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California plans for its post-fossil-fuel future in electricity, cars

California plans for its post-fossil-fuel future in electricity, cars

For 50 years, the state of California has led the United States when it comes to renewable energy and electric cars. The state features many programs to incentivize electric-car ownership, and 29 percent of the state's 2016 energy production came from solar, wind, and other renewable power sources... read more

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wind farm

Small Wind Turbines Now Offered On Leases, Like Solar Panels

Small solar-panel installations have allowed homeowners to lower carbon emissions, and perhaps save some money on electricity as well. Electric-car drivers with home solar... read more January 3, 2016 by


 
Tesla Powerwall Home Battery

Will Tesla Powerwall Home Battery Save Money? Cost Calculator Helps You Decide

Tesla's Powerwall home batteries comprise a high-profile entry by the electric-car maker into a new segment of the energy industry that's expected to grow rapidly. Energy... read more May 19, 2015 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

As Solar Power Spreads, Diverse Users Fight Utility Attempts To Penalize It

You'd be surprised how much a rooftop solar panel can make utility-company executives sweat. Home solar installations are on the rise in the U.S., and that has electric... read more March 21, 2015 by


 
2013 Tesla Model S and 2011 Chevrolet Volt in garage; photo by George Parrott

Indiana Utility: Electric-Car Owners Recharge FREE, At Night

Electric-car owners know that home recharging is virtually always cheaper, on a per-mile basis, than driving on gasoline. In some cases, it's considerably cheaper. We... read more November 14, 2014 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Coming Solar Power Boom: Charts Tell The Story, Grid Parity In 2 Years

Home solar power has been around for a long time, but its relatively high costs have made it unattractive for many homeowners. Over the last decade, rapidly decreasing prices... read more November 13, 2014 by


 
2013 Tesla Model S in winter, Hudson Valley, NY  [photo: David Noland]

Life With Tesla Model S: Tires Cost Me More Than My 'Fuel' Does

I always knew electric cars were cheap to run, but this is ridiculous. After I bought the first set of replacement tires for my 2013 Tesla Model S (at 26,000 miles), I... read more November 13, 2014 by


 
Audi A3 e-tron

Audi A3 e-tron Option: Carbon-Free Recharging (In Germany)

One advantage to plug-in electric cars is that they can operate with no carbon footprint if the electricity used to recharge them is generated from renewable sources. Burning... read more March 27, 2014 by


 
Fast Charging 2011 Nissan Leaf

Electric-Car Charging: 15 Hours In Jail For 5 Cents Of Power

Beware of unfamiliar outlets. Charging an electric car at the first available power source can have unfortunate consequences, as an Atlanta-area Nissan Leaf driver recently... read more December 5, 2013 by


 
2013 Tesla Model S electric sport sedan [photo by owner David Noland]

Life With Tesla Model S: Even After Update, Vampire Draw Remains

The Tesla Model S, for all its technical and design artistry, has a dirty little secret: the car has a substantial appetite for kilowatt-hours even when turned off and... read more November 25, 2013 by


 
The U.S. Department of Energy's 'eGallon' calculator

Energy Department Launches 'eGallon' To Explain Electric-Car Cost, Efficiency

It isn't easy to compare gasoline and electric vehicles. Sure, you can look at EPA stickers, sit in them and appreciate the way they drive, but comparing like-for-like on an... read more June 12, 2013 by 12


 
House with 5.3 kW Solar PV, courtesy of SolarEcity, Rocklin, CA.

Electric Car + Solar Panels: Are They Right For You?

When it comes to service costs and fuel, everyone knows that electric cars are far cheaper to run than gasoline cars. Even with a plug-in car, however, you still have to pay... read more October 10, 2012 by 27


 
2011 Nissan Leaf plugged into an EVgo quick-charging station, Texas

Ecotality Sues To Stop Proposed NRG Charging-Station Deal With CA

Seven weeks ago, we told you about the March deal reached among NRG Energy, the state of California, and the state's Public Utility Commission that would install $100 million... read more May 29, 2012 by 4


 
Monthly gas price vs. electricity price in $/gallon equivalent 1976-2012 (Edison Electric Institute)

Electric Cars Equal $1/Gallon Gas For Life + $1,200 Cash A Year

Car buyers are notoriously fond of focusing only on the purchase price of new vehicles, without much thinking about the total cost of ownership. For electric cars that may... read more May 24, 2012 by 39


 
2011 Nissan Leaf

Single-Malt Powered Electric Car Offers Travel Sans Hangover

You might feel a little "green around the gills" the following morning, but a night of drinking Bruichladdich whisky from the UK helps to do your bit for green... read more August 10, 2011 by 1


 
2011 Tesla Roadster Sport. Photo by Joe Nuxoll.

Tesla Electric Car Plus Solar Power Equals Zero-Cost Driving (Video)

Almost every Tesla Roadster owner is probably a car enthusiast, but Mike Koenigs is also a true clean-power activist. First, he set up a “Life with Tesla” website... read more June 30, 2011 by 7


 

 
 

 
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