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We've made great strides in moving the electricity sector toward renewable energy. However, transportation remains a major source of air pollution and global warming gases. If we are to make a transition to renewable energy, we will need to electrify as much of the economy as we can, including transportation. Electrified rail is one means, electric vehicles (EVs) are another. Toward that end I've created this category under renewable energy. The focus is mostly on our experience driving EVs.

Buying or Leasing a 2020 Chevy Bolt EV--What I learned

October 27, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

Oy vey! I just concluded a three month search for what I consider a reasonably priced Chevy Bolt EV. What an experience.[more]

Category: EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Chevy Bolt, Electric Vehicles

Inyokern DCFC Station Finally Live--Opens Eastern Kern County to EVs

October 23, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

The long-awaited DCFC station at the Inyokern airport is finally live after years of waiting.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Tips on Leasing a 2020 Bolt LT

October 9, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

What you need to know to lease a Bolt with year-end sales promotions. This presentation was made for friends in Bakersfield considering an EV.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Leasing an EV--What You Need to Know

October 8, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

Leasing a car is like renting one--you're paying for the use of a vehicle that's owned by someone else.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Tire Pressure Monitoring System: What is it and What EV Drivers Need to Know

September 18, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

Since 2008 new cars in the US include a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). The monitoring system includes a sensor in each wheel that sends a wireless signal to the car's computer. The computer...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Covid-19 Escape: Oak Flat Fire Lookout Tower

September 18, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

That sounds simple enough but 15 of those miles were on an "improved" dirt road. This is a bone rattling trip over a rutted and washed out road that gave both the Bolt and its passengers a good...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Covid-19 Escape: First EV to Breckenridge Fire Lookout Tower?

September 4, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

Unfortunately, fires and smoke scuppered our most recent plans. So instead we headed east to Breckenridge Mountain where Forest Service web cams indicated the smoke wasn't quite so thick.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Michigan To Get 36 New Fast Charging Stations

August 15, 2020,   by Mark Kane

With nearly $1.7 million in grants from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), Michigan will get 36 new charging stations with a total of 76 individual fast chargers.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Covd-19 Escape: Botanizing in Horseshoe Meadows at 10,000 Feet

August 14, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

The drive to Horseshoe Meadows is a trip we long for every summer. The drive up Hwy 395 on the East Side of the Sierra Nevada is one of the best road trips you can make in North America. The scenery...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Electrify America EV Charging Payment SNAFU

August 9, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

It's an EV driver's nightmare. We were stuck in the middle of nowhere with an Electrify America charging station that wouldn't charge our car.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Bolt EV Consumption and Modelling

August 8, 2020,   by ABRP

For the Bolt EV, the bottom line is, it’s actually a quite efficient vehicle, though its somewhat unaerodynamic shape really hits it at high speeds. That’s pretty good for a boxy little hatchback! ...

Category: Electric Vehicles

How is the Range of an Electric Vehicle Calculated?

August 7, 2020,   by Blane Erwin

Range gets headlines. It earns automakers bragging rights, or gives their competitors mocking rights. Range is what determines whether or not an electric vehicle will fit into someone’s lifestyle....

Category: Electric Vehicles

Covid-19 Escape: Bakersfield to Dome Rock in a Bolt EV

July 31, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

As part of our weekly Covid-19 get-a-ways, we headed into the Sierra Nevada above Porterville toward scenic Dome Rock.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Interest in electric cars growing in North Dakota

July 30, 2020,   by Renee Cooper

Believe it or not, interest in alternative fuel is growing in the Peace Garden State. That’s partially thanks to a Volkswagon settlement.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Another Covid-19 Escape: Chimney Peak Road to Nine Mile Canyon in an EV

July 28, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

We've been taking weekly day trips from sheltering in place during the Covid-19 pandemic. On 17 July we took our most ambitious route yet in the Bolt EV. We made a 220-mile loop through the Kern...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

BlackBerry to Power Autonomy Systems in Canoo's Next Generation Electric Vehicles

July 28, 2020,  

As part of the agreement, BlackBerry will license its BlackBerry QNX technology to Canoo, including its QNX OS for Safety 2.0 to serve as the safe and secure foundation for the autonomous features...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Nova Scotia falls behind on uptake of electric vehicles

July 26, 2020,   by Steve Gow

According to the report, electric vehicle sales are expected to rise globally by 30 percent in the next decade and 57 percent by 2040. Currently however, global electric vehicles account for 2.6...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Lithium Can Be Extracted From Groundwater At Geothermal Installations

July 19, 2020,   by Steve Hanley

Scientists at the KIT Energy Center at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology say there is enough lithium dissolved in the groundwater extracted by German geothermal heating and electricity...

Category: Electric Vehicles, News on Geothermal

Bolt Backpack Redux 225 Mile Mountain Trip 25 Percent Charge Remaining

July 4, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

And, unlike the earlier adventure, (see Chevy Bolt 225 Mile Roundtrip with 21 Percent Charge Remaining), this trip required us to leave the paved road. The Jackass Peak trailhead was some nine miles...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

GM’s Electrovair Is The Precursor To The Company’s Electric Future

July 4, 2020,   by Michael Gauthier

As the name suggests, the car was based on the Corvair, which itself was pretty interesting as it was rear engined and air-cooled. The Electrovair took things even further as the engine was replaced...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Shandon Rest Area adds solar electric vehicle charger

July 3, 2020,   by Rachel Showalter

The charging stations are solar-powered, direct current and fast-charging. They were installed in locations in more remote areas to encourage longer travel trips by electric vehicles. Charging is...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Vigor Chooses ABB Battery Electric Power For New Ferries In Washington

July 2, 2020,   by Steve Hanley

The ferry operator has begun converting three of its Jumbo Mark II ferries to electricity. Those three vessels alone consume 5 million gallons of fuel a year. Each of them will have two of its four...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Envision’s EV ARC provides solar-powered DC fast charging along rural California corridor

July 1, 2020,   by Charles Morris

The San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) have partnered to provide Envision’s EV ARC fast charging system at a rest area in...

Category: Electric Vehicles

From Pickup Trucks to The Bolt EV - We Interview The Vehicle Chief Engineer, Electric Vehicles at GM

June 30, 2020,   by Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield

Jeremy has been working on the Chevrolet Bolt EV for some time, and talks to us about his experiences prior to working on the Bolt EV, explains how a new electric vehicle is developed and tested,...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Union workers are strong allies for electric vehicles, as Canada’s Unifor demonstrates

June 26, 2020,   by Bradley Berman

Unifor, Canada’s largest private-sector union, wants the Canadian government to build an aggressive plan to produce and sell more electric vehicles. The union’s proposals come as it prepares to...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Waterloo upgrades building inspection fleet to electric vehicles

June 24, 2020,   by Ben Eppel

They've announced their entire Build Standards inspection fleet is entirely electric, with the purchase of six new Hyundai Kona Electric SUVs.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Links to Articles on Charging EVs

June 22, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

These are articles I or others have written about charging EVs. Of course, there's a lot more on line. Each EV model has its own user forum on line with a section on charging: charging etiquette, how...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Why Charge to 80 Percent?

June 20, 2020,  

There are two situations where it's wise to charge your EV only to 80% State-of-Charge (SOC). The first situation is to prolong battery life. The second is as a courtesy to other drivers.[more]

Category: EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Electric Vehicles

Tesla Model 3 Long-Term Ownership Review From Up North

June 17, 2020,   by Steven Loveday

Tesla Canuck has been reporting on his Model 3 for some time. He's had plenty of positive and negative things to say about it, which we appreciate. However, what we appreciate more is that he is a...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Here Are The Best And Worst Electric Cars In Terms Of Battery Degradation

June 16, 2020,   by Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

To create the lists that answer them, Select Car Leasing used data from Geotab, which has analyzed more than 6,300 electric cars to discover how their battery packs held their capacities. Geotab...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electrify Canada Expands Network Of High-Speed EV Chargers To British Columbia

June 15, 2020,   by Tom Moloughney

With the opening of its first British Columbia station in Merritt, B.C, Electrify Canada today announces its official expansion into Western Canada. The high-speed electric vehicle charging network...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Chevy Bolt 225 Mile Roundtrip with 21 Percent Charge Remaining

June 14, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

We're a one-car family and our vehicle is a Chevy Bolt EV. So when friends decided to go backpacking in the Golden Trout Wilderness during the Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing required that we...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

A History of Electric Scooters

June 8, 2020,   by John Linden

The history electric scooters began back in 1740 when experimenters like Benjamin Franklin and Andrew Gordon created the very first electric motors. (Contributed by Chloe Wagner's Online Class)

Category: Electric Vehicles

German Public Electric Car Charging Network Grows by 60%: BDEW

June 8, 2020,  

Germany's public network for electric vehicles expanded by 10,000 charging spots, an increase of nearly 60%, in the last year, the country's electricity lobby said on Monday.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Germany boosts EV incentives to ~$10,000, helping Tesla Model 3 and VW ID.3

June 4, 2020,   by Fred Lambert

They are adding €3,000 for electric cars costing less than €40,000 – resulting in a total subsidy of €6,000 from the government and total discount of €9,000 (~$10,000 USD).

Category: Electric Vehicles

Halifax Aims To Add 210 Electric Buses In Next 8 Years

June 3, 2020,   by Zachary Shahan

The Halifax Regional Municipality up in Canada is getting more serious about climate action and stopping air pollution in its borders. The municipality has plans to put $780 million into getting the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Hydrogen cars won’t overtake electric vehicles because they’re hampered by the laws of science

June 3, 2020,   by Tom Baxter

Hydrogen has long been touted as the future for passenger cars. The hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV), which simply runs on pressurised hydrogen from a fuelling station, produces zero carbon...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric cars gain market share in Europe despite Covid-19 crisis

June 2, 2020,   by Jasper Jolly

Electric and hybrid cars gained traction among European buyers in April despite coronavirus lockdowns stalling the market, suggesting carmakers are likely to avoid potential fines potentially worth...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why fleets are (still) making the switch to electric vehicles

June 1, 2020,   by Mark Salisbury

With oil prices at multi-year lows, conventional wisdom suggests an interest in electric vehicles (EVs) will wane. Perhaps surprisingly, the opposite is happening. Whilst registrations for diesel and...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Canada's Suncor CEO sees electric vehicles disrupting oil demand as much as coronavirus

June 1, 2020,   by Jeff Lewis

The comments are a stark prediction in an industry that frequently downplays the impact of electrification and points to forecasts of rising global oil demand to justify new investment and pipeline...

Category: Electric Vehicles

France Deploys $8.8 Billion to Rescue Car Industry and Boost Electric Vehicles

May 26, 2020,   by SYLVIE CORBET and ANGELA CHARLTON

France’s government is injecting more than 8 billion euros ($8.8 billion) to save the country’s car industry from huge losses wrought by virus lockdowns, and wants to use the crisis to make France...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Record €60bn investment in electric cars and batteries in Europe secured last year

May 25, 2020,   by Eoin Bannon

Europe secured €60 billion in investments to produce electric vehicles and batteries last year - 19 times more than in 2018, new analysis shows. Driven by EU car CO2 targets, industry and governments...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric cars to get a boost in Europe as part of recovery plan, VAT exemption considered

May 19, 2020,   by Fred Lambert

The European Union is considering to help automakers with a stimulus package that would boost electric vehicle sales – leaving diesel and gasoline vehicles behind.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Can electric vehicle batteries be recycled? | Fully Charged

May 5, 2020,  

Before the lockdown, Helen Czerski went to Wendeburg in Germany to see if it really is possible to recycle the materials in vehicle batteries. In this fascinating episode we see how this new and...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Nevada’s 'Lithium Valley' could provide a domestic supply of white gold for Tesla

May 1, 2020,   by Charles Morris

No, lithium isn’t going to become “the new oil,” regardless of what the pandering pundits of the popular press say (it’s a raw material, not a fuel, and it’s one of the most abundant elements on...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Michael Moore’s dangerous documentary

April 24, 2020,   by Paul Scott

Anyone interested in saving the planet who watched this poor excuse of a film, would come away thinking solar and wind energy were bad, and electric cars were horrible. I’m not kidding.

Category: News on Solar Energy, Wind Energy & the Environment, Renewable Energy, Electric Vehicles

Film Review: Forget about PLANET OF THE HUMANS by Jeff Gibbs and Michael Moore

April 24, 2020,   by Neal Livingston

Shame on these filmmakers for making a film like this, full of misinformation and disinformation, to intentionally depress audiences, and make them think there are no alternatives.[more]

Category: Renewable Energy, Electric Vehicles, Wind Energy & the Environment, News on Solar Energy

Chevy Bolt Expedition: 200-Mile Round Trip on One Charge

April 24, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

With spring wildflowers beckoning and little chance of breaking social distancing orders, we headed to a remote site between Bakersfield and the coast famous for its spectacular blooms.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Consumer Reports electrifies its Annual Auto Issue

April 24, 2020,   by Charles Morris

Consumer Reports recently delivered its annual Auto Issue, and it includes a record amount of material about EVs. Tesla’s Model 3 is on the cover, and both Model 3 and the Toyota Prius made the “Top...

