Fast Charging

 
Tesla's Contradictory Messages: Is Supercharging Unlimited, Or Not?

Tesla's Contradictory Messages: Is Supercharging Unlimited, Or Not?

At Tesla’s annual shareholders’ meeting earlier this month, CEO Elon Musk groused about Model S owners who aggressively use the company’s Superchargers for their local driving. Superchargers, Musk said, were intended for long-distance charging. For Model S owners fortunate enough... read more

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2015 Nissan Leaf

Electric-Car Fast Chargers And Gas Stations: A Match Made In Indiana

Thanks to the flexibility of electrical supply infrastructure, electric-car charging stations can be placed virtually anywhere. They've already cropped up in places like... read more April 2, 2015 by


 
AeroVironment DC fast charger, part of West Coast Electric Highway  -  Centralia, WA

Electric Highway Now Covers Much Of WA, OR: Will CA Follow?

If you’ve been thinking of making a electric-car road trip, the Pacific Northwest is a good place for it. And a quick study of the ‘Electric Highway Map,’... read more March 20, 2015 by


 
2015 Nissan Leaf

Public Electric-Car Charging: Business Models, Profits Still In Debate

Expanding the network of public charging stations makes driving an electric car far more convenient--and thus more attractive to more consumers. That's why carmakers... read more March 9, 2015 by


 
Tesla Model S at Supercharger site in Ventura, CA, with just one slot open  [photo: David Noland]

Tesla Model S Cross-Country Trip, Without (Many) Superchargers: Days 8-10

After seven days of traveling cross-country in my Tesla Model S electric car--including routes without Supercharger DC fast-charging sites--I had made it as far as Texas. The... read more March 6, 2015 by


 
Tesla Model S charging en route during New York to California road trip  [photo: David Noland]

Tesla Model S Cross-Country Trip, Without (Many) Superchargers: Days 4-7

A cross-country road trip in a Tesla Model S electric car requires a fair amount of forward planning and contingency research. Still, I made it from New York's cold, snowy... read more March 5, 2015 by


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

Tesla Model S Cross-Country Trip, Without (Many) Superchargers: Days 1-3

With our daughter off to college, my wife and I recently became empty-nesters. Suddenly, there was no more reason to endure the wretched winters in New York’s Hudson... read more March 4, 2015 by


 
Tesla Supercharger site with photovoltaic solar panels, Rocklin, California, Feb 2015

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... read more March 2, 2015 by


 
2015 Kia Soul EV and 2014 Nissan Leaf, at Blink DC fast charger  -  Fife, WA

Some Electric-Car Public Charging Stations Get Used, Others Don't: Why?

Nearly five years ago, as a tidal wave of charging stations were rapidly planned for some West Coast regions, in support of a new wave of all-electric and plug-in vehicles... read more February 19, 2015 by


 
Nissan Leaf electric car with eVgo quick charging station. [courtesy eVgo]

NRG Now Has 120 Quick-Charging Stations Open In California

The NRG eVgo electric-car charging network has big plans for expansion, but it has already reached a significant milestone in the most electric-car friendly state in the U.S... read more February 2, 2015 by


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

Did The DC Quick-Charging 'Standards War' Just Quietly End For Electric Cars?

Last week at the DC Auto Show, BMW, Volkswagen, and ChargePoint jointly announced they would install about 100 DC fast chargers for electric cars. Their goal is to create... read more January 30, 2015 by


 
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: PlugShare.com]

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


 

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