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Most electric cars are still getting juice from 240-volt power, but embryonic 480-volt networks (Tesla and both CHAdeMO and SAE) are starting to take off—and get used regularly. For some drivers, quick charging has become the norm.
Five years ago, major auto shows were dominated by unveilings of battery electric vehicles. Carmakers that had new plug-in models and concepts to show were considered in the vanguard, and those without them were left scrambling to shoehorn a battery pack in any existing model. Now that electric cars are on the road, and selling at relatively steady rates, it appears that the magic words in auto show marketing has become: hydrogen fuel cell.
BMW is barely out of the gate with sales of its i3 and i8 battery-powered cars. Yet, it has already established a leadership role in the electric car world—putting the company in the top echelon of EV-makers along with Tesla and Nissan. As news emerges of more BMW EVs and plug-in hybrids in the works, the German automaker appears to be moving faster than Tesla or Nissan toward an entire suite of plug-in cars.
Tesla this week announced that its Model X all-electric SUV would be delayed until about Q3 2015. It had originally been expected sometime in 2014. In the announcement by CEO Elon Musk, made during an investor earnings call, he said the company needed more time to address challenges regarding mass production of the vehicle.
It’s been exciting to watch the release of one new plug-in model after the next. But the most promising developments could be just around the corner: new and improved second-generation battery-powered models, starting with the Volt.
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