By Jim Motavalli ·
July 10, 2013

Hyundai Likes Hydrogen, But Down on Electric Cars

Hyundai's C.E.O., John Krafcik, is quite candid about the limitations of battery vehicles and the superiority of fuel cells. But production of hydrogen cars is still a big question mark, and that means Hyundai/Kia needs plug-in cars to meet the California mandates.

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By Alysha Webb ·
June 28, 2013

BYD Sells Electric Buses to LA Metro, Plans More eBus Models in U.S.

China’s BYD Motors plans to introduce a pure electric passenger car in the U.S. may have stalled, but the company’s pure electric buses are charging into the U.S. market. BYD just signed an agreement to deliver up to 25 electric buses to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
June 14, 2013

Ford Neglects Focus Electric, But It's Still California-Compliant

Riding high on hybrids and plug-in hybrids, Ford isn't devoting a lot of time to its Focus Electric, which has sold only 723 units this year. But the CARB rules are lenient in the early years, so it should be OK. It's 2018 when things get really challenging.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
May 09, 2013

Why Duplicating Norway’s EV Success Won't Happen in U.S.

Norwegians just can’t get enough of electric cars. With parking lots full of electric car charging stations, exemption from sales tax and even the ability to drive in bus lanes, it’s hardly surprising that electric cars make up a relatively large proportion of new car sales in the Nordic nation. While Norway’s best practices can teach governments worldwide a lot about how to encourage their citizens to make the switch to electric, simply duplicating Norway’s EV success would be tough in the U.S.

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By Zach McDonald ·
May 08, 2013

California Legislature Aims to Make Public Charging Networks Available to All

Supporters of a new California bill would like to see all public charging stations in the state be made available to drivers without a subscription, via a quick credit card or phone transaction.

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By David Herron ·
April 23, 2013

Tesla: Poll Proves Public Support of Direct Sales of Electric Cars

Tesla Motors' fight for the right to sell cars through their preferred direct sales model has pitted them against the American Dealers Assocation, and forcing the company to lobby for changes in auto dealership franchise laws around the U.S.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield ·
April 22, 2013

California Bill Proposes Lower Sales Tax for Plug-in Cars

An official press event was held on Friday to promote a bill that would change the way electric cars and other alternative vehicles are valued for taxation and vehicle licensing purposes. Californian Assembly Bill AB1077 would effectively drop the price of buying a plug-in car of between $500 and $1,000, depending on the car being purchased.

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By David Herron ·
April 10, 2013

Tesla Motors Lobbies Texas Legislature To Allow Direct Sales

The company is seeking an exception that would allow it to sell electric cars directly to the public, as they are doing in other states.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 03, 2013

U.K. Think Tank Calls for Free Parking for Electric Vehicles

In order to promote sales of plug-in vehicles in the U.K., a think tank is promoting free EV parking in permitted areas, designated parking lots, and along the sides of most major streets outside city centers. Tax credits and rebates have been effective in promoting electric car sales, but free parking could provide an added boost.

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By Eric Loveday ·
March 26, 2013

CARB Adds $6 Million More to Clean Vehicle Rebate Project

California's Clean Vehicle Rebate Program, which awards up to $2,500 for the purchase of plug-in vehicles, has been so successful that funds keep needing to be refreshed. After putting $4.5 million into the program a few weeks ago, CARB added $6 million in additional funds to the rebate program.

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