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Electric Vehicles Come Out Ahead Of Gas Cars On Taxes--Except In Two States: UPDATE

Electric Vehicles Come Out Ahead Of Gas Cars On Taxes--Except In Two States: UPDATE

Several states have adopted or proposed special taxes and fees for electric-car drivers. which are supposed to make up for lost revenue from taxes on the fuel their drivers don't buy. Electric-car advocates typically view these policies as discriminatory, and claim they work against efforts to get... read more

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Tesla Model S 85D, 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Tesla Owners Take Protest To Michigan; Dealer-Backed State Ban Targeted

Tesla Motors' direct sales business model has met considerable opposition from auto-dealer associations in several states. Lobbying efforts have ensured that there are some... read more May 12, 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 


 
2014 Tesla Model S P85D, road test, Dec 2014  [photo: David Noland]

Which Electric Car Dominates Sales In New York State?

When it comes to determining electric-car sales, monthly figures published by carmakers are the most readily-available resource. But they aren't necessarily the sole sources... read more May 9, 2015 by 


 
State map showing where Tesla Motors can (blue) and can't (red) sell cars [Mojo Motors, Apr 2015]

Where Can Tesla Legally Sell Cars Directly To You? State-By-State Map: LATEST UPDATE

Every month, and often more frequently, a new story appears about the state-by-state battle between Tesla Motors and auto-dealer lobbyists. In some states, Tesla is permitted... read more April 22, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

How Maryland's Tesla Sales Bill Really Got Passed: Its Sponsor Tells The Story (Video)

Last week, barely minutes before it adjourned, the Maryland House of Representatives passed a bill authorizing Tesla Motors to sell its electric cars from up to four stores... read more April 22, 2015 by 


 
1996 General Motors EV1

Electric Car Pioneers Celebrate 10 Years Of Driving On Grid Power

The era of the modern electric car essentially began in December 2010, when the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt first went on sale. Yet some people have been driving electric... read more April 17, 2015 by 


 
2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car, Newport Beach, CA, Nov 2014

Scenarios For 2030 Zero-Emissions Cars In CA: Hydrogen Or Not?

With epic smog in the Los Angeles Basin, the state of California has led the nation's charge to reduce emissions from road vehicles for more than half a century. And it is... read more April 16, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

Tesla Sales Now Legal As Little Maryland Goes Big On Electric Cars

Well, add one more to the list of states where Tesla Motors can legally sell its electric cars--and do so without having to use franchised dealers. The Maryland General... read more April 16, 2015 by 


 
New Honda of Seattle dealership (rendering), Mar 2015

Seattle Honda Dealer Adopts Tesla & Apple Sales Elements, Learns Lessons

Tesla Motors' direct online sales model has led to state-by-state battles with franchised dealers and their lobbyists. While Tesla works to sell its electric cars in as many... read more April 9, 2015 by 


 
Georgia license plate

Insult To Injury? GA Kills Electric-Car Incentive, Adds Last-Minute Luxury-Car Tax Break

It hasn't been a particularly good year so far for electric-car purchase incentives. As feared by advocates, last week Georgia passed a highway-funding bill that killed its... read more April 6, 2015 by 


 
Georgetown, Texas, by Flickr user Matt Turner (Used under CC License)

Georgetown, Texas: Far From Green, But 100 Percent Renewable Energy--Why?

While the politics of climate change remain contentious in the U.S.--if not in much of the rest of the developed world--that doesn't have to hold up the growth of... read more April 4, 2015 by 


 
Pair of Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric cars parked at work  [photo: Jen Danzinger]

IL Suspends Clean-Car Rebates; GA Tax Credit In Trouble Too; Texas Next?

State tax credits and purchase rebates have proven effective in kickstarting the early market for plug-in electric cars and other green vehicles. But they don't last forever... read more March 27, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

Tesla Store Helpful, Enthusiastic; One Chevy Volt Dealer, Not So Much

It's long been known that getting some car dealerships to sell plug-in electric cars can be a challenge. Now, one reporter tested the thesis for himself, by visiting both his... read more March 27, 2015 by 


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

Dear Tesla: Car And Driver's Hilarious Take On Why Car Dealers Are Awesome

Ah, satire. From Jonathan Swift's "modest proposal" to MAD Magazine in the formative years of many pre-teen boys, it serves as a bracing reminder of the absurdity of life... read more March 25, 2015 by 


 
British Columbia   [image: Wikimedia Commons]

British Columbia Brings Back Electric-Car Purchase Rebates

Yesterday, the Province of British Columbia announced the return of its Clean Energy Vehicle (CEV) incentive program, effective April 1. The program's return was the... read more March 24, 2015 by 


 

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