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LOMIKO $ and Quebec Precious Metals Agree to Update 100% Option of La Loutre Flake Graphite Project $ $ $ $ $ $ $

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 5:28 PM on Friday, April 17th, 2020
  • Lomiko Views Tesla at $750 per share as a bellwether for Electric Vehicle Industry

Vancouver, B.C. and Montreal, QC, April 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Lomiko Metals Inc. (“Lomiko”) (TSX-V: LMR, OTC: LMRMF, FSE: DH8C) and Quebec Precious Metals (“QPM”) (TSX-V: QPM, OTC: CJCFD, FSE: YXEP)  announce that pursuant to the option agreement between Lomiko and QPM, the agreement regarding the La Loutre Flake Graphite Project has been amended as follows:

Lomiko will issue to QPM, within a period of five business days following the receipt of the required approval by the TSX Venture Exchange, 1,000,000 common shares of Lomiko.  Further, Lomiko will fund additional exploration expenditures totaling $1,125,000 on the La Loutre project, the Lac des ÃŽles project and/or other designated properties as mutually agreed to by the Lomiko and QPM by December 31, 2021.

The Project consists of contiguous claim blocks totaling 29 km2 situated approximately 53 km SE of the Lac-des-Îles mine, formerly known as the Timcal mine, North America’s only operating graphite mine currently owned by Imerys Carbon and Graphite. It is accessible by driving NW from Montreal for a distance of approximately 170 kilometres.

For more information on Lomiko Metals, review the website at, contact A. Paul Gill at 604-729-5312 or email: [email protected]

On Behalf of the Board,

“A. Paul Gill”

Chief Executive Officer 

A. Paul Gill
Lomiko Metals Inc. (TSX-V: LMR)
[email protected]

How Audi Plans To Bring 20 All-Electric Models To Market In The Next Five Years SPONSOR: Lomiko Metals $ $ $ $ $ $ $

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 10:32 AM on Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

SPONSOR: Lomiko Metals is focused on the exploration and development of minerals for the new green economy such as lithium and graphite. Lomiko owns 80% of the high-grade La Loutre graphite Property, Lac Des Iles Graphite Property and the 100% owned Quatre Milles Graphite Property. Lomiko is uniquely poised to supply the growing EV battery market. Click Here For More Information

  • Globally, by 2025, Audi is aiming to have 30 electrified models on sale, with 20 of those vehicles fully electric.
  • It is an ambitious plan showing the brand’s global commitment for a more electrified and sustainable future.

Already in the U.S., Audi has introduced five production models—the Audi Q5 TFSI e, A7 TFSI e and A8 TFSI e plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) as well as the e-tron all-electric SUV and upcoming e-tron Sportback. Next, we’ll introduce the Audi Q4 e-tron SUV and e-tron GT performance sedan, which have already been shown as concept vehicles.

Audi’s upcoming all-electric vehicles will be built on four distinct platforms that balance performance, efficiency, practicality and the engineering and craftsmanship synonymous with the Audi brand. Here are details of the four architectures that will underpin cars and SUVs in a multitude of sizes to bring Audi’s electrified plans to reality.

MLB evo: The first Audi electric vehicles

The first Audi quattro model of the 1980s was simply named “quattro” for its innovative all-wheel-drive technology. Much the same, the “e-tron” name foreshadows a range of electric vehicle (EV) drivetrain technology for the Audi brand. The Audi e-tron SUV is the first all-electric SUV, having gone on sale in the U.S. starting in May 2019. It combines electric mobility with Audi quality: A sophisticated drive and recuperation system, all-wheel drive and maximum comfort. It is an Audi, through and through, in quality, performance and execution.

Manufactured in a certified CO2-neutral plant in Brussels, Belgium, whose 398,264 sq ft rooftop solar array is large enough to produce approximately 3,000 MWh annually—or enough to charge approximately 30,000 e-tron SUVs—the e-tron is based on a heavily modified version of the modular longitudinal platform (MLB evo) that underpins an array of Audi vehicles. With a wheelbase that stretches 115.3 inches, the e-tron is between the Audi Q5 and Audi Q7 SUVs in terms of size, or about the same size as an Audi Q8. The high-voltage battery stores up to 95 kWh of energy and can recover up to 30% of energy used to drive the vehicle during regenerative braking applications. In most applications, the e-tron uses brake-energy regeneration relying on its hydraulic brake booster. A brake pedal simulator makes the switch from regen to hydraulic braking nearly unnoticeable.

