I never though about it, but it seems (and it makes sense to be so) that current electric and plug-in hybrid cars don’t feature a spare tire anymore. Every other car on the road has it, and only I can tell a few instances when I was literally saved by the spare tire in my trunk, although it’s that small model.
Several German automakers have reached an agreement towards the future standard for EV charging. Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen all agreed on HomePlug’s Green PHY charging technology, which is able to send data over high voltage cables, simplifying the circuitry.
In order to decrease their carbon footprint and to raise the public awareness that they’re actually doing something for the environment besides producing electric cars, Renault has decided to install a 60 MW solar array on its centers in several locations from France.
Well… when the only remaining issue before producing electric cars isn’t what battery they should use or what the charging technology will be, then for Ford it’s where will they put the charging socket to satisfy most of the customers in Europe and the U.S.
The impact electric cars will have on humanity and our lifestyles will not only be at an economical level, but it will also change our state of health, a new report by the American Lung Association states. This means that besides saving $6 billion in health and fuel costs, the electric car will make us live longer – and probably better.
At the same time with the state offering incentives for buying electric vehicles, San Francisco authorities have decided to give yet another boost to the industry by offering free EV charging in public garages until 2013.
For years, people have been thinking to reduce or even eliminate gasoline-powered vehicles, and switch to battery-powered ones. The the battery-powered electric vehicles’ era hasn’t already begun well enough, and now some are even thinking to replace batteries with something else: ultracapacitors.
It appears that the Nissan Leaf has a new contender that threatens to steal its clients away: the Wheego LiFe has recently been unveiled and sold at its dealership in Atlanta.
If you have any doubts about switching to an electric car, then they shouldn’t concern safety, because by choosing a Chevrolet Volt …
Just like all of its predecessors tinkering with electricity such as the Prius or Tesla’s Roadster, the Nissan Leaf has already been tagged with problems by some of its only 450 owners in the U.S.. The issue in this case is not safety-related, but merely a functional one: at times, the Leaf refuses to start.
Z-Kart is the name of George Fortin’s newest vehicle. Called by some a contraption, and by others an image of a dream, the Z-Kart doesn’t have at all any of the safety requirements of a modern automobile. It is rather a four-wheel carriage that drives electrically, but what’s most important, though, is that it’s made in a garage… in California.
Nissan UK has assured its customers that they won’t get left out of Leafs, even if Japan’s earthquake has destroyed most of the transportation infrastructure in the country. So far, 550 orders worth some $42,000 have been fulfilled.
Although few for the moment, electric cars in Japan already have a bright future when it comes to charging, as a consortium made from ten companies want to give beverage vending machines another use: you guessed…. EV chargers.
After in late 2010 the petrol capital of Houston has been announced the recipient of a $10 million investment in electric car recharging networks, it’s not Chicago’s turn, as utility Exelon, along with the city led by newly appointed Mayor Rahm Emanuel want to build 280 charging stations… by the end of 2011.
Few times in history have there been alliances between French and German auto manufacturers, but it seems right now that BMW and Peugeot/Citroen are actually interested in building an electric vehicle alliance set to bring profits to them both and to set an European manufacturing standard.
Now, Elon Musk, Tesla Motors’ CEO, has declared himself super-optimistic about their chances to produce an electric SUV and show it to us this year, as a concept. The Tesla Model X, as he called it, is set to go onto the production lines and to the market in about four years, way after the Model S sedan will have grown in popularity.