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Volkswagen Passat GTE plug-in hybrid coming in 2015

Back in July, Volkswagen announced their plans to offer a plug-in hybrid version of their popular Passat sedan. That’s when we learned the Passat plug-in would have a 9.9 kWh battery pack good for 31 miles NEDC and around 22 miles on the EPA test cycle. However, Volkswagen hadn’t announced a name, and only revealed […]

Electric Vehicle Industry Updates

  • National Electric Vehicle Sweden has laid off 200 workers, putting the Saab 9-3 electric vehicle on hiatus. A meeting with creditors is planned for October 8th, which could mean NEVS will be heading into bankruptcy soon afterwards. #
  • Elon Musk says the Tesla Model S has gotten steadily lighter over time. The "Model S in production today is at least a few hundred pounds less than that in the start of production." During a recent Tesla design presentation, a slide showed the Model S P85 0-60mph acceleration time as 3.7 seconds, up from the previous listed 4.2 second time - part of that could be due to the reduced weight. #
  • New commercial buildings in Tacoma, Washington are required to install electric vehicle charging stations in parking lots. The Tacoma City Council approved the new rules that will require between 1% and 3% of parking stalls in commercial building projects to include EVSEs. #
  • California state legislature has passed Assembly Bill 6265 that gives rental tenants the right to install an electric vehicle charging station at their residence, as long as they submit a written request and pay for the installation costs. Once installed, the tenant must also pay electricity used for charging, along with any costs associated with maintaining or repairing the hardware. #
  • Echo Automotive is nearing production on it's Ford Van plug-in hybrid conversions, and Ford F Series Truck PHEV conversions. GM vehicle offerings are planned for the future. #
  • 2014 Nissan LEAF recall for LEAFs manufactured between Feb 28th 2014 and March 12th 2014. CONSEQUENCE: Missing welds may effect the vehicle’s integrity in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the vehicle’s occupants. REMEDY: Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect to see if any of the welds are missing. Any vehicle missing welds will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by mid-June 2014. #
  • Nissan has issued an airbag related recall. The recall includes around 29,000 2013 and 2014 model year Nissan Leaf electric vehicles. #
  • The BMW i3 tops AutoExpress UK's list of best electric cars for 2014. The Nissan Leaf was the leader last year, but since the availability of the BMW i3, Tesla Model S, and Volkswagen e-Up! in Europe and the UK, the Nissan Leaf is number 4. #

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