There has been a bumper crop of recent international news and announcements about the future of transportation and Electric Vehicles (EV). In Germany, BMW has unveiled its first all-electric car, the i3 to Elon’s Musk’s near-supersonic “Hyperloop.” In the U.S., three hotel casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment Corporation—Harrah’s in Reno and Harrah’s and Harveys at Lake Tahoe—have announced the installation of state-of-the-art EV charging stations at these sites. The installation of EV charging stations is designed to encourage cleaner transportation and the broader use of renewable energy. Access to the charging stations is free to the public.
Caesars Entertainment Corporation continues to lead the way in its environmental work. CodeGreen policy is the company’s comprehensive approach to sustainability. It is a key driver in Caesar’s commitment to provide tangible low-carbon solutions to reduce water, energy and waste consumption at all of its resorts. The charging stations are supplied by Schneider Electric’s EVlink™, a technology which allows guests a convenient way to charge EVs. The EVlink is a clean and simple design, with a LCD screen that displays instructions, status and usage information offering an exceptional charging experience. It is ChargePoint® network enabled, and delivers a robust, reliable network giving users real-time notifications from the EVlink station during charging.
This EV project builds off existing work Schneider Electric has in place with Caesars properties for building automation, electrical distribution and other solutions to maximise building efficiency and reduce operating costs across the entire lifecycle of their facilities. So could we be seeing something soon in Las Vegas too, a major gaming destination?
In South Korea, researchers at Korea’s Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have come up with an electric bus that charges its batteries while driving (rather than while sitting idle in a charging station)—an idea that is no longer science fiction!
Scientists have constructed a seven and a half-mile stretch of asphalt roadway in the city of Gumi in South Korea with specialised electric cables designed to power batteries on a moving passenger bus. This is the first-of-its-kind technology that doesn’t need the vehicles to stop at a point to charge. The bus’s batteries are equipped with a novel technology, “Shaped Magnetic Field in Resonance,” that sends electromagnetic fields created by the electric cables buried in the asphalt to the but, but not normal cars. The technology recognises vehicles capable of accepting the electric charge and those that cannot. A coil in the battery can turn the electromagnetic fields into electricity at a distance of more than half a foot above the road.
The future of transportation will be driven by strong desires for personal freedom and people’s need to gain control over lifestyles that are moving faster and faster. Transport needs to be able to keep up.
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