By David Herron ·
August 28, 2013

Latest EV Scare: Hackers Could Take Over Your Electric Car

A lot of today’s new cars have Internet connectivity with remote capabilities. These functions, for example, allow electric cars with associated smart phone applications to remotely start a charging event or turn on AC. These capabilities have been sold as a benefit of electric cars. But a blog post last week by George Reese, a top Dell engineer, and a Model S owner, raised concerns about potentially dangerous security flaws in the Tesla Model S—and by extension, to other electric cars. That thoughtful post, unfortunately, can be interpreted as a new sky-is-falling worry about battery-powered vehicles.

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By David Herron ·
August 20, 2013

Denver Airport To Install Level 1 120-Volt Charging for Electric Cars

While we typically want fast public charging, some scenarios like long-term parking at airports, are perfect for slow public charging.

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By David Herron ·
August 16, 2013

Multi-Protocol Stations Could Resolve Fast Charging Standards War

Multi-protocol fast charging stations could be the perfect end-run around automakers who refuse to cooperate on charging standards, and governments who want to dictate a solution.

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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 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 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 Zach McDonald ·
July 31, 2013

Texas Energy Provider Gives Free Power at Night to Electric Car Owners

A Dallas-based energy provider, TXU Energy, is giving away power to electric car drivers. In its Free Nights promotion program, quietly started last year, EV owners receive all their electricity absolutely free, if plugged in between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am. That’s right, folks: free fuel for an electric car.

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By David Herron ·
July 22, 2013

How To Kill EV Range Anxiety: 150-Mile Range and Fast Charging

How much driving range does an electric car need, and how fast does charging need to be, to kill EV range anxiety? Recent research suggests that 150 miles of range combined with DC Quick Charging—a near-full charge in 30 to 60 minutes, or less—would make a major difference for most drivers. The BC2BC All Electric Car Rally, held a few weeks ago, is a valuable case study that further supports this view.

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By Alysha Webb ·
July 18, 2013

Los Angeles Expands Rebates for Electric Car Chargers

The cost of owning a plug in electric vehicle in Los Angeles just got cheaper. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power this week renewed its rebate program for installation of home EV charging units, and expanded it to include workplace charging stations.

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By David Herron ·
July 11, 2013

The Business Model for Solar-Powered Electric Car Charging

Electric cars are often pictured in front of a solar array or wind turbine, when in reality most of our electricity comes non-renewable sources. Yet, there are three new projects that feature a close integration of solar power and electric car charging: the Tesla Supercharger network; the Fastned charging network in the Netherlands; and a collaboration between GM's OnStar and TimberRock. Very few people were thinking about this when electric cars started hitting the market a couple of year ago, but smart grid services—enabled by inter-connected EV charging, solar panels and stationary battery packs—might become the unexpected killer app of the electric car era.

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