"'Electric-car development is blurred with Formula E racing,' to a degree that happens in no other racing series."
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
EV Market Close to Tipping Point
This week Volvo announced a very bold move that can have many ripple effects. From 2019 Volvo will only make electric vehicles.
This major decision is the result of an industry that is reaching a tipping point. It has been a long ride with lots of ups and downs. We summarized the timeline.
From Gentleman's Toy to Object of desire
1883 Thomas Parker launches the first production electric car in England
1890 EV become a popular mode of transportation for wealthy city people to whom the vehicle's relatively short range was less of an issue
1910 Cheaper gas and technical refinements pushes the internal combustion engines to pre-eminence.
1931 Demand for EVs dropped but production for specialty vehicles such as milk floats continued till the early eighties.
1960 The US Big Three started researching electric propulsion but they remained concept vehicles.
1985 Sir Clive Sinclair launches the Sinclair C5, a concept car which became a cult but sales never took off.
1996 General Motors launches the EV1. The car was offered through a leasing program and while it was well received by the consumers, GM decided to scrap the program and to destroy the cars with a lot of reaction from the EV enthusiasts.
2008 Tesla launches the Roadster into production with 245 miles range.
2010 GM launches the Chevy Volt, an EV with a gas engine range extender; Nissan launches the Leaf a total electric vehicle.
2015 Tesla pre-sales 500,000 units of its Tesla Model 3 with production starting in July 2017.
2016 Worldwide sales reach the 1 million mark.
14.2 Mil EV Sales Forecast by 2025
UBS forecast that the "total cost of consumer ownership can reach parity with combustion engines from 2018" with this likely to happen in Europe first but it will follow in the US close after.
This will create an inflection point for the demand and some analyst have raised their 2025 forecast of EV sales by 50% to 14.2 Mil of global sales.
Electric cars are the most disruptive car category since the Ford Model T.
Monday, March 27, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A Leading Role in the EV Charging and Natural Gas Infrastructure
Madison, CT – March 28, 2017
Verdek is a pioneer of the EV charging infrastructure indutry. A long time has gone by since we installed the first Level 1 stations at City Hall in Houston in 2008 and at the Whole Foods Market store on Lamar Street in Austin, Texas which is next to WFM Headquarters in 2009.
|2008 - City Hall - Houston TX|
|2009 - WFM Lamar - Austin TX|
Verdek was founded by Guy Mannino, former CEO of Pirelli Tire North America. “Moving from fast cars and gas guzzlers, to quiet EVs was a big change. We started installing EV charging stations when EV drivers could only acquire conversions kits for the Prius Hybrid cars. It has been a fascinating experience growing with the market and we are proud of our achievements and enjoy the challenge of reaching new goals” says Guy Mannino, CEO of Verdek.
Verdek is now a leader in the EV charging infrastructure industry with thousands of stations installed all over the US. The Verdek Technical and Product Support Department is available 24/7 to support and train Verdek’ customers. Verdek also has developed a nationwide network of authorized installers that is available to install and service EV charging stations pre and post installation. Verdek has a vast range of networked (remotely controlled) and no-network (plug & charge) EV charging stations. Verdek choses its partners carefully and was among the first companies to promote Chargepoint, and subsequently added other charging station product lines from Schneider, Aerovironment, EVoCharge, Efacec, and Clipper Creek.
In 2011, Verdek opened its CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) Division adding Galileo CNG compressors (Microbox and Gigabox) and LNG Mini-Plants (Cryobox) to support the growth of natural gas in the US.
Cryobox LNG Mini Plant
2015 - Level 2 EV Chargers at WFM
2015 – Level 2 EV Charger Madison CT
2016 - Level 2 EV Chargers and Level 3 DC Fast Chargers – NV Energy
2015 – Galileo Virtual Pipeline – Mobile Fueling Solutions
Verdek also introduced in the US the first Virtual Pipeline to bring gas to areas where natural gas lines are not available and a new line of BioGas treatment equipment to generate RNG (Renewable Natural Gas) from BioGas digesters enabling the clean gas to be injected into gas pipelines.
