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Better Place Renault Fluence Z.E. battery swap (video x 2)

Video made by a British visitor to Israel of his experience at a Better Place battery change station, which was undergoing final adjustments before commercial release of the service.

A Better Place advertising video is also included.

http://gm-volt.com/2012/02/21/better-place-renault-fluence-z-e-battery-swap-video/

Tesla Model X Crossover to be revealed 09 February

Just a reminder: the Tesla Model X Crossover is to be revealed at 8 pm on Thursday 09 February.  Presumably, this is US Western Time.  Australian Eastern Summer Time is 3 pm on Friday 10 February.

More at:

http://www.autoblog.com/2012/02/07/tesla-model-x-to-have-falcon-doors/

Nissan's electric race car makes for good, clean fun

Holden Commodore EV

January 2012 edition of Wheels magazine has a progress report on the EV Engineering consortium project to develop an EV Commodore.  The consortium consists of Bosch, Continental, Air International & GEHolden is providing engineering support & use of its Lang Lang tesing facility.  Funding has been provided, in part, by the Australian Federal Government in the sum of $A3.55 million.

  • Similar performance to a 6 cylinder Commodore.
  • Range 160 km.  Real world 80-140 km.
  • Battery in the space previously occupied by the engine, transmission & driveshaft.  In the current fitting, it is bolted from below, although a Better Place compatible quick swap system is in development.
  • Electronics replace the fuel tank.
  • Motor is attached to a modified rear subframe.  Standard mounting points are retained
  • 150 kg added mass, though little change in weight distribution.
  • Heating is provided by the standard Commodore heater with the assistance of a small, electric water heater.
  • Quite a bit of room remains under the bonnet, although the fuel tank has been removed, so a range extender will be problematic.

Holden is "interested", although a commercial product marketed by them is highly unlikely with the Volt extended range EV planned for release late in 2012.

Drayson Racing & Lola unveil 850 HP electric racecar

Tesla update: Model S on track, reservations good, don't worry

Recently, the price of Tesla shares fell following the departure of two executives.  At a press conference, CEO Elon Musk announced that the Model S project remained on track & that the Model X crossover, will be revealed on February 9.  More at:

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1071834_tesla-update-model-s-on-track-reservations-good-dont-worry

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