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Now that the first plug-in vehicles from major automakers are about to arrive in people's dirveways, some of the long-time players in the space are getting products for electric vehicle drivers – and soon-to-be-drivers – ready. One example is a new Go Electric Drive website that was announced at the LA Auto Show. The site is put together by the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) with help from 160 people from over 60 companies who worked for 18 months. Two key features

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Ford Transit Connect Electric – Click above for high-res image gallery

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When was the last time you talked to your electric power company? I mean, really sat down and had a good chat about when they should send you power and when they shouldn't? Have you told them when you'd like to have the air conditioner shut off and let the home warm up because no one will be home? If you haven't had this talk with your utility, you're not alone. Not by a long shot. In fact, figuring out how to get customers to even start having this kind of communication is a huge challenge for

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In a further sign that plug-in vehicles are on their way, two new companies - both utilities - have joined the USCAR partnership: DTE Energy and Southern California Edison. USCAR (the United States Council for Automotive Research, a joint project of the Big Three) announced yesterday that the new utility partners would take part in the FreedomCAR and Fuel Partnership. The U.S. DOE's Andy Karsner (Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy) said in a statement that the new lin

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If you've never heard Dr. Andy Frank, from UC Davis, speak about plug-in hybrids, you're in for a treat. Frank, who has been featured on AutoblogGreen quite a few times (highlights include an interview on UC Davis' Team Fate in the Auto X Prize and talking about kicking the oil habit with no sacrifice in lifestyle), is rightly considered one of the fathers of hybrid technology. He's been working on cars and PHEVs for thirty some years and spoke at the Santa Monica Alt Car Expo's Plug-In Technol

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There a palpable difference in audience members who attend panels on hydrogen cars and those who go and listen to speakers talking about battery electric vehicles. The enthusiasm of the people at the Santa Monica Alt Car Expo's hydrogen panel on Saturday (which you can hear and read about here) was simply outshone by that of the people at the EV panel just an hour or so later. Aside from the true H2 evangelists, people are simply more excited about pure electric cars than hydrogen fuel cell vehi

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