Tesla Supercharger rates rise suddenly in the USA
There’s been a sudden price hike at Supercharger stations across the USA. Rates doubled in some regions while in other states, tariffs increased by 20 to 40%. Tesla insists that the network “will never be a profit center” for the company.
Air BnB for EV charging ‘Share&Charge’ to close down
The app Share&Charge that allows users to offer EV drivers the use of their private charging station is closing down on March, 31. An email informed all members that the blockchain-based service is to go into revision. Maker MotionWerk remains convinced that this will be the future of EV charging.
CCS chargers in Europe.
There are now 1,517 CCS charging stations in Europe. Most can be found in the UK, followed by Germany and Norway. The so-called combo chargers in Europe usually deliver 50 kW or less and over half of CCS charging stations also feature CHAdeMO and AC Type 2 chargers.
ccs-map.eu via insideevs.com
EV charging, Microsoft, Continental, Grayson.
Charging congestion control: British and Slovakian researchers have developed a mathematical protocol for proportional fair charging or the prevention of congestion caused by multiple electric vehicles plugging into the network to charge. Their models take into account the arrival rate of EVs.
phys.org, iopscience.iop.org (original paper)
Blend batteries: Mobile devices could get longer battery lives thanks to a new approach from Microsoft researchers. Their concept of software-defined batteries mixes different types of batteries in one device in order to choose the battery best suited for various tasks. So far, the model has been developed for computers but might become feasible for EVs in the future. Are we not all waiting for the Windows car?!
Smart street light: At the ITS World Congress in Bordeaux, Continental presents LED street lamps that recognise whether a car, person or bike passes by and adapt accordingly. The control unit may also be used to integrate lantern post EV charging in the future.
Electric pump: British Grayson Thermal Systems shows its new 24 Volt electric water pump for use on hybrid and electric vehicles at Busworld Kortrijk in Belgium. The new pump is about to go into pre-production stage with volume production set for early 2016.
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