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The 4 Standardized EV Charging Modes Explained

Electric vehicles (EV) are getting new standards gradually as their applications increase dramatically worldwide. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has standardized the charging modes for electric vehicles, defining four distinct modes. The standard is termed IEC 61851.  The IEC has previously standardized several other aspects of EV charging and operating. For instance, the IEC 61980 standard elaborates on the best practices for the EV Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) system.  EV Charging Modes The four modes for EV charging are named Mode 1, Mode 2, Mode 2, and Mode 4. Mode 1 is for earlier EV converted internal combustion engine vehicles, so it’s not in use so much today with more advanced EVs.  EV Charging Mode 1 In mode 1, the vehicle connects directly with th...

EV Lease Costs Go Down in France and Germany

Here’s good news for electric car lovers in Germany and France. You can now get a brand-new electric vehicle at an unbelievable rate. Pay less than the typical cost of a mobile phone contract and drive your dream car. In some cases, you don’t even have to pay at all. All thanks to the newly generous subsidies. The virtual showrooms in France and Germany have flooded with car-buyers. All this started when the national governments of France and Germany, Europe’s two largest passenger car makers, boosted the electric vehicle incentives to generate demand. BloombergNEF has listed Germany and France’s purchase subsidies among the most favorable markets in the world right now. Autohaus König, a car dealership chain with more than fifty locations across Germany, is allowed to advertise an EV leas...

Continental Develops Special Tires for EVs

Ideally, the tires for electric and hybrid vehicles should have minimum weight with the larger weight capacity. At the same time, they have to retain their safe handling features.  They should also have the common characteristics of a good tire, such as safety on wet roads, less braking distance, and low resistance. The right tires will allow precise steering and maximum mileage, especially for electric vehicles. The developers at Continental understand that electric cars need special tires to keep them at their best performance. They have taken up the challenge and developed tires that meet the individual requirements of electric cars, buses, and trucks. Back in 2012, the company developed its first tire for electric vehicles, the Conti.eCOntact. Other model series followed, includin...

Free Renault’s for everyone in a French town

French multinational automobile manufacturer Groupe Renault gifted free electric cars to the whole town of Appy in France.  The residents of this small town can get Renault Zoe on a free three-year lease. The company aims to prove that electric vehicles are as practical for rural drivers as for city inhabitants.  All the owners have to do is share their experiences of the EV ownership with Renault. The manufacturer believes that this initiative will help them observe how customers incorporate electric vehicles in their daily lives.  They also believe that EVs are not just made for urban roads. Hence, with its 245 miles of range, the Renault Zoe can meet the requirements of rural drivers similar to the conventional gas-powered engines. To compensate for the lack of charging stations in...

The Future of Charging: Bidirectional V2G

Are you eco-conscious and want to live a greener lifestyle? Do you own an EV to reduce the impact of carbon emission on our planet? Are you interested in making the most out of your EV and using it for other purposes? If yes, then there is a chance that you might have heard about bidirectional chargers. Whether you know about them or not, we will explain this new technology in great detail in the following article. Instead of getting confused by complicated mechanical jargon on the internet, keep reading to learn about the various benefits of bidirectional charging. How does Bidirectional Charging work? To understand the dynamics behind bidirectional charging, you should first know how an EV is normally charged. After you connect your car’s battery to a DC rapid charging station, AC or alt...

Hydrogen: Not The Future Of Electric Cars

Ever noticed how vehicles have played their part in converting our shared air into a gigantic trash bin? Undoubtedly, each one of us wants to live in a greener environment and breathe pure air free of toxins. One solution to this global problem is the idea of zero-emission cars, where two technologies have gained the spotlight: battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and hydrogen cars. For decades experts have presumed hydrogen as the fuel of the future, but is it true? 2020 has turned out to be a big year for BEVs development, raising questions like, do fuel cell cars still have a future? Or “why hydrogen will never be the future of electric cars?” Why Hydrogen Appeared a Convenient Option? Hydrogen cars (also called FCVs or Fuel Cell Vehicles) have always been associated with claims like they a...

