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Saab’s new owner: We’re not insolvent, and we have a plan to resume production.

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), the company working to resurrect the Saab brand as a pure EV, may have stalled, but it isn’t ready for the junkyard just yet. The company issued a statement this week saying that it is not technically insolvent – its assets are larger than its debt, and its suppliers will… Read more »

Will Nissan’s No Charge to Charge program drive LEAF sales?

Image above courtesy of WSDOT/Flickr Nissan and NRG eVgo have pioneered a multi-network consortium to make topping up the bestselling EV a considerable re-LEAF. When Nissan last graced the Charged cover (March/April 2013 issue), the company was picking itself up and dusting itself off. Its LEAF had taken a shellacking in the press after the… Read more »

Maxwell’s new ultracaps increase shock and vibration tolerance, a big advantage in mass transit applications

Maxwell Technologies’ new DuraBlue ultracapacitor cells incorporate a number of upgrades over previous versions. The 2.85-volt, 3400-farad cells offer up to 1,000,000 duty cycles, with up to 18 kW/kg of specific power and up to 4.00 Wh of stored energy. They use the industry-standard 60 mm cylindrical K2 form factor, and are available with threaded… Read more »

Freescale’s new battery sensor combines MCU and CAN with three-channel analog front end

Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) has announced a new battery sensor that it says is the first to combine three measurement channels, a 16/32-bit MCU, and a CAN protocol module in a single package. The MM9Z1J638 battery sensor measures key battery parameters for monitoring state of health (SOH), state of charge (SOC) and state of function (SOF)… Read more »

Intertek offers third-party performance and cost data for EVs

Intertek, a company that specializes in third-party validation and compliance testing, is working with the DOE and several national laboratories to collect real-world data on all the most popular plug-in models, testing the vehicles’ performance, durability and operational costs. Intertek acquires new vehicles directly from a dealer, and installs data logging equipment, which uses Wi-Fi… Read more »

A new LEAF, localized manufacturing, and a focus on infrastructure

With a longer range and a lower price, the 2013 Nissan LEAF screams upgrade, but it’s only one small aspect of the company’s aggressive EV strategy. Proprietary, localized manufacturing and improved infrastructure also play key roles in Nissan’s plan for world domination electrification. Sometime back in the 60s, Mr or Mrs Ghosn must have put… Read more »

Smith Electric Vehicles: the long haul and the short end of the stick

Smith sees a bright future in electric trucks on the horizon, but must wade through a sea of speculation to get there.  All Smith Electric Vehicles Corp. wanted was a long-term growth strategy that would let the company scale up production of its all-electric, zero-emission medium-duty trucks at the same time that it beefed up… Read more »

NEVS firms up plans to sell electric Saabs in China

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), which bought the rights to the Saab brand in June, is forging ahead with plans to build two EV models for sale in China, company spokesman Mikael Östlund said in an interview with the Swadeology blog. The first of the new EVs will be “a premium car,” and is scheduled… Read more »

Nissan buys back two Arizona LEAFs

Nissan announced that, “as a good will gesture,” it has bought two LEAFs back from Arizona owners, using a formula in the state’s “lemon law.” Apparently, the battery brouhaha that started back in May did not end with Nissan’s statement last week, in which the company acknowledged that the LEAF’s batteries may wear out faster… Read more »