Electric Cars

August 2, 2010, 9am PDT
At $41,000 the new Chevrolet Volt is a "rich man's ride." Charles Lane asks why is President Obama offering federal tax credits of $7,500 to help better-off American's buy expensive cars?
Slate
July 25, 2010, 1pm PDT
Hawaii is an ideal test case for creating an electric car infrastructure because fuel costs are very high and distances are manageable. Charging stations are going up all over the islands with a goal of making it easy to envision driving an EV.
Governing Magazine
Blog post
April 26, 2010, 2pm PDT

I was reading Wendell Cox's recent attack on the Center for Neighborhood Technology's affordability calculations, and was struck by one thing he wrote:“transportation costs will be reduced in the future by the far more fuel efficient vehicles being required by Washington.”* 

In other words, don't worry about Americans being impoverished by the cost of a car for every man, woman, and 16-year old in the House: the technological miracle of fuel efficiency will save us. 

Michael Lewyn
February 16, 2010, 6am PST
San Francisco, Portland, and San Diego lead the charge to ensure everything from power grids to building codes are prepared for arrival of electric cars.
New York Times
January 13, 2010, 9am PST
A new study from the Boston Consulting Group concludes that gasoline powered-vehicles will predominate till at least 2020; doubtful of their ability to attract customers, contradicting brighter industry forecasts predominantly due to battery costs.
The New York Times - Energy & Environment
December 29, 2009, 2pm PST
This piece from <em>Grist</em> looks at electric-vehicle infrastructure in Denver, which may be a model for other cities looking to encourage the purchase and use of electric vehicles.
Grist
December 7, 2009, 12pm PST
But will they be enough to entice Danes to buy them? It may hinge on the availability of charging points and battery switching stations promised by "Better Place" of Palo Alto, CA and the Danish utility, Dong Energy.
The New York Times - Energy & Environment
November 10, 2009, 5am PST
Despite taking billions in stimulus funds with the promise of forging ahead on electric vehicles, Chrysler has dissolved the engineering team working on their three proposed electric offerings.
USA Today
October 25, 2009, 11am PDT
PG&E CEO Peter Darbee says that it wouldn't take very many all-electric cars to create a serious drain on local power generators.
CNET
October 3, 2009, 7am PDT
The French government hass announced plans to install electric car charging stations throughout the country.
The Wall Street Journal
September 10, 2009, 10am PDT
As cell phones have eliminated the need for phone booths, unused booths could play a key role in Spain's electric car revolution as charging stations.
The Guardian
August 10, 2009, 7am PDT
Cities need stations where electric cars can recharge in order for the new technology to take off and become a reality in the future, <cite>The Wall Street Journal</cite> reports.
The Wall Street Journal
July 16, 2009, 6am PDT
In the cold climes of Canada, parking lots come equipped with 120-volt outlets to keep engine blocks warm. Planners see these outlets as a stepping stone to a future of electric cars for the country.
The Vancouver Sun
July 14, 2009, 8am PDT
The city of Vancouver is going to begin requiring that a certain amount of electric car charging stations be included in all new residential developments.
CBC
June 11, 2009, 5am PDT
Amsterdam has taken its smart grid live, installing solar panels and 300 electric car recharging stations throughout the city.
Business Week
May 11, 2009, 8am PDT
A new study by researchers at the University of California, Merced suggests that using biomass to create electricity to power cars could be more efficient than using the same biomass to create ethanol to power cars.
UC Merced
January 14, 2009, 11am PST
It's clear that both domestic and international auto companies are gearing up to manufacture all-electric (battery-powered) vehicles, though whether the market goes for them is another story with gas prices at historic lows.
The New York Times
December 4, 2008, 11am PST
The state is on board for a new plan that involves building an electric vehicle transportation system, complete with a slew of web-based battery recharging stations.
The New York Times
Blog post
November 10, 2008, 12pm PST

 

This weekend, I had the pleasure of taking a ride up the Pacific Coast Highway in a hot-off-the-assembly-line Tesla sportscar. While I normally fall in with the camp that thinks the focus on alternative fuel cars is distracting from the need to move people out of cars and into transit, walking and biking, I have to say, the Tesla Roadster is a beautiful piece of machinery.

Tim Halbur
October 18, 2008, 9am PDT
Electric car start-up in Silicon Valley said Wednesday that it would lay off employees and delay production of its second car, the Model S, until 2011.
The New York Times