Predicting a Surge in Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

(DGIwire) – Along with the increasingly larger number of electric vehicles (EVs) on U.S. roads has come a sharp rise in the number of charging stations. As recently reported in Commercial Property Executive, this trend has significant implications for property owners and managers—as the demand for stations from their customers and employees may rise as […]

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 […]

The New Math of Electric Vehicle Charging

(DGIwire) – Electric vehicles (EVs) are the future—but they won’t truly go mainstream until they can be recharged as quickly as gasoline-powered vehicles can be filled up. That’s a challenge in places like the UK, where the government has announced a total ban on gas and diesel vehicles by 2040, according to The New York […]

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 […]

Shaping the Future of Energy Storage

(DGIwire) – Lithium-ion batteries are widely used in consumer electronics and electric vehicles (EVs) because they pack a powerful punch—with what’s called a “high energy density.” But they also contain highly flammable chemicals, called electrolytes, that can become unsafe if overcharged. While work is ongoing to address this problem, another solution has presented itself: supercapacitors, […]

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; […]

Can Fast-Charging Electric Vehicles Pay for the Roads They Drive On?

(DGIwire) – With the goal of going green and improving air quality, the UK government announced a total ban on the sale of new gas and diesel vehicles beginning in 2040. Good for the environment? Yes. But will there be roadblocks along the way? Yes again. In fact, there will be one distinct tax challenge […]

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 […]

Electric Vehicles: Only as Good as Their Batteries

(DGIwire) – Will battery electric vehicles (EVs) save the planet? If they succeed, it will certainly have a lot to do with the kind of batteries they utilize. One of the reason EVs improve on traditional cars is because the latter utilize lead-acid batteries, which—although relatively cheap and recyclable—exploit workers using unsafe methods to do […]

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 […]

Electric Vehicles and the Electrical Grid: Can the Relationship Work?

(DGIwire) – Electric vehicles (EVs) feature strongly in a multitude of rosy visions about the future. Unfortunately, these visions don’t go as far at the moment as some might hope, thanks to a sobering realization: today’s electrical grid would likely fail catastrophically if the entire U.S. car fleet immediately made the switch to running on […]

Electric Bikes Pedal Toward Future With Carbon-Ion Batteries

(DGIwire) – Most of today’s electric bicycles are powered by lithium-ion batteries. But that technology has its drawbacks. As reported in Electric Bike Action magazine, when some bikes were switched from lead-acid to Li-ion in the early 2000s, the batteries could catch fire, and a few people burned their garages to the ground when charging […]

Japan Races to Embrace an Electric-Car Future

(DGIwire) – What is the biggest threat to traditional car manufacturers in Japan? As The New York Times recently reported, it is the advent of battery-powered electric vehicles. According to the Times, conventional auto part suppliers are nervous: they and the carmakers they work with provide one in 10 Japanese jobs and account for a […]

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 […]

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