PHOTO CAPTION: Computer rendering of GM's 240V Voltec home charging unit.

Electric Cars Still Have a Few Glitches to Solve

BMW's troubles in getting 240V chargers installed for its Mini-E electric car hints at potential hassles for buyers of the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf.

Published: 14-Dec-2009

NEW YORK -- If you're looking forward to parking a brand-new electric car in your garage soon, be prepared to spend some money getting that garage in shape.

Electric cars like the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt ideally use special "quick chargers" that have to be hardwired directly into high-power lines.

Installing the chargers is not like putting in a ceiling fan. The equipment has to be fully approved, installed by a competent professional, and in most cases, a city or state inspector will have to approve it all.


TREV two-place electric car

Student-built vehicle can do 0-60 in 10 seconds with top speed of 75 mph. Photo courtesy of University of South Australia.

BYD F3 model now available as plug-in hybrid with 100 km electric-first driving range.

Shenzhen-based BYD claims the F3 DM can run for 100 kilometers (62 miles) using only batteries.

BYD F6DM is larger version of F3DM

BYD F6DM is larger concept version of F3DM, which has now gone on sale in China, with North American sales expected in 2011.


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