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Amazon Orders 100,000 Electric Delivery Vans From Rivian

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has announced a far-reaching plan to reduce his company’s environmental footprint. Amazon’s “Climate Pledge” calls for the retail behemoth to zero out its carbon emissions by 2030. 

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First-Time Electric-Vehicle Buyer’s Checklist

Check the boxes on these critical considerations before buying or leasing your first EV.

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Most EV Owners Charge Using An Extremely Dangerous Method

In the battle to get the world’s drivers to adopt electric cars, designing and building good EVs is only half the battle. The other half deals with changing the customs, habits, and even the culture surrounding how we use our cars. 

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Proterra Powered™ Electric School Buses Selected By Michigan Schools

Michigan becomes first in nation to dedicate VW settlement funds to electric school buses.

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2020 – The Year Of The Tesla Model Y & Other ICE-Killing Crossovers

I wasn’t originally a big fan of the crossover, but after doing the research for an article on “crossovers for dummies,” I decided that they are just what I need. 

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2020 Toyota Prius: Up to 56 MPG, Now With CarPlay And Alexa For All Grades

Toyota announced a handful of changes for its bread-and-butter hybrid Thursday, including iPhone integration via Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa-enabled smart features for the first time.

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Electricfy America Station Charges Porsche Taycan Battery In 23 Minutes At 270 kW

Two pioneers of ultra-fast charging infrastructure recently got together for a symbolic event to inaugurate a new era of faster charging.

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In H1 2019, Hyundai Motor Group Sold Almost 45,000 BEVs

Hyundai and Kia sold close to 45,000 BEVs during the first half and shouldn’t have a problem with reaching 100,000 in 2019.

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Volkswagen Settlement Money To Fund Cleaner Engines, Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

North Dakota could soon see more electric vehicle charging stations, as well as cleaner buses and trucks on the roads now that the public can apply for funds from a settlement with Volkswagen.

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Electric Car Sales Boom In California, As Plug-In Hybrids And Small Cars Sputter

Even as sales of small cars drop in California and across the country, sales of electric cars continue to climb, breaking past 5 percent of the market so far in 2019. 

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An Old-School Auto Supplier Is Betting On An Electric Future

Germany’s Continental, the world’s fourth-largest auto-parts maker, says it will stop investing in parts for internal combustion engines.

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BMW Perks Up X5 PHEV & MINI Countryman PHEV With Large Batteries

While we wait for BMW to bring more fully electric cars to market, the company is adding some zest to its plug-in hybrid offerings by fitting them with larger batteries that significantly increase how far then can go on electricity alone.

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2020 Porsche Taycan EV Review: We Drive The Tesla Fighter!

We spend a speedy afternoon with the first-ever electric Porsche.

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2020 Chevy Bolt EV Range Rises To 259 Miles

Chevy on Thursday announced its 2020 Bolt EV, and included in the announcement was news of an EPA-estimated range of 259 miles.

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Electrify America Wants Consumers To Understand That EVs Are Normal Now

Electrify America is more than just a charging network – it also has a mission to increase consumer awareness and acceptance of EVs. 

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Small Fully Electric Lexus Concept To Be Shown In October

Hybrids remain the core for the brand, but there will be all-electric models too.

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Mulitple Ford And Lincoln Electric SUV Models To Arrive By 2023

In addition to a Mustang-inspired electric performance SUV, potentially named Mach E, Ford is planning two more mid-size electric SUVs to sell alongside the Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus.

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California Launches $40-Million Incentive Program For Zero-Emission Off-Road Freight

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is launching a $40-million program called the Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE), which is designed to aid in the purchase of zero-emission off-road freight technology.

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The Fastest Porsche SUV Ever Is A Plug-In Hybrid

As Porsche ramps up for the launch of its Taycan electric sedan late this year, today it has a new cheerleader for the performance boost of electric motors at the top of its SUV lineup: the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid. 

