By Jim Motavalli ·
December 10, 2013

New York Requires Garages and Lots to be Built EV-Ready

The City Council, following London and Vancouver, has passed a new law ensuring that 20 percent of all new garages and lots embed conduit for electric car charging.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
December 06, 2013

Saleen Announces "Revolutionary" Electric Supercar, a Trend Inspired by Tesla

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.

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By David Herron ·
December 05, 2013

Nissan and Green Parking Council Team Up to Deploy Fast Charging Stations

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.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
December 05, 2013

All in the Family: Tesla Battery Packs in SolarCity Backup Systems

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.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
December 02, 2013

A One-Seat $12,000 EV Commuter Car for Europe in 2015

The German-made Colibri, after financing delays, is now targeted for late 2015. It's Europe-only, which makes sense. Here's one more EV with an uphill battle ahead.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
November 26, 2013

$6 Million in Charging Money, and Not One Penny for Level 1?

California is generously supporting plug-in infrastructure in the state, but why is excluding the 110-volt option, which works very well for workplaces?

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By Jim Motavalli ·
November 22, 2013

Oregon: The State With Its Own Chief EV Officer

Oregon is pushing hard for electric vehicles, including a coordinated, multi-agency push to encourage battery-based tourism.

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By Alysha Webb ·
November 19, 2013

Tesla Responds to Fires With Ground Clearance Software Update

How low can it go? That's the question Tesla owners are debating in online chat rooms after the latest software upgrade from Tesla, which alters the Smart Air Suspension feature at high speeds. The change is in response to three recent fires in Tesla Model S vehicles.

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By David Herron ·
November 15, 2013

Leasing of Renault Zoe's Battery Shows How EV Data Can Be Misused

The Renault Zoe battery pack lease gives Renault the power to remotely turn off the car for lease enforcement. But the ramifications mean governments who are already gathering data from Internet activities might tap into data about us via our cars.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
November 14, 2013

Panasonic's Smart City Features Electric Cars and Battery Bikes

In a suburb south of Tokyo, the electronics giant is building a new town with solar power, battery storage and EVs as the default transportation.

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