Hanergy touts solar powered car that can run 30 days without charging. Thin-film manufacturer Hanergy claims to have produced the “world’s first commercial solar power vehicle” after a month of testing confirmed its Chinese K-Car ran for 20km daily in “normal” sunlight for 30 days without recharging. The Chinese company issued a press release on Friday explaining its CIGS thin-film modules had been applied to the roof of a Japanese Kei-Car, the smallest category of vehicle permitted to drive on that country’s highways. The Chinese K-Car developed by Hanergy Mobile Energy Holding Group’s Hanergy Glory Solar Technology subsidiary and Shanghai-based carmaker Joylong Automobile was reportedly tested at the China Automotive Technology and Research Center. Hanergy said the vehicle battery retained more than 60% of charge after the 30 days of testing. The cell maker claimed 60-80% of battery charge remained at the end of each day’s run, equating to a further 30-80km of range for an overall daytime range of 50-100km without charging, thanks to the rooftop cells.
PV Magazine 24th Sept 2019 read more »
Labour has today continued its blitz of green policy announcements, unveiling plans to invest up to £6bn in the UK’s fledgling electric vehicle (EV) supply chain. Shadow Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Rebecca Long-Bailey said the plans would both accelerate the transition to zero emission vehicles and safeguard 186,000 jobs and create a further 32,000 roles across a sector “under siege” that has been hit by Brexit uncertainty, slowing sales, and several factory closure announcements. Dubbed the ‘Electric Car Revolution’, the new policy package centres on plans for a Labour government to directly invest £3bn in support of the development and manufacture of new electric vehicle (EV) models. The direct investment would be further supported by plans to exempt new private sector investment in EV plant and machinery from business rates. In addition over £2bn would be made available to support the construction of three battery ‘gigafactories’ to ensure the UK develops the supply chain for a new generation of EVs. Long-Bailey said Labour’s planned new National Investment Bank would support the current automotive supply chain in providing access to finance to develop and deliver the component parts needed for the vehicles of the future.
Business Green 24th Sept 2019 read more »
Electric motors guzzle electricity, which can be especially hard on a rechargeable battery. The power cells used in electric vehicles, like Teslas, have an expected lifespan of around 300,000 to 500,000 miles, but a team of battery researchers believes it has come up with a recipe that can double that, leading to batteries that could potentially outlast the electric car itself.
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