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Nissan Holding Course on Autonomous, Electric Vehicles, Says CEO Ghosn

Chief exec warns of “disruptors” that could transform the auto industry.

by on Sep.15, 2015

Autonomous vehicle technology will reach the market in "waves," says Nissan CEO Ghosn.

Japanese automaker Nissan has no intention of backing down on either its plans to sell electric vehicles or its push to be one of, if not the, first automaker to have a fully autonomous vehicle on the market, CEO Carlos Ghosn said during a Frankfurt Motor Show meeting with reporters.

Nissan was the first automaker to go mainstream with a pure battery-electric vehicle, or BEV, the Leaf. And it is pushing to have a fully autonomous vehicle in production by 2020, with a series of less advanced technologies coming out in “waves,” said Ghosn, over the next five years.

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Autonomous technology “won’t come all of a sudden,” stressed the Brazilian-born executive. “We will have waves” of more and more capable systems starting next year.


Growing EV Market Will Require $5 Bil IT Investment

New forecast sees critical demand for smart grid/smart charging technology.

by on Sep.28, 2010

Getting power to vehicles like this battery-electric Ford Focus will create a multi-billion dollar business on its own.

There should be as many as 3 million or more electric vehicles plying the world’s roadways by 2015, according to a new study by Pike Research, and that will create a major headache for utilities around the globe creating a likely need for as much as a $5.1 billion investment in a smart grid/smart charging infrastructure.

The challenge is to not just make sure there’s enough electricity to charge all those vehicles, says Pike, but to ensure that tomorrow’s battery cars are recharged in the most efficient manner.  In the U.S., for example, the Department of Energy has estimated that there’s enough power to supply millions of EVs – but only during off-peak hours.

“Electric vehicle IT systems are necessary since utilities will face an immediate impact from EV charging on their localized power distribution equipment,” says John Gartner, a senior analyst with Pike Research, based in Boulder, Colorado.

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He stresses that, “During the early part of the decade, EV charging will not interfere with utilities’ overall ability to keep up with total electricity demand, but certain neighborhood transformers and other distribution assets could be quickly overwhelmed in areas with rapid EV adoption.”


Battery-Car Charging Could be Worth Billions

A new study finds an estimated $3 billion in potential revenue.

by on Sep.27, 2010

EV Charging is destined to become a multi-billion-dollar business, according to a new report.

A new study by a Texas firm indicates that demand for electric vehicles will create a multi-billion business for charger manufacturers before the end of the decade.

Verify Markets of San Antonio, Texas declares, in a market research report, that the North American electric vehicle charging industry will grow rapidly over the next five to seven years, reaching $3.09 billion by 2017. (See 15 Minute Recharging Underway for Electric Vehicle Owners from Eaton and Murphy Oil)

“The key factors that are driving the sale of EVs, and in consequence EV charging equipment, are the low costs to operate and maintain an electric vehicle, the desire for countries to be energy independent and more green, and advances in technology. This includes better performing batteries and improved charger to grid/vehicle to charger communications, which make this industry possible,” the report said.

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One factor that will help the growth of the industry is the adoption of uniform standards for such things as the plugs used by various vehicles and chargers.  This interchangeability is already in place for 110-volt and 220-volt chargers and is expected to be adopted for high-speed, 440-volt chargers, as well, over the next several years.