Category: Electric Vehicles

US oil futures crash below $0 for first time in history — how’d that happen?

April 20, 2020,   by Michelle Lewis

Last week, Electrek asked the question: Oil producers make the largest production cut in history — will it matter? Looks like the answer is no. Saudi Arabia and Russia agreed to cut oil production by...

Category: Electric Vehicles, Fossil Fuels

As states use less coal for electricity, driving electric vehicles becomes even cleaner

April 13, 2020,   by Michael Sivak

The calculated relative amounts of well-to-wheels emissions of greenhouse gases from eight different energy sources are shown in the table below. (The calculations were based on the data developed by...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Climbing the Elkhorn Grade in a Chevy Bolt EV

April 9, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

With bright sunshine, spring in the air, and a bit of cabin fever, we headed west out of Bakersfield to a remote site on the Carrizo Plains National Monument hunting wild flowers. Social distancing...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Germany Hits Record 9.2% EV Market Share in March, Tesla Model 3 #1

April 4, 2020,   by Dr. Maximilian Holland

Europe’s largest auto market, Germany, hit another all-time record plug-in electric vehicle market share in March, reaching 9.2%. The Tesla Model 3 was the best selling full electric model, with an...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Canada Is 3rd Country With 100 Tesla Superchargers

April 2, 2020,   by Mark Kane

ccording to the latest news, Tesla just powered up its 100th Supercharging station in Canada. The site supercharge.info shows that on March 31 the new V3 station with eight 250 kW stalls (2 MW total)...

Category: Electric Vehicles

BlueIndy electric cars will be repurposed — or crushed

March 31, 2020,   by Tony Markovich

After roughly five years of existence, the BlueIndy electric car-sharing program in Indianapolis had accrued only about 3,000 members. For those keeping track of the balance sheet, that wasn't nearly...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Some Thoughts on Leasing a Chevy Bolt Spring 2020

March 27, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

Short PowerPoint on leasing a Chevy Bolt EV.

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Links to Leasing a Chevy Bolt Spring 2020

March 27, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

Below are some links I created for a group here in Bakersfield that's interested in leasing a Chevy Bolt EV.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Answers to Questions about Leasing a Chevy Bolt Spring 2020

March 27, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

The following are short answers to a list of questions raised by a group here in Bakersfield for a Zoom video conference call.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Bakersfield to Santa Cruz via the San Andreas Fault

March 12, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

And why not? The San Andreas Fault is one of California's defining features and it was on the way, so why not drive a winding portion of it in our sporty Chevy Bolt EV.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Coal Rolling Diesel Brothers Tampered With Truck Emissions Systems, Fined $851,000

March 11, 2020,   by Johnna Crider

In addition to the $851,451 fine noted above, the Diesel Brothers also have to pay $1.2 million in court fees and, of course, halt their pollution promotion.

Category: Electric Vehicles

SDG&E, SCE say California transport electrification plan could freeze investment, jeopardize state EV goals

March 10, 2020,   by Kavya Balaraman

The framework, proposed by the CPUC’s energy division last month, would require utilities to file 10-year plans for investing in EV infrastructure. But the proposal’s limitations on investments that...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Update on Non-Tesla DC Fast Charging Station Density in North America

March 3, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

In the fall of 2018 I published a surprisingly controversial article ranking states and provinces by their non-Tesla, DC fast-charging station density relative to population. The article, California...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

DCFC Stations for Boron, California

March 3, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

In a region of California with a dearth of DC fast-charging stations, the owner of Love Truck Stops plans to install three 50 kW DCFC stations at a new truck stop in Boron, California. The station on...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Volta Free Charger Spotted in Santa Cruz

February 26, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

A Volta free Level 2 charge station was spotted at the Capitola Mall by Liz McDannold while on her rounds. Apparently the station has been in operation since the spring of 2017.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Some Tips for Using a Better Routeplanner

February 20, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

For planning trips in our Chevy Bolt we now use A Better Routeplanner exclusively. We found it more consistently accurate--or nearly so--than any other routeplanner we've tried.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Canada To Spend $8 Million On 160 DC Chargers In Ontario

February 15, 2020,   by Mark Kane

The latest news is that the Government of Canada will provide an additional $8 million CAD for more fast chargers in Ontario. The plan is to build 160 chargers at 73 locations, which would be...

Category: Electric Vehicles

A Better Routeplanner Interview

February 13, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

Flamboyant Dutch personality Vincent Everts interviews Jason Rapp at the Fully Charged Event in Austin, Texas., Jason is the American side of the duo that developed A Better Routeplanner (ABRP)....[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Environmentalism & The Electric Car

February 12, 2020,   by Robert Dee

Several of those same individuals just bought new gas cars in the last year. That’s the problem! It’s not the climate deniers, however naive they may be — it’s the people who understand the danger at...

Category: Electric Vehicles

What Is Tesla Planning To Manufacture In Canada?

February 12, 2020,   by Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

Anyway, it is in Richmond Hill, Ontario, that the company is looking for manufacturing specialists, as you can see in the image above and on the Careers page at the Tesla website. There is no word of...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Are Electric Vehicles Really Better for the Climate? Yes. Here’s Why

February 11, 2020,   by David Reichmuth

Based on where EVs have been sold, driving the average EV produces global warming pollution equal to a gasoline vehicle that gets 88 miles per gallon (mpg) fuel economy.

Category: Electric Vehicles

The 2020 Chevy Bolt — GM Changes The Game, Again

February 8, 2020,   by Robert Dee

n late 2016, the Chevy Bolt became the first affordable long range EV (electric vehicle), beating the Tesla Model 3 to market. As of this writing, in February 2020, GM has once again moved the goal...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Everything You Need To Know About Your Chevy Bolt But Were Afraid To Ask

February 8, 2020,  

Welcome to my information dump / roundup on all things Chevy Bolt related. I have been toying between making this an actual FAQ, but there’s just so much information that I think point form notes...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electrify America to Open 400th Public Electric Vehicle Charging Station

February 4, 2020,  

Less than two years later, Electrify America now offers stations so widely available that 96 percent of Americans live within 120 miles of a charger. The company has no plans to slow down anytime...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Gov. Newsom should invest in clean transportation. It will make California healthier

February 3, 2020,   by Bill Magavern

The state is not on track to meet our 2030 standard for reducing climate-changing pollution, largely because transportation emissions have stayed stubbornly high.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Hydro Quebec wants kWh pricing, Tesla plugs at its DCFCs, but hurdles remain

February 3, 2020,   by Charles Benoit

Hydro-Québec wants to offer per-kWh pricing, as well as Tesla plugs alongside CCS and Chademo connectors at its hundreds of DCFC stations. So what’s holding them back? Blame Canada (and Tesla,...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Gipe to Speak at Sierra Club Breakfast Saturday 1 February on Driving Electric: If Not Now, When?

January 28, 2020,  

Electric Vehicle advocate Paul Gipe will speak at the Sierra Club's monthly breakfast Saturday 1 February at Hodels, 5917 Knudsen Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93308. Gipe's presentation on Driving Electric:...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why must California invest in electric vehicles? There are billions of reasons

January 28, 2020,   by F. Noel Perry and David Roland-Holst

We found that significantly increased electric car adoption could provide potent stimulus to the California economy. We forecast that more than 350,000 new jobs would be created, and that is a...

Category: Electric Vehicles

EVSEs or Home EV Charge Stations--What I Recommend

January 28, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

One of the big advantages of driving electric is charging your car--"filling up"--at home instead of going to a gas station. For most people, 90% of their charging is done at home. To charge at home...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Study finds economic benefit in promoting electric-vehicle sales

January 28, 2020,   by JOHN COX

A new think-tank study says government efforts to promote greater adoption of electric vehicles in California, especially among the poor, would boost the state's economy as consumers find other uses...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Clean Transportation: An Economic Assessment of More Inclusive Vehicle Electrification in California

January 28, 2020,  

These results indicate that wider and more rapid PEV adoption will benefit most Californians—whether they buy a PEV or not—by stimulating the overall economy and reducing harmful criteria pollution....

Category: Electric Vehicles

Driving Electric: If Not Now, When?

January 27, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

Presentation for the Buena Vista Group of the Kern-Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club 1 February 2020 Bakersfield, California. Check against delivery.

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe, Electric Vehicles

Driving Electric Savings--One Utility's View

January 23, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

While prepping for an upcoming talk to the local chapter of the Sierra Club about electric vehicles I stumbled on our local utility's web site promoting EVs.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

AAA: Owning an Electric Vehicle is the Cure for Most Consumer Concerns

January 22, 2020,  

The study also revealed that the experience of owning an electric vehicle eases one of the biggest fears associated with these cars – range anxiety.

Category: Electric Vehicles

DOE's Estimated Cost of Fueling an EV--A Comparison

January 20, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

In Top 3 Advantages of EVs, an article on Cleantechnica, Johnna Crider cites DOE's Saving on Fuel and Vehicle Costs web page for some numbers on how it's cheaper to driver an electric car than a...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

New Jersey approves $5,000 EV rebate, charging infrastructure, electric transit

January 20, 2020,   by Bengt Halvorson

The most controversial move within the law may well be how it allocates that rebate. For the first year it’s offered, the amount of the incentive “shall be equal to $25 per mile of EPA-rated...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Top 3 Advantages of EVs

January 19, 2020,   by Johnna Crider

There are many electric vehicle (EV) advantages, but the top benefit according to EV drivers in survey after survey is the environmental benefit of driving electric. Our friends at Third Row Podcast...

Category: Electric Vehicles

CalTrans District 9 DCFC Stations Underway on East Side

January 18, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

CalTrans' District 9 has confirmed that construction on the first of four DC Fast Charge station locations has begun. District 9 serves the East Side of California's Sierra Nevada, including Hwy 395...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Canada Partners With Canadian Tire To Build One of Canada’s Largest EV Charging Networks

January 15, 2020,   by Natural Resources Canada

Member of Parliament Han Dong, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $2.7-million investment to build 54 electric vehicle (EV) fast...

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Charging 101: How Long Does It Take? What Do You Need To Know?

January 14, 2020,   by Steven Loveday

An excellent 21-minute video explaining the how and why of charging an electric vehicle.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Chevy Bolt EV vs. Alaskan Winter: There's Only One Winner According to this Owner

January 14, 2020,   by Steve Birkett

A Chevy Bolt EV owner in Alaska took to the car's Facebook forum to share his experiences at temperatures of -33°F/-36°C. The outcome provides a counterpoint to the popular criticism of electric...

Category: Electric Vehicles

The dream of electric-car sharing services died in 2019

December 30, 2019,   by Bradley Berman

The experiment to offer battery-electric vehicles by the day or hour is mostly done. Companies such as BlueIndy, Maven, and ShareNow pulled the plug in 2019. These companies, launched with enthusiasm...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Petro-Canada Launched Coast-To-Coast Fast Charging Network

December 26, 2019,   by Mark Kane

Petro-Canada, a Suncor business, officially announced on December 17, 2019 the completion of a coast-to-coast network of DC fast chargers in Canada, from Victoria, B.C. to Stewiacke, N.S.

Category: Electric Vehicles

2020 set to be year of the electric car, say industry analysts

December 25, 2019,   by Jasper Jolly

Europe’s carmakers are gearing up to make 2020 the year of the electric car, according to automotive analysts, with a wave of new models launching as the world’s biggest manufacturers scramble to...

Category: Electric Vehicles

California bans per-minute billing; Tesla Superchargers will need displays

December 24, 2019,   by Charles Benoit

On December 16, 2019, California’s Office of Administrative Law approved amendments to its Electric Vehicle Fueling Systems Specifications. Effective January 1, 2020, these new rules ban operators of...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Plug in America Used Electric Vehicle Buyers’ Guide

December 23, 2019,  

Looking to buy a used car? Why not consider a used electric vehicle (EV)? With more used battery-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles permeating the market than ever before, consumers have...