The e-tron houses two asynchronous electric motors (ASM) that produce up to 402 horsepower in boost mode. A more powerful, three-motor variant with fully independent rear torque vectoring is also under development.

Using an Audi-designed power electronics module, the e-tron is able to read sensor data 10,000 times per second and output current values for the electric motors to help with traction in various conditions. With its rear-biased quattro all-wheel-drive system, if the e-tron senses a loss of traction, it is able to redistribute torque to wheels with traction in just 30 milliseconds.

The Audi e-tron can charge using both alternating (Level 1 and 2) and direct (Level 3) current and can achieve approximately 80% charge in 30 minutes at a 150 kW high-speed public charger. Later in 2020, the e-tron will be joined by the e-tron Sportback, a new variant with a coupe-like profile.

J1: The performance electric platform

Shown as a concept vehicle thus far, the Audi e-tron GT performance sedan shows how sports cars will evolve in the electric era. For the e-tron GT, Audi is sharing synergies with the Porsche brand, which developed the J1 architecture.

The Audi e-tron GT concept car is equipped with two permanently excited synchronous motors (PSM) that produce a combined 582 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque. A PSM has a rotor with permanent magnets in it and a natural internal magnetic field. In a PSM, the rotor moves in coordination with the magnetic field of the stator (the stationary part of the motor in which the rotor rotates), which is why it is known as a permanently excited synchronous motor. By comparison, an asynchronous motor’s rotor rotates slower than a synchronous speed.

While specifications for the e-tron GT are subject to change, the e-tron GT concept is estimated to reach 62 mph from standstill in 3.5 seconds and 124 mph in just over 12 seconds in production form.

The electrical system in the e-tron GT concept car runs at 800 volts, whereas most modern EVs currently operate at a capacity of 400 volts or less. Volts are a measurement of pressure in an electric circuit, and the J1 platform can accept this level of force thanks to its energy management and cooling systems. Because of this, the e-tron GT is able to charge the battery to 80% in about 20 minutes at a Level 3 DC fast charger with a maximum output of 350 kW.

In the e-tron GT, the battery is located in the underbody, between the axles and is designed with recesses in the rear footwell, ensuring comfort for front- and rear-seat passengers. The body and roof of the e-tron GT are made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP), and the car uses the same multi-material construction philosophy as other Audi vehicles like the A8.

In combination with the low center of gravity, the e-tron GT has quattro all-wheel drive, with an electric motor at the front and rear axles, offering ideal traction for a sports car. The drive management distributes the torque of the electric motors between the axles as needed and also regulates the wheels separately.

The layout allows for numerous suspension and performance features, for example all-wheel steering or a sport differential, providing excellent traction and vehicle dynamics. Electric motors with different outputs can be used in production versions.

MEB: Small Audi platform, large aspirations

A good way to think about Audi’s use of the modular electric toolkit (MEB) architecture is to think of the current internal-combustion vehicles in the Audi lineup.

Small, gas-powered Audi vehicles like the A3 and Q3 serve as entry points into the Audi brand and share components with one another on a platform called MQB. Larger Audi vehicles from the A4 up to the A8 and SUVs use shared componentry on the MLB platform. This helps engineers develop shared parts across many vehicles that are philosophically similar. That’s what the MEB platform will be to Audi for small and medium electric vehicles, with the PPE platform focused toward medium and large EVs.

With the MEB platform, Audi will draw from the strength of the Volkswagen Group to offer customers affordable yet technically sophisticated electric models with unmistakable Audi DNA. The MEB platform will be used for vehicles like the Q4 e-tron. Designed exclusively for EVs, MEB will provide customers all the advantages that compact electric motors and lithium-ion batteries in different sizes and capacities offer. The battery systems, electric motors and axle designs form a technology toolkit. In contrast to the current models with combustion engines, the front section is considerably shorter—the front axle and firewall move forward, making the wheelbase and usable interior space considerably larger.

The Q4 e-tron is expected to be the first Audi model based on the MEB platform, with exterior dimensions comparable to those of the Q3 but with the interior dimensions of a significantly larger vehicle. The architecture also offers new design opportunities and offers different performance levels and powertrain configurations.

