than traditional gasoline fueled cars, but do they really reduce the emissions that fuel climate change?Credit: Tomwang112According to a study by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) comparing them to gasoline cars over their lifetime, the answer is yes.Over their entire lifetimes — from manufacturing to driving to disposal — battery electric cars produce half the global warming emissions, on average, of comparably sized gasoline cars. In addition, driving a battery electric vehicle is cleaner than the average gasoline vehicle on global warming emissions everywhere in the country, and has been improving over the last three years.

Source: EVs: Cleaner over a lifetime – SmartGridNews

14. January 2015 · Comments Off on China Leads 16% leap In Global Energy Investments; Solar, Wind Sectors Grow · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Clean energy investment is rising again immediately after 3 years of steady declines in the sector. The globe spent $310 billion final year on solar and wind power, electric cars and power efficiency and storage, up 16 % from the prior year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

via China Leads 16% leap In Global Energy Investments; Solar, Wind Sectors Grow.

24. December 2014 · Comments Off on GE’s Smart Electric Car Charging Stations Can Charge Cars, Save Money Too · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

If you live in a regular suburban detached home, the chances are that your electricity bill is metered by the kilowatt-hour, with your monthly or quarterly bills detailing the number of kilowatt-hours your house has consumed. If you’re lucky, you might even get a discount for the electricity you use during off-peak hours, something that’s particularly useful if you have an electric car that charges overnight.

But unlike your standard domestic customer, large skyscrapers in cities like New York are charged not only for the electricity they use but the rate at which that electricity is consumed. In other words, if a skyscraper suddenly has a surge in power demand — such as all of its residents turning on the kettle or all of the electric cars in the parking lot suddenly starting to charge at the same time — it has to pay a higher tariff than if that same electricity was consumed over a wider time frame.

via GE’s Smart Electric Car Charging Stations Can Charge Cars, Save Money Too – Transport Evolved: Cleaner, Greener, Safer and Smarter.

18. December 2014 · Comments Off on How electric cars keep the beer cold · Categories: News · Tags: , ,

That’s obviously an exaggeration, and it tells only part of the story. A few weeks ago, Nissan, which makes the Leaf electric car, turned the tables in this debate by starting trials of a system for electric cars to return power to the electricity grid when they are not being used.

via How electric cars keep the beer cold – Times LIVE.