June 2012

New electric record set at Nurburgring

June 29, 2012
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Audi R8 e-tron claims glory We have written before about electric cars setting records at the ‘ring. We wrote about Peugeot’s record in May of last year, which was in a concept vehicle. Then again, we wrote about Toyota’s record, with a full-blown electric race car in August. This time, we write about a production […]

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Nissan’s Chinese LEAF

June 26, 2012
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Early move into China for Nissan with LEAF-based EV Dongfeng Motor Comapany, Ltd. (DFL) is a subsidiary of one of China’s largest automobile producers, Dongfeng Group, and was established as a joint venture between Nissan and Dongfeng Group in 2003. Dongfeng Group has partnered with such diverse auto makers as Nissan, Kia, Peugeot-Citroën and even […]

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Free LEAF taxi rides for Londoners

June 24, 2012
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Nissan highlights low cost per mile This past weekend a fleet of highly visible Nissan LEAFs took to the streets of London to bring a focus to the lower cost per mile of driving an electric vehicle (EV) as compared to a gasoline vehicle. Nissan chose to use Twitter as a big part of the […]

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First Tesla S delivered

June 22, 2012
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Wealthy get their electric car early Today the first customer Tesla S deliveries took place at the Tesla factory in Fremont, California. The first customer? Jeff Skoll, first president of e-Bay, worth over $3 billion and ranked the 7th wealthiest Canadian according to Forbes. And while not all Tesla customers are expected to be billionaires, […]

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How much does it cost to drive a Nissan LEAF?

June 19, 2012
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Monthly electricity charge to drive a LEAF As many of our loyal readers know by now, we have had our LEAF for over a year. We picked it up on March 25 of last year and to date have accumulated the grand total of 7,577 miles – or about half of what many Southern California […]

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New EV distance record for 24 hours

June 17, 2012
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Renault ZOE eclipses record On June 1 two Renault ZOE electric cars toured the Aubevoye speed ring Renault test track in Normandy. One covered 1,618 kilometers (1,005 miles) while the other covered 1,506 kilometers (935 miles). The previous electric vehicle distance record for a 24 hour period was only 1,280 kilometers (795 miles). One might […]

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Nissan LEAF now in Australia

June 15, 2012

One more continent down Today Nissan announced the launch of the Nissan LEAF in Australia. The expansion of the electric vehicle (EV) market continues to expand with this new LEAF market. It seems that the LEAF rollout in Australia will be as carefully modulated as it was in the United States as there are currently […]

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Renault to offer EV car sharing program in France

June 13, 2012
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Renault Twizy fleet entering test phase The Renault Twizy is a true electric vehicle (EV) city car. What better way to test market a city EV than through a car sharing program, similar to what Daimler is doing with the smart fortwo electric drive that we just wrote about. The Twizy has no aspirations of […]

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Daimler starts production of smart fortwo electric drive

June 12, 2012
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The electric vehicle wave gains momentum Daimler’s smart fortwo has been around almost 15 years – since 1998. The electric drive version has been tested in real world applications in Daimler’s own car2go car share program in various locations around the globe since late last year. San Diego was the first location for an all […]

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DC fast charging coming to Southern California – slowly

June 10, 2012
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Unofficial word on the status of DC fast charging in SoCal While it would be wonderful to report that we will be seeing banks of DC fast charges as pictured above awaiting our use as electric vehicle (EV) owners, that is not likely to happen anytime soon. So what is happening? A much slower progress, […]

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