By Zach McDonald ·
January 30, 2013

Pennsylvania Plug-in Map Shows Higher Concentration Around Cities

Pennsylvania has released a geographic breakdown of plug-in vehicle adoption based on data culled from a statewide incentive program that launched in 2011. Most of the rebates were concentrated in the state’s most populated, wealthiest counties, which should come as no surprise to those familiar with similar findings from other states.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
December 31, 2012

Politics as Usual: Washington State's $100 EV Tax Doesn't Make Sense

Beginning in February, the state will impose an annual fee on electrics while also exempting them from sales tax. It isn't very logical, but it looks good.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
December 28, 2012

Lisa Jackson's Low-Key EPA Departure: Climate and Clean Cars Looms Large

The administrator leaves an admirable legacy, including a huge boost for electric vehicles—both nationally and in California.

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By Eric Loveday ·
December 26, 2012

EV Owners in Washington State Soon to Pay $100 Annual Fee

A section of Washington state law that goes into effect in February 2013 will require electric vehicle owners to pay a $100 annual fee for road and highway improvements. This fee is intended to compensate for lost gas taxes from electric vehicle owners.

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By Eric Loveday ·
December 13, 2012

Rebates Issued for Plug-In Hybrids On Rise in California

The Center for Sustainable Energy in San Diego, which manages California's Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, yesterday announced availability of its database about the adoption and use of clean vehicles in California, which account for nearly 25 percent of EV sales nationwide. The database reveals that Californian buyers have so far received 14,199 rebates—and that in the past three months, the state is giving twice as many plug-in hybrid rebates as those being awarded to zero emission vehicles.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
December 04, 2012

Former Governor Granholm: Let's Get Past the Platitudes on EVs

Yes, new electric vehicle subsidies are a good idea, but Michigan's example shows they have to be strategic and carefully targeted—not doled out to political friends.

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By Nick Kurczewski ·
November 20, 2012

Plug-In Hybrid Carpool Stickers Could Prematurely Hit Limit

California is continuing to stoke sales for electrics and plug-in hybrids by offering the vehicles access to the state’s highly sought after carpool lanes. While there are no limits on the number of white stickers issued to pure EVs, the total allotment of green stickers for owners of plug-in hybrids could hit its limit of 40,000—just as the market gains momentum. By early October, California has already issued roughly 5,600 green stickers for plug-in hybrids.

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By Eric Loveday ·
November 19, 2012

California Approves $341,045 to Expand Charging Infrastructure

The California Energy Commission approved funding of $341,045 to boost the state’s charging infrastructure in hopes of meeting Governor Brown’s goal of having 1.5 million ZEVs on California roadways by 2025.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
November 15, 2012

A Call for a Carbon Tax From Elon Musk...and Many Others

It may be that this long-simmering progressive policy proposal has finally found its moment, says a new MIT report. It's basically the law in Europe. But there are still major political hurdles in the U.S.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
October 25, 2012

Self-Driving Cars: Five Reasons it Works for Electrics

Most of the autonomous driving demonstrations have been done with gas cars, but it's the battery electric that can really capitalize on the technology.

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