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BMW Smartphone App Helps Cut Home Electric Car Charging Costs

BMW Smartphone App Helps Cut Home Electric Car Charging Costs

Unless you're a Tesla owner with access to free Supercharger fast charging stations, there's no better place to charge your electric car than at home. Pick the right electricity tariff, and charging can cost pennies on the dollar next to even the most efficient combustion-engined vehicle. BMW hopes... read more

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Chevy Volt recharging on the street in Cambridge, MA   [photos: John C. Briggs]

Electric-Car Drivers Charge Anywhere; Check Out These Photos!

Plugging in your electric car to recharge the battery is simple if you have your own garage, carport, or driveway. If you park on the street, it's a little harder; there just... read more September 6, 2013 by 


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Electric Cars Vs. Solar Panels: Which One's The Gateway Drug?

Among the 100,000 or so U.S. drivers with plug-in electric cars, it's widely noted that a lot of them charge their cars using photovoltaic solar arrays. But which comes... read more June 4, 2013 by  64


 
2013 Nissan Leaf (Japanese trim)

Home Depot To Refund Taxes To Electric-Car Charging Station Buyers

Many states offer discounts, rebates, and other incentives for the purchase of infrastructure improvements that encourage electric-car ownership. Washington is one such... read more May 20, 2013 by  4


 
2013 Renault Zoe electric car

Renault UK Offers Free Charging Stations With Zoe Electric Car

Renault's absence from North America means the Zoe electric car won't be reaching U.S. shores any time soon. And that's kind of a shame. It's about as chic as you'd expect... read more March 25, 2013 by  4


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt plugged into Coulomb Technologies 240V wall charging unit

EV Project Tells Us How Drivers Use Electric Cars

Just how do electric car owners use their cars? It's the question everyone is trying to answer, as it could shape how electric cars of the future are developed. Virtually... read more March 13, 2013 by  16


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt plugged into Coulomb Technologies 240V wall charging unit

More Electric-Car Owners Install Home Charging Stations

More than anything else, one of the most appealing things about electric cars is being able to sit inside, every morning before going to work, to see a full battery gauge... read more February 18, 2013 by  11


 
U.S. Capitol at dusk

Reminder: Tax Credit For Electric-Car Charging Station Is Back

As part of the recent fiscal cliff deal passed by Congress, many green energy programs saw renewed focus and deadline extensions, allowing people to benefit from them for a... read more January 18, 2013 by  1


 
Ford's MyEnergi Lifestyle guide

Ford: Drive Our Cars, Buy Green Appliances--And Kiss Texas, California, and New York Goodbye

The average household in America consumes more than 11,000 kWh of electricity per year, much of it during certain peak daytime hours. Many utility companies benefit from this... read more January 8, 2013 by  12


 
2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

Pike's 10 Electric-Car Predictions For 2013: Right Or Wrong?

It is, as we've pointed out on many occasions, exceedingly difficult to predict exactly where the market for electric cars will go. Most are confident it will continue to... read more January 7, 2013 by  23


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt plugged into Coulomb Technologies 240V wall charging unit

Texas Grid CEO: We Can Handle Electric Cars Just Fine

On the list of reasons to dislike electric cars, arguments about electricity grids being unable to cope with demand are often fairly near the top. You'll have heard it... read more December 27, 2012 by  1


 
ECOtality Blink charging station, showing sticker on the side with 800 number

Electric-Car Charging Stations Going In? Best Practices Guide Issued

For eco-minded commuters with electric cars, getting a place to charge their electric car while at work can effectively double their car’s daily range. Getting your... read more October 10, 2012 by  2


 
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


 
Nissan Leaf Charging Port Cover

Electric-Car Charging: Why Some Households Are Paying Too Much

Owners of plug-in vehicles like the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, and even the new Tesla Model S may be paying too much when they charge their car. Why? Because they... read more September 26, 2012 by  12


 
GE WattStation Electric Car Charging Station

When Do Electric Cars Really Charge? All At The Same Time

If you’re not an electric car driver, the chances are that how and when electric cars recharge is one of the lesser mysteries of the universe. After all, if every... read more August 23, 2012 by  15


 
GE WattStation Electric Car Charging Station

Does Your Utility Offer Electric Car Rates? Only 6 Percent Do

Compared with gasoline cars, electric cars are cheap to refuel, especially when charged at night using specialist electric car rates. Designed to encourage the charging of... read more July 24, 2012 by  10


 
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