Asia vs America: The U.S. has a chance to tackle Asian dominance in the battery industry, a report by the DOE’s Clean Energy Manufacturing Analysis Center (CEMAC) found. American industry could take a market share of 32% if its realises its potential, i.e. through projects like the Gigafactory and in the area of electrodes and other processed materials.
energy.gov (report) via chargedevs.com
It depends on where you are, if you wish to determine CO2 emissions of either a Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt or Toyota Prius a study by Carnegie Mellon University suggests. Researchers made a range of assumptions for regional boundaries of analysis, electricity emission factors, and charging patterns that go beyond the electricity mix alone.
greencarcongress.com, huffingtonpost.com, greencarcongress.com (policy brief)
Sea and land camper: The Sealander is an innovative caravan that serves as a trailer on land and turns into an electric (mini) yacht on water. Built and designed in Germany, pricing for the 4-metre mobile home start at 17,990 euros plus an electric motor with either 3 or 6 hp and a choice of two batteries.
luxus.welt.de (in German), sealander.de (website in English)
Versatile high voltage relais: Panasonic Electric launched the HES relay, designed for applications of up to 35A/277V AC, such as charging stations. It is compact and through the large contact gap (3mm) combined with rapid opening of the contacts high DC loads up to 220V/10A can be handled reliably.
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