Plug-in Cars News Roundup
Each week, we try to bring you not just news but a range of insights relating to plug-ins. At the end of the week though, there are inevitably some stories left over that we think are important but didn't get a chance to cover. Here are a few that caught our eye from last week:
More Bad Fisker Headlines
It was learned this week that in addition to the 17 Karmas that were burnt beyond recognition by fire during superstorm Sandy, Fisker lost a total of 300 vehicles to storm damage. Assuming that the roughly $35 million worth of lost vehicles were fully insured, losing a 300-vehicle shipment is, at the least, a major delivery setback.
Fisker is also engaged in some legal sparring with A123 systems, which supplies battery packs for the Karma and is yet to complete a 2,000-unit recall stemming from flaws to the A123-designed pack. Earlier this week it was reported that A123 Systems had filed a motion to release it of its obligations to Fisker as it enters bankruptcy. The carmaker has filed a counter-motion, claiming that the move would “severely harm Fisker.”
[Via Green Car Congress]
EVs Come in Handy During an Emergency
The New York Times Wheels Blog told the story of two Tri-State Area EV drivers who used their cars to their advantage during the recent storm. As gasoline became difficult to impossible to find in many parts of the area, Tom Moloughney and his BMW ActiveE were able to dodge the long lines and empty pumps thanks to electric drive and a natural gas generator. Meanwhile, Frank Streng of Northern Westchester County used his Nissan LEAF as his primary power source at home by charging it at a public charger in an area that had power.
Ford Triples Certified EV Dealerships
With the release of the C-Max Energi, Ford is stepping up its sales efforts with plug-ins, adding an additional 700 dealerships certified to sell the Energi and the limited-volume Focus EV. By next year, when the Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid joins its lineup, Ford will have electric drive certified sales staffs in all 50 states.
[Via Auto News]
Ford EV+ System Adjusts Powertrain to Your Driving Habits
Part of Ford’s SmartGauge system, the new EV+ feature learns drivers’ frequent destinations and adjusts the powertrain of Ford PHEVs to maximize electric range. “We know from our research that hybrid drivers want to drive as often as they can in electric-only mode, especially near their home or frequently visited locations,” said Ford’s Kevin Layden. “This is one of the first examples of how we’re looking to make the car smarter, by leveraging on board data to provide features and services that add value to the driving experience.”
[Via Green Car Congress]
Charge station manufacturer Aerovironment recently celebrated its 10,000th home charger installation, according to Autoblog Green. The website also says that Aerovironment has completed a deal to become the preferred charge station provider for Fiat as it introduces its 500E. Aerovironment already has similar deals in place with Nissan and BMW.
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