Category: Electric Vehicles

BlueIndy: Indianapolis electric car-sharing program to shut down

December 20, 2019,   by Holly V. Hays and Kellie Hwang

"We regret to announce that BlueIndy will end its collaboration with the City of Indianapolis, effective May 21st, 2020," the email to BlueIndy members said. "This difficult decision to end the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Debunking electric car myths - again

December 17, 2019,   by Charles Morris

The croakers and clickbaiters just keep trotting out the same old “EVs will never work” bugaboos again and again. Fortunately, the scientists and engineers keep producing new studies and new products...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Chevy Bolt EV Suggests Fixes to Tesla's Supercharger Crowding

December 17, 2019,   by Eric Way

This is the second part of a two-part series discussing the Supercharger backlogs and waits that Tesla owners are facing during holiday travel, even at Tesla’s flagship site in Kettleman City, which...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Canadian Shop Upgrades 2015 LEAF & Triples Range To More Than 200 Miles

December 17, 2019,   by Jennifer Sensiba

Véhicules Électriques Simon André, a shop in Quebec, recently put the battery pack from a LEAF Plus in an older 2015 LEAF, increasing the range to an indicated 231 miles | 371 kilometers. Originally,...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Analysis: A Republican pushes to revive Georgia's electric vehicle market

December 17, 2019,   by Jim Galloway

Several years ago, Echols successfully teamed with fellow PSC member Lauren “Bubba” McDonald to persuade Georgia Power, and fellow Republicans, to take solar power seriously. Echols is now on another...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Chevy Bolt EV Owner's Take on Tesla's Holiday Supercharger Issues

December 14, 2019,   by Eric Way

During the recent Thanksgiving holiday, Tesla's Supercharger Network succumbed to heavy traffic, leaving Tesla owners waiting in long lines just to access a charging stall. Join me as I explain some...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Chevy Bolt EV Owner's Guide to 50 kW Chargers

December 12, 2019,   by Eric Way

I've done a lot of traveling and charging in my Chevrolet Bolt EV, and I've been able to identify the good and bad about various "50 kW" DC fast chargers. Join me as I explain what Chevy Bolt EV...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicle fees won’t fix the transportation funding gap

December 11, 2019,   by Austin Brown and Dan Sperling

But the root of America’s transportation funding issues long predates and runs much deeper than electric vehicles.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why We Drive Electric: They're Quieter

December 11, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

One of the first things you notice about driving an electric vehicle is the absence of engine noise. The cabin is quiet until you're going fast enough to hear road noise or the whoosh of the wind...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Why We Drive Electric: They're More Fun

December 10, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

I've noted in several articles that electric vehicles are simply more fun to drive than conventional vehicles. Once you drive one, you'll understand. [more]

Category: EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Electric Vehicles

Why We Drive Electric: Lower Cost to Operate

December 10, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Electric vehicles are cheaper to operate and maintain than conventional cars, in part, because they have fewer moving parts. They are also cheaper to fuel than gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Rise of SUVs 'makes mockery' of electric car push

December 9, 2019,   by Theo Leggett

As a result, overall exhaust emissions from new cars have been increasing, not declining, for the past three years, says the UK Energy Research Centre.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Are Tesla Charging Stations Only for Tesla?

December 9, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

The simple answer is yes, they are only for Tesla.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

LG Chem and GM to invest $2+B for Ohio battery factory, Cadillac EV on tap

December 5, 2019,   by Charles Benoit

Reuters reports that the location is expected to be in the area of Lordstown, Ohio, where GM (pictured in Detroit) recently sold its factory to an EV startup affiliated with Workhorse. This follows...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Battery price drops driving EVs to parity by 2024: BNEF

December 5, 2019,   by Peter Maloney

The report, BNEF’s 2019 Battery Price Survey, forecasts that average battery prices will be close to $100 per kilowatt hour (kWh) by 2023, compared with a 2019 price of $156/kWh. The report noted...

Category: Electric Vehicles

New report on climate impact of electric car batteries

December 4, 2019,  

That emissions are lower now is mainly due to the fact that battery factories have been scaled up and are running at full capacity, which makes them more efficient per unit produced. We have also...

Category: Electric Vehicles

GM lays off 800 workers during switchover to electric vehicles at Detroit plant

December 4, 2019,   by Evie Fordham

The workers are not facing layoffs in the true sense of the word, as GM will relocate them as the corporation retools the plant. A source familiar with the situation told FOX Business the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Two Broken Records? Cannonball Run and Mileage in 24hrs

November 27, 2019,  

On Thursday 11/21/19, I left Tucumcari, NM at 6am local time. I drove to the Portofino Hotel & Marina, arriving at 4am local time on Friday 11/22/19, then proceeded to the Electrify America Charging...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Yes, electric vehicles really are better than fossil fuel burners

November 26, 2019,   by William Todts

So if we want to halt global warming we need vehicles that don’t burn stuff. That’s the unique appeal of electric cars, trains and buses. They’re ultra-efficient and have no tailpipe emissions. And...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Looking At The EV Revolution Through The Eyes Of A GM Executive

November 26, 2019,   by Steve Hanley

Mark Reuss is a dyed-in-the-wool car guy. He lives, eats, and breathes horsepower, torque, and cubic inches. That’s how he rose to be president of General Motors. Those of us ensconced in the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

GM president tells Americans to hold off buying an EV, should we trust him?

November 25, 2019,   by Charles Benoit

Mark’s messaging on all three barriers to the non-EV owner is, “Just wait, don’t buy an EV yet.”

Category: Electric Vehicles

All-Electric Vehicles Have the Lowest Estimated Annual Fuel Cost of All Light-Duty Vehicles

November 25, 2019,  

The estimated annual fuel costs for model year (MY) 2019 all-electric light-duty vehicles are the lowest of all the different vehicle technologies, ranging from a low of $500 to a high of $900 per...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Plug in America's Electric Vehicle State & Federal Incentives Guide

November 21, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Plug in America's Electric Vehicle State & Federal Incentives also includes regional air quality and electric utility subsidies for buying or leasing an EV or installing a home charge station (EVSE).[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

California will no longer buy cars made by automakers aligned with Trump against clean air

November 16, 2019,   by Fred Lambert

The California state government has fired back against the Trump administration’s attempt to destroy the state’s emission regulations and those of ZEV states. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Plans for Tesla Plant Jostle German Car Industry

November 15, 2019,  

Elon Musk has been receiving a lot of mail from Germany lately, with government ministers trying to flatter the tech entrepreneur in an effort to promote their states. Almost as soon as the Tesla CEO...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Do I Need Heated Seats in an EV?

November 13, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Yes, heated seats in an Electric Vehicle are a must. And a heated steering wheel too, if you can get it. This is particularly true for limited-range EVs like the early Nissan Leaf, but it remains a...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

What we learned on the Electric Road Trip

November 13, 2019,   by David Ferris

After two crazy months, we're done. The reporters of E&E News have completed the Electric Road Trip, an 8,000-mile journey in an electric car and an investigation into how electric transportation...

Category: EV Trip Reports

VW breaks ground on massive Tennessee EV plant, dubbed a “magic moment” by CEO

November 12, 2019,   by Bradley Berman

Volkswagen breaks ground Wednesday on its Tennessee plant that will produce two battery-powered cars, according to Reuters. Plans for the $800 million investment in the Chattanooga plant were first...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Problem Free 730-mile Roundtrip in a Chevy Bolt

November 12, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

We've been driving electric for five years and we've seen tremendous improvement in both the cars and the charging network in that time. This trip was proof of that. Everything worked as expected....[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Clean, Fresh Air Benefits Us All — EV Etiquette Is For Everyone

November 11, 2019,   by Cynthia Shahan

EV etiquette is sometimes a delicate subject, and a serious EV infrastructure issue. EV etiquette needs some attention in some places. Getting the infrastructure in the ground is one thing. Using it...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Rolling Coal Is A Stupid Stunt — And Dangerous

November 11, 2019,   by Johnna Crider

The driver of this truck was driving very aggressively and intentionally coal rolling the owner of a Tesla while on a highway traveling at high speeds. The owner of the Tesla tries to get away, but...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Teslas = 77.7% of US Electric Vehicle Sales

November 10, 2019,   by Zachary Shahan

Actually, aside from Tesla’s offerings, I think there are only two fully electric models available at dealers in all 50 states — the Chevy Bolt and Nissan LEAF.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric cars are changing the cost of driving

November 8, 2019,   by Michael J. Coren

Few have driven a Tesla to the point at which the vehicle really starts to show its age. But Tesloop, a shuttle service in Southern California composed of Teslas, was ticking the odometers of its...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicles Are Now Outselling Stick Shifts in the US

November 8, 2019,   by Bryan Hood

A new study released by J.D. Power shows that vehicles with fully electric drivetrains outsold those with manual transmissions by nearly two to one over the third quarter in the US, according to...

Category: Electric Vehicles

The 50 States of Electric Vehicles Q1 2019 Update Report: Nearly Every State Addressed Electric Vehicles During Q1 2019

November 7, 2019,  

The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) released its Q3 2018 edition of The 50 States of Electric Vehicles. The quarterly series provides insights on state regulatory and legislative...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Understanding the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s Range Estimator

November 7, 2019,   by Eric Way

As we head into winter, I’m seeing more Chevy Bolt EV owners call out extreme fluctuations in their projected range. Many of those owners tend to drive slowly – at city speeds, and their projected...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Pakistan approves first electric vehicles policy

November 6, 2019,   by Sana Jamal

Pakistan’s federal cabinet has approved the first-ever national Electric Vehicles (EV) policy in a bid to tackle effects of climate change and offer affordable transport.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electrify America's DCFC Stations Favor CCS Charging Standard

November 5, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Electrify America, a Volkswagen subsidiary, is building hundreds of charging stations across North America as part of its settlements for the Diesel-Gate pollution scandal. Each EA station includes...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Volkswagen, CHAdeMO, and Charging Equity

November 4, 2019,   by Dave Laur

By now it is obvious that VW has used the punishment by the US Department of Justice for the diesel-gate scandal to benefit the company.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric car lovers are among us, right here in oil city

November 4, 2019,   by ROBERT PRICE

Yet, here he was on Friday, pulling into the Tesla service center in southwest Bakersfield to have a sensor repaired on his wife's 2015 Model S. She loves her white Tesla, he loves his blue one and...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Boycott these car makers over climate

October 30, 2019,   by Tom Moran

If you are looking for ways to effectively fight the climate catastrophe that is upon us, here’s a fresh suggestion: Boycott General Motors, Toyota, and Fiat Chrysler.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Rapid adoption of electric vehicles could drop Canadian oil demand by 250,000 barrels per day: EY

October 29, 2019,   by JWN Energy

A new study by EY that contrasts the impact of different scenarios for electric vehicles in Canada says the most rapid adoption — with EVs representing 30% of Canada’s vehicle stock in 2030, compared...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Cars Statistics And Facts To Encourage You To Go Green

October 27, 2019,   by Raj Vardhman

These cars are up to three times as efficient as gasoline-powered cars. This difference in performance is caused by the fact that electric motors are 90% more efficient at converting energy into...

Category: Electric Vehicles

A Tesla Model 3 At 100,000 Miles — CleanTechnica Interview

October 27, 2019,   by Carolyn Fortuna

The Supercharger Network. This is the game changer. Yes, any car can charge through any outlet with the right adapter, but having the network integrated into the navigation system to take away your...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Cost of Charging the Chevy Bolt EV on Three Public Fast Charging Networks

October 24, 2019,   by Eric Way

If you ever wondered how much it would cost you to charge a Chevy Bolt EV on the public fast charging networks, I've got you covered. In this story, I'll look at my last twelve charging sessions on...

Category: Electric Vehicles

What does it Cost per Mile to Drive an Electric Vehicle?

October 24, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Here in California it costs costs a little less than $0.06 per mile for us to charge our Bolt EV at home. Elsewhere in North America it may cost half that to charge at home. The cost to drive on...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

36 Tesla Statistics: Market Share, Revenue, and Sales

October 24, 2019,   by Nikola Djurkovic

From the company’s inception until the end of 2018, Tesla has sold 532,000 electric cars globally. By the end of Q2 2019 that number rose to approximately 720,000.

Category: Electric Vehicles

London’s world-famous black cabs go green with launch of a fully electric vehicle

October 23, 2019,   by Anmar Frangoul

A fully electric version of London’s iconic black cab was launched Wednesday. The zero-emission vehicle, called the Dynamo Taxi, is based on the Nissan e-NV200 Evalia. It has a range of as much as...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Rio Tinto studying ways to produce lithium from waste rock at California mine in Kern County

October 21, 2019,   by Ernest Scheyder

“The material being used has already been mined, so this will be a low-energy option for the production of lithium,” Bold Baatar, Rio’s chief executive of energy and minerals, said in a statement to...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Slovenian Electric Vehicles

October 21, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

While touring Central Europe with a Rick Steve's group I didn't see a single wind turbine (my specialty), but I did come across some electric vehicles--my current passion--and one DC fast charger.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Minnesota slated to expand electric vehicle charging network

October 19, 2019,   by FRANK JOSSI

Minnesota will spend nearly $1.7 million from its share of the Volkswagen emissions-cheating settlement to expand electric vehicle charging options over the next two years along the state's major...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Charging at Electrify America

October 18, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

As part of its penance for the diesel-gate pollution scandal, Volkswagen is building a continent-wide network of DC fast charging stations for electric vehicles under the brand of Electrify America. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

What's that Number on PlugShare Mean?

October 18, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Short answer: High number--the station is relatively reliable; Low number--station is unreliable. Drivers want to avoid stations with low numbers.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

The oil industry vs. the electric car

October 16, 2019,   by GAVIN BADE

Electric vehicles could make up nearly half the fleet of passenger cars and trucks by 2040. But oil and gas companies are striking back.

