Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn told the press in Frankfurt that VW group will have 20 battery and plug-in hybrid models on the road by the year 2020.
Russia has issued a decree ordering all gas stations to install an electric chargers by November 1, 2016. They must pay to buy, install and connect them.
As I announced last month, I’ll be presenting at an upcoming electric vehicle conference in Florida toward the end of October. More details regarding the “EV Transportation and Technology Summit” are now out, and I think everyone here will agree that it looks really interesting.
Via EV Obsession: Well, Fred Lambert has stumbled across a very interesting possibility. We all know that there are a ton of ridiculous tax loopholes out there. We also tend to figure that they don’t benefit “the good guys,” but sometimes they can. Fred has pointed out that what is informally referred to as the “Hummer Tax […]
As I wrote the other day, the rich disproportionately benefit from federal EV tax credits. For that matter, it is primarily the rich who are early adopters and who are buying electric cars. That also means that it’s the rich who are most benefiting from the $2,500 California EV rebate.
I’ve always found it a little fucked up that US federal incentives for solar energy and electric cars are tax credits. I’m sure there are some arguments for this, but a simple cash rebate (like California offers) would be much more useful for the majority of people.
Originally published on EV Obsession. One of the ways that China is trying to prevent pollution and traffic congestion in its big cities is via a limited supply of license plates, and license plate lotteries to get one. However, in the interest of encouraging electric vehicle adoption, some electric vehicles have been dished into a […]
The £5,000 (~$7,800) “Plug-in Car Grant” in the UK is one of the most helpful electric car incentives in the world. Approaching expiration, the British government just extended the grant at least till February 2016. The initial plan was to review the grant once 50,000 vehicles had made use of it. With strong sales in […]
Originally published on CleanTechnica. Third in my series on the Renewable Cities “Trends, innovations, and barriers in electrifying transportation” panel that I moderated, this article is about Gil Friend’s wonderful presentation. (See my intro and Brian Hansen’s presentation on Copenhagen electrification and clean transport for the prequels.) Gil is Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Palo Alto, and is […]
Following up on my intro for the “Electrifying Transport” panel at the recent Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum in Vancouver, Canada, his piece shares and summarizes the presentation given by Brian Hansen, Head of Department Citywide Strategies for the City of Copenhagen. While the panel was generally about the electrification of transportation, some of the panelists noted the importance of a […]
After many delays, the BlueIndy electric car sharing service is set to begin September 2. It will have 500 cars and 200 charging stations within the city.
Our survey of electric car owners and lessees went very well, with 800 people completing the survey! A couple of years ago, I think we wouldn’t have gotten half that number. But now is time for the really big one — a survey of wannabe electric car owners/lessees! (If you don’t yet own or lease an electric car […]
The Scottish government has unveiled a new financing scheme in the hope of expediting the uptake of electric cars by consumers and private companies and cut down on vehicle-related emissions. Scotland’s Energy Saving Trust has allocated £2.5 million to the funding plan which provides businesses and individuals with easier access to loans that can cover the full cost of electric vehicles. […]
A new Clean Vehicle Rebate Program in Delaware pays offers a rebate of $2,200 to any resident of the state who buys a plug-in hybrid or electric car.
Originally published on EV Obsession. The common assumption is that getting an electric car will jack up your electricity usage and thus electricity bill, and that is probably the norm to one extent or another, but that’s not always the case. In fact, some people end up having a lower electricity bill after getting an electric […]
Originally published on CleanTechnica. By Cynthia Shahan An Orlando-to-Miami train, the potential passenger rail connector between Central Florida and South Florida, has just passed another crucial milestone. It has received approval for $1.75 billion in state funding. The train will run from Orlando and only have stops in West Palm and Miami. Although it is not a “high-speed train,” at 125 […]
Ah, you can’t innovate at all these days without at least one state throwing up a roadblock, and this is especially true in the auto industry. Tesla’s new “secret demand weapon” that also throws a nice left hook into the jaw of auto dealers, as you should know by now, is a referral program where the Tesla […]
In a stinging rebuke to its competitors, Tesla says build better cars. That’s the message from Diarmuid O’Connell, vice president of business development.
Originally published on EV Obsession. Some of the factors contributing to the relatively fast adoption of electric vehicles (EV) in some American metropolitan markets have been identified and characterized by a new study from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). The dominant ones, according to the new report, are: stronger consumer incentives, a broader […]
Tesla Trying To Bust Through Auto Dealership Lobby In Michigan — So That It Can Finally Serve Michigan Customers
The irony in the “Tesla versus auto dealers” fight is overflowing. The fact that blocking Tesla from making direct sales to customers is not seen as anti–free market by the politicians writing such laws is insane — and not “Insane Mode” insane. The corruption from money-sucking, customer-screwing dealers and their political allies is somewhat sickening. The […]