STUTTGART, Germany: Automakers around the world are pushing hard for new networks that can charge electric cars fast. In Europe, some power companies and grid operators are testing whether it might be smarter and cheaper to move into the slow lane.A 15-month study of electric car charging behaviour in Germany has concluded that consumers can be persuaded to accept slow, overnight recharging that could help avoid brownouts from surges in electricity demand or costly upgrades to power grids.The prospect of millions of EVs hitting the roads as governments gradually ban new diesel and gasoline cars is seen as a major challenge for power companies, especially in Germany which is switching from nuclear and coal to less predictable sources of energy such as wind and solar.The small study in the wealthy Stuttgart suburb of Ostfildern-Ruit though has helped alleviate the concerns of some grid operators that too many electric vehicles (EVs) charging at peak times could cause network crashes.The … [Read more...] about Can power napping solve electric car charging challenge?
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IN the past five years, global battery-only electric vehicle (EV) sales have increased 23-fold , with 37% of South East Asian consumers now considering EVs for their next vehicle purchase. A recent Nissan-commissioned study by Frost & Sullivan titled “Future of Electric Vehicles in Southeast Asia” revealed that one in three Southeast Asian consumers are open to buying an electric vehicle; however, there are doubts of owning one. Nissan Asia & Oceania regional senior vice-president Yutaka Sanada says: “Across the region, we consistently hear that people love the idea of EVs but many may not fully understand how EVs fit into their lifestyles or the usage basics. “As the world’s first automotive manufacturer to produce a mass-market 100% electric vehicle, with more than 70 years of expertise in this form of automotive technology, we want to help promote awareness around this topic.” The most common questions, doubts and misconceptions … [Read more...] about Tackling top four EV concerns with all-new Nissan Leaf
It seems everything on offer today assumes consumers want their cake and to eat it too. And not just one slice but as many slices as they want until they raise their hands in surrender. We were passing by a popular restaurant known for their crispy chicken recipe and saw many cars on the parking lot, and what appeared to be a long queue of hungry customers. Turns out they were offering an eat all you can on their famed chicken dish for only P399. If you’re bringing quite an appetite to the table, that must sound like a great deal. From Eat All You Can Spaghetti to Unlimited Rice to Text and Calls to All Networks, we are being bombarded with promotions that hope to reel us in with a flat rate to enjoy what we want and the sky’s the limit. I confess that once upon a time I would say yes to such offers and not take the time to do the math as to whether that offer was right for me. At one point, I had more subscriptions than I knew what to do with, and paying bills monthly for … [Read more...] about Say no to ‘unli’ offers (unless you really need it)
SINGAPORE: During Chinese New Year last year, retiree Kenneth Tang wanted to visit his sister-in-law at her home in Upper Bukit Timah, in a relatively secluded area he was unfamiliar with.Instead of getting driving directions with a few taps of his smartphone, the 64-year-old sat in his living room, put on his reading glasses and studied the route on the pages of his 2018 street directory.“I think GPS is more convenient and better in many ways, but I use road directories because I can have a better idea of how to get to the place I am going to,” he told CNA.Mr Tang said the directory allows for more flexible alternative route planning in the event of congestion, and gives a clearer picture of nearby car parks – crucial for peak times when every lot has been snapped up.“I use road directories also because I have been using it for years, long before GPS was available,” he added. “My friends and I who are from the older generation have been … [Read more...] about In the age of online maps, who needs street directories anymore?
BAKU, Azerbaijan: Another race weekend, another missed opportunity for Ferrari a week ago. This one may not have been the open goal missed in Bahrain, but on pure pace Ferrari had the potential to win in Baku and once again it came up short.A series of interwoven errors, mainly on Saturday last week, were to blame, but make no mistake, Ferrari threw away an opportunity to peg Mercedes back and with it the gaps in both championships are widening at an alarming rate.Rewind to the hour before qualifying on Saturday and you would have been hard pressed to find anyone in the paddock willing to bet on a fourth Mercedes one-two victory on Sunday. Ferrari had dominated practice, was still enjoying the power advantage it has held all season and was getting its tyres in the right operating window. Mercedes, meanwhile, looked lost.In final practice Valtteri Bottas had been 1.5s off the pace of Charles Leclerc and slower than the Red Bull of Max Verstappen. Setup changes made after … [Read more...] about The small mistakes at Ferrari that are having big consequences