BMW fuel cell, Nissan Leaf, Elektroumrüster Elektro-Fahrzeuge Schwaben.
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Future drives by BMW: Next to the prototype of a BMW 2 Series Active Tourer with plug-in hybrid drive and a direct water injection for combustion engines showcased in France, all eyes were on the fuel cell model. The demonstrator is based on a BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo with a 180-kW electric motor. Range is set at 500km+. Fuel cell components are developed together with Toyota (we reported).
Better Leaf battery: Nissan is planning a midcycle update in August already, introducing the 30-kWh battery for the current Leaf model, inside sources say. The battery would have the same size but higher energy density and preceeds an improved drivetrain for the next-gen Leaf.
autonews.com via greencarreports.com
Leaf also gets a new trim with the Accenta+. The 6.6kW on-board charger comes standard, along with a mode-3 32 amp (EVSE) cable. In the UK, the model that also features shiny new rims starts at 29,740 pounds, only 1,150 GBP more, than the standard Acenta.
Electric trucks for Europe: Truck manufacturer Orten and the retrofitter Elektroumrüster Elektro-Fahrzeuge Schwaben (EFA-S) have agreed to exclusively develop and distribute electric trucks Europe-wide. The light trucks will have the same load capacity as diesel trucks. EFA-S will be responsible for the electric system, while Orten will open up access to its customers.
emobilitaetonline.de (in German)
Undercover: The BBC One drama series “The Interceptor” features undercover agents hunting down criminals. Behind the scenes, however, five electric vehicles were used to take care of all needs during production, making it one of the greenest sets ever and helping the broadcaster to bring down costs.
A total of 50,000,000 kilos of CO2 emissions is what Europe’s 41,000 Nissan Leaf have already saved, according to the carmaker. The Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE) suggests that 1,000 EVs in a city could reduce emissions by 2,000 tonnes per year.
Targeting the Leaf.
Nissan has come up with a new sport which could be called seek ‘n shoot. The goal (quite literally) is to hit a Nissan Leaf with a soccer ball as it passes with your eyes blindfolded. Check out if either Xavier or Natasha managed to score.
Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt sales in the U.S.
A total of 2,104 Nissan Leaf were delivered in the U.S. in May, bringing the year’s total to 7,742. While the Leaf is now the best-selling plug-in vehicle in the U.S., Chevy reported its best month since last August for the first-generation Volt. 1,618 units were sold in May, bringing the 2015 total to 4,397.
Audi, Nissan Leaf, Lexus, Saab, Yunnan Wulong Automobiles, BMW i.
Electric city car by Audi? The German brand will let yet another electric concept out of the bag, at least if Georg Kacher’s prediction of an upcoming city car is correct. It could be shown at the Paris Auto Show next year and is to be developed together with VW, Skoda, and Seat. An all-electric version to compete against the Smart ED or the electric Mini is likely but could take until 2020 to hit the market.
Bigger battery for Leaf in 2015? The 2016 Nissan Leaf might be upgraded with a 30-kWh battery at trim levels SV and SL, Inside EVs quotes two Nissan dealers. The standard version S would keep the 24-kWh power pack while the new-gen Leaf is to be expected by 2017.
New hybrid Lexus to come? Toyotas premium subsidiary has trademarked the LS500h name in Europe. The “h” usually accompanies Lexus hybrid models and thus points to yet another model using the power of joint efforts. No details have been released so far.
Saab resurrection in China: The Swedish carmaker Saab which has been on the edge of bankruptcy recently has now found two more Chinese partners willing to help getting the brand back on track together with current owner NEVS. Tianjin Binhai Hi-tech Industrial Development Area and the Beijing State Research Information Technology Company are to work with Saab/NEVS and plan to erect a facility focussed on electric cars and a R&D center in Tianjin, China.
