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September 1st, 2016 § Comments Off on Uber to trial fleet of 20 electric Nissan Leaf cars in London § permalink
Taxi app firm Uber has teamed up with car manufacturer Nissan for a three-month electric vehicle trial in London aimed at improving air quality and reducing CO2 emissions.
Nissan has supplied Uber with 20 of its Leaf cars – the UK’s best-selling electric vehicle – for the trial, which marks the first time pure electric vehicles have been available for hire through the Uber phone app, according to the car firm.
Launched this week, the trial is being run in partnership with the Energy Savings Trust (EST) and will look into the feasibility of running large numbers of electric private hire vehicles in UK cities.
Nissan said the EST will independently study the experience, driving patterns and economics of private hire drivers using electric cars and the capacity of London’s current network of charging points to support such vehicles in greater numbers.
“We are confident this trial will prove a success and that Uber will join scores of taxi and private hire operators across the UK and wider Europe in recognising the financial and environmental benefits of Nissan’s market-leading electric vehicles,” said Gareth Dunsmore, head of EVs at Nissan Europe. “With the impact of poor air quality remaining a cause for concern, the trial could prove to be a pivotal moment for tackling the challenges in London.”
Six out of 10 Uber journeys in London are already made in hybrid vehicles, according to the car hailing service, resulting in reduced levels of air pollution and carbon emissions. But the firm said it was “keen to explore the economic benefits of going fully electric” ahead of the introduction of the ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) in central London from 2020, which is set to charge the most polluting vehicles to travel through the centre of the city.
“People already associate Uber with hybrid cars, but we now want to go a big step further with fully electric cars on the road from today,” said Jo Bertram, regional general manager of Uber in the UK. “We are determined to use technology to help tackle the challenge of air pollution in London and across the UK. Our car-sharing service has already saved 1.2 million miles and 211 metric tonnes of CO2. With electric vehicles – and more people sharing their journey and leaving their own cars at home – there’s even more we can do.”
The move follows analysis earlier this month by Nissan, which projected that the number of EV charge points would outnumber petrol stations in the UK, marking a tipping point in domestic electric car take up. Meanwhile, further recent Nissan research also found public concern about air pollution has skyrocketed over the past decade.
June 8th, 2016 § Comments Off on Cheapest Electric Car Lease deal: BMW i3 Rex Lease Deal from £270/mth – because I signed up for it :D § permalink
Behold, my up and coming BMW i3 is nearing the delivery date.
BMW I3 Platinum Gray! Gorgeous!
Officially deal started on 6+35 Lease term and at the cost of £274/month – i quickly added up extras….
BMW i3 5 Door Hatch eDrive Range Extender Auto
Metallic or Fluid Black Paint, Standard Neutronic Interior, 19in
Streamline Alloys & DC Rapid Charge Preparation
10k/annum mileage term
6+35 month Rental Hire/Lease
Ironically i got in touch with a few leasing specialists in the past, and they tried to rubbish the deal! Shocking (not really)
Yes, VAT is included,
Yes its a Personal Lease,
Yes, you can just give the car back at the end of the term and that’s it.
But, another thing that i found baffling, is that insurance has actually dropped 40% compared to our Nissan Leaf ex-lease.
I know there are only 3-4 insurance group difference but this bites the biscuit. So, my monthly saving is even greater despite signing up for this great ride for the next 3 years.
This is why i lease EVs i guess, – No headache/hassle and i get to have a new ride every few years, without worry of resale(depreciation)/warranty issues.
So far i’ve had Citroen czero (mitsubishi imiev), Nissan Leaf, and now I3
(i did buy my twizy – cheaper to buy&sell, than lease on that one!)
If you’re interested to know more. Fill the form & This lease deal will be coming Your way asap!
May 12th, 2016 § Comments Off on Cheapest Electric Car Lease: Acenta 30kW 5dr £276/mth on 3+35 term and 10k/annum § permalink
February 20th, 2016 § Comments Off on BMW i3 EV to Offer 50 Percent More Range for 2017 § permalink
BMW sells its future-think i3 as both a regular EV and as an EV with an onboard gasoline engine that functions as a range-extender. The current, EV-only version has a stated range of 81 miles, but according to a report in Automotive News, that figure is set to increase by 50 percent—to approximately 120 miles—come the 2017 model year.The article quotes BMW board member Ian Robertson, who says that the 2017 model’s enhanced lithium-ion battery pack “puts it in a much more usable range.” A BMW North America spokesman confirmed the report and added that the more powerful battery would be an option; the current version, with its 22-kWh battery pack and 81-mile range, would still be offered.
A range of 120 miles would put the i3 at the top of the currently available sub-Tesla class of EVs—which is fitting given that the BMW’s price tag of $43,395 (2016 model, before tax incentives) also is at the top of that class. The only issue for BMW is that Chevrolet is claiming a range of at least 200 miles (the final figure isn’t in yet) for its $37,500 Bolt EV, and that car goes on sale late this year.
