Oct 18, 2016

Could these electric pods change transit in the Middle East?

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App-based cab booking service Careem is the Middle East’s answer to Uber. Already renowned for innovating in the transport sphere, the startup...

App-based cab booking service Careem is the Middle East’s answer to Uber. Already renowned for innovating in the transport sphere, the startup is keen to diversify into futuristic methods of mass transit.

Enter: the driverless pod. This week, Careem debuted an electric ‘pod’ — created in partnership with Silicon Valley’s NEXT Future Transportation Inc. — at Dubai’s GITEX 2016 tech conference. According to a company press release, the pods are designed to operate as a public transportation system which can pick up and drop off passengers on demand. The pods can also move individually or link up with other pods to form a structure similar to a bus.

Bassel Al Nahloui, Careem’s VP of Business Development and Government Relations, says that the pods are currently in the R&D phase and fully functional prototypes will begin testing within one year.

“As one of the fastest growing tech startups in the MENA region, Careem prides itself on innovation and therefore this strategic partnership with a forward-thinking company such as NEXT is nothing short of incredible,” Nahloui said.

The sneak-peek of Careem’s new transit model comes on the heels of the launch of the Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy, an initiative designed to make 25 percent of transit trips in Dubai ‘smart’ and driverless by 2030.

“We have invented the world’s finest autonomous mass transit solution, and as we look to operationalize, we need a partner that will provide operational depth and scale. Careem is a perfect partner from our perspective given their vision, credibility and success in transforming transportation across the MENA region,” said Emmanuele Spera, Founder & CEO, NEXT Future Transportation, Inc.

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Jul 28, 2021

UK Nissan fleet owners receive commercial charging service

Dominic Ellis
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V2G technology developed by DREEV can recharge an EV battery when electricity is at its cheapest, and discharge excess energy to sell back into the grid

UK fleet owners of Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 models can avail of a new commercial charging service using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology.

The service, designed to support the grid through low carbon energy consumption, is being provided by EDF, through Group subsidiary DREEV, in partnership with Nissan.

The V2G technology developed by DREEV, which is a joint venture between EDF and Nuvve, which specialises in V2G technology, allows for two-way energy flow; both recharging an EV’s battery when electricity is at its cheapest, and discharging excess energy to sell back into the grid. 

Fleet customers will save around £350 savings per charger each year, which equates to approximately 9,000 miles of driving charge per year.

EDF’s V2G business solution includes:

  • The supply and installation of a two-way connected compact 11kW charger capable of fully charging a Nissan LEAF, depending on the battery model, in 3 hours and 30 minutes - 50 per cent faster than a standard charger - with integrated DREEV technology.

  • A dedicated DREEV smart phone app, to define the vehicles’ driving energy requirements, track their state of charge in real time, and control charging at any time

Philip Valarino, Interim Head of EV Projects at EDF, said today’s announcement marks an important step on the UK’s journey towards electric mobility. "By combining the expertise and capabilities of EDF, Nissan and Dreev we have produced a solution that could transform the EV market as we look to help the UK in its journey to achieve Net Zero," he said. “Our hope is that forward-thinking businesses across the country will be persuaded to convert their traditional fleets to electric, providing them with both an environmental and economic advantage in an increasingly crowded market.”

Andrew Humberstone, Managing Director, NMGB, said Nissan has been a pioneer in 100% electric mobility since 2010, and the integration of electric vehicles into the company is at the heart of Nissan's vision for intelligent mobility.

He added the Nissan LEAF, with more than half a million units already sold worldwide - is the only model today to allow V2G two-way charging and offers economic opportunities for businesses "that no other electric vehicle does today". Click here for more information. 

US updates

FirstEnergy Corp, which aims to electrify 30% of its approximately 3,400 light duty and aerial fleet vehicles by 2030, has joined the Electric Highway Coalition. The group of electric companies, which has grown to 14 members, is committed to enabling long-distance EV travel through a network of EV fast-charging stations connecting major highway systems.  

The Edison Electric Institute estimates 18 million EVs will be on US roads by 2030. While many drivers recognize the benefits of driving an EV, some are concerned with the availability of charging stations during long road trips. Through their unified efforts, the members of the EHC are addressing this "range anxiety" and demonstrating to customers that EVs are a smart choice for traveling long distances as well as driving around town.

Volta Industries has installed new charging stations at Safeway in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and Renton, Washington.

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