The EV Transition Explained: Battery Challenges

“Energy and information are two basic currencies of organic and social systems,” the economics Nobelist Herb Simon once
observed. “A new technology that alters the terms on which one or the other of these is available to a system can work on it the most profound changes.”

Electric vehicles at scale alter the terms of both basic currencies concurrently. Reliable, secure supplies of minerals and software are core elements for EVs, which represent a “shift from a fuel-intensive to a material-intensive energy system,” according to a
report by the International Energy Agency (IEA). For example, the mineral requirements for an EV’s batteries and electric motors are six times that of an ICE vehicle, which can increase the average weight of an EV by 340 kgs (750 pounds). For something like the Ford Lightning, the weight can be more than twice that amount.

EVs also create a shift from an electromechanical-intensive to an information-intensive vehicle. EVs offer a virtual clean-slate from which to accelerate the design of safe,
software-defined vehicles with computing and supporting electronics being the prime enabler of a vehicle’s features, functions and value. Software also allows for the decoupling of the internal mechanical connections needed in an ICE vehicle, permitting an EV to be controlled remotely or autonomously. An added benefit is that the loss of the ICE powertrain not only reduces the components a vehicle requires, but also frees up space for increased passenger comfort and storage.

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This iOS 16.1 vs. iOS 16.0.3 battery test might surprise you

There are now a great deal of good reasons to update to iOS 16.1, but here’s a further. According to a battery test online video, iOS 16.1 should maximize the battery existence of your Apple iphone. Irrespective of whether you have been on the fence about updating because of to potential bugs, or you are just also lazy to commence the obtain, we hope this will persuade you to ultimately update your Apple iphone.

Earlier this 7 days, iDeviceHelp on YouTube printed a online video in which he analyzed the battery existence on the past 4 Pro Max products, first on iOS 16..3 and then on iOS 16.1. He done the check on the Apple iphone 11 Pro Max, Iphone 12 Pro Max, Apple iphone 13 Professional Max, and Iphone 14 Pro Max. Unsurprisingly, the 4 telephones died in that buy on iOS 16..3.

He then current all four phones to iOS 16.1 and ran the exact same examination again. Apparently, with iOS 16.1, the Apple iphone 13 Professional Max lasted the longest. But that is not the greatest takeaway. The Apple iphone 12 Pro Max, Iphone 13 Professional Max, and Iphone 14 Pro Max all obtained more than an hour of battery life on a solitary charge following iOS 16.1 was installed.

If you want to see the proof, just observe the online video under (it’s only 3 minutes):

Right after updating to iOS 16.1, the Iphone 12 Professional Max lasted about an hour longer, the Apple iphone 14

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Solar + Battery Storage = Power Grid Independence

Two Enphase IQ 10 Batteries were installed in my garage

Those of you who have been around me or this blog for the past few years know that I’m a fan of tech, green energy, electric vehicles, and of course solar power. At the end of 2019, I went solar and documented it here. My electric bill dropped by more than half and I’ve been very happy with my system. No complaints. It just works! However, there was something that I knew I would ultimately want to complete the system and I mentioned it back then. battery storage!

A solar system without battery storage will only go so far

Solar only, no battery storage. Excess power is going back to the grid

Adding solar panels to your home will almost immediately start paying off by reducing or even eliminating the power you need from the grid. That’s the upside! However, unless your system is PERFECTLY designed to match your energy needs AND you’re on a Net Metering Plan, you’re going to either overproduce or underproduce power. There will be times throughout the day when you may even be doing both.

For example, let’s say it’s an extremely sunny day and nobody is home. That means that your system is likely producing more power than your home is consuming at that moment. Where does that excess energy go? Back to the grid. Depending on your power company you may or may not be able to take advantage of that excess power.

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