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Where are the charging stations? 2 May, 2008

Anders Perjons – VNL’s own verification & measurement guru – is an electric car advocate. He has three electric cars that he has reconditioned himself. The big challenge is to charge them.

Anders and his fellow electric car promoter Lars Magnusson drive their cars on a daily basis. Fully charged, the batteries last up to 70km. Then they have to be charged, and this is where charging stations are needed.

Anders and Lars most often charge their cars at home. Because in Stockholm, Sweden, there are only three official charging stations. To increase the usefulness of having an electric car, and to encourage others to get one, cities need to increase the number of charging stations.

But isn’t a normal electric socket enough? Anders says;

“We really just need an electric socket. But the fuse has to handle at least 10 ampere. And most fuses don’t, so it can be quite risky to take a chance.”

If Stockholm and other cities build granular charging station networks, both Anders and Lars think that the electric car will have a definite breakthrough.

There are many types of chargeable hybrid cars in the market with much longer action radius than 70km, and petrol or ethanol engines that enable longer trips.

Dual benefits

According to Lars’ calculations, the running cost of his electric car is between 1-2 SEK (0.20 – 0.40 USD) per 10km – less than 1/10th of a regular combustion engine-based car.

And electric cars contribute zero carbon dioxide emissions, if the electricity used to charge the batteries comes from renewable energy sources like wind or water.

We salute Anders for his initiative, and hope to see more electric cars, and charging stations, in the world’s cities . Hopefully sooner than later.

Read an interview with Anders & Lars: “Elbilar saknar kontakter” (in Swedish)

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4 comments to “Where are the charging stations?”

  1. If in place of increasing charging stations, charging source is incorporated in the car itself, then isn’t it a good idea?

    Place some small small windmills in front, side, below, bonot, or at some other places.

    When car runs, then these windmills can charge up the battery.

    Then I think, no external charging is required for running the car.

    Whenever car runs, battery discharged, at the same time, due to wind fiction, battery recharges up.

    And, if u are going on a long way run, u may never face a low battery after a very long run.

    Written by Robin Mittal on June 20th, 2008 at 12:58 am

  2. Interesting idea, Robin! With continued miniaturization and development within the field, it should eventually be possible to achieve what you describe.

    Portable wind chargers for small devices like cellphones and mp3 players have started to hit the market recently. One good example is HyMini (hymini.com)

    Written by Pär Almqvist on June 20th, 2008 at 1:30 am

  3. This is great news, Pär! It is easy to install these type of things. If this come into the picture of the CAR, then the day is not far away when all the automobiles can run without any fuel, without any recharging, withput any rework (as known by the user). Internally it is having air recharge.

    This will be a automobile revolution as of now is a mobile revolution.

    Written by Robin Mittal on June 23rd, 2008 at 5:30 am

  4. Absolutely, Robin! As renewable energy sources get increasingly refined and developed, we will see major transformations across industries.

    Global transportation needs enormous amounts of power, and the automobile industry will need to change as oil steadily approaches $200 per barrel.

    If you’re interested in electric cars, I recommend seeing “Who Killed the Electric Car” – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0489037/

    Written by Pär Almqvist on June 25th, 2008 at 9:22 am

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