By Jim Motavalli ·
August 15, 2013

Here Now: The World's First Portable, Self-Contained Solar EV Charging Station

Envision Solar's EV ARC is expensive at $40,000, but the company claims that lifetime costs will equal a standard unit—with no trenching costs, demand fees, hassles with local officials, or other downsides.

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By David Herron ·
August 13, 2013

Tesla's Elon Musk Proposes Half-hour Tube Rides between San Francisco and L.A.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Monday unveiled a futuristic design for a vacuum-tube based high-speed transportation system that would improve upon high speed rail and air travel. But he admitted that he is too busy running Tesla and SpaceX, to commence work on the project.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
August 12, 2013

BMW's DriveNow Car Sharing Gets Popular With One-Way Trips

DriveNow has 1,600 members in San Francisco, it's only American outlet. But with four cities in Germany now online, it's likely to grow here, too. Airport dropoffs and pickups are a big hit.

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By David Herron ·
August 09, 2013

Tesla Aims to Double Model S Production, Maybe Add Driver-Assist Features

Tesla Motors on Wednesday announced Q2 2013 financial results that showed increased sales and revenues. But the big story, arguably, is that Tesla is rapidly building up its capabilities as an auto manufacturer—in a slow and steady path toward developing a full line of electric cars.

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By Zach McDonald ·
August 07, 2013

Tesla Stock Crosses $150 Per Share on Quarterly Earnings Announcement

Tesla Motors announced strong quarterly earnings Wednesday and projected continued growth surpassing 40,000 deliveries per year in 2014. Tesla’s total revenue for the second quarter was up 70 percent to $551 million, and in after-hours trading, investors boosted the stock 13 percent to record highs above $150 per share.

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By David Herron ·
August 07, 2013

European Parliament Considers Legislation To Kill CHAdeMO Electric Car Chargers

Draft legislation in the European Parliament is attempting to harmonize charging standards, and proposes termination of CHAdeMO after the end of 2018.

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By David Herron ·
August 05, 2013

Long-Distance Shipping of Electric Car Parts Adds Environmental Impact

That shiny new electric car in your driveway will dramatically reduce your personal environmental footprint, but when the manufacturer ships parts around the world before assembling the car, the transportation of those parts adds to the environmental impact of the car.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
August 05, 2013

Tesla Could Take a Hit from Likely Loss of ZEV Credits

Tesla Motors has been counting other automakers' millions from its seat in the top-tier of California's zero-emission rankings. But CARB is contemplating a rule change that cut the credits dramatically.

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By David Herron ·
August 01, 2013

Inexpensive Charging Equipment: Comparing JuiceBox, OpenEVSE and EVSEUpgrade

Most plug-in car owners buy a home charging station. Manufacturers often partner with charging equipment makers, bundling the hardware with installation and other assistance. But some buyers don't like the price—or prefer a DIY approach (that can result in a lower cost plus enhanced features and greater portability). Low-cost alternatives are available in the electric vehicle service equipment (EVSE) market, including a couple of open source DIY models.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
August 01, 2013

LEAF tops Volt in July Sales, With $199 Leases a Likely Factor

Electrics had a respectable month, but it has to be taken in the context of a raging market, likely to get close to 16 million sales this year.

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