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Published on June 27th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


Nissan Carwings Upgrade, Early BMW i3 Review, Model X Patents… (EV News Catchup)

June 27th, 2014 by  

Time to catch up on more electrified vehicle news. Here are a number of big EV news stories we wouldn’t want you to miss:


Nissan Carwings To Grow: The Nissan LEAF smartphone service Carwings has now been around for about 4 years (time flies! no pun intended). Now it’s time for a deep upgrade.


Early BMW i3 Review: One of the first US owners of the BMW i3 (maybe the first) runs down a list of things he likes and doesn’t like about his i3. Worth a gander.


Electric Superbike Ready: The Lito Sora electric superbike is reportedly ready to roll, and word is that it will roll fast. The price? $45,000.


Tesla Opens In Dallas: Texas Governor Rick Perry has been going over to California to drive the Tesla Model S and court Tesla’s gigafactory crew back home. Meanwhile, Tesla still can’t sell its vehicles in Texas. But Tesla has just opened a beautiful showroom in Dallas anyway. Any bets on how long it will be before Tesla can sell there?


Full Electric Audi Lineup: We’ll see. Audi has certainly been slow to step into the EV space, but with sales getting eaten up by Tesla, maybe it now sees the electric light.

Model X Patents? Yes, Please: Want to take a stroll through Tesla’s Model X patents? Feel free.

Sporty Tesla Model S Coupe: Want to drool over a rendering of a sporty Model S coupe? Feel free.

Cheapest Model S Ever: A beat up Tesla Model S can be had if you make it over to eBay quickly enough and win a bidding war. Actually, it’s in very bad condition and has been on eBay for awhile. Still… it’s a Model S.

UK Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Selling Well: As everywhere, the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in is reportedly selling well in the UK. Actually, if you scroll down a bit further and check out the Europe EV sales link, you’ll see that it topped the continent last month.

Ego Electric Superbike Tour: Back to electric superbikes, an Energica Ego superbike tour is reportedly coming to the US next month.

SAP Going 20% Electric: Germany software giant SAP is planning to have 20% of its fleet driving on electricity by 2020. 20% by 2020? Sounds a bit too numerically orchestrated, and I’m sure it could do much better than that. Come on, SAP, dig a little deeper.

Riding In A BYD Electric Bus: I’ve ridden in a BYD electric bus, but it was jam-packed full of EVS27 attendees going on an EV tour. Would be nice to join the 20-minute test rides being held in Portland.

Boston Power Nabs $250 Million: Boston Power (which I had never run across before) has pulled in $250 million for a battery factory in China, from a Chinese investor of course.

Europe EV Sales: Jose Pontes does his best to scramble together EV registration data from around Europe. Given the state of EV registration reporting, the attempt is never perfect for the continent as a whole (it is missing many countries and even the numbers from some of the main countries are estimates), but it’s the broadest report on Europe EV sales around, so it’s fun to check out.

Saleen Tesla Update: Want an inside scoop on the coming Saleen Tesla Model S? Look no further.

Tires For Electrics & Hybrids: Well known tire manufacturer Continental is now offering tires specifically aimed at electric and hybrid vehicles. ’bout time!

Why Lithium-Ion Batteries Degrade: Ever wonder why lithium-ion batteries degrade when discharged? We didn’t know for a long time, but seems that researchers have finally figured it out. 


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