Electric Vehicles

  • Today marks the completion of the record-setting Epic Electric American Road Trip, a 24-day, 12,183-mile battery-powered journey sponsored by electric vehicle (EV) software and information services company Recargo Inc.
  • The BYD Electric Transit Bus, making news across North America, is now approved for sale and operations in Canada after earning the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (CMVSS) Certification and being placed on the "Vehicle Manufacturers Registry" with Transport Canada.
  • Nissan today announced the expansion of its successful "No Charge to Charge" promotion, which will provide two years of no-cost public charging with the purchase or lease of a new Nissan LEAF.
  • Austin is getting electric when it comes to transportation. Austin Utilities and Riverland Community College officials plan to turn two parking spaces in the lot at Third Avenue and First Street Northwest into a dual charging station for electric cars this fall.
  • Owners of plug-in electric cars could get a break on power rates from the Turlock Irrigation District -- if they charge them at home during certain hours.
  • Taxpayers have helped cover costs for electric car chargers installed at parking lots and garages around the state, but most chargers in southwest Ohio are used only a handful of times every month.
  • 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.
  • Jan 20, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Within our brains, that fuzzy little smart city concept revolves around more intelligent technology working together across traditionally disparate industries that “touch” under a municipal umbrella: power, water, transport, lighting. But, how do we get there? Here are five rules to live by when building a smart city. 

  • Nov 27, 2013 | Dr. Michel Gisiger
    The transition from coal to oil and gas in the 19/20th centuries did not occur because the world was expected to run out of coal. It took place because the economics were in favor of oil and also because this new energy raw material proved to be more versatile, easier to handle and beneficial to human comfort (remember London smog).
  • Oct 23, 2013 | Devon Bass
    The accolades keep piling up for the game-changing electric vehicle known as the Tesla Model S.  Tesla was named as Motor Trend's Car of the Year, and was also declared the safest car ever by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Consumers claim to love the vehicle. Yet, for all of the critical acclaim and media attention, Tesla has still sold relatively few units. The company has sold none in Texas and isn't likely to do so anytime soon.
  • Aug 29, 2013 | Kristopher Settle
    Nothing against American-based car makers like Ford or General Motors, but when it comes to combining engineering, fuel economy and green initiatives, Volkswagen (VW) has proven time and time again they are the standard that everybody else strives to match.
  • Jul 15, 2013 | Jason Jungreis
    This is an article speculating upon advanced cars of the future, looking at the near-future (5 years), mid-future (10 years), and longer-future (15-20 years) future. I say "advanced" cars because of course not all features appear everywhere instantly: typically, there are some vehicles that are early adopters of new technology, and conventional vehicles may continue to be made well after the advent of new technology (consider a comparison of the technologies in my four-wheel vehicles: a Toyota RAV4 EV and a Dodge Caravan).
  • Jul 10, 2013 | Lucas McIntosh
    As utilities face increasingly challenging market conditions, electric vehicles (EVs) may present utilities with some interesting opportunities. Challenges ahead for utilities are expected to strain their financial health, which will likely result in retail rate increases. And that's where EVs might offer revenue growth that could help offset revenue loss from current energy efficiency trends and rising costs from expansive infrastructure replacement and upgrade investments.
  • Jun 13, 2013 | William (Bill) Roush
    Electrify Heartland (EH) is a product of the Greater Kansas City Plug-In Readiness Task Force, which is managed by the Metropolitan Energy Center of Kansas City. EH's goal is to produce a regional plan to prepare public resources and secure the economic and environmental benefits of plug-in vehicles within targeted metro areas with an estimated population of 2.7 million people. The plan will be publicly releasable and replicable for electric vehicle (EV) and charging infrastructure deployment in other regions. This planning effort focuses on the deployment of 1 million U.S. EVs by 2015.
  • Apr 29, 2013 | Sarah Battaglia
    A new trend in the electric vehicle industry is emerging. Several states are proposing a gas tax on vehicles produced in 2015 or later that get 55 miles per gallon or more. Cars like the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, and Toyota Prius are just some of the cars that will incur this per-mile fee.
  • EDTA sees myriad trends driving gradual EV adoption

    Dec 19, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Utilities that engage customers over the purchase of an electric vehicle have higher than average ratings for customer satisfaction, according to Brian Wynne, president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association, and J.D. Power and Associates. 

  • EDTA sees myriad trends driving gradual EV adoption

    Dec 18, 2012 | Phil Carson

    Brian Wynne, president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association, shares his views on EV technology, the market and the future. As a pragmatist, he knows electrification of transportation is a long-term proposition. 

  • General Motors and ABB today showed the next stage in battery reuse, the repackaging of five used Chevrolet Volt batteries into a modular unit capable of providing two hours of electricity needed by three to five average American homes.