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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 an EV.

Bakersfield to Grover Beach Using Only DCFC

September 21, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

On 8 September we drove our 2015 Nissan Leaf from Bakersfield to Grover Beach, California using only DC Fast Charging (DCFC) stations.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

Electrovaya to supply U.S. firm with batteries for electric vehicles

September 20, 2016,   by Arathy S Nair

Canada's Electrovaya Inc said on Tuesday it signed an agreement to supply lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles to an original equipment maker, its second such deal with a NYSE-listed Fortune...

Category: Electric Vehicles

I-5 Over the Tejon Pass with EV Express DC Fast Chargers

September 19, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The trip was in part to visit a friend and in part to test the performance of two new DC Fast Chargers (DCFC) in the Tejon Pass. [more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

Many car brands emit more pollution than Volkswagen, report finds

September 19, 2016,   by Zoe Wood

A year on from the “Dieselgate” scandal that engulfed Volkswagen, damning new research reveals that all major diesel car brands, including Fiat, Vauxhall and Suzuki, are selling models that emit far...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Toyota Says Low-Range Electric Cars Are Cheaper To Build Than Hybrids

September 14, 2016,   by Brad Anderson

Toyota's chief engineer says that electric powertrains have developed to the point where it is now cheaper to build low-range electric cars than it is to produced hybrids.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Can the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV really go 200-plus miles with no recharge? We try it

September 13, 2016,   by Charles Fleming

I finished the drive with 240.5 miles on the trip meter, just above the EPA number of 238. But the onboard computer said I could continue driving, perhaps for another 50 miles, bringing my total to...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Calgary planning for more electric vehicles

September 12, 2016,   by Brodie Thomas

Electric cars are very much on the city's radar according to Eric MacNaughton, transportation coordinator for the city's Climate Change Project

Category: Electric Vehicles

Globe & Mail: Why you may be driving an electric car sooner than you think

September 8, 2016,   by Jessica Leeder

In the first quarter of 2016, sales were up 75 per cent over the same time period last year, according to statistics compiled by Fleetcarma, a Waterloo-based telematics company that specializes in EV...

Category: Electric Vehicles

New Network of Fast Chargers in Southern San Joaquin Valley Make EV Travel Easier

September 6, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Completion of the US Green Vehicle Council and Cleantech Institute’s network of CHAdeMO DC fast charging stations will make north-south travel in the Southern San Joaquin Valley easier for...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Economic Benefits Of Electric Vehicles

September 6, 2016,   by Zachary Shahan

Oil imports are only one chapter of the story. The fact is, we spend or lose an insane amount of money, time, productivity, and quality of life from burning oil-based fuels. All of this strikes into...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Some Unusual Locations for EV Charge Stations in Marin County

September 5, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Recently we took a train trip to San Francisco and on to Corte Madera by ferry. For lack of something better to do, we drove to a number of Electric Vehicle (EV) charge stations in the vicinity.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Analysts question impact of electric cars on Nordic power

September 5, 2016,   by Herman Moestue

Nordic power consumption is expected to grow due to the electrification of the transport sector and the phase-out of fossil-fuelled vehicles, but analysts are mixed over how disruptive the impact...

Category: Electric Vehicles

What Do Electric Car Drivers Regret About Leaving Gas Behind? (Humour)

September 4, 2016,   by Michael Barnard

But what do electric car drivers miss about owning and driving gasoline cars? That’s an empty space, a void, a yawning chasm. This article tries to add some words to that side of the scale.

Category: Electric Vehicles

California’s New Climate Legislation: What Does it Mean for Electric Cars?

September 2, 2016,   by David Reichmuth

Senate Bill 32 will require the state to not only continue its programs to switch from petroleum to electricity for our cars, trucks, and buses, but to accelerate the transition.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Quebec climate-change committee considers electric vehicle incentives

August 18, 2016,   by Julianne Hazlewood

Legislative committee hears from Quebec government about success of electric vehicle incentives.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric car charging station companies issue warning over VW settlement

August 9, 2016,   by Rory Carroll

Electric vehicle charging companies are calling for independent oversight of the $2 billion Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) is required to invest in clean car infrastructure, saying VW should not have the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Recargo to Add More Fast Chargers on 101

August 1, 2016,  

Recargo has been awarded more than $1.6 million from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to help complete key routes of the West Coast Electric Highway (WCEH).

Category: Electric Vehicles

Just like desktops, laptops and smartphones, plugs to rapidly charge electric cars are not compatible across brands

August 1, 2016,   by Ariel Wittenberg

While automakers have agreed on uniform plug standards for slower types of charging used at home and work, they have not done so for what’s known as DC fast charging, which can fill a battery in less...

Category: Electric Vehicles

US Announces $4.5 Billion Available To Support EVs, 350 kW Charging

July 28, 2016,   by Mark Kane

The first big action is to set aside $4.5 billion in loan guarantees, and invite applications to support the commercial-scale deployment of innovative electric vehicle charging facilities throughout...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Red Lodge Montana adds charging stations for electric cars

July 19, 2016,   by Erik Olson

The city of Red Lodge installed in late June two Tesla destination chargers and two Clipper Creek universal chargers at its public restroom site at 305 N. Oakes Ave., opening up the region to drivers...

Category: Electric Vehicles

As Electric Car Movement Gains Strength, Naysayers Continue Anti-EV Attacks

July 14, 2016,   by Brad Berman

But the strong upward trend is undeniable to most—although not to Richard Muller, a professor of physics at UC Berkeley, who argues that EVs are destined for failure. “I predict that the electric...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Bring electric cars manufacturing to Oshawa, Ontario

July 13, 2016,   by Graeme McNaughton

The Region of Durham has joined the call started by the City of Oshawa – General Motors should produce electric vehicles in Oshawa.

Category: Electric Vehicles

EPA-VW Dieselgate Settlement Will Push EV Fast Charging in USA

July 12, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The recent settlement between the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Volkswagen (VW) for its diesel engine fraud could more than triple the number of electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Eleven fast-charge stations for electric vehicles in Gaspésie and Bas-Saint-Laurent

July 12, 2016,  

The Electric Circuit is delighted to announce the installation of 11 fast-charge stations in the Gaspésie and Bas-Saint-Laurent regions. The stations will be commissioned this summer, allowing...

Category: Electric Vehicles

CARB-VW Settlement Could Revolutionize EV Use in California

July 8, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The recent settlement between the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Volkswagen (VW) for its diesel engine fraud could transform electric vehicle (EV) charging in the state. As a certain...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Public Participation in Decision on DC Fast Charging Roll-Out of CARB-VW Settlement Critical

July 8, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

EV advocates urge CARB to immediately convene an advisory group for maximizing public input into how the settlement money will be spent in the public interest. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Advocates Push CARB on EV Charging Infrastructure in GHG Scoping Plan

July 8, 2016,   by Guy Hall, Tom Greene, Randal Friedman, Paul Gipe, Tony Williams

California Electric Auto Association members call on CARB to stress EV charging infrastructure in the state's GHG Scoping Plan. EV charging must be front and center in the policy discussion.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric mobility news update

June 29, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Sweden has now opened what is says is the world’s first electric highway. The focus is on trucks, which connect to the overhead power lines much in the way trams – or, indeed, electric buses in...

