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Nissan building nationwide electric car fast charging network in 18 months

Nissan has announced plans to build a nationwide network of over electric car fast charging stations, placing the stations at dealerships and other locations, starting by collaborating with eVgo in the Washington DC area to bu More

Nissan has announced plans to build a nationwide network of over electric car fast charging stations, placing the stations at dealerships and other locations, starting by collaborating with eVgo in the Washington DC area to bu More

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Nissan to add electric car charging stations in D.C

Nissan announced plans at the Washington Auto Show Thursday to tripple its current electric vehicle quick-charging infrastructure in the U.S., adding at least 500 quick-charge stations in the next 18 months, including its first fast-charge network in Washington.

“We envision a quick-charging network that links communities and neighborhoods where people live, work, shop and socialize,̶ More

Nissan announced plans at the Washington Auto Show Thursday to tripple its current electric vehicle quick-charging infrastructure in the U.S., adding at least 500 quick-charge stations in the next 18 months, including its first fast-charge network in Washington.

“We envision a quick-charging network that links communities and neighborhoods where people live, work, shop and socialize,̶ More

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Living Carbon Neutral: A Family Shows the Way

Silicon Valley Clean Tech Speaker Series

Carbon Neutral LogoWe talk about achieving energy independence as a country. We talk about being more energy efficient, being less dependent on fossil fuels, increasing renewable energy, and being carbon-neutral. But what can we do as individual families—it just seems too hard and too expensive. Dr. Indradeep Ghosh and his family live in Silicon More

Silicon Valley Clean Tech Speaker Series

Carbon Neutral LogoWe talk about achieving energy independence as a country. We talk about being more energy efficient, being less dependent on fossil fuels, increasing renewable energy, and being carbon-neutral. But what can we do as individual families—it just seems too hard and too expensive. Dr. Indradeep Ghosh and his family live in Silicon More

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USA: CA Will Stay The Course On Electric-Car Sales Requirements

Unless you follow green cars fairly closely–or perhaps live in California–you may not know that the Golden State now requires the sale of certain number of battery electric cars.

Between 2012 and 2014, the six highest-selling carmakers in the state must sell a combined 7,500 zero-emission vehicles.

And the state will stick firmly to those goals, and far higher volumes sta More

Unless you follow green cars fairly closely–or perhaps live in California–you may not know that the Golden State now requires the sale of certain number of battery electric cars.

Between 2012 and 2014, the six highest-selling carmakers in the state must sell a combined 7,500 zero-emission vehicles.

And the state will stick firmly to those goals, and far higher volumes sta More

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Wanted: A Little Electric Car That Won’t Crumple in a Collision

If you’re in the market for a car in a crowded inner city, you inevitably have to chose between two mutually exclusive options. You can get a tiny car, good for parallel parking in enviable tight spots, or you can get something with a bigger frame but worse More

If you’re in the market for a car in a crowded inner city, you inevitably have to chose between two mutually exclusive options. You can get a tiny car, good for parallel parking in enviable tight spots, or you can get something with a bigger frame but worse More

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Nissan aims to triple number of quick-charging electric car stations in US

A Nissan Leaf charges at a electric vehicle charging station in Portland, Ore. Quick-charging stations can recharge a depleted Leaf battery pack to 80 percent of capacity in just half an hour, Voelcker wr More

A Nissan Leaf charges at a electric vehicle charging station in Portland, Ore. Quick-charging stations can recharge a depleted Leaf battery pack to 80 percent of capacity in just half an hour, Voelcker wr More

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Formula E: Electric cars enter the fast lane

A new international racing series hopes to change the perception of electric cars and accelerate the development of new technologies.

For many, motor racing is all about the evocative roar of powerful V12 engines and the distinctive smell of burning gasol More

A new international racing series hopes to change the perception of electric cars and accelerate the development of new technologies.

For many, motor racing is all about the evocative roar of powerful V12 engines and the distinctive smell of burning gasol More

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U.S. still dedicated to electric cars, but deadline no longer important, energy secretary says

WASHINGTON/DETROIT — The U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday eased off President Barack Obama’s stated goal of putting 1 million electric cars on the road by 2015, and laid out what experts called a more realistic strategy of promoting advanced-drive vehicles and lowering their cost over the next nine years.

Since Obama announced the goal in his 2011 State of the Union speech, More

WASHINGTON/DETROIT — The U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday eased off President Barack Obama’s stated goal of putting 1 million electric cars on the road by 2015, and laid out what experts called a more realistic strategy of promoting advanced-drive vehicles and lowering their cost over the next nine years.