Category: Electric Vehicles

CalTrans' District 9 in Bishop has awarded DCFC Contract

October 12, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

CalTrans' District 9 office in Bishop, California has finally awarded the contract to build DC fast-charging stations as part of CalTrans' 30-30 program. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Fees on Electric Cars, Inspired by Koch Network, Are Unfairly Penalizing Drivers, Says Consumer Reports

October 11, 2019,   by Ben Jervey

Drivers of electric cars are being unfairly punished by punitive fees in several states, according to a newly published analysis by Consumer Reports. Legislators in 26 states have enacted or proposed...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electrify Canada is going to deploy over 20 EV charging stations at Canadian Tire stores

October 10, 2019,   by Fred Lambert

Electrify Canada, the Canadian division of Electrify America, which in turn is a subsidiary of VW, announced that “it will launch its nation-wide electric vehicle (EV) charging network with over 20...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Are Teslas Actually Better For The Environment?

October 9, 2019,  

People love to talk about the emissions associated with electric car production, or the materials and disposal of batteries. I'd encourage you to watch these videos before making assumptions.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Indianapolis Launches The New, Fully-Electric Red Line, Powered By BYD

October 6, 2019,   by Kyle Field

ndyGo in Indianapolis launched the new Red Line this week, adding new transit capability that just happens to utilize a fleet of fully electric buses from none other than BYD. The Red Line was given...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Ford Survey Finds Most People Have No Idea What An Electric Car Is Or What It Can Do

October 6, 2019,   by Steve Hanley

Part of the reason can be attributed to the actions of Ford and its Detroit based siblings who have been dragging their feet for years. When confronted with the prospect of manufacturing EVs, they...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Tesla is donating 50 electric car charging stations at Parks Canada locations

October 6, 2019,   by Fred Lambert

Under the program, Tesla deploys both Wall Connectors for its own cars and universal AC chargers for other electric vehicles at locations, like hotels, restaurants, and other popular locations.

Category: Electric Vehicles

UK car sales fall again but demand for electric vehicles surges

October 5, 2019,  

British car sales dropped by an annual 1.6% in the low-sales month of August as demand for diesel models continued to fall but there was a 377.5% increase in registrations of battery electric...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Big Oil Faces A Formidable Foe In Fight Against Electric Vehicles

October 2, 2019,   by Charles Morris

Electric utilities are keen on electric vehicles these days — they see them as a future revenue source. Utilities from California to Florida to Michigan are sponsoring the installation of public...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Gov. Cooper wants more electric vehicles in NC. Will NCDOT’s plan make it happen? Read more here: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/traffic/article234633377.html#storylink=cpy

October 2, 2019,   by Richard Stradling

The plan lays out several strategies for increasing the number of electric vehicles registered in North Carolina from about 6,000 last fall to 80,000 by 2025. Cooper set the goal as part of a broader...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Gov. Walz Seeks California’s Clean Car Standards For Minnesota

September 25, 2019,   by Bill Hudson

The effort would enact California-like strict fuel standards in the state. Under the rules, vehicle manufacturers would be forced to offer more electric vehicles for Minnesota consumers to choose...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen starts own battery cell production for electric cars with pilot line

September 23, 2019,   by Fred Lambert

Volkswagen says that it is already starting its own battery cell production for electric cars with a pilot line in Salzgitter (Lower Saxony), where they will build a full battery factory with...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Transformer Installed at EA's Bakersfield Station

September 16, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Sometime in the past week PG&E has installed the transformer for the Electrify America station in Bakersfield, California. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

CA issued “stop work” orders against Recargo on 22 state-funded charging sites

September 8, 2019,   by Jeff Nisewanger

The California Energy Commission (CEC) issued “stop work” orders earlier this year against Recargo, the parent company of PlugShare, for non-performance on two major DC fast charging installation...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Recargo's DCFC Station Contract on 101 in Central California has expired

September 6, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Recargo's California Energy Commission contract to build eight DC fast-charging stations from Buellton, California to the San Francisco Bay Area on Hwy 101 has "expired."[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Setting a Charging Schedule for the Chevy Bolt EV

September 5, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

I was talking to a Chevy Bolt newby and in the course of the conversation I found that they knew another Bolt driver who charged off-peak using a cheap 120-volt timer you can get at any big box store...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Clean, green machines: the truth about electric vehicle emissions

September 5, 2019,   by Jake Whitehead

Despite the overwhelming evidence that electric vehicle technology can deliver significant economic, environmental and health benefits, misinformation continues to muddy the public debate in...

Category: Electric Vehicles

In Sweden, Golden Arches now double as signposts for electric car charging

September 4, 2019,   by ALEXANDRA JARDINE

The fast-feeder is catering to growing number of electric-vehicle drivers in the country.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Indiana police department swaps Dodge Charger for Tesla Model 3

August 31, 2019,   by Jonathon Ramsey

When you hear a news reporter say about the Tesla Model 3, "It's what the Bargersville Police Department believes is the new future for all city and local law enforcement," that's a segment you pay...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Battery Degradation Comparison Chevy Bolt EV and Nissan Leaf

August 31, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

We are approaching the two-year anniversary of leasing a 2017 Chevy Bolt EV. This is a good time to take stock of any degradation in the Bolt's traction battery capacity and how that compares with a...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Consumer Reports Admits, The Electric Car Age Has Arrived

August 28, 2019,  

The auto industry is still ruled by the internal combustion engine. Cars (and trucks) powered by gasoline and diesel continue to dominate. However, an automotive transition is underway according to a...

Category: Electric Vehicles

When it doesn't go Right--Plan B Charging of a Chevy Bolt EV

August 28, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Experienced EV drivers always have a Plan B for charging on the road, and for good reason. Charging network reliability, especially for non-Tesla EVs, can be spotty at best even in "green"...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

The Electric Vehicle Revolution Is About To Get Messy

August 21, 2019,   by Zachary Shahan

In general, much more of the public will soon find out that you can’t buy a gas car in most classes that can hold a candle to its electric competitors, and automakers still trying to push gasmobiles...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Ørsted Switches to 100% Electric Vehicles

August 14, 2019,  

The world’s largest offshore wind energy developer will operate a 100% electric vehicle fleet by 2025, becoming the first Danish company to join the EV100 initiative.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Flathead hosts Montana’s only electric car loaning program

August 13, 2019,   by Maren Siu

The Flathead Electric Co-Op (FEC) boasts the state’s only electric car loaning program. FEC research analyst Wade Harris says the Co-Op started the program to introduce electric cars to the Flathead...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Is Orkney 'in the fast lane' on electric vehicles?

August 13, 2019,   by Kevin Keane

Orkney is leading the charge on electric vehicles, with one of the highest uptakes in the UK. As BBC Scotland continues its season of special news coverage on the "climate emergency", we look at...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Update on Sierra Nevada East Side Non-Tesla DCFC Stations

August 12, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

As noted previously, there are no public non-Tesla EV charging stations on the East Side of the Sierra Nevada from Mojave, California to Gardnerville, Nevada on US 395--a distance of more than 300...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

How much does electricity cost on a 2,500 mile road trip in a Tesla?

August 6, 2019,   by Simon Mahan

Based on some personal experience, electricity use for a 2,500 mile road trip can cost zero dollars.

Category: Electric Vehicles

The Geopolitical Challenges Of Electric Vehicles

August 5, 2019,   by Todd Medema

New technologies often require new resources that shift the global balance of power, and EVs are no exception. Their batteries and motors require copper, nickel, lithium, cobalt, graphite and rare...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why solar, wind and EVs will be the death of the petroleum industry

August 5, 2019,   by Giles Parkinson

A stunning new report from French-based global banking group BNP Paribas signals the death toll for the petrol industry – a mixture of solar, wind and electric vehicles can deliver more than six...

Category: Fossil Fuels, Electric Vehicles

EROCI AND THE TOUGH ROAD AHEAD FOR OIL

August 4, 2019,   by Mark Lewis

Oil needs long-term break-evens of $10-$20/bbl to remain competitive in mobility. Oil has a massive flow-rate advantage, but this is time limited. Economic and environmental benefits set to make...

Category: Fossil Fuels, Electric Vehicles

Why Leasing an Electric Car May Be Best

July 31, 2019,  

For most American car shoppers interested in a pure electric vehicle (EV), the technology can present a host of unfamiliar considerations. For that reason, CR believes leasing, rather than buying,...

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV tax credit fight sparks lobbying frenzy

July 31, 2019,   by Timothy Cam

Automakers are expanding lobbying efforts to extend the federal tax credit for buying electric vehicles, as the oil industry and conservatives push back against further incentives.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Consumer Reports: Car Buyers Want Electric Vehicles. Automakers: No, They Don’t.

July 30, 2019,   by Charles Morris

If there’s one thing the legacy automakers can agree on, it’s that nobody wants to buy electric vehicles. In June, when BMW Director of Development Klaus Frölich said, “There are no customer requests...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Colorado Could See More Electric Vehicles Under Deal With The Auto Industry

July 29, 2019,   by Nathaniel Minor

The Colorado Department of Transportation, the Colorado Energy Office, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers struck a deal on the state's plan to adopt...

Category: Electric Vehicles

I am Sold: Android Auto & Google Maps are an Essential Tool for the Bolt

July 24, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

I am a slow learner, but I've come around to Sean Nelson's view that Android Auto is an indispensable tool for the Chevy Bolt EV. Nelson drives a Bolt in Canada's British Columbia province. And he...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, Other Articles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Kansas adds electric car charging at turnpike service areas

July 22, 2019,  

By: Associated Press items.[0].image.alt TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Electric charging stations have been introduced at the Topeka, Lawrence and Towanda services areas on the Kansas Turnpike. Kansas...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles gaining momentum in North Dakota, but slowly

July 21, 2019,   by AMY R. SISK

While the state ranks near last in the nation for electric vehicle adoption, interest is starting to grow among residents as the cars become more affordable and travel farther on a single charge.

Category: Electric Vehicles

New Survey Shows Strong Support for Electric Vehicles Across Economic Spectrum

July 18, 2019,  

The electric vehicle market may be poised for accelerating growth, according to a new survey of prospective car buyers, and consideration of getting electric vehicles is fairly consistent across...

Category: Electric Vehicles

China's Electric Vehicle Charging Posts Surpassed 1 Million in June

July 15, 2019,   by Donna Fuscaldo

According to the Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Promotion Alliance as of the end of June, the number of charging posts has surpassed 1 million. According to Xinhua, the official state-run...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Familiarity brings Confidence--300-Mile Day Trip in an EV on a Whim

July 12, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

My wife Nancy's friend Virginia was visiting. Virginia has a relative she hadn't seen in many years on California's central coast in Arroyo Grande. We have a friend in adjoining Grover Beach. The two...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Assessing Chevy Bolt EV Reliability After Almost 3 Years on the Road

July 10, 2019,   by Steve Birkett

Despite the frequent and unsubstantiated assertion from critics that the battery will be the most troublesome part of any electric vehicle to maintain, long-term owners of the Chevy Volt plug-in...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Chevy Bolt EV and Tesla Model 3 LR vs Anti-EV Hit Pieces

July 7, 2019,   by Eric Way

Road trip report in response to a hit piece by the New York Times on EVs.

Category: Electric Vehicles

2,000+ Mile Chevy Bolt EV Road Trip: Pt. 1 - Boston, MA to Vermont's Green Mountains

July 4, 2019,  

Our ambitious 2,000+ mile Bolt EV road trip, from home in Boston to Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto, Detroit, Cleveland, and back again, is underway! It starts here, with this leisurely late afternoon...

Category: Electric Vehicles

How climate change deniers inserted themselves into the EPA’s fuel economy rollback fight

July 3, 2019,   by Phil Dzikiy

Recently released government emails show how these deniers even went so far as to call automakers “the opposition,” according to a new report from the New York Times.

Category: Fossil Fuels, Electric Vehicles

If you're not shopping for an electric vehicle, maybe you should be

June 30, 2019,   by John Kent

Six months into electric vehicle ownership, I'm running out of reasons to ever buy another car that runs on refined crude. From quietness, acceleration and economy to maintenance, convenience and...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Are Becoming An Important Lodging Guest Amenity

June 28, 2019,   by Loren McDonald

For the lodging industry, the growth of electric vehicles provide both challenges and opportunities to ownership and management. As ownership of EVs increases and the average range of pure electric...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Who Wants to Kill the Electric Car This Time?

June 28, 2019,   by Ben Jervey

IN FEBRUARY, Senator John Barrasso, a Wyoming Republican who chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, introduced a bill to end the federal tax credit for plug-in electric vehicles...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Some Electrify America sites have been going offline due to a cooling system issue

June 28, 2019,   by Jeff Nisewanger

Roughly 30 Electrify America locations have been experiencing a problem with chargers shutting themselves down for CCS charging due to a problem in their liquid-cooled cable system within the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Avoiding Range Anxiety with an EV Road Trip Checklist

June 28, 2019,   by Patricia Valderrama Ada Statler Samuel Garcia Madhur Boloor Jessica Russo

Drivers considering buying electric vehicles (EVs) often mention range anxiety, the perception that EVs cannot be driven long distances reliably, as a source of apprehension. One of the main reasons...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Wash. state has 3rd-highest rate of electric, hybrid vehicles in U.S.

