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California Utilities Likely to Be Back in the EV Charging Business

November 20, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Three years ago, the state of California banned utilities from becoming investors in public EV charging, saying they represented an unfair competitive threat to independent parties in a still-nascent market. But now the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has proposed lifting that ban.[read more]

Firsthand Lessons on Public Charging for EVs

October 8, 2014 by Nick Nigro
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EV Charging Experience

Washington, D.C., is well-situated for day trips with mountains, forests, beach and bay all a short drive away. On a recent weekend, I was lucky enough to tool around in style. BMW lent me their new electric car – the i3 – and asked that I race it around the DC metro region.[read more]

Tesla Trumps Toyota 3: Why Electric Vehicles Are Beating Hydrogen Cars Today

August 27, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Tesla and Toyota

While electric vehicles have experienced a marketplace renaissance in the last decade, hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles have not. Multiple models of EVs (like the Tesla and Nissan Leaf) and plug-in EVs (like the Chevy Volt) are selling in this country and around the world, but there are no commercial consumer FCVs yet.[read more]

The Great Electric Company Growth Opportunity

July 24, 2014 by Elias Hinckley
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Utilities and Growth Choices

Energy use in the United States can be split into two large (very, very large) pies. One is electricity for use in homes, buildings, and industry, and the other is transportation, which is powered primarily by liquid fuels (gasoline and diesel) from oil.[read more]

5 Non-Tesla EV Stories: BMW, Motiv, Proterra, Harley-Davidson, Boston Power

July 5, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Electric Vehicle Diversity Growth

Tesla is the marque in many automaker's sights. And since Tesla's plan is to build a lithium-ion battery factory bigger than the world's current lithium-ion production capacity -- the company is also one of the potential big players in the race to distributed storage and battery-based grid support services.[read more]

Tesla's Elon Musk Declares 'All Our Patent Are Belong to You'

June 20, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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Tesla Patent Release

In a recent blog post entitled, "All Our Patent Are Belong to You," Tesla CEO Elon Musk tore down the patent wall. Musk emphasized that the liberation of the patents will help Tesla in recruiting the best technical talent despite "some wide-eyed looks" from people on the board and management team.[read more]

Charge Ahead Initiative Passes Another Key Vote

May 2, 2014 by Max Baumhefner

California Energy Legislation

The Charge Ahead California Initiative aims to deploy, at a minimum, one million electric cars, trucks, and buses in the state within the next ten years, and to ensure that all Californians benefit from the increasing electrification of the transportation sector.[read more]

A Year with a Leaf

March 30, 2014 by Lou Grinzo
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At breakfast this morning, my wife reminded me that we picked up our Nissan Leaf exactly one year ago. Since I was looking for time to write a summary of our first year in electric vehicle-land, this anniversary looks like as good an excuse as any.[read more]

Are Ford and SunPower About to Make the Grid Irrelevant for EV Charging?

January 4, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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EV Charging

A couple months ago, we asked if electric vehicle services could help an automaker like Ford disrupt the relationship between electric utilities and their customers. The answer, according to Mike Tinskey, director of Ford's global electrification division, was probably not.[read more]

Will Electric Cars Help or Hinder Climate Action?

January 1, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson
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Electric Cars

One of the nice things about not blogging over the holiday period has been the chance to catch up on other blogs. Llyod Atler’s December pieces in particular have been fascinating, including an invitation to discuss the question ‘Are electric cars going to make it harder to fix our cities?‘[read more]

Electric Vehicles Approach Tipping Point

November 23, 2013 by Peter Lehner
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EVs and Growth

When the first hybrid cars hit the streets, people would point and stare, even stop owners on the street to ask questions. Was it a fad? A novelty? A toy for green enthusiasts? Time has proven otherwise. In the first quarter of last year, then Prius was the third best-selling family car in the world.[read more]

8 US States Target 3.3 Million Electric Vehicles On The Road By 2025

October 26, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci
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Electric Vehicles and States

Forget President Obama’s goal of 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015, how about 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles by 2025? It may sound unlikely considering just 165,000 ZEVs are now on US roads, but the governors of eight states signed an agreement to do just that.[read more]

Do EVs Make Good Cents or Sense?

January 9, 2013 by Benjamin Lack
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David Herron of Torque News stated in his article “60 kWh Tesla Model S rated at 208 mile electric driving range by EPA:” “The 85 kilowatt-hour Model S, $77,400 for 265 miles range, or $292/mile of range. The 60 kilowatt-hour Model S, $67,400 for 208 miles range, is $324/mile of range. The other electric cars cost a lot more per...[read more]

How Sharing Paves the Way for EV Driving

December 11, 2012 by Rosana Francescato

’Tis the season for sharing. We share meals, drinks, and presents with friends and family, and maybe even dollars with charities. But must sharing and its many benefits be limited to the holidays?The year-round benefits of sharing are nowhere more clear than when it comes to driving. Apart from saving money for those who prefer...[read more]

Can BMW Accelerate Smart Grid Benefits?

December 4, 2012 by Christine Hertzog
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Last week in Silicon Valley BMW convened a group of transportation, electric vehicle (EV), and energy thought leaders to participate in a dialogue with their senior executives and talk about sustainability, energy, and mobility services.  It was a thought-provoking day and I shared my perspectives on V2G (Vehicle to Grid)...[read more]