News and Analysis on Electric Cars and Electric Vehicles

The 11th Annual AltCar Expo will be held Sept 16-17 in Santa Monica

Posted 07.26.2016 in News by Editor

The 11th Annual AltCar Expo Showcases Latest Technology Available in Alternative Fuel Vehicles.

AltCar Expo is free to the public and has the largest collection of alternative technology vehicles currently on the market. Cars and two wheel vehicles are available for free test drives.



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Global EEE Launches Energy and Environmental Education Fundraiser - Grand prize is BMW i3

Posted 07.19.2016 in News by Editor

Global EEE has launched a fundraiser to support student competitions that promote Education, Energy efficiency, and Environmental consciousness. Student teams apply math, science, and engineering to construct and race electric, hybrid-electric, and solar powered cars.

The fundraiser and will draw a ticket the first day of each month beginning August 1 for a $2,000 Riide Electric Bike, and the Grand Prize drawing plus 5 additional Riides on December 3. The Grand prize is a BMW i3 electric car (or $40,000 cash).

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2016 EV Buyer's Guide on Sale at Barnes & Noble

Posted 05.23.2016 in News by Editor

The latest issue of Electric Car Insider's comprehensive EV Buyer's Guide is now on sale at Barnes & Noble and independent bookstores and newsstands throughout the US and Canada. Featuring full page profiles of all of the new electric vehicles available for purchase and lease in 2016. Also updates on electric motorcycles and bicycles. The cover features a photo of the Chevrolet Bolt, which will be available for purchase at the end of this year. Also on the cover is the Energica Ego electric motorcycle and Optibike Pioneer Carbon electric bike.



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India Plans to Shift Away From Coal

Posted 05.23.2016 in News by Editor

In October 2015, India unveiled a plan to cut carbon emissions by 33 - 35% from 2005 levels by 2030. They were the last major country to submit their long-term emissions-reductions plans before the start of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Paris in December.

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EVSE Tax Credit Extended Through 2016

Posted 04.28.2016 in News by Editor

Included as part of the tax bill signed into law in December 2015 is an extension of the federal tax credit for the installation of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE). The tax credit has been extended and will last until the end of 2016. Residential property owners are allowed a 30% federal tax credit - up to $1,000 - of the cost of the installation of the EV charging station.

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Coal Plants Closing at Faster Rate Than Predicted

Posted 04.28.2016 in News by Editor

When Sierra Club launched its “Beyond Coal” campaign in 2010, there were 523 coal-fired electricity generating plants in the U.S. To date, 222 of those coal plants have been closed. The group has also been instrumental in stopping the development of many new coal-fired plants. This is significant to environmental policy proponents because burning coal is responsible for one third of U.S. carbon emissions, which is a primary cause of climate change.

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2017 Ford Focus Electric To Feature 100-mile Range and Quick Charging

Posted 04.28.2016 in News by Editor

Ford announced the improved 2017 Focus Electric will feature a complete redesign with 100-mile range and DC fast-charging capabilities. The additional range will put the Focus in direct competition with the new longer-range Nissan Leaf, the current mainstream battery electric sales leader. Ford showed their intentions to further expand their electric vehicle portfolio by committing $4.5 billion over the next 5 years. The company promised to deliver 13 new EVs by 2020, which would mean more than 40 percent of the brand's models will be available with an electric drivetrain.

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Significant discounts appearing on Nissan Leaf

Posted 04.28.2016 in News by Editor

Nissan dealers throughout the US are starting to offer significant discounts on the all-electric Leaf sedan. Drive Electric Minnesota announced a promotion through local dealer Kline Nissan that makes the case that with Federal tax credits, a purchaser could chop as much as 40% off the purchase price. The deals include dealer discounts of $6,313 on a purchase, or $4,613 off a 3 year / 36k mile lease.

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CEC Public Charging Merit Review Workshop

Posted 04.28.2016 in News by Editor

The California Energy Commission will host a technology merit review workshop on Monday, April 25. Executives from ChargePoint and Green Charge Networks, two non-profits, one municipal utility district and one state agency will discuss the successes and challenges of electric vehicle charging technology in California. The workshop is open to participants both in person and by WebEx.