Verdek recently added Microgrid Solutions from Gridscape to address the resilience of the electrical grid to avoid the power outages experienced during major weather events such as Hurricane Irene or Sandy.
With a consistent focus on its Vision, “Create a Sustainable Future”, Verdek continues to provide useful and practical sustainable solutions for a greener environment.
Verdek takes this opportunity to thank all its customers and suppliers for their support during the past 10 years.
About Verdek LLC: Verdek, founded by Guy Mannino, former CEO of Pirelli Tire North America, is a leading sustainable transportation solutions provider, offering the best options for home and public EV charging stations, CNG and LNG fueling solutions for fleets and industry. Exceeding consumer expectations is Verdek’s primary goal which at the core includes providing the best solution for each client's specific requirements. Verdek has earned a reputation for being a sustainable transportation technology and industry expert company that is highly motivated and is continuously pursuing advancing technologies that help meet the cost and sustainability objectives of all their clients.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Battery electric vehicles are more energy efficient, pollute less and emit fewer greenhouse gases than vehicles powered by fossil fuels.
Plug in hybrid vehicles are in a mid-position, capable of prolonged driving in electric mode with electricity charged from the grid or the use of fossil fuel in an internal combustion engine.
A survey of over 8000 vehicle owners show that plug-in hybrids such as the Chevy Volt drive on EV mode for approx. 55-65% of the total driven time.
EV drivers are motivated by economy of use and environment, they are generally younger, drive longer distance to work and own more vehicles than other vehicle owners. Normally diesel and gasoline vehicles are replaced but a larger share of battery electric vehicles become extra vehicles in households.
The vehicles are mainly charged at home, partly at work and rarely elsewhere. Fast charging is used for irregular trips where users plan to use fast chargers to accomplish the trip or to solve a problem on the go.
Most battery electric vehicle owners manage everyday life well and are satisfied with the vehicle which in combination with attractive local incentives not available to other vehicle users, may explain why these EVs and Plug-In-EVs do not seem to compete for the same customer.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Biogas Industry – 2017 Overview
We wish you a great year in the natural gas industry. While we write, oil prices have gone up to $53 and we see a consistent tren upward. In our first newsletter of 2017 we have decided to discuss the Biogas industry which has shown great growing potential. We see more investments in bio-digesters across the Country and several State governments are encouraging private investments in renewable energy.
The food processing industry has the opportunity to convert its waste into energy, towns can have their food waste, green waste and septic tank sludge treated by locally rather than having to sent it for disposal.
We are big producers of waste and the Biogas industry can help converting waste into clean energy; bio digesters generate raw biogas with a content of methane ranging from 50% to 75%.
Verdek Biogas Solutions
Verdek offers integrated solutions for Biogas treatment. The flowchart below shows the steps that the raw gas follows from the bio-digester. Our solution efficiently resolves the challenge of cleaning the raw biogas, it requires a small footprint and feature a modular design for easy installation and organic growth.
Raw Gas Treatment
Galileo ZTPS treatment modules process the raw gas and separate the RNG (renewable natural gas) which can be used in a variety of applications such as fuel for transportation or energy generation. The waste gas is further processed to extract beverage grade CO2. Depending on the location we can offer a variety of handling solutions for RNG produced by the digester.
Galileo ZTPS – Raw Gas Treatment Plant
The gas produced by the treatment plant is pipeline grade and it can be injected into a pipeline at the digester site or at a remote location. Our Galileo equipment is capable or regulating the injection pressure required by the pipeline. If there is no pipeline on site there are various options that we can offer to handle the gas depending on the final utilization.
Natural Gas Compression (CNG) or Liquefaction (LNG)
We determine the most appropriate way to treat the gas based on its total volume and the distance from its final utilization. For distances under 200-250 miles, generally it is more convenient to produce CNG. For distances over 250 miles it is better to consider producing LNG.