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2019 Kia Niro EV: An Impressive Electric Compact Suggests Good Things From Future Kia EVs

Kia may be the auto brand with the biggest disconnect between perception and reality in the US today.

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GM, VW Say They Won’t Build Hybrids Or Plug-in Hybrids, Only Battery Electric Cars

For the past 5 years, people who wanted to drive a low or zero emissions vehicle had a choice — a hybrid like the Toyota Prius with a smallish battery and gasoline engine, a plug-in hybrid with a moderate size battery and a gasoline powered range extender engine like the Chevy Volt, or a battery electric vehicle like a Tesla.

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Four Automakers Make A Deal With California On Fuel Efficiency

In a setback for the Trump administration’s campaign of sweeping away environmental regulations, four automakers have forged a deal with California that imposes only a moderate relaxation of the Obama-era federal fuel economy standards, rather than the radical rollback requested by the Republican regime.

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Electric Ford F-150 Already Exists, As Second Life Conversion Kit

The all-electric Ford F-150 teased for the first time last week is something to get excited about—especially as an electric version of the top-selling vehicle in America. 

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Tesla Model X “The Perfect Car For A Family Road Trip,” Arctic Swan Car Reviewer Says

Last year, Luxembourg-based Bianca Hurduc decided to start a car blog, Arctic Swan, to provide auto news and reviews. But the site needed a twist. She wanted to feature “inspiring lady drivers with wanderlust … written by a woman for women.”

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Virginia Governor Pledges Over $12 Million For Electric Buses

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has pledged more than $12 million towards the deployment of electric buses in Alexandria, Blacksburg, and Hampton Roads. 

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Report: US Nissan Leaf Owners To Get Update Allowing Subsequent Fast Charges-Updated

Some owners of second generation Nissan Leafs are about to get a big update that will cool some overheated owners—if not their cars’ batteries.

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The Ultimate Electric Car Charger Guide

Only a few years ago there were very little choices for electric vehicle charging equipment.

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ClipperCreek Retroactively Extends Warranty For All AmazingE Chargers

ClipperCreek has retroactively extended the warranty on its AmazingE brand of residential charging stations. 

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Watch A Disguised Arnold Schwarzenegger Try To Sell Gas Cars To Prospective EV Customers

A barely-disguised Arnold Schwarzenegger touts the “benefits” of gasoline to customers who are interested in electric cars in a fun new ad that aims to increase electric vehicle adoption. 

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Toyota Covers Prius Prime With Solar Panels To Test Mileage

While Toyota has been skeptical of electric cars, the carmaker is expressing optimism about technology that can supplement plugging in: solar.

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Good News About Electric Trucks Coming From Oregon & Switzerland

Electric trucks are coming. We know the Tesla Semi is nearing production, but Tesla is not the only company working to bring electric trucks to market.

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BMW M Plug-In Hybrid Confirmed; EV Coming After 2025

BMW’s M division is plugging into to electric power.

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Regional Discounts Can Make Electric Cars A Steal

In some places, you almost can’t afford not to buy an electric car. Adding regional incentives to state and federal incentives can cut the price of some electric cars nearly in half and make them cheaper than some used cars or the most basic of new gas models.

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Electric MINI To Be Unveiled On Juy 9, 2019

MINI to open a new chapter in its history on July 9, presenting its first all-electric model for series production.

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Google Maps Now Tells You If An EV Charging Station Is In Use

Along with showing you the location of charging stations for your electric car, Google Maps now also shows you whether they’re currently in use

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Honda’s Electric Vision For Europe Starts With The “Honda e”

Honda has committed to “total electrification” of all its European sales by 2025, and it’s starting now with the Honda e. 

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Card Readers At Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Will Weaken Security, Researchers Say

Electric vehicle charging stations could become one of the next big targets for fraudsters — thanks to proposals in several state that researchers say would weaken their security.

