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West Coast Electric Highway Serves Thousands Of Electric-Car Drivers

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. The secret is to use DC quick-charging stations, which can recharge an electric car's battery pack to about 80 percent of... read more

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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 


 
China

Has China 'Messed Up' Its Electric-Car Charging Standards?

Recent electric car news from China might lead you to believe things are finally on the up, after years of poor sales and uncertainty. There is still though one major hurdle... read more July 24, 2014 by 


 
2013 Tesla Model S at Supercharger station on NY-to-FL road trip [photo: David Noland]

Hyundai Vs. Tesla: Exec Claims U.S. Funds Superchargers, Electric-Car Maker Angrily Rebuts

Every so often, an auto executive will say something that raises an eyebrow or two. In this case, a Hyundai executive suggested that while his company had received no money... read more July 15, 2014 by 


 
Beijing smog

Beijing Angles For More EVs: 1,000 Fast Chargers, Wiring Mandate For Buildings

The Chinese government is working hard to encourage the mass adoption of electric cars, but those cars will never catch on if there's no place to charge them. The city... read more July 3, 2014 by 


 
Nissan Leaf using CHAdeMO fast-charger

Nissan's DC Quick-Charging Stations: 630 CHAdeMO Sites Live Today

While most electric cars get charged overnight for most of their miles, the growing number of DC fast-charging sites enable longer trips when necessary. But those quick... read more June 29, 2014 by 


 
Elon Musk plugs a Tesla Model S into a Supercharger (Image: deanslavnich on Twitter)

Nissan Wants In On Tesla, BMW Electric-Car Charging Talks: Report

With modern, mass-market electric cars on sale for three and a half years now, you might think that the path for growth has been pretty much laid out by now. But the great... read more June 16, 2014 by 


 
2013 Tesla Model S at Supercharger station on NY-to-FL road trip [photo: David Noland]

Life With Tesla Model S: New Northeastern Superchargers Now Live

As the owner of a Tesla Model S in New York's Hudson Valley, I've long lamented the puzzling dearth of Superchargers in the Northeastern U.S. But in the last few weeks, the... read more May 13, 2014 by 


 
Tesla Supercharger fast-charging system for electric cars

Tesla's 100th Supercharger Electric-Car Charging Site Now Open

The audacious plan by electric-car maker Tesla Motors to install its own network of free, high-speed charging stations for owners of Tesla cars is starting to pay off. This... read more April 22, 2014 by 


 
2013 Nissan Leaf

Does Quick Charging Hurt Battery Life? Total Miles Are More Important

Some electric car makers, notably Nissan with its Leaf, make recommendations that owners don't charge too frequently using quick-charging stations. The belief is that the... read more March 19, 2014 by 


 

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