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Chevy Bolt Tops Tesla Model 3 with 238 Miles Range

New Detroit electric car also will be first to market.

by on Sep.13, 2016

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt will get 238 miles on a single charge, the company revealed today.

The Tesla Model 3 may dominate the headlines, but the new Chevrolet Bolt battery-electric vehicle is meant to beat the Silicon Valley entry at its own game, Chevy today revealing its new model will not only be first into showrooms with an affordable price tag, but that the Bolt will travel at least 30 miles more on a charge.

At 238 miles, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt will nearly match the distance comparable gasoline-powered hatchbacks can travel on a tank of fuel, though charging times will run longer than a fill-up.

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“The Bolt EV is a game changer for the electric car segment and it will start to become available at Chevrolet dealerships later this year,” said GM North America President Alan Batey, who added that Bolt has gone from “vision to a reality … in a few short months.” (more…)

MIT Scholars Claim EVs Meet All of Driving Needs — Now

New study shows that 87% of driving could be handled by today's EVs.

by on Aug.17, 2016

According to a new MIT study, this is all the electric vehicle that Americans need.

A new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that uses information on driving habits from various urban areas, GPS data and daily energy usage indicates that electric vehicles could handle 87% of the driving needs of the American public.

MIT developed a model that combined information from expansive travel surveys with high-resolution GPS data to estimate the energy requirements of personal vehicle trips across the U.S.

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“We find that the energy requirements of 87% of vehicle-days could be met by an existing, affordable electric vehicle. This percentage is markedly similar across diverse cities, even when per capita gasoline consumption differs significantly,” according to an abstract published in the journal Nature Energy. (more…)

Audi Working Up 300+ Mile Battery for SUV

“Makes electric cars even more attractive,” promises senior exec.

by on Aug.13, 2015

Audi hasn't said whether it will use long-range battery in a new SUV or an existing model like this 2016 Q7.

Audi has launched an effort to develop a battery that can deliver “more than” 500 kilometers, or at least 312.5 miles per charge. The technology would be used in an all-electric SUV, the maker says, though the technology could have application in other Audi vehicles.

The project involves Korean partners Samsung SDI and LG Chem, the latter already working on longer-range batteries with other manufacturers such as General Motors and Nissan.

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“This will allow us to supply a technological solution that makes electric cars even more attractive for our customers,” said Dr. Bernd Martens, Member of the Board of Management overseeing procurement at Audi AG.


Tesla’s Musk Promises to “End Range Anxiety”

Big announcement scheduled for Thursday.

by on Mar.16, 2015

Tesla owners may no longer need to charge the Model S quite as often, CEO Elon Musk hints.

Could Tesla Motors be on the verge of a major breakthrough – one that eliminates the biggest concern people have about electric vehicles? That’s something the California carmaker’s CEO Elon Musk suggested is in the works.

“About to end range anxiety,” the South African-born executive tweeted on Sunday, promising to have a major announcement involving the maker’s Model S battery cars on Thursday morning.

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Range anxiety is the term used to describe the fear motorists have that they might run out of power before reaching their destination. And, along with the high price for battery vehicles, it’s seen as a significant obstacle to wider acceptance of the technology.


Kia Jumps into Affordable Lease Fray with New Soul EV

Maker offers compact at prices comparable with competitors.

by on Sep.12, 2014

Kia announced pricing on its Soul EV, including a lease price of $249 a month for 36 months.

The war of “reasonably priced” electric vehicles just got a little more intense as Kia announced it will make its Soul EV available for a monthly lease price of just $249 a month for 36 months, which makes it among the most affordable EVs to lease.

Potential lessees will need to put down $1,995 to get that price, which is comparable to prices the Nissan Leaf at $199 per month with $1,999 due at signing, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV at $189 per month with $3,388 down, and the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive, which is $199 per month with $1,493 down, according to Edmunds.com.

