Secretary Moniz Announces New $55 Million Funding Program
Five years after Tesla got off to a good start with its ATVM loan deal, Energy Secretary Moniz says the DOE is offering two new programs – one for $55 million and one for $35 million – to help advanced vehicles.
Getting a grip on the whys and wherefores of electric motorcycles will help you understand electric vehicles in general, and battery bikes in particular. Check out this five-part primer and see how this quickly-evolving technology might affect the wheels that move you.
A Washington Post opinion piece, refuting those who predict the death of electric vehicles - yes, again - explains that regulatory mandates underpin the existence and sales of BEVs, not the price of gas.
The Most Efficient Workplace-Charging Program Is A Balancing Act
Companies looking into providing workplace charging should charge slightly more than the market rate of electricity, and should have a mix of Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations, Plug In America says.
Even As Sales Slump In China, He Revises Forecasts Upward
Falling gas prices, production delays and weakened demand in a key market would send shudders through the CEOs of most automakers. None of those problems could dent the enthusiasm Tesla Motors CEO and co-founder Elon Musk has for a vision of an electric-car future.
Four years ago we posted on the three-wheeled foam car that made it to the round-of-four in X-Prize competition. Its inventor, Lon Ballard, created the vehicle for the sole purpose of lowering the number of road fatalities and has spent the intervening years refining the idea, and beginning pilot production of electric and gas-powered variants.
To close out the year, sales of the two most-popular plug-in vehicles in the US kept going in the direction that they had been all year. The Chevy Volt dropped and the Nissan Leaf had another record month.
Improvements include bigger battery, aerodynamic improvements and low rolling resistence tires
Following a heads-up given by CEO Elon Musk last week on Twitter, the company has now shared some details of a new upgrade it will be making available for its electric sports coupe sometime in 2015. Together, the enhancements should offer a 40-50 percent range improvement and give Roadsters a 400-mile range under certain conditions.
A report in Autobild claims that Mercedes-Benz is throwing more then $2 billion at an electric car family of vehicles with a program called "Ecoluxe." It would challenge the Tesla Model S and Model X with four offerings, the top of the range being a pair of seven-seaters that could have as much as 610 horsepower.
More details are leaking out about the 2016 Chevy Volt, including that the new Corvette influenced the design and that the ELR's adjustable regen braking levels will be available in the Chevy plug-in hybrid as well.
California EV Company Hits One Billion Kilometer Milestone 1.5 Years Earlier
Just a few weeks ago, Nissan announced that its customers have driven over a billion electric kilometers in the four years that the world's best-selling EV has been on the road. That heady milestone means, Nissan says, that the Leaf has saved 180 million kilograms of CO2 emissions around the world.