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Official: Nissan edges out Tesla for most ZEV credits sold in California

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When it comes to California zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) credits last year, Nissan was selling and Mercedes-Benz was buying. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) put out its ZEV-credits numbers for the year that ended September 30, which is why we now know that Nissan, maker of the battery-electric Leaf, transferred 663.6 ZEV credits out of its account last year. That just edged out the 650.195 credits that Tesla sold. Chrysler's Fiat affiliate was a distant third, but its limited-production Fiat 500E was still able to generate some ZEV credits and then transfer out 235.2 of them. We don't know how much the buyers paid for these credits, since those details are kept private. It's an ever-changing rulebook over at CARB, anyway.

On the flip side, Mercedes-Benz had to buy 663.6 ZEV credits in order to comply with clean vehicle-sales mandates in the most populous US state, indicative of the German automaker's gas-guzzling tendencies. Honda has cars that get better fuel economy than your average Benz, but its plug-in vehicles represent just a fraction of total sales and so it had to shell out for 542.5 ZEV credits. Chrysler-Fiat basically tread water, since the 237.8 ZEV credits it required for compliance canceled out gains on the other side of the ledger. Those Dodge Ram pickup trucks don't exactly help matters. Last year, Tesla sold the most ZEV credits while GM purchased the most.

Overall, Californians bought about 3.5 million vehicles for the year that ended September 30, including 38,000 battery-electric vehicles, 30,000 plug-in hybrids and 570,000 conventional hybrids. The longstanding ZEV program means that California now has more than 100,000 ZEVs on its roads. Read this for more details on ZEV credit transfers in California.

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Recharge Wrap-up: Tesla will sell Model S on Alibaba in China, Wrightspeed electrifies garbage trucks

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Tesla will sell cars in China using Alibaba's Tmall website. Customers will be able to use the Chinese shopping site to place an $8,200 deposit toward a Model S. Tmall will feature 18 preconfigured versions for customers to choose from, which won't offer quite the level of customization as Tesla's US site. Bloomberg's Jamie Butters calls it a "defensive move" on Tesla's part, and still expects the company to sell cars in China the traditional way. Watch the video at Bloomberg or read more at Bidness Etc.

Tesla co-founder Ian Wright's company Wrightspeed is converting garbage trucks to EVs. The same brand that created the exciting X1 EV is making trash collection much cleaner. "Garbage trucks are the perfect driving cycle for us: they get two or three miles per gallon, drive 130 miles a day with 1,000 hard stops that chew on the brakes," says Wright. The system puts an electric motor at each of the truck's drive wheels, and includes an on-board generator that runs on diesel or natural gas to extend driving range. Read more at Xconomy.

British company Hillside Leisure is converting the Nissan e-NV200 into a camper van. The electric RV, called the DalburyE, debuted at the UK's Motorhome and Caravan Show in Birmingham. It sleeps up to four people, and features a pop-up roof, a gas stove, fridge, sink and other amenities. It's a great way to take full advantage of an RV park's electrical outlet to charge the van while camping in it. Read more at Transport Evolved, and see more photos at Hillside Liesure's blog.

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Video: Michigan Gov. signs 'anti-Tesla' bill, but says rules could change

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Don't look for a Tesla store in Detroit anytime soon. Even though the company says a Motor City service center is "Coming Soon," another hurdle was placed in the company's way today when Governor Rick Snyder signed House Bill 5606 into law. The law was introduced by State Representative Aric Nesbitt, who said it is not "anti-Tesla at all." Still, 5606 does clarify and strengthen the state's laws against an automaker selling vehicles directly to consumers, which is why Tesla called on its supporters last week to ask Snyder not to sign the bill into law. That didn't work.

The bill passed the Michigan legislative chambers with overwhelming support last week (106-1 in the House, 38-0 in the Senate) and Snyder said that his team's research found it "doesn't change current law at all." He nonetheless thought it was worth signing, and you can watch him explain why in the video below. He also mentions a letter he attached to the bill saying he's open to future discussions regarding direct vehicle sales. He does not mention his campaign support from numerous auto dealers.

We have asked Tesla for a comment on this latest development and will let you know when we hear back. Last week, the California automaker called the legislation "harmful to consumers."

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Brits Finally Switch On, Plug-in to Electric Cars As Q3 Sales Figures Eclipse Previous Records

After several years of lacklustre plug-in car sales, the UK’s automotive industry has reported a record third quarter to the year, with more than 5,000 plug-in car grants being awarded to Brits keen to dump the pump in favour of an electric car. As data from the UK Government shows, the number of plug-in vehicle […]

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Tesla's Eleventh-Hour Plea Against Michigan Direct-Sales Ban: Get its Michigan Suppliers Involved

The state of Michigan is unarguably still the home of the U.S. automobile industry, being home to the Detroit Three: Ford, Chrysler and General Motors. As a consequence it’s no surprise that Michigan House Bill 5606, a bill that would ban Tesla Motors from selling its premium electric cars direct to customers within the state, has […]

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Tesla Model S Fans Petition Tesla to Make Autopilot Features a Retrofit for Existing Customers

In the world of consumer electronics, finding out that your computer, smartphone or gadget its incompatible with the latest software update and headlining all-new functionality is frustrating, especially if you’ve recently purchased the said device. Yet obsolescence is a recognised and normal part of the consumer electronics industry as one device supersedes another, adds functionality, and improves […]

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Council spending £22000 on more electric car charging stations in Dundee - The Courier

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Council spending £22000 on more electric car charging stations in Dundee
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“These additional charging points will help us to keep up the momentum for electric cars in Dundee by making them even more accessible. “An increase in the usage of electric vehicles helps combat poor air quality issues across the city, which is ...

China's Electric-Car Plans to Help Aluminum, Novelis Says - Bloomberg

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China's Electric-Car Plans to Help Aluminum, Novelis Says
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China's drive to build electric cars is likely to set up a greater-than-forecast surge in demand for aluminum, according to Novelis Inc., the world's biggest supplier to automakers of sheets made of the lightmetal. China, the world's biggest carbon ...
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UK hails best ever quarter for electric car sales as demand revs up - Business Green

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UK hails best ever quarter for electric car sales as demand revs up
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UK electric car sales are moving into the fast lane, after almost 5,000 vehicles were accredited under a government grant scheme between July and September this year. The strong sales performance means double the number of ultra low emission vehicles ...
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