Plugin Cars News
The link between the automobile and the mobile phone is consistently getting stronger, a development that EV makers and application developers should use to their advantage. Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto platforms are starting to appear on dashboards, connecting drivers to their favorite mobile phone features. But that’s just the beginning for EV drivers.
The 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.
Volkswagen 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.
There'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 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.
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