Transport Evolved Electric Car News Panel Show 201: Crushed

On today’s Transport Evolved: Tesla confirms its first UK Model S delivery, Nissan recalls the LEAF, and an old friend is needlessly killed.

These stories and more, on today’s Transport Evolved, with Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield and Tom Saxton.

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Welcome to the show! Today, Nikki and Mark are joined by Plug-in America’s Chief Science Officer, Tom Saxton.

All out geek, plug-in advocate and programmer, Tom has been driving plug-in cars for many years and currently has a fleet consisting of a Tesla Roadster, Toyota RAV4 EV, and a Nissan LEAF. Along with his wife Cathy, Tom is often found at EV events in Washington State, where they are active members of the local EVA. Tom is also the Chief Science officer for Plug-in America, and has been responsible for undertaking many useful surveys of plug-in cars and their drivers, covering reliability, battery degradation and range studies. Tom is also heavily involved in the Open Vehicle Monitoring System project, bringing telematics solutions to EVs without them.

When they’re not writing computer programs or driving EVs, Tom and Cathy are heavily involved with Robotics, taking part in everything from coaching local robotics classes through to competition Robotics.

(You can chat with Tom on Twitter or  Facebook, and read his blog here.)

Part 1

The BMW i3 REx finally gets its EPA ratings and starts deliveries but then crushes Active Es; Car Sharing comes to Indianapolis in a big way, and why Sergio Marchionne doesn’t want you to buy a Fiat 500e


After months of waiting, the BMW i3 REx was given its official EPA gas mileage figures and went on sale in the U.S. this week. The first U.S. market i3 REx was delivered to EV fan Tom Moloughney on Wednesday.


…but the day after starting i3 REx deliveries, a truck load of BMW ActiveEs was spotted in California heading to the junk yard after being crushed beyond use. Is history repeating itself?


French car sharing scheme AutoLib has proven a popular way for tourists to get around Paris without burning a drop of gasoline — and now it’s coming to Indianapolis. Is this the future for electric cars?


Fiat Chrylser CEO Sergio Marchionne is a known skeptic when it comes to electric cars — but now he’s gone one step further by telling customers not to buy a Fiat 500e because he looses too much money on them. Should we really require automakers to make electric cars any more, or let market forces take over?

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Part 2

Tesla sets a date for the first UK delivery of the Model S electric car, but finds itself on the tail end of court papers from Ecotricity. Over in California meanwhile, convertible specialists NCE will build you a two-door coupe Model S with soft top. Finally for the segment, Renault delivers the Spark e Race cars to Formula E.


It’s official: the first Tesla Model S electric car will be delivered to a UK customer on the afternoon of June 7, 2014. We wonder who it will be?


At the same time, Tesla has found itself on the receiving end of court papers from UK charging provider and utility company Ecotricity, who claims that Tesla has been acting inappropriately in a ‘smash and grab’ of UK charging infrastructure sites. What will happen next?


If you prefer your super expensive Tesla electric car with less doors than on offer in the Model S, there’s now a way to turn your Model S into a two-door coupe or even a two-door convertible. But it’ll be expensive.


Renault has delivered its all-electric race cars to Formula E for this year’s inaugural Formula E race season. Who will be watching?

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Part 3

The e-NV200 is priced in the UK, the Nissan LEAF gets a recall, Chargepoint pulls out of EZ-Charge, and the UK government temporarily stops its domestic charging installation program.


Nissan has finally unveiled the prices of the e-NV200 electric van ahead of its UK launch. Do we think it will be a big success?


The Nissan LEAF was given its second recall this week — but this time for a default in manufacturing believed to affect just a few hundred cars: the solution from Nissan? Give owners a new vehicle.


U.S. provider Chargepoint has pulled out of EV2Go’s EZ charge network promoted by Nissan — we ask why?


And Finally…

The UK’s Office of Low Emissions Vehicles has pulled the plug — temporarily — on a government scheme designed to help homeowners get EV charging stations installed. We ask what will happen next.


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