Archive for September, 2013

Which Electric Cars Charge The Fastest?

Happy National Plug In Day!

I was testing the new electric car from Chrysler — the Fiat 500E — yesterday in the Malibu Hills when I found myself being 2014 Fiat 500efollowed by a gentleman driving the Tesla S, the four-door electric sedan with a striking design and sizable price tag ($62,400 base) compared to my spunky little Fiat ($31,800).

He flagged me down and starting to ask questions about the 500e. As usually happens when talking about electric cars, our conversation turned toward battery range and charging times. I was surprised to hear that his Teslas (yes, that’s a plural he owns two — the roadster and the S model) get more than 200 teslamodels-autoblog53013miles on a full battery and will charge up in just over two hours.

This differed greatly from my recent experience with the Nissan Leaf, where I was lucky to get a full charge in under four hours, and that would give me a range of about 85 miles.

The Fiat 500e that I was currently driving listed a range of about 87 miles on a battery that charges in under four hours.

So what’s the difference between range and charging time of electric vehicles? A lot. Here’s a great, detailed explainer from HybridCars.com about which electric cars charge the fastest.

Which Electric Cars Charge The Fastest? – HybridCars.com.

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GM Floats Plan for Vehicle that Rivals Tesla – WSJ.com

As our recent experience driving the Nissan Leaf indicates, low range and lack of fast charging locations are the obstacles standing in the way of electric car success.

GM Floats Plan for Vehicle that Rivals Tesla – WSJ.com.

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GM’s LEED Gold Data Center Drives IT Efficiency

WARREN, Mich. – A flywheel for battery-free backup power and in-row cooling that reduces the need for electricity contribute to a 70 percent reduction in energy use at General Motors’ world-class Enterprise Data Center, which has earned Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, program.

Fewer than 5 percent of data centers in the U.S. achieve LEED certification, according to the building council. GM’s data hub on its Technical Center campus in this Detroit suburb is the company’s fifth LEED-certified facility and second brownfield project.

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In-row cooling that reduces the need for electricity contributes to a 70 percent reduction in energy use at General Motors’ world-class Enterprise Data Center, which has earned Gold certification by the U. S. Green Building Council’s LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, program. (Photo by General Motors)

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All-Electric Honda FIT EV May Fit your Family’s Needs

By Wayback

As the owner of a regular Honda Fit, I was eager to try the new Honda Fit EV.

It did not disappoint me. It has the same maximized interior stowage as the Fit I drive when I don’t have my “wayback” cap on. Check out all the available space when the back seats fold down!

This limited edition roll-out of the Honda Fit EV positively kicks with 123 horsepower, which offers you 189 foot-pounds of torque, the force that gives you quick acceleration when you need it.

The Fit I test drove at the 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show was still equipped with a fuel gauge, which threw me for a loop. But I, your correspondent Wayback intrepidly admit such loops for the sake of my veracity, if not my sagacity.

But enough about me.

The Fit EV get peppy pickup from its electric motor, which is fed by a 20 kilowatts per hour of electron flow from air-cooled lithium-ion battery packs made by Toshiba.

Okay, that’s enough, by my count I’ve snuck in three technical numbers so far.

But what about the number you’re really interested in?

Range? If you’re really tuned into the vehicle you could get as much as 123 miles on a full charge. But don’t bet on getting that many. For security’s sake, figure you’ll get just shy of 80 miles before you need to plug in again.

So, if your work or maximum daily one way travel is 30 miles or less away, the Honda Fit EV is fine, giving you 60 miles of round-trip electron power with 20 miles of electricity to spare for the day’s errands, exercise and fun!

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