electric vehicles (evs)

San Diego Gas & Electric to Use Electric Cars to Integrate Renewable Energy

February 7, 2016 by Max Baumhefner
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Urban Renewables Integration

 

California just took another key step in expanding the market for electric vehicles (EVs); 3,500 charging stations will be installed in the San Diego area under a "Vehicle Grid Integration" program approved by the California Public Utilities Commission.[read more]

In California, Electric Vehicles are the New DeLorean in 'Back to the Future'

December 30, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

EVs in California

In order to meet the state of California's greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals, emissions from transportation – the sector most responsible for harmful pollution – need to be addressed. Enter Governor Brown’s zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate.[read more]

Economists are from Mars, Electric Cars are from Venus

December 16, 2015 by James Bushnell
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Electric Vehicles and Energy Economics

I work at UC Davis, with at least two (that I know about) centers devoted to research “aimed at developing a sustainable market for plug-in vehicles.” I run into a lot of researchers and environmental advocates who are completely dedicated to the mission of accelerating the deployment of electric vehicles.[read more]

At COP21, Thirteen Jurisdictions Go All-In to Create World's Largest Market for Zero Emission Vehicles

December 4, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Today at the Paris Climate talks (COP21), leaders from 13 jurisdictions across North American and Europe announced commitments that all new passenger vehicles will use zero emission vehicle (ZEV) technologies, and that these technologies will be adopted no later than 2050.[read more]

When Tesla And Apple Compete To Out-Do Each Other On Electric Cars, The Planet Wins

September 25, 2015 by Joseph Romm
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EV Cars and Competition

The future of cars is finally upon us — and it is electrifying. The Wall Street Journal reports Apple is speeding up its efforts to build and ship an electric vehicle by 2019. By that time, there should be at least three or four affordable EVs with a 200+ mile range on the market.[read more]

Study: Electric Vehicles Can Dramatically Reduce Carbon Pollution from Transportation, and Improve Air Quality

September 18, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Air Quality and Transportation

Producing the electricity to power electric vehicles can generate emissions. But those emissions levels are far lower than the pollution emitted by conventional vehicles, and could be even lower as the electric power sector cleans up over next few decades, according to a new report issued recently.[read more]

Washington State Commits to Supporting a Growing EV Market

August 3, 2015 by Nick Nigro

EVs, States, and Business Models

The power and transportation sectors are the top two sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. So, for a state like Washington, that already relies on low-emission power and energy, transportation is the key opportunity to reduce emissions.[read more]

Level the Playing Field for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

July 28, 2015 by Morry Markowitz
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Fair Markets for Fuel Cell Vehicles?

Zero-emission vehicles will be a major market sector of future automobiles, due to international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve local air quality, and reduce reliance on oil. Fuel cell electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles are the only two commercialized ZEVs available to consumers today.[read more]

How EV Chargers and Energy Storage Can Make Good Grid Partners

July 22, 2015 by Jeff St. John
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Energy Storage and EV Charging

Electric vehicles could be a challenge or a resource, according to utilities plotting ways to turn EV charging stations into smart, grid-responsive resources. But the first steps toward making EV charging an asset may come from the demand charges that penalize utility customers for spikes in their electricity consumption.[read more]

Who Killed the Urban Electric Car?

July 15, 2015 by Matt Conway
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EV Infrastructure

Electric vehicles offer one of the most promising options for improving the livability of urban environments. The benefits of switching to electrics in densely populated areas include improved air quality, reduced engine fluid run-off pollution and less risk of ground water contamination from petroleum storage.[read more]

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An Economic Case For Governments To Make Sustainable Capital Investments

May 4, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci
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Government and Real Investment

It’s hard to miss headlines about the perils of investing without considering climate change. From HSBC to the G20, institutional investors are concerned about inherent risks from failing to consider what happens when climate reality meets economic reality – but what about governments?[read more]

Renewable Microgrid Charging Networks will Provide Clean Power for Electric Vehicles

April 29, 2015 by Arnaud Henin

Microgrids and Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles are gaining traction in markets. Most car manufacturers now offer electric vehicles and the charging infrastructure is rapidly being constructed and installed. Electric vehicles and the broader trend of electrification of transport only makes sense in areas where the power sector has been de-carbonized.[read more]

Can EV Chargers Earn Enough Money on Grid Services to Give Them Away for Free?

April 22, 2015 by Jeff St. John

EV Chargers and Infrastructure Expansion

Plugged-in electric vehicles could overload neighborhood transformers and drive up peak demand on already-stressed grids. Or, they could wield their influence in ways that brings the grid into better balance than it is today. So say companies trying to develop technology and business models around EV charging.[read more]

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Cost of Batteries for Electric Vehicles Falling More Rapidly than Projected

April 14, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Costs for Electric Vehicle Batteries

The cost of battery packs for electric vehicles has fallen more rapidly than was previously projected, with market leading firms in 2014 producing batteries at ~$300 per kilowatt-hour of storage capacity, on par with market projections for 2020.[read more]

Energy News: New Utility Model, Same as the Old Utility Model? In West Virginia, Tesla is Just a Small Town

April 10, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Energy News Stories

“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” That’s a quote from Carl Sagan’s groundbreaking Cosmos. To build an electrical grid for an imaginary “51st state” from scratch, well, SEPA recently asked utilities and other stakeholders how they would go about it.[read more]