Category: Electric Vehicles

With planning, grid can handle more electric vehicles

June 29, 2016,   by Karen Uhlenhuth

Much of the nation’s vehicle fleet could be converted to run on electricity with hardly a ripple felt by the power grid, according to recent findings by the Rocky Mountain Institute.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen to spend over one billion dollars in California to address illegal emissions caused by cheating devices on its 2.0-liter diesel vehicles

June 28, 2016,  

The Consent Decree also requires Volkswagen to invest $800 million dollars in ZEV infrastructure and access over a 10-year period in California.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen to spend over one billion dollars in California to address illegal emissions caused by cheating devices

June 28, 2016,   by Stanley Young

The money for California includes . . . $800 million in investments to advance California’s nation-leading zero-emissions vehicle programs.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why a universal electric car showroom could succeed where Ontario dealerships failed

June 24, 2016,   by Tyler Hamilton

According to the climate plan, “Ontario will work with Plug’n Drive, a non-profit electric vehicle advocacy organization, to establish and operate a facility to showcase electric vehicles and related...

Category: Electric Vehicles

The world turns to electric vehicles

June 22, 2016,   by Nic Lutsey

It seems the world can’t shift quickly enough to electric vehicles. Within the past few months there has been a steady drumbeat of stories about possible bans on combustion vehicles, prompting calls...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Germany not about to ban non-EVs

June 17, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Translations of recent statements made by top German officials make it sound like the country is about to do the right thing. Reality is a bit messier.

Category: Electric Vehicles

No--Germany Is Not Launching Zero Emission Vehicles Anytime Soon

June 17, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

It’s amusing to watch the blogosphere go wild with certain memes. (We used to call them themes.) The latest is that Germany is going to mandate all cars must be zero emission vehicles by 2030. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Norway not planning ban on gas & diesel car sales

June 7, 2016,   by Craig Morris

So there you have it: Norway is not going to prohibit its citizens from buying new diesel/gasoline cars, but it will implement progressive policies to encourage a transition towards electric...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Quebec introduces bill to require automakers to meet electric-vehicle sales targets

June 2, 2016,   by The Canadian Press

The Quebec government has introduced a bill that would make it the first province in Canada to require automakers to sell or lease a minimum number of zero-emission vehicles.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Will Electric Cars Destabilize the World?

May 29, 2016,   by David Koranyi

An accelerated adoption of electric vehicles would hasten the end of the oil era, and could cause significant geopolitical turbulence as producer countries heavily reliant on oil revenues will...

Category: Electric Vehicles

IUPUI Researchers: Don't Bother With An Electric Car Flat Tax -- It Won't Fix Roads

May 27, 2016,   by Brandon Smith

Researchers say a flat fee on electric vehicles won’t help solve declining road funding revenues, like those faced here in the state.

Category: Electric Vehicles

More Than Half of California Drivers Considering Electric Cars, Survey Shows

May 27, 2016,   by Mike Monticello

Fifty-five percent of California drivers “are likely to consider an electric vehicle (EV) in their next vehicle purchase or lease,” according to a new survey conducted by the Union of Concerned...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Comparison of leading electric vehicle policy and deployment in Europe

May 26, 2016,   by Uwe Tietge, Peter Mock, Nic Lutsey, Alex Campestrini

Assesses the design and effectiveness of fiscal and other incentives for electric vehicles in Germany, the UK, France, the Netherlands, and Norway, at both national and, through a set of ten case...

Category: Electric Vehicles

DC Fast Charging Station Installed on I-5 in San Joaquin Valley [Updated]

May 25, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

This is the first of—we hope—a series of DC Fast Charging stations to be installed this month under US Green Vehicle Council’s contract with the California Energy Commission.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

This country has hit a major milestone for electric cars—here's how

May 24, 2016,   by KatyBarnato

Electric cars remain a noteworthy sight almost everywhere but Scandinavia, where Norwegians have bucked the trend by buying alternative-fuel vehicles.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Ontario Aiming For New-Vehicle Marketshare Of 5% For Electric Vehicles By 2020, 12% By 2025

May 20, 2016,   by James Ayre

The Ontario government is now aiming to grow the new-vehicle market share held by electric vehicles to 5% by the year 2020, and 12% by 2025, according to recent reports.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why the fuss over Ontario's electric vehicle target?

May 17, 2016,   by Jennifer Wells

Given all the squawking over the Ontario government’s climate change action plan, you might think Environment and Climate Change Minister Glen Murray has gone rogue in setting extreme targets for the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Solar surprise, revisited

May 6, 2016,   by Matthew Lockwood

But the solar PV story shows that when tipping points are reached, things can change very quickly. It is not inconceivable that what happened with solar PV will also happen with electric vehicle

Category: News on Solar Energy, Electric Vehicles

Fast-charging corridor for electric cars to go up between Quebec and Ottawa by 2017

May 3, 2016,   by Rose Behar

This means 14 500-volt fast-charging stations will go up along Highways 401, 416, 417 and 17. The proposal also included the commissioning of eight 240-volt Level-2 charging stations to be built...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen & Shell Put The Hit Out On Electric Vehicles In New “Study”

April 29, 2016,   by Jay Cole

We are unsure of when this study was first commissioned, but you can be sure it was well before Volkswagen’s dieselgate scandal was in full bloom.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen CEO apologized in person to Obama over scandal

April 28, 2016,   by DAVID McHUGH

Mueller used the company's annual news conference to also sketch out a plan to focus more on electric vehicles and services like car-sharing as it seeks to get past its emissions scandal.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Ont. budgets $20M for 500 electric vehicle charging stations in 2017

April 28, 2016,  

Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca says the government will work with 27 private and public sector partners to create a network of charging stations at over 250 different locations.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Samsung SDI Sells Loss-Making Fuel Cell Division, Plows Additional ₩1 Trillion Into Lithium-Ion Battery Development

April 26, 2016,   by Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield

So when we tell you that Samsung SDI has just sold its fuel cell division because it is simply unprofitable (and presumably has no long-term chance of making a profit), we think the facts speak for...

Category: Electric Vehicles

New Yazaki DC Fast Charging Connectors Big Improvement

April 25, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The previous version required reading the instructions, watching a video on line, and--if you were smart—a practice session or two before you needed it on a road trip with a line of Nissan Leafs...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why Electric Cars Ruled The Roads 100 Years Ago

April 24, 2016,   by Alanis King

The U.S. Department of Energy cites electric cars as making up about a third of all vehicles on the road in 1900. In 1911, the New York Times even called existing electric vehicles “ideal.”

Category: Electric Vehicles

First stirrings of call for ban on non-EVs in Germany

April 22, 2016,   by Craig Morris

Don’t add Germany to the list of countries officially considering banning sales of cars running on gasoline or diesel just yet. But several prominent people are pushing the government to take steps...

Category: Electric Vehicles

City of Santa Clara Celebrates 49 EV Charging Stations in Parking Garage Near 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium, Convention Center, Great America Theme Park

April 20, 2016,  

The parking structure, situated near the Santa Clara Convention Center, Levi’s Stadium and the California Great America theme park, features 48 Level 2 chargers and one DC Fast Charger.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Our Nissan Leaf’s Traction Battery Capacity April 2016 Update

April 19, 2016,  

The general observation of other Nissan Leaf owners is true that the more you use the Leaf the better the traction battery capacity appears. Whether this is actual improvement in the traction...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

German automakers who once laughed off Elon Musk are now starting to worry

April 19, 2016,  

The proud makers of the world's top-selling luxury brands such as Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Porsche could not fathom how a small-time, loss-making upstart from California could ever compete with the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Austria Considers Prohibiting New Gas and Diesel Autos by 2020

April 13, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Previously, Norway and the Netherlands have also begun discussing whether to limit sales of new gasoline and diesel cars to reduce air pollution.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

The Oil Industry Isn't A Passive Observer Concerning Electric Vehicles. Is This A Sign Of Panic?

