Electric Vehicles

  • The state Department of Environmental Protection announced it is extending its alternative fuel vehicle rebate program.
  • In the parking lot outside the food court at the Mall at Robinson, a silver Chevy Volt sat in a space painted with a green and white electric vehicle decal, waiting for a jolt.
  • Lisa Karraker took the plunge.After thinking about it for years, environmental concerns motivated the Beechview resident to buy her first electric car, a 2014 Nissan Leaf, last week.
  • There are many attractive reasons for Angelenos to own the all-electric Nissan LEAF: single-occupant access to high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes; an available California state tax rebate of $2,500; much lower operating costs than a gas-powered car and now, free public charging.
  • PSE&G today announced an innovative program to encourage New Jersey businesses to provide employees with electric car charging at work.
  • 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.
  • 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.