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On April 15, 2014
By Curt Volkmann, ELPC Senior Clean Energy Finance Specialist
Smart grid. You may have read about it or heard about it – But is it good for you or your business? And if you own an electric vehicle, is it particularly good? The short answers are yes and yes, but let’s begin with some [...]
On March 28, 2014
Electric cars may still seem futuristic, but there are actually 16 different plug-in models you can buy today.
Availability depends a lot on where you live, though. Several of them are so-called compliance cars, offered only in California and a handful of other locations to meet that state’s requirements for sales of zero-emission vehicles.
Within two or three months, there will be more than 200,000 plug-in electric cars on U.S. roads–and we’re learning more about who buys them, and why.
California’s Center for Sustainable Energy released a new report this month that depicts the owners of different models having different reasons for their purchases.
As neatly summarized in [...]
On February 5, 2014
A trial program with electric cars at the Kennedy Space Center is going better than expected, cutting greenhouse gas emissions in company vehicles.
In fact, the center’s sustainability office suggests the results are 10 times better than those expected–electric cars are making a real impact on-site.
According to redOrbit, the Kennedy Space Center [...]
Electric vehicles could drive up power prices without the right equipment to ensure they’re charging at the cheapest times, according to research from Carnegie Mellon University.
Sophisticated timers could save $50 to $100 per car by delaying when electric cars tap into the grid, researchers in CMU’s Engineering and Public Policy Department said. If owners [...]
On January 15, 2014
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PALO ALTO, Calif. – Tesla sales in the fourth quarter of 2013 were the highest in company history by a significant margin. With almost 6,900 vehicles sold and delivered, Tesla exceeded prior guidance by approximately 20%. A higher than expected number of cars was [...]
On January 7, 2014
Maureen Doheny Jansons never stops at a gas station any more, at least not to buy fuel.
The driver of an electric 2013 Tesla, which doesn’t even have a gas tank, Doheny Jansons usually charges in her garage in Arlington Heights and now has started using the new downtown Lake Forest charging station over the [...]
On January 7, 2014
Washington — U.S. sales of full electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles in 2013 jumped 84 percent over 2012 to more than 96,000 — as price cuts and new models helped spur additional sales.
In 2013, automakers sold nearly 49,000 plug-in hybrid vehicles — up 27 percent over 2012 — and 47,600 electric vehicles [...]
On December 31, 2013
Electric car sales have not yet hit 1% of new car sales in the US, but sales are growing fast and it looks certain that they will pass 1% in 2014. 2013 pure electric car sales are up 300% in 2013 compared to 2012. And hitting 1% could mean that electric cars are on [...]
On December 12, 2013
TORRANCE, California — A 2014 Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid is a key part of a new demonstration project for experimental vehicle-to-grid technology that may provide consumers with more cost-effective ownership of plug-in electric vehicles.
The special Accord Plug-in Hybrid is equipped with a bi-directional onboard charger that allows the vehicle propulsion battery to both charge from and [...]
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