Using Induction to Charge EVs on the Road

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One common concern about using Electric Vehicles (EVs) is how charging works when out of “home range”. To alleviate this concern, several companies are looking at charging techniques using electromagnetic induction. Electromagnetic induction is a method of transferring energy from one place to another wirelessly- no actual physical wire connection is involved. It is the physical principle behind the operation of electrical transformers, of which billions exist around the world. Today we have a lot of people thinking that electromagnetic induction might be a great way to charge EVs too. This means that EV owners wouldn’t have to stop and plug in their cars to charge them. They could be charged when they are parked or conceivably while they are being driven (!)

A radical new concept? Not exactly, electromagnetic induction is being used to charge vehicles now, just not in the US. An inductive charging system has kept 30 electric buses running in both Genoa and Turin (Italy) for more than a decade. Coils buried in the road bed restore 10 to 15 percent of the bus battery’s charge during each stop for passenger pickup. The system’s German manufacturer, Conductix-Wampfler, claims a 95-percent energy-transfer efficiency, and no weather-related issues. Not only that, longer battery life is attributable to the frequent battery charging cycles.

In the US, electromagnetic induction is still being investigated but it’s a hot topic. Utah State University has an electromagnetic induction system under development with seed funding provided by the Federal Transit Administration. Many private enterprises are also looking at implementation of induction for vehicle use.

Perhaps the ultimate goal is recharging EVs as they roll down the road. Last year, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) launched the first true electric highway. Two electric buses operate on a 15-mile public-transit route in Gumi, South Korea, with recharging power supplied by strips buried under 5 to 15 percent of the roadway. By energizing the strips in sync with bus movements power consumption is optimized. KAIST hopes to expand its system to a dozen buses this year.

From related article at Lynch Chrysler

2013 Honda Fit EV

Posted in Honda

2013 Honda Fit EVThe all-electric 2013 Honda Fit EV, first launched in California and Oregon in July 2012, is coming to select East Coast markets later this month, American Honda announced today. The Fit EV will be available for lease at Honda dealerships in selected markets in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, and New Jersey. Customers will be able to lease the ultra-efficient, spacious and fun-to-drive Fit EV for a period of three years at a cost of $389 per month.

Spark EV: Chevrolet’s Electric Star At Geneva Motor Show

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Chevrolet Spark EVFollowing the global reveal of the Spark Electric Vehicle in Los Angeles last year, Chevrolet’s all-new battery-powered mini car will be presented to a European audience for the first time at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The car will be sold in select European markets as of 2014.

The Chevrolet Spark EV is anticipated to set a benchmark in performance for an urban city electric car and is powered by the most advanced electric motor and battery system General Motors has ever built.

Fiat 500 driven by electricity?

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Fiat 500 EVThe latest news are that The Fiat Company will represent all-electric version of the Fiat 500 by the end of this year at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It has been confirmed by the LA Auto Show that the EV 500 is one of the cars shown at the convention. Sergio Marchionne, Fiat CEO said that they would be making the Fiat 500 EV only because California’s forcing them and probably the new model will be called the 500 Elettra. It is also questionable how well it will do on the US market, considering the fact that it’s expected to cost roughly three times more than the petrol-powered 500.