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Powerwall
Leading solar power installer Natural Solar has been announced as one of Australia’s first installers of Tesla’s long anticipated Powerwall.

With the next wave of solar power installations on its way, Natural Solar say that they are well prepared for the rising demand of residential battery storage systems.

Natural Solar Director, Chris Williams says his company has been in talks with Tesla Energy for quite some time. Mr Williams first approached the renewable energy giant when he learned of Tesla’s plans to build a Gigafactory, capable of mass manufacture of a high demand solar storage solutions.

Williams saw the potential in a long term partnership with the renewable energy giant and Natural Solar, already known to become one of Australia’s pioneers for residential battery systems.

“The Gigafactory would enable Tesla to have a competitive priced storage system that will benefit retailers and consumers across Australia” said Williams.

According to Williams, it was Natural Solar’s unique [...]

Paris climate conference electric vehicles

In the light of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, the future of electric cars looks bright as governments are pressured to move towards zero-emission societies. Around 800 million cars will be active on the worlds today. At the rate our car industries are moving, this number is expected to rise to 2 billion.

As global consumption rates continue to rise, it seems difficult to imagine a way to stop the desire for vehicles as a mode of transport. So if you can’t stop them join them, right? Well that’s that’s exactly what electric car manufacturers are doing. Electric car adoption is a promising solution to the long term problem of carbon emissions from fossil fuel run vehicles.

As nations gather to discuss solutions to lessen carbon emissions globally, electric vehicles play a central role in solving one of the biggest sources of pollution – vehicles. At this year’s Paris Climate Conference the Renault-Nissan Alliance have pioneered the advocacy of electric [...]

EV Charging Station

The launch of a 45kW “car shade” installation in NSW coastal shire of Ballina off the southern part of Byron Bay in Australia also inaugurated the first solar-powered public electric vehicle (EV) charging station in the continent.

Set up at Knockrow tourist attraction of Macadamia Castle, the PV/EV charging station is known to be the first on the Pacific Highway. Moreover, on the Far North Coast, it is considered one of the biggest solar installations.

The 45kW solar system was built by Smart Commercial Solar and highlights 180 PV panels structured on a purpose-built car port. This solar installation will produce energy for half of Macadamia Castle and at the same time, power up electric-run vehicles of visitors.

Tony Gilding, owner of Macadamia Castle, initially thought of placing solar panels on the castle roofs, but the surrounding trees made it difficult to do so. As a substitute, Smart Commercial Solar suggested a solar car park [...]

London Hybrid Bus
Business Green reports London’s public transport can now boost batteries wirelessly at bus stops.

As London’s green buses receives another boost, that is, the capability to be able to charge their batteries at bus stops, is currently being tested.

Four specially designed Alexander Dennis Enviro400H E400 buses have the diesel-electric hybrid engine, which will have the capability to be able to boost their batteries while at rest at bus stops that are specially provided with charging stations…all done wirelessly.

These 4 buses will operate next year, running the route on Stagecoach-operated Route 69 between the towns of Canning and Walthamstow bus stations. Both stations will have the inductive wireless charging equipment.

While no mention of fuel cost, pollution, and projected carbon emission were mentioned, this new technology is mentioned to allow these 4 buses to be able to operate for a significant period of time while in passenger service mode.

According to TfL, Transport for [...]

toyota i-Road

The Toyota i-Road is an electric vehicle combining the best aspects of cars and motorbikes into one futuristic (and fun) model.

The idea of the vehicle was developed by combining the convenience of a motorbikes compact size, and the safety and stability of a car.

The small size makes it easy to zip around cities and to park in confined spaces, at just 870mm wide and weighing a mere 300 kg.

However unlike a motorbike, there is no fear of getting wet in the rain or being easily injured, thanks to the enclosed comfort and body construction similar to a car.

This electric vehicle has zero C02 emissions, making is extremely environmentally friendly. It is powered by lithium-ion batteries that can withstand about 50km of travel on the one charge, based on a speed of 30km per hour.

The driving experience is unique as drivers have the enjoyment of two-wheeler riding, a small turning circle [...]

San Francisco based electric motorbike startup, Mission Motors, has filed for bankruptcy following short lived success in the competitive electric car industry. The company has been developing electric motorbikes since 2007, with their most successful prototype able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 3 seconds. Despite their relatively established age in the industry, Mission Motors, originally named Hum Motors, never released any motorbikes to the market.
Nissan IDS driver-less car
Nissan revealed its vision for the future of electric vehicles with week with the concept launch of the zero emissions IDS Concept Car. The electronic prototype was revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show, one of the leading forum for showcasing the technological advancement among competing electric car companies.
solar-charged scooter, eBike

The Beast D is an off-road eBike that is charged with inbuilt solar panels, and has additional features of an ATV.

An eBike is a bicycle that has an integrated electric motor which can be used for propulsion, however they still have the means to be pedaled by the rider which makes them differ from a motorcycle.

This solar-charged scooter has been created by Daymak Inc., and they describe it as “tough, sturdy, built to take it, perfect for off-road use but completely street legal,”.

Features of the solar-charged scooter

It has two DC brush-less motors of 500W, as well as 60V 20AH lithium-ion energy storage that are good for 800 cycles.

The battery pack is made up of Samsung 2200mAH 18mm by 65mm cells,  a form factor which is also used in Telsa vehicles.

It takes four to six hours for the solar-charged scooter to be charged by electricity, or it can be charged via the 15W [...]

Old electric car batteries
The auto and clean energy industries both have vested interests in finding effective ways of reusing old electric car batteries but have been unsuccessful until 2015.
Fuel cell electric vehicle
After BMW has implied and then withdrew its concept for a fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) during the 2015 North American International Auto Show, the German automaker has finally announced its plans for production by 2020.
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