By Jim Motavalli ·
August 12, 2011

The Ship Comes In: Battery Companies Grab Federal Funding

The Department of Energy steps forward with $175 million for 40 companies, many of them working on next-generation lithium-ion batteries. Can they cut costs by half in 2015?

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By Jim Motavalli ·
August 05, 2011

VW Fights the 2025 CAFE Law. Yes, Beetle-Loving Volkswagen

The German automaker's beef is that the 54.5 mpg standard unfairly favors trucks and disses the diesels that account for 80 percent of some VW product lines.

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By Roland Hwang ·
July 29, 2011

Strong Fuel Efficiency and Pollution Standards Put Country on Right Track

According to numerous media reports, the President will announce tomorrow a new agreement with automakers and California to strengthen carbon pollution and fuel efficiency standards to 54.5 mpg by 2025. The new agreement is the single biggest step the president can take to lower drivers’ gas bills and cut heat-trapping pollution at the same time.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
July 25, 2011

War of Words: Automakers and Green Groups Square Off with 56.2 MPG Radio Ads

Automakers started it, with a campaign to undermine the Obama administration's proposed 2017-2025. The ads were on and off as automakers argued internally about whether to air the spots, but now they're on and so are green groups' opposing messages.

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By Zach McDonald ·
July 01, 2011

What Would a 56.2 MPG CAFE Standard Mean for Plug-ins?

On Monday the Obama administration announced its intent to set 56.2 mpg as the starting point for a final decision on Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards leading into the 2025 model year. Would a strong standard necessarily mean that more plug-ins will be produced and bought? Yes and no.

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By Jim Motavalli ·
June 17, 2011

San Diego's EV "End Game" Includes 70 Cars and Clean Energy

San Diego is embracing EVs like no other city, even in electrified California. Some 10 percent of the Nissan LEAF reservations are in San Diego, and the university is leading the charge with a rollout of as many as 70 campus-based EVs, plus renewably sourced electricity to charge them at ECOtality Blink and GE WattStations.

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By David Almeida ·
June 07, 2011

California Energy Commission Extends Clean Vehicle Rebates in California

Today the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Air Resources Board (ARB) officially finalized an agreement that will make many EV early adopters in California smile. The interagency agreement, which was publicly announced on Plug In Cars in January, puts an extra $2 million dollars in the state rebate program, known as the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP). In an effort to provide more rebates for more consumers, ARB is increasing the available funding and reducing the rebate amounts for 2012.

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By Zach McDonald ·
May 31, 2011

Volt Dealers Accused of Tricking Consumers, Gaming Federal EV Program

A former Saturn dealer turned auto pundit is accusing some Chevy dealers of gaming the federal plug-in vehicle incentive program and passing on the hidden costs and legal liability to consumers. In a post on the website of the National Legal and Policy Center (which is a right-leaning watchdog group,) Mark Modica charged Saturday that dealers across the country have been purchasing their allotment of Chevy Volts and then re-selling them on the used car market at full price. The alleged practice makes purchasers ineligible for the $7,500 federal electric vehicle tax credits—and allows dealers to pocket the difference.

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By Marc Geller ·
May 24, 2011

San Francisco Misses Charge Station Opportunity

ClipperCreek, an Auburn, Calif.-based manufacturer of electric vehicle charging equipment, just announced the shipment of its 5,000th unit. Some of those units are being paid for by a California Energy Commission grant to upgrade existing Avcon charging stations across California. Seventeen Avcons eligible for replacement are located at San Francisco city-owned parking lots. With the city budget constrained just as investment in EV charging infrastructure has become warranted, one would think the City would jump at the opportunity for seventeen no-cost new units to serve LEAFs, Volts and Teslas. Instead, the Department of the Environment opted to utilize a federal grant to Coulomb Technologies' ChargePoint America to pay to upgrade these charge stations. What's the problem?

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By Brad Berman ·
May 24, 2011

Uncle Sam Will Become Nation’s Top Electric Car Owner

The Obama administration will announce today it will buy 116 plug-in vehicles, including 101 Chevrolet Volts, 10 Nissan LEAFs vehicles, and five Think City electric commuter cars, according to Detroit News. It will also install charging stations in government buildings in five cities. The 116 plug-ins are a drop in the bucket for the GSA, which acquires about 65,000 news vehicles a year, and oversees a fleet of 600,000 vehicles.

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