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New technologies will revolutionize the way we commute and transport goods over short and long distances, helped by a plethora of IEC International Standards.
The electrification of commercial vans and trucks is being driven by a combination of technological advances in passenger electric vehicles and moves by governments and cities around the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by banning older diesel vehicles regarded as sources of pollution.
Vehicle makers, telecoms operators and local authorities are planning our future means of transport in big cities, with the help of some key IEC Standards. Self-driving tractors and agribots are changing agriculture in the countryside as well.
Each day buses log thousands of kilometers following routes on the streets of cities and towns around the globe. It may seem unremarkable, then, for a fleet of buses to have provided a total of 500 000 kilometers of service this January. But these are no ordinary buses…
As electric vehicles (EVs) become more popular in many parts of the world, ensuring that charging systems for these operate safely and reliably is central to wider EV adoption. This rests to a significant extent on IEC International Standards for EV conductive charging systems. A new edition of the general requirements for these has just been published. It is a complete overhaul and much expanded version of the previous edition.
Imagine someone who hasn’t driven a car in the past 30 years. Taking the wheel of a modern car today, this person would probably be lost trying to figure out all the electronics inside. Voice command, self-driving cars, and even GPS navigation were still sci-fi ideas in the 1980s…
If electric vehicles are to reach their full potential, consumer concerns over range and reliability in operation and charging must be addressed decisively. Wireless power transfer (WPT) through magnetic induction is seen as the most promising approach to resolve this key issue. IEC International Standards are set to play a central role in the roll-out of WPT.
The idea of charging up our gadgets without cables is not so new. Back in the early 90s a wireless charging toothbrush was introduced at a dentistry convention in Florida, US. But the commercial application of wireless power transfer (WPT) goes back to the work of Nikola Tesla in the early 1900s.
The growing number of electric vehicles (EVs) on the roads relies on cabled connections to the grid for charging. Wireless power transfer (WPT) is seen as an attractive alternative to plug-in charging. The IEC has published the first in a series of International Standards aimed at paving the way to the adoption of WPT for EV charging.
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