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  • Demand for electric vehicles in Western Pennsylvania still low

    04/08/2015 2:05:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    Pittsburg Tribune-Review ^ | April 7, 2015 | David Conti
    Jake Pultorak chuckles at the mention of “range anxiety,” the fear among some electric vehicle owners that their car's battery will run out of juice before the driver can find a charger. “I had that as a gas-car driver, but the anxiety was over how much I had to pay to get where I was going,” said Pultorak, 44, of Franklin Park, who has owned an all-electric Tesla Model S for about two years. Worries at the gas pumps have diminished over the past nine months as the global crash in oil prices brought the cost of gasoline to its...
  • Lovefest: Tesla Model S Owners More Likely To Recommend The Brand

    04/05/2015 5:36:33 PM PDT · by LogicDesigner · 152 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 30, 2015 | Bengt Halvorsen
    While Tesla Motors continues to fight it out on a state level with dealership groups—most recently gaining ground in Georgia but getting shut out in West Virginia—one thing is for sure about the automaker's product: The Tesla Model S is, again and by far, the most-loved vehicle in the U.S. The Tesla Model S, according to the market-research firm Strategic Vision, boasts figures of ‘love’ from their overall vehicle experience that handily top those for much-loved sports-car models like the Porsche Boxster and 911. A whopping 92 percent of owners of the Model S summed their experience in the top...
  • New Jersey Throws It Into Reverse, Welcomes Tesla

    03/18/2015 2:10:53 PM PDT · by LogicDesigner · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 18, 2015 | Micheline Maynard
    Last year, New Jersey’s state legislature told Tesla its selling style wasn’t welcome. But now, Elon Musk’s electric car company is back in the Garden State’s good graces. On Wednesday, Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill that allows Tesla to sell cars directly to consumers, Bloomberg reported. The move is part of a bill that overhauls the state’s automobile franchise laws. Under the new law, Tesla has to meet some criteria, such as maintaining a service center in New Jersey where the electric vehicles can be fixed. ... But Texas lawmakers have refused to let the company sell directly to...
  • Koenigsegg Regera Supercar: A New Configuration For Plug-In Hybrids?

    03/17/2015 7:37:20 AM PDT · by LogicDesigner · 27 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | March 17, 2015 | Bengt Halvorson
    Hybrid powertrains used to always tag vehicles as optimized for fuel efficiency. But that’s changed in very pronounced ways the past several years, as the fastest supercars in the world--from McLaren, Ferrari, and Porsche--have all adopted some form of hybrid technology that helps with acceleration and performance. And increasingly, with models like the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918, automakers are showing how wealthy owners can stay electric-only and free of tailpipe emissions for lower-speed use in urban city centers, saving the zany acceleration times for the racetrack and the countryside. The latest to go hybrid is the Swedish supercar maker...
  • Electric Garbage Trucks: Huge Energy Savings And They Won't Wake You Up In The Morning

    03/05/2015 5:37:16 PM PST · by LogicDesigner · 51 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 4, 2015 | Peter Kelly-Detwiler
    If one raises the topic of electric vehicles (EVs), everybody seems focused on Tesla these days. How many vehicles have they sold? Is Apple a would-be competitor? Where’s the stock going? And of course Tesla and its EV brethren have tremendous potential to reduce overall energy consumption and pollution, if sold in significant volumes. To date, there are over 250,000 EVs on the road, which is a solid start. But if one really wants to cut down on fuel use through electrification of vehicles, it might make sense to focus on the types of vehicles in which the most energy...
  • 2016 Chevrolet Volt Powertrain: How It Works In Electric, Hybrid Modes

    02/25/2015 9:30:02 AM PST · by LogicDesigner · 53 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | February 24, 2015 | John Voelcker
    The new 2016 Chevrolet Volt is sleeker, has more electric range, higher gas mileage, a fifth seat, and should be both faster and quieter on the road. ... For the record, the new transmission and final drive unit is formally known as the 5ET40 Electrified Transaxle. The pair walked us through the five separate operating modes of the new Voltec system: two electric-only, and three blended.
  • Amp Electric's Workhorse Wants To Be 'Tesla Of Trucks' For Electric Delivery Vans

