Canada's 2016 budget plan sets aside cash for EV charging and public transit.
BYD has had its struggles in recent times but finally some good news has seen the Chinese battery and auto manufacturer get a nice little spike in its share price. The news? The powers that be in China have signaled they are still serious about pushing the adoption of electric transportation.
Electric vehicles accounted for a tiny fraction of the annual 10-million new vehicle sales in the United States in 2009, and an even smaller proportion of the country's overall vehicle fleet, which experts at the Earth Policy Institute figure is about 246 million vehicles. But with the number of EVs expected to grow, what happens when there are more of them on the road?
Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski, along with Tim McCabe, director of the state's Business Development Program, have accepted the Electric Drive Transportation Association's (EDTA) E-Visionary Award honoring the state for its leadership in transitioning towards a future of electrified transportation. The award recognizes Oregon's massive commitment to develop a statewide network of charging stations and to establish an incentive program that promotes a rapid adoption of electric vehicles.
General Electric, which recently unveiled its electric vehicle (EV) charger called the WattStation, has teamed up with battery swap specialist Better Place to accelerate the adoption of a global EV infrastructure. The duo will attack the industry on all fronts. Under the partnership, GE and Better Place will develop a battery financing program that kicks off with a pilot project providing funds for 10,000 batteries in Israel and Denmark. This project is expected to boost consumer interest in EVs
After nine months of meetings, the Electric Vehicles Infrastructure Council created by Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell has issued its final report on how to promote the use of plug-in vehicles in the state. The list of proposed incentives covers all of the usual bases but doesn't get too specific about anything.
Mitsubishi i-MiEV - Click above for high-res image gallery
A group of equity investors led by HSBC have expressed a big vote of confidence in the electric vehicle infrastructure concept being proposed by Better Place with a new $350 million funding round. The investment, which values the company at $1.25 billion, is expected to close by the end of March and includes $125 million from HSBC for a ten percent stake in Better Place. Better Place still plans to deploy nationwide networks of charging points and battery exchange stations in Israel and Denmark
The French minister for Environmental Alffairs, Jean-Louis Borloo, has found some stone tablets issued a set of 14 "commandments" for the successful introduction of electric vehicles in France. Borloo didn't hide the fact that he aims to make the French auto industry the leader in EV technologies, and this is how the French Goverment is going to help:
Peugeot iOn EV - click above to enlarge
You might think that Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, couldn't be a more environmentally friendly city. Today, it's a city that has an incredibly high ratio of bike use in Europe and lots of canals, and seems to be almost car-free. In the future, the city wants to go a few steps further. There is an all-new electric vehicle recharging network in the works, the first step in a very ambitious plan: to not have a single vehicle running with internal combustion engines in the city by 2040. The plan st
OK, I admit that the term "nationwide" in the headline is a bit grandiose-sounding. After all, the Principality of Monaco is a really small country (just 1.95 km² or 0.76 sq mi). This is like the Vatican being "the first country to fully offset CO2 emissions."
For the foreseeable future, the only truly affordable electric cars are likely to be those that contain relatively small batteries and have correspondingly short ranges. Making those kinds of cars appealing to a mass audience will require that people be able to easily charge those cars anywhere and everywhere in order to make up for the short range. Helping to make that infrastructure a reality is the job of Rayna Handelman. Handelman is Nissan's Global Electric Vehicle Coordinator, a role in wh