PPE: Medium and large premium vehicles

Finally, what the MLB platform is to vehicles like the Audi A4 through A8 and Q5 through Q8, the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture is to Audi’s electric portfolio.

PPE has been designed and developed in cooperation with Porsche from the start with the project team sharing space in Ingolstadt. PPE is characterized by a high-tech and highly scalable architecture that allows for both low- and high-floor, from the medium-size class and up—SUVs, Sportbacks, Avants and crossovers. The portfolio and flexibility will allow Audi to develop and sell one of the best combinations of electric, plug-in and internal combustion vehicles in the global markets.

The technology offered in PPE is similar to that of MEB and with a number of powertrain and battery options that will be available. Standard packaging will allow for one electric motor in the rear; the higher-range models will be equipped with a second electric motor at the front axle (PSM or ASM) that can activate quattro all-wheel drive automatically when needed.

Like in the Audi e-tron GT concept, the electrical architecture is 800 volts; in combination with high-efficiency thermal management, it enables an ultra-high-speed charging capacity of 350 kW. The dimensions and overhangs of the low-floor Audi models on the PPE platform will be slightly shorter than those of the current combustion engine models on the MLB platform but will offer greater interior dimensions. Torque vectoring, air suspension and all-wheel steering will all be available.

The Audi brand has dedicated approximately €12 billion global investment through 2024 to help ensure development of a number of EVs, in an effort to meet demand as infrastructure around the world rapidly develops. Globally, Audi anticipates it will reach production of approximately 800,000 electrified vehicles per year by 2025.

As the Volkswagen Group has committed to the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and plans to be a CO2-neutral automaker globally by 2050, Audi and the entire Group are putting a full focus into electrification and more sustainable transportation. The above platforms can help ensure the Group does all it can to reach its ambitious goals.


Green Transportation, From Electric Cars to Walkable Cities SPONSOR: Lomiko Metals $ $ $ $ $ $ $

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 12:29 PM on Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

SPONSOR: Lomiko Metals is focused on the exploration and development of minerals for the new green economy such as lithium and graphite. Lomiko owns 80% of the high-grade La Loutre graphite Property, Lac Des Iles Graphite Property and the 100% owned Quatre Milles Graphite Property. Lomiko is uniquely poised to supply the growing EV battery market. Click Here For More Information

The transportation sector is one of the biggest reasons why the average temperature on our planet is climbing, a phenomenon you probably know as climate change. In the United States, transportation contributes about a third of the carbon dioxide, or CO2, that the country releases into the atmosphere where it traps heat and causes temperatures to rise. Every year, Americans produce about 1.9 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide from driving cars, flying in planes, and shipping things by road, sea, rail, and air all over the country. That’s the weight of more than 20,000 Washington Monuments.

We want to get that 1.9 billion number closer to zero as soon as possible. But we still need ways to get people and products from one part of the country to another. How do we change the way we move ourselves and our things so that we create fewer planet-warming emissions?

Grist has put together some introductory videos and activities to help you understand some of the ways the transportation sector might go green.

Electric Cars

Electric vehicles are an exciting alternative to the traditional, gas-guzzling, combustion-powered cars. Instead of filling up at the gas station, you simply plug your car into an electric socket and charge the car’s battery. In the past decade, electric cars have gotten better, cheaper, and more popular.

So is an electric car right for your family? It all depends on where you live, how you gets around, and what your family can afford.


Research: Look up and see if there are electric vehicle charging stations in your area. If you live in an area where there are very few charging stations, it might be difficult to imagine owning an electric car. Think about all the car trips you normally make: school, work, grocery shopping, even weekend trips and vacations. If your electric car could go 100 miles on a charge, could you still easily make most of these trips?

Do: The “greenness” of your electric vehicle depends on how your region generates electricity. You can find out by typing your ZIP code into the “power profiler” sidebar on this Environmental Protection Agency web page. It will tell you how many pounds of carbon dioxide it takes to produce a megawatt-hour of electricity — the energy equivalent of about 28 gallons of gasoline. We can use this number to compare whether an electric car is better than a gas car in your city.

