Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Nissan LEAF, the best selling EV on Earth is now 5 Years Old !

Remember: Olivier Chalouhi received the very first LEAF back on December 11, 2010 close to San Francisco
 Source: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Redwood-city-man-gets-first-Nissan-Leaf-2453579.php

After 5 years of good services and 3 versions, 200,000 LEAFs have been sold worldwide, making it the best seeling EV ever

Its Battery Pack has held its promises with no incidents, no fire, and better than expected with almost no problems (I think Nissan replaced just a few packs over the 5 years, all covered under warranty); For a first EV, that is pretty good !

Now the latest version has a boosted Energy Density offering 30kWh instead of the original 24, in the same package and weight ...

I received mine among the first ones in France, 4 years ago, and it still is in great condition :) To me, it is a very reliable car, I used it mostly for commuting and going out with the family on week ends in Paris. I never regretted this purchase even if it was the most expensive vehicle I ever got

The future for the LEAf is what you see in this video below (Nissan IDS Concept)

Friday, December 11, 2015

BMW C Evolution - How it's made

From the BMW Motorrad Berlin plant: Assembly of the C Evolution

EVTV Friday Show - Friday, July 24, 2015. Hacking Tesla Model S

- We continue to work on the Model S Drive Unit CAN decoding and with some success
- Electric 1959 Mercedes 190SL project reaches first drive
- Nick Smith's Miata tackles vacuum pumps for power steering

Friday, November 6, 2015

Exclusive ! BeLib : Paris installs its New EV Charging Service

You all heard about about Velib, then Autolib, now there will be Belib in Paris very soon !


I have been charging my EVs here for the last 4 years now

So after seeing the removal of my usual Paris city hall Charging Station (from the 90's) few weeks ago, construction including underground wiring, I knew something EV related was going on there

These last two days, I have seen major improvements there and the charging stations are installed now, and covered to hide & protect them from curious people - like me :) - 

From the stickers on the covers, I can see they are from a French company called COMATELEC SCHREDER and built in Spain by its sister company SCHREDER SOGELEC

They are specialized in street lights from what I can see on their website but are also offering an innovative street light post that can hold EV charging outlets

Apparently they are starting with this site only for now, as a flagship one because it is right behind Paris city hall .... and other old green charging stations (from DBT) are still up and running

They will have 3 types of outlet including an accelerated charge one, at 22kW:
- one regular : 230V single phase at 8A giving 2kW
- one type 3 (our French standard, which will be changed to type 2, European standard (or Mennekes)) : 230V single phase at 16A giving 3.7kW
- one accelerated charging (same as above) : 400V 3-phase at 32A giving 22kW

Originally forecasted for the end of 2015, and with 180 charging stations (now only 60), the project has been delayed by the Architectes des Batiments de France (ABF) because the original charging stations were to massive and too high, blocking the view of beautiful Parisian buildings ...

Now they are of regular size and well under construction, I think this particular site is ready !

We should see the major Anne Hidalgo come outside her office and inaugurate them soon :)

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