June 27, 2019,  

The only states with a higher percentage of electric or hybrid vehicles are Massachusetts, with 4.5 percent, and California, with 6 percent. The national average is 2.3 percent.

Category: Electric Vehicles

BYD Adds Bus Manufacturing Capacity In North America With New Canadian Plant

June 25, 2019,   by Kyle Field

New energy company BYD is taking another step into the lucrative North American bus market with the announcement of a new bus plant in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. The new 45,000-square-foot facility...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Long-range electric vehicles in Washington state’s fleet surpass 1M miles driven

June 24, 2019,  

One million miles driven and counting – that’s the status of the 113 long-range electric vehicles (EVs) in the state fleet managed by the Department of Enterprise Services. It is a milestone reached...

Category: Electric Vehicles

NY Times Screws Up a Simple Road Trip, But Don’t Blame the Chevy Bolt EV or Charge Networks

June 24, 2019,   by Steve Birkett

Attempting a straightforward 550-mile round trip from L.A. to Las Vegas in a 2019 Chevy Bolt EV, this NY Times reporter fails at basic trip planning, passing the buck for his errors to electric cars...

Category: Electric Vehicles

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June 24, 2019,   by Ada Statler Madhur Boloor Patricia Valderrama Samuel Garcia

The Great American Road Trip has assumed many forms: desert voyages inspired by the writings of Edward Abbey, courageous Jim Crow-era journeys by Black drivers like Victor Hugo Green, expeditions...

Category: Electric Vehicles

B.C. slashes electric vehicle incentives to $3K, $1.5K

June 22, 2019,  

The province has "topped up" its incentive program for drivers who buy a clean-energy vehicle, but the rebate for each consumer will be less than before.

Category: Electric Vehicles

NYTimes Spreads Misinformation About EVs — Let’s Clean Up The Mess Twitter LinkedIn Facebook June 22nd, 2019 by Dr. Maximilian Holland In an article by Ivan Penn published this weekend, the New York Times has stretched the truth beyond brea

June 22, 2019,   by Dr. Maximilian Holland

In an article by Ivan Penn published this weekend, the New York Times has stretched the truth beyond breaking point to suggest that EVs cannot make the LA–Las Vegas–LA round trip without needing over...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Bay Area’s Electric Car Sales Have Nearly Doubled Thanks To Tesla Model 3

June 21, 2019,   by Matt Pressman

Electric vehicle sales have nearly doubled in the Bay Area. The San Francisco Chronicle reports, “Partly because of the arrival of the Model 3, electric car sales locally have surged. In 2018,...

Category: Electric Vehicles

In Our View: Better late than never with electric vehicles

June 20, 2019,  

With C-Tran purchasing new buses and with Gov. Jay Inslee tooling around Tacoma, Washington is increasingly going electric.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Joint China and Japan ChaoJi project works towards “CHAdeMO 3.0”

June 19, 2019,   by Jeff Nisewanger

Good progress is being reported on the joint effort by the predominantly Japanese CHAdeMO Association and China’s State Grid utility operator on their new common connector plug design for future...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Another Deceptive Letter Bashing the Electric Car Tax Credit Circulating Congress, Courtesy of FreedomWorks

June 16, 2019,   by Ben Jervey

A West Virginia Republican is gathering signatures from fellow members of Congress for a letter opposing any extension to the electric vehicle (EV) tax credit. Representative Alex Mooney is getting...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why electric vehicle owners are urging Ford government to fund charging stations

June 15, 2019,   by Lisa Xing

Electric vehicle (EV) drivers revving up for a road trip won't find any charging stations at OnRoute stops in Ontario this summer. According to drivers and experts in the industry, it's partly...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Charging advances make electric cars more enticing

June 14, 2019,   by Larry Magid

If you’re thinking of buying a new car, you owe it to yourself and every other living thing on the planet to at least consider going electric. I bought a fully electric car six months ago and have no...

Category: Electric Vehicles

City Replaces 37 Gasoline Powered Cars with Fleet of 38 New Electric Vehicles

June 10, 2019,   by ANDY VITALICIO

The City of Pasadena has a new fleet of 38 electric Chevrolet Bolts recently acquired for use by various City departments.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Chemical plant explosion in California leaves hydrogen car drivers without fuel

June 6, 2019,   by Angie Bergenson

An explosion at an Air Products facility resulted in hydrogen supply vehicles being pulled off roads.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Tesla Short Seller: Protect America! Ban Electric Cars!!

May 31, 2019,   by Steve Hanley

Is there something in the water? Has some virus invaded the bodies of otherwise rational people and turned them into complete babbling idiots? There is clearly some dynamic afoot which has inverted...

Category: Electric Vehicles

New Poll Shows Widespread Bipartisan Interest in Electric Cars

May 29, 2019,   by Ben Jervey

The poll, conducted in partnership with Yale University’s Program on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication, finds that 77 percent of...

Category: Electric Vehicles

10 Ludicrous Electric Car Myths (& Can You Drive An Electric Car In The Rain?)

May 29, 2019,   by Charles Morris

We all know there’s a lot of misinformation about electric vehicles out there, but this is ridiculous. A recent survey found that 12% of UK motorists believe that electric cars cannot be driven in...

Category: Electric Vehicles

GOP bill would fund electric vehicle charging stations with VW settlement money

May 29, 2019,   by CHRIS HUBBUCH

A Republican-backed effort to fund electric vehicle charging stations in Wisconsin is shaking up traditional political allegiances.

Category: Electric Vehicles

EVs in the Hoosier Heartland

May 29, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

As a former Hoosier and as an Electric Vehicle advocate I keep an eye on EV development in the state of Indiana. Yes, Indiana is the home of the arch-conservative vice president and former governor...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Chevron lobbyist pushes secretive campaign against electric cars in Arizona

May 28, 2019,   by Phil Dzikiy

Oil and gas company Chevron recently announced that it’s bringing electric vehicle chargers to its gas stations — meanwhile, one of its lobbyists is spurring a fight against EV infrastructure in...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Where Are The GM Electric Vehicles?

May 26, 2019,   by William Clavey

Yet, here we are, 18 months and 14 days since that presentation, and the GM electric vehicle portfolio has yet to expand, with the Bolt EV being the only electric car available in the lineup....

Category: Electric Vehicles

Voters are bullish on electric vehicles, but there's a partisan gap

May 23, 2019,   by Ben Geman

44% of voters plan to go electric when they replace their wheels in the next 5 years, including over half of Democrats.

Category: Electric Vehicles

CalTrans' DCFC Stations on the East Side Not Yet Out to Bid--EA's Under Construction

May 21, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

While funding for CalTrans' District 9 DC Fast Charge stations under the state's 30-30 program has been approved, the stations have yet to go out for bid. Bids likely will be released in July 2019...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Denny's Tehachapi ChargePoint DCFC Activity--Finally

May 21, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Denny's on Hwy 58 in Tehachapi has been slated for a ChargePoint DCFC station for some time. As of two weeks ago there was no sign of activity. Today there was a chain-link fence closing off a...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

New P.E.I. group charged up about electric vehicles

May 21, 2019,  

The P.E.I. Electric Vehicle Association had its first meeting in April with about a half-dozen people, said founding member Brent Chaisson. About 10 attended the second meeting in May, and Chaisson...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Cars Don't Pose a Risk for Radiation

May 21, 2019,   by Bob Schildgen

Various authorities ranging from bioengineers to Consumer Reports affirm that there is no risk of unhealthy radiation exposure from electric vehicles. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Who’s Behind The War On Electric Cars?

May 17, 2019,   by Steve Hanley

The attack on electric cars is two-pronged. One part is focused on eliminating all federal EV incentives. Once that assault is successful, then the emphasis will shift to the states. That’s where...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Federal government rolls out grants for electric vehicles, while more charging stations coming in Sask.

May 16, 2019,  

The latest federal budget introduced a grant for people to buy vehicles that run on electricity or hydrogen fuel, but Saskatchewan is a "wasteland" still in terms of infrastructure for these...

Category: Electric Vehicles

French grid operator able to handle sharp electric vehicle rise

May 15, 2019,  

France’s electricity grid will be able to cope with a sharp increase in demand from electric vehicles by 2035, its operator RTE said on Wednesday.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Iceland moving away from ICE as capital Reykjavík aims to reduce gas stations by half by 2025

May 13, 2019,   by Phil Dzikiy

The city council of Reykjavík, Iceland recently approved a plan to reduce the number of gas stations by half in Iceland’s capital by 2025, as one of the city’s environmental initiatives.

Category: Electric Vehicles

How to Use Android Auto on the Chevy Bolt

May 10, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

I haven't had trouble using Android Auto, but others have. Here are some simple instructions that seem to work for me.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Toronto $1,000 Used Electric Vehicle Incentive

May 7, 2019,  

Get $1,000 Off Your Used EV Purchase Brought to you by Plug’n Drive and Clean Air Partnership.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Workhorse posts declining sales; expects full production of electric vehicle by fourth quarter

May 7, 2019,   by Brian Straight

The company reported sales of $364,000, down from $560,000 in the first quarter of 2018. Expenses also decreased in several areas, including in research and development, which saw a 42 percent...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electrify America shows new mobile app, reveals new pricing plans

May 6, 2019,   by Jeff Nisewanger

Electrify America says that a new mobile app will become available later this month along with a new pricing strategy that will drop basic prices by about 20 percent. A new discounted subscription...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electrify America rolls out charger software update

April 29, 2019,   by Jeff Nisewanger

After having spent a year installing over 140 DC charging sites, Electrify America is now in the process of rolling out updated software and services for users of its expanding nationwide network....

Category: Electric Vehicles

Calgary gives electric car drivers a boost, adds 42 downtown charging stations

April 26, 2019,   by Stephen Hunt

The city announced Friday that three of its parkades have added the charging stations at no cost to the city, thanks to the Tesla Charging Infrastructure Municipal Grant.

Category: Electric Vehicles

New Pages Added on Frequently Asked Questions about EVs

April 14, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

I've added a series of new pages answering frequently asked questions about EVs. These can be found under the Electric Vehicles section of this web site. The pages are listed under Frequently Asked...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Paris fights smog with biggest ever EU electric bus purchase, 800 e-buses to replace diesel

April 9, 2019,   by Phil Dzikiy

RATP said three separate firms won the tender to supply the buses — Heuliez Bus, Bollore and Alstom. The deals are worth “up to 400 million euros” ($450 million). It’s the biggest bus purchase of its...

Category: Electric Vehicles

BYD Produced Its 300th Electric Bus In Lancaster, California

April 5, 2019,   by Mark Kane

Chinese BYD (Build Your Dreams) opened its electric bus manufacturing plant in Lancaster, California in 2013 and delivered its first vehicle in 2014. Now, after six years, the company produced its...

Category: Electric Vehicles

ChargePoint shuts down some 50 kW chargers due to “quality and safety” issue

April 4, 2019,   by Jeff Nisewanger

The chargers, branded as the ChargePoint Express 200, are made by Tritium of Australia which itself brands them as the Veefil-RT. They have been made since 2013 and support CHAdeMO and CCS with dual...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Heinrich Introduces Legislation To Extend Electric Vehicles Tax Credit

April 4, 2019,  

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, introduced the Electric Cars Act of 2019, bicameral legislation to fully extend the electric...

Category: Electric Vehicles

The Country Where Electric Cars Outsell Petrol Cars

April 3, 2019,   by Tsvetana Paraskova

For the first time ever, EV sales in Norway in March outstripped sales of gasoline and diesel cars combined, confirming the Nordic country’s undisputed global leadership in EV market share and...

Category: Electric Vehicles

For the first time ever, EV sales in Norway in March outstripped sales of gasoline and diesel cars combined, confirming the Nordic country’s undisputed global leadership in EV market share and setting it on the road to achieve its national goal to have all

April 1, 2019,   by Naomi Jagoda

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) said Monday that he's planning to introduce legislation in the coming weeks to expand the electric vehicle tax credit and link it to domestic manufacturing, calling the bill...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Fact-Checking President Trump’s Assessment of Wind Power and Electric Vehicles

March 29, 2019,   by Eric Wesoff

U.S. President Donald Trump mocked renewable energy at yesterday's campaign rally in Michigan. Implicating Hillary Clinton as part of Big Wind, Trump said, "If Hillary got in...you'd be doing wind....

