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Electrify America rolls out a ‘plug and pay’ charging system

Electrify America Electrify America is looking to simplify the payment process at its charging stations. The company has rolled out a system called Plug & Charge, which can automatically take care of payment when you connect a compatible electric vehicle.  Electrify America now has more than 500 charging stations across the US, with more than …

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UK might ban sales of fossil fuel cars as early as 2030

Martyn Lucy/Getty Images The UK might soon move up its ban on sales of combustion engine cars — yes, again. The Financial Times and the BBC both claim Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce a ban on fossil fuel car sales by 2030, five years ahead of the most recent target, and a full decade …

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Engineering a battery fast enough to make recharging like refueling

Enlarge / Layers of phosphorene sheets form black carbon. Wikimedia Commons Right now, electric vehicles are limited by the range that their batteries allow. That’s because recharging the vehicles, even under ideal situations, can’t be done as quickly as refueling an internal combustion vehicle. So far, most of the effort on extending the range has …

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IndyCar delays hybrid racers to 2023

Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports You’ll have to wait a while longer before IndyCar embraces eco-friendly racing. The AP reports that IndyCar has delayed the adoption of hybrid engines by roughly a year, to 2023, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The electric-assisted 2.4L twin-turbo V6 simply wasn’t going to be ready in time with coronavirus-related constraints …

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Here’s how DOE’s first crop of risky energy tech has done

Enlarge / Former Energy Secretary Ernst Moniz speaks at an ARPA-E event in 2016. DOE / Flickr In 2009, the US Department of Energy started funding energy research through the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (or ARPA-E) program. The goal was to take more risks than traditional federal efforts and help new renewable energy technologies get …

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Greed may be good when it comes to solar power

Enlarge Jeff Martin/DOE Based purely on economics, there should be a lot more solar panels on roofs in the United States. With the dramatic plunge in the price of panels, solar systems have become competitive with the cost of electricity in a growing number of states, leaving the question of sun exposure to be the …

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How to change US housing to hit Paris Agreement goals

Enlarge US DOE So far, the focus on cutting the US’s carbon emissions has fallen on two obvious targets: electrical production and transportation. But to engage in the sort of deep decarbonization we’ll need to address climate change, we can’t really ignore any significant source of emissions. And the places we live are significant sources—even …

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Solar+battery in one device sets new efficiency standard

Enlarge / Existing solar+battery solutions involve two separated pieces of hardware. DOE The drop in battery prices is enabling battery integration with renewable systems in two contexts. In one, the battery serves as a short-term power reservoir to smooth over short-term fluctuations in the output of renewable power. In the other, the battery holds the …

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This year’s iPhones might not include a charger in the box

Chris Velazco/Engadget You might not find much in the box for this year’s iPhone besides the handset itself. Historically trustworthy analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims in a research note that 2020 iPhone models not only won’t include the usual wired earbuds, but won’t include the power adapter either — you may just get a charging cable. …

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Electrifying West Africa with a renewable grid

Enlarge / A new hydroelectric power station in the Ivory Coast. Xinhua News Agency There has been a lot of discussion about how areas that are seeing explosive renewable growth can manage the large amount of intermittent electricity sources. But these mostly focus on regions with mature electric grids and a relatively static growth in …

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