By Jim Motavalli ·
October 16, 2013

Are Electric Cars Elitist?

I don't think so, but some transit advocates beg to differ. Wait a minute, though, aren't poor people hit the hardest by bad air quality?

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By Jim Motavalli ·
September 26, 2013

Six Bills That Would Ensure California's Electric Car Future

The legislation is on Governor Jerry Brown's desk. Will he sign them on National Plug In Day? It could well happen.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
September 24, 2013

Coal's Long Goodbye Translates to Cleaner Electric Cars

Still reeling from natural gas competition, coal plants have been hit with tough emission rules for new plants, and standards for older ones are in the wings. The bottom line is a much cleaner electric grid, and a better equation for EVs.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
September 13, 2013

Bumps in the Road as Hawaii Plugs In

A new report, "Electric Vehicle Paradise," highlights the challenges and opportunity in the islands, where electric rates are high but renewable charging from rooftop solar makes a lot of sense.

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By David Herron ·
September 12, 2013

California Set to Enact Laws To Improve Access for Electric Car Charging

A pair of laws currently on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk could greatly improve electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the state. California AB1092 require changes in the building code so that new multi-family dwellings are required to wire for electric car charging infrastructure, and SB454, the Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Open Access Act, would simplify access to EV charging stations.

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By David Herron ·
September 05, 2013

Dept. of Energy Awards More Than $30 Million For Advanced Battery Research

The US Government is putting more dollars behind research into advanced electric vehicle technologies including batteries and drive train components.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
August 28, 2013

It's 'Game On' for the Feds' $25 Billion Loan Program

Moribund since 2011, following a $192 million Fisker award, the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program is preparing to re-start its engines—provided it can find qualified recipients. There is still $16.6 billion left.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
August 05, 2013

Tesla Could Take a Hit from Likely Loss of ZEV Credits

Tesla Motors has been counting other automakers' millions from its seat in the top-tier of California's zero-emission rankings. But CARB is contemplating a rule change that cut the credits dramatically.

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By Zach McDonald ·
July 26, 2013

California Plug-in Rebate Program Running Out of Money

The California Air Resources Board’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Program is running out of money again. The program provides up to $2,500 towards the purchase of plug-in electric vehicles in the state and has been a big success—so big that it’s projected to run out of funds by October.

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By Zach McDonald ·
July 18, 2013

Alaskan Capital Pushes to Become a Leader in EVs

When you think about ideal settings for electric vehicle adoption, Alaska probably doesn't come to mind. But in Juneau, the conditions for plug-ins are surprisingly favorable—so much so that it could be only a matter of time before the Alaska capital joins the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles among the nation’s most EV-friendly cities.

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