December 17, 2014

Electric Vehicles Renewable Energy and Storage News

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Here are some of the electric vehicle, EV related news that made the weekend’s top stories.

Arizonians Ready For Hybrids.  According to the BizJournals, a WestGroup Research study showed that 33% of Valley residents would be inclined to buy cars during the next 12 months, 14% for new cars, 19% looking for used vehicles, 10%  of potential buyers said they would consider hybrids.

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Xcel Goes V2G In Boulder.  Beg your pardon?  What does this mean?  Well, very simple, according to Forbes, Xcel Energy inc. wants to tests plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, PHEV in Boulder by using vehicle-to-grid technologies that not only charge up from the electricity grid but also discharge power back, essentially acting as mobile energy storage devices.  V2G is a promising technology that allows EVs to act as buffers and “sub-stations” should the grid need more power at different times of the day.  The future is here.

Nissan Shows Off Its EV-02.  With previously mentioned Nissan’s EV-02, here is more from Cars & Driver.  The test drive the working prototype with 80-kilowatt, or 107 hp with its 100-mile range.  The result?  The final product won’t look like Nissan’s Cube.  The advanced lithium-ion batteries are the results of Automotive Energy Supply Corporation, the joint venture between Nissan and NEC, and they should retain 80% of their capacity after seven years or 50,000 miles.  We feel Nissan stands a good chance to be one of the top relevant EV player of the future.  It has made more strides than most other companies, mostly due to its Renault affiliation with Better Place.

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