Category: News on Large Wind, Electric Vehicles

Canada announces new $5,000 incentive for electric cars, Tesla vehicles excluded

March 19, 2019,   by Fred Lambert

As part of its new budget, the Canadian federal government has announced a new $5,000 incentive for electric cars that cost less than $45,000, however, it excludes Tesla vehicles.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Is "A Better Routeplanner" Better? A Review for the Bolt

March 16, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

There are four route planners I've used for planning trips in our Chevy Bolt. I've reported on my experience with EV Trip Planner, Green Race, and Chevy's own Energy Assist App. The first two are...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

EV Trip Planners and Trip Summaries with Chevy Bolt

March 15, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

I previously reported on my experience using three different EV trip planners. See Energy Consumption Estimators, Trip Planners, and the Chevy Bolt EV. Since then I've been experimenting with A...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Bakersfield to Death Valley and Return--500-mile Round Trip in a Chevy Bolt

March 13, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

We recently completed a round trip from Bakersfield to Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park in our Chevy Bolt. We've done this trip many times in a gasoline-powered car, but this was the first...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Bakersfield to Ridgecrest and Return Trip Summary

March 12, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

We've now made the trip a few times in both the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Bolt. As with our trips to Kernville, actual consumption has varied for each trip and has varied with the results of four...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Bakersfield to Kernville and Return Trip Summaries

March 12, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

We've now done the trip several times and we can look at the variability in consumption relative to estimates by EV Trip Planner, Chevy's Energy Assist app, and A Better RoutePlanner (ABRP). [more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Tesla Model 3 helps electric car sales surge in California

March 6, 2019,   by Fred Lambert

EV sales went from 51,176 units in 2017 to 92,447 cars in 2018. The bulk of the increase can be attributed to Tesla introducing Model 3 in the US.

Category: Electric Vehicles

All about that bass: carmakers seek electric car sounds for post-petrol era

March 4, 2019,   by Edward Taylor

“Performance models need to have a more assertive sound, with more bass. It cannot be a high pitched din, like a sewing machine. It has to be futuristic,” he said, adding that SUVs will have a deeper...

Category: Electric Vehicles

A look into Big Oil's fight against electric cars

March 4, 2019,   by Maxine Joselow

Representatives of the oil industry — including those from Marathon Petroleum Corp., the nation's largest refiner — spoke out against the tax credit, according to people in the room. The attendees...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run, says study

February 12, 2019,   by Damian Carrington

The study examined the purchase, fuel and tax costs of Europe’s bestselling car, the VW golf, in its battery electric, hybrid, petrol and diesel versions. Over four years, the pure electric version...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Here's What Happens to Your Electric Car in a Bitter Canadian Winter

February 11, 2019,   by William Clavey

To find out, I ventured out on a very Canadian quest behind the wheel of a 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV in the middle of January. Turns out, if you’re going to commit to daily driving an electric car in a...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Mud, Rocks, EV Capacity, and Flexibility

February 7, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Our family car--our only car--is a Chevy Bolt. When we want to drive somewhere, we drive the Bolt. The Bolt is a battery-electric vehicle (EV). It runs on electricity. You can't just pull up to a gas...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

8% Plug-In Electric Vehicle Market Share In China!

February 3, 2019,   by Jose Pontes

China registered over 180,000 PEVs in December, making it the 4th record month in a row and achieving 70% year-over-year (YoY) growth. That meant that 2018 sales ended north of the 1 million units...

Category: Electric Vehicles

California Plug-In Electric Vehicles: Universal Charging Access Guidelines and Best Practices (Disabled Parking)

January 28, 2019,   by GOVERNOR’S OFFICE of PLANNING AND RESEARCH

These guidelines are intended to supersede and expand upon the current DSA “Interim Disabled Access Guidelines for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations 97-03”, dated 5 June 1997. While 97-03 is a...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Trudeau Should Consider Buying GM and Making Electric Cars

January 21, 2019,   by Linda McQuaig

The Star’s business columnist David Olive made a persuasive case that Ottawa should step in and buy GM Canada (at a fair, negotiated price), and use its facilities—including assembly plants,...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles power through Yukon winter

January 20, 2019,   by Philippe Morin

A few owners of electric vehicles say they're impressed by the batteries' performance, despite the weather.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Chattanooga electric vehicle plant work to start in spring, first SUV produced by 2022

January 20, 2019,   by Mike Pare

Last week, Volkswagen unveiled plans to invest $800 million in a new facility in Chattanooga and hire 1,000 more workers to make electric vehicles.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Reform tax credit for electric vehicles

January 17, 2019,   by Heidi Sickler

To improve air quality and make the electic vehicle tax credit work better for consumers, Congress must lift or eliminate the cap. Lifting the cap will let innovations ramp up, and cars will become...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Gov. Polis signs executive order supporting Colorado’s transition to zero emission vehicles

January 17, 2019,  

“Our goal is to reach 100 percent renewable electricity by 2040 and embrace the green energy transition already underway economy-wide,” said Governor Jared Polis. “Today’s Executive Order will...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Trump Flips — Changes His Mind On Electric Vehicles (For The Moment). Now EVs Are “A Big Win!”

January 15, 2019,   by Dr. Maximilian Holland

Having recently criticised GM for aiming to increase its focus on electric vehicles, Trump has now called VW’s new EV production investment in Chattanooga “A big win!” What’s up with that?

Category: Electric Vehicles

Tracking Chevy Bolt EV Battery Capacity

January 14, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Everyone who has a cell phone knows that batteries don't last forever. For drivers of electric vehicles (EVs), or those considering one, the first question that comes to mind is, "How long will the...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Sierra Club Activist Loves His Chevy Volt

January 11, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Long-time Sierra Club activist Harold Wood and his wife Janet bought a Chevy Volt about a year ago. Wood, a Visalia, California authority on the life and times of John Muir, the founder of the Sierra...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

VW & GM Exec Statements on Electric Vehicles & Tesla Leave Me Dizzy, Confused, & Laughing

January 9, 2019,   by Matt Pressman

Big Auto’s executives have a long history of taking shots at Tesla. Now, two industry giants, VW and GM, have decided to dismiss the Silicon Valley automaker altogether and claim they’ll (instead)...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Pickup drivers block Tesla chargers in widening trend

January 2, 2019,   by Maxine Joselow

orget "rolling coal." A new trend called "ICE-ing," in which pickup truck owners purposefully block electric vehicle charging stations, appears to be gaining ground around the country.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: Guidelines for Cities

December 31, 2018,   by Zachary Shahan

This paper is written for those municipal officials, especially in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The objective is to help them — you — properly prepare your community for the coming mass market...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Gas Cars Have Much Higher Risk Of Fire Than Electric Cars

December 31, 2018,   by Zachary Shahan

However ICE cars are fundamentally more exposed to fatal fire risks than their electric counterparts, as the deadliest fires are mostly due to flammable liquids located in the engine area.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Replacing Rear Wiper Blade on the Chevy Bolt EV

December 16, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Our 2017 Chevy Bolt EV is about 18 months old. The windshield wipers were beginning to streak so I decided to replace the wipers. Despite that the replacement wipers for the windshield were not...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Trump says GM shift to electric vehicles is 'not going to work'

December 13, 2018,   by David Shepardson, Lisa Lambert

President Donald Trump on Thursday said General Motors Co’s (GM.N) decision to shift much of its focus to electric vehicles will not succeed, and he asserted a new trade deal will make it harder for...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Tesla would consider buying shuttered GM factories [again], says Elon Musk

December 7, 2018,   by Fred Lambert

If GM goes through with its recently announced restructuring that would see several North America plants shut down, Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that they would consider buying some of those shuttered...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Tips for San Diego to Bakersfield Trip for a First Time Bolt Driver

December 6, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

As Tony Williams says, "plan the drive and drive the plan."[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

GM Canada president says electric vehicles are the future — but they won't be made in Oshawa

December 4, 2018,   by Susan Ormiston

GM Canada's president says "there isn't anything to build" after 2019 at the company's Oshawa plant as the automaker bets big on electric and autonomous vehicles. There will be new GM jobs in...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Nissan Postpones Launch Of 60-kWh LEAF e-Plus

December 3, 2018,   by MARK KANE

According to the latest news, the longer-range Nissan LEAF (with a 60 kWh battery), which was expected to be launched a year after the introduction of the base second-generation LEAF with 40 kWh...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Beyond Carlos Ghosn and Andy Palmer, Was Nissan Ever A True EV Proponent?

December 1, 2018,   by Dave Laur

Ghosn was arrested by Japanese officials for income reporting irregularities and corporate spending spanning nearly a decade. Soon it became apparent, the arrest was due to the concerted efforts by...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Demand for gasoline wanes as electric car sales advance: report

November 29, 2018,   by Marissa Luck

Americans' appetite for gasoline is slowing and could fall further as electric car sales continue to bite into gasoline demand.

Category: Electric Vehicles

GM Unplugs the Volt, But Electric Vehicles Aren’t Dead

November 26, 2018,   by Liam Denning

As one of the relatively few plug-in car options available in the U.S., and a symbol of GM’s shift toward new technologies, the Volt’s impending demise is a blow to proponents of vehicle...

Category: Electric Vehicles

GM to build last Chevy Volt in March 2019 as part of major restructuring

November 26, 2018,   by Jeff Nisewanger

The move entails some 14,000 layoffs and buyouts in the US and Canada related to the planned closure of three assembly plants and two transmission plants. Of those, about 8,000 are North American...

Category: Electric Vehicles

GM to kill Chevy Volt production in 2019

November 26, 2018,   by Eric C. Evarts

The Volt was the first production plug-in car sold in the U.S. when it went on sale in 2010, but has struggled with slow sales and high incentives recently as consumers have been inspired by pure...

Category: Electric Vehicles

DC Ultrafast EV Charging Stations for Large Commercial Projects

November 24, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

All new large commercial projects along major travel corridors should install ultrafast-charging stations for electrical vehicles. These will serve the developers own commercial interest as well as...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Recargo opens California’s first ultra-fast CCS charging site

November 22, 2018,   by Jeff Nisewanger

Recargo has officially opened its first DC charging location in time for Thanksgiving Day drivers. It becomes the first public site in California to support charging at power levels of 150 kW or...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Net Cost of a Lease for a 2018-2019 Chevy Bolt EV in the San Joaquin Valley

November 20, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Since we and friends each leased a Chevy Bolt in November 2017, we've watched prices rise and stay high. Several of our friends and acquaintances have considered a Bolt, GM's first mass-produced,...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

British Columbia moves to phase out non-electric car sales by 2040

November 20, 2018,   by Julie Gordon

British Columbia’s premier said on Tuesday his government will introduce legislation next year that will require all new light-duty cars and trucks sold in the province by 2040 to be electric or...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Big Oil Doesn’t Like EV Subsidies, Just Its Own Giant Subsidy

November 19, 2018,   by Liam Denning

You may not have heard, but electric vehicles are just another one-percenter boondoggle, Jay Gatsby’s cream-colored Rolls Royce reincarnated and partly paid for by you, the toiling masses, via...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Zero-emission rules mean fewer electric car choices for most Canadians: Don Pittis

November 19, 2018,   by Don Pittis

Unless the federal government moves ahead with a promised national ZEV mandate of its own quickly — something critics think is unlikely — green car advocates fear the provincial schemes will merely...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Update on CalTrans District 9 (Sierra Nevada East Side) DC Fast Charger Program

November 16, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Proposition 6, the measure to roll back an increase in gasoline taxes, failed in California's midterm election. Projects that depended upon the tax increase, such as CalTrans' 30-30 program, will now...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Controversy splits EV charging group

November 16, 2018,   by David Ferris

A dispute among electric vehicle charging companies vying for business in California has spilled into the open, as members of a leading trade organization filed comments with state regulators...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Mountains to the Sea: EV Road Trip Made Possible by a 60 kWh Battery

November 14, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

While a friend was visiting from Canada, we took her on a road trip from Bakersfield, California to the coast via Mount Pinos in the San Emigdio Range. This is an easy trip in a gasoline-powered car....[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Tesla flips to CCS in Europe, what does it mean?

November 14, 2018,   by Jeff Nisewanger

Tesla is switching to use the CCS fast DC charging standard in Europe, according to a report by Electrek. The European version of the Model 3 will come with a CCS charging inlet. European...

Category: Electric Vehicles

First nine California Electrify America sites planned to open before 2019

November 14, 2018,   by Jeff Nisewanger

Overall, the company is planning to install over 600 DC chargers at approximately 160 charging locations in California by June of 2019.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Tesla, Electrify America adjacent DC charging sites near completion in Livermore

November 13, 2018,   by Jeff Nisewanger

It is one of two highway charging locations initially being added to the Bay Area by Electrify America and is among the first of the new urban-style Tesla Supercharger locations as well. The other...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Madera Electrify America DCFC Station Underway

November 10, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

On our way to Santa Cruz, California we stopped in Madera to charge our Chevy Bolt EV. Just a few miles north Electrify America--the VW subsidiary ordered to do penance for its dieselgate scandal--is...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electrify America's Proposed DCFC Sites on the East Side of the Sierra

November 4, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

The most recent version of Electrify America's web site includes DCFC stations planned and those "coming soon." The online maps don't show sites on the East Side of the Sierra Nevada. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

What Mary Barra’s National EV Mandate Plan Says — And Doesn’t Say — About General Motors

October 27, 2018,   by Steve Hanley

One of the likely subtexts of the Barra plan is to eviscerate the clean air rules put in place by the California Air Resources Board. This is a fierce bone of contention between the Golden State and...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Frigidity and the challenge of high-power coupling

October 23, 2018,   by Jeff Niesewanger

The Chevrolet Bolt EV, as depicted in the graph above, can charge at its full ability when connected to a 125A 50 kW charger once it reaches 20C (68F) but at 8C (46F) it can only safely charge at...

