WiTricity, Lohr Group, Spiri, Chargepoint, Kansas, WestSmart EV.
11 kW wireless charging? WiTricity and Prodrive are working on an inductive charging system for EVs for a “leading European carmaker” who has not been named. The 11 kW system is scheduled for release by 2019. The foundational magnetic resonance intellectual property will come from WiTricity.
Electric shuttle: French Lohr Group has prepared to go the last mile electrically as it presented the Le Cristal in Berlin. The compact electric bus seats five but can extend its load by coupling up to four of its kind. Its range was given at 150 km and testing is to commence in Strasbourg next year.
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Sharing is the motto of Danish start-up Spiri as well, who presented a prototype as planned. The light-weight EV (450 kilos) has been developed by engineers from both Aston Martin and Tesla and shall serve in a new carpooling service. Obviously, the EV is well connected.
Waitlist: ChargePoint introduced a new service for EV drivers faced with occupied charging stations. Instead of waiting in front of it, signing up for ‘Waitlist’ enables drivers to be alerted via their mobile phones or RFID card once the charging station becomes available.
1,000 charging stations rejected: Kansas regulators have stopped an initiative by utility Kansas City Power & Light to install 1,000 EV charging stations. The authorities found the plan too expensive but also doubted its environmental benefits and said data was missing.
DC charging for 3 states: Rocky Mountain Power has applied for a 4m dollar federal grant to set up an EV fast-charging corridor along the Interstate 15, 80, 84, and 70. If the ‘WestSmart EV’ programme goes through, drivers could traverse Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho.