Second life for a coal power plant in Germany
In a former coal-fired power plant in Elverlingsen, Germany, a new stationary battery storage system made up of of electric car batteries has been put into operation. The project was jointly developed by Renault, the technology company The Mobility House and the electricity storage system expert Fenecon.
Even EVs have trouble leaving oil behind
It turns out that from Renault’s Zoe delivery to Australia, more than 90% of the vehicles were damaged in transit due to an oil spill on the transport vessel. It seems that the road to electrification is slippery indeed.
Sumitomo starts electric car sharing in Stockholm
Japanese conglomerate Sumitomo that does everything from mining to managing grocery stores is taking on a new venture, electric car sharing. Not only is this a new field for them, the Tokyo-based company also chose one of the world’s toughest sharing markets – Sweden.
France: March marks record recovery for EV sales
After a slight decline in plug-in sales in previous months, France has fully recovered at the start of spring with sales across all segments on the up. To be precise, EV sales in particular have reached a high that was hitherto unseen.
E.ON supports electric cabs in Sweden
30 Renault Zoe have arrived in the Swedish capital where cab provider Taxi Stockholm is working to electrify its fleet. The entire charging infrastructure has been provided by utility E.On and includes the provision of electricity from renewables.
Renault Zoe, Tesla Model S or X.
Video tip: EVs make the world a better place, right? Not for all, as Renault demonstrates with this latest Zoe spot starring a dog eagerly expecting his owner with perked ears. Only the Zoe arrives silently without the canine noticing, so zero noise is not great for everyone…
Click tip: Ludicrous mode may be fun, but there are more practical things to consider when choosing between a Tesla Model S or X. Like cargo space, for example. The conclusions drawn from this thorough comparative report are unexpected at times.
Renault sold 30,000 Zoe worldwide since it introduced its dedicated EV in 2012. While not a small number, it is almost dwarfed when compared to the Nissan Leaf, which can be found close to 200,000 times on the globe (sales stood at 172,000 in May) and has been around since 2010.
Renault Zoe sales in France.
Nearly 5,000 Renault Zoe have been sold this year in France already, meaning the carmaker profited most from the scrappage scheme for diesel cars. French government bodies as well as the countries postal service are also fans of Renault’s EV.
wiwo.de (in German), tf1.fr (in French)
Koenigsegg Regera, Renault Zoe, Goodyear, Tata Motors.
More than 1500 hp, 0-248 mph in under 20 seconds – meet the Koenigsegg Regera, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. The hybrid system of this Swedish hyper sports car combines a V8-engine with three electric motors which sign for 515 kW alone. The battery system comes from Rimac and is said to be the world’s most power-dense to date. However, only 80 units of the super hybrid will be built.
gtspirit.com, techeblog.com, pistonheads.com, electricautosport.com (Rimac battery)
Zoe gets increased range: Renault has issued an upgrade for the Zoe which boosts its range by about 30 km to 240 kilometres. Inside the new Zoe, a more compact and lighter electric motor called R240 together with an optimised electronic management system are said to work wonders. The motor also features a new Caméléon system which allows faster charging at home (3 kW and 11 kW).
insideevs.com, transportevolved.com, autovolt-magazine.com
Tires reloaded: Goodyear showcases a concept tire in Geneva that produces energy – the BH03 transforms heat created when it rolls into electrical energy. However, the concept tire will not get to market anytime soon but will serve as a base for future innovations.
Concept EV from India: Tata Motors brought the ConnectNext concept to Geneva. The five-seater electric car comes without a B-pillar for flexibility on the inside while boasting technologies like screens for the rear passengers or cameras instead of mirrors.
indianautosblog.com, tatamotors.com (pdf)
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Most clicked link on Tuesday was Nissan´s ‘Ultimate Smart BBQ Vehicle’, which is based on the all-electric van e-NV200.
Renault Zoe, Formula E School Series.
Video tip 1: “I made the Switch” is the name of a new campaign introducing Renault-Nissan drivers and their electric cars. Starring in today’s episode is Séverin Groisne from Paris and her beloved Zoe.
youtube.com (French with English subtitles) via ecomento.tv
Video tip 2: A video of the first FE School Series, which took part as a side event during the Formula E’s stop in Argentina, has now been released. 11 to 16-year-old school children present and race their self-build electric cars. The event will also take place during Formula E’s upcoming races.
youtube.com via electricautosport.com
UK, Electric Highway, Renault Zoe, Supercharger.
Police, fire fighters to go electric: A five million pound government scheme in the UK aims to increase the use of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEV). Now, police, fire fighters and NHS could apply for grants to electrify parts of their fleets. Some 200 plug-ins are expected to hit the road amid this next phase of the scheme.
Rapid-charger in Cornwall: As of Friday, Britain’s South will also be connected to Electric Highway. The fast-charger at the Cornwall Services site in Victoria has a Type 2, as well as a CHAdeMO connector. For members of the Electric Highway, charging is free.
Zoe sets record at home: A record total of 1,182 Renault Zoe were registered in France in December, bringing the number of total sales there to 5,970. That is an increase of 8.3 percent compared to 2013 and means, more than half of all EVs sold in France last year were Renault Zoe.
insideevs.com, generation-nt.com (in French)
Supercharger vs CHAdeMO: The former wins 884 to 776 in terms of charging points in the U.S. However, there are still more CHAdeMO stations, as Superchargers generally count more connectors. Moreover, Tesla has another 500 so-called destination chargers (not Superchargers), located at hotels or other points of interest.
cleantechnica.com (charge points), insideevs.com (destination chargers)
Renault Zoe trip in Ireland, BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance edition.
Reading tip: For a change, this coast to coast trip has not been made in a Tesla and has not crossed the USA. Instead, Eddie Cunningham drove a Renault Zoe from Dublin to Galway and back. In Ireland, charging does appear to be a bit more adventurous than in the supercharged States.
Click tip: BMW’s special edition of the i8 has been auctioned off for 825,000 dollars at the Concours d’ Elegance at Pebble Beach this weekend. That is about six times the asking prices but guarantees the buyer a “one-of-a-kind” hybrid super car.