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Energy Advocates Say We’re At Tipping Point For Electric Cars « CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Falling gas prices haven’t hurt the demand for all-electric vehicles, with more than 200,000 of them on America’s highways.

That represents a jump of roughly 500 percent over the past two years, according to Environment Minnesota. The tide’s beginning to turn as technology improves and prices come down.

Tax incentives help fuel demand, but it’s an expan More

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Falling gas prices haven’t hurt the demand for all-electric vehicles, with more than 200,000 of them on America’s highways.

That represents a jump of roughly 500 percent over the past two years, according to Environment Minnesota. The tide’s beginning to turn as technology improves and prices come down.

Tax incentives help fuel demand, but it’s an expan More

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Consumer Reports: Tesla Model S Is 2015’s Best Car — The Motley Fool

Earlier this year, I took Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) P85D Model S on a 3-day test drive. The experience left me confident the company could achieve its ambitious goals of boosting sales of the vehicle during the year by about 50%. Of course, I wasn’t the only one blown away by the value built in to Tesla’s updated flagship Model S: Consumer Reports had to adjust its scale for judging More

Earlier this year, I took Tesla’s (NASDAQ:TSLA) P85D Model S on a 3-day test drive. The experience left me confident the company could achieve its ambitious goals of boosting sales of the vehicle during the year by about 50%. Of course, I wasn’t the only one blown away by the value built in to Tesla’s updated flagship Model S: Consumer Reports had to adjust its scale for judging More

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CES 2016: Expect Buzz Around Smart Homes, Smart Cars, Virtual Reality – NBC News

The International Consumer Electronics Show, known universally as CES, will be bigger than ever this year, expanding its Las Vegas footprint to 2.4 million square feet to swallow up 150,000 attendees for a glimpse into the future.

But unlike in many prior years, there’s no single large overriding theme.

“It’s actually hard to get excited about CES this year becaus More

The International Consumer Electronics Show, known universally as CES, will be bigger than ever this year, expanding its Las Vegas footprint to 2.4 million square feet to swallow up 150,000 attendees for a glimpse into the future.

But unlike in many prior years, there’s no single large overriding theme.

“It’s actually hard to get excited about CES this year becaus More

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Volkswagen Teases Electric Concept Car – Fortune

Next week, Volkswagen will show off its all-electric concept car as it tries to distance itself from the diesel emissions cheating scandalthat has eviscerated sales and forced the company to restructure.

In prelude to the unveiling at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the automaker has dropped a few hints. The latest image, tweeted on Wednesday, appears to reveal the More

Next week, Volkswagen will show off its all-electric concept car as it tries to distance itself from the diesel emissions cheating scandalthat has eviscerated sales and forced the company to restructure.

In prelude to the unveiling at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the automaker has dropped a few hints. The latest image, tweeted on Wednesday, appears to reveal the More

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Mercedes planning new electric car range on new EV platform

Mercedes planning new electric car range on new EV platform

Mercedes-Benz has reportedly signed-off on a new platform for electric cars, with four new electric cars planned – two saloons and two crossovers.

With the Porsche Mission E electric super saloon and the Audi Q6 e-tron electric SUV/crossover already confirmed to be on the way to production, Mercedes-Benz is working hard to More

Mercedes planning new electric car range on new EV platform

Mercedes-Benz has reportedly signed-off on a new platform for electric cars, with four new electric cars planned – two saloons and two crossovers.

With the Porsche Mission E electric super saloon and the Audi Q6 e-tron electric SUV/crossover already confirmed to be on the way to production, Mercedes-Benz is working hard to More

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GM’s Electrification Path & Plans (EV Obsession Video) −

GM’s Britta Gross, Director of Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy, gave perhaps my favorite presentation at the EV Transportation & Technology Summit. Her presentation was essentially split into two (or three) sections. She first talked about Drive Electric Florida, then Drive Electric Orlando, and then got into matters concerning GM’s electrification path and plans. This article c More

GM’s Britta Gross, Director of Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy, gave perhaps my favorite presentation at the EV Transportation & Technology Summit. Her presentation was essentially split into two (or three) sections. She first talked about Drive Electric Florida, then Drive Electric Orlando, and then got into matters concerning GM’s electrification path and plans. This article c More

