By Alysha Webb ·
December 27, 2013

Norway's Abundance of EVs Puts Strain on Public Charging and Congestion Perks

Norway offers among the most generous packages of rewards for EV ownership in the world, and EVs represent five to six percent of all new vehicle sales in country. That has created somewhat of a backup at charging stations in the city of Oslo, as well as a crowding of the city's bus lanes, which—thanks to one of Norway's numerous EV perks—are open to electric cars.

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By Alysha Webb ·
December 23, 2013

Indian EVs Await Government Support, But Some Owners Are Already Happy With Their Cars

While there isn’t a great deal of government support for electric vehicle owners in India and the charging infrastructure is limited, owning an electric vehicle in the subcontinent offers significant savings compared to a gasoline or diesel-powered vehicle.

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By RecargoJames ·
December 20, 2013

In The PlugShare Garage: BMW i3

We get a lot of interesting visitors at the PlugShare office in Venice, California. Today we hosted a lucky neighbor who was driving a BMW i3 for a couple days.

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By Alysha Webb ·
December 20, 2013

With Better Place Gone, Danish EV Drivers Forge a New Path

The Better Place demise may have discouraged Danes from buying EVs, but the failure looks to have been just a temporary setback to PEV sales in the country. The Danish government has put out a tender for construction of a nationwide network of charging stations along motorways, and plug-in sales—which are projected to be slightly down for 2013—figure to recover in the coming years as infrastructure is created to replace Better Place's charge and battery swapping network.

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By David Herron ·
December 20, 2013

Why Do Electric Cars Have Lead-Acid 12-Volt Batteries When Lithium Is Lighter?

Lead-acid batteries are heavier and more toxic than their lithium ion counterparts, but are widely used to power the 12-volt system on electric cars.

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By Alysha Webb ·
December 19, 2013

Geography and Limited Charging Infrastructure Make Model S the EV to Own in Canada

Canada's wide open spaces and lack of a nationwide charging infrastructure are two big reasons why the Tesla Model S has conquered the Canadian plug-in market as sales of other EVs lag.

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By David Herron ·
December 17, 2013

Audi R8 e-tron Electric Supercar Reportedly Slated for Mid-2014

The Audi R8 e-tron, an all-electric sports car, was first shown to the public in October 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. After years of development, it was apparently canceled for any number of uncertain reasons. But if new reports are to be believed, it was never really shelved or it was brought back to life, heading for sale to the public in mid-2014. The new model will feature longer driving range, thanks to better battery technology.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
December 16, 2013

Gas Cars Achieve Higher MPG, But EV Efficiency Still Way Ahead

A new EPA report shows a five percent improvement in the fuel efficiency of the 2012 auto fleet over 2011, thanks to tough federal regulations. But as the MPG race heats up, will EVs lose out?

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By David Herron ·
December 12, 2013

Tesla's Success Bolstered by Component Sales to Toyota, Daimler, and Solar City

A few years ago, there used to be debate about whether Tesla's best strategy was to skip manufacturing entire cars or to focus on making components for major automakers. As it has turns out, Tesla Motor is taking both paths at once.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
December 11, 2013

GM's Mary Barra: A Cautious Thumbs-Up for Electric Cars

The first woman to head a major car company is a team player and consensus builder, not the man with a mission that Bob Lutz was when he pushed the Volt through the bureacracy. But this trained electrical engineer knows the value of electrification for GM and the auto industry's future.

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