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EV and Solar Charging Buyer's Guide on Sale at Barnes & Noble

Posted 03.30.2016 in News by Editor

Electric Car Insider's 2015 Solar Charging Buyer's Guide is now available at Barnes & Noble. The guide contains a full-page profile - including specifications and photos - of the top solar panels and residential vehicle charging stations along with new electric vehicles, bikes and motorcycles. Our cover story is an in-depth review of the second generation plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt. Chevy has taken their class-leading PHEV and increased the all-electric mileage and improved fuel efficiency while giving it an all-new eye-catching exterior and redesigned interior. Also on the cover are the Empulse TT electric motorcycle from Victory, the storied American brand known for cruisers that compete with Harley-Davidson, and the NYX carbon fiber frame kit, an ebike frame that lets the rider choose their perfect components for a grail build.

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Audi Expects 25% of N. American Sales to be Electric by 2025

Posted 03.07.2016 in News by Editor

In a press conference held at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2015, Audi of America President Scott Keogh outlined the brand's future electric vehicle plans. He called the moment a pivotal time in the marquee's history noting that electric was the future. During the presentation, he said that the company recognizes the importance of electric vehicles and that Audi expects at least 25 percent of North American sales to be electric vehicles by 2025.

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SCE Offer Incentives To Install 1,500 EV Chargers

Posted 03.07.2016 in News by Editor

The California Public Utilities Commission has green lighted a program by Southern California Edison to incentivize the deployment of approximately 1,500 public electric vehicle charging stations. The plan also includes education and outreach in support of electric transportation. The approval by the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) marks a change in policy. Previously, the state of California had banned utilities from becoming investors in public EV charging, saying they represented an unfair competitive threat to independent parties in the growing EV charging station market.

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SDG&E To Install 3,500 EV Charging Stations

Posted 03.07.2016 in News by Editor

The California Public Utilities Commission approved a program that allows San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to install 3,500 electric vehicle charging stations in 350 locations throughout the San Diego and south Orange County areas. SDG&E will install at least 10 percent of the chargers in disadvantaged communities.

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VW Vehicle Development Restructuring Focuses on BEV

Posted 02.02.2016 in News by Editor

The Volkswagen brand has restructured its vehicle development organization. The new development structure is grouped into four vehicle types: battery electric, small cars, compact vehicles, and mid- and full-size vehicles. Battery Electric Vehicles will be headed up by Christian Senger, who moves to VW from parts supplier Continental AG. Other development groups include: Small Cars like the Polo and Up!, headed by Product Management Chief Klaus-Gerhard Wolpert; Compact Vehicles like the Golf will be developed by Electrical Systems Purchasing Manager Kalheinz Hell; and Mid- and Full-Size Vehicles like the Passat and Touareg will be led by Product Control Chief Dr. Elmar-Marius Licharz.

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California EV Incentives Changing

Posted 02.01.2016 in News by Editor

In January, the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Program announced new income based caps for high-income buyers as well as increased incentives for lower-income buyers. The new rules are expected to go into effect in March. In January, the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Program announced new income based caps for high-income buyers as well as increased incentives for lower-income buyers. The new rules are expected to go into effect in March.

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Volvo States 10% of Sales to be Electrified by 2020

Posted 02.01.2016 in News by Editor

"We believe that the time has come for electrified cars to cease being a niche technology and enter the mainstream," said Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars, in a release from the end of 2016 outlining the company's global electrification strategy. "We are confident that by 2020, 10% of Volvo’s global sales will be electrified cars." According to the release, the plan includes introducing more plug-in hybrids across their product line. The company also says it will develop a new range of smaller electric cars and build an all-electric car for sale by 2019.

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Nissan CEO Ghosn makes climate change declaration: "We must do more"

Posted 02.01.2016 in News by Editor

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn declared "The time for debate is over" and the time is now to address climate change. The bold statement was made in a guest column he posted on Forbes.com in December 2015. The post was written following the 2015 Paris Climate Conference and helped explain why Ghosn and 12 other automotive CEOs committed publicly to help decarbonizing automotive transportation. In his post he wrote "If the world is to reduce manmade greenhouse gas emissions that are the cause of global climate change, we must accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy now, starting with cleaner transportation."

