The future of mobility – small cars for urban transport and a large electric vehicle network
Electric Vehicle technology and an electric vehicle network is for most Energy Security. Today blackouts and power plant shut down are happening for several reasons. Because storm force winds damage electricity cables or during heatwaves when demand is not sufficient or drought conditions threaten the cooling of power plants.
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Threats to energy security include the political instability of several energy producing countries, the manipulation of energy supplies, the competition over energy sources, attacks on supply infrastructure, as well as accidents,natural disasters, the funding to foreign dictators, rising terrorism, and dominant countries reliance to the foreign oil supply. Source Energy Security
Todays energy infrastructure is setup centralized, thus any disturbance threatens supply and the well being of people. With the growing threats from climate change i believe we have no other choice then to setup decentralized energy infrastructure.
Basically each single EV’s (Electric Vehicle) battery is a storage point for electricity and thus can be used for load balancing or during “tuff times”. Together with renewable energy generation on roofs and near neighborhoods,communities are able to generate and distribute energy for them or others. Now automakers working on solutions for several reasons, one are solution for urban transport (inner city traffic optimization).
Ford Pushes Electrics. GM imagines the future of Urban Transport. Climate Crock of the Week
Notice that the BBC article has a new video (which cannot be embedded), demonstrating another En-V prototype.
BBC: From inside the bubble, the futuristic EN-V feels like a living organism as it slowly rises from a crouching position, before balancing on two wheels as if they were legs.
Unlike a motorcycle, which has one wheel in front of the other, the two-seater electric car has one wheel on either side of its flimsy body.
Autonomous driving The most impressive attribute of the EN-V is its ability to communicate, both with other vehicles and with infrastructure such as satellites or buildings.
Obviously, it cannot do this safely in streets where cars controlled by people might drive into it. Instead, the EN-V was designed to operate within specially created zones, be they limited areas such as the Olympic Park in London or entire cities that only allow autonomously driven cars.
Sensors, cameras and a GPS system help the car see its surroundings and know its location.
The light-weight design makes it as agile as a ballet dancer. Turn the steering wheel hard to the side and the car, if that is indeed the best way to describe this peculiar vehicle, turns on a sixpence.
Push the wheel – which is more of an iPad-inspired joystick – forward and it surges ahead into a sprint at speeds of 25mph (40km/h) or more, depending on how the computer is programmed, delivering a 25 mile (40km) range per charge.
An electric vehicle network is a proposed infrastructure system of publicly-accessible charging stations and possibly battery swap stations to recharge electric vehicles. Source Electric vehicle network