By Brad Berman ·
September 16, 2010

Renault Aims to Be Europe’s EV Provider

Anybody considering a new all-electric car these days is certainly aware of Nissan’s intention to become a market leader. As we approach the dawn of a new EV era in the United States, the Nissan LEAF stands out as the most immediate, practical and affordable all-electric car just about to hit the street. What’s less known is the goal of Renault—Nissan’s sister company—to take the EV lead in Europe. This week the carmaker confirmed that it will launch not one, but a family of four electric cars in the next two years.

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By Zach McDonald ·
September 09, 2010

NRDC Launches Campaign for 60 MPG Fuel Economy Standard by 2025

The Natural Resources Defense Council today announced the launch of a campaign to raise federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards to 60 mpg by 2025, cutting the country's carbon emissions by 6 percent below current levels. The campaign will utilize television, print and web advertising, and comes as the EPA and NHTSA prepare to take action on proposals to set pollution and fuel economy standards for passenger and commercial vehicles for model years 2017 – 2025.

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By Nick Chambers ·
August 07, 2010

Video: Nissan LEAF Charging Station Home Inspection in Detail

AeroVironment, the exclusive contractor for official Nissan LEAF home charging station equipment installation in the U.S., conducts a pre-installation inspection for PluginCars.com contributor, Nick Chambers. Get an inside look at how the process goes, as well as answers to questions such as warranty, rental concerns, cable length, and safety.

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By Nick Chambers ·
August 06, 2010

Video: North America's First (or Second?) DC Quick Charging Station Opens to the Public

Portland General Electric, Oregon’s biggest utility company, in conjunction with NEC, has opened what they're deeming "North America’s first public-use, quick-charge station for electric vehicles." The Takasago Rapid Charging station is built to the Japanese CHAdeMO DC fast charging standard and could get a Nissan LEAF charged from 0% to about 80% full in 20 minutes or so. But is it really the first? Vacaville, California, says otherwise.

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By John Gartner ·
August 04, 2010

EV Charging Market Growing More Complex

With new players, more shapes and sizes, and ever-changing business models—the market for EV charging supply equipment is remarkably complex for an industry that is still in its infancy.

At last week's Plug-in 2010 conference in San Jose, ten companies displayed EV charging equipment of various shapes and sizes. The announcements made during the four-day event included new partnerships, new products aimed at consumers, and the arrival of new players.

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Internet Poll: Almost a Quarter of Dealers Planning on Price Gouging Chevy Volt Customers by $10K or More

By Nick Chambers ·
August 04, 2010

General Motors might not be worried that $41,000 is too steep for what is, essentially, a midsize family sedan from Chevy with some majorly green bells and whistles, but what if that price were to average more like $48,000, or even $51,000? According to an informal internet poll, more than half of Chevrolet dealers are planning on charging more than the Volt's MSRP of $41,000, with almost a quarter of those planning on charging $10,000 or more above the MSRP.

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By Zach McDonald ·
July 30, 2010

Environmental Benefits of Plug-ins Called Into Question

With roughly $6 billion in incentives for plug-in vehicles working its way through the United States Congress as part of the trimmed-down energy bill, the question of how much cleaner EV's actually are, has re-emerged.

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Electric Vehicle Legislation Gets Interesting in D.C.; Many Bills, Many Options, No Certainty

By Nick Chambers ·
July 21, 2010

On a 19-4 vote—with broad bipartisan support—the Promoting Electric Vehicles Act of 2010 was voted out of committee today and is now awaiting scheduling for a vote on the floor of the Senate before becoming law. Yet even with the most bipartisan support of any major issue in D.C. right now, the bill's passage is far from a certainty. In light of this, junior Oregon Senator, Jeff Merkley, is taking steps to ensure its passage in one form or another.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 23, 2010

Mitsubishi Clones Electric i-MiEV for Global Partners

If the all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV looks a lot like the Peugeot ion or the Citroën C-Zero, there’s a reason. Mitsubishi will build a total of 100,000 i-MiEVs for the French automakers, which will rebrand the plug-in minicar when sold in Europe later this year. But that's not the end of i-MiEV cloning. Another slightly modified version will appear later this year in Japan under the name "Like."

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By Zach McDonald ·
June 23, 2010

Electric Vehicle Bill Wins Some Powerful Supporters, But Can it Pass?

The Obama administration is said to have given its support to the Electric Vehicle Deployment Act of 2010, which could provide billions of dollars in additional subsidies for EVs. The legislation, which was the subject of a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing yesterday, would target as many as 15 "deployment communities" with the hopes of flooding each zone with electric vehicles and charging stations in the coming years.

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