Paris wants to limit electric scooters to 8 km/h (5 mph), Bird & Lime respond

Paris, like many large International cities, has not been immune to the electric scooter phenomenon. As thousands of electric scooters have flooded Paris streets over the last year, the city has made efforts to curtail their expansion. Now Paris’ Mayor has announced that the scooters will no longer be able to park on the sidewalk and has attempted to severely limit the speed of the electric scooters across the city.

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EGEB: Solar flaw solved after decades, Vegas solar scammers, supersized Scottish battery, and more

In today’s EGEB:

  • Researchers have figured out a flaw in solar panels that’s been studied for decades.
  • Nevada’s booming solar industry has opened the door for scammers.
  • Scottish Power is building a giant industrial-scale battery.
  • The UK is fixing its solar laws.

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Hyundai introduces electric double-decker bus

Hyundai has unveiled an electric double-decker bus. It has
space for up to 70 passengers and features 11 seats on the first floor and 59
seats on the second floor.

The e-bus includes a 384 kWh water-cooled polymer battery
and has a maximum driving range of 300 km. Hyundai says a full charge can be
completed in 72 minutes.

The bus, which is 12.9 m long and 3.9 m high, runs on independent
suspension in the first driving axle. The second axle includes a 240 kW wheel
motor axle combined with a motor to minimize electricity loss. To optimize steering,
a rear-wheel steering system works in collaboration with the steering system of
the first axle.

The e-bus also comes with advanced safety features like Vehicle
Dynamic Control, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Lane Keeping Assist.

Hyundai worked for 18 months on the project, which was
supported by the Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Tourism.

“The double-decker electric bus is an environmentally
friendly vehicle optimized for global eco-friendly trends,” said ByoungWoo
Hwang, head of the Commercial Vehicle Advanced Engineering team at Hyundai
Motor. “This will not only ultimately improve the air quality, but also
contribute greatly to easing commuting hour traffic congestion by accommodating
more passengers.”

Source: Hyundai


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Tesla activated ‘Storm Watch’ for ‘hundreds’ of Powerwall owners over California fires

Tesla’s ‘Storm Watch’ was activated for ‘hundreds’ of Powerwall owners living around the California wildfires, says CEO Elon Musk.

Last year, Tesla started integrating features for Powerwall and solar customers to its mobile for vehicle owners.

Earlier this year, it included adding a new ‘Storm Watch’ to detect storms and prepare by storing energy in case of power outages.

Tesla described the new feature:

“When a storm or severe weather is on the horizon, increasing the likelihood of a utility power outage, Powerwall triggers Storm Watch. This mode automatically charges Powerwall to maximum capacity so it can provide backup power.

The Tesla app notifies customers that Powerwall has activated Storm Watch. The mode remains active until the weather event ends, at which time the system returns to its previously selected mode. It is possible to disable this mode by going to the Tesla app, selecting ‘Customize’ and then ‘Storm Watch.’”

It quickly proved useful as homeowners with the Tesla Powerwall in Queensland, Australia have reported that Tesla activated the feature ahead of a cyclone coming.

Tesla now says that the feature was also activated in California for some homeowners with Powerwall.

CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter:

“Storm Watch was active for hundreds of Powerwall customers this weekend as a result of the National Weather Service’s Red Flag Fire Warnings in California, and we will continue to activate it whenever there advance awareness of a potential power outage or physical danger.”

Some wildfires in California have been recently causing power outages.

Tesla decides when to activate Storm Watch and push it to Powerwall owners, but they can opt out of the program if they are not worried about the weather, or the possibility of losing power, and they want their home battery pack to keep cycling like it normally does.

As we recently reported, the rollout of Powerwalls has been relatively slow, but Tesla says that it is planning to ramp production throughout the second half of 2019.

We have heard of a batch of 250 Tesla Powerwalls going to the UK just last week.


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BASF and Volkswagen seek applications for $56,000 electrochemistry award

Chemical company BASF and Volkswagen are seeking applications for the seventh annual Science Award Electrochemistry, an international competition that aims to highlight academic research into high-efficiency energy storage devices.

Scientists and engineers who have made a recent achievement in the following fields are encouraged to apply:

  • Battery materials
  • Cells
  • Battery systems
  • Production
  • Operations 
  • Recycling

The first place finalist will receive €50,000 (about $55,650). Applications are due by June 30, 2019. Representatives from BASF, Volkswagen, and the scientific community will judge the applicants. Click here to learn more and apply.

Source: BASF


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