We've asked the NextEnergy team to share the industry-related news, stories and information that have grabbed their attention this month. We hope you find it useful!
Jim Saber, President and CEO
Source: Yahoo! News
What makes it interesting: Interesting article on developments within the battery industry and significant research and development is going into increasing the charging rate or time for EV’s to eliminate range anxiety. I think the article provokes more questions than answers such as:
- What is the impact on the distribution grid and site locations for 5 minute?
- How much will drivers be willing to pay for charging in 5 minutes?
- How fast is fast enough for EV charging?
Wayne Snyder, Director, Technology Development
What he’s reading: Creating safer roads for cyclists
Media: Tome Software
What makes it interesting: While the mobility industry continues to move forward with automated vehicle communications, the bicycling industry in partnership with big name auto companies is also working on a newer standard for vulnerable road user (VRU) communications to share safety messages with other road vehicles.
Eric McDonald, Director, Facilities & Infrastructure Development
Media: NBC News
What makes it interesting: The federal gasoline tax provides most funding for infrastructure improvements including EV infrastructure. As EVs increase, supplanting fossil fueled vehicles, an alternative tax or fee may be needed to fund future transportation infrastructure.
Tim Slusser, Director, Smart Mobility Initiatives
What he’s reading: World’s biggest Steel manufacturers are committing to Hydrogen and CCS
What makes it interesting: This marks another significant step forward for the future of hydrogen.