[img:ElecVe.thumbnail.jpg| ]By Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx
28 May 2013 - How is it that some analysts put pure-electric car sales at hundreds of thousands in 2012 whereas others report a mere 60,000 to 65,000? At analysts IDTechEx we feel that a lack of rigor is largely to blame because there are cars homologated as such and car-like vehicles that are not homologated as cars. The contrast is stark. Only 65,000 true pure-electric cars, homologated as such, were sold globally in 2012, very much a failure compared to the 1,522 million hybrid electric cars sold.
[img:Electric%20Charger_lowres_0.jpg| ]7 February 2013 - A European consortium, consisting of DNV KEMA, Fraunhofer ISE, EMD International, RAH and RFVV has begun an EU funded project to develop modelling and simulation tools for optimally integrating electrical vehicles (EVs) into electricity networks. The project, Novel E-Mobility Grid Model (NEMO), plays a key role in the further development of electric mobility in Europe and will be an important element in the further development of smart grids.
The number of electric vehicles (EVs) in Europe is rapidly rising, but there is serious concern over the existing electricity infrastructure’s capacity to accommodate the associated dramatic growth in electricity demand. As charging spots and stations connect to the existing grid, the NEMO project has been set-up to support European grid operators and service providers in assessing the impact of EVs on the power grid, and to evaluate possible solutions such as grid extension or load management.
NEMO has been commissioned by the European Union's ERA-NET Plus initiative, Electromobility+, which aims to create a sustainable framework for electromobility in Europe.
The consortium will develop a NEMO simulation and optimisation tool suite based on the existing complementary simulation tools PLATOS, SimTOOL and energyPRO, which were each developed by the respective NEMO core partners DNV KEMA, Fraunhofer ISE and EMD.
[img:Charge_0.jpg| ]25 January 2013 - Electric vehicle (EV) drivers suffer from the fear of being stranded, as charging facilities leave a lot to be desired says power expert GlobalData. It does however suggest that this fear could be mitigated by the further implementation of charging stations, which will hopefully encourage electric vehicle usage.
The convenience of simply filling a vehicle up with fuel encourages the use of internal combustion engine (ICE) cars, as an electric vehicle can take five to six hours to recharge using charging stations, primarily found within the EV owner’s residence for overnight use. Fast-charging stations, which can charge EVs within minutes, are scarce, but such enhanced charging infrastructure is vital to encourage the use of EVs for long journeys.
[img:ElecVe.thumbnail.jpg| ]22 August 2012 - European countries are testing out different strategies to boost their citizens’ adoption of clean transport technologies, according to energy expert GlobalData. It says the race is on for the title of electric vehicle (EV) giant. The drive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the 20/20/20 target is the key motivator for the deployment of EVs in Europe, but governments have to work hard to convince their citizens.
[img:ElecVe.thumbnail.jpg| ]15 August 2012 - The public must learn to love battery electric vehicles (BEVs) if emission-free cars are to succeed in the transport market, states a report by energy expert GlobalData.
BEVs have been around since 1902, when Wood’s Electric Phaeton was introduced, but the initiation of mass-produced internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles in the 1920’s led BEV demand to decline. However, the oil crises of the 1970s renewed interest in BEVs, and now environmental concerns are again reawakening our interest in this clean technology. However, not everyone is convinced of its benefits.