Commercial EV from China: Yunnan Wulong Automobiles rolled out a 19-seat electric van called FDE6810. The company is ready to produce up to 3,500 units until March 2016. The range varies from 260 to 460 kilometres, depending on the model while prices start at 980,000 yuan (158,000 dollars) before subsidies that can reduce the price by 600,000 yuan (about 97,000 USD).
BMW i concept store in the States: The German brand has opened a dedicated facility for its i-brand, serving customers with both a showroom and a service centre. The Stevens Creek BMW i Center is (of course) located in California, in Santa Clara to be precise.
Nissan Leaf taxi.
An electric cab hit the 100,000-mile mark in Cornwall as it clocked over 25,000 paid rides. C&C Taxis put the Nissan Leaf fondly called Wizzy into service in July 2013 and the EV has since covered the equivalent distance to 100 round trips from the company’s headquarter in Cornwall to Scottish Glasgow – and counting.
PEV sales in the UK.
With 6.838 Leaf sold in the UK by the end of 2014, Nissan takes the top spot in overall EV sales on the Isles. Mitsubishi’s Outlander came in close second, as the PHEV sold 5.273 times even though it only went on sale there last year. The same is true for the BMW i3, which sold 1,534 units.
Elon Musk & Shinzo Abe, Vectrix scooter with Nissan Leaf battery.
Video tip I: Tesla CEO Elon Musk took Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a speedy spin in a Model S in California. Possibly a rather unusual sensation for the premier, but a taste of his own medicine, as he urges Japanese companies adopt the Silicon Valley spirit.
Video tip II: YouTube user Benjamin Nelson is on a mission to upgrade a Vectrix scooter with a Nissan Leaf battery pack. Lo and behold, it fits and already had its first public recharge.
youtube.com (Ben’s channel) via insideevs.com
China, Infiniti, VW, Lohia Auto, Nissan Leaf.
China slows down EV subsidies: China is to roll back EV and PHEV incentives faster than initially planned, the Chinese Ministry of Finance announced. In 2017 and 2018, scalebacks of 20 percent are due, followed by a 40-percent reduction in 2019 and 2020. In the original draft, two 10-percent reductions had been outlined until 2020.
Reality clash: Infiniti showed its hybrid racer Concept Vision Gran Turismo as a real model at the Auto Shanghai. The car made its first appearance in the virtual world as a racecar for Playstation’s Gran Turismo 6. If it will make it from the show (and screen) onto the street, remains to be seen.
Golf GTE in Ireland: Order books for Volkswagen’s plug-in Golf are now open in Ireland as the bestseller is due to launch there by July. Prices start at about 38,500 euros in the green republic.
Indian electrification: India’s EV scheme FAME already bears fruit it seems as manufacturers are gearing up electrically. Lohia Auto now announced its plans to build two new electric two-wheeler models, two more variants of electric rickshaws and a new electric three-wheeler for its domestic market.
Coming earlier and longer: A longer range option for the current generation 2016 Nissan Leaf can be expected already this autumn, Inside EVs believes. Their assumption is based on minutely gathered data on everything about the 2016 Leaf that has been published to date.
Nissan Leaf U.S. sales.
Nissan sold its 75,000th Leaf in the States to a loyal customer in Portland, Oregon. For the jubilee-owner, it is his second Leaf as he had leased one before and was apparently most satisfied. Nissan said it is owners like these that spread the word that drive the sales.
BYD, Nissan Leaf, Juelich Research Center, AVL List.
BYD takes on the Gigafactory: BYD announced that it wants to increase its battery production by 6 GWh per year. That means BYD could ramp up production from this year’s 10 GWh to 34 GWh by 2020 – nearly the same output that Tesla has announced for its Gigafactory (35 GWh).
Does the Leaf have a problem with the cold? Transport Canada is investigating possible problems with Nissan Leaf brakes in severe cold weather. The vehicles concerned were built in the years 2013 to 2015. The results of the investigation have not been published yet.
