Tesla Says Newer Models Less Prone to “Bricking”

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Tesla Says Newer Models Less Prone to “Bricking”
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Tesla has been weathering a storm of questions regarding its Tesla Roadsters ‘bricking’. Earlier today, the company posted an entry in its blog explaining the situation, and claiming that newer models can last significantly longer without being plugged in. The blog post titled “Plug It In” reminds Tesla Roadster owners to plug in their vehicles… Continue Reading...

Is Your Electric Vehicle at Risk of Bricking? Know the Facts

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Is Your Electric Vehicle at Risk of Bricking? Know the Facts
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The recent stories of the Tesla Roadster “bricking” will likely cause owners of other electric vehicles to worry. We’ve managed to track down and get a comment about the measures in place that can prevent other EVs from becoming damaged like the Tesla. A “bricked” car is a lot like a bricked gadget. It can’t… Continue Reading...

Electric Vehicle Tax Incentives Cut In 2012

Electric Vehicle Tax Incentives Cut In 2012
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The new year is rapidly approaching and with it a host of new vehicles begging to be driven are sitting in dealer lots waiting to wow shoppers. When it comes to new cars, those shoppers often expect more for less as new models hit the showroom, but that wont be the case for electric vehicles… Continue Reading...

Chevrolet Volt Fire Solution Expected Soon, Coolant Leak May Be The Culprit

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Chevrolet Volt Fire Solution Expected Soon, Coolant Leak May Be The Culprit
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General Motors is moving closer to a solution for the fires that occurred in Volts after crash testing earlier this year. Fox News reported yesterday that, according to an unnamed source, fires sparking inside Chevrolet‘s lauded green car might be caused by coolant crystallizing on the car’s battery after a crash, leading to a short… Continue Reading...

Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Coming In Spring Of 2012

Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Coming In Spring Of 2012
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The third generation Smart fortwo is on its way, hitting dealers in the spring of 2012. The electric Smart car will roll off the production line in Hamback, France and will be available in more than thirty markets worldwide when released. The third generation smart fortwo electric drive features a fifty-five kW magneto-electric motor, churning… Continue Reading...

Toyota Prius V Gets 25,000 Pre-Orders In Japan

Toyota Prius V Gets 25,000 Pre-Orders In Japan
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Toyota has already racked up 25,000 pre-orders for its Prius V wagon, (sold as the Prius Alpha in Japan), a figure that works out to more than eight times its original sales target of 3,000 units per month. The Prius V is the first of many planned iterations of the Prius model range, with a… Continue Reading...

Ford Says 25 Percent Of Lineup To Be “Electrified” By 2020, Calls On Government Subsidies For Batteries

Ford Says 25 Percent Of Lineup To Be “Electrified” By 2020, Calls On Government Subsidies For Batteries
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Ford Motor Company Chairman Bill Ford (great-grandson of Henry Ford) revealed to Fortune magazine that his namesake automaker will apparently launch a global line of electric vehicles, with 25 percent of Ford’s lineup available with some degree of electrification by 2020. Ford cited the electric Focus and both plug-in and fully electric versions of the… Continue Reading...

Toyota Prius V Delayed Up To A Year

Toyota Prius V Delayed Up To A Year
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The upcoming Toyota Prius V, a pseudo-minivan version of Toyota’s wildly popular Prius hybrid, may be delayed for up to a year because of battery shortages resulting from the March 11th earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Toyota initially planned to launch the vehicle in April, but the resulting supply chain issues have thrown their plans… Continue Reading...

Siemens 22kW Charger Can Replenish Electric Vehicle Batteries In Under One Hour

Siemens 22kW Charger Can Replenish Electric Vehicle Batteries In Under One Hour
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Apart from their limited range, another objection to electric vehicles is that they take hours to recharge a depleted battery. Recently Siemens announced that prototypes of a high-powered electric vehicle charger promise to make filling a typical EV battery inside of 60 minutes. The first 22-kilowatt (kW) CP700A chargers are being rolled out through the… Continue Reading...

Chevrolet Volt Battery Gets 8 Year, 100,000 Mile Warranty

Chevrolet Volt Battery Gets 8 Year, 100,000 Mile Warranty
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General Motors is throwing its weight behind the Chevrolet Volt’s battery system by offering an 8-year, 100,000 mile warranty on the battery pack. Many potential consumers have expressed reservations about the longevity and durability of electric vehicle batteries, which can be extremely expensive to replace and are a relatively new technology that hasn’t seen widespread… Continue Reading...

BYD And Daimler To Collaborate On EVs In China

BYD And Daimler To Collaborate On EVs In China
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Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz and BYD, China’s fastest growing car company, established a joint venture to develop electric cars in China. Based in the industrial city of Shenzen, the two companies respective experience with electric cars complements one another. BYD is experienced with battery and drivetrain systems, while Daimler will bring their knowledge of… Continue Reading...

Nissan Leaf Won’t Turn A Profit Until Year Three Of Production

Nissan Leaf Won’t Turn A Profit Until Year Three Of Production
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There’s no such thing as a get rich quick scheme, and Nissan knows this, even as demand for their new Leaf electric car outstrips supply. Any new technology takes a significant amount of time to turn a profit, as development costs must be amortized. One can imagine how expensive a car with an $18,000 battery must… Continue Reading...

Detroit 2010: BMW Concept Active E Presented at Detroit Auto Show

Detroit 2010: BMW Concept Active E Presented at Detroit Auto Show
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BMW introduced its 1-Series Coupe-based Active E electric vehicle at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Powered by newly developed lithium-ion batteries, the Active E has a claimed power output of 170 hp with 184.4 ft-lb. of torque. As per BMW tradition, the Active E is rear-wheel drive, testing an early version of… Continue Reading...

Detroit Preview: BMW Concept ActiveE

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Detroit Preview: BMW Concept ActiveE
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***See AutoGuide’s LIVE 2010 Detroit Auto Show Coverage Here*** BMW will introduce a new electric concept model based on the 1 Series Coupe at the Detroit Auto Show. The BMW Concept ActiveE will follow the MINI E as the second stage of BMW’s electric vehicle development program. BMW has begun development of a trial fleet… Continue Reading...