Monthly archive - December 2011

Electric Vehicle charging station tax credits a victim of US Govt budget battles

Electric Vehicle charging station tax credits a victim of US Govt budget battles

By David Herron
 

The latest round of the U.S. Federal budget showdown was averted with the deal on the payroll tax cut, but there was collateral damage with dozens of tax credits that were not extended and are now expiring on Saturday, including three related to electric vehicles and several more related to biofuel production.

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FedEx tests electric vehicle based on Nissan LEAF technology

FedEx tests electric vehicle based on Nissan LEAF technology

FedEx Express is trying out a new electric delivery vehicle using technology from the world’s first mass-market all-electric car, the Nissan LEAF.

The two-month trial in London aims to assess how the prototype vehicle, an all-electric version of the Nissan NV200, copes with the demands of daily deliveries in the UK capital.

FedEx is working with the manufacturer Nissan on the trial, along similar lines to a trial run with Japan Post in Japan back in July.

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Nissan thinking of fourth electric vehicle model; what would you choose?

Nissan thinking of fourth electric vehicle model; what would you choose?

By Sebastian Blanco

Despite three months of downward-trending Leaf salesNissan is still bullish on rolling out more electric vehicles. We know that Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has said he wants to bring at least three and more likely four Nissan EVs to market in the U.S. in the next few years. Automotive News has an article about what these four vehicles may be. Actually, the question is about what the fourth one will be, since we already know that the Leaf will be joined by an Infiniti luxury electric vehicle and a utility van.

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Consumer Reports: Leaf and Volt cheaper to run than gasoline cars

Consumer Reports: Leaf and Volt cheaper to run than gasoline cars

By David Herron

Electric cars are more efficient and use less actual energy to move the same distance than do the gasoline cars, shows the Consumer Reports testing of Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf.

On Thursday, Consumer Reports released figures from testing the Leaf and Volt showing that both have lower per-mile operating costs than gasoline cars. The savings come from the higher efficiency of electric vehicles, and the lower relative cost for electricity versus gasoline. Their calculations left out a few cost-of-ownership factors, but it is in line with other studies of electric vehicle operating costs. For example a few months ago the New Zealand government declared the iMiev (the only production electric car being imported to that country) was the cheapest to operate.

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