    02/23/2015 6:32:11 AM PST · by LogicDesigner · 15 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | February 23, 2015 | John Voelcker
    The pack is sized to provide a comfortable range buffer for trucks with predictable daily use, and Amp quotes a range of about 60 miles. But it also equips the E-Gen with a extender to eliminate range anxiety under unexpected circumstances. ... Fleet operators used to the costs of buying fuel for 6-mpg delivery trucks will see a clear financial benefit to an electric truck from Day One if they're leasing it, Burns said, when lease payments, fuel, and maintenance are added together. And that's even without the Federal tax credit for buying a plug-in electric truck, he claims. The...
  • Strange Bedfellows: Consumer Groups, Koch Brothers Unite To Back Tesla Stores

    02/18/2015 12:34:09 PM PST · by LogicDesigner · 28 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | February 18, 2015 | Stephen Edelstein
    War makes strange bedfellows. Over the past decade, the Koch Brothers have become a major political force, funneling money from their family company into organizations that support conservative politicians and causes--including the denial of climate change. So Charles and David Koch wouldn't seem like enthusiastic supporters of electric-car maker Tesla Motors. Yet the Koch-funded group Americans for Prosperity is one of 10 signatories on a letter sent to U.S. governors and legislators urging them to support Tesla's direct-sales business model.
  • Tesla Model S Battery Life: How Much Range Loss For Electric Car Over Time?

    02/17/2015 7:36:42 AM PST · by LogicDesigner · 71 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | February 17, 2015 | David Noland
    ... Based on 84 data points from the 85-kWh version of the Model S and six from 60-kWh cars, the study concludes that the Model S will retain about 94 percent of its capacity after 50,000 miles, with losses thereafter shrinking to about 1 percent per 30,000 miles. That means that after 100,000 miles, the typical Model S is projected to retain about 92 percent of its battery capacity and range.
  • City Testing the 2015 Volkswagen eGolf: An Electric Vehicle Without Pretense

    02/14/2015 9:34:48 AM PST · by LogicDesigner · 26 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 12, 2015 | Mark Ewing
    eGolf is Volkswagen’s late entry in the electric vehicle (EV) market, a neighborhood scooter that builds upon the EV concept defined by the Nissan LEAF—except it’s engineered by clever Germans who analyzed Nissan’s steep learning curve. In the fundamentals of range, performance, curb weight, powertrain layout, price, amenities, and even consumer leasing, eGolf SEL was benchmarked against the top-spec Nissan LEAF SL. VW has less costly trims levels arriving within the year, but entered the market with the range-topping eGolf SEL Premium. Above: VW eGolf has 83 miles of range, which costs about $3. That’s one-half to one-third the cost...
  • Elon Musk Threatens Layoffs After Tesla Sold Just 120 Cars in China Last Month

    02/12/2015 3:16:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Entrepreneur Magazine ^ | February 11, 2015 | Geoff Weiss
    Though initially heralded by Elon Musk as Tesla’s biggest potential market after the United States, China is shaping up to be an enormous blind spot for the electric car maker. Tesla sold just 120 cars in China last month, according to Reuters -- a dismal figure that has Musk seeing red. He allegedly blasted out an email to managers in China in January threatening to fire and demote executives who were “not on a clear path to positive long-term cash flow.” And so it is. Today, June Jin, Tesla’s vice president of communications in China, has left the company, Bloomberg...
  • GM confirms Bolt 50-state electric car built in Mich. (a new ObamaMobile!)