Category: Electric Vehicles

It's time for an electric car mandate in B.C.

October 22, 2018,   by Tracy Sherlock

B.C. is considering a mandate for electric vehicles — a provincial requirement that zero-emission vehicles make up a certain percentage of auto sales, such as 10 per cent by 2025 and 30 per cent by...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Lee Vining's Pioneer Pavilion Small Step for a Big Idea--Solar EV Charging at the Eastern Gateway to Yosemite

October 20, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Community activists have raised a solar pavilion in the small town of Lee Vining that they plan to use for charging electric vehicles (EVs). Dubbed the Pioneer Pavilion, the project is part of an...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Sold out: Report finds most B.C. dealerships don't have any electric vehicles

October 17, 2018,   by Joel Ballard

A recent study by Clean Energy Canada has found there aren't enough electric vehicles in B.C. to keep up with demand.

Category: Electric Vehicles

U.S. Senate bill could give Tesla, GM electric car tax credit boost

October 16, 2018,   by David Shepardson

Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) and General Motors Co (GM.N), which have lobbied Congress to lift a cap on electric vehicles eligible for a $7,500 tax credit, could get their way for up to four years under a new...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric car drivers can now ‘roam’ in the US and Canada on ChargePoint and FLO charging networks

October 16, 2018,   by Fred Lambert

A week after announcing a similar deal in Europe, ChargePoint has unveiled a new “roaming partnership” with FLO to allow electric vehicle drivers to use both charging networks across North America...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Tesla deploys large new Destination Charging station with 50 charge points

October 16, 2018,   by Fred Lambert

Tesla has deployed its largest Destination Charging station in Asia – a giant station with 50 charge points.

Category: Electric Vehicles

New Republican bill could remove federal tax credit cap for EVs after Tesla hits 200k

October 16, 2018,   by Fred Lambert

In the Senate, Heller represents Nevada, which is a state where Tesla has some significant political influence since establishing its Gigafactory 1 there.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Condo board unplugs Calgary couple's electric car, sparking feud over fees

October 14, 2018,  

A Calgary couple says they are in a power struggle with their condo board over the ability to charge their electric vehicle.

Category: Electric Vehicles

France's EDF wants to dominate electric vehicle charging market

October 10, 2018,   by Geert De Clercq

French state-owned utility EDF plans to become the leader in electric vehicle charging in Europe, a potentially lucrative, but already crowded, sector.

Category: Electric Vehicles

It was something of a surprise when Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen announced this week that Denmark will phase out gasoline and diesel car sales to make room for up to 1 million electric cars on the roads by 2030

October 6, 2018,   by Deb Erdley

Pennsylvania Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources Cindy Adams Dunn on Friday said the agency that oversees the parks has committed to installing electric car charging stations in every...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Danish Conservative Prime Minister Thinks Climate Council Is Too Conservative, Doubles Electric Vehicle Goal

October 6, 2018,   by Jesper Berggreen

It was something of a surprise when Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen announced this week that Denmark will phase out gasoline and diesel car sales to make room for up to 1 million electric...

Category: Electric Vehicles

lectrify America proposes metro DC charging, no H2 stations for CA cycle 2

October 4, 2018,   by Jeff Nisewanger

Electrify America proposes to heavily invest in ultra-fast DC charging in 9 metro areas of California between July, 2019 until the end of 2021, according to a plan recently submitted for approval to...

Category: Electric Vehicles

No More Gasoline & Diesel Car Sales In Denmark By 2030

October 2, 2018,   by Jesper Berggreen

Today, at the official annual opening of the Danish parliament, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen urged that all parties work together to make sure that no more gasoline and diesel cars will be...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Driving the Chevy Bolt EV--Our Impressions

September 28, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

We leased a Chevy Bolt EV in early November 2017. I've been driving the electric vehicle daily since then. We've also taken it on several round-trip excursions of 300 to 600 miles. I know enough...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

EMotorWerks Is Using Its Network of 10,000 EV Chargers to Bid Into Wholesale Markets

September 25, 2018,   by Julian Spector

The Enel subsidiary eMotorWerks has mobilized a fleet of 10,000 connected car chargers to participate in California’s day-ahead markets.

Category: Electric Vehicles

As sales of electric vehicles soar, B.C. adds $10M to clean energy vehicle incentive program

September 24, 2018,   by Jon Azpiri

The government has committed $27 million for the program, which provides a $5,000 credit toward the purchase price of electric cars or plug-in hybrids and $6,000 for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Category: Electric Vehicles

BorgWarner CEO Frederic Lissalde: Bring on electric vehicles

September 24, 2018,   by Larry P. Vellequette

"The more electrified it is, the better it is for Borg," said Lissalde, 51, who took over the top job at BorgWarner Aug. 1, when James Verrier stepped down as CEO.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Let's Talk About What Happens to Old Electric Car Batteries

September 22, 2018,   by Elizabeth Werth

It might not be the first thing you think of, but it’s definitely a question that has entered the minds of many people looking at the electric car world: what actually happens to all those old car...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles worth it over time: study

September 22, 2018,   by Kelly Taylor

A new report suggests electric vehicles (EV) are at or near the tipping point for making an economic case for themselves, even in Canadian provinces without generous taxpayer-funded incentives.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen will build a new electric-car factory in North America

September 20, 2018,   by Jake Holmes

Volkswagen's efforts to ramp up sales of electric vehicles include opening a new factory in North America that's dedicated to building EVs. Though the plant's location hasn't yet been disclosed or...

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Advocates form Eastern Sierra Electric Vehicle Association

September 19, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Mammoth Lakes electric vehicle advocates have joined together to form the Eastern Sierra chapter of the Electric Auto Association with the hope of spurring the installation of non-Tesla EV charging...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

California Lags in DC Fast-Charging Station Density for Electric Vehicles

September 18, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Despite its reputation for being electric vehicle (EV) friendly, California lags behind other North American states and provinces in the density of non-Tesla EV fast-charging stations relative to...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Envision Solar to Deploy First Solar-Powered DC Fast Charging Stations for Central California Rest Areas

September 13, 2018,  

Envision Solar International, the leading producer of unique and sustainable infrastructure products for electric vehicle charging, energy security and outdoor media, announced that the Monterey Bay...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Bombardier Introduces Talent 3 Battery-Operated Train

September 13, 2018,   by Mark Kane

Bombardier recently presented the Talent 3, which according to the press release, is the first of its kind to enter passenger operation in Europe in over 60 years. The first prototype has a range of...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Auto Association Petitions for Mammoth Lakes Public Chargers

September 9, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Raejean Fellows, president of the Electric Auto Association, has begun a petition calling on the Mammoth Lakes ski resort to install public EV charging for its non-Tesla customers driving electric.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

ChargePoint is adding 2.5M electric vehicle chargers over the next 7 years

September 1, 2018,   by Kirsten Korosec

The company, which has more than 53,000 chargers in operation today, has committed to a global network of 2.5 million charging spots by 2025.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Ontario extends electric car rebate deadline for Tesla buyers

August 31, 2018,   by Robert Benzie

Premier Doug Ford is doing a U-turn and giving hundreds of Tesla buyers $14,000 rebates after his Progressive Conservative government lost in court against the California-based electric car company.

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Road Tripping: Bakersfield Bolt to Yosemite via US 395 and the "East Side"

August 28, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

In mid August we took our annual vacation to Toulumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. We drove the family car. Nothing special about that per se, we've been doing it for years. What was different...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

A Little Secret GM Isn’t Telling Us About Improving The Bolt EV Battery

August 28, 2018,   by GEORGE BOWER

Our resident heat transfer expert Keith Ritter made a very interesting discovery when analyzing the Bolt EV battery pack. It was part of a detailed heat transfer investigation of both the Tesla and...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Tesla wins against Ontario gov as judge rules that phase-out of EV incentives is discriminatory

August 27, 2018,   by Fred Lambert

In Ontario, a judge has sided with Tesla and agreed that the government was discriminating against the company when it excluded Tesla from the phase-out period of the removal of the province’s EV...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric cars exceed 1m in Europe as sales soar by more than 40%

August 26, 2018,   by Adam Vaughan

Europe hit the milestone nearly a year after China, which has a much larger car market, but ahead of the US, which is expected to reach the landmark later this year driven by the appetite for Tesla’s...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Off Road in a Chevy Bolt

August 26, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Ok, it wasn't four-wheeling, but it was off-road. Today I took the Bolt off road with the Kern Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. The objective was watering a group of Bakersfield Cactus...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Peeking Inside the Bolt's Brain Reveals Valuable Secrets

August 24, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

EV nerds, rejoice. You can see some of the communications between various parts of Chevy's Bolt EV and its central computer--the brain that runs the car.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Bolt EV Successfully Crosses Sierra Nevada Bakersfield to Independence

August 20, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Since I've been driving electric I've been itching to drive across the Sierra Nevada to Independence, California from our home in Bakersfield. We love the "East Side" and it's our escape from the...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

A Canadian Take on Tesla's Supercharger Network

August 19, 2018,   by Glen Estill

The Supercharger network is a major and unrecognized strategic advantage that Tesla has over other EV vendors. And it is a smart marketing expense.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

UAW wants to build lots of electric vehicles, but for fair wages

August 17, 2018,   by Gary Jones

The UAW is committed to take these lessons and turn these challenges into opportunities. And the UAW has a long history of support for environmental advocacy -- supporting fuel economy standards and...

Category: Electric Vehicles

SLO is adding 'ultra-fast' car charging stations along Hwy. 101

August 12, 2018,   by Nick Wilson

A plan to install four fast-charging stations to power electric vehicles at a park and ride on Calle Joaquin Road in San Luis Obispo is moving forward with anticipated completion by the end of this...

Category: Electric Vehicles

UK unveils extensive new plan to go all-electric by 2040

August 9, 2018,   by Fred Lambert

Last year, the United Kingdom announced its intention for its transportation market to be all-electric by 2040. Today, the government unveiled an extensive 46-point plan to help the transition.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Virginia picks EVgo for statewide electric vehicle charging network

August 9, 2018,   by Jeff Clabaugh

Virginia is using part of its Volkswagen emissions test-cheating settlement to pay for a statewide network of electric vehicle charging stations, and has chosen Los Angeles-based EVgo Services LLC as...

Category: Electric Vehicles

The city where EVs, regulators and money merge

August 7, 2018,   by David Ferris

This state capital, which lacks the size and wealth of San Francisco or Los Angeles, has been wanting to be a hub for electric vehicles for as long as anyone cares to remember.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Home News BC Hydro expands fast-charging stations for electric vehicles; Coquihalla gets two

August 6, 2018,  

BC Hydro has completed the second phase of its electric vehicle fast-charging network, which will allow drivers to travel across B.C. from the Alberta border to Tofino

Category: Electric Vehicles

How to Read the Chevy Bolt's Dash Display

August 1, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

After receiving a question about how to find some basic information on the Bolt, I thought maybe I should post a little introduction to the dash displays--there are two: the driver's display and the...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

BMW to build 1 billion euro electric car factory in Hungary

July 31, 2018,  

The plant will have a production capacity of 150,000 cars a year and be able to make both electric and combustion engined vehicles.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Bakersfield to Santa Cruz and Return in a Chevy Bolt

July 29, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

We again put our Chevy Bolt through its paces with a 540-mile round trip from Bakersfield to Santa Cruz to visit friends.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

First Use of JDapter Stub for Tesla Destination Charger to Chevy Bolt

July 29, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

In short, it worked as advertised. For us this opens up trips to hotels and motels throughout California that were once restricted to Teslas only.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Hotels race to fill growing demand for electric car chargers

July 27, 2018,   by Jena Tesse Fox

Electric vehicles are rapidly growing from niche to normal. A Bloomberg New Energy Finance report, "Electric Vehicle Outlook 2018," predicts that sales of electric vehicles will increase from a...

Category: Electric Vehicles

B.C. proposes mandate for electric vehicles

July 27, 2018,   by Tracy Sherlock

The government is asking for public input on a series of intention papers that include ideas like banning the sale of gas and diesel cars by 2040, using more electric buses or even ferries, and...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen Group Canada Forms Electrify Canada to Install Ultra-Fast Electric Vehicle Chargers

July 19, 2018,  

Electrify Canada to Operate 32 Site Locations near Major Highways and Metro Areas

Category: Electric Vehicles

First Level 2 EVSE Operational in Kernville

July 15, 2018,  

In a conversation with the campground host about our electric vehicle he mentioned that there was a "charger" at the new Forest Service District Office in Kernville.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

This Is How You Drive An Electric Car With Just One Pedal

July 15, 2018,   by Bradley Brownell

One pedal driving is available in many battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids, allowing drivers the option to brake to a complete stop without actually pressing on the brake pedal. The car’s...

