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Feds Launch Alt-Fuel Highway Network

Corridors will cover 25,000 miles, 55 routes in 35 states.

by on Nov.04, 2016

The new project should make it much easier for owners to find places to charge up on the road.

With the upcoming launch of longer-range, more affordable electric vehicles the auto industry is taking several critical steps towards making alternative power mainstream, but range anxiety isn’t yet a thing of the past.

Now, the federal government is taking steps to address the other big problem: a lack of places to charge electric vehicles. The plan announced by the Obama Administration will include 55 different interstates, covering 25,000 miles of highway in 35 states. Add in efforts to boost the availability of natural gas and other alternative fuels and the network grows to 85,000 miles of roadway.

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“Alternative fuels and electric vehicles will play an integral part in the future of America’s transportation system,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We have a duty to help drivers identify routes that will help them refuel and recharge those vehicles and designating these corridors on our highways is a first step.”

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They May Not Buy Them But Americans Like EVs

Over 45 million US motorists could use battery cars, claims new poll.

by on Dec.12, 2013

Battery cars - like the Tesla Model S - could meet the needs of millions of motorists, claims a new survey.

They may not be ready to buy one, but Americans, on the whole have a positive view of electric vehicles, according to a new survey.

The survey, conducted by the Union of Concerned Scientists, found that 65% of the American motorists it polled think electric vehicles are an essential part of our nation’s transportation future for reducing oil use and global warming, with 60% saying they would consider owning one themselves.

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More than 45 million Americans could use a battery-based vehicle without much change in their driving habits, according to the Union, which has long advocated for the wider use of EVs.

“Drivers may have preconceptions about whether electric vehicles can meet their driving needs and habits, and this survey shows that for many, they can,” said Josh Goldman, policy analyst for the UCS Clean Vehicles Program.

Building a better battery charging infrastructure could enhance the appeal of the technology.

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German Automakers, Suppliers Launch Electric Vehicle Charging Partnership

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by on Mar.15, 2012

The BMW i3 battery-electric city car.

Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG, BMW Group and suppliers Bosch, Siemens and several others have inked a new joint venture that aims to address one of the biggest obstacles to widespread expansion of electric vehicle sales: the lack of an efficient and readily available charging infrastructure.

The six partners plan to set up a base for what they’re calling “hubject GmbH” in Berlin, where it will help establish a charging network across Germany – and could serve as a model for simple project in the U.S. and other parts of the world.

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“The market for electromobility in Germany is coming to life,” said a joint release. “The number of electric vehicles available is steadily increasing. This calls for an easily accessible, integrated charging infrastructure. And to ensure that customers can access this infrastructure simply, wherever they are, the diverse technologies in the electromobility market need to be linked.”

The partnership aims to establish a common charging system, make it easier for motorists to locate chargers that can handle a variety of different makers’ vehicles, and then simplify billing

Hubject is expected to set up not only conventional charging stations but also provide access to high-speed, high-voltage systems that could provide an 80% charge in minutes, rather than hours.

But despite having some key players in the consortium it appears that a number of specifics have yet to be worked out, the release suggesting that, “The new enterprise is a deliberately open platform that aims to involve as many partners as possible.”

The German federal government has been lending both moral and financial support to the push for alternative power and is promising to invest billions, over the coming decade, to support the set up not only of a network of battery charging stations but also hydrogen pumps that can be used for vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz F-Cell fuel cell vehicle and the BMW Hydrogen7, which burns the clean, lightweight gas in a modified internal combustion engine.