Monday matters

August 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

MIRA – the UK’s Motor Industry Research Association – has opened a new battery testing/development facility at its labs near London. The centre has full rig facilities for high-voltage testing and will work alongside MIRA’s mainstream vehicle development programmes.

    • Diesel cars now account for the largest proportion of sales in the UK for the first time, according to stats from the SMMT. Last year, diesel sales rose 11.8% to account for 50.6% of all sales, with petrol sales falling 13.2%; hybrid sales rose 52.6% to account for 1.4% of the total market. The diesel boom’s good news for fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions, but less positive on the particulates front as not all the cars sold will have had expensive filters and catalyst systems.
    • Quick-charge points are going into public places. Portland General Electric has opened its first this week in the Oregon city, allowing EV owners to charge up to 80% of battery capacity in under 30 minutes. Some debate as to whether it’s the first public quick-charge point in the US, but the Portland team claims that although Vacaville, California got there first with their installation, that one’s not fully certified and open for public use yet. Or something.
    • I’m not quite sure what’s so difficult about providing EV charge points in the car parks of blocks of flats (except, I suspect, achieving accurate charging of the financial variety) but anyway, Nissan is embarking on a research programme with Daikyo Inc, builder and developer of condominium complexes. Full release, etc., posted at Autoblog Green.
    • EV conversion of the day: White Zombie (pictured). The converted 1972 Datsun 1200 of John Wayland (Plasma Boy Racing) got to nearly 118mph, and charted an 11.1-second quarter-mile run, at the Portland International Raceway last week. Interview and video at EV World.

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