New Law helps Bollore deploy 16,000 charging points in France

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New law helps Bollore deploy 16,000 electric vehicle charging stations across France New law helps Bollore deploy 16,000 electric vehicle charging stations across France Source: Renault Nissan Alliance
France’s Bolloré Group has won government approval to deploy a network of 16,000 charging points across France, benefiting from a new law that cuts costs for EV initiatives. Bolloré will invest an estimated sum of 150 million euros in the project, which is expected to be completed by 2019.

The network will cover all of France’s 22 regions and 94 of its 101 administrative départements. As such, the French government has deemed the project to be on a “national scale,” allowing Bolloré to be exonerated of the usual fees relating to the use of public land. This exemption is part of a law passed at the end of 2014 that aims to encourage EV adoption in France.

Bolloré is already a prominent player in the French EV market and has…

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Electric Vehicle i-MiEV coming to dealers in March!

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Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) today announced specifications and pricing for the 2016 i-MiEV—a 100 percent electric-powered vehicle—which will arrive at Mitsubishi dealers across the United States in late March 2015.


With an MSRP of only $22,995*, the technologically advanced i-MiEV is the most affordably-priced electric vehicle (EV) available in America today, and after factoring in the Federal tax credit of $7,500, the net starting MSRP is reduced to $15,495**.

Despite its affordable price point, the 2016 Mitsubishi i-MiEV comes equipped with a variety of welcome standard features such as heated driver and front passenger seats, remote keyless entry and heated side mirrors.

The i-MiEV also features a comprehensive vehicle warranty that includes a fully-transferable 8-year/100,000-mile limited warranty for the lithium-ion main drive battery pack and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty.

“Mitsubishi Motors is committed to developing EV and PHEV technologies,” said MMNA Executive Vice President, Don Swearingen. “The…

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Chevrolet Spark EV Test Results

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What a powerful 85-100 mile electric car created by Chevrolet. The Spark EV was bigger in torque and range than its physical size. What a fast and tough little monster. Here’s an excerpt of my review on


To start, it’s important to note that an All Electric Car usually has 100 percent torque at zero rpm. Yet some electric case compromise on acceleration and durability. This is the electric car that does not compromise.

How these 80 Plus Miles Are Powerful
The Chevy Spark electric car performs like a 1957 Chevy. The acceleration from 0-60 mph is less than 8 seconds. After the car hits 60 miles per hour, the acceleration rate even increases. This is the performance that one gets for a $20,000 car without the oil, gas or spark plugs to maintain.

After test driving the Chevy Spark for a week, there was no question that it…

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First zero-emission taxi tested in London

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The first fleet of zero-emission cabs has started ferrying passengers in London as part of a trial.
Developed by Surrey-based Frazer-Nash, the new Metrocab was licensed by Transport of London earlier this month, becoming the first zero-emission enabled taxi to serve in the UK capital.

The first zero-emission taxi is being trialled in London The first zero-emission taxi is being trialled in London 

“We have been developing the new Metrocab for ten years now, with over a million miles of powertrain testing completed,” said the company’s Regional Operations Director Gordon Dixon.

“I’m so proud that it has been licensed by Transport for London to operate on a trial basis as a London Hackney Carriage.”

The car is propelled by an electric motor with an auxiliary small petrol-powered engine as a range-extender. The petrol engine never powers the wheels but can be switched on whenever required to recharge the car’s battery, effectively removing the range anxiety.

Metrocab says…

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Nissan is first car maker to apply glow-in-the-dark car paint 

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  • EV pioneer Nissan is first manufacturer to partner with similarly innovative inventor to create paint that uses UV energy absorbed during daylight to glow at night
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Nissan has become the first manufacturer to apply glow-in-the-dark car paint to showcase how its market-leading, all-electric LEAF is helping more and more people convert to solar energy at home.

The manufacturer worked with inventor, Hamish Scott, creator of STARPATH, which is a spray-applied coating that absorbs UV energy during the day so that it glows for between eight and 10 hours when the sun goes down.

While glowing car paint is already available, as are glow-in-the-dark car wraps, the bespoke, ultraviolet-energised paint created especially for Nissan is unique thanks to its secret formula made up of entirely organic materials. It contains…

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ABB supplying Kia with fast charging infrastructure to support new Soul EV

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Fast charging technology both a range enabler for drivers, and a sales enabler for automakers

Kia Motors America has selected ABB to provide DC fast chargers to its dealer network to support the launch of the Soul EV model, hitting roads later this year. The chargers will be Terra 53 50kW models that accommodate Kia’s CHAdeMO fast charging inlet, capable of charging the new vehicle in 15-30 minutes.

The latest all-electric model to arrive in North America, Kia’s Soul EV is built with a 27kWh battery, yielding a range of approximately 80-100 miles on a full charge. Kia dealers with ABB’s charging stations will offer charging at no cost to Soul EV owners, with the first wave of stations populating dealer locations along the west coast.

“The Soul EV is a key vehicle within Kia’s ‘Clean Mobility’ program, and having access to Level 2 and DC fast chargers at our…

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Finland Testing all Electric Buses with VTT

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Demanding piloting in Helsinki

Helsinki Region Transport and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd will launch an extensive joint pilot to introduce highly efficient light-weight electric buses. Buses have technology to charge their batteries in operation, in the capital region. Helsinki region with its demanding climatic conditions is an excellent test platform. This is the first extensive pre-commercial pilot project enabling a new mode of operation and service piloting in demanding conditions. The first buses, acquired from Linkker Ltd, will be in service by late summer.


Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) will purchase 12 electric buses from Linkker, the first of them built individually in Linkker’s own production facilities. Linkker was founded about a year ago as a spin-off of the eBus project coordinated by VTT.

“We made an exception and bought the buses ourselves, because it would have been unreasonable to have a transport operator shoulder the technology…

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