Since Obama announced the goal in his 2011 State of the Union speech, More

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Tesla Reaches 20,000 Unit Production Rate Annually for Model S

Tesla keeps proving the skeptics wrong. For years we’ve heard all kinds of arguments explaining why they couldn’t possibly succeed, and why they wouldn’t deliver what they promised, how the auto industry was too hard to b More

Tesla keeps proving the skeptics wrong. For years we’ve heard all kinds of arguments explaining why they couldn’t possibly succeed, and why they wouldn’t deliver what they promised, how the auto industry was too hard to b More

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Tesla Now Delivering 60-kWh Versions Of Model S Electric Car

It’s now clear: Volume deliveries of the second version of the 2013 Tesla Model S began this month.

That would be the version fitted with the middle of three battery-pack sizes, with a stated energy capacity of 60 kilowatt-hours.

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It’s now clear: Volume deliveries of the second version of the 2013 Tesla Model S began this month.

That would be the version fitted with the middle of three battery-pack sizes, with a stated energy capacity of 60 kilowatt-hours.

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Electric Cars In Winter: Six Steps To Maximize Driving Range

We get asked a lot whether winter weather makes electric cars impractical. Short answer: No.

We even rounded up some of the best electric-cars-in-winter stories last month.

But it’s a fact of physics that a plug-in electric car will have a longer range in temperate Southern California than in the icy steppes of the Northeast, upper Midwest, and much of Canada.

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We get asked a lot whether winter weather makes electric cars impractical. Short answer: No.

We even rounded up some of the best electric-cars-in-winter stories last month.

But it’s a fact of physics that a plug-in electric car will have a longer range in temperate Southern California than in the icy steppes of the Northeast, upper Midwest, and much of Canada.

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Innovators: Building an electric car for speed

Innovation takes many roads — seldom as quickly as a California man who is building what may be the fastest street-legal green car in the world, or just the fastest car.

The last time I talked to Mike Pethel on the radio, this is what he told me: “The car is going to be on the road soon and it’s going to be fast. It’s going to be really fast.”

Well, I&# More

Innovation takes many roads — seldom as quickly as a California man who is building what may be the fastest street-legal green car in the world, or just the fastest car.

The last time I talked to Mike Pethel on the radio, this is what he told me: “The car is going to be on the road soon and it’s going to be fast. It’s going to be really fast.”

Well, I&# More

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Spyshots: BMW 5-Series LCI Plug-in Hybrid

While this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the BMW 5-Series prototype testing in preparation for the F10’s Life Cycle Impulse. However, this is the first time we’ve seen a plug-in hybrid version of the popular executive car. More

While this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the BMW 5-Series prototype testing in preparation for the F10’s Life Cycle Impulse. However, this is the first time we’ve seen a plug-in hybrid version of the popular executive car. More

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CarCharging Expands Its Charging Stations In California

CarCharging is strategically expanding its footprint in the US. The latest Alameda, CA expansion shows how strategic the move is.

CarCharging Group Expands. CarCharging, a nationwide provider part of the Car Charging Group, Inc. is continuing its electric vehicle (EV) charging services with another strategic EV charging service location, the Harbor Bay Business Park in Alameda, California t More

CarCharging is strategically expanding its footprint in the US. The latest Alameda, CA expansion shows how strategic the move is.

CarCharging Group Expands. CarCharging, a nationwide provider part of the Car Charging Group, Inc. is continuing its electric vehicle (EV) charging services with another strategic EV charging service location, the Harbor Bay Business Park in Alameda, California t More

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USA: Milford sees uptick in electric car charging stations use, cost

Milford is footing a markedly higher bill than officials initially expected to cover the cost of downtown electric vehicle charging stations, though the amount is what many would likely consider negligible.

The charging stations are free of charge to users.

Just $75 was budgeted to cover the cost of electricity at the village’s six stations for 2012-13, but due to higher-than-a More

Milford is footing a markedly higher bill than officials initially expected to cover the cost of downtown electric vehicle charging stations, though the amount is what many would likely consider negligible.

The charging stations are free of charge to users.

