Archive for the ‘Electric cars’ Category

Nissan Celebrates Revenge of the Electric Car with Green Program 2016

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The 2006 documentary, “Who Killed the Electric Car,” appeared to show the auto manufacturing industry in bed with Big Oil, such that battery-powered vehicles never even had a chance.  Its hard to believe that just five years later, electric vehicles (“EVs”) have enjoyed a mainstream resurgence that has resulted in people literally lining up to [...]

Charging Forward with Electric Cars and Recharging Stations

Charging ahead with electric cars

Electric cars and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are quickly becoming mainstream options for people looking to save money at the gas pump and reduce CO2 emissions.  But viable options to recharge electric cars are one of the biggest stumbling blocks to charging forward with the new technology. Short-range trips, like commuting and running errands, can [...]

Electric Vehicles to Total 14 Million by 2014

Electric cars on the rise in coming years

We have been predicting for months (if not years) that interest in electric vehicles (EVs) would take off and demand would increase at a great rate.  Early in 2011, automakers at the International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan were showcasing electric cars as one of their hot new commodities.  As gasoline prices have continued to [...]

Will Interest in Electric Cars Translate into Intent to Own Them?

Chevy Volt has a lot of consumers interested in the electric car

Recent polls and surveys show that Americans are quite interested in electric cars.  But, will they actually take the step to purchase and drive them?  At least one writer believes that consumer expectations are too high when it comes to EVs and that the battery-powered cars will not be able to deliver in the end.  [...]

Electric Vehicle Charging for Schools

Wouldn't you like to be able to charge your electric vehicle at schools?

Recently, I had a reader alert me to this new, (soon to be) non-profit organization called the “School Charging Program.”  The purpose of the program is to help fund construction of electric vehicle charging stations at schools across the U.S.  By building infrastructure in advance of demand, the School Charging Program is one of the [...]

Electric Car Fast Chargers to be Installed on Oregon Interstate Freeway

Electric Car Fast Charging Stations by AeroVironment (image from Associated Content)

Owners of electric vehicles (EVs) in the Pacific Northwest will soon be able to find electric car fast chargers along Interstate-5 in Oregon.  By the end of this year, the major corridor that runs from the Canadian border down to Mexico, through Washington, Oregon and California, will include a series of fast-charging stations to help [...]

Instant Cash Back for Electric Cars?

Purchasers of Nissan LEAF 100% electric vehicle could benefit from a change in tax laws

The federal government has been trying to urge consumers to make eco-friendly purchasing decisions with tax credits and other incentives.  The problem is that most people want the money upfront, rather than having to wait until they file their income taxes. That could change soon for people looking to purchase electric vehicles. U.S. Transportation Secretary [...]

Google Maps Will Help Pinpoint Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Google Maps to help you locate Electric Vehicle recharging stations

Thinking about buying an electric car?  Worried about finding places to recharge it? In a partnership with the Obama administration to boost sales of EVs, Google maps will help pinpoint electric vehicle charging stations.  In fact, President Obama aims to get 1 million electric cars on the road by 2015, with an overall goal of [...]

Higher Gas Prices Fueling Electric Vehicle Technology

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Electric cars have been gaining ground in the press over the past 6 months as auto makers finally embrace the concept and consumers are taking a leap of faith that the infrastructure can support plug-in battery powered cars.  With gas prices over $4/gallon in most regions of the United States now, and predictions that the [...]

Nissan LEAF Electric Cars Arrive in the U.S.

New Nissan LEAF 100% Electric Vehicles Arrive in the U.S.

Notwithstanding the massive Japan earthquake that devastated the country on March 11 this year, Nissan recently announced that just one week later, more than 1,500 new Nissan LEAF electric cars had either arrived in U.S. ports, or were in transit. The press is most excited about the arrival of “Luna Spirit,” which is one of [...]

Revenge of the Electric Car

Revenge is a dish best served... by an electric car!

Its 2011, and perhaps the lowly electric vehicle (aka “EV”) will have the last laugh.  Just 5 years after the documentary, “Who Killed the Electric Car,” people are finally taking the battery-powered vehicles seriously.  So much so that the original filmmaker, Chris Paine, has created “Revenge of the Electric Car,” which was released last week, [...]

BMW Plugs into the Electric Car Craze

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Think that all electric cars are dull, boxy, slow vehicles?  BMW will change your mind! Last week, the German luxury car manufacturer announced the creation of a sub-brand to be called “BMW i” that will include a line of electric battery powered cars, available in 2013. For the past year, hype has been building for [...]

Ford Motor Company Plans for Higher Gas Prices with Global Small Car C-Platform

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Here in the U.S., consumers were already facing higher gas prices before unrest in the Middle East broke out several weeks ago.  Economists predict the cost of a gallon of fuel to increase at least $1 a gallon over current prices at the pump in 2011.  By mid-2012, we may be experiencing prices over $5/gallon. [...]

Experts Predict Electric Vehicle Surge in 2011

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In a recently published study experts predict an electric vehicle surge in 2011. The report issued by Zpryme Research and Consulting, and sponsored by Airbiquity indicates that enthusiasts of plug-in electric vehicles will… er… “drive” the market rapidly forward. Within 5 years, more than three-quarters of a million EVs will be on U.S. roads. Even [...]

Ford Focus Electric: 100% Battery-Powered Car for 2012

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Earlier this month, Ford Motor Company unveiled the Ford Focus Electric, its first 100% battery-powered car which will be available in late 2011.  The new EV first made big news at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and excitement continued to build at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit a week later. [...]