April 8, 2016,   by Keith Williams

The point to consider is why would an industry body try to stop the inevitable? It hasn't worked out for the coal industry. It didn't work for Kodak.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Use of electric cars ‘must be accelerated’ to meet renewable energy targets

April 7, 2016,   by Conall Ó Fátharta

The roll-out of electric vehicles must be “greatly accelerated” to the point where, within five years, electric cars must account for 20% of all new cars sold in Ireland.

Category: Electric Vehicles

We Need to Electrify As Much Transportation As We Can

April 4, 2016,   by Richard Heinberg

We have to electrify as much of that energy usage as we can, because most of our renewable sources of energy produce electricity. That's true of solar and wind, geothermal and hydro power. So we need...

Category: Electric Vehicles

New law will help improve electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

March 31, 2016,   by David Schmalz

When Scott Negri’s restaurant project at The Dunes was approved by the Marina Planning Commission Feb. 11, it meant the addition of an amenity to the area that was barely discussed in several public...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Only electric cars should be sold in Netherlands from 2025

March 30, 2016,  

The Dutch parliament has taken the first step in banning petrol and diesel cars from sale in the Netherlands from 2025.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Here’s Why You Might Be an Electric Car Owner a Decade from Now

March 30, 2016,   by Bradley Berman

Those early adopters are paving the way for the mainstream buyer, and the automakers are lining up to greet them. Currently there are 12 battery electric vehicles and 14 plug-in hybrids (which use a...

Category: Electric Vehicles

BMW Quietly Confirms Longer-Range i3 Electric Car Set To Debut in UK This July

March 28, 2016,   by By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield

Confirmed multiple times in different interviews with BMW executives, the longer-range BMW i3 was promised to arrive by the end of summer, pushing the BMW i3 over the 100-mile range barrier for the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

VW Scandal's Potential ‘Punishment’ Fits Electric-Car Strategy

March 26, 2016,   by JEANNIE NAUJECK

As part of its punishment for the emissions scandal, the EPA could also require VW to make electric or hybrid vehicles in Tennessee, according to several recent reports in the German press.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Canada will replace government limousines with electric vehicles and invest in EV infrastructure

March 23, 2016,  

In a symbolic gesture, the federal government also plans to replace their limousines with electric vehicles. Are we going to see Justin Trudeau in a Tesla?

Category: Electric Vehicles

Will Norway ban gas & diesel cars by 2025?

March 20, 2016,   by Craig Morris

There is no intention to outright ban non-electric vehicles, however they will become very unfavorably taxed, making them a much less interesting alternative than electric cars.

Category: Electric Vehicles

New Rumors in Germany: VW to Build EV Plant & Charging Network in USA

March 18, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Rumors are swirling in Germany that Volkswagen (VW), under pressure to reach a settlement with US and California regulators by March 24th, is considering the creation of two mitigation funds and...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Small-town Indiana Chevy dealer is big on electric cars

March 17, 2016,  

I asked if he had noticed less interest in plug-in cars due to lower gas prices. He immediately said no, adding that those who were on the fence no longer showed strong interest—but that gas prices...

Category: Electric Vehicles

In 2015, solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Italy generated 24,676 GWh of electricity, representing 9.1 per cent of Italy’s domestic electricity production and 7.8 per cent of the country’s overall consumption.

March 17, 2016,   by Christine and Sam Simonetta

We took a chance when we bought our Tesla, and it’s paying off because our power comes from the wind. Our residential sized turbine captures wind from Lake Superior in Upper Michigan and fuels our...

Category: Electric Vehicles, Small Wind folder

Electric cars in Canada: 6 good-news events for buyers, drivers

March 9, 2016,   by Matthew Klippenstein

Canadian electric-vehicle policy seems to be enjoying its own annus mirabilis, or "wonderful year," during 2016.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Denver's new building code requires garages to support electric vehicles

March 9, 2016,   by Jon Murray

Although opposed by homebuilders, the electric vehicle readiness requirement says new single-family homes and duplexes built in the city will need to have the right electrical wiring to support...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Return to Bird Springs

March 6, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

We arrived with 55% charge remaining as opposed to last year’s 51%. We returned home with 34% State of Charge, slightly more than the 32% SOC during last year’s trip.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

Proterra Demos Bus for Bakersfield’s GET Transit

March 5, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Proterra, the high-tech startup, demonstrated its all-electric bus for Golden Empire Transit (GET) staff today. The company hopes to sell GET, the transit company serving Bakersfield, two electric...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Six New Public Charge Stations at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital

March 5, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

There was no signage and parking was at a premium. If nothing is done, these stations will be next to useless. They will be constantly ICEd and no one will be able to get in and charge.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

The Electric Car Revolution Is Finally Starting

February 26, 2016,   by Daniel Gross

Because of the pace of incremental change, and because product cycles of cars are slower than they are for cellphones, an innovation revolution in electric cars has always felt distant. And yet we’re...

Category: Electric Vehicles

In Four Charts: The Rise of Electric Vehicles

February 25, 2016,   by Tim McDonnell

A new market forecast from Bloomberg New Energy Finance paints a rosy picture for the future of electric vehicles, rising from about 1 percent of global annual vehicle sales today to 35 percent by...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Cars Could Tank Oil Prices Even Further

February 24, 2016,   by Denver Nicks

Call it the revenge of the electric car. Electric vehicles that seemed doomed just a few years ago to languish outside the mainstream are poised to reshape the auto industry in the coming decade,...

Category: Electric Vehicles

EPA asks Volkswagen to make electric cars in US – report

February 21, 2016,  

Die Welt am Sonntag is reporting that federal officials ask automaker to make electric vehicles in in Tennessee following emissions scandal.

Category: Electric Vehicles

The Kochs Are Plotting A Multimillion-Dollar Assault On Electric Vehicles

February 18, 2016,   by Peter Stone

A new group that's being cobbled together with fossil fuel backing hopes to spend about $10 million dollars per year to boost petroleum-based transportation fuels and attack government subsidies for...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Notice of Proposed Award: DC Fast Chargers for California’s North - South Corrid ors

February 16, 2016,  

This grant solicitation was an offer to fund projects that will install Direct Current (DC) fast charging stations on Interstate 5 (I-5), State Route 99 (SR 99), and along United States Highway 101...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Our Nissan Leaf’s Traction Battery Capacity

February 12, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

How much has the car's battery capacity declined since we leased it and will it recover when warm weather returns?[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Ontario boosts incentives for electric vehicles

February 10, 2016,  

Ontario has announced extra incentives for people who buy or lease electric vehicles that could boost available help to as much as $14,000.

Category: Electric Vehicles

8 Ways Life Has Changed Since Driving An All-Electric Car

February 7, 2016,   by Cynthia Shahan

I started a list of how life has changed since driving an all-electric car — the list grows longer by the day.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicle Forums--Fonts of Knowledge

February 4, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

We drive 2015 Nissan Leaf, an Electric Vehicle or EV. Both before and after we leased the car, I carefully researched the kinds of EVs available and what would be best for us. I learned a lot from...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Palm Springs

January 30, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Wherein we again learn the importance of avoiding dependence on a GPS, on the value of paper maps, and on driving conservatively.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

The right way to charge electric cars

January 27, 2016,   by LA Times Editorial Board

Although the PUC has already said it will reduce the number of charging stations in the original proposals by SCG&E and PG&E, the plans are still troubling in their scale and their financing.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen Creates Battery Powered Division, 20 New Plug-Ins By 2020

January 26, 2016,   by Kyle Field

The creating of a new unit dedicated to “battery-powered vehicles” is a milestone as well — indicating that the auto giant has confidence that battery-powered vehicles are not just a passing fad, a...