Still, a more robust driving range will make the i3 EV a more attractive proposition; currently the range-extender version slightly outsells the regular EV. The i3 in total managed 11,024 U.S. sales in 2015, its first full year on the market. That number is less than that of the Nissan Leaf or the Chevy Volt, which has to be somewhat disappointing for a model that, at its launch, was hailed by BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer as “more than the birth of a unique car. It’s a milestone in the automotive history.”
January 3rd, 2016 § Comments Off on How much I’ve saved in petrol/diesel fuel cost while driving an electric Nissan Leaf? § permalink
Just completed my second service here for my Nissan Leaf,
– major service £149
– New Set of Tyres £ 139
All good, fair play. Good job. Now all this made me stumble across another point, it appears we have covered a lot of miles in 2 years and 3 months of our lease. Never mind the excess pm charge of 4.8p/pm we gonna cough up (over 10k/a x3)
That’s nearly £110/month saving. So effective lease figure of £290/month is actually £180/month in real terms.
November 25th, 2015 § Comments Off on Finally. “New battery to boost BMW i3 range” …where do i sign § permalink
BMW is set to extend the range of its electric-powered i3 with the introduction of what sources close to the German car maker describe as an “optimised driveline” that draws on battery efficiency gains developed since its launch in 2013.
The i3 will receive a new lithium ion battery with the same 22kWh (18.7kWh usable) capacity as that used today but a higher power density for a longer range.
The move is claimed to extend its range to well over 124 miles in real-world use, compared with just under 100 miles now.
The i3 will also get an upgraded electronics package that features new software mapping for the battery cooling system and the electric motor.
The revised battery pack will be fitted to not only the all-electric i3 but also the i3 Range Extender, which uses a small two-cylinder petrol engine to produce electricity on the run.
The new battery will also be available as a retro-fit option for existing i3s.
Exciting Development for this superb city-sized all-rounder. in my humble opinion, – “i like it. i want it.”
124 Mile “Real World” Range.. ( Forgive the skeptisism, but i would bank on 105-110max real world mileage estimate) + Range Extender would do me aplenty. This would do away with any hassle on “long-haul” trips, such as London Cardiff i have completed in my Nissan Leaf MK2 (Acenta) in +8c recently. 7 Total Charge (and top-up) Stops. 340 Miles range.
BMW’s i3 has been out since 2013, yet is still considered one of the most cutting-edge electric cars on the road. Now, the Nissan Leaf rival is set to take you further on a charge, thanks to battery tweaks to increase driving range.
Although a BMW spokesperson confirmed the full details will be announced “by the end of the year”, it’s unknown exactly how they will do this. It’s thought that the existing lithium-ion battery pack will either increase in capacity or become more dense, thanks to improved tech.
The current i3’s battery pack has a capacity of 22kWh and promises a range on full charge of just under 100 miles. That’s significantly less than the newly updated Nissan Leaf, which offers a 30kWh pack and claims a range of 155 miles. It’s thought that BMW wants to bring its electric car more into line with the Leaf.
It’s also predicted that both the Range Extender and battery-only i3 will receive the tweaks. It’s not clear yet whether it will take longer to charge, yet we expect the BMW to retain the option of an 80 per cent fast charge. We also don’t know if the update will bring along a price increase, but we will find out in due course.
At Present, the i3 manages 81 miles of electric range in full-EV guise or 73 miles of electric range plus 77 miles with the petrol-powered generator.
The new figures will match up almost precisely with one of BMW’s competitors, the Nissan Leaf, which will boast 125 miles of all-electric range for 2016.
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt, by comparison, only manage 53 miles of all-electric range before its petrol generator kicks in to carry the vehicle another 370 miles.
November 6th, 2015 § Comments Off on Nissan’s 60-kWh, 200-Mile Battery Pack: What We Know So Far § permalink
Will the next-generation 2018 Nissan Leaf offer an option that could provide 200 miles of more of real-world driving range?
Based on the concept car and prototype battery pack that officially bowed this past week, coinciding with the Tokyo Motor Show, it’s increasingly likely.
One of them is that it points to how a new generation of vehicles with autonomous-drive modes might look—and function with pedestrians, normally driven cars, and the immediate surroundings.
With the concept Nissan also dropped some hints about a potential styling direction for the next-generation Leaf electric car.
Furthermore, the concept officially threw in a 60-kWh battery—which, if it’s affordable enough, could be the key to stay competitive against a raft of rivals including the Chevy Bolt, and Tesla Model 3.
Although a Nissan official told us that 60 kWh isn’t a hard-and-fast capacity number, the approximate size is something that the automaker plans to offer in the next several years.
And that pack isn’t just concept-car fantasy. It exists (pictured above), developed internally by Nissan, and they’re calling the pack a working prototype, aimed at providing a 500-km (300-mile) range in the very generous European or Japanese driving cycles.