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we won’t be able to sell gas-only engines in China by 2025

We’re fortunate that most auto companies are embracing an alternate energy future, with all manner of electric cars hitting the streets lately — and that’s not to mention hydrogen-powered vehicles like the Toyota Mirai and Honda’s Clarity. The latter manufacturer just gave a pretty frank appraisal of its future selling gasoline-powered vehicles, and it feels like those days More

We’re fortunate that most auto companies are embracing an alternate energy future, with all manner of electric cars hitting the streets lately — and that’s not to mention hydrogen-powered vehicles like the Toyota Mirai and Honda’s Clarity. The latter manufacturer just gave a pretty frank appraisal of its future selling gasoline-powered vehicles, and it feels like those days More

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Tesla Model S Was World’s Best-Selling Electric Car In November

Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S was the best selling plug-in electric car in November with over 5,000 units delivered worldwide.

That’s significantly more than the two Chinese market leaders – the tiny Kandi Panda EVs and BYD Tang, both at over 4,000.

Nissan LEAF weakened and, according to EV Sales Blog’s estimations, stood at just 2,595 delivered globally in November.

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Tesla Model S
Tesla Model S was the best selling plug-in electric car in November with over 5,000 units delivered worldwide.

That’s significantly more than the two Chinese market leaders – the tiny Kandi Panda EVs and BYD Tang, both at over 4,000.

Nissan LEAF weakened and, according to EV Sales Blog’s estimations, stood at just 2,595 delivered globally in November.

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Nissan Surpasses 550 EV Taxis in Europe

brief: Nissan has surpassed the 550 count for electric taxi cabs plying European roads.

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Nissan is Europe’s best-selling manufacturer of 100% electric taxi cabs. More than 100 EVs were delivered by Nissan to taxi companies across Europe in 2015, making the total for the company at over 550 on the road in all.

The most common taxi types are the Nissan LEAF and th More

brief: Nissan has surpassed the 550 count for electric taxi cabs plying European roads.

The word

Nissan is Europe’s best-selling manufacturer of 100% electric taxi cabs. More than 100 EVs were delivered by Nissan to taxi companies across Europe in 2015, making the total for the company at over 550 on the road in all.

The most common taxi types are the Nissan LEAF and th More

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Top 25 Clean Cities Coalitions: DOE Announces New Funding and Partnership with Google to Promote Electric Vehicles

As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to reduce U.S. oil imports by one-third by 2025, Energy Secretary Steven Chu on April 19th announced new steps underway at the Department of Energy (DOE) to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles.

This includes the availability of $5 million in new funding for community-based efforts to deploy electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and c More

As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to reduce U.S. oil imports by one-third by 2025, Energy Secretary Steven Chu on April 19th announced new steps underway at the Department of Energy (DOE) to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles.

This includes the availability of $5 million in new funding for community-based efforts to deploy electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and c More

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U.K. Extends Green-Car Grants To Double Buyers By 2018

The U.K. government will extend and expand an incentive program for green cars that had been set to end in the coming year.

The plug-in car grant was introduced in 2011, and was originally scheduled to expire in early 2016.

But the program will now run until March 2018, with some modifications, according to The Guardian.

DON’T MISS: Electric Cars Could Slash UK Oil Impor More

The U.K. government will extend and expand an incentive program for green cars that had been set to end in the coming year.

The plug-in car grant was introduced in 2011, and was originally scheduled to expire in early 2016.

But the program will now run until March 2018, with some modifications, according to The Guardian.

DON’T MISS: Electric Cars Could Slash UK Oil Impor More

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Nissan Jumps To Wireless Charging | The News Wheel

Recent EV models look very sharp, from the latest Chevrolet Volt to the sporty BMW i8. Charging them, however, requires special cables and plugs for the fastest possible charge, and some drivers might see those as unsightly additions to their garage. Nissan has decided to eliminate the cords and work towards a charging method that only requires cars to park next to the charger to start refilling i More

Recent EV models look very sharp, from the latest Chevrolet Volt to the sporty BMW i8. Charging them, however, requires special cables and plugs for the fastest possible charge, and some drivers might see those as unsightly additions to their garage. Nissan has decided to eliminate the cords and work towards a charging method that only requires cars to park next to the charger to start refilling i More

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Volkswagen To Use Flat Batteries In Future Long-Range Electric Cars

To avoid flat sales, Volkswagen will go with flat batteries – or something like that.

