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Volvo plans to build a million electric cars by 2025

The recent years under Chinese ownership have treated Volvo well. The Swedish carmaker announced it sold more than 500,000 cars globally in 2015, which is eight percent more than during the previous year. Still, Volvo’s sights are on electric vehicles. Current plans call manufacturing one million “electrified” cars by 2015 – a cumulative total, not a yearly sales figure.

Volvo says it will offer at least two hybrid versions of each model in its lineup, and the first fully electric vehicle should reach dealerships in 2019. Volvo’s CEO, Håkan Samuelsson says the bar has been set high on purpose. “It is going to be a challenge, but Volvo wants to be at the forefront of this shift to electrification.”

That shift may be in a fledgling state. Worldwide, the one millionth plug-in electric vehicle was sold by September 2015. Thirty-three percent of all the world’s plug-in electric vehicles have been sold in the United States. The take rate is definitely on the rise. Half of those million PEVs have been sold after July 2014.

Underlining this transition to electric power, Volvo has developed two new floorpans, a scalable one and a modular one. The Scalable Power Architecture and the Compact Modular Architecture can support either a hybrid or a fully electric powertrain. Out of these, the SPA underpins the larger, 90 and 60 series cars, and the CMA is designed for the smaller, 40-series cars that Volvo says will be launched soon. Currently, Volvo’s hybrid flagship powertrain is the T8 Twin Engine, which consists of a turbocharged and supercharged plug-in hybrid that produces nearly 400 horsepower.

Electric Cars Are Ready For A Breakthrough: 8 Steps To Make It Possible

By Mans Nilsson

Within two days of Elon Musk’s unveiling of the Tesla Model 3, pre-orders for the $35,000 sedans had exceeded 275,000. Electric cars, it is clear, are finally catching on – and as battery and charging technologies keep improving, and costs drop, demand will keep rising.

Yet globally, only about 0.04% of cars on the road in 2014 were electric vehicles (here we count only battery electric vehicles, not hybrids). EV sales are roughly doubling each year, but only 3% of cars sold in 2014 were electric. If current trends continue, the International Energy Agency estimates that 7% of cars sold and 2% of cars on the road in 2030 will be EVs, barely making a dent in the auto market.

That would be a huge missed opportunity. Transport now accounts for about 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and it is also a major source of air pollution. Coupled with a shift to clean electricity, a large-scale deployment of EVs could be transformative. In fact, it is hard to imagine how transport could become carbon-neutral without EVs.

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World’s first solar-powered gas station comes to Australian Outback

Mar 15th 2016 at 2:59PM by Chris Bruce

The Australian fuel supply company Caltex is sees an advantage of going green because the business now operates the world’s first solar-powered gas stations. As the photo above shows, the sites are little more than the pumps and solar cells, so don’t expect to pick up a cold drink and some beef jerky. However, they should keep rural drivers on the road to their destination.

The locations in Tom Price and Onslow, Western Australia, are so remote that they don’t have power lines running to them, and they’re hours from the nearest major towns. By taking advantage of the region’s abundant sunlight, the solar cells can store energy in batteries, and this electricity ensures a 24-hour supply of diesel.
“The biggest challenge of supplying fuel in remote parts of Australia isn’t getting fuel there,” Leon Calvetti, Caltex Network Development Manager for Western Australia, said in the announcement. “The obstacle is powering the pumps so the fuel can get into the customer’s tank – it’s very expensive and inefficient to run a generator when there are only a handful of customers every day.” By accepting a card to pay for the diesel, the sites don’t even need regular employees.

In a nice step for the environment, the solar refueling sites are also mobile. If at some point in the future, there’s no longer demand for diesel in these locations, Caltrex can load all the equipment on a truck and take it somewhere else. This type of equipment would have made the lives for the characters in The Road Warrior a lot easier.

TSC – Level 3 Charging Stations

In additional to installing and maintaining Level 2 EV charging stations mainly used in residential situation, Trans Solar Corps specializes in Level 3 chargers designed for public facilities. Level 3 chargers, unlike Levels 1 and 2 which deliver AC powered, are DC allowing for rapid charge capacity for shorter charging time and require a 480-volt source. Level 3 chargers utilize higher levels of power and current to charge the EV in minutes rather than hours. This type of charging stations are designed for heavy-duty industrial use such as commercial or service fleets as well as the optimal choice for public charging infrastructures with little recharging time. Given its expertise, Trans Solar Corps is versatile in the various types of EV charges that it supports and services.

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A Letter from The Founder

Dear Consumers and Supporters of Electric Vehicle Usage,

Over 5 years ago, I founded Trans Solar Corporation based on the belief and commitment to sustainable transportation that is solely reliable of electricity and not the dependency on scarce, costly and harmful resources. In today’s world, mobility is a necessity. Yet, this necessity does not have to jeopardize the environment nor harm the citizens of this Earth.  As technology advances, people are using and demanding solutions for making everyday life better, on many levels–even in our modes of transportation. Due to this new demand, TSC was born to provide you with the best quality product that also fits into your budget–hence, spending environmental and financial resources wisely.

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