For our comparison, we’re going to use a 2020 Honda Civic as our gas-powered car, and a 2020 Nissan Leaf as our electric car.
So … which car produces more CO2 in your city?
Discuss: Would an electric car work with your family’s budget and driving habits? Why or why not?

Walkable Cities

Have you ever gotten in the car only to drive a few blocks away? You’re not alone. Americans take a lot of unnecessary car trips. If we could get more people to take the bus, hop on a bike, or simply walk more, we could shave off a big chunk of the U.S.’s transportation-related emissions.

Some neighborhoods are less walkable than others. If you live near a busy road or in a neighborhood far from your favorite hangouts, it can be inconvenient or even dangerous to walk. To get more people out of their cars and walking, we need to think about how our neighborhoods are designed.


Research: Look up your address on the Walk Score website. This will give you a ranking based on how easy it is to walk to nearby stores, schools, or parks. If you click “About your score,” you can see which categories your home scores low and high on.

What’s your score? Do you agree with this assessment? Why or why not?

Discuss: Think about all the places you go on a regular basis. Where do you shop for groceries, eat food, or watch movies? What parks do you like to visit? Can you find any alternate places to do these activities that are within walking distance?


Bikes are fun, healthy, and climate-friendly forms of transportation. But not everyone owns a bike — or it can be impractical to lug one along for certain types of trips. In some cities, companies offer bikes on the sidewalk that you can just hop on and ride.


Research: How does the built environment make people more or less likely to bike? Look up your neighborhood’s Bike Score. This tool grades each neighborhood’s bike-ability based on four factors: safe infrastructure (like bike lanes), hills, the number of gathering places within biking distance, and how many of your neighbors also ride bikes.

Observe: Does your neighborhood have bike lanes? Would you feel safe riding a bike in your neighborhood? How many of your favorite destinations — like parks, restaurants, stores, or museums — are within biking distance? Does your neighborhood have a lot of hills? If it does, would a rentable e-bike make you more likely to ride? The Bike Score website believes that it’s safer to ride on streets that have a lot of bike traffic already. Do you see people riding bikes in your neighborhood?

Discuss: Does your city have a bikeshare or short-term rental program? What are some trips you would take using a bike you own or could rent?

Do: Plan a fun fantasy trip you could take on a bike. Where would you want to go? What would you need to bring? How much time would you need?


Trains have been around for nearly two centuries, and they’re a promising solution for cutting the country’s transportation emissions. They’re also pretty efficient — meaning they only use a little bit of fuel to carry each rider. Some trains even run on electricity.

But in the United States, our trains are pretty slow and outdated. Can we fix them?


Research: Think about the most recent plane trips you have taken. Would it have been possible to take the train instead? How much time would it take? How much would it cost?

Discuss: What might make you want to take a train over a plane? How would you make a train trip a more desirable option compared to an airplane flight?


GM and Honda are Co-Producing Two Latest Electric Vehicles Set To Come In 2024 SPONSOR: Lomiko Metals $ $ $ $ $ $ $

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 5:34 PM on Monday, April 6th, 2020

SPONSOR: Lomiko Metals is focused on the exploration and development of minerals for the new green economy such as lithium and graphite. Lomiko owns 80% of the high-grade La Loutre graphite Property, Lac Des Iles Graphite Property and the 100% owned Quatre Milles Graphite Property. Lomiko is uniquely poised to supply the growing EV battery market. Click Here For More Information

  • GM and Honda will mutually produce two new electric vehicles ready for 2024, the latest move by both the automakers to develop their current partnership.

Who Will Create What 

Following the Plan, the automakers will concentrate on their particular fields of expertise. 

Honda will create the exterior and interiors of the latest electric vehicles; GM will provide its new electric vehicle construction and Ultium batteries. 

This latest architecture, which GM revealed last month to showcase its EV plans, is competent of 19 distinctive battery and drive-unit configurations. 

The architecture involves large-format sack battery cells produced as part of a mutual venture among LG Chem and GM.

The vehicles that will have a Honda nameplate will include GM’s OnStar security and safety services. 

GM’s hands-free high-level driver support technology, identified as Super Cruise, will also be accessible in the new vehicles.

The vehicles will be manufactured at GM factories in North America. 

Transactions are assumed to start in the 2024 model year in Honda’s U.S. and Canadian stores.

