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SUMMARY
Visitors to Mexico City's Chapultepec Zoo used to ride a dirty, diesel-powered tram. It's now history, replaced by a clean, quiet electric model, developed in Mexico City. This week we profile Renault's ZOE electric car and look at the EV Everywhere Challenge. These stories and more...
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INSIDER ILLUSTRATED EDITION 12.11

In This Edition:

  • FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Nissan LEAF
  • ecoTREM ELECTRIC TRAM
  • PROFILE: Renault ZOE
  • EV EVERYWHERE CHALLENGE ISSUED
  • GREEN TECH: Declining Consumer Confidence?
  • WIND POWER BREEZING ALONG
  • My First Impressions: Nissan LEAF
    I have now owned my Nissan LEAF for a little over one month. I really like the car and feel that Nissan did an excellent job in designing it. I bought the LEAF for in-town use, and it fulfills that need for me extremely well. I am lucky that I am retired and live in a relatively warm climate, which means that I have neither a long commute nor cold winter days to deal with. Because the LEAF’s range is limited (60 to 75 miles per charge), and the car further loses range in cold weather, either of those conditions could make the LEAF less desirable. For me, it is normally sufficient to charge the car to 80% charge only every other day. That level of charging appears to raise my electric bill about $15 per month. It’s also a huge plus that electricity prices are quite stable as compared to gasoline prices, which can vary greatly from day to day. In summary, I heartily recommend the LEAF, provided it meets your specific in-town driving needs. One of the most enjoyable things about owning the car is when someone stops me in a parking lot and asks “How do you like you LEAF?”

    ecoTREM Electric Tram
    Today, Chapultepec Park, the 1,000+ acre forest inside Megalopolis Mexico City, put in operation the first of four ZERO EMISSION convoys that are substituting for the old diesel propelled trains. They will eliminate between 50 and 90 carbon tons a year, plus hundreds of liters of toxic fluids on the pavement. This vehicle is a first in Latin America for this kind of application and unmatched even by some of the biggest US amusement parks.

    The ecoTRAIN®s are an EV tailor-made solution developed by Luis Pérez Quintana’s Electro Autos Eficaces S.A. and integrated fully by Guillermo Torres’ Propulsión Electrica S.A., the two electric mobility companies in Mexico that are founding members of Clean Vehicle Research Institute of Florida. They anchor a full retrofit program based on old Italian train platforms completely restored.

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