Electric Vehicles and Automated Charging Stations
Electric vehicles like electric cars, electric motorcycles and electric scooters are becoming a more a popular type of transportation. They are usually quieter and mechanically simpler than internal combustion engine vehicles. The cost of recharging is much less than gasoline; it is like paying 60 cents per gallon of gas. Electric vehicles are typically directly powered by external power stations that are powered by stored electricity. Electric vehicle charges may take up to a few hours for normal everyday usage.
CAN is a communication protocol that is commonly used in the Automobile Industry. Electric vehicles can communicate with charging stations through CAN to Wi-Fi converters like I-7540D-WF. Serial to Wi-Fi converters like M2M-711D can bring the charge pump to communicate with the electric vehicle. Cellular modems like GTM-201-3GWA can allow electric charge pumps to communicate back to a central location and can report pump usage or problems with the pump.
CAN converters allow vehicles to communicate with different types of devices and networks. They translate CAN protocol to another type of protocol other devices and networks can understand. I-7540D-WF is a CAN to Wi-Fi converter which supports the wireless transmission of CAN data between various CAN networks or allows communication between a CAN network and a WLAN network according to 802.11b/g standards. CAN converters like I-7540D-WF are set up with a software utility, support encryption and can be used in point to point or point to multi point topologies.
Serial to Wi-Fi converters allow pump stations to communicate with electric vehicles by allowing serial data to communicate with the WLAN network. M2M-711D supports data tunneling between two RS-485 or RS-422 serial devices through virtual COM ports. They support a wireless transmission distance up to 100 meters, support encryption and are set up with a software utility.
Cellular modems like GTM-201-3GWA allow pump stations to report back to a central server. The pump and alarm data can be collected and stored for analysis. They can also allow the charge station to send electric vehicle operators an SMS text message when the vehicle is done charging. GTM-201-3GWA supports 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz and 3G networks.
M2M devices allow electric vehicles to communicate with charge stations and charge stations to communicate back to central servers. Machine to Machine solutions help make our lives simpler and more convenient. Text message notifications help drivers to know exactly when their vehicles are done charging so they can more easily make it to their next destination.
A few years ago I heard on the news about this new service in Europe called 'It's a Better Place'. Their tag line is the 'the global provider of electric vehicle networks'.
At the time we were being drawn into Iraq and the Middle East. Our trade deficit was soaring as was our national debt. The idea that a single solution might address so many things at once, enable the United States to be more self sufficient in our energy use, to be more self-reliant, to rely less on expensive military, and a solution that does all these things is kinder to the environment too? It seemed too good to be true.
I joined their news release and get updates about their progress. They do make progress, they do have a presence in many nations. Their solution or their primary service is... service stations. Just like we pull into a gas station to fill up, 'a Better Place' is in the process of creating and implementing the technology that would allow us to do the same with electric cars, pull into a service station and 'fill er up'.
Why is this a big deal? Every day we hear about advances in electric cars, greater travel capability, greater charge time. We already have 'hybrids' that sport an electric and gas powered engine to address this very issue; the limitation of traveling with a limited charge. So, this is the big deal. When someone begins to deploy charging stations available to most drivers, just like we drive down the road and see gasoline stations every block, the limiting issue traveling only where your charge will get you, (and safely return), will be overcome.
It's fun to observe time and culture and especially to be at a threshold you might not be aware of. For baby boomers who celebrated the century of travel freedom with the internal combustible engine, it is difficult to imagine a silent car that produces no emissions https://evchargingsolutions.net/. It clearly would be science fiction except, it is happening right now.
When we stored 100 megabytes on our pc's we thought we could map the universe; now we store ten times that amount on a thumb drive on our key chain. So what is so special this week? I have followed 'its a Better Place' and observed their steady progress but have hardly heard anything in the United States.
Vanderbilt University will offer charging stations in part of its parking area:
"Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has announced it will participate in a pilot rollout that will install more than 15,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by June 2011 as part of The EV Project, the largest deployment of EV charging infrastructure in history. The rollout will take place in 16 cities and metropolitan areas in six states, as well as Washington, D.C."
Cracker Barrel is adding charging stations to many of it's restaurants:
"Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. has launched a pilot project in which it will install Blink electric vehicle chargers, provided by ECOtality Inc., at 24 restaurants across Tennessee."
It's hard to imagine having a road difficulty or simply needing to contact a friend or work colleage and not having a cell phone but the revolution is hardly ten years old.
Next time you pump yourself a full tank of gas, enjoy that dizzy feeling as you inhale just a bit; it may be a faint memory sooner than we know.
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