The firms have a deep history of operating together, plus sharing vehicles in the late 1990s when Isuzu was a member of GM. 

The majority of the collective projects have focused on hydrogen fuel cell tech, batteries and now lately, autonomous vehicles.

Past Ventures

GM and Honda developed a vital partnership in July 2013 to produce hydrogen fuel cell technology, an alliance that has created some 1,200 patents. 

The automakers established a shared venture in 2017 named Fuel Cell System Manufacturing LLC to build hydrogen fuel cell systems. 

The firms declared in 2018 an agreement for Honda to utilise battery cells and models from GM in electric vehicles manufactured for the North American market.

GM obtained Cruise in 2016; Honda later pledged $2.75 billion as a part of an elite deal with GM and its self-driving technology subsidiary Cruise to produce and develop a different type of autonomous vehicle. 


Significant Market Opportunities for Graphene in Energy Storage SPONSOR: Lomiko Metals $ $ $ $ $ $ $

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 10:05 AM on Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

SPONSOR: Lomiko Metals is focused on the exploration and development of minerals for the new green economy such as lithium and graphite. Lomiko owns 80% of the high-grade La Loutre graphite Property, Lac Des Iles Graphite Property and the 100% owned Quatre Milles Graphite Property. Lomiko is uniquely poised to supply the growing EV battery market. Click Here For More Information

Beyond lithium-ion technology, graphene can enhance the performance of next generation lithium-sulphur batteries. The battery promises lower costs due to the use of widely available sulphur as the cathode. Combined with a lithium metal anode and improvements to specific energy (Wh/kg) have also been achieved. Unfortunately, there are similarities between silicon and sulphur in that sulphur is also prone to stability issues – polysulphides tend to dissolve and diffuse to the anode where they react and cause a loss of active material. Furthermore, sulphur is not conductive and also expands during lithiation, though not to the extremes of silicon, and so requires both conductive additives and space within the electrode for the sulphur to expand into. Norwegian start-up Graphene Batteries employ a graphene network which provides a conductive network, space for volume expansion and may also help to trap polysulphides from diffusing to the anode. Nevertheless, the lithium-sulphur chemistry is still at the very early stages of commercialisation with various performance parameters needing to be improved upon and demonstrated.

The highly specific surface area and conductivity of graphene meant its first application in energy storage, that gained traction, was not in batteries but supercapacitors (capacitance is directly proportional to surface area). The theoretical specific capacitance of a single graphene layer is 550 F/g, 3-4 times the capacitance achieved from activated carbon in organic electrolyte (the incumbent electrode material). Companies are exploring μF chips through to kF modules for IoT devices through to wind turbines and off-road vehicles. All are looking at different ways to cost-effectively incorporate graphene without re-stacking or by appropriately modifying the surface. Unfortunately, the use of graphene has so far resulted in minimal improvements to specific capacitance or energy density. Graphene has been able to further improve power density but given power and fast charge/discharge capability are already strengths of supercapacitors, it is unlikely to unlock significant new markets.

Graphene can help enable lithium-sulphur technology and improve supercapacitor performance but IDTechEx believe they are most likely to occupy niche positions in the energy storage market, see “Advanced Li-ion & Beyond Li-ion Batteries 2018-2028”. Li-ion technology is set to dominate over the coming decade and here, graphene can play an important role. Analysts at UK-based market research company, IDTechEx, cover various aspects of the energy storage and graphene markets, assessing the trends, bottlenecks and market potential of new materials and technologies. The newly updated report “Li-ion Batteries 2020-2030” provides a comprehensive view of the Li-ion market and the opportunities for new materials, while the report “Graphene, 2D Materials and Carbon Nanotubes 2019-2029” provides detailed analysis of the titled materials, their commercial progress and their prospects moving forward. For the full portfolio of energy research available from IDTechEx please visit

Phones Can Be Charged Over Wi-Fi Signals Thanks To Graphene SPONSOR: Lomiko Metals $ $ $ $ $ $ $

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 2:51 PM on Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

SPONSOR: Lomiko Metals is focused on the exploration and development of minerals for the new green economy such as lithium and graphite. Lomiko owns 80% of the high-grade La Loutre graphite Property, Lac Des Iles Graphite Property and the 100% owned Quatre Milles Graphite Property. Lomiko is uniquely poised to supply the growing EV battery market. Click Here For More Information

It would be wrong to say that wireless charging systems are more efficient today than wired systems. Even in wireless charging systems, the phone needs to touch a device, but there are a lot of waves moving in the air, and MIT researchers are working on a project where we can use the wasted energy to charge our devices.

