By Zach McDonald ·
October 16, 2012

Judge Dismisses Suit Halting $102 Million California EV Infrastructure Deal

A California appeals judge has dismissed a lawsuit by EV charge provider Ecotality against the state’s Public Utility Commission that would have blocked more than $102.5 million in spending on charging infrastructure stemming from a settlement with power company NRG. In March, governor Jerry Brown announced details of the deal, under which NRG will provide 200 480-volt fast-charging stations, and the potential for as many as 10,000 Level 2 charging stations.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 15, 2012

SAE Releases EV Quick Charging Standard, But Debate Continues

After years of discussion and wrangling, SAE International today announced that its new technical standard for the quick charging of electric cars and plug-in hybrids has been approved and published. Any characterization of this new standard as a “breakthrough” or “game-changer” should be taken with a giant grain of salt—because, in fact, it does nothing to resolve the debate about the best coupler device for EV quick charging. Check out the condensed version of the argument.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
October 04, 2012

ECOtality: Marking a Milestone, But Still Challenged

This major charging company has logged one million EV charges, but it hasn't yet completed its federally subsidized installations.

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By Eric Loveday ·
September 07, 2012

BRUSA Introduces First 22-kW On-Board Quick Charger for Electric Vehicles

Until now, quick charging at 22 kW was only possible by using off-board DC charging equipment that required extensive space and expense. But BRUSA AG says that it developed a solution that successfully integrates the required electronics into a single compact device that shifts the complexities of quick charging from off-board to on-board any electric vehicle.

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By Nick Kurczewski ·
August 15, 2012

Renting an Electric Car Is Daunting Task, Especially in Texas

When pioneering electric vehicles owners travel across the country, and need to rent a car, they logically would prefer an EV. But that experience can be daunting, as reported by one this site’s community members. In fact, on more than one occasion, agents try to discourage rental of an electric car.

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By Zach McDonald ·
August 15, 2012

Chevy Volt Driver Sees Level 1 As Perfect Tool

Mark Renburke lives in what he describes as a "somewhat rural area," where public Level 2 charging stations can be hard to come by. Still, he says he frequently puts upwards of 100 electric-only miles on his Volt over the course of a day, thanks to careful planning and his willingness to ask just about anyone for temporary access to their standard, 120-volt outlet.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
August 09, 2012

Four Million Charging Stations by 2017: No, Yes, Maybe

The great thing about predicting what will happen in five years from now is that nobody is going to remember what you said—or how wrong you turned out to be. And that’s why Frost & Sullivan’s prediction that North America will have 4.1 million charging points by 2017 is not likely to come back to haunt the company.

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By Zach McDonald ·
July 27, 2012

Nissan and GE Have Figured Out Why the WattStation Damages Some LEAFs

Today, General Electric updated the public concerning its WattStation home charging station's potential to damage the Nissan LEAF's onboard charger. While the problem is yet to be fixed, GE and Nissan say they have tracked it down to a software issue in the LEAF that can make the car vulnerable during blackouts and momentary power dips.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
July 26, 2012

Boston to Connecticut In BMW ActiveE: A Charging Odyssey

These pioneers made the 151-mile trip with three refueling stops and a fair number of adventures. Long distance EV travel in 2012 requires good humor, adapter cables, and a spirit of adventure.

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By Nick Kurczewski ·
July 26, 2012

EV-Charging Evolves with Solar Trees and Other Innovations

Supporting electric cars with the right infrastructure is not just a matter of swapping gas stations with EV-charging stations. It will require technology innovation and the creation of entirely new business models and —each aimed at easy access, affordability, and real environmental benefit. One such innovation just emerging is the Solar Tree or Autonomous Renewable Charging (ARC).

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