Lucid Motors has entered into a preliminary agreement with Electrify America to provide Lucid customers a nationwide charging plan. By the end of June of 2019, Electrify America will install or have under construction over 2,000 DC ultra-fast chargers at nearly 500 sites in metro and highway locations across 40 states and 17 major cities.
Lucid selected Electrify America after an extensive evaluation and cited Electrify America’s DC power levels of up to 350kW and network coverage as key selection criteria. Lucid was also attracted by Electrify America’s premium charging experience, providing EV drivers with safe and convenient charging locations that offer amenities like shopping, food, and restrooms.
Lucid’s first vehicle, the Lucid Air sedan, will begin production in 2020. “We are excited to be working with Electrify America given its extensive charging network and aggressive growth plans. The groundbreaking battery technology we developed for the Lucid Air allows class leading EPA range and ultra-fast charging with minimal cell degradation. Combining our technology with Electrify America’s network provides our customers with a comprehensive charging solution for their everyday lives,” said Peter Rawlinson, Chief Technology Officer of Lucid.
Electrify America is investing $2 billion over ten years in zero emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, education, and awareness initiatives to help drive ZEV adoption. “Electrify America is proud to provide Lucid and its customers with our ultra-fast charging,” said Giovanni Palazzo, President and CEO, Electrify America. “Our high-powered, nationwide network of chargers is a great match with the EV technology offered by Lucid and a further opportunity to expand electric vehicle adoption in the U.S.”
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On August 24, the United States Federal Transit Agency (FTA) announced its 2018 Low- and No-Emission bus grants. The FTA awarded a total of $84.4 million to 52 transit agencies nationwide; of this, seven agencies in Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah will receive $9.2 million. The awards will go to electric buses and charging infrastructure for:
- Eagle County Transportation Authority,
- COBreckenridge, CO’s “Electric Breck” plan
- Summit County, CO
- Estes Park, CO
- Tahoe Transportation District, NV
- Atomic City Transit, Los Alamos, NM
- Park City Transit, Park City, UT
- START, Jackson, WY
SWEEP applauds these agencies for starting the transition to electric buses, which reduce energy use, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce transit agency operating costs. SWEEP has advocated for transit electrification across the Southwest, including pushing for states to invest VW settlement funds in electric buses, and advocating for utility investment in charging infrastructure for buses.
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RUNNING ON RENEWABLE ENERGIES
Two of the most omnipresent features of Antarctic weather (during the Austral summer) are the wind and the sun. Two renewable sources that provide free energy to the “zero emission” Princess Elisabeth Antarctica.
A MIX OF RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES
While the sun never sets in Antarctica for one half of the year, it never rises for the other half. This means that, in order to function properly during the Antarctic winter, the Princess Elisabeth Station needed a second source of energy that would be available all winter long.
The katabatic winds on the Antarctic continent provided the answer to that issue, as the wind gusts from the plateau are as fierce in the winter as they are in the summer.
NINE WIND TURBINES
Along the ridge of the Princess Elisabeth Station are nine wind turbines, installed by the IPF crew to complement the solar installations.
Each of the wind turbines is designed to withstand the most vicious storms on Earth. The blades of the wind turbines can close down in the event of a storm, thus reducing the rotating speed in order to prevent any damage from occurring to the wind turbine.
TWO BREEDS OF SOLAR PANELS
Photovoltaïc Solar Panels
These solar panels cover most of the surface of the “zero emission” Princess Elisabeth Station and the roof of the technical spaces. The panels feed the smart grid of the station with electricity, while any excess production is stored in the batteries.
Thermal Solar Panels
Located on one side of the roof of the Princess Elisabeth Station, the thermal solar panels are used to melt the snow and heat the water to be used in the station’s bathrooms and kitchen.
The energy-producing solutions implemented at the Princess Elisabeth Station are incredibly efficient, so much so that solutions had to be foreseen for storage of any excess energy.
A room full of classic lead-acid batteries enables the station to store energy for times when demands exceeds the current energy production.
While the renewable energy systems that power the station are reliable and continuously checked, even in the harsh conditions of Antarctica, two generators were installed for security and backup. They are also used to provide scheduled full load cycles which are part of the battery bank life performance.
In the future, the station’s engineering team plans to install hydrogen fuel cells as an additional intermediary backup system.
This content was originally published on http://www.antarcticstation.org/ This is amazing because it shows their are no limits to renewable energy no matter where it is needed on this planet. We can generate all of our power that we need from renewable resources as a human race but need to collectively come together to make it a reality.