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Another heavyweight looks into developing EV batteries

February 28, 2014
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As we wend our way into 2014 the outlook for electric vehicles (EVs) is improving in the United States. Georgia, a relatively conservative Southern state, has become the fastest growing EV market in America. It’s easy to see why when the state offers compelling incentives in addition to federal tax credits. Perhaps even more interesting [...]

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Nissan sells 100,000th LEAF globally

January 20, 2014

45 Percent of all EVs globally are Nissan’s LEAF The mainstream press is quick to point out all of the flaws and shortcomings of electric vehicles (EV). They seem less interested in pointing out the advances that EVs have made, and the ways in which they are suitable for a wide variety of lifestyles and [...]

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This time it’s different

December 31, 2013
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Why electric cars will make it this time around The above internet meme has been making the rounds lately. We haven’t taken the time to review the correctness of the information relayed by the words in the photos, but certainly the argument can be made that the cost of computer storage, its size, and its [...]

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Test drive of the BMW i3

November 24, 2013
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Perhaps the model for the EV of the future And people call the LEAF ugly? To call the BMW i3′s looks different is to be kind. With its extremely short snout and bizarre rear door window design BMW is boldly inviting critical commentary. They found it here. And that’s just the front and the side. [...]

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Nissan e-NV200 to launch in Japan first

November 17, 2013
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Launch set for FY 2014 Based on the Nissan LEAF powertrain, the e-NV200 light commercial vehicle (LCV) will mark the second Nissan electric vehicle global launch. Production will begin in Barcelona, Spain in mid-2014. We have written many articles about the long-running testing process that Nissan has used to develop the e-NV200 (found here, here, [...]

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48 kWh LEAF in your future?

October 27, 2013
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Nissan stuffs 48kWh battery into LEAF The Nissan Barcelona Technical Centre crew took three LEAFs to the Spain based ECOseries race series this season. Two of the vehicles were essentially stock with slight modifications to improve vehicle aerodynamics and reduce weight. The third was tweaked in the other direction for the final race of the [...]

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100,000 EVs from Renault-Nissan Alliance

July 23, 2013
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Combined they’ve driven around the world 20 times It may be awhile before we see LEAF after LEAF after LEAF on US streets, but not a day goes by that we don’t see at least one other LEAF driving around our neighborhood. Nissan’s mass market electric vehicle (EV) has found supporters in markets around the [...]

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Bosch to partner with Mitsubishi, GS Yuasa on next gen lithium ion batteries

July 7, 2013
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Operations due to begin early 2014 Bosch, one of the leading global automobile suppliers, is partnering with Mitsubishi Corporation and GS Yuasa International to produce next generation high performance lithium ion batteries. GS Yuasa is a long-time lithium ion battery producer providing product to Mitsubishi, Honda and the new Detroit Electric. GS Yuasa was established [...]

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Another EV battery breakthrough

May 6, 2013
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Potential for twice the current driving range A team from the Australian University of Wollongong’s Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (kind of sounds like where the X-Men came from) is developing an improved lithium-ion battery chemistry. Professor Zaiping Guo and her team, using nano engineering along with Germanium based materials, have developed a battery [...]

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VW just introduced their all electric e-up!

March 17, 2013

VW just introduced their all electric e-up! The four passenger compact has a 90 mile range, offers quick charging, and will be available in Europe this fall. https://www.volkswagen-media-services.com/medias_publish/ms/content/en/pressemitteilungen/2013/03/14/the_new_e-up_.standard.gid-oeffentlichkeit.html

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