Terahertz radiation consists of high-frequency waves in the electromagnetic spectrum between infrared and microwaves. These waves are produced by devices that send Wi-Fi signals. Although these irradiations are very difficult to use, the new method the MIT team has found seems interesting.

Working principle of the device:
It is worth noting that at this stage the system is still in the project phase and has not been tested yet. “We are surrounded by electromagnetic waves in the frequency range of Terahertz radiation. If we turn this energy into an energy that we can use in everyday life, it helps us fight the energy problems we face,” said Hiroki Isobe, one of the scientists who led the study.

The device produced by the team is known as a terahertz rectifier and consists of a small graphene layer with a boron nitride layer underneath and an antenna on both sides. These antennas collect terahertz waves from the air in the environment and strengthen the signals passing to the graphene. These allow electrons to flow in the same direction and generate direct current. Graphene must be as pure as possible, as any foreign matter will affect electron scattering, the team said. Boron nitride layer is also used to prevent this.

Although Terahertz rectifier produces a small amount of energy at first, it may be enough to charge small devices. The team first states that this device can be used in pacemakers. This device, which may have good results for wireless charging, is expected to be manufactured and tested.


UK’s First Electric Avenue Charges Electric Cars from Streetlamps SPONSOR: Lomiko Metals $ $ $ $ $ $ $

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 1:52 PM on Thursday, March 26th, 2020

SPONSOR: Lomiko Metals is focused on the exploration and development of minerals for the new green economy such as lithium and graphite. Lomiko owns 80% of the high-grade La Loutre graphite Property, Lac Des Iles Graphite Property and the 100% owned Quatre Milles Graphite Property. Lomiko is uniquely poised to supply the growing EV battery market. Click Here For More Information

Sutherland Avenue in the City of Westminster now has 24 streetlamp charging posts to top up electric vehicles overnight

Research conducted by Siemens found that over a third of British motorists are planning to buy into an electric future by purchasing a hybrid or full electric vehicle as their next car, with 40 percent saying that they would have jumped in sooner if the charging infrastructure was better.

In London, drivers believe that only 100 to 200 charging points are available in total, and many think that it’s just not possible to juice up an EV at home or at work. Berlin-based Ubitricity has been converting streetlamps to charging points in the UK’s capital since 2015, and together with project partner Siemens now have some 1,300 installations dotted throughout the city.  

A cable featuring a smart meter is plugged into the electric vehicle and streetlamp for overnight charging Siemens

The technology is installed in existing streetlamp columns, and uses already-available infrastructure, so there’s no digging up roads to lay new cables. Electric vehicle users plug a SmartCable into the streetlamp column and the other end is connected to the vehicle, allowing battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles to charge overnight outside residences that don’t have driveways or garages. An in-cable meter box registers how many kilowatt-hours are used and the customer is billed accordingly.

The City of Westminster has a total of 296 streetlamp charging points in service, but Sutherland Avenue is reported to be the first residential avenue in the UK to have full conversion of its steetlamps. And the two adjoining roads are due to be converted in the coming weeks too. The city council is looking to have a thousand charging points in the inner London borough within the next year.

“In a city that suffers from some of the worst air pollution in the country, we need to be supporting the change to green technology as much as we can,” said Councilor Andrew Smith. “Electric Avenue, W9 gives us a glimpse into the future of streets in Westminster, where we hope to provide the infrastructure needed for our residents to make the switch to cleaner, greener transport.”


Electric Cars Light Up the Screen SPONSOR: Lomiko Metals $ $ $ $ $ $ $

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 11:25 AM on Friday, March 20th, 2020

SPONSOR: Lomiko Metals is focused on the exploration and development of minerals for the new green economy such as lithium and graphite. Lomiko owns 80% of the high-grade La Loutre graphite Property, Lac Des Iles Graphite Property and the 100% owned Quatre Milles Graphite Property. Lomiko is uniquely poised to supply the growing EV battery market. Click Here For More Information

  • Nonprofit promotes documentary made by Tigard man, Ryan Hunter; it’s called ‘Electrified – The Current State of Electric Vehicles’

For most college students, adding more work to their plate sounds like a nightmare.

