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Waipa Networks EV Fleet Continues to Grow

Waipa Networks has added three new pure electric vehicles to its fleet this year, including two Hyundai Konas and one Hyundai Ioniq (pictured).  This brings our EV fleet totals to four Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) and four Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV)!  Our drivers are really appreciating the quiet and comfortable environment that EVs provide …..

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Electric Vehicle Batteries research released

Recently released research shows electric vehicle (EV) batteries are reliable and long-lived. The Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA) commissioned independent report into electric vehicle batteries, and a guide based on it, will give owners valuable information about their vehicle’s battery. It will also give confidence and be a useful resource for people considering buying …..

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Solar Power Soars as Cost Plunges

Solar power is among the easiest ways for homeowners to hop on the clean energy generation train. There are increasingly more options available for those who are looking to make the switch to solar power. Even more, it is only getting cheaper to produce, install, and operate this technology. This boom is going to continue …..

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Tesla takes different road with solar tiles

Better know for it’s range of high-end electric cars, the latest innovation out of Tesla is focused on energy generation with the its most intriguing new product – the solar tile. There have been so many issues, aesthetic and practical, with putting solar panels in frames on top of existing roofs. To address these issues …..

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Lilium electric VTOL airplane takes flight

Lilium Jet, the first zero-emission electric plane capable of Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL), has completed a series of rigorous flight tests in the skies above Germany. The two-seater prototype executed a range of complex maneuvers, including its signature mid-air transition from hover mode to wing-borne forward flight. Lilium is now developing a larger, five-seater …..

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Audi unveils new e-tron Sportback

Audi has officially unveiled its new electric vehicle concept, the e-tron Sportback, at the Auto Shanghai 2017, which will go into production after the quattro e-tron and will hit the market in 2019. The German automaker confirm a few specifications for the vehicle which will be equipped with a 320 kW motor – though they …..

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Fast chargers coming to the Waipa

Electric Vehicle Charging Comes to the Waipa Electric vehicles are gaining momentum as more car manufacturers are embracing this exciting new technology. There are many plug-in hybrid electric vehicles available (that are electric but also have a petrol engine available for longer trips) and now we are starting to see pure electric vehicles with ranges …..

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Floating Solar Panels

Since 2011, French Company Ciel & Terre has been developing large-scale floating solar solutions. Their innovative Hydrelio Floating PV system allows standard PV panels to be installed on large bodies of water such as: drinking water reservoirs, quarry lakes, irrigation canals, remediation and tailing ponds, and hydro electric dam reservoirs. This simple and affordable alternative to ground-mounted systems is …..

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Our Fleet is Electrifying!

Waipa Networks has purchased its first ever fully electric vehicle in the form of an electric van. The Nissan ENV200 has a range of around 120km and will be making its way into our maintenance fleet. Over time we will be changing more of our fleet to electric vehicles so expect to see more of …..

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Tesla arrives in New Zealand

Electric carmaker Tesla is taking orders from New Zealand customers now, with plans to open stores to support the vehicles sold here. You can currently order the Model S and Model X vehicles in New Zealand from their website with the first vehicles expected to arrive in late May 2017. Auckland will get the company’s …..

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Superconductors to replace batteries?

Semiconductors that are as thin as an atom are no longer the stuff of science fiction. A new two-dimensional material could revolutionize electronics, say researchers. A two-dimensional material developed by Bayreuth physicist Prof. Dr. Axel Enders together with international partners could revolutionize electronics. Semiconductors that are as thin as an atom are no longer the …..

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Printable solar cells just got a little closer

A U of T Engineering innovation could make printing solar cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper. Dr. Hairen Tan and his team have cleared a critical manufacturing hurdle in the development of a relatively new class of solar devices called perovskite solar cells. This alternative solar technology could lead to low-cost, printable …..

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