Category: Electric Vehicles

DCFC Stations Bakersfield to the Sierra Nevada East Side Coming

July 5, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Long overlooked by California's electrification effort, the vast area east of Bakersfield will soon be getting its first public DC fast charging (DCFC) stations for electric vehicles (EVs).[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Nova Scotia Power installs fast chargers for electric vehicles at 12 sites

June 25, 2018,   by TIM ARSENAULT

The 12 fast chargers are spaced to enable electric vehicle drivers to travel across the province. The sites were selected based on criteria that included proximity to a 100-series highway, and the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Energy Consumption Estimators, Trip Planners, and the Chevy Bolt EV

June 25, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

We leased a Chevy Bolt EV (electric vehicle) in November 2017. Since then we've taken the car on several road trips of varying distances. Based on these trips, I've tested the accuracy of three...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Italy Wants to Put a Million Electric Cars on the Road. Price: $10 Billion

June 24, 2018,   by Tommaso Ebhardt and Chiara Albanese

The populist government in Italy, Europe’s most sluggish market for electric cars, has a big-bang plan to put 1 million of the vehicles on the nation’s roads. Getting anywhere near that target could...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Bakersfield to Fresno in a Chevy Bolt: 63 kWh Over 240 Miles

June 24, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

My friend Gordon Nipp drove to Fresno from Bakersfield in his Bolt. [more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

BorgWarner Opens New Technical Center Dedicated to Electric Vehicles

June 23, 2018,   by Mia Bevacqua

Recently, BorgWarner opened a new 100,000 square-foot research facility in Noblesville, Indiana. The location will be devoted to the research and development of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Bakersfield to Ridgecrest Revisited in a Chevy Bolt

June 21, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

For my wife's birthday, I offered Nancy an all-expenses paid trip to Ridgecrest, California, including dinner at a French restaurant. Such a deal, I know. How could she refuse?[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Electric cars are increasingly attractive for both cost and comfort

June 20, 2018,   by Kathryn Greenaway, Montreal Gazette

The provincial government goal is to have 100,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2020 and it is offering $8,000 in financial incentives to encourage drivers to buy electric. There are currently...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Best Electric Car Policies – 10 U.S. ZEV States Ranked

June 18, 2018,   by WADE MALONE

California is the only state that is able to issue stricter emission standards than those set by the federal government. However, the remaining 49 states have the choice of following either the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

What if Canada had spent $200bn on wind energy instead of oil?

June 15, 2018,   by Stephen Leahy

In explaining Canada's decision to nationalise the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5bn, Bill Morneau went hard on the economic argument. “Make no mistake,” the finance minister said....

Category: Electric Vehicles, Fossil Fuels

Bakersfield Amtrak Gets Four Level 1 Long-Term Charge Stations

June 15, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Construction is nearly complete on four Level 1 Telefonix electric vehicle (EV) charge stations at the Amtrak station in Bakersfield, California.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

186-Mile Loop in Chevy Bolt Returns with 20 kWh to Spare

June 13, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

I've been chomping at the bit to test our 2017 Chevy Bolt's range and we did so on a 186-mile jaunt to the mountains between Bakersfield and Los Angeles.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Daimler forced to recall Mercedes with defeat devices

June 11, 2018,  

The German government has ordered car maker Daimler to recall 238,000 vehicles in Germany after they were found to be fitted with illegal software that masks diesel emissions.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Sunday Drive in a Renault Zoe

June 11, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

We met Wirth in the square in front of the rathaus or city hall. We were elated to find that he not only would drive us to his parents but he'd rented a Renault Zoe electric car for the trip from car...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Texas electric vehicle rebates are back

June 5, 2018,   by John Beltz Snyder

Back in 2013, Texas began offering its own incentives for electric vehicles. That program ended in 2015. Last year, we heard that the state would reinstate the incentives. Now, those incentives are...

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Taxis Common Sight in Amsterdam

June 4, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

In the latter part of May 2018 we were in Amsterdam on vacation where I was surprised at the number of electric vehicles (EVs), especially taxis. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Cost of Charging an EV on a Road Trip: One Example

June 2, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

While discussing a recent road trip with a Canadian colleague, the question arose of how much we were paying to charge on the road.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Remote Unlock Using the Chevy App--Know How to Use It

June 1, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Mike Brigham, a Bolt driver in Toronto, Ontario reports on the importance of knowing how to use Chevy's App to remotely unlock the vehicle.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

CalTrans 30-30 DCFC Program on the East Side of California's Sierra Nevada Completion in mid 2019

May 30, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

The stations will go out to bid in early September and they have until June 2019 for completion. Consequently, they will miss this travel season and possibly part of the 2019 travel season.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

The Oil Industry Is Finally Being Affected By Norway's Electric Vehicle Adoption

May 28, 2018,   by Elizabeth Werth

Norway’s adoption of electric vehicles is miles ahead of any other country. As of right now, electric vehicles overtook combustion engines in the market, with 52% of cars sold being EVs. Now, it’s...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Minnesota team looks for synergy between solar and electric vehicles

April 27, 2018,   by electric vehicles Written By Frank Jossi

A $150,000 federal grant will pay for study of solar-powered charging stations in Minnesota.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Revisiting Bakersfield to Grover Beach, CalPoly, and Return

April 24, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

We made another run to the coast from Bakersfield in our 2017 Chevy Bolt. This was a business trip. I had a half-day lecture to give at CalPoly in San Luis Obispo. So there was no dawdling to take...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Airplanes that fly on electricity debut at Fresno’s Chandler Airport

April 17, 2018,  

The first all-production electric aircraft to fly in Fresno County took off under sunny skies as part of the Sustainable Aviation Project, an effort of the cities of Reedley and Mendota and CALSTART...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Diesels are Dead: Long Live EVs

April 14, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Presentation on Electric Vehicles for the CORE Energy Summit in Winnipeg, Manitoba 12 April 2018.

Category: Electric Vehicles, Presentations by Paul Gipe

VW To Install 'Ultra-Fast' Electric Charging Stations At Walmarts In 34 States

April 14, 2018,   by Ryan Felton

As part of Volkswagen’s continued effort to seek repentance for the Dieselgate scandal, the German automaker is investing billions into electric cars. That includes a new announcement Wednesday that...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Thule Bike Rack for Chevy Bolt EV

April 7, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

A few weeks ago I had U-haul install a 1.25-inch hitch receiver on our 2017 Chevy Bolt EV to mount a bike rack.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Pennsylvania continues to push, look at long-term effects of electric vehicles

April 4, 2018,   by Dan Miller

On Monday, March 26, a coalition of about 100 people from state government, the electric vehicle industry including automakers and makers of charging stations, electric utilities and environmental...

Category: Electric Vehicles

How the US auto industry is dismantling the world's most successful climate policy

April 3, 2018,  

Statements from Ford and GM on their climate, electric vehicle and sustainability goals similarly contradict their lobbying actions. Ford's Chairman stated in January 2018 “We’re all in on this and...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Tesla Model 3 is now officially the best-selling electric car in the US

April 3, 2018,   by Fred Lambert

With Tesla confirming its first quarter production and delivery results today, the company also confirmed that the Model 3 is now officially the best-selling electric car in the US.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Do Electric Vehicles Have Better Overall Safety? Part 2

April 1, 2018,   by Nicolas Zart

To the question “Do battery electric vehicles (BEV) have structurally better passenger safety than traditional gas cars?” the answer is complex. But, overall, yes.

Category: Electric Vehicles

China and the Children Will Save the Electric Car From Scott Pruitt's EPA

March 30, 2018,   by Alex Davies

Automakers play a very long game, and they know this new generation is coming. “As we see more millennials coming into the marketplace, companies are looking to strike a more efficient picture,” says...

Category: Electric Vehicles

China’s Goal: Leadership in Electric Vehicles

March 29, 2018,   by Sam Davis

It should be obvious that the future of transportation will be electric vehicles (EVs). As countries turn away from internal combustion engine vehicles, the most aggressive outlooks see EVs making up...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Enough With The Lies — Electric Cars Are Far Greener Than Gas Cars #Basta

March 25, 2018,   by Nicolas Zart

The weather forecast for electric vehicle (EV) naysayers is getting worse. Storms have battered the entrenched camps, and after successful waves of pushback and myth busting, yet another study tells...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Plant that aims to build charging stations for electric vehicles opens in Markham, Ont.

March 23, 2018,  

Gleb Nikiforov, CEO of Autochargers.ca, a national company that supplies equipment for electric vehicles, says the plant aims to manufacture 40,000 charging stations a year, starting in 2019, and to...

Category: Electric Vehicles

The biggest electric car test in winter wonderland ever

March 21, 2018,   by Ståle Frydenlund

Five popular BEVs in both rough and scenic Norwegian winter conditions. This was not at all going to be yet another urban test. Not your ideal conditions for driving battery electric vehicles (BEV),...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Bakersfield to Springbok Solar Plant Cantil, California in a Chevy Bolt

March 19, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

17 March a small group caravanned from Bakersfield to the Desert Tortoise Preserve's new parcel adjacent to the Springbok solar power plant near Cantil, California. The plant is located just north of...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Trip Report Bakersfield to Palmdale and Return with Chevy Bolt

March 15, 2018,  

12 March I drove our Chevy Bolt to the ChargePoint station at the Palmdale Water District (PWD). I had an interview with the executives there, and, conveniently for me, they had recently installed a...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Tesla buyers lose access to Ontario’s generous $14,000 electric car incentive

March 10, 2018,   by Fred Lambert

Bad news for Tesla Model S and Model X buyers in Ontario, Canada. The government quietly modified its generous electric car incentive program – removing access to current Tesla buyers.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Myth Buster — Efficiency

March 10, 2018,   by Steve Hanley

We recently heard from CleanTechnica reader Martin Hemdricks, who told us about a scurrilous indictment of electric cars that recently showed up in his email inbox. It charged that electric cars put...

Category: Electric Vehicles

5 Reasons to Lease — Not Buy — Your Electric Car

March 8, 2018,   by Philip Reed

Leasing, rather than buying a car, isn’t for everyone. But it’s the smart choice if you’re thinking about getting an electric car.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Jordan to install 10,000 charging stations for electric vehicles

March 8, 2018,   by Dennis Daniel

German company eCharge has signed an agreement with Jordanian authorities to install 10,000 charging stations for electric vehicles.

Category: Electric Vehicles

New Data Show Electric Vehicles Continue to Get Cleaner

March 8, 2018,   by David Reichmuth

New data from the US EPA on power plant greenhouse gas emissions are in, and electric vehicles (EV) in the US are even cleaner than they were before. The climate change emissions created by driving...

Category: Electric Vehicles

NS Power installing electric vehicle charging network without ratepayer funding

March 6, 2018,   by Rebecca Lau

Nova Scotia Power is moving ahead with installing electric vehicle fast chargers, even though the province’s energy regulator rejected the utility’s proposal to fund the project through ratepayers.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Germany is getting 12,000 new electric car charging stations by converting distribution boxes

March 5, 2018,   by Fred Lambert

Telekom, a large European telecommunications company headquartered in Germany, confirmed that they are putting in place a massive plan to more than double the current electric car charging...

Category: Electric Vehicles

38% Of American Cars Were Electric In 1900

February 25, 2018,   by Jake Richardson

In our modern era, we may assume that electric cars are new technology. The Chevy Bolt, Nissan LEAF, and all Tesla vehicles are certainly cutting-edge automobiles, right? But there was a period in...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Chevy Bolt and EV Trip Planner Estimates Experience To Date

February 23, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

I've taken our Chevy Bolt, a battery electric vehicle (EV), on three road trips in our three months of ownership.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

ChargePoint Sues SemaConnect over VW Settlement Stations

February 22, 2018,   by Justus L. Getty

ChargePoint, Inc., a leading provider of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations, appears to have lost a bid to provide charging stations to Electrify America and promptly sued the winning bidder for...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Trip Report: Bakersfield to Grover Beach in a Bolt--Mileage Estimates Off

February 20, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

On 12 February 2018 we drove our Chevy Bolt to Grover Beach from Bakersfield, California, a distance of nearly 150 miles. I'd been anticipating this drive for several months. It was a first for us to...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Massachusetts AG proposes to invest Volkswagen settlement in electric vehicles, clean energy

February 20, 2018,   by Robert Walton

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has called for a major initiative to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and other electrified transportation and clean energy, calling this a...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicle advocates looking for signal of support in Canada's federal budget

February 20, 2018,   by Ross Marowits

Electric car advocates are hoping to get a signal in next week’s federal budget that the government is prepared to support sales across the country even as Ontario overtook Quebec for selling the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric-car group calls for 2,000 fast-charging stations in Quebec

February 18, 2018,  

Association president Simon-Pierre Rioux said the pace of deployment has slowed significantly in the last 12 months because of a lack of private financial partners. He suggested that Quebec could use...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Chevrolet Bolt EV Range at Constant Speeds

February 18, 2018,   by L. David Roper

Wherein the polymath constructs a formula for estimating the range of the Chevy Bolt EV.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Tesla Model X all-electric SUV converted into police cruiser by Ontario Police

February 15, 2018,   by Fred Lambert

Tesla vehicles are becoming strangely popular with police departments all over the world and while the Model S has so far been the electric car of choice for police use, the Ontario Provincial Police...

Category: Electric Vehicles

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