December 28, 2012 21:03 by Jeremy
With fuel-powered cars, there's always the thought of having to replace parts. Naturally, the same should hold true for electric vehicles - while there's no gas tank to replace, there's still a battery tucked away that may need fixing one day. Nissan recognizes this, and has released information about their "New Electric Vehicle Limited Warranty".
The issue came about sooner than most would have expected; Nissan Leaf owners in the south-western US deserts (such as Arizona) have been complaining throughout the year of their battery depleting faster and of general battery capacity rate loss. In response, Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd, issued a statement explaining the new limited warranty.
Effective Spring of 2013, if your Nissan Leaf falls below 9 bars (of the available 12 bars of battery life) within 5 years or 60,000 miles, Nissan will either repair or replace your Li-Ion car battery. If replaced, Nissan holds the right to provide you either with a brand new battery or a remanufactured battery. This covers the older 2011 and 2012 models, along with Nissan's newer 2013 Leaf model, and will also only currently cover Nissan Leaf's in the United States.
To see the full statement from Andy Palmer, along with a Q&A on the subject, check out the source link below.
Sources: MyNissanLeaf Forums, insideline.com
April 19, 2011 00:00 by Ty
BMW has a second-generation electric car that they have been working on called the ActiveE. The BMW ActiveE is an all-electric version of the BMW 1 Series coupe that is capable of a 100-mile range off of one full charge, and can accelerate from 0-60 in under 9 seconds. The large 33 kWh battery pack takes just 3-5 hours to fully charge off a 240-volt Level 2 charging station. The real-wheel drive electric motor packs 170 horsepower and 185 foot punds of torque. The ActiveE BMW is the second generation of the trial Mini E that was available in Los Angeles and New York with only 450 Mini E electric cars available for a one year lease in June of 2009. The BMW ActiveE will be available in a limited production of 1000 units sometime after 2011, followed by the BMW i3 with a carbon-fiber hatchback, expected to debut in 2013.
With rising fuel prices and the average American commuting 32 miles to work and back, an electric car with a 100 mile range off a full charge makes sense. Technology and innovation for electric vehicles are improving fast and are becoming cost effective for consumers to purchase and drive on an everyday basis. This BMW electric car is ideal, especially if you have a loved one that likes nothing less than a BMW,"The Ultimate Driving Machine.”
You can also find cool applications that function with your iPhone called the BMW ConnectedDrive. This free BMW ActiveE app allows you to call up the current battery status and range of your BMW ActiveE and also checks for any charging stations in the vicinity or near your destination.
BMW Electric Car Information:
BMW 1 Series Electric Car
BMW I3 Electric Car
Mini Cooper Mini E
April 4, 2011 21:13 by Ty
Tesla Motors located in Palo Alto, California has announced on March 28 that over 1500 electric Roadsters in 30 countries have covered 10 million miles. In retrospect, these electric sports cars have saved over 500,000 gallons of fuel from being burned and 5.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.
The Tesla electric cars are remarkable vehicle since their Roadster launched in 2008 as the only highway-capable electric vehicle to accelerate from 0-60 in 3.7 second and a range of 245 miles off of one full charge. The Tesla Roadster consistently outperforms other traditional supercars around the world, while also being credited with leading the automotive industry to a zero-emissions future.
At an average of 500 Tesla Roadsters being manufactured and sold each year, more fuel will be saved to achieve a zero-emissions future. Tesla is also adding a new Model S to the production line and deliveries will be taken in 2012.
Source: Tesla Roadster Drives 10 Million Miles
March 23, 2011 00:48 by Jeremy
Elon Musk, CEO of famed motor company Tesla, admits he believes that the long term war of energy in vehicles would be won by capacitors, not batteries. An ironic statement, coming from the man whose business currently utilizes numerous lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. It's also a statement with a lot of weight behind it, considering the other accomplishments Musk has in his belt (including having a hand in the creation of PayPal).
"If I were to make a prediction, I'd think there's a good chance that it is not batteries. but capacitors," stated Musk recently while at the Cleanteach Forum in San Francisco.
Currently, batteries continue to be a leading resource for energy throughout the world. Musk's statement, however, is backed by the knowledge behind capacitors and ultracapacitors. For example, unlike batteries, they can withstand more charge / discharge cycles.
More research is needed behind capacitors and ultracapacitors, and before that happens, batteries will continue to provide the energy needed for many electronic devices. But perhaps one day, Musk's prediction that capacitors "will supercede" batteries will come true.
May 10, 2010 19:50 by Ty
Better Place marks itself as, “The global provider of electric vehicle networks and services.” Better Place launched switchable-electric battery powered taxies to run in Tokyo. Battery packs are equipped with the latest lithium-ion battery technology and 95% of the battery material can be recycled and reused. Range is about 100 miles and recharge time is between 4-8 hours. The EV battery lifespan is expected to be 8 years with over 2000 recharges. You can check out the new electric cars by Better Place with detailed specifications, plans and vision.