December 20, 2014

Electric Vehicles Renewable Energy and Storage News

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Apparently we had a snafu yesterday.  So without further ado, here is part 2 of our daily round up of news around electric vehicles, EV and related technologies.

Ireland Electric Cars. The Irish government plans to have 10% of EVs by 2020, or about 250,000 over the next 12 years, according to the EpochTimes.

When Oldies Embrace The Future. The one thing we are eagerly waiting for are when old performance car manufacturers will offer modern technologies, it seems Morgan is the first one to step up to the plate.  The company is developing their LIFECar, which will be a lightweight small fuel cell vehicle, FCV with 22KW based on the chassis of a Aero 8 model.  It includes a set of ultracapacitors and will do 0 to 60 in 7 or 7 seconds, according to CNN.  And yes, faithful to the company, it will have an ash wood inside cockpit structure.  Only Morgan!  And yes, air powered cars are still getting good reviews.

Will Solar Bounce Back? According to Robert Kaapke, CEO of Evolution Solar Corp, via MarketWatch, it will.  Why? Home owners, businesses, and utilities are enjoying tax benefits from solar investment.  With recent news of Florida Power and Light and Pacific Gas and Electric large solar investments, these alternative energy companies are enjoying strong public support.  Case in point, a recent poll from Zogby found that 78% of voters favor investment in clean energy as a way to revive the U.S. economy.  And for those fretting about a downturn economy, the growth of alternative energy sector will provide plenty of jobs in the U.S., with the added benefit of helping the environment.

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Hybrid Technology Growth 38%. At least this is what is anticipated according to the Strategy Analytics Automotive Electronics Service report, via MarketWatch.

CIGS Working In Arizona. Global Solar Energy has a working 750KW solar project in Tucson, Arizona, using copper-indium-gallium-diselenide solar cells, CIGS, which is fully operational, according to Earth2Tech.  CIGS technology is especially important as its manufacturing is cheaper and can be used on more surfaces, even at angles not optimizing the sun’s rays.

GM Makes Up With A123 Systems. GM might be changing its mind about A123 Systems as it goes to Washington, according to Seeking Alpha.  There is an obvious political agenda that jumps to mind here.  As GM is looking for government funds, using foreign-owned batteries for its savior Volt would not bode well.  Ironically enough, the American-owned A123 makes its batteries in China.  Ah, politics!  So if Detroit fails, who benefits?  This post has potential companies.  The South!  States like South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee with Toyota, Honda, Nissan, BMW, Mercedes, and Hyundai are building by Americans for Americans, with mostly nonunion factories.

That’s it for part 1.  Stay tuned for part 2.

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