They spend long nights and early mornings focusing on their studies. But for University of Portland sophomore Ryan Hunter, directing his first documentary seemed like a fun challenge.

The movie, “Electrified — The Current State of Electric Vehicles,” brings together electric vehicle owners and industry professionals to break down misconceptions about the specialized cars. It’s now being promoted by nonprofits like Plug In America and Forth.

“The whole point of this movie was to explain some of the common things that people should know when getting an electric car and tell them some important things to consider before getting one,” said Hunter. “My main goal is to lead people to buy an electric car based on some of the stuff they learn from this film.”

Hunter started making the film last July. He became interested in the topic because he was thinking about buying an electric vehicle. He started looking into some of the high-tech features, such as Tesla’s autopilot hardware.

Tesla is an American company that specializes in electric vehicle manufacturing and battery energy storage.

From that beginning, Hunter decided to put his self-taught filmmaking skills to good use.

“It started off with just interviewing a couple of people who I know own electric cars,” Hunter said. “But as I started interviewing people and talking to more people, I was able to get connections to (Forth) in Portland. … And that kind of shifted the idea of a film from just owners’ impressions to also having these expert opinions dragging the narrative of the film.”

Zach Henkin, Forth’s deputy director, was happy to help Hunter once he learned about the film. The Portland-based nonprofit consults with cities, utilities and automakers to promote electric vehicles and shared transportation.“We’re seeing this as another way that we can continue to get the word out for folks who are curious or interested and want to know what’s going on with all these cars that don’t need gas,” Henkin said.

Forth is promoting the film through social media and newsletters. The nonprofit is considering hosting a screening of the movie to get the word out.

One of the biggest challenges is letting people know the benefits of electric vehicles, Henkin said.

“These cars are just simply better cars,” he said. “You can get tax credits from the (federal government), and you can get cash from the state. They’re also inexpensive, and you don’t have to pay gas.”

Henkin appreciates Hunter taking the time to research and inform others through a documentary. At the time of the interview, Henkin didn’t know Hunter’s age, and he was surprised to discover that the young director had an interest in the topic.

“It’s really telling about what we’re seeing with younger generations,” Henkin added. “They’re latching on to topics that are important (and) might not be getting the amount of attention that they could be.” He concluded, “It makes me wonder how maybe older generations, myself included, are approaching similar things and maybe missing stuff.”

Henkin hopes Hunter can leverage the documentary to bigger and better things. As for Hunter, he has other dreams.

“Computer science is kind of more of a thing I’d like to make a career out of,” he said. “But filmmaking is definitely something I like to do in my free time.”

Hunter remembers making short videos at 13 and having an overall interest in the craft.

“I took a filmmaking class in high school, but (it) was very basic, so it wasn’t a lot that contributed to my knowledge,” said Hunter, who graduated from Southridge High School in Beaverton two years ago. “Everything I know has been self-taught.”

Hunter doesn’t know if he’ll continue making films in the future, but he already is thinking about a possible sequel to his first documentary.

“People said that they’d love to see a follow-up to this where I look to see where electric cars are in a couple of years, because there are more changes that are coming,” Hunter said.

He expects the price of electric vehicles to continue going down. A market once dominated by Tesla and other luxury brands is now increasingly populated with somewhat less expensive models, like the Nissan Leaf and the Fiat 500e. As more and cheaper electric cars are introduced, Hunter said, that growing market will make owning an electric vehicle “more accessible to much more people than it currently is now.”

Despite having no intentions for his film to “make it big,” Hunter is glad his movie is helping others make informed decisions.

“If just one person gets an electric vehicle based on this movie, I would say that’s a win,” Hunter said. “Any change that I can help make with the environment is good.”

As for what Hunter learned from the film, he’s planning on getting a Tesla Model 3 — the automaker’s most popular (and affordable) car — in a couple of months.

“Electrified — The Current State of Electric Vehicles” is available to watch on YouTube and Amazon Prime Video

Vehicle-To-Grid Charger Maker Fermata Receives UL Certification SPONSOR: Lomiko Metals $ $ $ $ $ $ $

Posted by AGORACOM-Eric at 10:37 AM on Thursday, March 19th, 2020

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Fermata’s bidirectional charger (pictured) has been the first to attain UL 9741 certification. Image: Fermata Energy.