Safe Li-ion batteries: Scientists from the German Juelich Research Center have developed a new battery cell for EVs, using a special ceramic as solid electrolyte. In a next step, the researchers will reduce the thickness of the electrolyte to only a few micrometers.
idw-online.de, golem.de (articles in German)
AVL moves to Sweden: The powertrain developer from Graz has bought 51 percent of shares of the Swedish company Victura AB. It is said to be one of the leading transmission and hybrid driveline design companies and will “strengthen AVL’s broad range of development services and its position in Sweden”.
Nissan Leaf sales in Japan.
Nissan sold 999 Leafs in Japan this January alone and is en route to pass the 50,000-mark of cumulative sales in its home country this month. Less than 400 sales are missing and the general trend is pointing upwards as the carmaker sold 37 percent more Leafs in 2014 compared to 2011.
Nissan Leaf, Gigafactory, Events.
Reading tip: Transport Evolved’s Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield has driven 70,380 miles in her Nissan Leaf since she got it in March 2011. And she sings its praises, saying it has proven itself to be a “solid investment” as she only had to pay 1,200 pounds on charging so far.
Click tip: Bob Tregilus brings us the newest pictures of the Gigafocatory construction site in the middle of the Nevada desert. As Tesla announced a few weeks ago, the battery factory will already open its doors next year, one year earlier than originally planned.
Events for the upcoming week: Geneva International Motorshow (Mar 05-15; Geneva, Switzerland) ++ IEVE International Electric Vehicle Expo (Mar 06-15; Jeju, South Korea)
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar
Toyota Mirai production, Next-gen Nissan Leaf.
Video tip: With these five newly published videos, Toyota offers a rare behind the scenes look at the production of it fuel cell vehicle Mirai. Production was launched at the Motomachi Plant in Japan in November of last year.
Reading tip: Hybrid Cars may not have gotten to peek behind the curtain, but this article lists everything about the next-generation Nissan Leaf. The new model is rumoured to be a 2017 model and to offer significantly more range than the current Leaf.
Nissan Leaf, The Powerhouse.
Video tip: Valentine’s Day is around the corner and Nissan has taken the opportunity to launch a new promotion campaign. The idea: It’s hard to leave your partner, but it’s easy to ditch your petrol powered car. Especially since the Nissan Leaf is there to comfort you.
youtube.com via transportevolved.com
Book tip: Steve LeVine’s “The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World” is about the ongoing search for a revolutionary battery technology. He takes his readers to the Argonne National Laboratory, where he spent nearly two years following battery research and development.
amazon.com via technologyreview.com, nytimes.com
Always double-check the bill.
A British man who took his car in for its annual service was more than surprised when he saw the invoice which stated 8,94 pounds for a new oil filter. Well, nothing out of order, one might think – but this guy drives a Nissan Leaf…
U.S. sales in January.
In the US, Nissan sold 1,070 Leaf this January. Not many, but EV sales are rarely high in the cold months and many Americans made use of incentives as the tax year ended. The Chevy Volt sold only 542 units last month obviously due to the new generation being in the starting blocks.
Nissan Leaf sales in Europe.
A total of 14,658 Nissan Leaf found a new home in Europe in the past year. That is a 33 percent sales increase compared to 2013 and a new record for the carmaker. The Nissan Leaf was the most sold electric car in Europe and the U.S., a spot it has held for all four years that it has been on the market.
Nissan Leaf and PEV sales in the U.S.
Nissan sold 30,200 Leaf EVs in the U.S. last year and is thus the first carmaker to have ever billed more than 30,000 plug-in vehicles in 12 months. December prove particularly successfully as 3,102 Leaf were bought, making it the third best month of all times. Overall, more than 100,000 PEVs were sold in the States in 2014.
insideevs.com (Leaf), greencarreports.com (total plug-in sales)
Tesla Model S vs. Porsche Cayenne S E Hybrid, Nissan Leaf batteries.