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Toyota Accelerates Its Electrification Plans, Teases Six New EVs

EV advocates have long been puzzled by the policies of Toyota. The company that initiated vehicle electrification in 1997 with the Prius, and that currently makes the second-best-selling plug-in vehicle in the US (the Prius Prime) has consistently dismissed the benefits of pure EVs, insisting that hybrids are superior, and diverting resources to fuel cell vehicles.

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Illinois Drops Proposed $1,000 EV Registration Fee to $248

Every new electric car needs a charge point. For many years since the introduction of EVs, that has been one of the sales obstacles that companies, dealers, and others have had to overcome.

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West Fargo Public Schools Purchases State’s First Blue Bird Electric School Bus

West Fargo Public Schools received the state’s first zero emissions electric bus, a Blue Bird Vision equipped with the Cummins PowerDrive system, enabling students to ride in an all-electric powered bus when they return to school in August.

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Kraft Heinz Adopts Electric Terminal Trucks At Ohio Distribution Center

Food company Kraft Heinz has replaced five diesel terminal trucks with EVs at its distribution centre in Groveport, Ohio.

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Home Station From ClipperCreek Will Charge Two EVs

Every new electric car needs a charge point. For many years since the introduction of EVs, that has been one of the sales obstacles that companies, dealers, and others have had to overcome.

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Fuel Retailers Urge Lawmakers To Support Private Investment In EV Charging Infrastructure

We all favor increased electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

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Renault & Fiat Chrysler Consider Merger

It has been fairly apparent for a while now that major consolidations in the auto industry are coming. The torrid pace of new car sales from a few years ago has slowed. Even China saw a decrease in total new car sales last year for the first time in two decades.

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Plug-In Vehicles Displaced 323 Million Gallons Of Gas In 2018, Up 42% From 2017

According to the DOE, plug-in vehicles on US roads displaced 323 million gallons of gasoline in 2018, or about 0.25% of all gasoline used in the US that year.

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California Utility Offers $4,000 Purchase Incentive For Used PHEVs

Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE), which serves approximately 290,000 accounts in California’s San Mateo County, is offering a $4,000 incentive toward the purchase of a used PHEV for lower-income customers.

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City Of Carson Unveils The First Electric Trash

The 100-percent, emission-free vehicle demonstrates the City of Carson’s ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability for residents.

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Why Norway Leads The World In Electric Vehicle Adoption

Norway has only 5.26 million people—about half the size of Los Angeles County in population, and with only about 35 percent of LA’s vehicles on its roads.

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Mercedes Begins Production Of EQC Electric SUV

Mercedes has begun production of the EQC, a pure electric SUV that represents the German automaker’s first native EV (built to be electric, not adapted from a legacy vehicle).

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Best Deals On Plug-In, Hybrid, And Electric Cars For May 2019

With rising interest rates and falling federal plug-in vehicle tax credits on some models, the best deals on electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and conventional hybrids are a little harder to find versus a few months ago. 

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Residents Lead Charge To Install Ann Arbor’s First Curbside EV Station

They installed the EV station in front of their home at their own expense, with city approval, and others are now free to use it.

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Workshorse In Talks With GM For Purchase Of Lordstown Factory

GM has been building cars at its factory in Lordstown, Ohio, for half a century. That facility was the site of a bitter dispute between the company and the UAW when GM installed some of the first industrial robots to help make the ill-fated Chevy Vega.

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New ClipperCreek Dual Charging Station Charges Two Electric Vehicles Simultaneously

ClipperCreek, a leading manufacturer of residential and commercial electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), just announced its new dual electric vehicle (EV) charging station solution, the HCS-D40. The HCS-D40 is a 32 Amp, level 2 hardwired station that installs onto a single dedicated 40A circuit and can charge two vehicles simultaneously. 

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Volkswagen Receives Over 10,000 Registrations For ID.3

More than 10,000 Volkswagen ID.3 1ST edition orders were reserved within 24 hours. Less than 20,000 are left.

