Posts Tagged ‘Electric cars’

Charging Forward with Electric Cars and Recharging Stations

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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

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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?

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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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

Hertz Rental Car Company Goes Green with Solar Panels and Electric Cars

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Going green is easier than ever at Hertz Rental Car Company, as you can now rent electric cars, and tap into renewable solar energy at the same time.  The Nissan LEAF has been added to Hertz’s rental fleet, which is a fantastic way to “test drive” a 100% electric vehicle. In addition to making EVs [...]

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. [...]

Many Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles to Choose From Soon

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Earlier this month, I attended the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.  The mood was upbeat, as auto manufacturers were feeling positive and people are starting to buy cars again.  In fact, if there is one word to describe the show, its “electric.” While 100% electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf are starting to [...]

Let’s Hear it for Electric Cars!

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Let’s hear it for electric cars!  No really.  I mean, let’s hear electric cars…. As electric cars hit mainstream markets this year in greater numbers, safety concerns about their operation are on the rise.  That’s because, without a combustion engine, electric vehicles operate practically silently. You might not hear them driving behind you as you [...]

Charging Ahead with Electric Vehicles: Owners Need to Consider Insurance

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If you follow automotive news at all, you probably have heard the predictions that electric vehicle (EVs) are hot this year.  In fact, some are calling 2011 the year of the electric car.  For those of us considering owning an electrified vehicle, insurance companies are cautioning about potential issues that may arise. For example, some [...]

Smart Phones? Meet the EN-V, One Smart Vehicle!

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Fresh back from the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) this week in Detroit, Michigan, I can tell you that the hottest thing this year is electric cars.  Every manufacturer on the floor displayed a new EV or PEHV that is either available for sale now, or will be coming out soon. But one new [...]

Electrifying Detroit at the North American International Auto Show

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I am just returning from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.  As a guest of Ford Motor Company, I was able to hear about – not only the new electrified vehicles from Ford – but also to tour the facilities and check out other EV offerings from a wide range of auto [...]