Video tip: Autoblog pitched the Tesla Model S versus Porsche’s Cayenne S E Hybrid in a drag race. While German engineering initially is faster, the Californian just needed some time to get warm before flexing its electric muscles.
Click tip: The making of Nissan´s Leaf batteries in its British Sunderland plant is brought to us by Inside EVs who prepared an info graphic, numerous photos and a video.
Porsche 918 Spyder vs. Koenigsegg Agera R, Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt.
Video tip: Which car wins? The Swedish hyper sports car Koenigsegg Agera R or the Porsche 918 Spyder that features an electric engine for an extra boost of power and is equipped with the Weissach package? We won´t tell – watch the video to find out.
Reading tip: Happy Birthday, Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt! Both turn four these days. Hybrid Cars has published an article looking back at what these two pioneers cars went through since December 2010.
Nissan Leafs now drove 1 billion kilometres worldwide. The data is based on the CarWings telematic system so that it is likely the Japanese EVs have billed a few more miles from those not registered. Furthermore, the Leaf has now been sold 150,000 times worldwide.
electriccarsreport.com, insideevs.com, transportevolved.com
Nissan Leaf trailer hitch, Horse-drawn carriages vs. electric vehicles.
Video tip: Etrailer has come up with a trailer hitch that can be installed on a Nissan Leaf. The video shows how it is done but be warned that warranty issues when towing a trailer may result.
youtube.com via insideevs.com
Reading tip: Fiercely opposed by New York’s coachmen of the horse-drawn carriages in Central Park, the eCarriage is destined to replace animal labour eventually. To see how that future could feel like, Car and Driver ventured out to explore the green electrically and encountered more than one pitfall.
Nissan Leaf ad campaigns.
Nissan spent no less than 30 million dollars on TV ads promoting its Leaf in the U.S. in 2014. The “Kick Gas” campaign, aired predominantly on major U.S. news networks such as CBS, FOX and NBC, helped increase sales in November, according to the carmaker
Healthy living with EVs.
According a Nissan salesman in Washington, ten customers quit smoking after buying a Leaf. The reason is simple – they no longer stop at gas stations, which is where they typically bought their cigarettes.
New Nissan Leaf ad, EV adoption in Canada.
Video tip: A new television spot for the Nissan Leaf is airing in the U.S. Nissan pays the petrol for drivers of vehicles with combustion engines, while showing them how much they could save by driving an electric car.
youtube.com via hybridcars.com
Study tip: According to WWF Canada’s “Transportation rEVolution: Electric Vehicle Status Update 2014,” 42 percent of the Canadians believe that EVs are a practicable alternative to combustion technology. The number of Canadians who have test driven an EV has doubled and sales skyrocketed.
marketwired.com, awsassets.wwf.ca (Report as PDF)
October 2014 sales in the U.S.
A total of 2,589 Nissan Leaf were sold in the U.S. in October, another monthly sales record. That brings this year’s sales there to 24,411 units and the total of Nissan Leaf sold in the country to 66,533. The Chevy Volt had a difficult month, selling only 1,439 units, as people are probably awaiting the new model.
electriccarsreport.com, green.autoblog.com (Leaf), insideevs.com(Volt)
Chevy Volt production, Nissan Leaf sales record, Commercial EVs.
Video tip: CNN looks underneath the hood of the upcoming Chevy Volt and shows how the drive unit and battery pack are built. Watch as CNN’s Peter Valdes-Dapena (with some assistance from employees at GM battery lab in Warren, Michigan) assembles the next-gen Voltec drive unit.
Click tip: Nissan has set a new sales record, saying it already sold more Leafs until the end of September, than it did in all of 2013 (22,610 units). The first nine months of 2014 showed a 36 percent increase in sales compared to the same period last year.
Study tip: IDTechEx projects that the market for electric and hybrid vehicles for the construction, agriculture and mining sectors will be worth 30 billion dollars by 2025. According to the new report, i.e. tractors in agriculture will be electric in volume quantities by 2025.