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Official

Board approves latest round of $40 billion.

The goal: To be No. 1 in EVs.

Frankfurt

It plans to have 12 EV models by 2025

It plans to have 12 EV models by 2025

Tiny EVs might have trouble in the land of big vehicles.

Chinese company ZD already operates a car-sharing fleet in Italy, and is now thinking of coming to the US.

Green

Tweet, tweet, tweet.

A short tour of the research posters at the EVS29 conference in Montreal.

Official

The classy city EV's battery size is pretty perfect for a US household.

At EVS29, BMW announces a new home energy system that uses new or old i3 battery packs.

'It's coming,' one engineering director tells us.

At EVS29, Nissan finally admits that it is working on a next-gen Leaf with a 60-kWh battery pack that will be able to go over 200 miles on a charge.

Study

GHG reduction can be as high as 95% with renewable power sources.

A report on emissions in Minnesota finds electric vehicles pollute substantially less than conventional cars, no matter the electricity source.

Report

Germany remains well short of 1 million EV goal set for 2020.

The German government is considering a 5,000-euro perk for buyers of electric vehicles, and may ask automakers to help foot the bill.

Report

California Could Account For A Third Of That Figure Alone

US plug-in vehicle sales could reach 1 million units a year by 2024, Navigant says.

Just Like Any Automaker Anywhere

Three FTC staff say, again, that laws restricting Tesla or other automakers from selling vehicles direct to customers is a bad idea. An 'anomaly,' in fact.

Report

Even Hydrogen-Friendly Toyota Is Introducing Two New EVs There

China is lending massive support to EVs, and it's making sure automakers play along.

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No One Would Want An EV If These Messages Were True

UPDATE: We got a comment from founding member of Plug In America Paul Scott on this ad. It's available below.

Opinion

Hydrogen Is The Fuel Of The Future, And Always Will Be!

Last year Elon Musk came straight out and said fuel cells are so bullsh*t. A couple months ago Slashdot ran an article asking where the future of automobiles was going: Fuel Cell or Battery Electric Vehicles. Mercedes, BMW, Mitsubishi, Renault / Nissan and of course Tesla are fully invested in battery powered electric vehicles, and yet somehow hydrogen fuel cells continue to be brought up as a viable alternative.

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General Motors is at it again with a new Chevrolet Volt TV commercial. Viewers of the Winter Olymics (at least in some markets) recently saw a TV ad in between the skating and the skiing that made no mention of the environmental benefits or freedom from the power of Big Oil that electric vehicles provide. No, this one was based on pure survival instinct.

Official

While the European Union hasn't been very supportive of CHAdeMO stations, the fast chargers are seeing significant growth in the European electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, with Nissan installing number 1,000 at the Roadchef Clacket Lane Services in Surrey, UK recently. In the past year, the number of CHAdeMO fast chargers nearly doubled in Europe, starting from about 600 stations in early 2013, and that's helping make EVs more useful. Nissan says that installation of a CHAdeMO station along

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For electric vehicle drivers concerned about "dirty coal" taking away the environmental benefits of electrified transportation, we've found some good news. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has just released its annual report on sources of new energy capacity for domestic electric power plants. Renewable energy accounted for 37.16 percent of new power plant capacity. Natural gas dominated new capacity at 52 percent last year, while old king coal dropped down to just around 11 perce

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Washington could soon host the world's most comprehensive – and quirkiest – electric vehicle museum. The Historic Electric Vehicle Foundation, based in Port Townsend, WA, wants to build the world's first International Electric Vehicle Museum, displaying plug-in vehicles from around the world.

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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.

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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

Study

Municipal fleets are saving money by using electric vehicles, and the Electrification Coalition has the numbers to prove it. Houston, TX, for example, expects to save $110,000 a year by bringing in 27 Nissan Leafs, according to the EC study.The organization also found that using Leafs in the city fleet in Loveland, CO, will save 41 percent compared to owning and operating gasoline-powered cars.