New energy vehicle , or alternative fuel vehicle, refers to the use of unconventional (non-fossil fuel) energy as a power source (or the use of conventional vehicle fuel, the use of new vehicle power device), comprehensive vehicle power control and advanced technology in driving, and form a vehicle with advanced technical principles, new technology and new structure. 

New energy vehicles include five types: hybrid electric vehicles (HEV, mainly divided into gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles), pure electric vehicles (BEV, including solar vehicles), fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV), extended range Electric vehicles (REEV)., other new energy sources including mechanical energy (such as supercapacitors, flywheels, compressed air and other high-efficiency energy storage) vehicles, etc., and unconventional vehicle fuels refer to fuels other than gasoline and diesel, Such as natural gas (NG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), ethanol gasoline (EG), methanol, dimethyl ether, hydrogen fuel, and some unpopular solutions, such as Stirling engine and six-stroke internal combustion engine etc. to increase combustion efficiency, even nuclear power etc.

1. Smart EV Charging

Smart EV Charging delivers reliable, safe, renewable, and cost-effective energy to EVs while meeting the needs of drivers and local grids. It depends on sophisticated back-end software that captures data from EVs, networked chargers, and the grid. That data is used to optimize charging of EVs, integrate power from storage and renewable sources, and minimize impact on the grid.

2. Self-Healing Algorithms for EV Charging Management

EV drivers are challenging EV charge point operators and e-mobility service providers to do a better job of managing charger availability and stability and deliver a seamless charging experience. Self-healing algorithms built into an  EV charging management platform can fix up to 80% of the software-related operational issues that render EV chargers unusable by drivers. Real-time issue discovery and automated self-repair maximize chargers uptime and optimize EV owners’ charging experience.

3. Vehicle-to-X (V2X)

The idea of using the energy stored in EV batteries for other purposes started with vehicle-to-grid (V2G). V2G envisions using smart EV charging to control a two-way flow of energy between EVs and the grid. Instead of generating more power during peak times, utilities would purchase stored energy from EV owners and distribute it over the grid. During non-peak times, the EVs would draw energy for recharging. V2X extends the idea to include different use cases and destinations for power drawn from EVs, such as vehicle-to-home (V2H), vehicle-to-building (V2B), vehicle-to-farm (V2F) and vehicle-to-load (V2L).

4. EV Battery Technology

No blog on EV technology innovations would be complete without touching on EV batteries. Efforts continue to find an alternative to today’s lithium-ion batteries that is lower cost, faster to charge, longer-lived, and does not depend on scarce minerals. New chemistries such as sodium-ion offer promise of incremental improvement. Innovators looking for significant gains are exploring solid state batteries and new form factors such as blades. What the industry needs is that big breakthrough technology shift. Will it be quantum batteries that can charge fully in three minutes?

5. Megawatt Charging System for Big Trucks

Current ultra-fast charging solutions — 250kW and, coming soon, 350-500kW DC fast chargers — are getting passenger vehicles and light-duty trucks or vans back on the road quickly. Depending on the car, you can add 60 miles of driving with five minutes of charging or get to 80% charged in 20 – 30 minutes.

6. Smart Battery Management

EV batteries consist of thousands of cells, which are grouped into modules, which are connected so they act as one battery. When enough cells degrade to the point where the battery is no longer useful for powering electric vehicles, smart battery management technology can give those batteries a second life. They can be “racked and stacked” so that multiple EV batteries can act as one very large battery that can be used for local storage of energy from the grid or from renewable sources. The technology that makes this possible combines software, sensors, and hardware to correct for non-functioning cells, optimize charging, and communicate with smart EV charging and energy management software. In this way, energy from renewables can be captured when conditions are good, stored, and integrated back into the local grid or the local EV charging infrastructure.