According to this article on Autobloggreen the "BMW i3 EV will have lower insurance, repair costs thanks to carbon fiber". BMW normally knows what it's talking about when it comes to cars, so why have so many of Autobloggreen's readers thrown their toys out of the pram in the 70+ comments? Maybe the 'vested interest' gang is at work here to cast doubts on the choice of materials technology.
Road & Track mag voted the FIAT 500e the 'Best electric car of 2013' and made this baffling comment:"Chrysler Group must like having big fun on the clock, because this thing will chirp its tires and lay elevens all day.". I haven't a scooby what that means, but I'd certainly agree with the FIAT website's choice of words ... 'environmentally sexy'. Does that make it the Gwyneth Paltrow of EVs?
I've been updating my comparison guide and thought it might be useful to put a version on Slideshare comparing all the models available now (or very soon) in Europe. Have a look and let me know if I've missed any as it's getting hard to keep on top of what's coming out and what's faded from the scene.
Somehow I missed the invention of the term 'bricking' when applied to batteries. It's what happens when you omit to top up the battery on your electric car and the battery effectively dies for good. That's OK if you own a Tesla though.
Elon Musk of Tesla claims his company will take about 10,000 orders per year in Europe as it makes plans to launch the Model S in the UK. He's aiming for about 20,000 a year in Europe and the same in the US and plans to deliver in China early next year.
That's pretty ambitious when the cars are costing 26% more in the UK than in the US