These StartUps are going to Challenge Tesla

Electric vehicles appeared as a revolutionary technology in the automotive industry. With passing years they have gained popularity worldwide due to their efficiency, high speed, and zero-emission feature. One of the names among the top-rated electric vehicle manufacturers (and the first one) is Tesla. With a market capitalization of $107 billion in January 2020, it stands second behind Toyota, among the most valuable auto companies globally. However, alongside fast Tesla growth, new companies have also entered the EV market, intending to become “The Next Tesla”. Start-Ups Planning to Compete Tesla While writing this blog in the corona crisis, many of the startups below are experiencing financial difficulties. Still, there is a lot of hope that these companies will grow into a ...

Importance of State-backed Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles

It is an accepted fact that making any technological innovation successful requires the government’s strong support and backup. That’s specifically valid for the survival and development of electric vehicles. Recently, the Volvo cars’ CEO, Håkan Samuelsson, emphasized the importance of state-backed charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. According to him, plug-in hybrid is now a well-known concept and a great idea to work on. What are Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles? Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) involve two technologies: battery-powered electric motor and internal combustion engine. Together, it has been named as “bridge technology.” One of the significant obstacles in the success of EVs is its inability to cover vast distances without power loss. You can call this conc...

Fast-charging can Damage Electric Car Battery in just 25 Cycles

Researchers have discovered that fast charging your electric batteries can damage them and reduce their capacity. Engineers from the University of California, Riverside carried out experiments on batteries used in popular electric vehicles. And their findings showed that fast charging at commercial stations can cause harm to electric batteries after about 25 charges. The damage to the batteries is due to high temperatures and resistance. These extreme conditions will then lead to cracks and leaks in the battery, thereby reducing their capacity. During the experiment, he researchers charged two sets of discharged lithium-ion batteries with two different chargers. The first one was charged with fast chargers found in commercial stations while the second set was charged using an all new fast-...

Tesla Aiming For New Milestone Of Two Million Cars

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, posted the picture of a red Model Y on his Twitter along with his team, announcing the one-millionth car on March 9th, it took the company only 12 years to reach the mark since it produced its first car back in 2008. However, with the rising demand in electric cars all over the world, it is expected Tesla will reach the two million mark much sooner. For example, a recent earning report predicted half a million deliveries by the end of 2020.   So, Why’s That a Big Deal? Even though the figure looks still small when you compare Tesla with giants like Volkswagon and Toyota, that produces more than ten million cars in just one year, but there is a significant difference between Tesla and other manufacturers. Tesla only produces electric cars. The quick rise i...

Europe’s EV Production and Sales Set to Overtake China after the U.S.

In 2013, the number of electric cars produced in Europe came to around 0.11 million units. Just five years later, the figure increased to about 1.24 million units and accounted for about a quarter of the world’s production. The U.S., in comparison, held a share of 22%.  With numbers like those, it’s pretty apparent that Europe’s electric vehicle market is all set to overtake China, after the U.S. Previously, China was considered the hub of battery electric vehicles and the whole electric car movement. Now, it seems Europe is taking that position. According to a report from the consulting firm McKinsey, with a production of more than 1.7 million electric cars, Germany could be the world-market leader by 2021.  Currently, Norway holds the top spot in the list of countries with the ...

Why Car Manufacturers in Europe are Determined to Sell Electric Cars

Even though Europe is the second biggest market for electric cars after China, ahead of North America, but for many car manufacturers, they are still not selling enough electric cars. This is mostly because of Europe’s ambitious goal to become net neutral on carbon emissions by 2050.   As a result, car manufacturers are facing immense pressure to increase their electric car sales. Otherwise, they’ll have to bear hefty fines for not following the new emissions rules and guidelines, designed to address the growing issue of global warming.  According to the new rules, the European Union (EU) gave car manufacturers a goal. They had to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from their cars by 40% from the year 2007 to 2021.  Even though 2021 is just around the corner, these automakers are n...