Posts by: Eric Schmidt
October 25, 2017
Despite the positive impact energy policy has on the planet, it leaves some issues that must be immediately addressed. As of 2016, over 25% of Europe has quit coal-burning power stations, with plans to end the fossil fuel usage by 2020 in Austria and 2025 in Britain. Although the plant closures will have significant effects of lessening CO2 emissions, it leaves many countries wondering how[…]
October 16, 2017
We’re pleased to announce that FleetCarma has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 Ontario Export Awards for the category of Transportation Equipment. The Ontario Export Awards are the province’s most prestigious awards paying tribute to the success and innovative approaches of Ontario export companies. The transportation equipment awards recognize companies in this sector who have made an outstanding contribution to the economy in the export[…]
September 6, 2017
Electric cars are becoming more mainstream, and you’re likely not alone in wondering whether an electric car is right for you. As the technology supporting electric cars (EVs) and batteries continue to improve, drawbacks such as high cost, limited range, performance issues, long charge time, and a dearth of charging stations are fading away. Automotive giants such as Volvo are voicing their commitment to[…]
September 4, 2017
Electric utilities are seeking solutions to problems resulting from clustered electric vehicle charging. Electricity generation is not an obstacle, instead it is at the local level, the so called ‘the last mile’, that the problem occurs. Local distribution grids are not built to accommodate the huge spikes in demand where electric cars will be particularly prevalent. Transformers, which connect every home and business to the power grid, are the most vulnerable and affected elements of the system. Most residential transformers serve between 10 and 50kVA of load, a single plug-in vehicle (PEV) with a 240V (Level 2) charging system consumes approximately 7kVa.
August 28, 2017
The market for electric vehicles (EV) is growing and is expected to reach 3.8 million by 2020. Tesla and other players are expanding the production of electric vehicles to meet the rising demand. The EV models are becoming more affordable as a result, which in turn fuels the adoption even further. The charging infrastructure has been growing along, often supported by local governments. But how will the shift to electric vehicles impact the grid? Are the utilities prepared to accommodate this extra load? What will happen to peak demand? And can the grid benefit from wider electric cars deployment?
August 11, 2017
One does not need to review the electric vehicles (EV) sales statistics to realize that the segment is booming. By looking around as you drive to work, to pickup the kids, or go somewhere fun (for those of us without kids) you’ll notice that EVs are taking over our streets. Models which sport electric-inspired styling such as the Tesla Model S, BMW i3 and[…]
August 9, 2017
SmartCharge New York and $10,000 Nissan Rebate makes switching to an electric vehicle the easiest it’s ever been
There’s never been a better time to buy and drive an electric vehicle in New York City and Westchester. A special program with the electricity provider and Fleetcarma pays drivers for driving electric. Moreover, drivers who don’t have an electric vehicle yet will benefit from an incredible program from Nissan that will give drivers a discount of $10,000 on a new Nissan Leaf. (No,[…]
July 10, 2017
Battery electric cars are on the rise again and have charged ahead of plug-in hybrids for first quarter sales in 2017. As more drivers than ever before are feeling the buzz of all electric vehicles an even larger demographic have started to consider purchasing BEVs. We compare the most popular models of electric cars and answer the question; what are the reported ranges of the 2017 line-up?
July 4, 2017
A problem has surfaced with electric vehicles (EVs): The average electricity usage of a home in Ontario, Canada is 25 kilowatt hours (kWh) a day, but EVs, like the new Tesla Models S and X, have batteries that can store up to 100 kWh, or about four days’ worth of electricity. How, then, would the electrical grid handle thousands of vehicles charging at once?[…]
July 3, 2017
Earlier this summer the City of Waterloo announced it will pilot a program which aims to clean city parks of dog droppings and use the waste to generate power. The idea, dubbed “poop power” by the city’s mayor, Dave Jaworsky, came from a local dog owner and construction worker who thought, ‘there must be a better way to do things’. As it turns out,[…]