Big name electric cars are finally coming to Australia. Mitsubishi, Renault and Nissan had their electric wares on display in Melbourne, along with local start-up EDay Life.
Powered by four electric motors, one for each wheel, the e-tron has a total of 230kW at its disposal. The 100km/h mark can be dispatched in 4.8 seconds, and the Lithium-ion batteries give the car a range of 248km.
Nissan has a number of ChargePoint stations installed at its Victorian headquarters that allow any Leaf driver to sidle up, plug their car in, swipe their ChargePoint card and recharge their vehicle. The station can then email or SMS the driver to let them know that their car is fully charged and ready to go.
That massive black rectangular box behind the front seats is the car's removable battery pack. The idea is that if you don't have six to eight hours to fully recharge your battery, you can take it to a Better Place swap station, and have a fully juiced pack installed in around the same time that it takes to refuel a conventional car.
Look closely, and you'll notice that the Z.E. is some 130mm longer than regular petrol and diesel Fluences. All of that extra length is tacked onto the rear to help the car accommodate its battery pack.
When the EDay electric vehicles go on sale next year, they will be shipped with an iPad. The iPad is plugged into a dashboard dock, and will control all of the car's entertainment, navigation and air conditioning systems.
Any electric car hooked up to a ChargeIQ station can have its charge status and settings monitored remotely via a smartphone app. The station is also able to feed energy stored in the car's batteries back into the grid during on-peak hours, and charge the car during off-peak.