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Nissan Leaf Is Already Gaining Headway

A MERE two years after its introduction, the Nissan Leaf— the world’s first mass-marketed, affordable, 100-percent pure electric car—is already gaining headway into the global automotive market and is serving notice that zero-emission mobility is truly viable. It will be recalled that the Leaf, which stands for Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable, Family car, was announced during the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show along with a commitment from no less than Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn that the vehicle would be delivered the following year.

True to his promise, the Leaf was introduced in Japan and the US in December 2010. To date, deliveries have also been made to customers in Ireland, the UK, Canada, France, Portugal, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Switzerland,…


7 Trends Driving Electric Vehicles In 2012

The environment for electric vehicle adoption remains positive — despite a dramatically altered political landscape, which could result in reduced federal financial support for pilots or individual purchases moving forward, and battery safety concerns raised by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), related to several post-crash fires caused by lithium-ion batteries.

Cleantech forecast firm Pike Research offers a pulse of the electric vehicle industry in its white paper, “Electric Vehicles: 10 Predictions for 2012.” Based on my reading of their paper, as well as my own gut take on technologies likely to emerge during the next 12 months, here are 7 trends I believe will drive the electric vehicle industry in 2012.

#1: Would-be buyers will have far more…


New Argonne Patent For Safer Li-ion Batteries

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have patented a new molecule that provides overcharge protection for lithium-iron-phosphate batteries.”The new redox shuttle, known as 2,5-di-tert-butyl-1,4-bis(2-methoxyethoxy)benzene or DBBB, works by halting the charging process of individual cells as they come to a full state of charge,” Argonne materials scientist Khalil Amine said. “Being able to discontinue the charging process on a cell-by-cell basis protects the entire battery pack by preventing individual cells from overcharging.” Currently overcharge is being addressed by expensive and complicated battery management system that use external cell monitoring and control devices. Overcharge can cause damage to the battery, reduce cell life and in extreme case result in thermal runaway. Thermal runaway is a…

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