Transport Evolved Electric Car News Panel Show 192: Blame Tesla

On today’s Transport Evolved: Chris Christie on Tesla, charging standards, the Renault-Nissan alliance and electric car road worthiness tests.

These stories and more, on today’s Transport Evolved, with Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield, Mark Chatterley and Deb Seymour.


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Welcome to the show! Today, Nikki and Mark are joined by the Urban Folkerista, otherwise known as Deb Seymour.

Musician Deb Seymour combines life as a touring full-time singer/songwriter, an electric car driver, and an advocate of both working women and green lifestyles, which of course, includes plug-in cars. When she’s not touring, you’ll find Deb driving around Seattle, Washington in her little ZENN Neighborhood Electric Car.

Deb — or the Urban Folkerista to use her stage name — recently rose to cult EV fan status after her band’s song – Little ZENN Car – made it big on YouTube. Part of her latest album, Mama Wears A Hard HatYou can buy the entire album for $10 from her website, but to help the EV cause, Deb’s Little ZENN Car is completely free!

(You can engage Deb on Facebook, or you can download her music at

Part 1

Rapid Charging Standards and manufacturers playing nice together


CHAdeMO, the Japanese rapid charging standard that is in use on Nissan, Mitsubishi, Peugeot and Kia cars – to name but a few, has this week become the official international standard for rapid charging.


However this week Transport Evolved learned from an anonymous source that Renault may be stopping its policy on subsidising the purchase and installation of these charging, relying on charge providers to support its car without financial incentives.


Renault-Nissan Alliance to get closer. In order to achieve a minimum four point three billion euro annual synergy goal the two companies have agreed to implementing convergence plans in four key areas.

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Part 2

US News: The battle with Tesla carries on. Long distance driving. The Green Stickers!


This week New Jersey Governor Chris Christie publicly tried to set record straight about a recent vote made by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission to ban Tesla from selling direct to customers in the Garden State.


GoE3 (Capital Gee and Eee) an Arizona-based company plans to help coast to coast EV trips, using high-powered DC quick charging stations.

They claim that they will roll out says out triple-head charging stations across the U.S. over the coming four years. By then, it says, there will be enough rapid charging stations along several major U.S. routes that EV drivers in everything from a Nissan LEAF to a Chevrolet Spark will be able to join Tesla Model S drivers in being able to cross the U.S. without burning a drop of gasoline.


There were only forty thousand of these green stickers to be claimed and at the last count more than thirty six thousand two hundred and thirty had been claimed. Basically, they’re almost gone.


On their BMW i3 microsite that the i3 range-extended model has a range per charge of between ‘one hundred and sixty and one hundred and eighty miles’.

Part 3

Small cars are fun


This week it was announced that thirty Toyota i-Roads will be making their way to the city of Grenoble, France to be used by residents and visitors as part of a new trial.


Terry Gilliam’s latest feature film The Zero Theorem will have people in the background zooming about in Twizys – because let’s face it, they do look a tad futuristic.


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  • I still think T.E.N. is misguided in thinking the 22 kW chargers are a replacement for the 43 kW. On longer trips, you really need 43, not 22. nnAnd the discussion of the higher charge rates and Deb Seymour’s comment that EV’s charge overnight in the driveway and really don’t need that rate. Well, that means that if you arrive at home with a flat battery, that’s the end of it for the rest of the day. But how many people go out at night? Visit family & friends, go to a concert, etc. Quite a lot actually. That’s possible with the Zoe. You arrive at home late in the afternoon and after dinner, you battery’s full and you can go anywhere. Awesome feature. Believe me, 11 or even 22 kW charging at home is terrific.

  • Nice show Mark, I like choice of topics and enjoyed the discussion.