Just $75 was budgeted to cover the cost of electricity at the village’s six stations for 2012-13, but due to higher-than-a More

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ECOtality unveils Minit Charger for less-patient EV fleet operators

ECOTALITY EXPANDS PRODUCT OFFERING; ANNOUNCES NEW MINIT CHARGER 12

Minit Charger 12 leverages company’s fast charger expertise to service new market applications

SAN FRANCISCO – Tuesday, January 22, 2013 – ECOtality, In More

ECOTALITY EXPANDS PRODUCT OFFERING; ANNOUNCES NEW MINIT CHARGER 12

Minit Charger 12 leverages company’s fast charger expertise to service new market applications

SAN FRANCISCO – Tuesday, January 22, 2013 – ECOtality, In More

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ECOtality Expands Product Offering; Announces New Minit Charger 12

Minit Charger 12 leverages company’s fast charger expertise to service new market applications

SAN FRANCISCO — Tuesday, January 22, 2013 — ECOtality, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECTY), a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, is now offering its Minit Charger 12, an advanced fast charger designed to optimize battery life and potential for battery-powered transportation in More

Minit Charger 12 leverages company’s fast charger expertise to service new market applications

SAN FRANCISCO — Tuesday, January 22, 2013 — ECOtality, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECTY), a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, is now offering its Minit Charger 12, an advanced fast charger designed to optimize battery life and potential for battery-powered transportation in More

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USA: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Arrive in Salem

Electric vehicle charging stations are now installed and operational at two Salem garages.

If you’re one of the environmentally-friendly city residents who is driving an electric car around the streets of Salem, you now have a few new places to park and charge up.

On Monday, the city of Salem announced the completion of the installation of eight electric vehicle charging stat More

Electric vehicle charging stations are now installed and operational at two Salem garages.

If you’re one of the environmentally-friendly city residents who is driving an electric car around the streets of Salem, you now have a few new places to park and charge up.

On Monday, the city of Salem announced the completion of the installation of eight electric vehicle charging stat More

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Vrginia Tax on Electric Vehicles – More Backward Thinking

The gas tax, as high as 49¢/gal in New York, is meant to supply funds to maintain highways and roads in the state. This is probably the fairest tax plan when compared to flat taxes or fees, because drivers pay for what they use. Virginia, on the other hand, has one of the lowest gas taxes of the nation, just 19.8¢/gal, and hasn’t been raised in nearly thirty years. With the introduction of ele More

The gas tax, as high as 49¢/gal in New York, is meant to supply funds to maintain highways and roads in the state. This is probably the fairest tax plan when compared to flat taxes or fees, because drivers pay for what they use. Virginia, on the other hand, has one of the lowest gas taxes of the nation, just 19.8¢/gal, and hasn’t been raised in nearly thirty years. With the introduction of ele More

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Electric Cars and the Power Grid: How Are They Coming Together?

A recently released study from Pike Research projects annual global sales of electric vehicles will reach 3.8 million by 2020, growing by 40% annually. That growth, is from a very small base: the 23,461 Volts sold last year represented only about a third of a percent of all new passenger cars sold in the United States.

Although the initial numbers are small, the trend is worth watching, as More

A recently released study from Pike Research projects annual global sales of electric vehicles will reach 3.8 million by 2020, growing by 40% annually. That growth, is from a very small base: the 23,461 Volts sold last year represented only about a third of a percent of all new passenger cars sold in the United States.

Although the initial numbers are small, the trend is worth watching, as More

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Kept Off Freeways, Electric Cars Outpace EPA Range, Says Edmunds

Ask the average person how far an electric car will go on a charge, and they’ll probably say “around 100 miles”.

In reality, most electric cars have an EPA range lower than that–the Tesla Model S an honorable exception–but driving conditions can have a large effect on just how far they’ll go.

Take freeways, for example. The constant high-speed driv More

Ask the average person how far an electric car will go on a charge, and they’ll probably say “around 100 miles”.

In reality, most electric cars have an EPA range lower than that–the Tesla Model S an honorable exception–but driving conditions can have a large effect on just how far they’ll go.

Take freeways, for example. The constant high-speed driv More

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USA: Hertz On Demand Introduces Electric Vehicles To Its University Of Connecticut Fleet

PARK RIDGE, NJ–Jan. 30, 2013: Hertz On Demand, The Hertz Corporation’s global hourly car rental program announced the addition of a Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle to the University of Connecticut’s car sharing program today.

“As Hertz On Demand continues to expand globally, we are also expanding our rental car options,” said Mark P. Frissora, Chairman and Chie More

PARK RIDGE, NJ–Jan. 30, 2013: Hertz On Demand, The Hertz Corporation’s global hourly car rental program announced the addition of a Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle to the University of Connecticut’s car sharing program today.

