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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
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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
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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

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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
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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]

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

October 11, 2012 by Matthew Stepp
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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]