Electric Vehicles

  • April 27--California leads the nation in electric vehicles, with nearly 200,000 on the road -- half the total in the United States. But Northern California only has about 5,000 charging stations, so EV owners are suffering from what's known as "range anxiety." The California Public Utilities Commission needs to encourage a competitive market as the state develops a network of charging ...
  • Research presented today by Dr. Daniel Hoornweg, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), at the Ontario Energy Association's (OEA) Speaker Series, Exploring Alternative Transportation Options in Ontario: Electric & Natural Gas Vehicles, states Ontario can save billions of dollars in fuel costs and significantly reduce greenhouse ...

  • April 26--In a world where faster, higher, and further are the goal of getting from point A to point B, a contrarian airplane and its two man crew made an historic landing in San Francisco over the weekend. The sun-powered Solar Impulse-2 touched down safely after flying non stop for nearly three days and nights while crossing the Pacific Ocean from Hawaii to the U.S. mainland. A speed record ...
  • Nov 25, 2015 | Guest Writer

    Tony Earley,chairman and CEO of PG&E Corp. and Jim Piro, president and CEO of Portalnd General Electric Co., outline how EVs are prepping us to tackle future issues such as climate change. 

  • Electric utilities focus every day on ensuring an efficient, sustainable, reliable and affordable energy supply. We encourage Americans to think about using that same energy to power a greater portion of our transportation. This is especially important in light of our country's climate goals.

  • Jul 13, 2015 | Charles Botsford
    In early 2013, after a competitive request for proposals, the California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded grant funding of $3.7M to AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) to supply and install Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE), also called charging stations, at the residences of qualifying electric vehicle buyers California-wide.
  • Jun 09, 2015 | Justine Sears

    Think of EVs as batteries on wheels, albeit with rapid acceleration, a good stereo system, and heated seats.

  • Jun 01, 2015 | Mukul Sarkar
    Transportation accounts for nearly 72 percent of total global oil demand, hence economic, security, and environmental concerns are driving the world to electrify transportation. Electric vehicles (EVs) will have a disruptive change on electric utilities' business model.
  • May 19, 2015 | Areg Bagdasarian
    Some startling things have happened in the energy world these last few years that continue to shake up personal transportation. The steep downward trend of gasoline prices bumped up against the $2 per gallon mark in December of 2014.
  • Feb 05, 2015 | Paul Rosengren
    Back in 1977, with the country's memory of the Arab oil embargo and waiting hours on line for gas still fresh, President Jimmy Carter, in his sweater, addressed the nation. He declared that Americans needed to come together, and make sacrifices as we strove for energy independence -- likening the effort needed to that when going to war. Every President since -- Republican and Democrat -- has also called for energy independence.
  • Nov 20, 2014 | Paul Rosengren
    A little over a year ago, PSEG launched an employee electric car incentive program. As part of the program, the company set aside 13 spots at its Newark, New Jersey headquarters for electric cars. Participants would get free charging and free parking (important in Newark) guaranteed for three years (matching the length of a car lease).
  • Oct 22, 2014 | Charles Botsford
    The West Coast Electric Highway (WCEH) comprises 57 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Oregon and Washington. It is one of the largest contiguous networks of direct current (DC) fast chargers in North America. These stations enable EVs to charge approximately 80 percent of their battery capacity in 30 minutes or less, which provides EV drivers the peace of mind to travel from city to city in the Pacific Northwest, untethered from their residential chargers.
  • Oct 15, 2014 | Paul Rosengren
    Back in the 1980s, I interned at the EPA. An older employee told a story of a public hearing to illustrate how Americans are confused in their thinking about risk.
  • Oct 06, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The hottest thing in the electric car market these days isn’t actually a car. It’s not an EV but an EH---an electric hog. Having Harley on board the EV world lends it a sexier cache than any ol’ run-of-the-mill electric car. So, we sat down to chat with Jeff Richlen, LiveWire’s chief engineer.

  • Jul 07, 2014 | Justine Sears
    Technical Reference Manuals have long provided characterizations of efficient technologies in the electric and thermal energy sectors. At many utilities throughout the world, these manuals are a crucial piece of efficiency programs, allowing for standardized calculations of energy and financial savings gained through efficient products and demand management programs. Because of the increasing impact of the electric vehicle (EV) fleet on grid resources, a TRM that gives planners the ability to include EVs in decision making at both the program and system-wide levels is needed.
  • Jun 10, 2014 | Charles Botsford
    Residential charging in single family homes is the most prevalent, convenient, and generally lowest cost charging method for Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs). It is PEV charging at its most basic form and at its highest level of importance. All other forms of PEV charging, such as charging at workplaces, multi-dwelling units, and public venues should be judged against residential charging relative to need, cost and convenience for widespread PEV adoption to take hold.
  • Apr 29, 2014 | Davis Swan
    In a previous article, I stated my belief that the pure electric vehicle was the way of the future and that this sector of the automobile industry would grow more or less continuously for the foreseeable future. I decided to do a bit more investigation into how quickly that could happen given trends in vehicle sales over the past few years.
  • Apr 11, 2014 | Justine Sears
    The electrification of transportation is posing a challenge and opportunity for utilities across the country, with significant implications for planning, load forecasting, and demand response. As the number of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) in use continues to grow, the grid implications of these vehicles is an important planning consideration for energy utilities.
  • Mar 07, 2014 | Davis Swan
    There has been a lot of discussion about the electric vehicle revolution and what its impacts will be. Are EV's gaining traction or getting stuck in the mud?  Will they quickly replace internal combustion powered vehicles or will they represent a "green" niche market for decades to come? Will manufacturers be willing to lose billions of dollars on EV development forever or will they eventually make most of their profits from this technology?
  • Mar 03, 2014 | Mischa Popoff
    One of the perennial questions on every environmentalist's mind is: Who killed the electric car? The consensus is that big oil killed it through its political connections in Washington DC.