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Small EVs Perform Well on Most, But Not All, Crash TestsThe Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced today that it has completed tests of 32 small cars for its “small overlap front crash protection.” The results for plug-ins were mixed, with the Chevrolet Volt earning an “acceptable” rating, and the Nissan LEAF electric car getting a “poor” rating. The new small overlap test, introduced in 2012, replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another car or an object such as a tree.
Porsche Confirms Plug-in Option for 2015 Cayenne SUVVolkswagen is apparently making good on its promise to offer a full range of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Yesterday, Porsche—VW’s luxury brand—announced that the redesigned 2015 Porsche Cayenne sporty SUV will be available with a plug-in option.
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.