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Battery Capacity of Mercedes EV is 67% Bigger than for BMW i3There's an argument that a bigger battery pack is more important than greater efficiency, when it comes to range. Under “normal” charging, the Mercedes EV fully charges to 28 kilowatt-hours. But when the “range plus package” is employed, it pushes utilization to about 31.4 kilowatt-hours. Using that number compared to the i3’s usable capacity of 18.8, and the delta between the two is 67 percent.
Tesla Names Its Upcoming Smaller Sedan: Model IIITesla chief executive Elon Musk revealed yesterday that its upcoming smaller sedan will use Model III as its name—spoken as “Model Three.” It was previously referred to as “Gen 3,” and rumored to be called “Model E.” The new model—designed to compete against BMW’s 3-series (and other cars in that class)—is expected to go on sale in 2017.
Leasing EV Chargers and ProfitingWhile worldwide sales of plug-in electric vehicles have grown to more than 12,000 monthly, in most locations today, there isn’t enough traffic for EV charging stations to directly pay back their cost within three years, which is a typical required return on investment.