    02/12/2015 8:04:07 AM PST · by GodAndCountryFirst · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02/12/15
    General Motors Co (GM.N) said Thursday it will build the Chevrolet Bolt electric car at an assembly plant near Detroit, where it will invest $200 million for the project. The compact Bolt, shown as a concept vehicle at the Detroit auto show last month, is designed to have a range of 200 miles, and will cost about $30,000 apiece after tax breaks. GM's announcement confirms a report last week by Reuters that the Bolt would be produced at the under-used Orion assembly plant in Michigan. The only electric car currently available with a 200-mile range is the Tesla Model S,...
  • The Chevy Volt As A Pickup: Via Motors President Talks Origins Of Plug-in Hybrid Truck

    02/08/2015 1:46:55 PM PST · by LogicDesigner · 114 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 8, 2015 | Brooke Crothers
    Conventional Chevy Silverados being transformed into plug-in hybrid trucks at VIA Motors’ high volume assembly plant.Think of it as a Volt with a flat bed. Via Motors’ “electrified” 4WD Chevy Silverado entered commercial production last month. That’s a first for the company — founded in 2010 — that retrofits GM pickups and vans and turns them into $85,000-plus plug-in hybrids that can also function as roving generators. (More on pricing below.) It’s no coincidence that the concept is similar to the Volt. The chairman of Via Motors is Bob Lutz, father of the Chevy plug-in hybrid. It’s also no coincidence...
  • New NADA Chairman Will Continue Anti-Tesla 'Get The Facts' Campaign

    02/05/2015 3:15:02 PM PST · by LogicDesigner · 39 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | February 5, 2015 | John Voelcker
    Last June, the National Automobile Dealers Association launched a publicity campaign to convince car buyers why it's in their own best interests that dealers make it illegal to buy a car from Tesla Motors. The campaign is called "Get the Facts," and it now includes a handful of animated videos, infographics, fact sheets, and other publicity materials. While it's not clear that the campaign has had a great deal of effect on car buyers' attitudes toward dealers, NADA's new chairman plans to continue the campaign.
  • Tesla Model S P85D 'Insane' Mode: NSFW Video Shows How Insane It Really Is

    01/28/2015 12:57:48 PM PST · by LogicDesigner · 183 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | January 28, 2015 | John Voelcker
    Many Tesla fans and electric-car drivers now know about the Model S P85D, Tesla's all-wheel-drive electric car that's arguably the fastest four-door sedan on the market. What most of them likely don't know is just what the car's ultimate performance mode, called "Insane," actually feels like. Now there's a video out from Drag Times that shows how astoundingly, jaw-dropping, amazingly, startlingly, incredibly insane the Insane mode actually is. NOTE: Video is NSFW, has rude words (delivered in tones of shock, horror, awe, amazement, and joy). With 1.3 million views in three days, the reactions to Drag Times CEO Brooks Weisblat's...
  • Tesla Is No Free Market Champion

    01/27/2015 5:09:39 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 01/26/2014 | John Merline
    Some conservative types have been extolling the electric car company Tesla's fight against archaic and anti-consumer laws that prevent direct-to-consumer car sales. But Phil Kerpen, writing in National Review Online, cautions that Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) is hardly a model of free-market capitalism. In fact, he says, the company wouldn't last long without massive government subsidies.
  • Tesla P85D Destroys Dodge Challenger Hellcat On Dragstrip: Electric Car Thrashes 707-HP Hemi (Video)

    01/20/2015 11:57:06 AM PST · by LogicDesigner · 263 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | Jan 19, 2015 | John Voelcker
    Say "P85D" to Tesla owners and fans, and you will see the drooling and twitching and heavy breathing and lustful stares--and more drooling--that Tesla's fastest, highest-performance electric car brings. The same happens with the word "Hellcat" for fans of high-powered Hemi V-8 performance. Now, courtesy of two owners--each convinced that their car is the fastest, baddest beast on the road--we know what happens when the two cars face off on the drag strip. Two days ago at Palm Beach International Raceway, a Tesla Model S P85D and a 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat competed in the traditional quarter-mile drag race. Hint:...
  • Plug-In Electric Car Sales Continue Rise In 2014: 100,000-Plus Last Year

