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Cost of Batteries for Electric Vehicles Falling More Rapidly than Projected

April 13, 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]

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#EnergyChat Webinar: The Utility of the Future

April 6, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Planning the Utility of the Future

The electricity sector has been abuzz with talk of “disruptive challenges,” “transformational changes,” and “reforming the energy vision.” In this #EnergyChat Webinar, we chatted with experts about the technologies, new business models, and regulatory reforms transforming the electric utility sector.[read more]

Energy: 24/7 - EVs Plus Solar Equals Disruption [PODCAST]

April 4, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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Prior to Tesla, when we thought of electric vehicles it often conjured up images of Jetson flying cars or funky looking contraptions that were really glorified golf carts. They were anomalies that might have made you smile when someone drove past. That is not the case anymore.[read more]

Wrightspeed Hybrid-Electric Trucks are the Cutting Edge of Truck Design

March 18, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Hybrid Trucks and Transportation

Wrightspeed Powertrains of San Jose, California is a pioneer in developing hybrid-electric powertrains for heavy duty trucks. This next-generation design provides superior power, performance, and low emissions for heavy duty trucks that operate in some of the most challenging and fuel-guzzling applications.[read more]

What Will Fuel Today's Advanced Vehicles?

February 12, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles
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Advanced Vehicles and Fuel Options

Last month I attended the "policy day" at the Washington Auto Show, which typically emphasizes green cars. Yet while the environmental benefits of EVs and other advanced vehicles are a major factor in their proliferation, I didn't hear much about how the energy for these new car types would be produced.[read more]

Advanced Vehicles Stand Out at Auto Show, Solar Jobs, and Strange Bedfellows

January 17, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

Energy News

Advanced vehicles, front and center at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show, enjoyed another week in the spotlight at the annual Detroit Auto Show. Some impressive numbers in solar employment were released this week, and renewable energy got new recognition from an unlikely source.[read more]

Public Policy, Private Investment Needed to Keep EV Market Growing in 2015

January 13, 2015 by Nick Nigro
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EV Policy and Investment in 2015

Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) were up 25 percent last year, and automakers are looking to boost sales further in 2015 with new and updated models. Growth in the EV market will require smart public and private strategies to expand charging infrastructure so motorists don’t have to worry about running out of juice.[read more]

Electric Vehicles: CPUC Says California Utilities Can Own Charging Infrastructure

January 12, 2015 by Chris King
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Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Ownership

The shift toward electric vehicles is rolling forward in California among consumers, and regulators are weighing in. Just before Christmas, the California PUC overturned previous policy and issued a new decision allowing the state's utilities to participate in providing electric vehicle charging infrastructure.[read more]

Can Electric Vehicles Be 'Environmental Villains'?

December 25, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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EVs and the Environment

Researchers found in a new study assessing the life cycle air quality impacts on human health of 10 alternatives to conventional gasoline vehicles “that electric vehicles (EVs) powered by electricity from natural gas or wind, water, or solar power are best for improving air quality."[read more]

The Case for Electric Vehicles, Part 2: EV Costs

October 15, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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EV Costs and Benefits

Electric Vehicles today are considered to be more expensive to purchase than their Internal Combustion Engine automobile counterparts. But the purchase price of EV’s versus ICE vehicles tells an incomplete story about the comparative costs of these cars.[read more]

The Case for Electric Vehicles, Part 1: The Driving Experience

October 14, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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The EV Experience

I recently had the opportunity to test drive the Tesla Model S P85. Like many drivers of the Model S, I was thoroughly impressed by the performance of this machine and after examining the engineering I am increasingly convinced that electric vehicles (EVs) are the future for automobiles.[read more]

When Do EVs Become Competitive? Answers From Norway

October 14, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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EVs and Norway

EVs currently capture more than 10% of the Norwegian new car market. This article takes a closer look at the magnitude of the sales price reductions, fuel price differences and additional perks required to achieve this level of market penetration.[read more]

Tesla Trumps Toyota Part II: The Big Problem With Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

August 16, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Tesla and Toyota and the Future

The biggest problem hydrogen fuel cell automobiles and vehicles face is that while they deliver no obvious major consumer, societal, or environmental benefits compared to the rest of the competition, they do have a bunch of obvious consumer defects.[read more]

Tesla Trumps Toyota: Why Hydrogen Cars Can't Compete With Pure Electric Cars

August 9, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Tesla and Toyota

“Toyota Bets Against Tesla With New Hydrogen Car,” blares the headline at fool.com. That is a bad bet. It may even prove to be a major blunder for Toyota, which actually severed its RAV4 partnership with electric vehicle (EV) company Tesla back in May, though they kept their investment in Tesla.[read more]