Super-Fast Charging: The Next Step in Electric Vehicle Evolution

(DGIwire) – As of late 2018, there were more than three million electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid cars in use worldwide, according to an article in Power Technology. It would be sensible to assume that EVs are on their way to market dominance, but this expectation fails to take into account a major roadblock: […]

What’s Hot in Latin America? Electric Vehicles

(DGIwire) – In November 2018, South American observers at Chile’s port of San Antonio would have encountered a striking scene: 100 brand-new electric buses rolling off a cargo ship from China. As recently reported in The New York Times, they were headed to the capital city of Santiago, where they were slated to be incorporated […]

The Global Push for Electric Vehicles Heats Up

(DGIwire) – In April 2018, China’s New Energy Vehicle mandate went into effect. As noted in a recent article on the World Economic Forum’s website, this was part of the country’s plan to sell 4.6 million electric vehicles (EVs) by 2020 and ban cars with traditional internal combustion engines over the long term. China is […]

Innovation Keeps On Truckin’ in the Era of Electric Vehicles

(DGIwire) – Compared to their diesel-powered counterparts, electric trucks are much quieter, have no harmful emissions and dramatically lower maintenance. This is a large part of the reason why many truck brands have real electric test units being used now in fleets. Of course, the era of battery-electric trucks rumbling down the nation’s roads may […]

An Electric Vehicle That Charges in Five Minutes? It Could Be On the Way

(DGIwire) – Filling up at a service station is so easy with a gasoline-powered car: five minutes later, the driver is back on the road. For the electric vehicle (EV) revolution to become a reality, EVs must match this timeframe—or else drivers are unlikely to be willing to make the switch in large numbers. As […]

Coming Soon to Gas Stations: Chargers for Electric Cars

(DGIwire) – How quickly could the average American identify the location of the nearest electric vehicle (EV) charging station to his or her home? Chances are, relatively few people would be able to say where it is located at all. This is a challenge for the EV market as it looks to expand its footprint […]

Autonomous Electric Vehicles: Recharging ‘on the Go’ Makes ‘Cents’

(DGIwire) – Many people envision a viable future for driverless or autonomous vehicles—with seven out of 10 Americans expecting them to be common within the next 15 years, according to a recent survey reported by The Washington Post. Yet as exciting as this technology may be, there is still a challenge to be overcome. If […]

Powering Up Now: The Global Electric Vehicle Market

(DGIwire) – Things are moving quickly in the world of electric vehicles (EVs). According to a recent industry report from Frost & Sullivan, global sales of EVs are poised to climb to 1.6 million in 2018 and further upward to two million in 2019. EV sales across all major regional markets are on the upswing; […]

Buying an Electric Vehicle? 3 Things to Know

(DGIwire) – Every driver who decides to “go electric” faces the same anxieties about recharging. As USA Today recently reported, recharging is one of the most complicated parts of owning an electric vehicle (EV), especially since—outside the home garage—charging stations can be few and far between. The good news, reports the newspaper, is that powering […]

The EV Revolution Is Near: Are Utilities Ready?

(DGIwire) – There has been a steady stream of headlines heralding the dawn of the battery electric vehicle (EV) era. Yet one large piece of the puzzle may still need to fall into place: ensuring that electric utilities are ready. A recent report from the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), featured on the transportation news […]

Lithium-Ion Battery Fires on Planes: What’s Going On?

(DGIwire) – Malfunctioning lithium-ion batteries have caused an alarming increase in the number of smoke and fire incidents on airplanes, according to a recent article in Consumer Reports. The Federal Aviation Administration reports that, on average, one of these fires occurs every 10 days. Any given flight might contain hundreds of Li-ion cells in phones […]

China Envisions an Electric-Car Future

(DGIwire) – Why are automakers around the world accelerating their efforts to develop electric vehicles? One powerful reason is China. As The New York Times reported recently, the world’s most populous nation has become the world’s biggest supporter of electric cars. According to the Times, Beijing has called for one out of every five cars […]

Electric Cars: A $2.7 Trillion Price Tag for Charging Infrastructure?

(DGIwire) – As various nations turn away from gas-powered cars and trucks toward a future of electric vehicles, some are asking about the cost. According to Bloomberg, financial services firm Morgan Stanley has estimated that the world will need to spend a dizzying $2.7 trillion on charging infrastructure if it is to support 500 million […]

Britain’s Electric Car Revolution: Smart But at What Cost?

(DGIwire) – In July 2017, the British government announced a ban on the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars and vans in that country starting in 2040. The aim, according to a Reuters report, is to reduce air pollution and to cut carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050 from 1990 levels. However, this […]

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