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The Future Of Zero-Emission Trucking Takes Another Leap Forward

Zero-and-Near-Zero-Emission Freight Facilities Project Stakeholders Reveal ‘Shore-to-Store’ Project with Unveiling of Fuel Cell Electric Heavy-Duty Truck.

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Mary Barra Says GM Will Build An Electric Pickup Truck

During a conference call with investors on April 30, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said “GM has an industry leading truck franchise and industry leading electrification capabilities. I assure you we will not cede our leadership on either front. We intend to create an all-electric future that includes a complete range of EVs — including full-size pickups.”

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Ford Electric Vehicles And Hybrids: Here Are Some Of The Many Models Arriving Soon

With last week’s announcement of a strategic partnership with electric truckmaker hopeful Rivian, cemented by a pending $500 million equity investment, Ford Motor Company is covering the bases for how the market might evolve and assuring multiple paths toward a future where vehicles with charge ports are the norm.

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Colorado Bill Aims To Fine ICEholes Who Block Charging Spots

As one of the top states in the nation for electric-car sales, Colorado hopes to do something about charging problems.

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NEVS Will Build Sion Solar-Powered Electric Car At Former SAAB Factory In Sweden

SAAB always built quirky cars, starting with the 2-cylinder two stroke SAAB 92 in 1949. After the company filed for bankruptcy in 2012, its assets — including the factory in Trollhätten, Sweden — were acquired by National Electric Vehicle Sweden.

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Rivian Gets $500 Million Investment From Ford

R1T electric pickup truck becomes even more real. Rivian just became reality with this major investment from the U.S.’ sales leader in trucks.

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Duke Energy Proposes $76-Million EV Program In North Carolina

Duke Energy has proposed a three-year, $76-million program to support EV adoption in North Carolina. 

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Infiniti Qs Inspiration Is The Automaker’s Idea For An EV Sport Sedan

On Wednesday, ahead of the 2019 Shanghai auto show, the Infiniti Qs Inspiration concept sedan gave us a glimpse of what may be coming in 2021 or shortly thereafter.

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U.S. Lawmakers Make Big Push To Further Expand EV Tax Credit

Both Republicans and Democrats are pushing updated EV tax credit bill.

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Volkswagen Will Unveil 7-Passenger ID Roomzz Electric SUV At Shanghai Show

Predicting the future is hard, but when it comes to predicting the names of future electric cars from Volkswagen’s new ID division, it’s pretty simple.

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Drive Electric Earth Day Events Happen All This Month Across The US

The annual Drive Electric Week celebration, a week of events where the public can see and drive a variety of electric cars and talk to current owners about their experiences, has been expanded this year with an event that covers the whole month of April.

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BMW i2 Rumored As First BMW-Daimler Joint Project, Could Replace i3

BMW and Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler appear to be setting aside their decades-old rivalry for the good of cost-cutting. A new report claims the two German auto giants will pursue joint development of a platform for future electric cars.

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Canada Announces New $5,000 EV Incentive – But No Teslas Need Apply

The Canadian government has released a new budget that includes a $5,000 incentive for EV purchases.

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Polestar 2 Electric Car: Facts, Specs, Images & Videos

Polestar 2 makes a great impression. Sales of top version start in about a year.

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Sono Motors Reveals Solar-Powered Production Vehicle

A couple of weeks ago, Sono Motors released the production design of its Sion solar/electric car. While the solar panels don’t do much to differentiate it from other cars, it does have some features that make it an interesting competitor in the EV marketplace.

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Chevrolet Bolt EV To Get Electric Sibling, With Michigan Plant Investment

General Motors announced on Friday that it will build a second electric car for Chevrolet, alongside the Chevy Bolt EV.

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Ford Announces Plans To Build Electric & Autonomous Cars in Michigan

Ford announced on March 20 it will invest $850 million to prepare its iconic Flat Rock assembly plant for building battery electric cars.