In all, it’s quite different than the currently available 24-kWh pack in the Leaf or its upgraded 30-kWh pack that’s going to be available beginning in a few months. The latter will offer an EPA-rated 107 miles.
At least for now, any claims that the automaker is planning to move to an external supplier are premature.
Lithium-ion battery pack of 2011 Nissan Leaf, showing cells assembled into modules
This past week, at the Nissan Technical Center at Atsugi, Japan, we were about to learn more about this pack from some of the team overseeing its development. Here are some key points of this next-gen, 200-mile battery:
The prototype moves from a nickel manganese cathode to a nickel manganese cobalt one. The anode remains made of graphite, and the electrolyte remains a lithium compound.
Flexible pack structure.
The current Leaf battery uses four cells per module (with 48 modules in the entire 24-kWh pack)—a structure that allows a uniform height and shape for the pack. But this one moves to a multiple-cell configuration; Nissan will be able to adjust the number of cell stacks (and thus height) depending on packaging and capacity demands. An official said that they were conservative with the number of cells per stack in the original battery design, but with essentially no failures or issues, they’re fine perhaps dramatically increasing that number.
Engineers have made an effort to reduce impedance, through the increased quantity of cells and a revised electrode material. This allows longer charging at maximum current—and will potentially allow faster-rate 100-kW charging versus the current 50-kW. Higher voltage is under discussion.
More weight, but a lot more power density. Using the 24-kWh pack as a baseline, Nissan says that the new 60-kWh pack weighs just 220 pounds more. So with that older pack weighing in the vicinity of 660 pounds, that ups overall weight to nearly 900 pounds. It’s impressive, considering the gain in kWh per pound.
Nissan made the original Leaf battery pack completely air-cooled, and while there were some early, isolated issues in very hot climates like Arizona, those seem to be largely solved today. Liquid cooling isn’t being considered for an entirely new, larger-capacity battery—at least in this prototype form. Forced-air cooling isn’t likely either.
Increased state-of-charge range.
That’s thanks to a wider voltage range—which runs at about 2.5 to 4.15 volts in the current battery.
Longer service life.
Nissan has revised the electrode material and optimized the lithium electrolyte (it won’t say how in either case), with the net effect being less of a performance drop over years and hundreds of charge cycles. Suppressed lithium corrosion will help durability, too. One of several charts we saw but were instructed not to publish, if to scale, suggested that instead of a standard capacity degradation to 80 percent after five years, it now might be 90 percent.
November 1st, 2015 § Comments Off on Battery Breakthrough To Boost Nissan Electric Cars To One In 10 Sales Around 2020, Exec Says § permalink
Back in November 2009, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said 20 percent of his company’s sales would be electric cars by 2020–and that electric cars would make up 10 percent of global sales.
But Ghosn was widely pillored for his projections just a few years later, when Nissan Leaf sales proved slower than expected after its December 2010 launch.
As the car approaches its fifth birthday, around 200,000 Leafs have been delivered. It’s the best-selling electric car in history, but still just a tiny fraction of the company’s sales.
Global sales last year for Nissan and its French alliance partner Renault together were 8.5 million vehicles; battery-electric cars were 82,602 of those, or roughly 1 percent.
Nevertheless, Nissan said this week that it expects a major inflection point in electric-vehicle sales sometime between 2019 and 2021.
will ramp up sales of electric cars to 5 percent of the total between now and then, the company said–and 10 percent “in the near future” after that.
The statements came not from Ghosn, but from Nissan corporate officer Hiroto Saikawa, at an event at the company’s Yokohama headquarters on Tuesday.
The enabling factor will be a “breakthrough battery” that permits a range of 200 miles, he said, which Nissan will launch within the next few years.
That battery is widely expected to be offered in the second-generation Nissan Leaf, to be introduced as a 2017 or 2018 model.
The first-generation Leaf has been fitted with batteries that provide U.S. rated ranges of 73 miles, 84 miles, and now 107 miles.
But with the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV to launch before the end of 2016 with a promised range of 200 miles, the bar has been upped significantly.
BMW is also expected to boost the range of its i3 electric minicar, which its CEO Harold Krüger confirmed it would do next year, most likely for the 2017 model year.
Finally, Tesla has said it will unveil its $35,000, 200-mile Model 3 sedan next spring and put that car into production by the end of 2017.
The company’s track record of meeting deadlines in the past may argue for a more realistic volume production date of 2018 or 2019.
But it remains unclear what vehicles beyond the Leaf Nissan expects to achieve its 10-percent goal.
Still, Nissan clearly intends to hang onto its position as the world’s highest-volume producer of electric cars.
And it appears to be in no immediate danger of losing that crown, albeit perhaps at considerably lower volumes than Ghosn predicted five years ago.
September 7th, 2015 § Comments Off on 32A 5Meter Charging Cable – £165! – J1772 to Type2 – suits Leaf, PHEV Outlander/Prius and Others § permalink