Infrastructure

Obama Allots $200 Million To Support EV Adoption
Obama Allots $200 Million To Support EV Adoption

President Obama's draft budget for 2012 hasn't made as many headlines as it might've due to the current Middle Eastern political turmoil, but tucked away inside the $3.7 trillion dollar document is something that should interest electric vehicle fans. The budget contains funds for a $200 million...Read More»

Golden Gate Bridge, connecting San Francisco and Marin County, California
Libertarians: Hold On, Our Highways Aren't Crumbling Away

We hear it in stump speeches all the time: that we need more infrastructure spending as our highways and bridges are crumbling away—or at the very least in urgent need of upgrades. However a study from the Reason Foundation, a libertarian public policy group that also publishes Reason...Read More»

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Money Pit: Potholes, Poor Roads Cost Motorists $335 Per Year

Think those deep potholes and frost heaves along the commute—and all the rattles and squeaks they elicit from your car—are costing you big in extra repairs and vehicle wear? You're right! Awful road conditions cost U.S. motorists $67 billion per year in additional repairs and operating...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»

ChargePoint
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»

Coulomb Technologies ChargePoint
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»

Edmund Pettus Bridge
Shockingly High Number of U.S. Bridges Substandard, Still

One of the great things about our job is that we get to read all about cars. And, often, some of the peripheral topics too. Like bridges. In fact, we get to read things like Better Roads magazine, which serves "governments and construction contractors involved in...highway, road and bridge...Read More»

Wireless EV charging demo from Ingenieurgesellschaft Auto und Verkehr
Turning Roadways Into Range-Extenders For EVs

Wireless charging has become fairly commonplace for cell phones and other handheld devices (even backpacks can do it), and now, that same technology may be coming to the aid of EVs. A German outfit called Ingenieurgesellschaft Auto und Verkehr has a patent for an electromagnetic induction system...Read More»

2009 Volvo V70 Plug-in Hybrid Demonstrator
Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy, Step Up To The EV Plate

The American South may not be the first place you think of when it comes to EVs, but two Southern utility companies -- Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy -- have both announced that by 2020, every vehicle purchased for their combined 10,000-vehicle fleet will either be a plug-in hybrid or an...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»

DOE battery grant recipients
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»

Nissan LEAF electric vehicle
Charging Stations Part Of The Deal For 2012 Nissan LEAF EV

Listen up, early adopters and EV fans. If you're one of the first 5,000 buyers of the 2012 Nissan LEAF that was just announced this week, it looks like you'll get a home-based charger as part of the deal. Arizona-based eTec has been selected for a $99.8 million grant and will exclusively supply the...Read More»

Nissan EV-02 prototype
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»

Tata Nano
Tata Nano Hits The Market, Environmentalists Sound Alarm

Many have hailed Ratan Tata, chairman of Tata Motors, for doing what seemed the impossible; designing, engineering, and building a incredibly cheap vehicle (approximately $2,000), The Tata Nano, which promises to both reduce traffic fatalities and extend the freedom of personal transportation to...Read More»

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Link Love From The Car Connection: Obama Waves At Tesla, Hyundai Gets Conceptual, Plus Videos For The Toyota Aygo And Electric Cars

Elon gets a drive-by -- President Obama loves electric cars--but apparently not quite enough to get out of his non-EV limo to look at 'em. [Edmunds, h/t John V] Meddling kid has mettle -- Who says today's kids are a bunch of slackers? Nicholas Stone just graduated from Detroit's College for...Read More»

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