Enel X and Washington utilities to add 550 Juicebox chargers to grid

Enel X, formerly EnerNOC and now the energy services arm of Italian energy company Enel, has partnered with two Washington utilities, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) and Seattle City Light, to launch new smart charging programs in the Bellevue and Seattle areas. In total, the two projects will provide more than 550 Enel X JuiceBox smart chargers to residential customers.

The utilities hope the programs will help boost EV adoption in the state while at the same time gathering insights into EV drivers’ charging behavior to learn how to efficiently scale smart charging programs.

Through the Up & Go Electric program, PSE will cover 75% of the cost of installing a PSE-branded JuiceBox smart charging station for 500 qualified customers. The chargers will be powered by JuiceNet software, which monitors drivers’ historical charging patterns, and acquires real-time input and signals from the electric grid to aggregate and manage charging station demand. This allows EV drivers to charge at times when electricity costs are lower and renewable energy is most available.

Seattle City Light will provide up to 70 customers with a JuiceBox charger and installation support, all for a monthly fee. Like PSE, Seattle City Light will use the collected data to analyze EV charging patterns to inform future programs and support continued growth of electric transportation.

Enel X says the two partnerships will also help meet the state’s new decarbonization targets of carbon-neutral electricity by 2030 and 100% clean electricity by 2045.

“As more of our customers are choosing to drive electric cars, we want to support them with smart charging solutions but also understand the unique impacts of EV charging on the grid,” said PSE Manager Heather Mulligan. “The information we learn from Enel X and its JuiceNet platform will inform future programs as PSE seek to support continued growth of electric transportation in our region.”

Hey America, you ready for electric mopeds? Because here they come!

Electric scooter or moped sharing has existed in the US for a few years now, but it’s getting ready to explode. That’s thanks to one of the largest operators, Revel, landing a huge $27.6 million investment round.

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Tesla Semi electric truck to be turned into mobile music studio by Deadmau5

Deadmau5, a DJ and music producer, announced that he is getting a Tesla Semi electric truck to turn into a mobile music studio for his 2021 tour. more…


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EGEB: IMF says tax fossil-fuel emissons heavily; EVs could improve China’s health, more

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):

  • IMF: Tax fossil-fuel emissions heavily to combat climate change.
  • Electric vehicles could benefit health more than climate in China.
  • North Dakota’s power grid is hindering wind-farm projects.
  • Scotland launches a £3 billion Green Investment Portfolio program.

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Tesla updates Model S cream interior

Tesla has made a rare update to its interior design options for the Model S. The Cream interior, which is now one of only three options available on Tesla’s flagship sedan, now has a contrasting floor. more…


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Dyson drops out of the EV race

The commercialization of new technologies often follows a trajectory that looks something like this: a startup brings the new tech to market, surprising everyone and catapulting it to corporate stardom; industry incumbents realize they need to embrace the new tech, but find themselves unable to do so, thanks to the pesky Innovator’s Dilemma; other startups, and companies in other industries, decide to get into the new tech too, saying “How hard can it be?”

In the case of electromobility, the answer to that question
explains why the wave of would-be Tesla imitators that reared up a couple of
years ago is now crashing. Building automobiles is pretty hard. Selling automobiles
in volume is orders of magnitude harder, and selling them at a profit
consistently is almost impossible.

Apple seems to have figured this out, and a handful of Chinese-backed startups probably will soon. Now we learn that vacuum cleaner innovator James Dyson has given up the quest.

Dyson said the failure was one of economics, not engineering.
The company built “a fantastic car,” but “though we have tried very hard
throughout the development process, we simply can no longer see a way to make
it commercially viable,” Sir James wrote in an email to staff.

“We have been through a serious process to find a buyer for
the project which has, unfortunately, been unsuccessful so far,” he continued.

In 2015, Dyson acquired solid-state
battery pioneer Sakti3
, and was apparently counting on its innovative battery
tech to give it an edge in the EV game. Although it’s giving up on EVs, the
company says it will continue to develop solid-state batteries, presumably for
use in its consumer electronics products.

In 2017, Dyson said it had committed
some $2.7 billion
to its EV program. Media observers noted that Volkswagen
has announced 80 billion euros of investment in its tentative EV efforts, and
that Tesla has burned through many billions since its 2003 founding and, despite
the phenomenal success of its brand, has yet to achieve consistent
profitability.

Pick up a Greenworks 16-inch electric chainsaw for $39, more in today’s Green Deals

Amazon offers the Greenworks 16-inch 12A Corded Electric Chainsaw for $39.39 shipped. Regularly up to $80, today’s deal is a new Amazon all-time low. This model features a 12 amp motor, 16-inch bar, and no oil or gas. Great for small clean up jobs around your property this fall. Rated 4/5 stars. Don’t forget to leverage your savings and grab an extra extension cord to accompany your new electric chainsaw. More Green Deals below.

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