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What Will It Take For Electric Cars To Make Great Family Cars?
What Will It Take For Electric Cars To Make Great Family Cars?

First, a disclaimer – I’m no scientist, not particularly good at math, and claim no expertise in dissecting voluminous data on the pros and cons of electric vehicles. But I am a writer who’s also a wife, mother of four, and live in a state and area (California/Los Angeles) where...Read More»

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Feds Ramp Up Funding For Riskier Renewable Fuel Projects

How will we be fueling our cars 20 or 30 years from now? Will we plug in, as some of us soon will with EVs such as the 2011 Nissan Leaf, but not have to worry about battery life? Or will we be gassing up, much like we do today, but with home-grown cellulosic ethanol that's far more sustainable than...Read More»

2011 Nissan Leaf
Going Green With Appliances: Like Taking 100M Cars Off The Road

We've seen the trends; car shoppers are increasingly considering fuel consumption in car puchases, and thinking about the energy we spend getting around—some purely for economics, others for greener reasons. But it's sometimes easy to forget that vehicles aren't the only energy hogs we have in...Read More»

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Better Place Wants The Danish To Roll In EVs

We've mentioned Shai Agassi and his game-changing EV startup, Better Place, several times on TCC. Now comes word that he's brokered an intriguing  deal to install charging and battery-changing infrastructure across Denmark, and the Danish government has agreed to nix the 200% new car tax (yes, you...Read More»

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Element Hotels To Have ChargePoint Stations By Close Of 2009

Lots of companies pay lip service to "going green", but Element Hotels is putting its money where its mouth is. The Element chain is a 2008 addition to Starwood's sprawling family of hotels and resorts, offering customers a "no-compromise, eco-chic experience". Part of that experience will soon be...Read More»

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Electrification Roadmap Sets High Standards For EV Adoption

We've often noted that the biggest hurdle for electric vehicles to overcome is the energy and recharging infrastructure. (In fact, that was listed among the most significant obstacles facing the MINI E just last week.) Now, a sprawling coalition of business leaders -- including Nissan's outspoken...Read More»

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Reduce, Reuse: Madrid Puts Phone Booths To Work For EVs

When was the last time you used a pay phone? Like the collect-call industry that fed off them, pay phones have become increasingly irrelevant in recent years, thanks to the proliferation of mobile phones among both rich and poor. However, pay phones still dot city streets, and even in places where...Read More»

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Obama And The DOE Award $2.4 Billion In Battery Grants

Yesterday, President Obama announced $2.4 billion in technology grants to car companies, battery makers, universities, and research facilities across the U.S. During his speech in Elkhart, Indiana, the president stressed the importance of battery development as a way of reviving America's...Read More»

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Nissan Pulls The Plug On EVs (Not How You Think)

Nissan has made a lot of news on the EV front lately: the company received a $1.6 billion loan from the Department of Energy to develop electric vehicles; it's partnering with Renault to build EV infrastructure at sites around the globe; and it's planning to drop its own EV into showrooms by 2012...Read More»

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Fries, Apple Pie, Or 110 Adapter? McDonald's Adds Charging Stations For Hybrids And EVs

Given the volume of disposable material it consumes on a daily basis, McDonald's may see like an unlikely place to set up a charging station for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. In fact, the idea of ANY fast food joint catering to EVs seems a little weird to us--much less one in Cary, North...Read More»

Coulomb Technologies ChargePoint
Over 5 Million Charging Points On The Way To Support Plug-In Vehicle Infrastructure

We've talked a good bit about plug-in hybrids, fully electric vehicles, and the hurdles they'll have to jump before being fully embraced by consumers. Among the biggest of those obstacles is the necessary infrastructure for quickly charging the batteries in those vehicles--no matter where drivers...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Volt and 2013 Tesla Model S [photo: David Noland]
Car-Charging Start-Up Sparks Interest

From Elon Musk to Bob Lutz, many folks are amped about electric vehicles. Unfortunately, there are still lots of hurdles preventing EVs from becoming attractive to mainstream consumers. Not least among those hurdles: the little matter of charging batteries. Prepping America--or any country--for...Read More»

Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell with mobile refueler
Pay-At-The-Pump Hydrogen Almost A Reality

Just as hopes for a national hydrogen infrastructure seem to be fading, it seems that a small infrastructure is finally within reach—at least in California—and that several smaller hurdles, at least on the refueling side, are on the verge of being solved. One of those issues is that drivers...Read More»

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