By Zach McDonald ·
February 07, 2013

Los Gatos EV Parking Spots Filled By Gas Cars

According to data, public EV chargers in Los Gatos, Calif., are inactive more often than not. Unfortunately, local drivers seem to have taken this as an invitation to park non-plug-ins in the spaces—something that is not currently prohibited under the town’s ordinances despite the passage of AB 475 last year, a statewide law permitting localities to penalize drivers for using such spaces without plugging in.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 05, 2013

D.O.E. Pushes Electric Car Workplace Charging

Former U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu resigned on Friday, but one day earlier he made one last big push for greater access to electric car charging at work. He announced that 13 major U.S. companies joined the new Workplace Charging Challenge—with the goal of increasing the number of U.S. employers offering workplace charging by tenfold in the next five years.

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By Eric Loveday ·
January 21, 2013

SemaConnect Charging Stations Add Convenient QR Code Pay-by-Cell System

Plug-in vehicle charging is now slightly more convenient with the launch of SemaConnect's mobile phone payment system, which will soon be available on all of SemaConnect's public charging stations in the US.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 11, 2013

Video Provides Rules of Road for Electric Vehicle Charging

Thomas Simon, an expert of electric vehicle etiquette, provides a useful guide to the social rules of charging an EV.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
December 21, 2012

Toyota Adopts Wireless Charging, For Phones

Toyota is putting inductive, cord-free charging into the 2013 Avalon. Meanwhile, wireless charging for cars is getting close to a commercial tipping point, with inductive and magnetic resonance tech fighting it out.

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By Patrick Connor ·
December 20, 2012

Electric Vehicle Public Charging

Most electric vehicle owners charge their cars at home overnight. But charging on the road allows you to drive more than the range of a single charge. To cover the basics, we’ll explore the types of charging, how to find public charging stations, and the best way to plan a trip.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
November 29, 2012

The Friendly Skies: Guide to EV Charging at America's Airports

From JFK to SFO, it's getting easier and easier to plug in and fly. And the good news is that most of the charging is free, as long as you remember to bring your smart card.

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By Zach McDonald ·
November 27, 2012

AeroVironment Makes EV Charging Stations, and Military Drones

This month, AeroVironment announced that it had installed more than 10,000 Level 2 charging units in the United States. The company has been one of the leading charging equipment manufacturers, thanks in part to deals it has in place with carmakers like Nissan and BMW. But charging stations aren’t AeroVironment’s primary source of revenue, nor did it start out in the plug-in car charging business.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
November 27, 2012

Let the Sunshine In: The Rise of Solar EV Charging

Westport, Connecticut is in the vanguard with a 27-kilowatt system on its historic railroad station. Big players are also getting involved with solar charging, including General Electric and General Motors.

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By Zach McDonald ·
October 26, 2012

NRG's eVgo Fast-Charge Network Seeks to 'Revolutionize' EV Travel

NRG sees comprehensive fast-charging networks as key for facilitating early EV adoption and is seeking to exploit an early opportunity to build out its public charging network in California. In practice, this means staking out optimal fast-charging locations before other providers have had a chance to build up their networks, and offering attractively priced packaged charging deals to EV drivers to engender loyalty down the road.

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