    01/10/2015 9:32:02 AM PST · by LogicDesigner · 141 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | January 5, 2015 | John Voelcker
    Plug-in electric car sales for calendar year 2014 rose above the 100,000 level, the third annual increase in full-year sales in the U.S. since modern electric cars first went on sale in December 2010. The highest-selling electric car in the world, the Nissan Leaf, set a new U.S. record for plug-in sales of a single vehicle in one year, logging 30,200 deliveries during 2014. That compares to a 2013 total of 22,610, and less than 10,000 units in each of its first two years on sale. The balance of 70,000-plus was made up of sales of no fewer than 20...
  • Nissan LEAF Drivers Drive More Miles Than Gasmobile Drivers In Europe

    01/09/2015 10:03:38 AM PST · by LogicDesigner · 100 replies
    CleanTechnica ^ | January 9th, 2015 | Zachary Shahan
    In Europe, at least, drivers of the 100%-electric Nissan LEAF actually drive about 50% more than average drivers of petrol- and diesel-powered cars. This helps to bust the myth that electric cars are inadequate for the average driver, and that electric car drivers don’t drive very much. It also indicates that Nissan LEAF owners must be saving a lot more money than generally assumed. Electricity for powering a car is much cheaper than petrol or diesel. The average driver will save several thousand dollars (or euros, british pounds, etc.), but someone who actually drives much more than average is going...
  • Fed car-charge stations rarely used in Ore., U.S.

    01/05/2015 2:12:39 PM PST · by PROCON · 13 replies
    AP ^ | Jan. 5, 2015 | AP
    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Nissan Leaf owner Will Price of Eugene doesn't need the network of government-provided electric vehicle charging stations that were installed for motorists like him. Price drives 14 miles to and from work, which is easily within his electric car's 70-mile range, so he ignores the publicly accessible fast-charging units scattered around Eugene-Springfield. "I never use them," Price said of the public chargers. "They are of no consequence to me."
  • Gas Guzzler Tax Deduction Restored To $500K For 2014 By Budget Bill

    12/30/2014 4:18:02 AM PST · by LogicDesigner · 30 replies
    Green Car Reports ^ | December 29, 2014 | John Voelcker
    If politics is the art of successful compromise--defined as outcomes that make all parties equally unhappy--then the recent budget extension bill offers something for everyone. It extended the tax credits for electric-car charging stations and natural-gas-vehicle refueling stations, which should make owners of those vehicles happy. But it did not extend the generous tax credits for purchase or lease of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, disappointing advocates of that zero-emission vehicle technology. Those advocates include Toyota, Hyundai, and Honda. Now, it turns out, the often-reviled "gas guzzler tax deduction" was restored to its previous level by the budget bill as well. As...
  • Electric Cars Worse For Health, Environment, Than Gas-Powered, Study Claims

    12/28/2014 3:28:47 AM PST · by Up Yours Marxists · 99 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | December 28, 2014 06:27 GMT | Julian Marshall, University of Minnesota
    Think electric cars are the only form of transportation that can save the world from the dangers of the gas-powered engine? A new study warns that they could actually have the opposite effect. Gannett’s Cincinnati website cites the findings of a study to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences next week. In it, co-author and University of Minnesota engineering professor Julian Marshall explains the findings. “It’s kind of hard to beat gasoline [for the environment]… A lot of the technologies that we think of as being clean … are not better than gasoline.” Electric cars...
  • Gas price plunge threatens fuel-cell and electric cars

    12/25/2014 12:23:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 73 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 12/25/14 | David R. Baker
    ehicles, as did concern about global warming. But now gasoline prices have plunged to their lowest level since the Great Recession, averaging $2.50 nationwide for a gallon of regular. If gas prices stay low — granted, a very big “if” — one of the most powerful arguments for alternative fuel cars will be wiped out. “You have an early-adopter group that’s much more interested in these vehicles as a way of doing something 'green,’ and the cost of fuel is not going to be a big factor for them,” said John O’Dell, a senior editor at the Edmunds.com auto information...
  • Tesla Drivers Don't Be Too Smug: Electric Cars Are Not So Green, Says Study

