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The West Coast Electric Highway in Oregon and Washington makes up about nine percent of the country's EV charging stations. Located along I-5, Highway 101 and other highways, Oregon offers 43 DC quick chargers, while Washington has 14. Chargers are located every 20 to 25 miles along the network, with plans to extend the Electric Highway from Canada all the way to Mexico. Between March 2012 and April 2014, drivers used public chargers 17,917 times in Washington and 18,522 times in Oregon, according to the US Energy Information Agency. Read more at Green Car Reports and at The Register-Guard.

Nissan says Leaf drivers in Europe clock about 40 percent more miles on average than gasoline and diesel cars. Using the Leaf's CarWings telemetry, Nissan has found that Leaf drivers average 198 miles per week, or about 10,307 miles per year. Drivers using traditional fossil fuels only drive an average of 138 miles per week, or 7,170 miles a year. Nissan has sold more than 31,000 units of the Leaf in Europe, with more than 150,000 sold worldwide. "Our customers frequently tell us that they buy the Nissan Leaf as a second car, but end up using it far more than their other vehicle," says Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Nissan's European EV director, "and the information we receive from CarWings reinforces that message." Read more in the press release below.

Gogoro's electric Smartscooter, which uses a battery swap system, debuted at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Smartscooter features a racing suspension, a connected mobile app, a suite of sensors and a host of customization options. What makes the Smartscooter really interesting, though, is its battery swapping network. The 20-pound batteries are traded at small stations - essentially vending machines - in a matter of seconds, so worries about charging times are nonexistent. The battery stations could also be used by utilities for energy storage to help balance grid loads when they're not being used to power electric travel. See the Smartscooter in the video below and read more at Wired.
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Nissan's electric car drivers cover more miles than the average petrol or diesel vehicle

- European Nissan LEAF drivers travel more than 40 percent further a year than the average diesel or petrol car in Europe*
- Over 31,000 Nissan LEAFs have been sold in Europe to date, and 150,000 sold globally
- CarWings telemetry reveals that LEAF drivers are ahead of the European Transport average for car mileage

London, UK, 08 January 2015: Today, Nissan reveals that European owners of its 100 percent electric car, the Nissan LEAF, travel more than 40 percent further per year (10,307 miles) than the European average for a traditional internal combustion-powered vehicle (7,170 miles¹).

Spanish Nissan LEAF drivers come out on top, covering on average more than 228 miles each week, Swedish drivers (211 miles) come second and the UK third with 201 miles.

Country Total Miles Recorded Per Week (LEAF) Total Miles Recorded Per Annum (LEAF)
Spain 228 11,858
Sweden 211 10,954
UK 201 10,468
Norway 197 10,242
Italy 190 9,854
France 188 9,790
Germany 173 9,014

According to the latest figures, drivers of traditional petrol or diesel powered cars covered an average of 138 miles per week.

Thanks to the CarWings telemetry in the LEAF, which records real life driver data, Nissan has been able to report that its European drivers amass on average 198 miles a week in their LEAF* all without any exhaust emissions.

Further research from the automaker indicated that 89 percent of LEAF drivers charge overnight at home, benefiting from a cost per mile of just two pence or less†.

This insight into LEAF driver habits, comes just four years since the car's launch, in 2010, as one of the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicles. It is now the best-selling electric vehicle in history, with over 150,000 LEAF vehicles sold globally, more than 31,000 of which have been sold in Europe. The launch follows on from the success of the Nissan LEAF, its all-electric car, which has collectively clocked up an impressive one billion kilometres worldwide*.

Jean-Pierre Diernaz, Director of Electric Vehicles for Nissan in Europe, said: "Since the beginning we have said that the Nissan LEAF is much more than just a city car or second car and now we can show the data that proves this. Our customers frequently tell us that they buy the Nissan LEAF as a second car, but end up using it far more than their other vehicle and the information we receive from CarWings reinforces that message.

"The customers tell us this is because the car has very low fuel and servicing costs and that along with the smooth, almost silent ride of the Nissan LEAF make it difficult to go back to a diesel or petrol car."

Nissan recently added to its all-electric line-up with the launch of the e-NV200, a zero-emission, compact city van. For further information, please visit: http://www.nissan.eu/.

* Totals based on Nissan's Global Data Center (GDC) as of 30.09.2014 (UTC). The average is gathered only from Nissan LEAF vehicles registered with CarWings, approximately 54% of total sales. Data used is from 01.04.14 - 30.09.14

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