Fast Charging

UPDATE: Tesla's First Solar-Powered Supercharger-Store-Service Center Now Open

UPDATE: Tesla's First Solar-Powered Supercharger-Store-Service Center Now Open

Electric-car maker Tesla Motors has rapidly been opening Supercharger DC fast-charging stations throughout the U.S. and outside the country. But despite its goal of providing solar-generated electricity at those sites, Superchargers thus far have drawn on electricity from the conventional power... read more

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Kansas City, Missouri, by Flickr user Paul Sableman (Used under CC License)

Kansas City Power & Light To Build 1,000 Electric-Car Charging Sites

Kansas City, Missouri, will become the latest municipality to gain an electric-car charging infrastructure this year. A local utility company is leading the effort to build a... read more January 28, 2015 by 

BMW i3 at DC fast-charging station

2015 BMW i3 Electric Car Price Raised $1,000 To $43,350

The BMW i3 electric car enters its second model year largely unchanged, with a few added features and a price hike to boot. The 2015 BMW i3 now comes standard with DC... read more January 27, 2015 by 

BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Golf electric cars using Combined Charging System (CCS) DC fast charging

Can Electric-Car Fast Charging Be Profitable? Answer: Unclear

DC fast charging helps alleviate one of the major roadblocks to electric-car adoption--limited range--by giving drivers more ability to travel longer distances. That's why... read more January 26, 2015 by 

Nissan Leaf at eVgo Freedom Station Daly City, California

Electric-Car Fast-Charging Networks: Competition Heats Up

It's always interesting to reporters when a news story produces unsolicited counterpoints from affected parties. Yesterday's announcement of the agreement among BMW... read more January 23, 2015 by 

DC Fast-Charging Stations in Oregon and Washington states, January 2015 [map:]

West Coast Electric Highway Serves Thousands Of Electric-Car Drivers

While the bulk of the battery-electric and plug-in hybrid cars sold today have a range of less than 100 miles, that doesn't stop some owners from using them for longer trips... read more January 9, 2015 by 

2015 Nissan Leaf

What's The Best Electric Car To Buy For The Average Consumer?

Automotive journalists often use each other as information sources, or to get reality checks on new material. Recently, a colleague asked, "If auto journalists had the choice... read more December 13, 2014 by 

BMW i3 at DC fast-charging station

BMW Promises CCS Fast-Charging Blitz For 2015, Details In Detroit

When it comes to electric cars, automakers have to manage not only designing, building, and selling the vehicles, but also the buildup of infrastructure. Companies like... read more December 12, 2014 by 

DC fast charging 2015 Kia Soul EV

Electric-Car Road Trips: Be Prepared, With Charging Apps And Realism

Thinking about taking your electric car on a road trip? Be prepared, and you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised by how smoothly it can go. If you plan to take a trip... read more December 10, 2014 by 

2013 Tesla Model S and 2014 BMW i3, Hudson Valley, NY, Nov 2014

Tesla, BMW Chat Over Possible Partnership, Elon Musk Says

BMW and Tesla Motors are both committed to offering mass-market luxury electric cars, which would seem to make them natural rivals. Yet there's also the possibility that they... read more November 25, 2014 by 

Chevrolet Spark EV at CCS fast charging station in San Diego.

Europe Storms Ahead On CCS Fast Charging, U.S. Lags Behind

The ability to recharge 80 percent of an electric car's battery in 20 to 30 minutes--known as DC fast-charging--is a critical element in expanding public acceptance of cars... read more November 4, 2014 by 

2013 Tesla Model S in Florida, during New York to Florida road trip [photo: David Noland]

Cross-Country Electric-Car Trips: Reality For A Few, Getting Closer For Many

The idea of traveling long distances in electric cars that have to be recharged after only 70 or 80 miles--or even 250 miles--may seem absurd to some. But while even the... read more October 24, 2014 by 

2015 Nissan Leaf

Rapid Charging Electric-Car Batteries: Less Damaging Than We Thought?

DC fast charging makes electric cars considerably more practical, allowing drivers to recharge a car's battery to 80 percent of capacity in half an hour or less. But quick... read more September 23, 2014 by 

Tesla Supercharger DC fast-charging site, Goodland, Kansas. Photo by Electric Conduit Construction.

What It Takes To Build A Tesla Supercharger DC Fast-Charging Site

As more public charging stations are built, electric-car drivers have access to increasingly-large areas of the U.S. Owners of the Tesla Model S plug-in car largely rely on... read more August 19, 2014 by 

2014 BMW i3

BMW i3 Electric Car Owners To Get Free DC Fast Charging Through 2015

Buyers of the 2014 BMW i3 electric car will soon get more charging options. At least, they will if they live in California. The German carmaker is partnering with the NRG... read more July 29, 2014 by 

2014 BMW i3

BMW Launches Its Own DC Fast-Charging Station, Priced At $6,500

BMW has launched a new range of DC fast chargers aimed at providing a convenient charging standard for drivers of its i3 electric cars. Developed in conjunction with Bosch... read more July 28, 2014 by 


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