By David Herron ·
July 08, 2013

Canada to Mexico Electric Car Rally Changes EV Range Perceptions

There have been a number of long-distance electric car events held to counter perceptions about range limitations of EVs. The latest was last week's BC2BC-2013 Rally, in which eight electric cars and one electric motorcycle traveled from British Columbia to Baja, California. All but one successfully arrived, although the journey revealed weaknesses in electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
July 02, 2013

Workplace Charging Comes of Age

Many big companies are seeing major benefits in letting their employees plug in at work. And then there's the green image—and the LEED credits, of course.

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By Alysha Webb ·
June 27, 2013

EDTA Panel Discusses Charging Solutions

The Nissan LEAF has sold more than 28,000 units in the United States since its launch here, and the pace of sales is accelerating. Expanded charging infrastructure has played a “huge role” in that growth, said Brendan Jones, director, electric vehicle infrastructure strategy for Nissan North America.

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By Laurent J. Masson ·
June 26, 2013

Europe Still Slow With Fast Charging

In the United States, Tesla Motors is in the process of building a nationwide network of 120-kW superchargers, which can give EVs a convenience close to that of gas cars. In Europe though, super-fast charging is still a distant dream. Most people still haven't driven an electric car, so they have yet to understand that it's fast charging which gives EVs the ability to compete with the internal combustion engine.

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By Alysha Webb ·
June 21, 2013

Tesla Debuts Battery Swapping Technology

It was the rumble in the gas lane last night at Tesla’s cavernous warehouse in Hawthorne, Calif. CEO Elon Musk presided over an event meant to show off Tesla’s battery swapping technology.

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By David Herron ·
June 07, 2013

Pioneering Electric Motorcycle Riders Complete Two Cross-Country Trips This Week

Two electric motorcycle teams made cross-country trips across the U.S. this week. Terry Hershner, a green energy and electric vehicle advocate, took a solo trip from San Diego, Calif. to Jacksonville, Fla., riding a modified 2012 Zero S. He arrived on June 5. The other, Team Moto Electra, took a replica vintage Norton Featherbed, in the opposite direction. They left Jacksonville, Fla. on June 3, and arrived in Santa Monica on the afternoon of June 6.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
June 06, 2013

Public Charging: It Could be Profitable

A new Deloitte study finds that, depending on the revenue model, would-be entrepreneurs can actually make money selling electricity to EV owners. Utilities talk a lot about charging, but haven't gotten all that involved, and retailers like someone else to handle the business side.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
June 06, 2013

How Tesla Superchargers Outsmart the Electric Car Industry

For years, charging infrastructure providers have given every imaginable excuse to electric car owners to explain why charging station rollout—especially of high-powered DC rapid chargers—isn’t moving at the promised pace. The excuses include inadequate EV sales to support high numbers of chargers—to insurmountable red tape regarding planning and regulation. But while companies like ECOtality hem and haw, Tesla Motors continues to expand a network of proprietary Superchargers that will soon be available nationwide.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
June 03, 2013

Tesla Model S Range and Charging: Some Clarifications

Does the Model S go 300 miles on a charge? Yes, under some circumstances, but you're going to need Max Range. And how far will 20 minutes on a Supercharger get you? Three hours of driving says Tesla, but that translates to 141 miles.

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By David Herron ·
May 30, 2013

Tesla Announced Plans to Expand Its Supercharger Network

On Thursday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company's Supercharger network will quickly expand to reach nationwide coverage across North America within one year. Within the next few months, the stations will have faster charging times, and support more cars per location.

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