    12/18/2014 1:03:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Reason ^ | 12/18/2014 | Ronald Bailey
    In a new study in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences University of Minnesota researchers report in various scenarios that vehicles using alternative fuels are often more harmful to human health than are conventional gasoline-powered automobiles. From the abstract: We find that powering vehicles with corn ethanol or with coal-based or “grid average” electricity increases monetized environmental health impacts by 80% or more relative to using conventional gasoline. PNAS The AP reported: "It's kind of hard to beat gasoline" for public and environmental health, said study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. "A...
  • Obama Is 826,000 Short of His 1 M Electric-Car-by-2015 Promise

    12/03/2014 4:58:53 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 38 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/2/2014 | John Merline
    Back in the good old days when President Obama didn't have so many dings on his record, he promised that by 2015 there'd be more than 1 million electric cars on the road. Well, with just days to go, he's only about 826,000 or so cars short of that goal. Instead of 200,000 Nissan Leafs on the road today -- as Obama's Department of Energy predicted in 2011 -- there are less than 70,000...
  • Michigan to Tesla Motors: You're Not Welcome

    10/22/2014 4:31:03 AM PDT · by LogicDesigner · 72 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 21, 2014 | Micheline Maynard
    Michigan’s Republican governor signed legislation on Tuesday that officially bans Tesla Motors and any other carmaker from selling directly to consumers in the state. But Rick Snyder, who is seeking re-election next month, maintained in a letter to lawmakers that the bill simply clarified the state’s existing law and that such direct sales already were not legal in Michigan, home to Detroit’s big auto companies. Now, state law requires that Tesla, or other car companies, must sell vehicles through networks of franchised dealers. If the company doesn’t have its own network, the state requires it to sell vehicles through another...
  • A Raw Deal in Michigan

    10/17/2014 6:11:10 AM PDT · by LogicDesigner · 9 replies
    Tesla Motors ^ | October 16, 2014 | The Tesla Motors Team
    On October 1, the Michigan Automobile Dealers Association succeeded in passing a bill that is harmful to consumers. The bill, HB5606, was originally a single amendment to existing law designed to ensure that the car dealers can tack additional fees on to the purchase price for all vehicles (from any manufacturer) sold in Michigan. Such fees have a controversial history, are generally regarded with skepticism and have been the subject of consumer concern in other states. Not content with enshrining their ability to charge consumers dubious fees, on the last day of the legislative session, the dealers managed to make...
  • Ghosn: 'We are getting there' on making Nissan Leaf profitable

    10/03/2014 8:58:04 AM PDT · by LogicDesigner · 33 replies
    autobloggreen ^ | October 2, 2014 | Sebastian Blanco
    "We are getting into positive, which is good for this technology." – Carlos Ghosn After 19 months in a row of record sales in the US, the money picture for the Nissan Leaf is steadily improving. To date (well, until the end of September), Nissan has sold 63,944 Leaf EVs in the US and a total of around 140,000 globally. The company produces the electric vehicle in three countries: Japan, the UK and the US and has sold more standard passenger EVs than any other automaker. Add all that up and you get to an EV that is just about to be profitable. At...
  • Unlocking The Market For Electric Vehicles [in Europe]

    10/01/2014 8:43:54 AM PDT · by palmer · 3 replies
    Manufacturing dot Net ^ | Wed, 10/01/2014 - 9:28am | European Commission, CORDIS
    Our fuel-based economy must be radically overhauled if Europe is to achieve its ambitious emission reduction targets. ... In practice, this means that the car is intelligent, and provides the driver with braking tips based on traffic flows and advice on the best route to limit energy use. Up to 30 % of energy can be saved this way, without losing much time along the way. ...
  • What's Holding Back Electric-Car Sales?