An electric vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging system which allows for bi-directional flows of power created by US maker Fermata Energy, has become the first to receive certification under a new standard introduced by UL.

UL 9741, ‘Investigation for bidirectional electric vehicle charging system equipment’, was first published on 18 March 2014. Almost six years to the day later Fermata – which has previously partnered with automakers including Nissan and received investment from backers such as Japanese utility company TEPCO – became certified under the North American safety standard.

Vehicle-to-grid, allowing parked cars to discharge as well as charge energy to and from the grid from their batteries means they can be used as a grid-balancing resource. Fermata Energy’s website states that the company was founded for two purposes: to accelerate the adoption of EVs and to accelerate the transition to renewable energy. By acting as stationary energy storage systems (ESS), EVs can provide services such as frequency regulation.

Thus far, while V2G technology has existed at least since the early 2000s, and been trialled on a commercial basis in the last five years or so, various barriers exist to widespread adoption. Last year, a research note from consultancy Apricum pointed some of these out, including potential reluctance of owners to allow aggregators access to their batteries, which may have an impact on battery lifetime through causing accelerated degradation of battery cells. Another possible barrier is that trials have only shown very limited commercial revenues being possible for using EV batteries for frequency regulation under most existing market structures.

From the carmakers’ point of view, only a few have given serious thought to enabling the function due to possible impact on warranties, with Nissan being the first to allow its Leaf EV to be used in this way. Earlier this month, reported on a successful V2G ‘showcase’ project where Leaf EV batteries were used for storing locally generated renewable energy.

Despite the barriers that exist, V2G technology is likely to have a “bright future,” Apricum experts Florian Mayr and Stephanie Adam, who co-authored that earlier mentioned piece on the consultancy’s website, said. While acknowledging a survey held in Germany by digital association Bitkom that found only 37% of EV owners would be willing to allow their cars to be used for V2G participation, if one large electric mobility market such as China went for it, others might follow quickly.

“With increasing demand for the required components, standardization will improve and economies of scale will kick in. Due to falling costs for hardware, the economic case for a car owner participating in V2G will improve, increasingly outweighing potential disadvantages of a reduced battery lifetime or limitations in car availability,” the Apricum note said.

Meanwhile, Fermata Energy CEO and founder David Slutzky said that bidirectional energy solutions “play an important role in reducing energy costs, improving grid resilience and combating climate change. We’re excited to be the first company to receive UL 9741 certification and look forward to partnering with other organisations to advance V2G applications.”

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Volkswagen plans to have millions of electric vehicles on the road by the end of the decade and that opens up new opportunities for the automaker.

According to Reuters, Volkswagen’s chief strategist revealed the company is exploring new business opportunities related to the energy stored in electric vehicles.

As Michael Jost explained, “By 2025, we will have 350 gigawatt hours worth of energy storage at our disposal through our electric car fleet.” He went on to say that number will increase to 1 terawatt hours by the end of 2030.

That’s a massive amount of electricity and Jost noted it’s “more energy than is currently generated by all the hydroelectric power stations in the world.” This opens up a new opportunity for the automaker as Volkswagen can tap into this energy using vehicle-to-grid technology.

Essentially the opposite of charging, vehicle-to-grid technology allows electric vehicles to send energy back to the electrical grid. This would typically occur during times of high demand.

This represents an interesting opportunity for Volkswagen as they could become a makeshift energy company. While Jost didn’t go into too many specifics, it’s not hard to imagine how such a service would work.

In theory, electric vehicles would be charged at night when demand for electricity is low and so are energy rates. When demand and rates increase, Volkswagen vehicles could sell some of that energy back to the grid. Consumers would likely be paid for this, but Volkswagen could potentially take a cut of the profits.

It remains unclear if that is what Volkswagen is thinking, but it could be a potential win-win situation. Consumers would get paid, while energy companies could tap into affordable electricity. Likewise, Volkswagen could get a slice of the action.

There’s no word on when this capability could be added to electric vehicles from Volkswagen, but a number of companies are exploring vehicle-to-grid technology. Nissan has even demonstrated how electric vehicles could be used to power your home in the event of a power outage.