electric vehicles (ev's)

Electric Vehicles Approach Tipping Point

November 23, 2013 by Peter Lehner

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

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

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

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]

Ford Fusion Named the Green Car of the Year 2013

November 30, 2012 by Amy Sinatra Ayres

With two of its cars among the five finalists, Ford took the Green Car of the Year Award for its 2013 Fusion on Thursday at the LA Auto Show.The newly redesigned, midsize sedan is offered with three different engines: gas-electric hybrid, plug-in hybrid and gasoline. The base model starts at $21,700, while the gas-electric hybrid, rated...[read more]

GM to Produce 500,000 Green Cars By 2017

November 23, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

General Motors, seeming more confident in the face of rising Volt plug-in hybrid sales, looks to be expanding its vehicle electrification efforts. Primarily through its brand Chevrolet, the Detroit automaker hopes to significantly bump up the number of green cars it produces by 2017. It begins this process next week with the domestic...[read more]

Are Electric Cars a Niche? Or Able to Beat Conventionals?

November 21, 2012 by Neal Dikeman

Electric Car Charging via Shutterstock

Are electric cars a Niche?  Or just coming into their own?  I’ve been asked that question twice now in the last week in various forms, so thought I’d blog my answer.Electric Drive Transportation Association has the total number of US sales at just under 400,000 this year, or 3.3% market share including hybrids.  ...[read more]

Electric Car Sales Increase 228 Percent

November 1, 2012 by Max Baumhefner

Automakers operate on a different calendar, in which the 2012 model year recently came to a close.  As my colleague, Luke Tonachel, explains, this was the year of the green car, with record new fleet fuel efficiency, a 55 percent increase in hybrid sales, and more than a three-fold increase in plug-in electric car sales.  The...[read more]

Chinese Electric Car Revolution Running On Half A Battery

October 29, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

China, much like the United States, has ambitious goals around the spread of green car technology among its population. Whereas President Obama called for 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015 last year, Chinese leaders were hoping for 500,000 cumulative EV sales by 2015 and 5 million by 2020. We know here at home Obama’s...[read more]

Patience and Policy Needed on Drive toward Sustainability

October 26, 2012 by Eileen Claussen

Electric Vehicles via Shutterstock

We shouldn’t be discouraged about the future of electric vehicles because some early movers are not meeting expectations. The recent decision by advanced battery maker A123 Systems to seek bankruptcy protection is evidence the company made missteps and perhaps grew faster than it could handle, which is not unusual in high tech.[read more]

Are British Engineers Really Producing Petrol from Air Technology?

October 22, 2012 by Robert Webb

Scientist via Shutterstock

The UK press has gone mad over a new energy technology in recent days. I’ve been asked whether it is really as exciting as it seems?“Exclusive: Pioneering scientists turn fresh air into petrol in massive boost in fight against energy crisis” ran the headline in the Independent on 19th October, and the story was picked up by the BBC on...[read more]


Why You Don't Want an Electric Car... Yet

October 11, 2012 by Matthew Stepp

Electric Car Concept via Shutterstock

In a recent New York Times Magazine article, “Why Your Car Isn't Electric,” Maggie Koerth-Baker works through why consumers prefer gas cars over electric vehicles (EVs). She finds that Americans aren’t flocking to EVs because they have a fundamentally different idea of what a car should be. America's energy and climate policies are failing to address that reality.[read more]

Thinking Different Beyond the Smart Grid

October 9, 2012 by Christine Hertzog

Electricity Pylon via Shutterstock

Information and communications technologies (ICT) and machine to machine (M2M) applications will have evolutionary and revolutionary impacts on the Smart Grid and smart cities.  As more of the global population chooses to live in cities, ICT will also exert revolutionary impacts on transportation to help transform it into...[read more]

Nissan’s EV Shows New Promise With New Improvements for Going Green

October 2, 2012 by Tom Schueneman

As green drivers, electric-vehicle owners shouldn’t have to compromise certain driving capacities for taking an electric vehicle to the road. The Nissan LEAF is among the top-rated electric car models that help consumers save money, improve comfort and reduce their carbon footprint. Cutting costs? More space? Going green? These pros,...[read more]