Depending on the volume to be treated we offer a full range of compressors with flow rates from 0.5 to 20+ GGE/min. The Nanobox, the Microbox and the Gigabox compressors are totally integrated and can be installed on a small footprint. They are placed on a concrete pad and they can be quickly set up after connecting them to the power supply and the gas lines. The modularity of these units allows an organic growth and a continuous and rapid alignment of gas production and processing capacity. The unique design of all our equipment allows a quick relocation if the project requires it.
If the specific project requires the liquefaction of the natural gas produced by the digester, the Cryobox is the most versatile solution. One unit can produce 10,000 Gallons of LNG/day. Like for the Microbox and Gigabox the Cryobox can offer modularity and flexibility. It can be easily moved to a different location when required.
Virtual Pipeline CNG
Once the CNG or LNG is produced we can transport it with our Virtual Pipeline, the most effective solution to move the gas to final location. The MATs are designed to hold various quantities: 430 GGE, 700 GGE, 1,800 GGE of gas at 3,600 psi. If the gas will be used at the final site for fueling vehicles we can add the MAT B and our HPU to deliver fuel at 3,600 psi.
Galileo MAT and MAT B (with booster)
Galileo MAT B and HPU for Direct Fueling
Virtual Pipeline LNG
We move LNG to the final location on ISO tanks. It will be ready for various usage; as it is for fueling or it will be gasified for transportation or energy generation.
Patagonia - LNG and L-CNG Fueling
If the purpose of the LNG is fueling, the LNG can be stored in our Patagonia which offers, storage and dispenser features for LNG and L-CNG on demand. This solution allows the install a natural gas fueling station where no gas lines are available at the site. It requires a small footprint and min energy to store the LNG with no boil-off.
We can provide the appropriate pressure regulators (PRP) to provide the required gas pressure for GenSets or at the city gate of a town gas lines.
Galileo PRP – Pressure Regulator
Natural gas is a clean fuel. With the increased availability of large CNG engines, natural gas has become the clean solution for power generation. For the past 20 year Galileo has been offering Virtual Pipeline solutions in major mining operations in isolated locations away from power sources.
Triton Mining Operation – Natural Gas Gensets
Waste Gas Treatment
The waste gas coming from the ZTPS raw gas treatment can be further treated for the extraction of the CO2. The Pentair process is capable of producing beverage grade CO2 with a purity of 99.9%. It is a modular solution that adds value to the biogas treatment and it increase its return on investment.
Pentair CO2 Extraction Module
For more information please contact us at email@example.com or (203)421-6477
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Happy New Year!
The EV industry will reach the tipping point in 2017. We now have a 235 mile range vehicle, the Chevy Bolt which is comparable price wise to the current 100 mile range vehicles. Later this year Tesla will start the production of Model 3 which also has a 230 mile range. The 200+ mile range is now the new standard.
All car manufacturers are committed to EVs and we will see over 30 new EV models coming to the US car dealers in the next 2 years.
We expect an accelerated adoption of DC fast charging to allow EV drivers to go beyond the city limits and along major highways. Tesla built its own infrastructure to allow Tesla drivers to go from Los Angeles to New York. Now several other car manufacturers (Nissan, VW, BMW) are working to support the sale of their EVs. The VW settlement after the Dieselgate will bring funds at the State level to promote EV charging infrastructure as part of an emission mitigation project.
Overall we are looking forward to an exciting 2017!
DETROIT AUTO SHOW
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
More Government Programs
Programs like the one recently awarded to EV Connect by the NYPA (New York Power Authority) are the foundation of a new infrastructure. It is crucial for us to create a network of charging stations that will be both large enough and efficient enough to handle the expected rise in consumption of EVs in the coming years.
If we fail to do so, people will continue to be frustrated by inconveniences that are easily avoidable within a reliable infrastructure. This will result in EV sales to freeze and this movement to die before it even begins. I will say it again - the successful replacement of gas engine vehicles will only come about when we have the infrastructure to support it. So let's get to it!