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Electric Vehicle News this Week

Posted by : Allison Eckelkamp | On : October 16, 2011

Despite huge consumer hurdles that still need to be overcome for wide-scale EV adoption, there has been some interesting news on the EV front this week. Here’s a bit of a recap:

  • Nissan introduced a 10-minute charger. That said, it could take a decade to fully commercialize this product for the mass market. In the meantime, Nissan is supporting charging stations that could provide an 80 percent charge in 30 minutes. This is still a long trip to the “gas station.”
  • Seven auto manufacturers collaborate to support a “harmonized single-port fast charging approach for use on electric vehicles in Europe and the United States.”  Those auto makers include: Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Porsche and Volkswagen.
  • The city of Charlotte is “jump starting” electric vehicles with the purchase of seven Nissan Leaf vehicles. The city is also installing seven charging stations throughout the city.  The article reports, “With a federal grant covering the program through July of next year, the cost of the charge would initially be free.”
  • EV charging stations installed at King of Prussia Mall in Philadelphia. Two level-2 chargers will be installed in October, and two additional units will be installed later this fall.

An interesting article titled “The Coming EV Glut,” by David Welch at Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek, discusses how government subsidies may be creating a glut in EVs that consumer simply don’t want — or aren’t ready for.  This part of the article summarizes things quite nicely. Welch says in his article, ” J.D. Power predicts that 27,000 EVs will sell next year, and another 58,000 will be sold in 2013. In late 2012, Nissan will be building the Leaf electric-car at its plant in Smyrna, Tenn., with capacity to make 150,000 of them. Nissan plans to sell most of those in the U.S., says Brendan Jones, director of sales and marketing for the Leaf.” The article continues, “In other words, if J.D. Power is right, Nissan in 2013 will be building more than double what the market wants—to say nothing of the other 14 EVs that will come to market between now and then.”