Nissan Europe adds Voltia electric van to its range
The fully-electric van is a version of the e-NV200 with a larger load floor. Until now, the model has been marketed by the e-mobility specialist under its own management but from now on, the model will be sold by Nissan in Europe as the Nissan e-NV200 XL Voltia.Weiterlesen
Coronavirus: Carmakers shut down plants across the globe
First carmakers announce closures of factories in Europe due to the Coronavirus crisis unfolding on the continent. PSA will lockdown all vehicle production plants in Europe by 27 March and the French carmaker is not the only one.Weiterlesen
V2G, EC Power, TUM, Stanford.
V2G pilot in the Netherlands: Nissan and Enel have expanded their V2G activities as they hook up with NewMotion and Mitsubishi to come to the Netherlands. Grid operator TenneT is on board as well and the Outlander PHEV serves as bidirectional charging test mule. The first V2G station is live.
EV tech for driving in the cold: A new control strategy can restore EV battery power and permit full regeneration while driving at temperatures as low as −40 °C, thanks to Researchers at Penn State and a practitioner from EC Power. The method involves heating the battery internally during regenerative braking and rest periods of driving.
Electrode made in the microwave: Lithium cobalt phosphate is the latest material to be praised as promising material for cathodes and could now be made easier than ever. Researcher Jennifer Ludwig of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a method to synthesize high quality crystals at low cost by microwaving it.
Another battery out of the kitchen comes from Stanford, where researchers have developed a sodium-ion battery based on a compound related to table salt. Its cost is less than 80 percent of a lithium ion battery with the same storage capacity.
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European EV and hybrid sales.
Electric vehicle sales in Europe list 1,243 Nissan Leafs making it the best-selling electric car on the continent in January. Far behind, yet second best is the Volvo V60 plug-in with 439 units followed closely by VW’s E-Up (398). Overall, 4,288 EVs were sold.
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