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State fees, penalties on electric cars proliferate this year

State fees, penalties on electric cars proliferate this year

Several different states have continued to propose new fees for electric-car owners as a way to pay for road repairs. The fees are typically meant as a substitute for the gasoline taxes that, because they don't buy gas, electric-car owners don't pay. Advocates have criticized these fees, saying... read more

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U.S. Capitol Building

Is Trump presidency the real market test for electric cars?

One week ago this morning, the U.S. and the world woke up to learn that Donald Trump would be the next president of the United States. The shockwaves of that election are... read more November 16, 2016 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf

Why do electric cars exist? Buyer demand? Legislation? Or VW?

Owners love them, but modern electric cars have not made a large dent in sales of internal-combustion cars since becoming widely available five years ago. In fact, but for a... read more October 19, 2016 by


 
Deutsche Post StreetScooter electric van prototype

VW 'annoyed' it won't get order for electric vans it didn't make

Suppose you're one of the world's three largest automakers. You don't offer a type of vehicle that a relatively small but highly visible customer in your home market wants... read more October 17, 2016 by


 
2016 BMW M2 production in Leipzig, Germany

German upper house asks EU to ban new gas, diesel car sales by 2030

Last week, the German Federal Council adopted a bipartisan measure that would ban the sale of new vehicles with internal-combustion engines in the country after 2030. While... read more October 11, 2016 by


 
U.S. Postal Service Grumman "Long Life Vehicle"

USPS picks AM General to help build next-generation mail trucks

AM General, the firm best known for building Hummer H1s in both civilian and military versions, has been selected by a rather different governmental agency to help create a... read more September 23, 2016 by


 
Bourgeois Chevrolet, Rawdon, Quebec, Canada   [photo: RoulezElectrique.com]

When Electric-Car Incentives Return: British Columbia Case Study

Christmas came in April last year for plug-in electric vehicle proponents in British Columbia, Canada, when the provincial government reinstated its Clean Energy Vehicle... read more January 26, 2016 by


 
F-16 Fighting Falcon undergoing mid-air refueling [Image: U.S. Air Force via Flickr]

New Jet Engine Designs Could Let Military Save 25 Percent Of Fuel Burned

Cars and trucks are far from the only vehicles that burn fossil fuels, obviously. Jet aircraft too burn large amounts of fuel, and that's become a point of concern for a... read more August 11, 2015 by


 
BYD e6 electric taxi in service in Shenzhen, China

For Electric Car Standards, China And U.S. Work Together On Regulations

Automotive standards--the explicitly detailed regulations that specify how a car must operate, what equipment it must or must not have, and a whole lot more--govern the... read more July 13, 2015 by


 
2015 Nissan Leaf

Electric Cars: What's Needed To Eliminate Gasoline, Diesel In 25 Years

More than four years after the first modern electric cars went on sale in significant numbers, concerted efforts by carmakers, governments, and assorted advocates have... read more May 11, 2015 by


 
Beijing smog

Beijing Smog: So Bad That Emergency Plans Ban Half Its Cars Each Day

In the 1970s, gasoline shortages led to the adoption of a temporary odd-even system for fuel purchases in parts of the U.S. On odd-numbered days of the month, only drivers... read more March 31, 2015 by


 
U.S. Postal Service Grumman "Long Life Vehicle"

U.S.P.S. 'Long Life' Vehicles Last 25 Years, But Age Shows Now

Snow, rain, heat, and gloom of night may not keep U.S. Postal Service mail carriers from their rounds, but their trucks are another story. After more than 25 years in... read more February 17, 2015 by


 
Tesla Model S P85D, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Tesla Vs Franchised Car Dealers In Texas, Arizona: Battles Continue

The battle between Tesla Motors and car-dealer groups has flared up again on two familiar fronts. Both Texas and Arizona have seen skirmishes before between Tesla and groups... read more February 11, 2015 by


 
2015 Volkswagen e-Golf (Euro spec)  -  Driven, Portland OR, July 2014  (credit: NWAPA)

VW To Spend $10 Million On Electric-Car Charging Sites, Asks Governments To Step Up Too

Volkswagen plans to invest millions of dollars into U.S. electric-car charging infrastructure, but doesn't want to go it alone. The German carmaker plans to spend $10 million... read more February 10, 2015 by


 
Paris, by Flickr user Alexandre Dulaunoy (Used under CC License)

France To Give Dirtiest-Diesel Drivers $11,500 To Trade For Electric Car

French drivers have long preferred diesel cars for their good fuel economy, but increased air pollution from diesel exhaust emissions has become a public health concern. That... read more February 9, 2015 by


 
Barack Obama speaking Detroit Economic Club

U.S. And China Agree To Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Presidents Say

For the first time ever, China has agreed to limit its greenhouse-gas emissions, under a deal announced this morning between Chinese president Xi Jinping and U.S. president... read more November 12, 2014 by


 

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