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Median All-Electric Car Range In US Has Grown From 73 Miles (2011) To 114 Miles (2017)

December 25th, 2017 | by James Ayre

The median range for an all-electric vehicle in the US has nearly doubled over the last 6 years or so, according to data from the US Department of Energy (FuelEconomy.gov). To be more exact, going on that data, the median range rating for an all-electric plug-in vehicle sold in the US has grown from 73 miles per full charge (with regard to model year 2011) to 114 miles per full charge (with regard to model year 2017) as of the end of this year

Top Electric Cars In USA vs. Top Electric Cars In Europe — Comparisons & Thoughts

December 23rd, 2017 | by James Ayre

There are some significant differences with regard to the plug-in electric vehicles that sell the best in Europe and those that sell the best in the USA. While differences with regard to range needs and costs are part of the drivers for these differences (note that the average European drives approximately half as much as the average American over the course of a year), they are by no means the only ones. Questions of national bias, government incentives, and public image all come into play as well, amongst others

Volkswagen Delivers First e-Crafter Vans To Customers In Europe

December 23rd, 2017 | by James Ayre

The first all-electric e-Crafter vans have now been delivered to customers by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Surprisingly (since large companies don't typically like to put bull horns behind their entrances into hot new markets), an official event was held to mark the first deliveries of the new product. The event was held at the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles headquarters in Hannover, Germany

Honda Mulling Solid-State EV Battery Development

December 21st, 2017 | by James Ayre

Yet another one of the top auto manufacturers in the world, in this case Honda, has now expressed interest in developing its own solid-state battery technology for use in elected vehicles, going on recent reports

Renault Kangoo ZE Wins 2018 What Van? Awards “Green Award”

December 20th, 2017 | by James Ayre

The Renault Kangoo ZE — the current iteration of which (the Kangoo ZE 33) possesses a 124 mile real-world range and is available in a number of different body types meant to suit different uses — won the "Green Award" at the 2018 What Van? Awards that took place in London on December 13th

Rio Tinto Expanding Autonomous Truck Fleet In Australia As Part Of Cost-Cutting Measures

December 18th, 2017 | by James Ayre

One of the top mining firms in the world, Rio Tinto, has been operating a fleet of autonomous trucks in various parts of Australia as part of its operations there. Building on these earlier and current deployments, the company is now planning to greatly increase the size of the autonomous truck fleet working in Australia’s Pilbara iron-ore region, according to recent reports

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