The Vancouver Sun finds that cooler temperatures can diminish the charge of your EV battery. The post says “climate conditions have a profound impact on the range of an electric vehicle. Like Homo sapiens, lithium-ion batteries — the energy source in the vast majority of EVs worldwide — do not like extremes at either end of the Celsius scale.” After driving the Nissan Leaf, the Chevy Volt and the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, the author found that cool temperatures reduced the driving range of all three cars by 30 kilometers. However, winter is even worse on EVs. The cold weather further drains the battery when you operate the car’s heater/defroster, along with windshield wipers and lights necessary for winter driving.
CNET tells us all about the different ways for charging electric vehicles.
InsideEVs explores the cost of electricity worldwide to determine which country is the cheapest to recharge your EV battery. Based on 2011 US dollars purchasing power parity, Canada was the cheapest followed by China and the US. Germany was last. Electricity costs ranged from 8 cents US per kilowatt-hour in Canada to 32 cents in Germany.
WebProNews says there are now 64,000 EV charging points in the world. Most of these points, located in the US and Europe, were financed by government subsidies. BusinessGreen adds that worldwide sales of electric vehicle chargers will grow from 442,000 units this year to 4.3 million in 2022. These latter numbers include private, consumer-focused charging points (eg. home chargers) in addition to public charging equipment.
From Business Weekly we learn the UK cities of London, Luton, Leicester and Leeds are now linked for electric vehicles via 26 fast-chargers along the M1 motorway. The “Electric Highway” fast chargers are powered by renewable solar and wind energy. The chargers are free to Nissan Leaf drivers.
CNW notes the Canadian province of Quebec has an “Electric Circuit” with over 200 public EV charging stations and Seaway News adds that the adjacent province of Ontario now has 20 EV fast chargers on its busiest highway that connects the province of Quebec to the US border city of Detroit. Inside EV mentions that the city of Summerside, Prince Edward Island is building 40 EV chargers in its metropolitan area.
Ford Motor Company is building an EV network for its North American employees. Today’s Energy Solutions reports Ford plans to install EV charging stations at more than 50 of its company offices, product development campuses and manufacturing facilities in Canada and the US. Installation will begin later this year and be completed by the end of 2014.
Ford employees will be able to charge the all-electric Focus Electric, as well as Ford’s two plug-in hybrids – the Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi – at the charge stations. The service will initially be free to employees for the first four hours. Ford estimates it will cost the company about 50 cents to fully charge a vehicle, saving employees up to $2 in gasoline each day…Ford already has more than 1,700 charging stations at Ford dealerships and company facilities in North America. The new workplace chargers will add approximately 200 more.
In France, Renault is offering 1 hour a day of free EV charging at its 372 dealerships to all EV drivrs according to Inside EVs. Renault dealers are equipped with 22 kW 3-phase charging points, so users can get as much as 22 kWh. There are 875 fast-charge stations located in the parking lots of the 372 Renault dealerships. For the Renault Zoe, 22 kW will enable it to recharge its batteries to 80% capacity in 1 hour.