The Fiat 500e is every bit as cute as the gas-powered Fiat 500. It uses a 24 kilowatt-hour liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack, providing an official EPA range of 84 miles. The Fiat 500e is widely considered a "compliance" car, produced only to meet emissions regulations. It's only sold in California and Oregon.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
November 14, 2013

Panasonic's Smart City Features Electric Cars and Battery Bikes

In a suburb south of Tokyo, the electronics giant is building a new town with solar power, battery storage and EVs as the default transportation.

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By David Herron ·
September 05, 2013

California To Extend Carpool Lane Solo Access for Plug-in Cars

The perk, allowing solo drivers to enter the HOV lane, boosts electric and plug-in hybrid car sales in California. It's on the verge of being extended until January 2019.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
March 06, 2013

Is Volkswagen, an EV-Also-Ran, the Greenest Automaker?

VW wins points for its sustainability strategy, its transparency, its carbon reductions, its factory performance and, oh yes, its cars. Other surveys give the nod to Honda and Toyota, neither of them electric frontrunners.

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By Zach McDonald ·
February 21, 2013

Colorado Renewables Law Increases Environmental Benefits of EVs

According to a new report from the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, the emissions impact of EVs in the state of Colorado will dramatically decrease over the next seven years. By 2020, EVs will go from being roughly emissions-neutral compared to conventional ICEs, to 35 percent cleaner.

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Plug-ins Help Hawaii Push for Oil Independence

By Zach McDonald ·
August 07, 2012

The basic conditions have always been in place for Hawaii to become a leader in electric vehicles―all that's been missing are the cars and the infrastructure to charge them. Unfortunately, the state generates most of its power from imported diesel fuel―creating electrical costs three times higher than the national average and decreasing the emissions benefit of electric drive. For Hawaii, electric vehicles aren't an end to themselves but part of a larger push to replace dirty, expensive petroleum-based energy with cleaner, more efficient renewables.

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By John Gartner ·
August 06, 2012

Bad Air Days are Good for Clean Transportation

Here is irony at its finest: in many places that refine petroleum products, the air quality has gotten so bad that residents are moving away from the cars that are their target customers.

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By Eric Loveday ·
December 09, 2011

Nissan VP: It's Bullshit That Electric Vehicles Emit More than Gas Cars

In a candid interview at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan executive vice-president Andy Palmer explained why he believes that "it's complete bullshit" to assume that electric vehicles emit more CO2 than comparable gasoline-fueled automobiles.

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By Roland Hwang ·
July 29, 2011

Strong Fuel Efficiency and Pollution Standards Put Country on Right Track

According to numerous media reports, the President will announce tomorrow a new agreement with automakers and California to strengthen carbon pollution and fuel efficiency standards to 54.5 mpg by 2025. The new agreement is the single biggest step the president can take to lower drivers’ gas bills and cut heat-trapping pollution at the same time.

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By John Gartner ·
July 11, 2011

Meters Look to Put the Smarts in EV Charging

There is general industry agreement that electric vehicle charging needs to be smart enough to respond to the changing conditions on the grid (to limit the impact on the grid) and to changing prices (to maximize the savings of driving electric). The looming question that will help to shape the ultimate success of EVs is, “Will that smart charging be enabled through smart meters, or through other devices?”

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