With announced EV models multiplying fast, the next big challenge is to scale-up the national charging infrastructure and ensure grid readiness. The energy requirements for electric vehicles will challenge the current power grid as plug-in vehicle counts continue to grow to an expected 2.9 million worldwide by 2017. This is why the smarter charging project between IBM, Honda Motors and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is so important. By allowing communication between the EV and the power grid, energy providers will have visibility into charging patterns which in turn, allow them to more effectively manage charging during peak hours – easing stress on the power grid.
The AUDI e-bike electric motor generates a record-breaking maximum output of 2.3kw
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The lithium-ion bike features a carbon fiber-reinforced polymer frame and 26-inch wheels. Located at the lowest point on the frame, the electric motor generates a record-breaking maximum output of 2.3kw. The rider can choose from among five cycling modes: human-powered only (‘pure’), the electric motor alone (‘egrip’), or pedaling supported by the electric motor (‘pedelec’).
For trick cycling, the bike’s seat can be lowered to run flush with the frame, returnable to normal riding position with the touch of a button. A multimode electronic control system also supports the rider when performing backwheeling, wheelies, and other tricks.