By Brad Berman ·
July 21, 2009

Canada Takes Lead on Electric Vehicle Policy

In recent weeks, the city of Vancouver and the province of Ontario have taken two bold steps toward the electrification of Canadian automobiles. Though neither law will ensure the success of plug-in cars in Canada, they show a genuine determination on the part of a coalition of city planners, lawmakers, businesses, and green car activists to lead the world in electric vehicle adoption. So far, at least from a policy standpoint, they're getting results.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 29, 2009

US Accountability Office: Plug-in Car Economics Are Uncertain

President Bush signed Executive Order 13423 in January 2007

When former President Bush signed Executive Order 13423 in January 2007, he required federal fleet managers to buy plug-in vehicles as soon as possible. The exact language of the directive was as soon as plug-in cars “become commercially available and can be purchased at a cost reasonably comparable to conventional vehicles based on life-cycle costs.” But getting clarity on that cost comparison has proven to be tricky business.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 08, 2009

Chrysler’s Electric Vehicles Depend on Government Funds

Three Indiana pension funds last week asked the Supreme Court to stop Chrysler's sale to Fiat, arguing (among other things) that the US Treasury Department overstepped its legal authority by using bailout funds for Chrysler when Congress intended the money for banks. Those same bailout funds are also the key to Chrysler’s plans for plug-in hybrids and electric cars.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 19, 2009

Realities Behind Obama’s Electric Car Photo Op

When President Barack Obama walked into Southern California Edison’s electric-vehicle test facility here today, he visited what may be the highest concentration of electric vehicles in North America. The president’s goal, says White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, was to highlight the role of plug-in cars in creating “clean energy jobs” that will spur economic growth.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 17, 2009

Electric Carmaker Think Grasps at DOE Funding

Norway-based electric carmaker Think received more than its share of buzz last week as the company announced plans to produce its small all-electric vehicle in the United States. But what the company wants is a share of the $25 billion in Department of Energy loans set aside to promote advanced technology vehicles. Before the company can build electric cars in the US or anywhere else, it needs funding to stay alive. Think is now in the Norwegian version of Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 16, 2009

Stimulus Bill Provides Little Help to Today’s Car Buyers

The economic stimulus package provides tax credits for 25-mph-max neighborhood electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrid cars that won’t be on the market for at least two years—but today’s hybrids get nothing. See our comprehensive analysis of new incentives for green cars.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 19, 2009

California Regulators Could Kill Plug-in Hybrid Conversions

While major carmakers have dragged their heels on delivering the next big breakthrough on fuel efficiency, the plug-in hybrid, a small group of California entrepreneurs and innovators have made it possible for consumers to convert existing hybrids into plug-in cars running mostly on electricity. Yet, later this week, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is expected to adopt new regulations that could put many of those conversion companies out of business.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 11, 2008

CARB Rules May Pull Plug on Plug-in Conversions

In recent years, the State of California has become the unofficial capital of plug-in hybrid technology. But proposed certification standards from the California Air Resource Board (CARB) could create an obstacle for small companies selling plug-in hybrid conversion kits.

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