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Is Europe finally turning on to EVs?

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 12:20 -- Anonymous
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The best selling EV in Europe
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The Nissan Leaf was the best-selling EV in Europe in 2013 with 11,120 vehicles sold. Sales increased 204% compared to 2012 and are 25% greater than the next best-selling EV, which was the Renault Zoe.

Norway accounted for a large portion of overall EV sales, 7,882 EVs were sold there in 2013- this accounts for 5% of overall car sales. The government of Norway has invested heavily in charging infrastructures for EVs and offer substantial incentives for purchasing an electric car. In October 2013 the Leaf was the best selling car in the country – including non-electrified vehicles.

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Emergency home power from EVs

Mon, 07/23/2012 - 18:02 -- Anonymous
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Progress is being made to develop EV batteries to be utilised to power homes during times of blackout. Following the 2011 Japanese earthquake much of the country was without electricity, EV batteries were used as a temporary in-home power supply.  Hybrid cars that feature an invertor can have the high-voltage direct current switched to a low-voltage alternating current to supply power back to a home at times of blackout. Nissan are leading the way in advancing this potential, they believe their Leaf car could power a home for up to two days, or individual appliances for far longer.

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