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Obsession Report: “Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want”

January 24, 2016,   by Zachary Shahan

The electric car market has been growing exponentially in the past few years. But it is still a small percentage of the new car market in most places, typically representing less than 1% of new car...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Britain is to get its first “electric service stations” as part of a £40m government fund to encourage drivers to switch to plug-in cars.

January 23, 2016,   by kos

Mercedes is still the best-selling manufacturer when you combine their two vehicles in this class. But it’s clear that Tesla is eating into the traditional automakers with its single offering, and...

Category: Electric Vehicles

‘Electric service stations’ open in boost for plug-in car use

January 23, 2016,   by Daniel Boffey

Britain is to get its first “electric service stations” as part of a £40m government fund to encourage drivers to switch to plug-in cars.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Winter Snow Adventures in a 2012 Toyota Rav4 EV

January 23, 2016,   by Stephen Noctor

This post addresses the following questions: How does my EV handle winter outings in the mountains? How well does it drive in the snow? This post also relates another example for how rapid DC...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Turning over a new leaf: Electric vehicle carbon emissions

January 19, 2016,   by Nic Lutsey

A few times a year, a news story appears about electric vehicles having high carbon emissions, throwing doubt onto electric vehicles' ability to play a major part in any low-carbon transportation...

Category: Electric Vehicles

EVs Cause Cancer Meme

January 18, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Electric vehicles (EVs) probably don’t cause cancer, but that doesn’t stop some people from saying that they do. I came across a bizarre version of this meme a few months ago at a social gathering...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Couple on a cross-country mission to return Volkswagen

January 17, 2016,   by Ian James,

They also see a larger mission in pressing the German automaker to make a shift toward more electric vehicles.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Germany Mulling €2 Billion Incentives For Electric Cars

January 16, 2016,   by Jake Richardson

Germany is considering providing 2 billion euros to subsidize the purchasing of more electric cars. German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel is behind the idea, which also includes adding more EV...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Quebec has a long road ahead to reach goal of 100,000 electric cars by 2020

January 15, 2016,   by Kevin Mio

By the end of 2016, the goal is to have 800 charging stations, including 60 rapid chargers, all of which will be placed along Quebec’s major highways.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric cars take centre stage at Montreal Auto Show

January 14, 2016,   by CBC

Electric cars are taking centre stage at the Montreal International Auto Show, thanks in part to the Quebec government's efforts to get them in the hands of consumers.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why Electric Vehicles are a bad idea (Warning: Satire)

January 11, 2016,   by Dave Laur

The drawbacks are many and severe and worse of all; unadvertised!! I will expose the secrets the electric car manufacturers do not want you to know!

Category: Electric Vehicles

Tesla Model S Tops Consumer Reports Survey For Most Satisfying Commuter Car (Again)

January 9, 2016,   by James Ayre

Following closely on the first place position held by the Tesla offering are two of the other top-selling electric vehicles out there — the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and the Nissan LEAF...

Category: Electric Vehicles

What’s the Business Model for Owning Car Batteries?

January 5, 2016,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

Note also that neither of these models requires that the car manufacturer is a party to the deal. If Tesla does not want to sell their cars without batteries, that does not keep a Tesla owner from...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles are the long-term solution

January 4, 2016,   by Niels Buus Kristensen, DTU

Niels Buus Kristensen, Head of Department at DTU Transport and a member of the Danish government’s climate advisory committee, finds that electric vehicles hold the key to a transport sector...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric cars not the rage in Tulare County

January 4, 2016,   by RICK ELKINS

Electric vehicles appear to be the cars of the future, but in the present they are not very popular in Tulare County.

Category: Electric Vehicles

All-Electric America

January 4, 2016,   by Karl-Friedrich Lenz

Of course, if it turns out that this would lose money for the utility under present market conditions, one could think about establishing a feed-in tariff for electricity from car battery storage as...

Category: News on Feed in Tariffs, Electric Vehicles

Electric Cars Don’t Pay Gas Taxes: So What?

December 30, 2015,   by Mike Barnard

Is it a sin that electric car owners don’t pay gas taxes? No, not at all, but you’d never know it listening to some people squawk. There are anti-electric car types who think this is a huge deal,...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Fresno Bee Editorial: The age of the all-electric Valley is upon us

December 26, 2015,  

If we finally are to cleanse our Valley air and make this a more healthy place, we must get belching old cars off the streets and start adding electric cars and plug-in hybrids to our garages.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Nissan, BMW Team Up To Make Electric Vehicle Charging More Efficient

December 22, 2015,  

BMW and Nissan Motors have recently joined forces to develop faster DC charging for electric cars, supplying new stations to 19 states. The hope is to make it easier to charge vehicles like the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Solar, Electric Vehicles Could Make Oil And ICE Cars Obsolete - The Era Of Oil Is Almost Over

December 16, 2015,   by Matt Bohlsen

With improved technology and the prices of solar (and wind) energy falling exponentially, along with lithium battery prices falling about 14%-16%, there will be massive disruptions to the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Mayors will create a ‘green wall’ along the West Coast: An ‘electric vehicle highway’ will run through it

December 11, 2015,   by Joel Connelly

They pledged, specifically, to create a West Coast electric vehicle highway, keyed to transforming city-owned vehicle fleets to electric vehicles and making electric vehicle chargers available to the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Leaf Spy--an Essential Tool for Serious Nissan Leaf Drivers

December 8, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Who doesn’t want a metaphorical peak under the hood of their Electric Vehicle (EV)? Leaf Spy, a smart phone app, talks to the computer in Nissan’s Leaf and displays the data it finds there—data...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Ontario to invest $20 million in stations to charge up electric cars

December 8, 2015,   by Tyler Hamilton

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said Tuesday that her government is investing $20 million toward hundreds of electric-vehicle charging stations to be installed within and between urban centres.

Category: Electric Vehicles

PlugShare—Where to Charge When You’re on the Road

December 8, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

When you drive an Electric Vehicle (EV), most of the time you charge at home. For those times when you don’t, you need to know where you can charge. The pre-eminent choice among drivers is Plugshare,...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

The Washington Post Gets it Wrong on Electric Cars

December 7, 2015,   by Rachael Nealer

It’s unfortunately not uncommon to see skewed and misleading articles about electric vehicles in the popular press. The most recent example, a Washington Post article “Electric cars and the coal...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why Do People Argue Against Electric Cars?

December 6, 2015,   by Mike Barnard

Every day brings another headline about a bad study making false claims about electric cars, another well-known-enough person sneering at them, or another video of someone rolling coal all over an...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Diesels are Dead--Long Live Electric Vehicles

December 5, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Presentation to the Sierra Club's Buena Vista Group, Bakersfield, California 5 December 2015.

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe, Electric Vehicles

Jesla High-Power Mobile Charge Cable (EVSE) for EVs

December 3, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

If you plan to take your Electric Vehicle (EV) on a road trip in North America today, you must take along a portable charge cable. Like a spare tire, a portable charge cable is an essential piece of...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

What Did Driving Our Electric Vehicle Cost Us in the First Year?