    09/29/2014 7:29:45 AM PDT · by LogicDesigner · 231 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 28, 2014 | Yuliya Chernova
    Electric cars aren't selling nearly as well as many predicted. Why is that? Research suggests a host of reasons—including a basic lack of familiarity, a high price tag, misconceptions about the cars—and ineffective government incentives. Consider the lack of familiarity. In a survey by researchers from Indiana University and the University of Kansas, respondents couldn't correctly answer basic factual questions about plug-in electric vehicles more than 60% of the time. Some 75% of wrong answers underestimated the beneficial aspects of the vehicles. The survey, the most exhaustive on consumer perceptions of electric cars in recent years, was published in the...
  • All-Electric Car Race Ends in Crash With No Flames, But Plenty of Sparks

    09/14/2014 4:51:22 AM PDT · by LogicDesigner · 35 replies
    Mashable ^ | September 13, 2014 | Adario Strange
    As drivers Nick Heidfeld and Nicolas Prost approached one of the final turns, Prost — attempting to prevent Heidfeld from taking the lead — collided with him, sending Heidfeld's car flying over one of the track dividers. Luckily, Heidfeld emerged from the crash looking mostly no worse for wear. But he immediately rushed over to confront Prost on the track, proving that the dangerous racing tradition of on-track bluster continues, despite last month's tragic accident involving Tony Stewart. "I have a small pain in my calf," Heidfeld said in a statement on the Formula E website. "But apart from that,...
  • Tesla Motors Dealing as States Play Factory Poker

    08/31/2014 5:13:27 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 44 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | August 31, 2014 | Justin Pritchard
    From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors' plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of electric cars. It's not just the project's massive scale, the cutting-edge technology, or even the bonanza of 6,500 good-paying jobs. It's how Tesla is deciding where to build. Through a series of unusual plays, Tesla has five states bidding up subsidy packages to land the coveted plant. The winner is expected to offer the luxury car-maker publicly financed incentives exceeding a half-billion dollars.
  • Tesla Motors on a mission to hire American veterans

    07/03/2014 4:29:54 PM PDT · by Reaganez · 11 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | July 3,2014 | Dana Hull
    FREMONT -- Tesla Motors, which is on a mission to bring electric cars to the masses, now has another goal -- to become a leading employer of America's military veterans. "We want to be known throughout the veteran community as a great place to work," Arnnon Geshuri, Tesla's vice president of human resources, said in an interview. "Veterans are a great source of talent for Tesla, and we're going after it." "Tesla has risen to the top" among companies known for creating veteran-friendly workplaces, said Ted Daywalt, president and CEO of VetJobs, the nation's leading military job board. "They have...
  • Another Obama-backed 'green' company, Smith Electric Vehicles,...

    05/05/2014 6:39:33 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 5-5-14 | Richard Pollack
    Four years have passed since President Obama visited Kansas City's main airport, rolled up his shirt sleeves and admonished the skeptics who said Smith Electric Vehicles was unlikely to make good on its promises to build 510 experimental electric-powered trucks and buses suitable for commercial use. “Come see what’s going on at Smith Electric," the president said, inspecting a table full of bright green truck batteries in what was once a maintenance hangar for TWA. "I think they’re going to be hard-pressed to tell you that you’re not better off than you would be if we hadn’t made the investments...
  • Socialism and Electric Cars:

    03/30/2014 5:46:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2014 | John Ransom
    Beatrice17 wrote: First of all, the USPS is NOT a government organization, but a private business. (sigh). Second, the USPS does NOT photograph every piece of mail. (sigh) It does run it thru multiple scanners. One is a bio scanner - developed since the "white powder" scare - that can locate poisons, etc. Another is a zip code scanner, to electronically put zip codes on the mail so that it can be electronically sorted. This saves time and money... except when your Grammy writes so illegibly that her letter has to be kicked out and a real live human has...
  • Electric cars can go only half as far in freezing weather, AAA finds

    03/20/2014 1:14:44 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 71 replies
    LA Times ^ | March 20, 2014 | Jerry Hirsch
    <p>Testing by AAA has found that how far an electric vehicle can travel on one charge varies widely depending on the weather. Frigid temperatures can reduce that distance by 57%.</p> <p>The research is important to the Automobile Club of Southern California because it maintains mobile recharging trucks for people who misjudge how far they can go in their electric car.</p>
  • The Electric Car Boondoggle (Cost comparisons)

