• Sep 15th 2010 at 7:03PM
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If you like your electric vehicle news and discussion served fresh with heaping spoonfuls of keen insight, then perhaps you should consider making a standing date on Thursdays at 3:00 EST with the weekly podcast show, Transport Evolved. Hosted by Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield, the hour-long program features guest panelists ranging from EV advocate (and ABG contributor) Chelsea Sexton to automotive reporter John Voelcker to Tesla Motors Club's Michael Thwaite. On a couple occasions they've even slummed it with this writer.
Nikki herself has a wealth of both EV and reporting experience. A contributor to All Cars Electric and former EV Cast host, she has owned several battery-powered vehicles and is currently on the waiting list for the Nissan Leaf. In addition to the Transport Evolved, she also co-hosts another weekly simpatico podcast called This Week in Energy. Truly, she is the hostess with the EV mostess.

If you can't join up during the live broadcast – when viewers can interact via a chat room – past shows are available for download from iTunes or can be streamed from the site. To get a taste of the show and Nikki's reporting and EV chops, hit the jump for episode 14 as well as a short bit of footage of her flogging the Nissan Leaf drivetrain mule whilst giving feedback of its performance.

[Source: Transport Evolved]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't waiste your time subscribing to this rubbish!!

      This woman is a self proclaimed EV know all, who hasn't got a ****** clue! If you know next to zero about cars you're simply not qualified to review them no mater what the power source.

      She published a video a few years back about a test drive of the Citroën C1 ev'ie and slagged it off because it couldn't go rocketing up a steep underground car park ramp with 4 *** ***** poms in it... wouldn't know what a kw or a gear ratio was if it bit her.

      If you want your EV news from a negative (several insulting adjectives removed *Ed), she's the ticket!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thanks for contributing, Nikki.
        It is nice to have a voice out there which is not entirely prejudiced against EV's and I look forward to your reviews.

        I'd like to draw your attention to some figures on power sources for EV's.
        Allowing 3,000 kwh/pa for an electric vehicle doing around 12,000 miles/yr, then the light vehicle fleet of the UK can be run of ~25 million vehicles could be run on ~7.5Gwe - and energy flow of 7.5GW.
        By 2020 most of our oil will be imported, and for 12k a year that will cost, ex UK tax, around £650 or so on the import bill per car.

        Different energy resource costs can be compared here:
        The only tricky bit is the BTU part - engineers tell me that for nuclear the figure to use is 10,000, as that gives you a 34% efficiency for the burn of uranium - about as near as you can get on this calculator.
        The fuel cost per BTU for uranium is currently around 0.3
        Using a 10% discount rate and the figure for build from Flammanville for the latest reactor, including all early build over-runs, and a 90% capacity figure, a bit less than US reactors run at - French reactors only run around 70% of the time, but that is due to their having a surplus - then you come out to around 6.9 cents/kwh
        This shows that the new build should be able to turn out power for around the same cost, including distribution, as the French grid charges for power:

        Thsi is about 6.5 -11 Euros kwh, not including standing charges.

        So for safety call it £0.10kwh as a ball park figure.
        For the individual this works out then at around £300 worth of electricity.
        The import cost of the uranium is negligible, a rouding error in the figures.

        This would need around 5 Areva reactors.
        To put concerns about safety in context, air pollution is reckoned to cause 50,000 deaths a year in the UK, with the average loss of life 9 years.
        It is not a coincidence that Paris has the cleanest air of any major European city, even with their diesel cars.

        Running the figures for off-shore wind at $4500/kw, 33% efficiency, O & M from the link the same as for nuclear and obviously zero fuel costs comes out to around 21 cents/kwh, not including the extensive transmission lines and back-up needed.

        It therefore seems clear that if a nuclear route is chosen, then there would be substantial savings to pay for the extra costs of the batteries, and putting the best possible gloss on it if off-shore wind were used there would be no such savings, although imports would be reduced.

        I hope that the levelised cost charts at least give you something to put your own assumptions in!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have just had another look at the figures, and the savings against the ex-tax price of the fuel aren't that great really!
        At £350/year that pays for 1kw at $525kwh of battery - so over 20 years you pay for perhaps 10kwh of battery, which will not get you far!
        $300kwh is in sight though, but failing a rise in oil prices we would really need perhaps $200kwh for strictly economic viability, although for all electric cars you also save on maintenance and can chuck out a lot of the engineering for ICE.

        In my view though oil prices are likely to rise considerably, which obviously lowers the bar.

        BTW, France can run many millions of EV cars simply by turning on their reactors more of the time - the extra cost of fuel etc is tiny, so they are largely on a freebie!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh dear Paul.

        Please do check your facts before writing a nasty comment.

        Yes, I did test-drive the converted Citroen C1 as sold by the Electric Car Company as the C1 Ev'ie. And yes, the experience on the first attempt was far from pleasant. As I later found out (and explained) the vehicle I was given was an engineering prototype rather than the production-intent vehicle we had planned for.

        It broke down. Three times. It had nothing to do with weight, which incidentally, was myself, Robert Llewellyn and a svelte ECC salesperson.

        There was never a video.

        As for kW and gear ratios? I am more than aware of what they are, thanks.

        Being a journalist requires that sometimes, you have to say bad things. I'm not a lobbyist, nor ignorant on the matters of tech.

        And finally, yes, sometimes I'll even upset the hard-core EV geeks. But the world of commercial, mainstream EVs is a big, scary playground and just occasionally companies need a reality check. And I'm happy to oblige.

        Oh, and FYI Paul - I've owned five plug-in vehicles and edited books and magazines on the subject. So please don't decide I'm unqualified.


        Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield

      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmmm, interesting how Autoblog green ignores decent news tips and posts this rubish. Nice job guys!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I will continue to send in tips as I find them occasionally. Though it would be a lot more exciting if they ALL didn't fall into some bit bucket. Just trying to do my part... Thanks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        We were already aware of that particular bit of news and it should go up today. I really wanted to get it out yesterday but was unable to. Apologies.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nikki rocks! This is by bar the *very best* EV podcast at the moment. They stick to the news and actually own EV cars. Mikel Boxwell for example has a Reva, an iMiev and has written a book about his experience owning electric cars. Nikki has done her own EV conversions and is on the list for the Leaf.

      Highly recommended.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Okay I will try it, I had better not be disappointed. : )
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