November 21, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

In October of 2014 we leased a 2015 Nissan Leaf, a battery-powered Electric Vehicle or EV. After one year of operation we can tally what it has cost us.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Our EVs Consumption and Fuel Cost: Year-End Report

November 21, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Toward the end of October we passed the one-year mark with our 2015 Nissan Leaf, a battery-powered Electric Vehicle (EV). It was time to tally it’s operating cost.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicle Cross-Country Driver Visits Los Alamos Nature Center

November 18, 2015,   by Chris Clark

Kent's cross-country trip is now at 17,310.5 miles, and his next stop will be Albuquerque, then the Grand Canyon. In between cities, he charges at KOA campgrounds, using an adaptor that allows him...

Category: Electric Vehicles

#Dieseldämmerung: Reveal of industry-wide diesel cheating impending, sources claim

November 16, 2015,   by Bertel Schmitt

Dailykanban received information that in one or two weeks, a number of other automakers will be exposed as diesel cheaters. A Volkswagen problem will turn into an industry-wide systemic problem, and...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Life Cycle Assessment of Electric Vehicles

November 15, 2015,   by Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

This life cycle assessment aims to compare four types of similar-sized passenger vehicles in the New Zealand context, namely conventional petrol and diesel engine vehicles, and two types of PEVs...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why We Drive Electric: Much Fewer Overall Emissions

November 14, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are simply cleaner than driving cars powered by fossil fuels, regardless of whether they use gasoline or diesel fuel.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why We Drive Electric: No Tail-Pipe Emissions

November 13, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Electric Vehicles (EVs) use electricity stored in traction batteries to drive the wheels. There is no Internal Combustion Engine that burns gasoline or diesel. There is no tail pipe in an EV and,...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why We Drive Electric: They’re More Efficient

November 13, 2015,  

EVs are more efficient in their use of fuel than cars powered by what insiders know as an Internal Combustion Engine or ICE. Because they are more efficient, EVs use fewer natural resources over...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

How Clean is Your Electric Vehicle?

November 12, 2015,  

Electric cars tend to produce less carbon pollution than gas-powered ones—but just how much less? Enter your ZIP code below to see how different types of vehicles stack up in your area. Entering a...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Gasoline vs Electric—Who Wins on Lifetime Global Warming Emissions?

November 12, 2015,   by Rachael Nealer

We found that battery electric cars generate half the emissions of the average comparable gasoline car, even when pollution from battery manufacturing is accounted for.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Bakersfield to Paso Robles Raises Questions on Energy Estimates

November 10, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

In late October we tried a new route from Bakersfield to Grover Beach where we visit a family friend. . . The new route pushed the boundaries of what our 2015 Nissan Leaf is capable of—and our...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

Getting It Wrong About Electric Cars and Coal Power

November 6, 2015,   by Bruce Mirken

The miners want you to know that if you own a Tesla, you are driving a vehicle that is likely powered by Wyoming coal.” Small problem: If you live in California, that’s flat wrong.

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Auto Service--Boy That was Easy

November 5, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We’ve driven the car 7,300 miles without any service whatsoever and when we took it to the dealer there was no charge for it’s annual inspection.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Plug'n Drive advocates for electrification of transportation as a key plank of Ontario's climate change action strategy

October 26, 2015,  

With the Government of Ontario looking to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 37% below 1990 levels by 2030, and with transportation being the largest emitting sector in Ontario, it is clear...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen Knowingly Adapted “Cheat Switch” For Four Different Engines Over Seven Years, Claim Insiders

October 19, 2015,   by Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield

The German automaker not only installed the illegal emissions control software in its EA189 engines but then modified it for use in a total of four different engine types, indicating that the ...

Category: Electric Vehicles

VW Is A Symptom Of Widespread Automotive Disruption

October 17, 2015,   by Mike Barnard

The VW emissions scandal isn’t an outlier, but a symptom of the reality that internal combustion cars, whether gas or diesel, have reached the limits of effective compromises that will satisfy...

Category: Electric Vehicles

VW looks to cutbacks and electric cars to overcome scandal

October 14, 2015,   by Andreas Cremer and Jan Schwartz

Volkswagen will cut investment plans at its biggest division by 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) a year and step up development of electric vehicles, it said on Tuesday, as it battles to cope with the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen is pegging its fate to a major bet on electric cars

October 14, 2015,  

Volkswagen, confronting a daunting threat to its size and prestige, is making a dramatic pivot to electric vehicles. The move has seemed a likely one since mid-September, when the German company was...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen to cut costs by $1.5B, focus on electric cars

October 14, 2015,  

Volkswagen AG says it would cut investment by €1 billion ($1.5 billion Cdn) within the year and step up development of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Category: Electric Vehicles

France Expands Electric-Car Bonus To Scrap 10-Year-Old Diesel Cars

October 12, 2015,   by Stephen Edelstein

French Minister of Ecology and Energy Segolene Royal says there are plans to extend the bonus to 10-year-old diesel cars, according to Life in France.

Category: Electric Vehicles

VW Demanded Subsidies for its "Clean" Diesel

October 12, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

In what amounts to one of the auto industry’s greatest displays of Chutzpah, VW demanded the same subsidies for its diesel engines as was being offered to Electric Vehicles (EVs).[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

In California, Electric Cars Outpace Plugs, and Sparks Fly

October 10, 2015,   by MATT RICHTEL

Electric-vehicle owners are unplugging one another’s cars, trading insults, and creating black markets and side deals to trade spots in corporate parking lots.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Four more carmakers join diesel emissions row

October 9, 2015,   by Damian Carrington

Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Mazda and Mitsubishi have joined the growing list of manufacturers whose diesel cars are known to emit significantly more pollution on the road than in regulatory tests,...

Category: Electric Vehicles

VW: $50 Million In Tax Credits, Wanted Electric-Car Credits For Diesels Too

October 8, 2015,   by John Voelcker

But as it turns out, Volkswagen had pushed aggressively from 2009 to 2011 for its so-called "clean diesel" vehicles to receive the same tax credits as those granted to plug-in electric cars.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Charging Time: Nissan Leaf on Level 2

October 7, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

I've posted two charts of two charging sessions. Both report similar findings. The car charges at its maximum capacity--6 kW to the traction battery--for 2.5 hours before it begins tapering the...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Volkswagen Sought a Green Seal for Its Diesel Cars

October 6, 2015,   by AARON M. KESSLER

But Volkswagen lobbied hard before the announcement, demanding that its diesel engines receive special fuel economy credits for their environmental friendliness, just as zero-emission electric cars...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Diesels are Dead--Long Live Electric Cars

October 2, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Environmentalists should insist that regulators force VW--willingly or unwillingly--to abandon the internal-combustion engine and switch to EVs now for our sake as well as for the future of VW. It’s...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Back From the Dead: The Rise of EVs

October 2, 2015,   by Griffin Carpenter

Could communities soon be generating their own renewable energy, charging their cars and controlling home appliances remotely?

Category: Electric Vehicles

Roma--EV Charging in Rome

September 30, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

EVs are making rapid progress if you don't have to search out charge stations in major cities around the world and instead just come across them in the urban fabric.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

AutoBleue--Electric Vehicle Car Sharing in Nice, France

September 29, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

While Nancy and I were guided around Nice, France by our colleague and good friend Bernard Chabot last week, we stumbled across this Peugeot Electric Vehicle (EV) charging.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Cars… of the 1890s and Early 1900s

September 28, 2015,   by Dick Eastman

What goes around comes around. Are you dreaming of purchasing a Tesla or some other all-electric automobile? Your great-great-grandfather might approve of your following in his footsteps.

