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    Read This: Is 120 miles just about perfect for EV range?

    When it comes to battery-electric vehicles, our friend Brad Berman over at Plug In Cars says 40 miles makes all the difference in the world. That's the approximate difference in single-charge range between the battery-electric version of the Toyota RAV4 and the Nissan Leaf. It's also the ...

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    Official: How EV savings rise as temperature falls

    The Polar Vortex has created a bit of a mathematical optical illusion when comparing the effect of cold weather on gas-powered cars and electric vehicles. Cold weather reduces EV range by a greater percentage than it reduces gasoline fuel economy, but because EVs cost so much less to "fuel," the ...

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    Official: Bosch sees 180-mile EVs as 'minimum' by 2020

    While less than expected electric-vehicle sales in many parts of the world have many industry watchers pooh-poohing the growth prospects for plug-in cars, German component maker Bosch sees a bright future. The company, which among other things makes components for EVs like the Fiat 500e, expects ...

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    Official: Tesla adds $6,500 'Performance Plus' option to Model S; adds range, improves handling

    Tesla Motors is adding a special performance package for its all-electric Model S that not only will add miles of single-charge range, but will make sure those miles aren't driven sideways. The automaker is charging $6,500 for its new "Performance Plus" option, which includes wider rear tires, ...

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    Report: 'Real world' electric vehicle test easily beats EPA ratings

    Some Republicans decry what they say are the liberal leanings of the federal government, but when it comes to rating the single-charge range of electric vehicles, the feds' Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is decidedly conservative. At least, this is what Edmunds found in a recent EV road ...

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    Report: Motor Trend tests Tesla Model S, finds 0-60 in 3.9 sec and 100.7 MPGe

    Tesla has said the highest-end Model S has a range of 300 miles (at 55 miles per hour), but until recently, it's been tremendously difficult for anyone outside the company to verify this number. When the EPA did its testing thing, it came up with a 265-mile range estimate for the version with the ...

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    Report: 'Leafhack' gives Nissan Leaf more range, with drawbacks

    A Troy, MI-based company is selling a system for Nissan Leafs that could add an additional 40 miles of range to the battery-electric car thanks to the installation of an additional lithium-ion battery, Green Car Reports says. Enginer can install variable sizes of lithium-ion batteries at the ...

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    Official: Nissan debuts new battery capacity estimators

    One small step for man, one large step against range anxiety. Nissan is launching services for both the Internet and smartphones that Japan drivers of the Leaf electric vehicle can use to better estimate whether their batteries have enough juice to get them to a specific destination. The new ...

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    Report: Tesla Model S may come early with more range than promised: 320 miles!

    Mission accomplished? That's what Tesla executives Elon Musk and J.B. Straubel might be asking themselves after running single-charge mileage tests of the company's Model S sedan, which could be making the near first customer deliveries in about a month. That's roughly 30 days ahead of schedule, ...

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    Official: Fisker Karma goes 51.6 miles in electric mode

    Battery technology, say the detractors, just isn't there yet. Not enough to make electric vehicles a viable prospect for the majority of drivers at this point. That's what extended-range hybrids are for – to relieve range anxiety and help EVs go that extra mile or two hundred. That's why ...

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    Report: Nissan claims average Leaf is driven 37 miles per day, more range not needed

    How much range does an electric vehicle really need? A hundred miles... two-hundred miles? We suppose the answer to that question depends on who you're asking, and if you're asking Nissan, the answer you'll get may be surprising. According to Mark Perry, director of product planning and strategy ...

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    Report: GM's 2013 Chevrolet Spark electric dash graphic would be something, if it were true

    To mark yesterday's unveiling of the electric 2013 Chevrolet Spark, GM released a new graphic showing the dashboard and an outline of the car. The computer-generated image of the Spark's dash displays the electric city car achieving a shocking 18 miles per kilowatt-hour. That's mighty impressive ...

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    Study: Few willing to make sacrifices to buy today's electric vehicles

    EV drivers may or may not be proud, but those looking to drive one of today's electric vehicles certainly do appear to be few. At least, that's the result of a new survey by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited . In a survey of more than 13,000 drivers in 17 countries, only 2 to 4 percent (!) would ...

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    Nissan Leaf fans design more accurate state-of-charge meter

    If you get enough like-minded individuals together, they can accomplish quite a lot. Take, for instance, a group of fans on the MyNissanLeaf forum who wanted a more accurate way to tell how much further they could drive their Nissan Leaf. They accomplished this goal by coding up a device that ...

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    EV Profiler helps you discover what kind of EV is right for you

    Maybe you're more of a plug-in hybrid guy/gal, or maybe you're ready to kick that nasty fossil fuel habit for good and glide home on pure electricity (from a green source, of course). Before you make a big investment on an EV, though, mightn't it be worth making a small investment of time and ...

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    Report: German electric vehicle goes 1,014 miles on a charge

    Recently, the Schluckspecht E took to Bosch's 2,945-meter (1.83-mile) test track in Boxberg, Germany. Some 36 hours and 12 minutes later, the all-electric Schluckspecht came to a halt. In that amount time, the Schluckspecht reportedly covered 1,631.5 kilometers (1,013.8 miles). Since 36 hours is ...

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    Got range anxiety? Solar control glass lets you turn down the A/C

    The EPGAA, an automotive glass industry association, says that solar control glass can "substantially" reduce the need for A/C, thus extending the range of an electric vehicle. Overcoming "range anxiety" is key to electric vehicle adoption, says the EPGAA. That's exactly why the association ...

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    Forget "range anxiety," let's talk "gas anxiety"

    Think back to September of 2010. That's when General Motors attempted to trademark "range anxiety." Remember that? GM said that the term would be used to promote "public awareness of electric vehicle capabilities." To put it another way, GM intended to use "range anxiety" to knock on pure ...

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    Energy Secretary Chu says $20,000, 350-mile electric vehicle possible by 2017

    Last Friday, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa celebrated the installation of Coulomb Technologies' 500th plug-in vehicle charging station. That's interesting in and of itself, but it was something Chu said that captured our attention. First, Chu opened ...

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    Renault Zoe's "secret" range will most likely exceed 125 miles

    Renault Zoe – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Renault says that the range of its battery-powered Zoe, which is due to launch in Europe in late 2012, will exceed 200 kilometers (124.3 miles). How far beyond 200 km will a fully charged Zoe go before completely running out of ...


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