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Buyers aren’t left out of the “low-price” segment either, as the new Soul is among the cheapest of the new compact EVs as well with a price of $33,700, including destination charges. The Plus model is $35,700. Once buyers include the $7,500 federal tax credit for purchasing an EV, the prices come in at just more than $26,000 and $28,000 respectively. The Leaf is priced at $22,360. (more…)

Team Sets Cross-Country EV Driving Record

California to NY in just over 67 hours.

by on Jul.22, 2014

The Edmunds team takes a break from their cross-country excursion in that Model S sedan.

A team of drivers has gone a long way – 3,331.9 miles, in fact – to disprove negative perceptions about electric vehicles, setting an all-time record along the way.

Driving a Tesla Model S from Redondo Beach, California to New York City in just 67 hours 21 minutes, they showed that battery cars aren’t necessarily slow, nor limited in range, and they demonstrated the potential for new quick charging technology, as well.

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Dan Edmunds, the director of vehicle testing for website Edmunds.com, led expedition, paired up with the auto tracking service’s photo editor Kurt Niebuhr. Significantly, they made the trip on their own, without the sort of backup often used in record runs – including an earlier trip sponsored by Tesla itself meant to prove that a Model S really could drive coast-to-coast in reasonable time.


GM Planning 200-Mile Battery-Car

Vehicle would target start-up Tesla, as well as established competitors.

by on Sep.17, 2013

The car GM is developing would yield more than twice the range of a Chevrolet Spark EV.

General Motors plans to more than double the range of the typical electric vehicle – while also sharply driving the cost, according to a senior official.

But with mounting concerns about the slow consumer response to the first wave of battery electric vehicles, Doug Parks, GM’s global product development chief, cautioned the Associated Press that it was not yet sure if or when such a vehicle – projected to cost just $30,000 – would ever go into production.

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A vehicle delivering 200 mile range would come close to the range of the Tesla Model S, which is offered with a choice of several battery packs, including an extended-range version that can reach as much as 265 miles on a charge, according to the EPA.


Tesla’s Elon Musk Sets off on an Excellent Adventure

Tesla founder heads cross-country for 5 days with 6 kids and 90 minutes a day for charging.

by on Sep.06, 2013

Musk and family intend to dispel range anxiety fears.

The company can’t build cars fast enough to supply demand, and investors can’t get enough, either, driving Tesla Motor stock up nearly six-fold since the beginning of the year. Nonetheless, founder and CEO Elon Musk clearly seems frustrated by critics who continue to focus on issues like battery range and charging times.

So, Musk is about to set out on a cross-country journey meant not only to give his family a vacation but to also help put an end to the issue of range anxiety – at least when it concerns the Tesla Model S.  By the numbers, the South African-born entrepreneur plans to spend six days driving 3,200 miles with five kids in tow.

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But the figures that really matter concern the estimated 90 minutes a day – or nine hours in total – that Musk expects to spend charging up his Model S sedan using the rapidly expanding network of so-called Supercharger stations Tesla is installing across the country.

“Should go long way in dispelling range anxiety worries,” tweeted Musk, an inveterate user of the Twitter service whenever he wants to reach fans and the media. “At 1.5 hrs/day, we will only ever need to charge when stopping anyway to eat or sightsee, never just for charging itself.”


Mobile Charging Station for Electric Cars Revealed

Swiss company shows roadside recharging for stranded EVs.

by on Sep.13, 2010

Range remains a real problem for potential buyers.

A Swiss company involved in energy storage and electric grid load leveling management is showing a mobile charging system for electric cars, which it claims is a world first. The so-called “NationMobile Angel Car” (sic) can be used for charging batteries of stranded electric vehicles.

Range anxieties among potential buyers – as well as the lack of a recharging infrastructure which contributes to these worries – are among the impediments to making EVs more than the limited production, technical curiosities that they are today.

Forty percent of consumers report they are likely to test drive an electric vehicle, according to a recent study of U.S. adults. However, overall awareness of EVs remains low. Even those who follow EV developments and news reports remain concerned about batteries – the Achilles heel of what remain very expensive vehicles.

“For a new product category, interest in electric vehicles is strong and likely to grow as more vehicles enter the market and consumers become more aware of them,” said Chris Ely, manager of industry analysis, for the Consumer Electronics Association, the publisher of the study.