The German brand wasn’t originally familiar with flat battery packs, but times change, and now VW is developing large, flat battery packs to extend range and boost sales, according to Bloomberg.

VW brand chief Herbert Diess said in a joint interview with VW’s top labor union representative, Be More

To avoid flat sales, Volkswagen will go with flat batteries – or something like that.

The German brand wasn’t originally familiar with flat battery packs, but times change, and now VW is developing large, flat battery packs to extend range and boost sales, according to Bloomberg.

VW brand chief Herbert Diess said in a joint interview with VW’s top labor union representative, Be More

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Volkswagen sparks up electric cars for CES

We don’t want to get you too excited but this could be the new Volkswagen Microbus. VW has been threatening for more than two decades to sidestep the traditional Transporter van and bring out a retro-styled MPV that pays homage to the classic “Splittie” Type 2 van of the 1950s, and this could be it.
It’s a still-heavily-cloaked concept that will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronic More

We don’t want to get you too excited but this could be the new Volkswagen Microbus. VW has been threatening for more than two decades to sidestep the traditional Transporter van and bring out a retro-styled MPV that pays homage to the classic “Splittie” Type 2 van of the 1950s, and this could be it.
It’s a still-heavily-cloaked concept that will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronic More

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Maine Voices: It’s inevitable that U.S. consumers will plug into electric vehicles – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

The Portland Press Herald recently ran two articles about electric vehicles that might lead a reasonable reader to wonder: What is going on with this technology? On the one hand, Mainers seem ambivalent about driving electric (“Electric car sales sputter as Mainers go for SUVs,” Dec. 6), but on the other hand, large investments are being made to promote it (“Tesla unveils supercharging stati More

The Portland Press Herald recently ran two articles about electric vehicles that might lead a reasonable reader to wonder: What is going on with this technology? On the one hand, Mainers seem ambivalent about driving electric (“Electric car sales sputter as Mainers go for SUVs,” Dec. 6), but on the other hand, large investments are being made to promote it (“Tesla unveils supercharging stati More

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Wanted: Thousands Of New Employees To Help Build Tesla’s Autonomous Electric Cars

With its cars already able to largely navigate highways on their own, Tesla is looking to achieve complete self-driving cars soon.

Tesla is looking for a few—thousand—men and women to work at their much-hyped self-driving electric car unit.

In October, the auto company issued a beta software update that allows its Model S and X electric cars to largely drive themselves, at least More

With its cars already able to largely navigate highways on their own, Tesla is looking to achieve complete self-driving cars soon.

Tesla is looking for a few—thousand—men and women to work at their much-hyped self-driving electric car unit.

In October, the auto company issued a beta software update that allows its Model S and X electric cars to largely drive themselves, at least More

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Tesla Model S Is Highest Rated Car Of 2015 Among Expert Reviewers

According to Autosaur’s statistics, Tesla Model S was the highest rated vehicle in the U.S. in 2015, according to scores from expert reviewers.

Average review score for Tesla was 97/100, a lot more than average in the industry and significantly higher than even the second best Mazda 6 at 92/100.

Tesla’s score is the average from four reviews – Edmunds (100), Car and Driver (100 More

According to Autosaur’s statistics, Tesla Model S was the highest rated vehicle in the U.S. in 2015, according to scores from expert reviewers.

Average review score for Tesla was 97/100, a lot more than average in the industry and significantly higher than even the second best Mazda 6 at 92/100.

Tesla’s score is the average from four reviews – Edmunds (100), Car and Driver (100 More

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Chinese auto start-ups are poised to disrupt the electric car market – LA Times

Carmakers are very slow when it comes to electric cars. Volkswagen makes one solitary electric model, as does Mercedes. The Toyota Prius? That’s a hybrid. There’s extraordinarily little choice if you want an all-electric car — and there’s even less if you want an affordable one that’s well below the sizable price tag of the Tesla Model S.

