Is the End of EV Range Anxiety in Sight? Nine Strategies To Put EV Owners At Ease

In the early days of the automobile, travel required careful planning. There were no convenient places to fill up your car—gasoline had to be obtained at “bulk depots” located outside of the cities. In 1905 the first gas station was born. Early adopters of the automobile had what we now call “range anxiety,” a fear of running out of fuel. By 1930, the number of gas stations increased to 100,000, AAA was offering emergency roadside assistance to stranded drivers, and range anxiety seemed a thing of the past. Now, with the move to electric vehicles, range anxiety is appearing once again.

Though in the U.S. 95 percent of all single-trip journeys by car are less than 30 miles, well within the range of most EVs, manufacturers are sensing reluctance to purchase all-electric vehicles due to range anxiety. Yet various strategies are emerging that can put people’s range fears to rest. From already available quick-charging stations to futuristic charging coils built into the road, companies are trying to figure out how to get people over their range anxiety.

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better coal or bitter coal?

Better Coal is a new initiative established by a group of major utilities to promote the continuous improvement of corporate responsibility in the coal supply chain, with a specific focus on the mines themselves.

Find out if Better Coal is just another green washing initiative…

Bitter Coal
Bitter Coal is the reaction of the German NGO urgewald (the report is currently only available in German).

State needs to ‘understand true power’ of solar energy

THERE is a lack of understanding of solar power and what it can provide in Africa.

This is according to Johan Cilliers, regional director of photovoltaic solar system provider First Solar.

Speaking at a media briefing in Rosebank on solar energy on Tuesday, he said government leaders needed to be made aware of the possibilities solar power presents.

However, Mr Cilliers said solar power was not the only solution to South Africa’s energy crisis, but could help alleviate it.

“Obviously there needs to be an integration of all our energy sources to provide the best possible solution. Solar photovoltaic (power) is already cost-competitive and it can go a long way in helping to stabilise the electricity grid,” he said.

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Webinar: Reaching the Light at the End of the Tunnel: The Coming Resurgence of the Solar Industry

Join this Lux Research webinar on 25th June.

The era of the feed-in tariff is coming to an end, and with it a forced transition for solar energy – from an investment vehicle to a mainstream electricity source. Luckily for manufacturers, there’s also an end in sight to the massive manufacturing oversupply that has plagued module pricing and crushed investor sentiment. However, the flux within the industry also provides a window of opportunity for innovators seeking a spot in the supply chain. With the installation market set to nearly double to 61 GW in 2018, solar stakeholders will have plenty of dollars at their disposal – should they recognize the changing face of the market and strategize accordingly.

This webinar will:

• Examine how to harness the increasingly diverse demand market
• Clarify the continued solar shakeout and shift of competitive power
• Identify technologies and strategies that offer the biggest competitive advantage for stakeholders

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Electricity, labour issues hinder economic zones

LYNLEY DONNELLY – 24 MAY 2013 | M&G online

Government’s work to legislate for the development of special economic zones was welcomed by business in Parliament this week, but it called for further incentives to make local zones competitive against African and other international counterparts.

Rigid labour laws, the supply of electricity to these zones and lengthy environmental impact assessment processes were among the concerns raised by business-lobby groups and companies in existing industry development zones at public hearings on the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Bill on Wednesday. Continue reading