Electric Vehicle News Highlights – Page 04

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Lightning Systems Raises $41 Million For Electric Powertrain Production

Lightning will use the funding to ramp up production of electric powertrains for Ford Transits, Ford E-450s, Ford F-59 step vans, Chevrolet Low Cab Forward 6500XD trucks, and Lightning Electric city buses.

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Downtown Detroit, A Charging Desert, Finally Gets DC Fast Chargers

The home base for the U.S. auto industry has long been downtown Detroit. And as much as that industry has wanted to talk the talk about electrification the past several years, it hasn’t walked the walk in its home turf. 

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All-Electric Ford F-150 Truck To Be Produced In Dearborn, Michigan

Ford has announced a new $1.45 billion investment plan for plants in Michigan, which concerns new pickups, SUVs, as well as all-electric and autonomous vehicles.

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GM Loans $40 Million To Lordstown Motors To Buy Former GM Plant

The entire plant and equipment were sold for just $20 million.

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Jaguar I-Pace Gets More Range Thanks To Lessons Learned In Racing Electric SUV

Taking a leaf out of Tesla’s book, Jaguar on Monday announced an over-the-air software update for the I-Pace that will see the electric SUV receive more range.

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Connecticut Aiming To Revise EV Incentive For Low-Income Households

The incentives that many states have provided to plug-in vehicle buyers have for the most part been a success; though they’ve also in many cases been a learning experience.

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California Is Boycotting Automakers That Don’t Side With State On Emissions

California announced on Friday that it will no longer buy fleet vehicles from General Motors, Toyota, FCA, and other automakers that sided with the President last month when his administration challenged the state’s authority to regulate vehicle emissions.

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Electric Moped Startup Revel Secures $27.6 Million In New Funding

The New York-based electric moped startup, Revel, recently secured $27.6 million in new funding. 

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How To Charge Two Electric Cars At Home

If you have two EVs to charge but only planned for one, this guide is for you.

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First Time Tesla Owner’s Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide

This guide helps make new Tesla ownership a breeze.

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Volkswagen Motorsport Says Auf Wiedersehen To Internal Combustion Engines

Ever since Dieselgate, people have been accusing Volkswagen of making too many promises about building electric cars somewhere down the road and not doing enough to actually manufacture and sell them.

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41-MPG Ford Escape Hybrid Named Top Safety Pick

The Ford Escape lineup has improved on multiple fronts this year—and not just with the return of the far more fuel-efficient Escape Hybrid.

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TVA To Install Electric Vehicle Charging Units At Downtown Parking Garage

One of America’s biggest suppliers of electricity wants to make it easier for its employees and other motorists to get their electric vehicles recharged near its offices in downtown Chattanooga.

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Ford Mustang Mach-E Electric CUV Debuts With Up To 300 Miles Of Range

Ford is placing a big bet on EVs with the launch of the Mustang Mach-E electric crossover. This vehicle seems to be targeted directly at the Tesla Model Y.

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BMW i3 Charging – The Charging Guide

So you have decided to go electric – great news, and in buying a BMW i3 you have managed to get one technically sophisticated machine that accelerates and handles quite well. 

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California Drops EV Rebates For Cars Over $60k, Plug-Ins Below 35 Miles Of EV Range

Starting December 3, California EV buyers purchasing vehicles with a price exceeding $60,000 will not qualify for the state’s $2,500 clean-vehicle rebate.

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Lyft Will Add 200 KIA Niro Electric Cars To Its Fleet In Denver

Starting in December, Lyft will begin adding 200 Kia Niro Electrics to the fleet of cars its drivers use in Denver.

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With Headlight Tweak, Chevy Bolt EV is a Top Safety Pick

The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV has just been given a significantly better assessment of its safety from the IIHS. 

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Next Gold Rush: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Tesla was ahead of its time when it bet on a proprietary Supercharger network. Now, public EV charging infrastructure is popping up all over the globe.

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Volvo Trucks Launches Sales Of Electric Trucks For Urban Transport

In the absence of exhaust emissions and with reduced noise levels from electric trucks offer huge potential in urban areas. 

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Buying A Used EV: It’s Crucial To Know What To Look For

A used EV is a solid choice for many reasons, but you really need to do your homework.

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EV Connect Secures $12 Million To Scale Cloud-Based Innovations For Electric Vehicle Charging

Investors, including Mitsui & Co and Ecosystem Integrity Fund, brings total capital raised to $25 million.

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Cold Temperature And Winter Weather Tips For Electric Car Driving

When the cold sets in, what should you be doing to maximize your EV driving experience?

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Mini Cooper SE Electric Car Could Sell Below $19k After Incentives In Some US Markets

Mini’s new battery-electric Cooper SE will start at $30,750 when it goes on sale next spring, the company announced Monday. 

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Ford Generates Headlines With Proactive EV Charging Strategy

Ford is currently selling only one plug-in vehicle, the Fusion Plug-in Hybrid (formerly the Fusion Energi). The company’s Focus Electric and C-MAX Energi seem to have been swept away in the recent sedan massacre. However, the company is planning to introduce a “Mustang-inspired electric crossover” in 2020, and is working on an electric pickup truck.

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Thanks, Tesla – Porsche Taycan EV Outperforms Fossil Panamera Sibling

The Porsche Taycan offers much higher performance “bang for the buck” compared to its gas-powered Panamera sedan sibling. 

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Minnesota Power Offers Free EV Charger For Your Business

Minnesota Power invites commercial customers to apply for a free level 2 electric vehicle smart charger to be installed on their property for public use. 

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Nissan Electric Crossover Delayed To Late 2021 But Previewed To Dealers

Nissan’s long-anticipated electric crossover is finally headed to production. While Nissan beat the market with the launch of the Leaf EV a decade ago, it has lagged other automakers in introducing new, more practical EVs to meet customer demands for more versatile cars. 

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Why Haven’t We All Switched To Electric Cars Yet?

Our ecosystem is messed up. This is not a partisan issue like some conservative politicians tend to make us believe through their fairy tale conspiracy theories. Climate change is a fact backed up through science by… scientists.

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November To Remember: Tesla Truck Reveal Set For Next Month

The world will surely be watching. The most anticipated debut of all time, the Tesla electric pickup truck, will happen in November, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The eyes of the world will be watching.

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Gas Station Shuts Down Pumps, Goes All-In On Electric Vehicle Charging

The owner of a 60-year-old fueling station in Maryland disconnected from the legacy of Big Oil and went all-electric, partnering with the Electric Vehicle Institute and the state energy administration to rip out the gas pumps and install chargers.

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CITY OF NAPERVILLE: Electric Vehicle Charging Station Rebates Are Now Being Offered

The City of Naperville is offering qualified residential and non-residential Naperville Electric Utility customers a $200 rebate for a Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle charging station installed for personal use or a $500 rebate for a Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle charging station installed for public use. 

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JFK Airport Terminal 5 Installs 38 Charging Hubs, Will Electrify Ground Equipment

Airport ground support equipment – fuel trucks, tugs, container loaders, catering vehicles, etc – is a prime candidate for electrification, and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport has taken a major step in this direction.

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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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