That could all change in 2 More

Carmakers are very slow when it comes to electric cars. Volkswagen makes one solitary electric model, as does Mercedes. The Toyota Prius? That’s a hybrid. There’s extraordinarily little choice if you want an all-electric car — and there’s even less if you want an affordable one that’s well below the sizable price tag of the Tesla Model S.

That could all change in 2 More

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Test Drive Successful : Electric Cars Will Run Highways in the Near Future | Be Korea-savvy

CHANGWON, Dec.28 (Korea Bizwire) – Although the electric car is gathering popularity as an eco-friendly transportation means, many people have a common misunderstanding that the mileage will be shorter than that of normal cars.

Changwon city, Gyeongnam province, which is the ‘Leading City of Electric Cars’ designated by the Ministry of Environment, made an attempt to drive an electric More

CHANGWON, Dec.28 (Korea Bizwire) – Although the electric car is gathering popularity as an eco-friendly transportation means, many people have a common misunderstanding that the mileage will be shorter than that of normal cars.

Changwon city, Gyeongnam province, which is the ‘Leading City of Electric Cars’ designated by the Ministry of Environment, made an attempt to drive an electric More

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Tesla Veteran Explains Why Electric Motors Crush Gas Engines – Fortune

Electric motors, like the one in this Tesla Model S, have gas engines beat in just about every category there is, a former Tesla drivetrain developer says.
Photograph by Jasper Juinen — Bloomberg via Getty Images
Having a lighter impact on the environment is nice, but electric motors are really about being quicker, smarter, and easier to maintain.

Before leaving this year to j More

Electric motors, like the one in this Tesla Model S, have gas engines beat in just about every category there is, a former Tesla drivetrain developer says.
Photograph by Jasper Juinen — Bloomberg via Getty Images
Having a lighter impact on the environment is nice, but electric motors are really about being quicker, smarter, and easier to maintain.

Before leaving this year to j More

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The world likely bought a half-million plug-in vehicles in 2015

2015 looks to be a landmark year for the plug-in vehicle industry. That’s because global sales of electric vehiclesand plug-in hybrids are slated to eclipse the half-million-unit mark this year, according to the most comprehensive tracker of plug-in vehicle sales we know of, EV Sales. And the world’s largest maker of plug-ins will indeed be based in China.

BYD had sold almost 51 More

2015 looks to be a landmark year for the plug-in vehicle industry. That’s because global sales of electric vehiclesand plug-in hybrids are slated to eclipse the half-million-unit mark this year, according to the most comprehensive tracker of plug-in vehicle sales we know of, EV Sales. And the world’s largest maker of plug-ins will indeed be based in China.

BYD had sold almost 51 More

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The world likely bought a half-million plug-in vehicles in 2015

2015 looks to be a landmark year for the plug-in vehicle industry. That’s because global sales of electric vehiclesand plug-in hybrids are slated to eclipse the half-million-unit mark this year, according to the most comprehensive tracker of plug-in vehicle sales we know of, EV Sales. And the world’s largest maker of plug-ins will indeed be based in China.

BYD had sold almost 51 More

2015 looks to be a landmark year for the plug-in vehicle industry. That’s because global sales of electric vehiclesand plug-in hybrids are slated to eclipse the half-million-unit mark this year, according to the most comprehensive tracker of plug-in vehicle sales we know of, EV Sales. And the world’s largest maker of plug-ins will indeed be based in China.

BYD had sold almost 51 More

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2016 Nissan Leaf: First Drive Of 107-Mile Electric Car

Electric-car buyers have eagerly waited for the 2016 Nissan Leaf, whose SV and SL models now offer a higher range, rated by the EPA at 107 miles.

That’s up from the 84 miles of last year’s Leaf, and so we eagerly accepted a short-term loan of a new 2016 Leaf SL to test the car ourselves.

The bottom line: The range is real, within the usual electric-car limits of speed and More

Electric-car buyers have eagerly waited for the 2016 Nissan Leaf, whose SV and SL models now offer a higher range, rated by the EPA at 107 miles.

That’s up from the 84 miles of last year’s Leaf, and so we eagerly accepted a short-term loan of a new 2016 Leaf SL to test the car ourselves.