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Chevrolet Unveils Production Bolt at CES

Posted 01.18.2016 in News by Editor

Chevy will unveil its production 200-Mile $30K all-electric Bolt compact car during the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in January. CES is an annual event that brings nearly 200,000 people from more than 150 countries to Las Vegas to view the latest in cutting-edge technology. A growing number of auto manufacturers and automotive technology companies are showing off their newest products to the early adopters who frequent this show.

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Faraday Future Unveils Concept Race Car EV at 2016 CES

Posted 01.18.2016 in News by Editor

Startup EV manufacturer Faraday Future announced they will unveil a concept electric vehicle at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. The LA-based company says they will have a car available in 2017. Details about this initial model are limited, but based on teaser images, it appears the company's first vehicle will be a crossover SUV that would be a rival to the Tesla Model X.

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Solar Investment Tax Credits Extended

Posted 01.18.2016 in News by Editor

The new U.S. budget agreement, approved in December 2015, renews incentives for solar and wind power that were scheduled to expire at the end of 2015. The bill, which includes a solar investment tax credit (ITC) extension, allows purchasers of solar power systems to continue to obtain 30% of the price of a solar array as a federal tax credit. The ITC applies to both residential and commercial installations and will be good through 2019. After that, the credit will taper off, declining to 10% in 2022 where it will remain.

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Plug-In SUV and Electric Bike Buyers Guide at Barnes & Noble

Posted 01.18.2016 in News by Editor

Electric Car Insider's 2015 SUV and Electric Bicycle Buyer's Guide is now available at Barnes & Noble. The guide contains a full-page profile - including specifications and photos - of the top 30 electric bicycles and 4 new electric SUVs and cars from Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac and BMW. Our cover story is an in-depth road test and review of the new plug-in hybrid 7-passenger luxury SUV from Volvo: the XC90 T8. Also on the cover are the Optibike R8, a rolling sculpture that can tick off 100+ miles with ease, and the e-Joe Koda, a commuter bike that is thoughtfully designed and easy on the budget.

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Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are studying the chemical makeup of brown haze

Posted 01.18.2016 in News by Editor

In an ongoing effort to better understand the serious health consequences associated with brown haze, ranging from mild eye and respiratory irritation to asthma and deadly pulmonary diseases such as lung cancer, scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are studying the chemical makeup of the smog that hovers over cities on sunny days. This haze, known as atmospheric brown carbon (BrC), has been linked to climate change because it acts as a warming blanket, absorbing sunlight and trapping surface heat.

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Electric Motorcycle Buyers Guide at Barnes & Noble

Posted 01.18.2016 in News by Editor

The Electric Car Insider Electric Motorcycle Buyers Guide is available at Barnes & Noble and several hundred independent newsstands throughout the United States and Chapters/Indigo in Canada. The e-motorcycle issue contains virtually every electric motorcycle available for sale in the western world. The cover features the Audi R8, Zero Motorcycle and Gocycle electric bike. Long distance world record setting motorcyclist Terry Hershner is profiled. New contributors Steven Thomas, Curt Robbins, Norm DeWitt, Lynn Walford, Arelys Alexander and Neal Gaborno make their debut.

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Tesla Revised HP Ratings for Dual-Motor Model S Sedans

Posted 01.18.2016 in News by Editor

Tesla Motors has revised the horsepower ratings for their dual-motor Model S performance sedans. Previously, the automaker had stated that the horsepower ratings for the electric cars with the D designation were calculated by adding the HP ratings for the front and rear motors to arrive at a combined figure. A battery-powered electric vehicle has three main components that make up its power system: the battery pack, the controller and the motor. Tesla revised their horsepower ratings to account for total system output under more realistic conditions.

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Audi Unveils 300-Mile All-Electric SUV Prototype at LA Auto Show

Posted 01.18.2016 in News by Editor

Audi unveiled a prototype all-electric SUV with a 300-mile range as well as announcing a network of DC charging stations at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2015. The SUV prototype is projected to be available in 2018. Featuring a 95 kWh battery pack, the SUV will be Audi's first all-electric vehicle and will have a range of more than 300 miles.

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Nissan and BMW Partner On Nationwide Fast-Charging Network

Posted 01.18.2016 in News by Editor

Nissan and BMW announced on December 21, 2015 that they have partnered to help further the develop of the U.S. charging electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The two companies have installed 120 new dual-port 50 kilowatt (kW) DC fast-charging stations. Nissan and BMW use different charging standards, so the combo stations support CHAdeMO and Combined Charging Standard (CSS). The CHAdeMO standard is used by the Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, and Kia Soul EV. The CCS standard is used by most U.S. and German manufacturers.

