Get four motion-sensing LED lights for $23, more in today’s Green Deals

Sengled USA via Amazon offers a 4-pack Motion Sensor BR30 LED Light Bulbs for $23.49 Prime shipped when the on-page is clipped. Regularly up to $50, today’s deal is $2 less than our previous mention. Sengled’s LED light bulbs go beyond your typical BR30 build with a built-in motion sensor. The light will remain illuminated for 90-seconds when motion is detected. It’s a great way to cutdown on necessary energy use without having to add sensors to your setup. Rated 4.4/5 stars.

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Tesla’s wiper controls are ruled illegal in Germany after someone crashed while using them

Tesla’s wiper controls through its touchscreen have been ruled illegal in Germany after someone crashed their Model 3 while using them and fought a fine and driving ban through the court system.

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LeydenJar says its silicon anode boosts battery energy density by 70%

LeydenJar Technologies, a Dutch spinoff of the applied research institute TNO, has developed a new battery anode that’s made from 100% silicon. The company says this provides two key benefits: batteries with a 70% higher energy density (1,350 Wh/L) and 62% lower CO2 emissions than current models. The anode is ready for production, and LeydenJar is preparing to scale up its manufacturing capacity in the coming years—it says the new technology does not increase production costs and is a plug-in solution for existing battery gigafactories. 

The company produced pouch cells using its new silicon anodes and commercially available battery materials, such as NMC 622 cathodes. According to LeydenJar, DNV GL confirmed that the cells delivered more than 100 cycles at a C/2 rate. CTO Yiseop Ahn expects to significantly improve cycle life performance.

Founder and Managing Director Christian Rood said, “Electric driving, more intelligent smartphones, electric flying…everything and everyone is waiting for better batteries. Our solution is smart and easily incorporated, and there’s no additional cost.”

LEVC’s new PHEV van shares styling with the iconic London taxi

London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) has launched a new plug-in hybrid light commercial van that shares its distinctive styling with the iconic London black cab. LEVC’s VN5 van features a front end that’s similar to the company’s electric TX taxi, launched in 2018. The driver cabin, which is also shared with the TX, features an ergonomic workspace that’s been designed based on input from thousands of London cabbies.

The VN5 has been designed to operate in tight urban spaces—it has a turning circle of just 10.1 meters, a large side-loading door and a 60/40 split door at the rear. Electric range is “over 58 miles,” cargo capacity is 5.5 cubic meters, and gross payload is 830 kg.

Three VN5 variants are available—Business, City and Ultima. All VN5 models feature 50 kW DC rapid charging and 11 kW AC charging capability. City trim adds a heated windscreen, front and rear parking sensors, curtain airbags and Lane Departure Warning, while the flagship Ultima features a rear-view camera, luxury seats and 22 kW AC charging capability.

Six option packages are available. LEVC has also worked with a number of European convertors to ensure the VN5 can be equipped with roof racks, light bars and other bespoke modifications.

“We’ve applied our extensive knowledge from the taxi world to create a high quality, hard-working van with zero emissions and long-distance capability,” said LEVC CEO Joerg Hofmann. “As well as offering favourable operating benefits, VN5 fulfils the growing demand from both businesses and consumers for cleaner, more sustainable commercial vehicles.”

VN5 will be sold through LEVC’s dealer network, which will have 50 locations in the UK by the end of this year. In the UK, Contract Hire arrangements for business users will be offered through Lex Autolease. VN5 is expected to qualify for national incentive schemes such as the UK OLEV plug-in grant, which offers a discount of 20% off the purchase price, up to a maximum of £8,000.

The VN5 is now available for pre-order. Deliveries of right-hand-drive versions are expected to begin in Q4, and LHD models are to be available from March 2021.

New report: EVs will be a major disruptor for the US electric power sector

A new report from The Brattle Group finds that EVs will be a major disruptor for the US electric power sector. The group’s economists predict that the number of EVs in the US will increase from 1.5 million in 2020 to 10-35 million by 2030. They estimate that the electric power sector will need to invest $75-125 billion by 2030 to serve 20 million EVs, including the deployment of 1-2 million public chargers.

The report, “Getting to 20 Million EVs by 2030: Opportunities for the Electricity Industry in Preparing for an EV Future,” includes the following forecasts:

  • 20 million EVs will add 60-95 TWh of annual electricity demand and 10-20 GW of peak load, requiring 12-18 GW of renewable generation capacity.
  • Total investments will likely include $30-50 billion for generation and storage, $15-25 billion for transmission and distribution (T&D) upgrades, and $30-50 billion for EV chargers and customer-side infrastructure.
  • Fuel cost savings will be $12 billion/year, translating to an 8.6-year payback period for the investment. If the value of avoided greenhouse gas emissions is included at $50/ton, the payback period decreases to 7.2 years.
  • The batteries installed in 20 million EVs will have up to 1,600 GWh of electricity storage capacity. They could feed up to 300 GW of power back into the grid to help integrate renewables once large-scale vehicle-to-grid (V2G) operations are viable. This V2G storage capability vastly exceeds the grid’s current and projected storage capability.

The study notes that utilities are well-positioned to invest in a substantial portion of the infrastructure necessary to drive EV adoption and to help achieve the ambitious policy targets for electrification.

“Transportation electrification poses uncertainties for electric utilities, but also creates opportunities to drive accelerated decarbonization, manage grid reliability, improve asset utilization, and become more customer-centric organizations,” said study coauthor Sanem Sergici. “While this analysis focuses primarily on light-duty vehicles, electrification of commercial fleets and freight trucks will further magnify electrification-related opportunities.”

“While EVs and chargers are becoming more common in our everyday lives, the industry is really just seeing the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the impact that EVs will have on the grid,” said study coauthor Michael Hagerty. “System planners across the electricity supply chain need to better understand and prepare for the impacts of EVs, including the opportunities for EV participation in balancing the system.”