    02/22/2014 10:58:52 AM PST · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 22, 2014 | Matthew Hurwitz
    There are two electric cars on the market that have received a lot of attention in the media. One is GM's Chevy Volt and the other is the Tesla Model S. Extravagant claims have been made by both manufacturers to have us believe that these that these automobiles are practical and economical to drive. As we shall see, that is not really true when one takes into account all the factors which contribute to the total operating cost of each of these two vehicles. Chevy VoltThe manufacturer claims that "The Chevy Volt is the most fuel-efficient car with a gasoline...
  • Don't Expect Electric Cars To Save The Environment

    02/03/2014 5:17:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    IBD ^ | 02/03/2014
    In 2010, President Obama said he wanted 1 million electric cars on the road by 2015. They won't be there, and it wouldn't matter if they were. A nation full of electric cars will make no ecological difference. So what if nearly half of us were driving EDVs (hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and battery electric vehicles) by 2050? Wouldn't that mean a cleaner environment? After all, it's those fossil-fuel-burning dinosaurs that are ruining the world, isn't it? Not necessarily. A recent North Carolina State University study "indicates that even a sharp increase in the use of electric drive passenger vehicles (EDVs)...
  • 'Charge Rage' – electric car owners get angry after having vehicles unplugged

    01/24/2014 2:41:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 71 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 1/23/14 | David Millward
    The growing popularity of environmentally friendly motoring in America has led to a new phenomenon, “charge rage”, as the owners of electric cars compete for places to plug in their cars. While the owners of electric cars may care about climate change, they appear to be less solicitous of their fellow ecologically-motivated motorists. Angry notes have been left on windscreens and drivers have returned to their cars to find that they have been unplugged.
  • Auto sales: Plug-in electric sales nearly double in 2013

    01/18/2014 1:10:27 PM PST · by ckilmer · 52 replies
    csmonitor ^ | January 3, 2014 | John Voelcker,
    More plug-in electric cars were sold in the US than ever before in their third year of sales. The 2013 total of roughly 90,000 electric vehicles didn't quite double the 2012 total of about 53,000,  but the numbers seem likely to grow again this year.
  • Tesla battery swap a fake - company gets $55M for non-existent feature

    12/08/2013 8:06:30 PM PST · by AlbertoZaragoza · 36 replies
    Doubting is thinking ^ | 9-12-2013 | Alberto Zaragoza
    The maximum amount of credits goes to a car that can go 300 miles and refuel to 95% of capacity within 15 minutes. The Tesla Model S falls short on range and, especially, on refuelling time. .... And so the joke begins. At the end of 2012, Californai decided that they needed a way to account for the Model S' ability to do a 90-second battery swap. This effectively meant it was refuelling a lot faster than its 15 minutes target, and to 100% capacity to boot. So the cancelled version remained at 4 credits, but the short-range version was...
  • Driver Jailed After Taking Nickel's Worth of Electricity

    12/05/2013 8:03:17 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 89 replies
    Newser ^ | 12/4/13 | John Johnson
    Here's a weird twist in the brave new world of electric cars: A driver ended up in jail on theft charges after plugging into a school's outlet without permission. The kicker: He got maybe 5 cents worth of juice for his trouble, reports 11Alive. The mess began when Kaveh Kamooneh drove to his son's middle school in Chamblee, Ga., to watch his kid play tennis. He spotted an exterior outlet and plugged in his Nissan Leaf, only to get stopped by a police officer after about 20 minutes. The officer filed a report, and police showed up on Kamooneh's doorstep...
  • Report: CA Considering Buying Poor People Green Cars

    12/02/2013 7:42:02 PM PST · by rktman · 46 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 12/2/2013 | unknown
    The California Air Resources Board is reportedly considering a new plan to help transportation for low earners: buying them cars. The agency would like to give those of low income a voucher to buy energy-efficient vehicles like the Nissan Leaf, which has a sticker price of $21,000. The board currently gives drivers $1,000 to $1,500 to get rid of their older vehicles in an attempt to curb carbon emissions; there is a second program that gives up to $4,000 depending on the vehicles involved.
  • California Considers Giving Away Free Electric Cars to the Poor

