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The Groundwork For Electric Vehicle Charging Is Coming Into Place

The move away from internal combustion engines (ICEs) toward electric vehicles (EVs) is gaining governmental support in many nations. This summer, both Britain and France proposed making the sale of petrol or diesel-only cars illegal by 2040. The Morgan Stanley bank expects that f50 percent of the world’s vehicles – more than a billion – will be battery-powered by 2050. Owning and operating EVs will be no more expensive than ICE-powered cars thanks to falling battery costs.

How reliable is the charging infrastructure?

Based on driver surveys, there are considerable worries in the consumer market regarding just where and how long EV charging will take. Charging concerns rank just behind operating costs as the greatest barriers to going electric. Buyers need to be informed and reassured that the charging infrastructure will be able to support EVs before the “electric revolution” can get properly underway.

As noted above, cheaper high-capacity EV batteries are helping a great deal. The latest EV models routinely achieve ranges of 190 km or more. The new LEAF unveiled by Nissan on September 6th can reach up to 400 km between charges. The Model S from Tesla, launched in 2012, ranges up to 500 km. The company’s newer Model 3, intended for affordable mass market sales, achieves similar ranges.

With more and more consumer EV experience, it’s becoming clear that public charging facilities are not as critical as they might appear. Between the ability to charge vehicles in the home and the limited amount of daily driving most motorists actually do, mid-day charging will not often be required. The overwhelming majority of European drivers (80 percent of them) cover less than 100 km on a normal day. In Britain, the average daily distance driven is under 40 km. Even in America with its wide-open roads and vast distances, most drivers average roughly 70 km a day.

Network of supercharger stations to be built

Investments in charging infrastructure are coming from many sources: carmakers, governments, and energy providers. Improving charging times is a significant way for carmakers to distinguish their products from competitors. Tesla, for instance, is building a global network of 10,000 145KW “supercharger” stations. These facilities are capable of bringing an EV battery up to 80 percent charge in less than an hour. (Fast charging is currently limited by technology and cannot charge batteries completely.)

Other carmakers are getting into the game with similar charging networks. While the equipment is expensive, the drive to make EV charging competitive with ordinary fuel pump use is important. Nissan is already operating 4,000 fast charging stations around the world, and an automotive consortium comprising Daimler, Volkswagen, BMW, and Ford has announced its intention to install 400 public 350KW charging points in Europe. These will be capable of delivering a healthy charge (75 percent) to small vehicles in less than five minutes and a large vehicle in 12.

London to build 1,500 charge points

There are also national and local government initiatives to provide roadside charging resources to motorists who …

Thoughtful Gift Ideas for the Always Traveling Business Person in Your Life

The holiday gift giving season is literally just around the corner and chances are there are still a few people you need to buy gifts for. If you know someone who is outdoorsy it’s pretty easy because they could always use a new toy from REI. Fashion minded people aren’t extremely hard to buy for because there are so many resources to help guide you in the right direction. But what about gifts for the business person you know that spends more time on the road than they do at home? Here are some great ideas for gifts to give travelling business people this holiday season.

New Carryon Luggage and Garment Bag

To make their lives easier, it’s always recommended to keep a carry on bag packed and ready to go at all times; depending on the job, maybe a garment bag with a suit or other formal wear as well. Get them a new, durable carry on roller and garment bag that they can dedicate solely to business travel.

TSA Approved Toiletries

With airport security and flight restrictions as tight as they are these days, nobody wants to be the one person in line that holds up the rest simply because they weren’t prepared correctly. Get on the TSA webpage and look what is allowed in carry on luggage. Find a toiletry bag that is the correct dimensions, and some toiletries that are approved sizes. This way they won’t be putting their stuff in a plastic zip top bag over and over again. Look for something with quality so it’ll last a good while.

Tablet and Gift Cards for E-Books or Small Laptop

Whether it’s on the plane ride or in their hotel room, a lot of traveling business people like to unwind by reading. Help them out by getting them a nice small tablet and some gift cards for a good amount of ebooks. If they aren’t the reading type, you can look at small inexpensive computers to download and watch movies or TV shows.

Special Neck Pillow

One thing airplanes usually lack is head/neck support and comfort. Advancements in technology have made some incredible new neck pillows that help solve both problems. Do some consumer research and see what fits you and your budget the best, but there is something for everyone. That way when they arrive at their Crown Plaza Hotel, they won’t feel obligated to lay down and crash right away.

New Shoulder Bag or Briefcase     

Most airlines allow one carry on piece of luggage and a personal item. These can include backpacks, purses, smaller bags, etc. Find them something useful that will fit all or most of their important business items. Typically something that will securely hold a laptop, the charger, paperwork, folders and some pens. It doesn’t need to be huge, but big enough to hold everything. Some travel work bags even have special pockets for passports, money, and other important items.…