Cars to celebrate Valentine's day

Take your partner to dine at one of these cars and forgive you that you have not bought anything.

Cars to celebrate San Valentine: BMW i8 (I)

Today is the day that we have invented to commemorate it's nice to be in love with. But, being a petrolhead as you are, know that not you serve of nothing them tips on flowers or chocolates… so have preferred go to it practical and present you the best cars to celebrate San Valentin. Of the form in which you want and having in counts how is your half orange. I have here our 3 proposals. You are welcome.

If your partner is… Ecologist: a BMW i8

Cars to celebrate San Valentine: BMW i8 (II)

The perfect equation: electric and combustion, powerful and friend of sustainability… and with an image so striking that you will appear to be leading to your guy to a future in which our race already not in danger of extinction.

If your partner is… Urbanite: Smart electric

Cars to celebrate Valentine's day: electric Smart (II)

The perfect car for the city and, in addition, electric, in order that the parking you go free in the Center; is a day special, so spend a little more on the dinner and mark you somewhat. Finishes off the evening with a romantic walk in the Smart: you'll be so close together…

But you can always leave your girlfriend to test the Tesla autopilot:

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Electric-car charging station safety: what you need to know

Like any consumer product, it’s important to consider safety when buying a charging station for an electric car.

While plugging the vehicle into a station is straightforward, the large amount of current carried over the cord from the power source to the car makes caution worthwhile.

Even safety-conscious consumers may find choosing the best charging station difficult, however.

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That’s because not every home charging station on sale in the U.S. has received third-party safety certification.

As with household appliances, there are formal safety standards for electric-car charging stations—but no requirement that they be tested to determine that they meet those standards.

Many charging stations sold on Amazon are not safety tested, according to a recent investigation by Charged EVs.

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Unlike such chain stores as Best Buy and Home Depot, which sell home charging stations, Amazon does not require all products sold on its website to have the relevant safety certifications.

Like other electrical appliances, the job of ensuring that charging stations meet standards typically falls to third-party testing laboratories.

These Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories include Intertek and Underwriters Laboratories.

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You may have seen the “UL” mark or Intertek’s “ETL” mark on various household items that have been certified as compliant with safety standards by these laboratories.

Those marks also appear on safety-certified charging stations.

UL 2594 is the primary safety standard for electric-car charging stations sold in North America.

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But these certifications do not appear on Amazon listings, and of course it’s impossible to inspect a product offered online for a UL or ETL mark while browsing.

Amazon itself makes no official claims regarding safety certifications. That is up to the individual sellers offering products through its website.

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At the same time, no easy-to-access database of safety-certified charging stations exists.

That means buyers must do quite a bit of homework, something they may not be motivated to undertake even if they realize the need.

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Last year, charging-equipment supplier ClipperCreek conducted a survey asking customers what they thought the most important features for a charging station were.

Safety certifications ranked dead last on that list.

But that may be because consumers assume that—like other electrical appliances—all charging stations in the U.S. are safety certified, ClipperCreek’s marketing and communications director Suzanne Guinn told Charged EVs.

That is not an assumption shoppers should make, at least when buying charging stations online.

In other words, look for stations that are UL-certified to ensure that a knowledgeable third party has deemed a specific model to comply with basic safety practices.

More Chevy Bolt vs Tesla

At a speech in Detroit yesterday at the SAE World Congress, a top General Motor’s executive took some shots at Tesla.

Dan Nicholson, General Motor’s Vice President of global propulsion systems, did mention that some customers may confuse the Bolt name with the Volt. Beyond that, however, most of what he had to say was comparing the Bolt electric vehicle with Tesla’s recently revealed Model 3 sedan.

Nicholson had this to say (in no particular order):

  • The Chevrolet Bolt is scheduled to go on sale long before Tesla’s Model 3
  • “It will be in production by the end of 2016, so it’s not necessary to put down $1,000 and wait until 2018 or sometime after that.”
  • “GM’s balance sheet is in pretty strong shape, so we don’t need to take $1,000 of your money just to hold a spot”