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On September 11, 2014
The stories abound: A car buyer walks into a dealership, educated about the electric car she wants to buy…and the salesperson tries to convince her she doesn’t want that car after all.
She really wants a gasoline car, he argues.
On September 2, 2014
Electric vehicles are cool. They’re inexpensive to operate, can make our air cleaner, and help reduce the amount of climate change-causing gases released into the atmosphere. But right now, they’re also mostly just for rich people. The initial cost of buying the car, combined with their limited availability, is just too [...]
On June 6, 2014
Not that anybody’s really buying a lot of electric cars yet, but someday they will, maybe, and when they do, technology is going to be a heck of a lot better than it is today. Take that “Emergency Charge Cable” you get with your battery-powered car. Somewhere along its length is a fuse about the size [...]
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
SALES DRIVEN BY SUPERLATIVE SAFETY RECORD AND EXCELLENT COLD WEATHER PERFORMANCE
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 [...]