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New Tesla Electric Pickup Render Is Bold, Reminds Us Of Ram Truck

This newest rendering of the Tesla electric pickup truck is bold, but the trickest element is the fold-down front liftgate, which provides amazing access to the frunk. Gone are the days of tailgating. Now we can do some proper frontgating.

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Nissan Leaf Is The First Electric Car To Top 400,000 Sales

Nissan just reached an important milestone in electric car history — though it likely won’t be alone for long.

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Next Fiat 500 To Arrive In 2020 Only As Electric Car, Executive Confirms

Are you ready for a new generation of the Fiat 500e electric car? At the pace of the auto industry, and its five or six year cycles, it’s overdue. 

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$35,000 Tesla Model 3 Leading To Price Cuts On Chevy Bolt

In the market for a long-range EV? The Chevrolet Bolt is seeing discounts as high as $7,000. And so it begins.

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Australian Electric Truck Maker SEA Electric To Launch In The US

Australian electric commercial vehicle maker SEA Electric is set to launch in the US. It will showcase two trucks at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis during March and attend California’s Advanced Clean Transportation Expo in April. 

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Tesla Sets Model Y Reveal Date, Hints At Price

In a Tweet Sunday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the company will host an event on Thursday March 14 to reveal its long-planned Model Y SUV.

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A Guide To Scaling Electric Vehicles

It will soon be possible to get almost anywhere in the world powered entirely by the sun, the wind and the rain. This is the promise of the electric vehicle (EV) revolution now underway.

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Fully Electric Porsche Macan Due By 2022 Will Replace Gasoline Model Entirely

Porsche has somewhat publicly, for months if not years, been examining the possibility of producing an electric version of its top-selling model, the Macan.

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Electric Vehicles Can Lower Electricity Prices

Regular readers of this column are well aware of the wonderful benefits of EV ownership. However, electric vehicles can also have a positive impact on the electric grid, serving as the perfect complement to renewable energy sources.

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2019 Nissan LEAF e-Plus First Drive: Capable, Competent 226-Mile EV

The world’s best-selling electric vehicle joins the 200-mile club.

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Rivian Gets $700 Miliion Investment Led By Amazon

This just in… Rivian gets big backing from Amazon.

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Dogs Are Cool, Especially In Teslas With New Dog Mode

Judging from recent news reports, it’s all too easy to focus on the limitations on electric carsrange, recharge speeds, and most recently, their cold weather performance. Some things, though, electric cars can do that others can’t. 

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Top 10 Best Selling Fully Electric Vehicle Brands in 2019

If you’re comparing the lists, in this case, three brands (BMW, SAIC, and Volkswagen) are replaced by three others, all of Chinese origin.

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USPS Pilots Motiv Electric Delivery Trucks

The U.S. Postal Service is piloting seven battery-electric delivery vans. The Ford E-450-based walk-in vans are built on Motiv’s all-electric EPIC chassis and will be deployed in California’s Central Valley.

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High Power “Ruggedized” Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Now Available from ClipperCreek

ClipperCreek’s popular 48 and 64 Amp HCS Series charging stations are now offered with overmolded connectors, field-replaceable connector latches, and five year warranties, ideal for extreme conditions and high utilization applications

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2020 Kia Soul Electric Gets 243-Mile EPA Range Rating

New Soul EV goes the distance. With a range of 243 miles, the new 2020 Kia Soul Electric goes the distance. In fact, it has more range than the Kia Niro EV.

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Be Still My Heart: Volkswagen Sprinkles Classic Dune Buggy With EV Pixie Dust

Okay, so we’re still holding out for the electric Thing but for now we’ll settle for a 21st century, EV iteration of the classic American dune buggy, and Volkswagen may just have such a vehicle in its sights.

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2019 Kia Niro EV First Review By Kelley Blue Book

Positive vibes continue to stream in about the all-new 2019 Kia Niro EV.

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Shell Acquisition Of Charging Network Greenlots Points to Juice As The New Gas

Electric cars are getting the attention of oil companies.

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