The bottom line: The range is real, within the usual electric-car limits of speed and More

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[government news] No More California Carpool-Lane Stickers For Plug-In Hybrids

Solo carpool-lane access has proven to be one of the most effective tools to get California drivers to buy plug-in electric cars.

But soon new drivers of plug-in hybrids in the Golden State may no longer be able to take advantage of that perk–unlike new drivers of battery-electric cars.

The full allotment of 85,000 “green stickers” has been issued, and there will be More

Solo carpool-lane access has proven to be one of the most effective tools to get California drivers to buy plug-in electric cars.

But soon new drivers of plug-in hybrids in the Golden State may no longer be able to take advantage of that perk–unlike new drivers of battery-electric cars.

The full allotment of 85,000 “green stickers” has been issued, and there will be More

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China could be significant to determine Tesla’s success – Pulse Headlines

Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA), the American company dedicated to produce luxurious self-driving electric cars, which sold just 3,500 cars in China in 2014 and had a complicated 2015 when analyzing its economics, will apparently recover in 2016. Elon Musk, the company’s CEO, announced plans to open a Tesla manufacturing center in the country in order to reduce the prices of theModel S by more More

Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA), the American company dedicated to produce luxurious self-driving electric cars, which sold just 3,500 cars in China in 2014 and had a complicated 2015 when analyzing its economics, will apparently recover in 2016. Elon Musk, the company’s CEO, announced plans to open a Tesla manufacturing center in the country in order to reduce the prices of theModel S by more More

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China tackles charging bottleneck – Headlines, features, photo and videos from ecns.cn|china|news|chinanews|ecns|cns

Charging facilities at a service station in a highway in Zhejiang. State Grid said it will have completed the construction of such facilities in 35 service stations in the province by the end of this year.(Photo/Xinhua)
Despite the rocketing growth of electric vehicle ownership in China in the past two years, the lack of a matched boost in charging facilities and power supply have become a b More

Charging facilities at a service station in a highway in Zhejiang. State Grid said it will have completed the construction of such facilities in 35 service stations in the province by the end of this year.(Photo/Xinhua)
Despite the rocketing growth of electric vehicle ownership in China in the past two years, the lack of a matched boost in charging facilities and power supply have become a b More

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Electric-vehicle charging available at Hilton hotel at Easton | The Columbus Dispatch

Electric-vehicle charging available at Hilton hotel at Easton

The Hilton Columbus at Easton is offering an amenity to its visitors and guests that most other hotels don’t: electric-vehicle charging stations.

The project that added two of those charging stations is a collaboration involving Olshan Properties, a commercial real-estate company, and Tesla Motors.

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Electric-vehicle charging available at Hilton hotel at Easton

The Hilton Columbus at Easton is offering an amenity to its visitors and guests that most other hotels don’t: electric-vehicle charging stations.

The project that added two of those charging stations is a collaboration involving Olshan Properties, a commercial real-estate company, and Tesla Motors.

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[finance] Most-Funded Car Startups of 2015

Most-Funded Car Startups of 2015

Startups are the hottest investments in the current era. With platform like Kickstarter, the startup businesses have gained momentum. Every year, more than 50 million startups are launched, which means a birth of 137,000 startups per day on an average. However, the number of startups shutting down is almost equal to the birth rate of startups. 120,000 startu More

Most-Funded Car Startups of 2015

Startups are the hottest investments in the current era. With platform like Kickstarter, the startup businesses have gained momentum. Every year, more than 50 million startups are launched, which means a birth of 137,000 startups per day on an average. However, the number of startups shutting down is almost equal to the birth rate of startups. 120,000 startu More

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Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) Autopilot Will Make Sleeping While Driving OK – But Not Yet

Tesla Motors Inc(NASDAQ:TSLA) is once again positioning itself far above its competitors in the self-driving car space. Most car makers working on providing safe and fully automated self-driving cars have only given us vague predictions on when they might have these vehicles ready. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, just assured the public that its fully automated cars should be made available in two yea More

Tesla Motors Inc(NASDAQ:TSLA) is once again positioning itself far above its competitors in the self-driving car space. Most car makers working on providing safe and fully automated self-driving cars have only given us vague predictions on when they might have these vehicles ready. Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, just assured the public that its fully automated cars should be made available in two yea More

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700 mph in a tube: The Hyperloop experience

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