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In an effort to help boost electric vehicle sales, Japanese automakers have teamed up to increase the number of charging stations in Japan.
According to a recent study released by IHS Automotive, an estimated 10.7-million charging stations will be available globally by the end of the decade.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, public charging stations in America increased from 5,200 on December 18, 2012 to 5,678 on March 22, 2013.
Based out of Arizona, GoE3 has announced its plans to create the first network of coast-to-coast Level two and three charging stations to make interstate travel a reality for EV owners.
GoE3 hopes to place charging stations at 50 to 75 mile intervals across the I-10, I-20, I-40, and I-70 freeways with the first stations supposedly opening with the launch of an unnamed rally and reality show being produced this summer.
In total, 500 stations are currently being planned out by GoE3 with 50 of its first locations rolling out by April 21st. The remaining 450 will appear during the next 18 to 36 months. The use of Level three chargers will allow travelers to top off their EVs in as little as 10 minutes, but the charge could be around $12.50 depending on how low the batter level is.
According to the Department of Energy, there are currently around 2,600 EV charging stations accessible to the public. The government’s EV project hopes to swell that number to 14,000 in the coming years.
“If the national goal is having one million electric vehicles on American roads by 2015, we must all work harder to shift perceptions on how useful, practical and affordable electrical vehicle travel can be,” said Bruce Brimacombe, founder and CEO of GoE3.
[Source: Digital Trends]
Back in 2009, California, Oregon, and Washington made a decision to start turning a portion of the I-5 freeway into an Electric Highway. Hoping to address the limited range of an electric vehicle, the states lined a 160-mile stretch on the West Coast freeway with eight charging stations.
Each station is spaced out 25 miles apart, allowing the vast majority of electric vehicle drivers the ability to safely charge as they head up the Pacific Northwest. The stations are lined between the northern border of California all the way to Cottage Grove, Oregon. It’s the first major section of the I-5 to have this many charging stations along one route.
While most electric vehicles could take some time to fully recharge (three hours to overnight), the Nissan Leaf can utilize 480 volts to go from 20-percent to 80-percent in less than 30 minutes. Just don’t plan on staying in Washington State if you own an electric vehicle.
According to the latest news, the Federal Government will pull its funding to ease the cost of buying an electric vehicle charger. Up until now, the Fed’s have been discounting these units as an incentive to get the public to buy an electric vehicle. In 2010, the deductions covered 50% of the cost, and in 2011 it was reduced to 30%. Now it seems that from 2012, no deduction will be offered to those buying these charging units.
If you use electric vehicles for commercial use, the savings were good for up to $30,000; but that will no longer be the case either.
Genevieve Cullen, the vice-president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association said that: “The timing of this couldn’t be more unfortunate”. Cullen and her supporters have been urging congress to extend the tax deduction, but it doesn’t appear to be working at this moment. However, if you buy an electric car now, you will still get the $7,500 tax credit offered by the government. So if you are thinking of buying an electric car, buy it before the government pulls its support from that program.
In 2011, the electric car and plug-in hybrids accounted for less than 2% of new car sales in the States.
Following in IKEA’s eco-footsteps, Kolh’s is the latest store to add EV charging stations in its parking lots.
The department store will be adding electric vehicle charging stations to 33 Kohl’s locations throughout the U.S. Each of the stores will be setting aside one to four spots for EV drivers to recharge while they shop – at no extra charge. To charge up, EV drivers need to ask for a radio frequency identification card from the Kohl’s customer service desk or call a phone number provided on the charging station.
Partnering with ECOtality Inc. and Coulomb Technologies, these EV charging stations are part of an infrastructure pilot program funded partially through the U.S. Department of Energy.
“Kohl’s pilot of electric vehicle charging stations demonstrates our commitment to advancing environmental solutions in a meaningful and tangible way for our customers,” said John Worthington, Kohl’s chief administrative officer. “Not only are these stations an added shopper convenience, they also encourage environmental responsibility among our shoppers. We will continue to explore additional locations to pilot charging stations at our stores nationwide.”
You can expect to see these EV charging stations at Kolh’s stores in Arizona, California, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
Here’s one more reason why it’s great to go to IKEA – the store has installed three Blink Pedestal electric vehicle charging stations at its San Diego, California store.
IKEA is on a mission to be green, and the Swedish retail empire has partnered up with ECOtality, a company that specializes in electric transportation and storage technologies. The San Diego store is the third IKEA location to offer charging stations for EV drivers, so you can charge while you shop for home décor items with funny names. This location also boasts a solar energy system on its roof, so the charging stations are the perfect complement.
To use the EV charging stations, you’ll need a Blink InCard – just swipe and charge. The ECOtality system will be installed in another six IKEA locations in the near future.
To make your green motoring even greener, Nissan and 4R Energy has teamed up to develop a new EV charging system, that makes use of solar power.
This system combines the solar power generator system with high-capacity lithium ion batteries to re-energize your car. Testing with this new system has begun today at Nissan’s HQ in Yokohama, Japan.
The system uses solar power to generate power, and it then stores the acquired energy in lithium ion battery packs. So when a Leaf wants to get charged up, it can take use of the stored energy in these battery packs. A quick charge will take 3-hours, while a normal charge requires an extra hour. Nissan believes this facility will be able to charge 1800 LEAF’s annually.
The added benefit of this set-up is having energy to charge your car with green energy, at anytime of day or even during bad weather.
Currently this is just a test project, but if successful will lead to more such stations for public and fleet services.
For electric car owners, finding a place to plug-in when you’re on the road can be a challenge. Sure you can just ‘borrow’ some energy by unplugging the Coke machine at your local gas station, but those standard output outlets can take eight hours to get your car fully juiced.
Being the forward-thinking company that it is, Google has taken steps to aid EV owners, adding electric vehicle charging stations to Google Maps.
Relying primarily on the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Google Maps now includes almost 7,000 ‘alternative fueling stations’ with a total of 600 Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment locations.
Now whether you own a Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf or even a Tesla Roadster, there’s a lot less range anxiety when you head our for spin.