EVPlus - July 2015
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Toyota Prius Taxi has travelled over 1
Added by admin 18/07/15
a new video posted by Toyota Austria, a taxi driver claims to
have covered 1 million kilometers (more than 600,000 miles) in
his 2007 Toyota Prius - all with the original battery pack.
What's more, the driver, Manfred Dvorak, claims the Prius has
never broken down. "For me, the Prius is the ultimate sidekick,"
Go to the link blow to watch the video...
Electric Vehicle News and image: Toyota Austria (from video)
Electric planes cross English Channel for
Maggy Donaldson, The Associated Press
Published Friday, July 10, 2015 12:18PM EDT
Added by admin 11/07/15
Pilot Didier Estyene celebrates after landing the E-Fan
electrically powered plane following his successful crossing of
The Channel from Lydd Airport in Kent. (Gareth Fuller)
CALAIS, France -- Airbus flew its electric plane across the
English Channel for the first time Friday -- hours after an
independent French pilot made a similar voyage, beating the
aeronautics giant in this symbolically important step toward
making electronic flight viable in the long term.
Several companies in different countries are developing electric
planes, in hopes of offering a fuel-free flight alternative for
the future -- and the battle to perform world "firsts" in
electric planes is heating up as the technology becomes more
Amid fanfare, European planemaker Airbus flew its E-fan plane
from Lydd, England, to the French port of Calais on Friday
morning. The plane operates exclusively on batteries, and since
there's no oil or water, the 20-foot long, 1300-pound jet
releases zero emissions.
About 12 hours before Airbus' Channel flight, French pilot Hugues
Duval took his two-engine, one-seat Cricri plane from Calais to
Dover and back.
Because he lacked authorization to take off from Calais, another
fuel-driven plane towed his 100-kilogram (220-pound) Cricri for
the start of the trip, he told The Associated Press. Then he flew
autonomously back to Calais and landed safely.
He said he reached a speed of 150 kilometres (90 miles) an hour
on his 52-kilometre (31-mile) journey.
Duval told The AP that his successful flight was a "relief" and
an "important moment" after years of fine-tuning the plane and
flying it over land.
Airbus officials gathered in Calais to celebrate the landing of
the E-fan would not comment on Duval's trip.
The E-fan took its maiden voyage in March 2014, and has taken off
100 times since its latest flight at the Paris Air Show last
month. Airbus aims to put the two-seater on the market in 2017,
targeting sales at training facilities for entry-level pilots.
"It's a great victory, but it's also a start. For us it's an
adventure that permits us" to imagine commercial flight on
electric or hybrid planes, said pilot Didier Esteyne, who flew
the Airbus plane Friday. "It's really the beginning of great
The choice of flight path was not coincidental: In 1909, French
pilot Louis Bleriot was the first person to fly a plane across
the English Channel.
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Future Nissan LEAF Envisioned With 338
Miles Of Range
Added by admin 04/07/15
upcoming 2016 Nissan LEAF is expected to get an available 30 kWh
battery when it launches this Fall. This should boost its range
to over 100 miles (105 to 110 is what we’re predicting for its
EPA rating). But beyond the 2016 LEAF, it seems there’s much more
range coming from Nissan.
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn recently spoke in Japan at the 116th
Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders.
Only a small portion of his discussion focused on electric cars
and the Nissan LEAF, but it was during this part of his talk that
we learned Nissan has improved electric range on its mind.
“This video shows how we (Nissan) envision a routine day” –
Carlos Ghosn from Nissan’s 116th Ordinary General Meeting of
The LEAF discussion begins at the beginning of
this video (30:00) and gets real
interesting at 31:05 where Nissan plays
a clip showing a LEAF display with 544 km (338 miles) of range.
Of course, that’s a JC08 figure, which is highly optimistic, but
we can quite accurately covert it to a predicted EPA rating. On
the JC08, the 2015 LEAF is rated at 228 km (142 miles), but only
84 miles per the EPA. The readout on the dash of the LEAF in the
video says 544 km (presumably on JC08). That would translate to
200 miles on the EPA cycle. Still more than double the range of
today’s LEAF, but don’t expect 338 miles to be achievable in
We expect the next-generation 2017 Nissan LEAF to boost
significantly improved range over today’s model, but will 200
miles be on its EPA sticker? We sure hope so.
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