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Official: The 100,000th EV sold in the US is… a Mitsubishi i-MiEV

By Brandon Turkus

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The news here isn’t that 100,000 EVs have been sold in the US, although that’s quite the accomplishment. It’s that the 100,000th car is a Mitsubishi i-MiEV – a car that takes nearly a full day to recharge on a standard outlet and can only travel about 62 miles per charge (according to the car’s Monroney).

Jabs at the Mitsubishi aside, the fact that US dealers have moved 100,000 electric cars is made more impressive in that it’s only been done since the latest generation of EVs arrived, typified by the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric and aforementioned i-MiEV. Chronologically, that means roughly the last two years. It’s a number that we can only expect to climb, as EVs gain a stronger foothold among manufacturers and consumers.

Plug In America, an EV advocacy group, crunched the numbers for a contest called #PIA100K, to find the lucky buyer, who would be given a ClipperCreek Level 2 charger (which takes the i-MiEV’s recharge time down to just seven hours). The winner, Rich Salmon of Grand Bay, Alabama, picked up his i-MiEV from Pete Moore Mitsubishi.

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Mercedes-Benz Debuts 2014 B-class Electric Drive [2013 New York Auto Show]

By Alexander Stoklosa

2014 Mercedes-Benz B-class Electric Drive

As electric vehicles have begun trickling onto the market in greater numbers, it seems automakers face two routes when it comes to whipping up a gas-free ride. The first is to create an EV from scratch—see the Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf—and the second is to retrofit an existing model with an electric powertrain, as with the Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, and Toyota RAV4 EV. Mercedes-Benz has decided that for the U.S. market it will follow the latter proposition, and is bringing the European B-class here equipped with an electric powertrain to be the first Electric Drive vehicle to wear the tri-pointed star.  READ MORE ››

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at Car & Driver

Electric Vehicles and Solar: A Match Made in Heaven

By Travis Hoium, The Motley Fool

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Powering your home with electricity generated from the sun’s rays is becoming more cost effective every day. But the real revolution may be that it’s increasingly attractive to power your car with the sun as well.

People often mistakenly compare solar power to oil or gasoline when talking about the cost of energy; when it’s really more accurately compared to grid electricity. But if you’re looking to go off the grid, vehicle included, solar is an attractive option. As a result, the number of automakers teaming up with solar companies has ramped up recently.

Driving with solar power
Tesla Motors is leading the charge in making its vehicles solar compatible. The company is building a network of free supercharger stations that will give drivers a 150-mile range in just a half hour. When the network is complete in two years, a Tesla owner will be able to drive from Los Angeles to New York without spending a dime on fuel.  

The company has teamed up with another business controlled by Elon Musk, SolarCity , to offer a complete off-grid product for consumers who want to get all of their fuel from the sun. SolarCity and Tesla are a natural fit given their common majority owner and how complementary their businesses can be to each other.

SunPower and Nissan have also teamed up to provide LEAF owners with education and systems that will provide solar power. The solar company has also teamed up with Ford to offer the “Drive Green for Life” program to Ford Focus Electric customers.

Pacts between solar companies and car companies may not seem like a natural fit at first, but they have a lot of consumers in common, so it’s really a match made in heaven.

A natural fit
At this early stage in both the electric vehicle and solar cycle the two industries complement each other well. A consumer spending more on an electric vehicle because of its environmental friendliness is the same kind of consumer who will install solar. Adding solar to an electric vehicle will only make it more attractive to most buyers, especially since many solar leasing programs by SolarCity and SunPower allow no money down.

The real impact for these industries will come as they begin to build complementary networks both in and out of the home. I think there will be a convergence of solar and electric vehicle installers in coming years; it may come from some surprising places.

SolarCity is a natural fit for electric vehicles. While installers are putting in a home solar system they can add a 240-volt charger in the garage. The same electricians can do the work for both systems.

But the bigger surprise may be the role Best Buy could play. Best Buy has partnered with Ford to offer branded charging stations and support to customers. They line up the electrician and equipment, no effort needed from the customer. This is …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at DailyFinance

Nissan Leaf Vs. Ford Focus Electric: Compare Cars

If you want an electric car, but you don’t need to stand out to others as you might in a Nissan Leaf, the Ford Focus Electric is another all-electric model worth considering. Both of these battery electric vehicles offer different answers to the same question: What should a compact electric hatchback look like? The Nissan Leaf is a dedicated… …read more
Source: FULL ARTICLE at The Car Connection

2013 Nissan Leaf changes include lower-cost trim, faster charger [w/video]

By Sebastian Blanco

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2013 Nissan Leaf

For the new model year, Nissan is applying lessons learned from two years of selling the Leaf electric vehicle – and seeing what the competition is doing – to offer a lower-price trim line as well as faster charging and new, upper-level options.

The 2013 Nissan Leaf line grows from two trim lines – the SV and SL – to include the new, lower-cost S grade. Precisely what that lower price is, has not yet been revealed, but we think that information might come out at the Detroit Auto Show next week. What we do know is that the reduced price is due, in part, to domestic production. Instead of shipping every Leaf from Japan, Nissan has started making the EV and its batteries in Smyrna, TN, as you can see in the video below.

To keep up with faster-charging competitors like the Ford Focus Electric, the Leaf is finally getting a 6.6-kW onboard charger. This has been expected for a long while, and it’s most welcome because it will cut the time it takes to charge the Leaf in half, down to four hours from empty to 80 percent full. This will be standard on the SL and SV trims. The Leaf S will use a 3.6-kW charger unless you spring for the 6.6-kW option. These updates and others mean expected increases to the vehicle’s range, but that number will have to wait until closer to when the 2013 Leaf goes on sale later this year.

Nissan also says the 2013 Leaf has better regenerative brakes and some refined touches like “leather-appointed seating” and new exterior colors. There is also a new “B” drive mode for harsher regen braking and an “available hybrid heater system” for better heat in cold weather. You can read more about it below.

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