Six cities, two counties and two water agencies have united to buy 90 electric vehicles
A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country.
The say everything is better in the Philippines, and soon that tourist-agency tagline might also apply to traffic on the tropical islands. What is now a somewhat dirty, noisy situation in its larger metro areas could be cleaner and quieter if the goal of one million electric vehicles (EVs) by 2020 is achieved.
Ecotricity is offering electric vehicle drivers in the United Kingdom an lengthy incentive for using green energy: 1,000 miles of free fast charging per year. Called "Green Electricity + Car," the program will power customers' homes with renewable power allow them to charge their cars through Ecotricity's national network of fast chargers, which the company has named the Electric Highway.
Hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles are not afraid of one thing – freezing cold weather. That's the latest from two companies that have been driving the cars in frostbite temperatures in the Northeast recently.
Renault can find both good and bad news from its offering on the European electric vehicle market – the Zoe EV sold only one fifth of its sales target for its first year - with 10,000 units sold – but it appears that French customers who do bite are falling in love with the little EV.
Elon Musk says 80 percent of population near a charging site
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced via twitter Sunday that Tesla has expanded its Supercharge network across the county. Owners of the all-electric car are now able to drive from coast to coast without fear of running out of juice.
BYD is not pleased with the way China's "new energy vehicle" campaign is being implemented in Shanghai. The Chinese automaker has complained about the way the city is making incentives for its air pollution initiative more available to local companies. The city denies any preference.
Sri Lanka is taking steps toward importing more electric vehicles into the country. The island's network of charging stations will be expanded to encourage imports, and even better, the current heavy import fee will be lightened.
The nation of Bhutan wants its capital city Thimphu to become an electric vehicle hotspot. "We are confident that electric vehicles can take off here," said Tshering Tobgay, prime minister of the Himalayan kingdom bordered by China and India. The first challenge is getting the EVs shipped there, but the first ones could soon be on the way.
Oh man, there's another one of these studies on electric vehicle batteries that sounds too good to be true. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers are working on a breakthrough in lithium sulfur EV battery technology that could increase energy density to four times that of current lithium cells. The demonstrable discharge/charge cycle is estimated to last through 1,500 cycles, which means that a car using this tech could theoretically go something like 450,000 miles without requiring
Tesla's Supercharger network is continuing its rapid expansion throughout Europe. Tesla just opened its very first Supercharger station in Switzerland – in the the town of Lully, connecting the routes between Zurich and Geneva. It's located along Switzerland's highway A1.
Small, fuel efficient vehicle engines in the 1.0-liter-to-1.9-liter displacement range already make up the lion's share of the global vehicle fleet, and that number is going to get larger. A WardsAuto/AutomotiveCompass global powertrain forecast says the small engines will climb from 49 percent this year to over half next year, and then 52 percent by 2020. While the percentage change isn't much, the volume is huge: 15 million more vehicles.
Wireless charging looks promising for widespread use in electric vehicles, but it's certainly taking it's sweet time to show up. Toyota has made a licensing agreement that could move it all forward. WiTricity, a wireless power transfer company, has impressed Toyota enough that the global automaker has forged an intellectual property license agreement with Boston, MA-based company. Toyota believes wireless charging will be a key differentiator in the marketplace because it makes refilling the bat
ChargePoint's electric vehicle charging network recently added its 50,000th user and, unsurprisingly, the ChargePoint member lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Not long ago, that community took the top spot on ChargePoint's list of the "Top 10 EV-friendly Metropolitan Markets."
General Motors just might have figured out a good way to go head-to-head with its luxury electric vehicle competitors, the Tesla Model S and BMW i3 – throw fancy new smart energy and cloud-based connections into the deal. GM says the extended range Cadillac ELR will be "Smart Grid ready" as its technology, combined with OnStar's connectivity, can communicate between the car and electric grid to save energy.
An Indiana University study that surveyed some 2,000 drivers in 21 of America's largest cities finds that the general public is quite uninformed when it comes to incentives available when buying electric vehicles.
Last week, eight governors "joined hands" in support of zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs) in California's state capital. That's a good start, but there are seven governors of states that have worked with California on tough emissions rules in the past who were missing. It appeared the split was mostly along party lines.
It's the hurdle that electric vehicles must clear to be launched into the mainstream: range anxiety. But this time it isn't prospective customers who worry about running out of juice, Bloomberg reports, but renters who return to car rental agencies before their lease is up and trade their EVs in for more traditional gasoline-powered autos and gas-electric hybrids.
Tesla Motors co-founder Martin Eberhard has apparently brought down his electric powertrain expertise from four wheels to two, as the former Tesla CEO has joined the advisory board of San Francisco-based electric-motorcycle maker BRD Motorcycles, Wired reports.