Category: Electric Vehicles

VW kills the diesel engine, and opens path for electric vehicles

September 28, 2015,   by Giles Parkinson

As one analyst wrote: “For Volkswagen (and the auto industry), the dream of inexpensive clean diesel might be dead. Even if carmakers could deliver on VW’s false technological claims, the standard by...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why the days of gas-powered cars are numbered

September 25, 2015,   by Peter Cheney

The trashcan of history is filled with machines that once seemed as if they would last forever. Remember the typewriter? The rotary-dial telephone? Cameras that used film?

Category: Electric Vehicles

The Volkswagen scandal: say goodbye to the internal combustion engine!

September 22, 2015,   by Ugo Bardi

But, if it is true that we cannot win against thermodynamics, it is also true that we don't need to fight against it. A battle against the combustion engine was lost in the 1970s, but the war can...

Category: Electric Vehicles

EVs Could Cut Global Gasoline Use By 2040

September 6, 2015,   by Mike Barnard

A tipping point has been reached in the last two years for electric cars. Almost half of all fully or partially electric vehicles sold in the past decade were sold in 2014. In addition to the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Planned CHAdeMO DC Fast Chargers in Southern San Joaquin Valley

August 23, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

The California Energy Commission (CEC) issued a document July 27, 2015 that called for proposals to complete California's portion of the West Coast Electric Highway.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Star-Crossed Trip: Bakersfield to LAX & Return

August 22, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Wherein I learn some important lessons: Don’t get overconfident with an EV; Don’t believe LA valets about their knowledge of EVs; The value of quick charging; Plan carefully; and—as always—allow...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

Stats on a Star-Crossed Trip: Bakersfield to LAX & Return

August 22, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

I've pulled the statistics out of the article Star-Crossed Trip: Bakersfield to LAX & Return and put them here.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

Load Shifting With Electric Vehicles Is A Great Match To Wind In Many Areas

August 21, 2015,   by Clayton Handleman

EVs are poised to play an important dual role of both reducing carbon from transportation and enabling higher penetration of renewable energy. The pieces are falling into place for a disruptive...

Category: Renewable Energy, Electric Vehicles

BlueIndy electric car-share service to debut Sept. 2

August 20, 2015,   by Justin L. Mack

BlueIndy officials announced Thursday that the stalled electric car-share service will open to the public early next month.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Delco-Remy’s DRIVE I Preceded GM’s EV1 to Same Fate

August 11, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Fourteen years before General Motors (GM) introduced its EV1 and a quarter-century before it recalled and eventually destroyed nearly all of them, a GM division built an electric car only to see it...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Bakersfield First Urban Public Charge Station Nearing Completion

July 28, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Bakersfield's first urban public charge stations are nearing completion. The four stations at Bakersfield Community College's Weill Institute are located in downtown. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

My unlucky electric car journey

July 26, 2015,   by Gavin Shoebridge

In this episode: the electric car gets a 'major service', I drive to Vienna in Austria, I learn that most charging system providers really suck, I almost run out of electricity, and I put on a suit...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Good Neighbors Make Plugshare Work

July 24, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We’ve been contacted by EV drivers a few times about charging at our home here in Bakersfield, but none have showed up. That is, until John Rowell from Exeter called.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

How to Use the PlugShare EV Charging Station Tool

July 23, 2015,   by Brad Berman

PlugShare is a powerful mobile application and online tool that allows electric car owners to locate and optimize the use of EV charging stations.

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Grover Beach Revisited & Summary

June 28, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

As we’ve become more experienced, we’ve become bolder. On this trip we used our new Jesla EVSE—a portable charge cable—to charge quicker, and we took some shortcuts we avoided on the first trip. We...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Visalia

June 26, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We planned another excursion in our 2015 Nisssan Leaf, an Electric Vehicle (EV). This time we planned to join friends for dinner in Visalia to the north of Bakersfield in the heart to the San Joaquin...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

Grapevine (I-5) Summary of Actual Consumption in kWh of a Nissan Leaf

June 26, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We've now made four trips from Bakersfield over the Tejon Pass via the Grapevine and back. This is enough trips to account for variations in the weather and some variations in driving style. As noted...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

Ventura to Grover Beach Summary of Actual Consumption in kWh

June 26, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We've now made several trips from Bakersfield over Tejon Pass and two trips to the coast and back. There's now enough data to summarize how many kWh are needed to drive a Nissan Leaf on these various...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

Bakersfield & South Valley EV Owners Breakfast

June 20, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We had a good time and it was great to talk shop with such an experienced crew. Gary, Tom, Jason and his wife, Dori drove up in Gary's new Tesla. They joined Mike Bornstein, his son, Stefanie, and...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Trip Report: Kernville Revisited

June 18, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Our friends had organized a morning visit to the Ardis Walker house and museum of western history in Kernville. Walker was a prominent and colorful local figure in Kern County from the 1960s until...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Ridgecrest via Mountain Mesa

June 17, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We wanted to drive our 2015 Nissan Leaf to Ridgecrest and have dinner with our niece before her assignment at the Naval base was completed.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, Electric Vehicles

Nissan Leaf Range Calcs from Tony Williams Tabular Estimator

June 17, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

This tabular estimator is based on Tony Williams Nissan Leaf Range Chart. This simple spreadsheet uses Williams' estimates of how much electricity a Nissan Leaf consumes in level, steady-state...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

EV Terminology & Recomendations for EV Charging Infrastructure

June 9, 2015,   by Michael Bornstein

In order to understand Electric Car Charging and the infrastructure needed, we first have to understand the terminology. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Trip Report: Tehachapi Revisited

June 3, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

My meeting to discuss Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure in Kern County was canceled, leaving my day free. So I turned to Nancy and suggested we drive our 2015 Nissan Leaf to Tehachapi for lunch....[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, Electric Vehicles

Tehachapi L2 EV Charging Station Operational

June 3, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

The City of Tehachapi has completed installation of its Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station. The two, Level 2 EVSEs are located in the parking lot adjacent to City Hall. The station, part of the...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Charge Up Rebate

June 2, 2015,  

SJVAPCD is now accepting applications for the Charge UP! Electric Vehicle Charger program.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Gary Giddings--Early EV Pioneer--Coming to June 20th Bakersfield Brunch

June 1, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Gary Giddings, creator of an early State of Charge meter for the Nissan Leaf will join the Electric Vehicle Owners of Bakersfield and the Southern San Joaquin Valley at the Golden Corral for brunch...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Los Angeles & Return

May 27, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

On Friday 22 May we embarked on our Electric Vehicle (EV) adventure to Los Angeles via the “Grapevine” to take in a concert of the LA Philharmonic and visit friends.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, Electric Vehicles

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Kernville

May 13, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

As part of our continuing exploration of the Nissan Leaf’s range, we took a one-day get-a-way and drove up to scenic Kernville deep in the heart of the southern Sierra Nevada.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

What is an Electric Car Event at the Beale Library

May 12, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We had about a dozen cars, so there's a dozen drivers there. Leafs, MiEV, two BMWi3s, a Ford, Rav 4, and a Tesla. There was quite a line up of vehicles--the Tesla attracting the most attention...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Updated Locations for DCFC in Southern San Joaquin

May 7, 2015,  

The California Energy Commission has updated the locations of DC Fast Chargers in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Plug-in Hybrid to the Rescue

May 2, 2015,   by Kevin Mershon

How the traction battery of a plug-in hybrid may have saved a life.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Event at Beale Library Hosted by Electric Vehicle Owners of Bakersfield and the Southern San Joaquin Valley

