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Is Peer-to-Peer Car-Sharing the Next Great Startup Idea? - Slate Magazine

Is Peer-to-Peer Car-Sharing the Next Great Startup Idea? - Slate Magazine | Automotive & Sports Startups | Scoop.it
Slate MagazineIs Peer-to-Peer Car-Sharing the Next Great Startup Idea?Slate MagazineThe problem, of course, is that you could drive my car off a cliff—and that, ultimately, is why peer-to-peer car sharing hasn't hit it big.

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Electric car startup Coda takes aim at the power grid

Electric car startup Coda takes aim at the power grid | Automotive & Sports Startups | Scoop.it

Despite Coda just going into production of its inaugural electric sedan, the startup will announce on Friday it’s launching a division that plans to sell its batteries and battery management systems to act as energy storage for the power grid. The idea has been in the works for years (former CEO Kevin Czinger told us about this plan in summer of 2010) and Ed Solar, the new SVP for the Coda Energy division, told me in an interview this week the energy storage division was officially developed about a year ago.

 

Coda’s battery technology is based around lithium iron phosphate batteries, and a good chunk of its intellectual property is around the cooling management system and software. The company has a joint venture with China battery maker Lishen, called Lio (oil spelled backward), and Lio owns the IP for the battery cell production, but Coda has retained the rights to the advanced thermal dynamics and battery management system.

 

Energy storage is a much-needed part of the power grid. The grid currently has to be in a constant state of equal supply and demand. But if energy storage tech — which includes batteries, thermal storage, compressed air, pumped hydro, and others — is added to the grid, it will help utilities manage balancing the load much more easily. And because clean power like wind and solar are unpredictable, the addition of more clean power will require more energy storage tech, too.

 

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The future for electric car startup tech is in China

The future for electric car startup tech is in China | Automotive & Sports Startups | Scoop.it
Money from Chinese investors, conglomerates, cities and the government, continues to drive a significant amount of the future of next-generation technology for electric cars.
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Startup Turns Anyone's Car Into Part Of A Zipcar-Like Fleet

Startup Turns Anyone's Car Into Part Of A Zipcar-Like Fleet | Automotive & Sports Startups | Scoop.it

Companies like Zipcar and Hertz’s Connect have proven there is a market for alternatives to car ownership, but they fall short of meeting everyone’s price point and needs. In many markets, Zipcar charges an $82-per-day rate in addition to an annual fee, and the service isn’t offered outside of cities.

Getaround fixes both of these problems by allowing its users to rent their neighbors’ cars. It’s like an Airbnb for vehicles. Car owners choose their own hourly rental rates and schedules — all they need to do to make their cars Getaround ready is install a free “carkit,” which functions as both GPS tracker and key mechanism.


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