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30Bibendum 2014: Odd, old data still being used to counter EVs

There's a lot of information on display at the 2014 Michelin Challenge Bibendum. We've spent time this week trying to sponge it all in but one of the charts caught out eye today. In a session on hydrogen vehicles – about which we'll have more later – a representative from Air Liquide, Jean-Baptiste Mossa, shared a chart about how hydrogen vehicles fall in a sweet spot for vehicle emissions and range. Maybe you can notice the number that stood out.

412015 Chevy Volt gets larger battery, though range remains the same

The Chevrolet Volt isn't changing much for the 2015 model year. According to specifications uncovered by Inside EVs, though, the new Volt's battery does have a slightly larger capacity. According to the spec sheet, this doesn't translate to increased range. Real world driving, though, might tell a different story.

352014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class ED has 87-mile range, 84 MPGe

Well, that extra weight had to be felt somewhere. With Mercedes-Benz getting ready to start US sales of its B-Class Electric drive this summer, the big question was how well its range would stack up against other electric vehicles sold in the States. Turns out, the Benz is a bit of a juice hog.

182What to do if you run out of juice in your Tesla Model S

After writing about their Tesla Model S running out of juice on the side of the road between Las Vegas and Barstow, CA recently (read about it here), the fine folks at Teslarati figured they had some 'splainin' to do. The brief explanation is headwinds. Yes, headwinds.

51Is 120 miles just about perfect for EV range?

When it comes to battery-electric vehicles, our friend Brad Berman over at Plug In Cars says 40 miles makes all the difference in the world. That's the approximate difference in single-charge range between the battery-electric version of the Toyota RAV4 and the Nissan Leaf. It's also the difference between the appearance or disappearance of range anxiety.

42How EV savings rise as temperature falls

The Polar Vortex has created a bit of a mathematical optical illusion when comparing the effect of cold weather on gas-powered cars and electric vehicles. Cold weather reduces EV range by a greater percentage than it reduces gasoline fuel economy, but because EVs cost so much less to "fuel," the savings for EV drivers actually increase as the temperature drops. Got all that? Here's the math.

AddBosch sees 180-mile EVs as 'minimum' by 2020

While less than expected electric-vehicle sales in many parts of the world have many industry watchers pooh-poohing the growth prospects for plug-in cars, German component maker Bosch sees a bright future.

AddTesla adds $6,500 'Performance Plus' option to Model S; adds range, improves handling

Tesla Motors is adding a special performance package for its all-electric Model S that not only will add miles of single-charge range, but will make sure those miles aren't driven sideways.

Add'Real world' electric vehicle test easily beats EPA ratings

Some Republicans decry what they say are the liberal leanings of the federal government, but when it comes to rating the single-charge range of electric vehicles, the feds' Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is decidedly conservative.

89Motor Trend tests Tesla Model S, finds 0-60 in 3.9 sec and 100.7 MPGe

Tesla has said the highest-end Model S has a range of 300 miles (at 55 miles per hour), but until recently, it's been tremendously difficult for anyone outside the company to verify this number. When the EPA did its testing thing, it came up with a 265-mile range estimate for the version with the 85-kWh battery pack. Tesla is even offering a prize of some sort to anyone who drives a Model S over 400 miles on one charge.

83Motor Trend tests Tesla Model S, finds 0-60 in 3.9 sec and 100.7 MPGe

Tesla has said the highest-end Model S has a range of 300 miles (at 55 miles per hour), but until recently, it's been tremendously difficult for anyone outside the company to verify this number. When the EPA did its testing thing, it came up with a 265-mile range estimate for the version with the 85-kWh battery pack. Tesla is even offering a prize of some sort to anyone who drives a Model S over 400 miles on one charge.

18'Leafhack' gives Nissan Leaf more range, with drawbacks

A Troy, MI-based company is selling a system for Nissan Leafs that could add an additional 40 miles of range to the battery-electric car thanks to the installation of an additional lithium-ion battery, Green Car Reports says.

16Nissan debuts new battery capacity estimators

One small step for man, one large step against range anxiety.

1Tesla Model S Impresses With Stellar EPA Ratings

Tesla's long awaited Model S has finally been EPA tested and it appears all those 'pie in the sky' range claims have been validated. The EPA's new test for EVs--more stringent than before--has pegged the top-end, 85 kWh battery Model S to have a range of 265 miles. Not bad.

AddFord Focus Electric Edges Nissan Leaf As Most Efficient 5-Seat EV

On Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certified the Ford Focus Electric at 110 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) in the city, and 99 MPGe on the highway. Combined, it rates at 99 MPGe, six better than the Nissan Leaf.

AddFisker Karma goes 51.6 miles in electric mode

Battery technology, say the detractors, just isn't there yet. Not enough to make electric vehicles a viable prospect for the majority of drivers at this point. That's what extended-range hybrids are for – to relieve range anxiety and help EVs go that extra mile or two hundred.

AddNissan claims average Leaf is driven 37 miles per day, more range not needed

How much range does an electric vehicle really need? A hundred miles... two-hundred miles? We suppose the answer to that question depends on who you're asking, and if you're asking Nissan, the answer you'll get may be surprising.

AddGM's 2013 Chevrolet Spark electric dash graphic would be something, if it were true

To mark yesterday's unveiling of the electric 2013 Chevrolet Spark, GM released a new graphic showing the dashboard and an outline of the car. The computer-generated image of the Spark's dash displays the electric city car achieving a shocking 18 miles per kilowatt-hour. That's mighty impressive considering that most plug-ins return around four miles per kWh.

AddNissan Leaf fans design more accurate state-of-charge meter

If you get enough like-minded individuals together, they can accomplish quite a lot. Take, for instance, a group of fans on the MyNissanLeaf forum who wanted a more accurate way to tell how much further they could drive their Nissan Leaf. They accomplished this goal by coding up a device that plugs into the OBD-II diagnostics port and returns the exact state of charge of the battery.

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