70,000 Ev’s for Nissan just the beginning

Interesting quotes from Carlos Ghosn as reported in AutoBlog Green about the direction of Nissan, electric cars.  Carlos has been the only CEO to understand the development, sales cycle and psychology of a revolutionary new technology adoption.  Basically it takes time and marketing.  I think in some ways this Carlos Ghosn is even more courageous than Elon Musk at Tesla.  Think about it.  One the one hand Carlos Ghosn has to still provide value and make profit for his shareholders with existing gas technology.  At the same time he really and truly knows that Electric drive is the future and is willing to spend billions of Nissans money over then next decade to be the leader.   This understanding in our minds places, Nissan in a leading position when the inevitable inflection point happens for electric cars. Below is something I think he is correct on regarding charging infrastructure, but go read the whole article for more.

It’s not just a matter of buying a plug-in vehicle and loving it, Ghosn said. A robust local infrastructure combined with a suitable range are the big factors that play into how happy people are with their EVs, he said. Basically, if you have range (or charging everywhere), then you like your EV. If you worry all the time, you don’t.”

 

NYC to add thousands of Charging Stations, Bloomberg

This article @ Green Car Reports and reported elsewhere is an interesting model for charging station locations. Many in the electric vehicle world have envisioned some day the majority of parking spots having some form of charging available, but it’s hard to justify right now.   It might work ok for NYC if done properly as we imagine lots of folks drive and park in the city, but they are still many variables that eventually the market will figure out.  These include costs to charge if any, reservation of the parking spot with a charging station vs random parking as is done now and so on.  Eventually it’ll happen because already certain charging areas like Los Angeles Airport and other locales are already overwhelmed with EV’s.

Will Japanese Nissan Leaf features blow to other shores?

As reported over @ Inside Ev’s and other blogs, there are some cool new features announced in Japan for the leaf.   Leather seats, new trim, remote open of charge port, etc.   I think one of the best is now is it appears that range is reported in State of Charge Percentage like EV folks have been asking for since the beginning.  This gives you a much more accurate idea for the driver as to how much range they have left.  We are all used to doing this with our laptops and other devices.  Let’s hope this will be part of the new US and other countries features as well.

Wireless charging for your Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt. Is it worth it?

You can have wireless charging in your garage.  You can see it here: http://www.pluglesspower.com/

It’s cool I guess, but based on reports installation is over $4,000.  I can get an EVSE installed by my electrician for less than $1300.00 now and that should drop quickly.  Is it really that hard get out of your car and plug in?  Also it’s the same 240 Volt power anyway.  Why do i need this again? J1772 EVSE(charging station) units are very simple and should be under $500.00 in just a couple years.   Maybe someone out there can explain the magical benefits other than not touching a cord?

 

Is Costco finally installing J1772 charging stations?

In the EV world there has been quite a bit of discussion regarding Costco stores in California ripping out their old charging stations.  Unbelievably they were doing this in spite of the fact that they could have had their stations upgraded for very minimal cost from a grant.  Instead Costco in most cases not only ripped out the charging stations, but even poured cement down the conduit so in many cases if they are going to install updated stations it’s going to be from scratch.
Here is an article from Green Car Reports from back in 2011 talking about this a little:

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1064977_costco-pulls-the-plug-on-electric-vehicle-charging-stations

So interestingly over on CarStations a user who stopped by the Simi Valley Costco store went in and asked about the old stations here.  See the latest comments: http://carstations.com/449

They were told that the store was getting some new J1772 stations?  Maybe we’ll find out more soon.