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Three Carmakers Eye EV Charging Standard

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Nissan, BMW and Tesla have jointly announced that the three carmakers are working together toward a unified EV charging standard. Most industry analysts think that a single charging protocol will help global sales of electric cars. Nissan’s Leaf and Tesla’s Model S, for example, are unable to use each other’s charging stations without expensive adapters. [...]

New EV Battery Charges 20 Times Faster

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A Japan-based engineering firm is producing an electric car battery that is safer, more powerful, and more durable than those currently on the market. Said to recharge twenty times as quickly as lithium-ion packs, the dual-carbon batteries, as they are called, were designed by a Kyushu University engineer. How it Works: Video View the clip [...]

Next Leaf Will Go Farther, Look Different

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This was the perfect week to post a blog entry about Nissan, the company that had not one, but two major announcements within a three-day period. First, as we already reported here on MyPerfectAutomobile, the Japanese automaker rolled its first all-electric van, the e-NV200, off the line in Barcelona. The functional, good-looking EV van is [...]

Tesla News: At Least 2 Battery Sites Planned

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Elon Musk announced this week that his auto company, Tesla Motors, will soon choose “at least two” U.S. locations for its new battery facilities, called gigafactories by those close to the project. This development follows Tesla’s plans to offer a lower-priced EV for the 2017 model year or earlier. The plants will be, according to [...]

Tesla Announces 100th Supercharger Station

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Tesla Motors announced this week that the company has installed its 100th supercharger, which also happens to be the 86th such facility on U.S. soil. Rounding out Tesla’s 100 supercharger locations: there are two facilities in The Netherlands, one in Austria, four in Germany, six in Norway, and one in Switzerland. The electric carmaker had [...]

Juno Power Jumper: Lithium Battery Rescuer

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A California-based mobile accessories firm, Juno Power, has developed a lithium-polymer car-jumper that is the size of a cellular phone. The unit features a port that delivers a 300-amp, 12-volt shot of electricity capable of reviving a stalled automobile battery. The Jumpr, as the small jump-start pack is called, is smart enough to prevent reverse [...]

Denza EV Unveiled at Beijing Show

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Boasting a range of 186-miles-per-charge, the Daimler-BYD Denza EV made its debut at Auto China (Beijing Auto Show) today. BYD is known for its battery engineering expertise, while Daimler is a car manufacturer with more than a century of experience. The partnership is manufacturing the cars through its joint venture entity, Shenzhen BYD Daimler New [...]

EV Sales Growing Exponentially

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According to the latest data, global sales of electric cars have doubled each of the last three years, with more than 400,000 of the vehicles on roadways around the world. Scholars at a German think tank predict that the total could surpass the 1 million mark within two years. The Center for Solar Energy and [...]

Tesla’s Big Win in the Big Apple

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Tesla Motors has scored a huge victory in the state of New York. The EV maker has received the legislative green light to keep its five stores open, and new laws will seal the deal for the longer term. In what looks like a “battle of the governors” between New York and New Jersey, Tesla [...]

Wireless EV Charging Tested by Toyota

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Toyota is experimenting with a new EV charging system that lets cars replenish their batteries without plugging in. By parking over a special coil, an electric car can recharge its battery and drive off several hours later with a fully loaded pack. The resonance charging method is one of the Japanese auto giant’s plans for [...]

Breakthrough: New EV Cord Could be Game Changer

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AeroVironment, a company that makes a range of EV accessories, has developed a portable charger that is completely adaptable and, according to the company, faster than typical plug-in systems. Called the TurboCord, AeroVironment’s product can be plugged right into a wall socket, adapts to either 120 or 240-volt outlets, and replenishes batteries three times faster [...]

Classic EVs Could Replace Horse Carriages in NYC

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The Mayor-elect of New York City, Bill de Blasio, said this week that the era of horse-drawn carriages in the Big Apple is “over.” In case anyone doubted his intentions, de Blasio added, “We are going to get rid of the horse carriages. Period.” Almost instantly, various interest groups began encouraging the new administration to [...]

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