Posts Tagged: EV Charging
January 8, 2018
The principles of gamification have been applied in user-centric product and process design to influence participant behavior. Many of the applications have been in the form of software design or online marketing programs. But can these same principles, which have been used successfully in other areas, be applied to large challenges such as electrical load management across a utility’s grid?
November 29, 2017
***Updated November 30th thanks to great feedback from our readers. As someone new to the electric vehicle (EV) industry, I know working and understanding measurements of energy can be very confusing. To that end, two of the most confusing and misunderstood terms are the kilowatt and kilowatt-hour. These terms are put into action all around us on a daily basis. Your electric bill is[…]
November 27, 2017
Despite a challenging political climate in the US, the renewables energy sector is growing. So too is the market for electric vehicles, but while both of these advances will help to mitigate our effects on the environment, what impact will they have on the stability of the grid and what should utilities firms be doing now to prepare themselves for these impacts? In 2016,[…]
November 23, 2017
At times, electric vehicles have proved a conundrum to consumers looking to contribute to a greener environment. Although you can get them down to zero emissions, many people are wondering if an accelerated demand for EVs will trigger a greater consumption of fossil fuels. Approximately 41% of electricity worldwide is fueled by coal, with some of the biggest producers, like China, rising each year[…]
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 4, 2017
Improvements in the field of electric vehicles is a near certainty. With so many legal and social agendas pushing for alternatives to combustion engines, electric vehicle technology is moving forward in leaps and bounds. However, are EVs convenient enough for mass adoption? Keep reading to find out.
September 27, 2017
Historically, utilities have faced the challenge of low enrollment rates when implementing electric vehicle (EV) Time of Use (TOU) programs. When EV owners are requested to pay an additional delivery charge or install a second meter at their own expense, it can feel as though there is little incentive to join the program – this is where gamification comes into play. What is Gamification?[…]
August 2, 2017
Wireless EV charging has long loomed on the horizon. Fleet managers and consumers alike would rarely if ever think about charging their electric car(s). Since the re-emergence of plug-in electric vehicles in 2010, the promise of wireless charging has loomed along a crowded horizon of exciting “things to come” in clean transportation. Once a wireless standard has been agreed to and carmakers begin to integrate the feature into their lineups, there could come a point where public charge providers all but abandon cords. Within a few of decades, the phrase “plug-in vehicle” could become an artifact of the early vehicle electrification era.
July 12, 2017
When the City of Seattle embarked on a massive expansion of its plug-in fleet several years ago, it opted to avoid costlier charging stations (EVSE) in favor of what Green Fleet Program Manager, Andrea Pratt, called “slow and dumb” chargers. For the purposes of the overwhelming majority of plug-ins in the fleet, networked “smart” chargers, which can log charge data and schedule charging remotely, simply weren’t[…]
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,[…]