By Zach McDonald ·
March 20, 2013

Carmakers Fight Back Over Pedestrian Warning Noises

Carmakers are fighting new proposed federal rules mandating the inclusion of automatic artificial sound generators in electric drive vehicles capable of traveling without the use of an engine, saying that the proposal would "result in alert sounds that are louder than necessary, create driver and occupant annoyance and cost more than necessary.”

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By Jim Motavalli ·
March 14, 2013

Wall Street Journal Op-Ed: Electric Cars Dirtier than Gas Cars

Bjorn Lomborg, long-term skeptic about global warming, sets his sights on the battery car, concluding that it's a waste of time based on emissions estimates.

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By Zach McDonald ·
March 11, 2013

EPA Downshifts Its Electric Car Range Formula

With the release of the official range number for 2013 Nissan LEAF several weeks ago came the news that the EPA is changing its testing procedures for evaluating the range of electric vehicles. Recently, we learned that the agency may also be adjusting its fuel economy and range ratings for plug-in hybrids like the Ford C-Max Energi and Chevy Volt.

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By Eric Loveday ·
March 06, 2013

12 Years in Making, Oregon Wants Increased Taxes on Efficient Cars

Here’s a bad idea that just won’t die: a road-use tax that creates a disincentive for consumers driving electric cars and other fuel-efficient vehicles. Oregon's legislators are leading the way, but there are similar proposals in Virginia and Texas. And in the State of Washington, starting last month, electric car owners began paying an additional $100 annual fee when they renew their annual vehicle registration. It has been referred to as a "treehugger tax."

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By Eric Loveday ·
March 05, 2013

EV Battery-Maker Dow Kokam Caught by Inflated Growth Projections

When Dow Kokam broke ground on its Midland, Mich. lithium battery plant in June 2010, the company said it would bring 320 jobs to the state. Nearly three years later, Dow Kokam now admits that demand for its batteries have not met expectations.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
March 04, 2013

Obama's New EV Team: The Technocrat and the Green Cheerleader

Gina McCarthy for EPA has a long track record of advocating for clean cars. Moniz, for the DOE, has a more complicated past, but has weighed in as supportive of battery vehicles.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
February 20, 2013

How Obama Should Spend a Big Green Energy Fund

Obama proposes a new Energy Security Trust Fund to get us off gas and oil, funded by fossil fuel leases. It's a good idea, but it can't make the same mistakes that led us to Solyndra, A123, LG Chem and Fisker.

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By Nick Kurczewski ·
February 19, 2013

Utilities Want to Be a Partner in Promoting Electric Car Benefits

In the push for clean energy and electrified transportation, utility companies are often typecast more as a necessary evil versus a committed partner to the long-term success of EVs. That broad-brushed assessment is part of the reason the Edison Electric Institute, a consortium of stakeholder owned electric companies, recently unveiled The Electric Generation, a grass-roots campaign to educate the public about the benefits of electric transportation. Will it help?

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By Zach McDonald ·
February 12, 2013

California Outlines Zero-Emissions Vehicle Action Plan

In March 2012, California governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order setting a goal for the state to reach 1.5 million ZEVs on its roads by 2025. Last week, the state released details about how it will go about accomplishing that goal.

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By Zach McDonald ·
February 07, 2013

Los Gatos EV Parking Spots Filled By Gas Cars

According to data, public EV chargers in Los Gatos, Calif., are inactive more often than not. Unfortunately, local drivers seem to have taken this as an invitation to park non-plug-ins in the spaces—something that is not currently prohibited under the town’s ordinances despite the passage of AB 475 last year, a statewide law permitting localities to penalize drivers for using such spaces without plugging in.

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