By David Herron ·
April 15, 2013

Study: Fast Charging Will Reduce Electric Car Prices

Price and driving range are commonly described as hurdles to electric vehicle adoption. But that double-whammy could be eliminated with widespread availability of fast DC charging, according to Navigant Research, which last week held a webinar on the subject.

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By Zach McDonald ·
April 12, 2013

L.A. Nissan Dealer Offers Free Gift Cards at Opening of Fast-Charger

On Saturday, April 27 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Nissan of Downtown L.A. will host “Clean Get Away.” The event will offer free food and refreshments to all in attendance, and those who choose to take a Nissan LEAF out for a test drive will receive a free gift card valued at $20 from Real Food Daily, a local restaurant chain serving “100-percent organic plant-based cuisine.”

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By Eric Loveday ·
April 04, 2013

Placement of Quick Charge Stations Key to Eliminating Range Anxiety

The number of Quick Charge stations in the U.S. may not be nearly as important as where they're installed. For example, a single station placed in the city of Casa Grande, Arizona—halfway between Phoenix and Tuscon—makes it ideal as a means for EV trips between the two cities.

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By Eric Loveday ·
March 27, 2013

AAA Unveils Roadside EV Quick-Charging Truck in Seattle

The American Automobile Association (AAA) last week deployed its first Level 3 roadside charging truck in Seattle. As PluginCars.com reported in August 2011, AAA’s John Nielsen proposed this service in 2009, and initiated a one-year pilot beginning in 2011. Seattle is now one of six metropolitan areas to get one of AAA’s electric vehicle charging trucks, along with Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Knoxville, and Orlando.

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By Eric Loveday ·
March 15, 2013

NYC Getting 80 More Charging Stations, then 10,000 by 2020

ChargePoint recently announced that it installed its first of about 80 charging stations in New York City. The ultimate goal is for the Big Apple to have 10,000 charging sports by 2020.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
March 12, 2013

240-Volt Charging from 120-Volt Circuit? Doubtful

Ulrik Poulsen's new charging station comes with a novel claim—a wiring work-around so EV owners can have Level 2 capability with Level 1 circuitry.

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By Nick Kurczewski ·
March 08, 2013

Are Journalists Trying to Kill the Electric Car?

The debate concerning the practicality of electric vehicles has spread like wildfire across the web, from the pages of The New York Times to across the Atlantic Ocean, where a BBC film crew is accused of scripting the ‘breakdown’ of two electric sports cars. Photos and video of EVs being pushed or towed to only add extra fuel to the argument. Are electric vehicles simply not ready for the type of real-world testing conducted by journalists? Or are the vehicles being misrepresented and, in some cases, purposefully misused in the hope of generating a scoop?

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By Jim Motavalli ·
February 15, 2013

New York City: If EVs Can Make it Here...

New York has only 100 public chargers now, but some entrepreneurs—and Mayor Michael Bloomberg—are trying to change that.

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By Alysha Webb ·
February 14, 2013

Financing for EV Charging Equipment Helps Sell Electric Cars

If it is financed, will they buy? That’s the question Nissan dealers will be able to answer after AeroVironment (AV) implements its program allowing LEAF buyers to bundle the cost of a home charging unit and installation into the vehicle’s financing package.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
February 07, 2013

AeroVironment: Finance the Charger with the EV

AeroVironment makes it easier to buy an EV by offering dealers a package that finances the EVSE along with the car.

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