April 27, 2015,  

Ollie Danner has organized quite an event at the Beale Library. See the event flyer for details on the raffle prizes. All proceeds go to the Beale Library.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Test drive of a petrol car (humour)

April 22, 2015,   by Tibor Blomhäll

Having heard so much good about petrol cars, we decided to test drive one. They are said to combine cheap price with long range and fast charging. A winning formula on paper – but how are they in...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Mojave Superchargers Go Live: East Side Now Wired for Tesla—Still No Fast Chargers for Consumer EVs on the East Side

April 14, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Meanwhile, there are no DC Fast Chargers in Mojave, or anywhere on the east side of the Sierra for drivers of consumer-oriented EVs, such as the Nissan Leaf. The nearest fast charger to Mojave is in...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

LBNL: Quantifying EV battery end-of-life through analysis of travel needs with vehicle powertrain models

April 8, 2015,   by Samveg Saxena

Our findings show that defining battery retirement at 70–80% remaining capacity is inaccurate. Battery retirement should instead be governed by when batteries no longer satisfy daily travel needs of...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Opinion: Why Electric Car Charging Networks Need Impartial, Third-Party Regulation Or Face Collapse

April 1, 2015,   by Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield

But while more electric car charging stations is a great thing for encouraging more people behind the wheel of a plug-in car, there’s a global endemic threatening the operation of charging stations...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Solar-Powered Commute | 2015 Ford Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid

March 27, 2015,   by Craig Topfer

When Craig installed solar panels on his home, he had no idea how it could benefit his commute. See how he powers his Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Oh Where Oh Where Has Washington Gone?

March 22, 2015,   by Dave Laur

The first stations started going in early in 2012 and there was a lot of excitement that many more would be coming soon. But the hype has not lived up to even the most modest of expectations. Fast...

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Grover Beach and SLO--550 Miles in a Nissan Leaf

March 16, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

On 5 March Nancy and I undertook our first true road trip in our 2015 Nissan Leaf. Our destination was Grover Beach and ultimately San Luis Obispo.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

Electric Auto Association's Comments on DC Fast Charger Installations for West Coast Electric Highway

March 16, 2015,  

The Electric Auto Association (EAA) submitted comments 16 March 2015 to the California Energy Commission on DC Fast Charger installations for the build out of the West Coast Electric Highway. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Two DC Fast Chargers Coming This Summer to I-5 Grapevine Corridor

March 13, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

EV owners who’ve tackled the Grapevine on I-5 with today’s consumer-oriented EVs know how difficult the route is, necessitating long layovers in Lebec and again in Valencia. That is about to change. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

500 Miles in an EV—Some Observations

March 13, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We recently completed a 550-mile trip to Grover Beach and San Luis Obispo from Bakersfield in our Nissan Leaf, an electric vehicle (EV). It’s not as far as many have driven, but it’s far more than...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

CEC DCFC Corridor Gaps Southern San Joaquin & Mojave Desert; Grapevine, Valencia, Tehachapi

March 11, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

There’s an urgent need by owners of consumer-oriented EVs for a DCFC station either at the base of the Grapevine or at Lebec. Similarly, there’s an urgent need for a companion station in Valencia. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Tom P. Green's Comments to the CEC on DC Fast Chargers for EVs

March 3, 2015,   by Tom P. Greene

The following are Tom P. Green’s comments to the California Energy Commission Advisory Committee 12 February 2015 on the need for the rapid deployment of DC Fast Chargers (DCFC) in California.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Our Nissan Leaf's Electricity Consumption Early 2015

March 2, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

When we got our recent bill from Pacific Gas & Electric Co., I thought I’d take a look at hour our Electric Vehicle (EV) was affecting our consumption.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Lebec and the Grapevine

March 2, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

For those of us who live in the San Joaquin Valley, getting to and from Los Angeles in an Electric Vehicle (EV) is a challenge. Southbound, the last charging stations are in Bakersfield. Then it’s a...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

DC Fast Charging for EVs along California Transportation Corridors

March 1, 2015,   by T.P. Greene

The CEC document CEC-600-2014-002 reveals some locations of the planned DCFCs along I-5 and Highway 99. The US Green Vehicle Council and Cleantech Institute have proposed the build-out of a complete...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Petition the California Energy Commission to install a network of DC fast chargers to enable long-distance EV travel in California this year

February 26, 2015,   by T.P. Greene

Deploying a network of DC fast charging (DCFC) stations along long-distance transportation corridors will enable long-distance EV travel in California. . . This network is also needed to make EVs...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Level 2 Charge Station Coming to Tehachapi this Summer

February 23, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

The City of Tehachapi plans to install a Level 2 commercial charge station near City Hall sometime this summer, says Chris Kirk, assistant city manager. When installed, the station will double the...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Glenville

February 23, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

It was a beautiful day and there was a report of abundant wildflowers on the road to Woody. Glenville is beyond Woody and we thought we’d test our Leaf’s range once again in the foothills east of...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Tehachapi

February 18, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

On Sunday Nancy & I drove our car to Tehachapi from Bakersfield, California. That in itself isn’t significant. Thousands of cars and trucks climb the 4,000 feet from the San Joaquin Valley to the...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

Charging an EV at Tehachapi’s Mountain Valley RV Park

February 17, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Recreational Vehicle (RV) parks with NEMA 14-50 receptacles are popular with drivers of Electric Vehicles (EVs) where no EV-specific chargers exist—as is the case between Bakersfield and Mojave,...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

First Quick Charge--Wow That Was Fast

February 13, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We’d have to agree with JP White in Nashville after his first quick charge: Awesome.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicle Charging Etiquette Hang Tags

February 12, 2015,   by Ollie Danner

The first ever Electric Vehicle Charging Etiquette Hang Tags. Great for busy charging locations. Reusable. Clear coating allows for multiple uses with dry erase marker.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Buying an Electric Vehicle Mail Order: Or Why we bought our Leaf from Petaluma and Not Bakersfield

January 23, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Ok, it wasn’t quite mail order. Most of the transaction was done over the phone and via email, but we bought a car, an Electric Vehicle (EV), in a very untraditional manner.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Trip to Bird Springs Road in a Nissan Leaf

January 6, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We’ve been driving our 2015 Nissan Leaf for two months now and it was time to take it on a road trip—a short one, mind you, but one long enough to test our range anxiety. We set out Monday morning to...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations or EVSEs

December 30, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are different from the cars we’re accustomed to. They use electricity stored in the traction batteries to power the vehicle. They don’t use gasoline or diesel fuel. As a...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

The BMW i3 (a personal impression)

December 30, 2014,   by Bob Jans

Bob’s a techy and a serious car guy. He knows cars and likes to drive them fast--very fast.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Plug Share

December 20, 2014,   by John Loveless

The members of the PlugShare community are an amazing group of people. Since the future charging infrastructure is not coming soon enough, (especially in oil-junkie, fossil-fuel hooked Utah),...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why We Went Electric

December 17, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

We’d been planning to buy a plug-in hybrid for some time. Just seemed to make so much sense on so many levels. They emit less air pollutants by being so much more efficient than conventional...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why We Chose a Nissan Leaf for Our EV

December 17, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

It was fairly simple really. Tesla was out. Too much money. At more than 100,000 the Tesla is well out of reach for most middle-class families--certainly for us. That narrowed the choices down...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Photos of Our 2015 Nissan Leaf

December 17, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Our 2015 Nissan Leaf S (the base model) with the Quick Charge option was delivered to Bakersfield by tractor trailer on October 20, 2014. The Leaf is an all electric, four-door hatchback. It's an...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Photos of Our EVSE (Charge Station)

December 17, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

We installed two types of "charge station" or more correctly two types of EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) at our home. The first is ClipperCreek's 40-amp EVSE with J1772 EV charge connector...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Ollie’s Electric Car Pledge and Our Move to an EV

November 25, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

It worked. Ollie Danner’s Electric Car Pledge and his organizational skills are the reason we’re now driving an EV or Electric Vehicle. It wasn’t a direct route of course. And just signing his...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

US Air Force Unveils World’s Largest Electric Vehicle-to-Grid Fleet

November 14, 2014,   by Elisa Wood

The Los Angeles Air Force Base in California (LAAFB) has acquired 42 plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs), the most the military has ever assembled in one place. The cars, trucks, vans and a bus will be...