“As Hertz On Demand continues to expand globally, we are also expanding our rental car options,” said Mark P. Frissora, Chairman and Chie More

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Lithium-ion batteries are heat intolerant, according to a potential whistleblower familiar with…

Lithium-ion batteries are heat intolerant, according to a potential whistleblower familiar with their technology. “Too much heat on those things, they will go into a thermal runaway, they will explode.” The informant, a former senior engineering technician of Securaplane Technologies, was fired in 2007 for repeated misconduct, but he says it was in retaliation for voicing concerns abo More

Lithium-ion batteries are heat intolerant, according to a potential whistleblower familiar with their technology. “Too much heat on those things, they will go into a thermal runaway, they will explode.” The informant, a former senior engineering technician of Securaplane Technologies, was fired in 2007 for repeated misconduct, but he says it was in retaliation for voicing concerns abo More

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Officials: Dreamliner battery not defective

Safety officials say that manufacturing defects did not cause battery problems on Boeing 787s earlier this month.

Japanese officials investigating alleged defects in the battery of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner that made an emergency landing earlier this month say that the manufacturing process did not cause problems inside the battery.

GS Yuasa, the Japanese battery maker, has been at the More

Safety officials say that manufacturing defects did not cause battery problems on Boeing 787s earlier this month.

Japanese officials investigating alleged defects in the battery of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner that made an emergency landing earlier this month say that the manufacturing process did not cause problems inside the battery.

GS Yuasa, the Japanese battery maker, has been at the More

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ORNL research paves way for larger, safer lithium ion batteries

— Looking toward improved batteries for charging electric cars and storing energy from renewable but intermittent solar and wind, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed the first high-performance, nanostructured solid electrolyte for more energy-dense lithium ion batteries.

Today’s lithium-ion batteries rely on a liquid electrolyte, the material that conducts ion More

— Looking toward improved batteries for charging electric cars and storing energy from renewable but intermittent solar and wind, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed the first high-performance, nanostructured solid electrolyte for more energy-dense lithium ion batteries.

Today’s lithium-ion batteries rely on a liquid electrolyte, the material that conducts ion More

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Less is more: Do some plug-in hybrids offer too much electric range?

You might think that more is always better when it comes to electric driving range, but more range does mean more cost, and it isn’t always easy to determine how much tradeoff is too much.

There is no getting around the fact that More

You might think that more is always better when it comes to electric driving range, but more range does mean more cost, and it isn’t always easy to determine how much tradeoff is too much.

There is no getting around the fact that More

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USA: No increased fees on electric cars

Remember when using less gasoline was a good thing, cars using none at all deemed better still?

This was a blow for energy independence and stretching out a finite resource, important even in oil- and gas-rich states such as Texas. Less gas used led to more breathable air and less global warming.

And good for individual pocketbooks because drivers who consumed less gas paid less of t More

Remember when using less gasoline was a good thing, cars using none at all deemed better still?

This was a blow for energy independence and stretching out a finite resource, important even in oil- and gas-rich states such as Texas. Less gas used led to more breathable air and less global warming.

And good for individual pocketbooks because drivers who consumed less gas paid less of t More

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JC Hilton Installs Electric Vehicle Chargers

EV equipment installer Hannah Solar and WorryFree Power fuels up at the Johns Creek Hilton Garden Inn. Credit Hilton Garden Inn
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Good news for green travelers: Th More

EV equipment installer Hannah Solar and WorryFree Power fuels up at the Johns Creek Hilton Garden Inn. Credit Hilton Garden Inn
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Good news for green travelers: Th More

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AMP Electric Vehicles’ Medium-Duty, All-Electric Truck Now in Durability Testing

Independent Testing Readies AMP Electric Truck for Production

AMP Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB and OTCQB: AMPD), an innovator in the development of zero-emission, electric drive power trains for the medium duty truck marketplace, has entered the final phase of testing with a large package delivery company for the purpose of re-powering existing step vans from diesel power to an all-electric driv More

Independent Testing Readies AMP Electric Truck for Production

AMP Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB and OTCQB: AMPD), an innovator in the development of zero-emission, electric drive power trains for the medium duty truck marketplace, has entered the final phase of testing with a large package delivery company for the purpose of re-powering existing step vans from diesel power to an all-electric driv More

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Austin Energy surpasses 10,000th plug-in charge at public stations

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Drivers of plug-in electric vehicles this month surpassed their 10,000th charging session using Austin Energy’s Plug-In EVerywhere network of charging stations, saving 7,363 gallons of gasoline. In terms on money, this means about $24,000 in gas money saved for motorists based on $3.25 per gallon of gasoline.

The charging stations, powered with 100 percent renewable More

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Drivers of plug-in electric vehicles this month surpassed their 10,000th charging session using Austin Energy’s Plug-In EVerywhere network of charging stations, saving 7,363 gallons of gasoline. In terms on money, this means about $24,000 in gas money saved for motorists based on $3.25 per gallon of gasoline.

The charging stations, powered with 100 percent renewable More

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