March 2012

Ford loses Transit Connect Electric supplier

March 31, 2012
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Azure Dynamics files for bankruptcy, lays off employees No one said it was going to be easy. This transition to the brave new world of running on electrons. Azure Dynamics, a public company based in Canada, after bleeding red ink for the past four years, went to the well one more time but was rebuffed […]

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Illinois gets 26 of 73 fast chargers to come

March 30, 2012
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Four Tollway Oases get eight chargers Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced the official opening of these stations yesterday. Ultimately all seven Tollway Oases will offer fast charging, with one fast charger being available in either direction. The four active locations host eight stations and are at the 7-Eleven stores at the Des Plaines Oasis, Lake […]

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Monster EV to attack Pikes Peak

March 29, 2012
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Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima to go electric at the Peak this year Long time readers of Living LEAF know of our penchant toward motorsports activities. Not only is racing fun, but it provides an outstanding platform to explore the boundaries of engineering. Which in this case, is a very good thing, when those boundaries surround an […]

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Toyota working with BMW on next gen lithium ion battery tech

March 28, 2012
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Pact shows continuation of agreement signed last year Yesterday BMW and Toyota announced that they are working jointly on the development of next generation lithium ion battery technology. We first wrote about this possibility in December of last year. This announcement states that they will collaborate on the design, and that the work has already […]

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Infiniti releases another EV sketch prior to New York Auto Show

March 27, 2012
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Infiniti EV to look nothing like the LEAF Ten days and counting. Many have been awaiting the debut of this vehicle, and now Infiniti gives us another glimpse according to AutoGuide.com. Back in August of last year, we published the first sketch released by Infiniti of this upcoming electric vehicle (EV). And then back in […]

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Southern California gets a new DC fast charger

March 26, 2012
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A little out of the way, but we’ll take it Update: This site has since become inactive Everything is relative. While this new DC fast charger will not help if your intent is to drive from San Diego to Los Angeles, it is just the thing if you are heading to the mountains from Los […]

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Chevrolet to replace existing 120 volt evse supplied with Volt

March 25, 2012
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Unit upgrade to be offered at no charge to owners We had started to see articles about this on the web lately, but as of yet have found nothing directly from GM. So we thought that we would check with a pretty reliable source – Chevrolet Volt owners. This thread from the GM-Volt.com forum seems […]

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DC fast chargers coming to California

March 23, 2012
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200 fast chargers heading our way Thanks to the mis-steps some ten years ago of Dynegy Inc., California will soon be on the way to a network of at least 200 DC fast chargers running from the Bay Area down to San Diego. As an artifact of the Enron debacle, Dynegy settled ten years ago […]

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Nissan announces relaunch of Datsun brand

March 22, 2012
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Datsun vehicles will not be sold in the United States When I first saw the news about the revival of the Datsun name, I must admit to growing just a bit excited. The reason for the emotional response was very simple – the first car that I ever owned was a Datsun 240Z. And it […]

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Some 2013 Nissan LEAF details released

March 21, 2012
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Nissan Director of Product Planning talks to Detroit News Yesterday, Mark Perry, Nissan’s Director of Product Planning spoke with the Detroit News providing some insight into changes that we can expect to see on the 2013 LEAF, along with some other interesting Nissan electric vehicle (EV) tidbits. First – no news on the battery front. […]

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