Category: Electric Vehicles

The Economic Impact of Electric Vehicle Adoption in Ontario

September 23, 2014,   by Brent Kopperson

Not only do Electric Vehicles provide many environmental, health, energy, and cost saving advantages... EVs also have the potential to provide many economic, technological, and labour market gains in...

Category: Electric Vehicles

NYT: Coal Fades, So Electrics Get Cleaner

September 19, 2014,   by PAUL STENQUIST

The group says that the average battery-powered E.V. sold over the past year used 0.33 kilowatt-hours per mile, a 5 percent improvement over the 2011 data that was basis for the original report. Some...

Category: Electric Vehicles

How do EVs Compare with Gas-Powered Vehicles? Better Every Year….

September 16, 2014,   by Don Anair

No matter where you live in the U.S., an EV has lower global warming emissions than the average new compact car, which gets approximately 28 miles per gallon. Emission from EVs are poised for even...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Canadian Take on Owning a Nissan Leaf

September 2, 2014,   by Steve Lapp

I watched the used car ads for about a year and followed the Canadian Leaf Facebook group and eventually this past spring found a slightly used Leaf for just over $20k. The car was in almost new...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Notes: Update on Leaf Ownership after a 6-Week Absence

August 28, 2014,   by Ben Zuckerman

My wife and I recently rented a standard (manual) shift car to drive around Ireland for a week. For decades I drove and was a fan of standard shift cars. I was saddened to leave these when nearly 11...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Energy Insight: Electric Car Pledge - Making A Difference

August 28, 2014,   by Ollie Danne

All we can do is work to improve the quality of living for people, not only here but everywhere, and be willing to help future generations. We're not going to change the world, but if everybody just...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Oasis in a Charging Desert—Independence, California

August 7, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

The Owens Valley is a desert. A beautiful desert at the base of the rugged Sierra Nevada, but a desert nonetheless. There are few towns, few people, and even fewer services. So it was more than a...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Show in Bakersfield CA

July 20, 2014,   by Ollie Danner

The EV Show and Meet-Up was organized so Bakersfield residents were able to see and touch electric cars which are available right now. Electric cars sold per capita in the US are lowest within the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Pledge

March 6, 2014,   by Ollie Danner

Take the Electric Car Pledge with these electric cars being made today. Electric cars include PHEV - Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicles and EV - Electric Vehicles.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Bakersfield Californian: An electrifying idea: Take the Pledge

March 6, 2014,   by Steve Levin

The Bakersfield founder of electriccarpledge.com wants you to take the pledge if you support electric vehicles, plan to buy one in your lifetime or own one now.

Category: Electric Vehicles

A Year and a Half With a Nissan Leaf (Part 1): The Acquisition

August 6, 2013,   by Sam Koblenski

While researching the new car market, I learned that the Nissan Leaf was the first fully-electric car available that didn't cost a fortune. It was still pretty pricey, but with the government rebate,...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Deborah Petersen: My husband's electric car, week 1

January 21, 2013,   by Deborah Petersen

Want to know where to find charging stations, how to build one at home, where to apply for electric car rebates? I will be blogging about our car adventures at...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Notes by Ben Zuckerman: 18 Month Service

November 13, 2012,   by Ben Zuckerman

The LEAF is a car one "fills up" at home rather than at a gas station. A few days ago I took my LEAF (to Miller Nissan in the San Fernando Valley part of Los Angeles) for a standard 1.5 year...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Notes by Ben Zuckerman: A Nissan LEAF EV After 18 Months

October 29, 2012,   by Ben Zuckerman

  I'm in Hawaii now but two weeks from now I'll be taking the car in for its 1.5 year service check up. The first two check-ups cost me zero $$. I love the feeling of driving knowing that there is...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Chris Bagdikian's Take on the Chevy Volt--I Love it

July 16, 2012,   by Chris Bagdikian

For Paul Gipe, a casual acquaintance from years past, his first opinion of the Chevrolet Volt was that ugliness is skin deep - it looks like the Chevy Cruze, which he does not like. . . [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

George Shultz on energy & electric vehicles: It's personal

July 12, 2012,  

My solar panels have long since paid for themselves by the savings in electricity costs. I have my electric car running on electricity from the sun, which costs me nothing and there is plenty of it...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Notes by Ben Zuckerman: A Nissan LEAF EV, one year on

May 31, 2012,   by Ben Zuckerman

Our LEAF EV is now one year old. The standard one-year service visit cost us zero dollars; no oil change, no anything. Nissan suggests changing out a passenger cabin air filter after a year, but...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Notes 07 by Mike Brigham: Chevy Volt October 2012 Update

January 2, 2012,   by Mike Brigham

The lifetime fuel economy is 3.1 l/100k which compares very favourably with my 2010 Prius, which used to consume 4.8l/100k. . . [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Notes 06 by Mike Brigham: Early Volt Feedback

December 10, 2011,   by Mike Brigham

EV range: about 55kms under the present weather conditions and the earliest Canadian users are reporting about an 8-15km drop in EV range due to cooler weather now Fuel consumption on continuous...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Notes by Paul Gipe 05: Chevy Volt Test Drive

August 10, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

Tuesday I drove a Chevy Volt through the wind farms of the Tehachapi Pass. This was part of an interview and photo shoot by Automobile Magazine about the Chevy Volt and the potential role renewable...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Notes by Ben Zuckerman 04: Miles per kWh

July 19, 2011,   by Ben Zuckerman

  In my first EV posting back in May, I guesstimated that when driven carefully a Nissan LEAF should be able to travel about 4 miles per kWh. We have now had our LEAF for a bit over two months and,...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Notes by Ben Zuckerman 03: Spare Tire?

July 1, 2011,   by Ben Zuckerman

  Should your LEAF have a flat tire, then getting somewhere to have the problem fixed may not be as easy as with your previous cars. To save weight and space, some new cars, including the LEAF, no...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Notes by Ben Zuckerman 02

June 13, 2011,   by Ben Zuckerman

We have now had our Nissan LEAF EV for a month and things are going smoothly. Everyone we have taken for a test drive has nice things to say about the car. The LEAF does not have a tailpipe. So, it...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Notes by Ben Zuckerman 01

May 25, 2011,   by Ben Zuckerman

    Note: This is the first of a series of guest posts on electric vehicles--EVs. I've written about the potential of EVs in my books since 1995. As part of my work with renewable energy I've...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

One Million Megawatts of Wind Capacity for the USA: A Target Worthy of a Great Nation

January 10, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Portion of a presentation made January 10, 2008 to Al Gore's Solutions Summit To significantly address the United State's contribution to climate change and to prepare for the diminishing supply of...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, News on Wind Energy, Electric Vehicles

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