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78 automakers, 15 utilities collaborate on open smart-charging for EVs

We're going to lead with General Motors here. GM is one of eight automakers working with 15 utilities and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) at developing a "smart" plug-in vehicle charging system. Why did we start with GM? Because it's the first automaker whose press release we read that mentioned the other seven automakers. Points for sharing.

16Drive an EV and you, too, can pay the equivalent of 75 cents a gallon

One in six households can party like it's 1979 by purchasing a plug-in vehicle. Add a thumpin' sound system to that vehicle and you can celebrate by pumping out an appropriate hit from that year, too. We think Chic's Good Times would be appropriate.

15Minnesota scores first-in-US statewide EV charging discount rate

Filling up your battery in off-peak hours will now be cheaper, by law

The Land of 10,000 Lakes is now No. 1 when it comes to cutting electric-vehicle recharging rates. Minnesota has become the first state in the union to require investor-owned utilities to offer consumers discounted rates for EV charging during off-peak hours. You betcha.

26​Electric vehicles will widen emissions gap with conventional cars

Despite some claims to the contrary, green cars will get downright emerald when it comes to environmental friendliness, as electric production gets cleaner, according to a recent Natural Resources Defense Council blog post. Electric vehicles contribute as much as 53 percent fewer "cradle-to-grave" emissions than gas-powered vehicles, even factoring in such elements as the lithium that goes into EV batteries. The NRDC argues that EVs are the "cleanest vehicles on the road today" and – more

16Go ahead Texas, charge up with TXU Energy's 'Free Nights'

If the Lone Star State gets any more giving with its free power for electric-vehicle drivers, all your exes may live in Texas, too. Dallas-based TXU Energy is starting a new plan to use some of its excess wind energy by promoting a "Free Nights" program. As you might suspect, it lets EV-driving customers charge for free between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am, according to Plug In Cars.

15Hawaii HECO utilities will cut charging rates to encourage EVs

One of the smallest US states continues to be one of the biggest proponents of electric-vehicle adoption, and is now offering special electric-use charging rates for folks who install EV charging stations. The Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) has received approval from the state's Public Utilities Commission to offer electric-vehicle pilot charging rates, in which businesses that install fast-charging stations get special, lower electricity-usage rates. Additionally, the state will allow HECO to ope

AddFrench nuclear power grid could be strained by electric vehicles

File this under the "if it's not one thing, it's another" department. France, whose largest automaker Renault is already addressing concerns over what may be less-than-expected demand for electric vehicles, has a power grid that may be insufficient should consumers adopt plug-in vehicles in substantial numbers, Reuters says.

AddNew Colorado law makes it easy to sell electricity to EVs

There's an old problem on the law book that has hindered plug-in vehicle adoption in the U.S.: figuring out who has the rights to sell electricity. Traditionally, in many areas, only utilities have that right because of, we've heard, unscrupulous landlords who overcharged their tenants. Of course, if you're a landlord today who wants to install an electric vehicle charging station, how do you legally sell your tenants the juice? Colorado has an answer.

AddChevrolet to partner with Con Edison for Volt demonstration test in New York

2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddWho should get carbon credits, automakers or utilities?

Toyota Prius PHEV - click above for high-res image gallery

AddGM teams up with utilities to prepare plug-ins.

The Wall Street Journal has published a very interesting article that states that GM is teaming with a dozen electric utilities operating in 40 states to prepare the arrival of its plug-in model (the Volt, if you didn't remember the name). From the business point of view, the article states that both the utilities and the auto industry have a lot to win. The plug-in hybrid car is seen as a "hot product" that can revive car sales, as well as reduce our dependence on oil. GM needs utilities which

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