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"We're not the problem." That's the main message from a Southern California Edison (SCE) report about the charging habits of the utility's plug-in vehicle-driving customers. SCE serves about 180 Southern California cities and says there's little near-term risk for an increase in plug-in vehicle adoption overloading the grid. That's because about half of the plug-in drivers charge from a basic 120-volt source and that most charging is done overnight, during off-peak hours. The other good news is

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With perfect timing, the engineers at Callaway Cars have introduced a more powerful version of the Chevrolet Volt that should provide the speed boost some drivers are looking for.

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If you're going to drive from your home to somewhere you've never been before, it pays to have a map. And, if you're going to turn a region from a place where electric vehicles are a niche market and electrical power comes from a few large plants into one where EVs are the rule and power is far more dispersed, it also pays to have a document that lays out the course. In other words, a map.

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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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Southern California Edison (SCE) has launched an intuitive plug-in rate calculator that allows current and potential electric vehicle (EV) owners to assess the costs of "fueling" battery-powered vehicles. SCE customers input information like location, daily power usage, vehicle type (i.e., plug-in hybrid or battery-electric vehicle), mileage and expected time of day use (on- or off-peak hours) and the Plug-in Car Rate Assistant spits out an estimated monthly charging fee. It's an easy way to get

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Click above for high-res gallery of the Ford plug-in Escape hybrid

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Click above and scroll down to watch the video

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Those folks in America wanting to buy an all-electric Mitsubishi i MiEV sometime in the future now have a reason for increased optimism. The company has just announced agreements with both Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG & E) and Southern California Edison (SCE) to test how the vehicles fare under California's driving conditions. Amongst the quotes that accompanies these sorts of press releases lies a hint that at least one of the utilities is already considering charging infrastructure

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