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Battery EVs could be used for half of holiday road trips

Posted 01.18.2016 in News by Editor

With a little planning your EV could be used to to get you to holiday dinner with family or out-of-town friends. According to the Department of Transportation, the average Thanksgiving long-distance trip length is 214 miles round trip, compared with 275 miles over the Christmas/New Year’s holiday. Of the trips made, 44% are between 50 and 99 miles roundtrip while 56% are more than 100 miles round trip.

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Bollore's Blueindy begins offering electric car sharing service in Indianapolis

Posted 01.18.2016 in News by Editor

BlueIndy has put into service the first 50 of an eventual 500 electric vehicle car sharing program. The cars, located at strategic points in the city, provide on-demand transportation with the swipe of a membership card. The zero emission Bluecars run on Lithium Metal Polymer (LMP) batteries developed by Bolloré and have a range of 120 miles between charges. As of September 2015, 125 reserved parking spaces were equipped with charge points.

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AAA Colorado unveils truck capable of emergency roadside EV charging

Posted 12.21.2015 in News by Editor

AAA began deploying EV charging trucks in 2011. Since then, they have deployed trucks to municipalities including Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Tucson. AAA Colorado unveiled their electric vehicle charging truck earlier this year.

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NRG eVgo to expand public EV charging network, create coastal corridors

Posted 03.06.2015 in News by Editor

NRG eVgo announced that they will expand their EV charging network in 2015 and 2016 aiming to double the number of markets served. The public charge network plans to ultimately create coastal charge corridors from San Diego to Seattle and Miami to Boston. The company announced that it had installed 120 Fast Chargers in California.

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More new electric power will come from renewables than gas by 2016 says IEA

Posted 03.06.2015 in News by Editor

Solar and wind power continue to get cheaper. In its second annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report, the International Energy Agency predicts that more new electricity will be produced from renewables than from natural gas by 2016. "Renewables are now the fastest-growing power generation sector and will make up almost a quarter of the global power mix by 2018, up from an estimated 20% in 2011. The share of non-hydro sources such as wind, solar, bioenergy and geothermal in total power generation will double, reaching 8% by 2018, up from 4% in 2011 and just 2% in 2006."

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BMW and VW partner with ChargePoint to create EV corridors on east and west coasts

Posted 01.23.2015 in News by Editor

BMW and VW will partner with ChargePoint to create EV fast charge corridors on east and west coasts. The companies announced the plans at the Washington Auto Show. The collaboration will install nearly 100 DC Fast chargers across both coasts, creating coastal charge corridors from San Diego to Portland and Washington to Boston.

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Tesla to increase charge rate of fast-charger stations to 120kW

Posted 01.21.2015 in News by Editor

A planned upgrade to its charging technology will allow Tesla Model S drivers to recharge in half the relatively speedy time it takes now. The 120 kW charging technology, which is in beta test now and is expected to be available to customers by September 2013, will enable 106 miles of freeway driving with a 20 minute charge. An 80% charge from empty will be able to be accomplished in under an hour.


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Tesla doubles rate of deployment of fast-charger stations

Posted 10.01.2013 in News by Editor

Tesla has recently doubled the rate of deployment of its fast-charger stations. Within a year, Tesla aims to deploy a network that will enable a Tesla Model S driver to travel between every major metro area in North America. By 2015, the company plans to have every significant population center in the US and Canada outfitted with a SuperCharger station so that the entire country is within the Model S' travel range.

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Electric Car Guest Drive held throughout California

Posted 08.29.2014 in News by Editor

A series of Electric Car Guest Drive gatherings were hosted by EV Quorum car club in cities throughout California in May. The meet-ups featured the Tesla Model S and other electric vehicles. The events were held in 12 cities from San Diego to the San Francisco Bay Area. Participants drove the Tesla Model S, Fiat 500e, Ford Focus Electric, Honda Fit EV. The Toyota RAV4 EV, Chevy Volt, Chevy Spark and BMW ActiveE were also available for driving at some of the meet-ups. Local chapters of the Electric Auto Association co-hosted several of the events.

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