Elec­tri­fy­ing news

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For those about to take the leap into an elec­tric ve­hi­cle, or a whole fleet, there is en­cour­ag­ing news both short term and long term. Right now, multi­na­tional au­to­ma­tion com­pany Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) is launch­ing its new Terra HP (high power) elec­tric ve­hi­cle charger, which can safely charge an EV enough for 200 km of mo­tor­ing in just eight min­utes. The all-weather units are suit­able for use in rest ar­eas and mo­tor­way ser­vice cen­tres. In the medium term, charg­ing sys­tems are likely to take a fur ther step to in­duc­tive (con­tact­less) sys­tems. Sim­ply drive in, park, pay and walk away. A Kiwi star t-up, Power­byproxi, had gone a fair way down the in­duc­tive charg­ing trail when it was bought out by Ap­ple Inc. in late 2017. Their tech­nol­ogy be­gan at the smart­phone level and could be very sim­ply up­scaled for other ap­pli­ca­tions such as cars. Longer term but in a par­al­lel de­vel­op­ment, an Auck­land Uni­ver­sity project has pro­posed in­stalling pads in the road sur­face that would pro­vide charg­ing in­duc­tively and also sup­port tele­phone trans­mis­sions. The pads would be im­per­vi­ous to in­stal­la­tion meth­ods, weight and shocks from traf­fic and would be clus­tered around in­ter­sec­tions in a city’s CBD.

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