By Jim Motavalli ·
October 11, 2013

BMW's Bottom Line: $3,850 for the i3 Range Extender

So equipped, BMW's first electric car will cost $3,950, making it a $45,300 car. Is it worth it? For peace of mind, I'd check the options list.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
October 10, 2013

Designer Charging: Colorful "Skins" for GE's WattStation

It's inevitable that chargers will become like cellphones and tablets, part of everyday American life. The WattStation may be the first charger to be "personalized," but it probably won't be the last.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
October 07, 2013

Driving VW's E-Golf (and Debuting the Amazing XL1 in the U.S.)

The E-Golf will be VW's first production EV for the American market. It's a road rocket around town, thanks to huge amounts of low-end torque (but just 115 horsepower). The 261-mpg XL1 won't come here, but the wraps came off it in Chattanooga last week.

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By David Herron ·
September 30, 2013

National Plug In Day: Bigger Than Ever, Lots of Butts in Seats

National Plug In Day, in its third year, almost doubled in size over the 2012 event. It gave thousands of people their first direct experience with an electric vehicle.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
September 30, 2013

The Tesla Model S in Iceland: The First 7 Cars to Movers and Shakers

Buying sight unseen, these early adopters are helping plug in the island nation's transportation infrastructure.

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By David Herron ·
September 27, 2013

Why We Need Open Charge Protocols for Electric Cars in the U.S.

The Open Charge Alliance (OCA) this week launched a global standards initiative in the electric vehicle charging industry. The organization, which replaces an existing organization, the OCPP Steering Group, is a global consortium of electric vehicle charging infrastructure companies. It is aiming to solve the problem of electric car owners having to maintain memberships with multiple charging networks; as well as the limitations that closed proprietary networks place on the expansion of EV charging infrastructure. The OCA's solution is to create open standards for all charging station networks.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
September 24, 2013

Coal's Long Goodbye Translates to Cleaner Electric Cars

Still reeling from natural gas competition, coal plants have been hit with tough emission rules for new plants, and standards for older ones are in the wings. The bottom line is a much cleaner electric grid, and a better equation for EVs.

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By David Herron ·
September 20, 2013

National Plug-in Day: A Chance to Drive and Celebrate Plug-in Cars

In its third year, National Plug-in Day, growing by leaps and bounds, is a great chance to see, touch, and learn about plug-in hybrid and electric cars at more than 90 events across the US and elsewhere.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
September 18, 2013

Panasonic's Company Car: A Tesla Model S

The electronics giant lets employees, who get nominated for the privilege, take home the in-house Model S (with Panasonic battery cells) for week-long tours. It's a great way to increase workplace awareness of—and affection for—electric cars.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
September 17, 2013

Ford Adds Workplace Charging: Now It's Marketing Time

Some 200 Level 2 chargers will go into 50 Ford locations in North America, including factories and offices. The company is strongly committed to electrifying the fleet, but its vehicles need a higher profile.

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