Recharge Wrap-up: Formula E reveals Berlin circuit, BYD sells EV buses to Japan

Tesla Recruits At UNLV; Tesla Driver Charges From Power Line

Tesla Motors heads to UNLV to recruit new talent. Tesla sent representatives to the University Tuesday and Wednesday as the electric automaker looks to bolster its employee roster in Nevada. Tesla is building its $5-billion Gigafactory battery manufacturing facility in Reno, Nevada. Read more at 8 News Now.

A Tesla Model S owner charged his car by tapping directly into a power line. The driver, who found himself stranded without a charge, took matters into his own hands rather than call for a tow. He appears to have rigged some sort of method to transfer power from the utility pole to his vehicle without killing himself or causing serious damage to his Model S. Brilliant, or stupid? Take a look for yourself at Autoevolution .

BYD has delivered five electric buses to a transit operator in Kyoto, Japan. This makes it the first Chinese automaker to break into the Japanese market. Kyotokyukou Bus Incorporated will operate the buses, which are powered by iron-phosphate batteries running in-hub motors and have a driving range of over 155 miles mile on a single charge. "The Japanese market has stringent requirements for technology and quality," says BYD's Liu Xueliang. "The delivery of the BYD buses means a great recognition for BYD as well as for China's technology and quality." Read more in the press release below.

Formula E has revealed the circuit for the Berlin ePrix on May 23. The 1.53-mile course consists of 17 turns built within the retired Tempelhof Airport. The Berlin ePrix will also feature off-track entertainment, including eBike stunts and driver autograph sessions. German driver Nick Heidfeld - who was part of a dramatic crash in Formula E's inaugural race - says the Berlin race, is "going to be very special racing in front of my home crowd and I'm really looking forward to it." Heidfeld also said it appears to be "a very twisty and challenging circuit." Read more from Formula E and see the circuit guide.
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BYD Becomes First Chinese Auto Company to Penetrate Japanese Market

KYOTO, Japan, Feb. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Kyotokyukou Bus Incorporated has taken delivery of 5 Long Range Battery Electric Buses from industry pioneer BYD Company Ltd. The delivery ceremony held was widely covered as it not only represented electrified public transportation, but also Japan, a nation built on engineering excellence, for the first time acquiring high tech vehicles from their neighbor, China.

The BYD electric buses will be operated in the former Japanese capital of Kyoto, a well known battleground for carbon emissions reduction thanks to the globally renowned Kyoto Protocol. One of Japan's largest transit operations, Kyotokyukou Bus Inc. will take possession of the first 5 BYD Electric Buses. During the ceremony, Sakabe Mitsuo, Director of Kyoto's Ministry of Transportation said, "it's a milestone for Kyoto's public transportation to operate the pure electric buses. The BYD pure electric buses will demonstrate entirely environmentally friendly. We will do more to improve environment quality."

Liu Xueliang, general manager of BYD's Asia pacific auto group also spoke at the event, "The Japanese market has stringent requirements for technology and quality, the delivery of the BYD buses means a great recognition for BYD as well as for China's technology and quality. We believe that BYD electric bus could provide more comfortable and greener transportation experiences to the citizens in Kyoto."

BYD's pure-electric bus employs many advanced technologies developed in-house by BYD's expansive staff of more than 15,000 engineers, such as the advanced environmentally-friendly, Iron-Phosphate (or "Fe") batteries, in-wheel hub motors and regenerative braking system. The break-through Iron-Phosphate battery is fire-safe and non-toxic: there are no caustic materials contained in the battery, no toxic electrolytes or heavy metals and can be completely recycled. The BYD electric bus delivers a host of operational and environmental benefits for public transport riders, operators and people in the community - it is very quiet and ensures a comfortable ride without vibrations, jerks or noise associated with the conventional buses and combustion engines. The bus can also drive for more than 250 km (155 miles) even in heavy city traffic on a single charge. The bus has completed more than 40 million kilometers of "in revenue service" and has been evaluated in many major cities all over the world.

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