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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]

California Expected To Account For 25% Of U.S. EV Sales

September 24, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

Who loves you, electric vehicles? California loves you, that’s who.The Golden State, with 12 percent of the nation’s population, will account for nearly a quarter of all electric vehicle sales between now and 2020, according to a new report, which says nationwide sales of the plug-ins will hit about 400,000 by the end of the decade....[read more]

Hybrid And Electric Car Sales Remain Strong in June

July 25, 2012 by Antonio Pasolini

Via NissanA new report on the sales of hybrid and electric cars indicate June saw a surge of 164 percent. According to Kelley Blue Book’s Blue Book Market Report for July 2012, sales have remained strong, which is atypical in periods following a fuel price peak like the one in March. Lexus CT200h, for instance, saw sales grow 500 percent...[read more]

Public Investment Central to Advanced Battery Breakthrough

June 13, 2012 by Matthew Stepp

concept w/Shutterstock

Today A123 – a leading U.S. vehicle battery firm – announced it has developed a breakthrough lithium-ion battery that could potentially make electric vehicle (EV) battery packs lighter by not requiring a heating and cooling system while also extending the battery packs lifetime. This advance is a notable step towards addressing some of...[read more]

EV Scooter Dials Down Power, Range For Value

May 22, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

High-performance electric vehicles (EV) generally grab the headlines, since the idea of an EV going fast is still enough of a surprise that the people tend to sit up and take notice when one comes along.Even so, while souped-up EVs stir up plenty of online chatter this doesn’t often translate to sales. Largely because making a high-...[read more]

The Case for Electric Vehicles

December 12, 2011 by James Greenberger

Increased fuel efficiency of light vehicles will not solve the problem that has bedeviled our nation for decades: the long-term hemorrhage of American jobs and capital to petroleum producers. If our light vehicle fleet is 100% dependent on petroleum-based fuels, reducing use of those fuels will neither save money nor reduce vulnerability to supply disruptions in the long run. As in any market controlled by a monopoly, the monopolist has the option to raise its prices as demand declines. The consumer cannot come out ahead by conservation alone.[read more]

EV Rebates vs. Tax Credits

February 9, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

Having recently taken a hard look at the cost/benefit of the proposed expansion of federal electric vehicle tax credits up to $19 billion, it naturally caught my attention when I heard that the President was proposing to convert the present system of tax credits into point-of-sale rebates for EVs. Legislation has apparently been...[read more]

Achieving Obama's Goal of One Million Plug-in Electric Vehicles is Eminently Doable

February 3, 2011 by Simon Mui

A report issued today by Indiana’s University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs stated:  “It does not appear that 1 million plug-in electric vehicles will be sold in the U.S. by 2015 given current production plans and the available forecasts, but the goal could be surpassed within a few years thereafter.”  The panel...[read more]

Electric Vehicle Buildout Implications

February 2, 2011 by Willem Post

ELECTRIC VEHICLE BUILDOUT IMPLICATIONS by Willem Post; February 2, 2011  INTRODUCTION Automobile manufacturers in several nations have been developing hybrid, plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles. Among the hybrid vehicles, Toyota is the leader and has been mass producing the...[read more]

An Electric Vehicle in Every Garage: What Does $19 Billion Buy?

January 28, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles
Tennen-Gas, via Wikimedia Commons

I see in the Washington Post that two members of Michigan's Congressional delegation have proposed more than doubling the current federal purchase subsidy for electric vehicles to around $19 billion. They would do that by increasing the numbers of vehicles from each manufacturer eligible for the $7,500 EV tax credit from 200,000 to 500,...[read more]

The President's Plan for Electric Vehicles

January 26, 2011 by Simon Mui

As I blogged about yesterday, winning the global electric vehicle race will require the U.S. to do what Asia and Europe are doing – and more. Today the White House followed up to the President's bold Clean Energy plan with details on spurring the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) industry.  I take a look at the plan...[read more]