A few recent inventions that are already in use or soon will be

A few recent inventions that are already in use or soon will be

Charging is one of the few but commonly pointed flaws of electric vehicles. Despite years
passing by and effort put by manufacturers to constantly improve their products, many
people stubbornly claim that the charging process is always long and demanding when it
comes to searching for infrastructure. For those disbelievers we want to prove that there
have been significant changes made in the EV charging field - below are a few recent
inventions that are already in use or soon will be.

We’ll start with wireless charging. We have recently added an article about this process, so if
you haven’t read it, we recommend you to go a few articles back in order to catch up on the
news. Basically, wireless charging enables to top up the battery without plugging in cords,
but instead parking your car in a specific spot where the wireless charger is installed. Many
put hopes in this invention because it could mean traveling in electric cars without worrying
about charging batteries.

Next thing is The Smart Charging Pilot Program used by Alameda County in California to
charge EVs but at the same time control the use of energy and avoid using the electricity
when it’s too expensive. As the manufacturer states, the system makes the chargers in a
building exchange information about the charging in progress. It can make DC fast charger
override fleet Level 2 chargers, so the latter gets topped only a few minutes longer but those
who need their batteries as soon as possible can get it done so much faster.
Another interesting invention was created by Los Angeles-based startup MOEV Inc. It
schedules the charging process based on the information put into the company’s software.

Their chargers can split a single circuit into four plugs. This way vehicles are charged in a
queue and the system makes sure that the electricity is not wasted for the cars who don’t
need to be charged immediately. This is a great system for fleets who are looking for ways to
reduce peaks in the use of electricity and save money by buying only one charger instead of
four cheaper individual chargers.

Next, a way to store energy and gain bonus power from it. This was found by Fermata
Energy, a startup from Virginia. They connect electric vehicles to the grid and various
buildings through a bi-directional charger and special software. Thanks to this invention the
fleets are able to store energy when EVs are parked and gain percentage of generated
energy savings.

How about solar charging? Autonomous renewable charger - EV ARC was created by
Envision Solar, a California-based company who specialize in energy innovation. It’s
operation is great because it can be moved and transported - it’s off grid. It includes six plugs
for electric vehicles, so it’s also good for fleets.

Last but not least - The U.S. Department of Energy wants to reduce the DC quick charger
charging time which now is at 50-120 kWh, so they agreed to fund research to charge EVs at
350 kWh. It could mean that for a small capacity battery like Chevrolet Bolt and it’s 60 kWh
accumulator, this process could take as much as 10 minutes. The outcome however will be
announced not earlier than 5-10 years from now.

 

Source: government-fleet.com