The City Council, following London and Vancouver, is enacting a new law ensuring that 20 percent of all new garages and lots embed conduit for electric car charging.
The biggest news regarding electric cars in recent years has been falling sticker prices. Nearly every major EV model is significantly cheaper now that it was when first introduced just a couple years ago. Lease deals on many models are $199 a month. Mitsubishi, just last week, dropped the price of the i-MiEV electric city car to $15,495 after federal incentives. Now, it’s EV charging equipment prices that are falling, with ClipperCreek announcing yesterday that the HCS-40 30-amp 240V charge station starts at $590.
Last month, San Francisco-based Bruno Bowden raked in $4,700 in revenue by offering his six-figure Tesla Model S on Getaround, the peer-to-peer carsharing service. After GetAround took their share for insurance and logistics, Bowden was left with $2,820 of income. “It’s actually more than double my mortgage payment for the car,” Bowden told PluginCars.com.
According to BMW, the upcoming i3 all-electric car is about more than just electrification. BMW’s surveys of 700 “Electronauts,” the company’s name for people who leased the Active E all-electric test vehicle, showed that sustainability matters. Of the 113 who responded, 85 percent either agreed, strongly agreed, or extremely agreed that renewable energy was important, Dr. Simon Ellgas, senior advanced technology engineer at BMW’s technology office in Silicon Valley, told PluginCars.com. But the question remains: does that justify creating a whole brand to sell the “i” cars?
High-end EVs are the rage, and Steve Saleen—responsible for the fastest street car in the world—is now planning to rock everyone's world with an out-of-the-box entry.
Otmar Ebenhoech, an Oregon-based designer of electronic devices for electric cars, has two passions: camping and EVs. So it was only a matter of time before he combined those two pursuits to create the world’s first Tesla-powered Supercharge-capable Stretch Vanagon.
This week the Green Parking Council (GPC) and Nissan announced a partnership in which the Japanese automaker is offering significant funding and charging station hardware to GPC members, as long as they commit to an accelerated installation schedule. The program is an extension of announcements by Nissan throughout 2013 that it will subsidize a CHAdeMO-based fast charging network across the U.S.
The solar company's CEO is Elon Musk's cousin, so there's synergy galore in this deal, which could ultimately lower the cost of EV cells.
A Georgia man spent more than 15 hours in DeKalb County Jail on theft charges after police determined that he had stolen electricity from a local school when he briefly used an outlet there to charge his Nissan LEAF as his son played tennis. Kaveh Kamooneh was eventually charged with “theft by taking without consent” 11 days after the incident, when police showed up at his house and led him away to jail.
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Electric Cars Pros and Cons
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Federal and Local Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars
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Eight Factors Determining Total Cost of Ownership of an Electric Car
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Quick Guide to Buying Your First Home EV Charger
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Electric Car Utility Rate Plans: Top Five Rules
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The Ultimate Guide to Electric Car Charging Networks
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Eight Rules of Electric Vehicle Charging Etiquette
Thou shalt charge only when necessary. And other rules to live by.