    12/02/2013 10:49:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 12/02/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    What do the poor need most? Jobs? Nah. In Governor Moonbeam’s California they need free electric cars.Free means that you’ll be paying for them. Even if you’re not a California resident, there will probably be Federal money involved. “The California Air Resources Board is now embarking on a program that would help poor people buy energy-efficient vehicles. In one scenario posed by the agency, a “voucher” might even pay the full price for a Nissan Leaf, an electric car with an MSRP above $21,000, or for used cars with lower price tags.” But it only stands to reason. If...
  • Power Failure: Electric Vehicles Top List Of Cars And Trucks That Depreciate The Fastest

    11/27/2013 10:11:57 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/26/13 | Jim Henry
    When it comes to resale value, electric vehicles don’t hold their charge. Electric cars lead our list of the cars and trucks that lose their value faster than average. Also ranking poorly are some big-ticket luxury cars, and, not surprisingly, older, lame-duck vehicles that are late in their product life cycle and about to be replaced. On a list of predicted residual values for 2013 models produced by ALG Inc., the bottom three examples are the battery powered Nissan Leaf; the Lincoln MKS, a more upscale, expensive cousin to the Ford Taurus; and the Mercedes-Benz CL Class, a two-door version...
  • U.S. Safety Agency Opens Inquiry Into Tesla Fires

    11/19/2013 5:24:44 PM PST · by matt04 · 11 replies
    The federal government announced on Tuesday that it had opened an investigation into two recent battery fires in the Tesla Motors Model S sedan. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s decision came amid public speculation over the electric car’s safety and the battery pack’s design after reports of three fires in six weeks. Two of the fires occurred on American highways when the cars hit debris in the road. A third, in Mexico, took place after a high-speed crash into a wall and a tree. The drivers in all three incidents were unhurt. Tesla also said late on Monday that...
  • Hollande hails ‘revolutionary’ new lithium battery plant

    09/21/2013 1:41:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    France 24 ^ | 21/09/2013
    French President François Hollande hailed “a new industrial revolution” in inaugurating Friday a new lithium battery plant built by the Bolloré group, which manufactures the Bluecar made popular by France’s electric-car sharing scheme. … Earlier in the day, as he attended an environmental conference in Paris, Hollande vowed to halve energy consumption in France by 2050 and cut fossil fuels by 30% by 2030. The French president has also made electric cars “a priority.” …
  • Germany to ‘fall short’ of electric car target

    09/18/2013 10:53:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    TheLocal.de ^ | 17 Sep 2013 09:15 CET | (The Local/tsb)
    Germany hopes to put one million electric cars on the roads by 2020, but just 3,000 have been sold this year. A study released on Tuesday casts doubt on sales projections. Electric cars have been among the highlights of the IAA motorshow in Frankfurt which opened last week. New models include the BMW’s i3. … Researchers argue that the best scenario for electric cars is for the price of batteries and energy to decrease, while diesel and petrol gets more expensive. …
  • Neil Young’s Electric Car Breaks Down, Left ‘Helpless’ on California Highway

    09/10/2013 4:53:44 PM PDT · by Libloather · 88 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 9/10/13
    Neil Young, a high-profile proponent of cars powered by alternative fuels, was recently stranded on the highway when his own $1 million biomass-powered hybrid car broke down. **SNIP** Young was on his way to an environmentalist festival in Canada, according to the Sierra Sun, driving his custom-made hybrid electric 1959 Lincoln Continental.
  • McAuliffe lobbied Obama aide in charge of Solyndra

    08/07/2013 10:54:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/8/13 | Brendan Bordelon
    Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia and former owner of an electric car company now under federal investigation, once paid a visit with three other advisers to the same White House “green energy” official who helped secure more than $500 million in guaranteed loans for Solyndra, the now-bankrupt solar panel manufacturer backed by a prominent Barack Obama fundraiser. White House visitor records reviewed by Watchdog.org indicate that McAuliffe met with Greg Nelson, the former associate director for energy, environment and technology, at the White House on October 13, 2010. While the substance of the meeting is unknown,...