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What it took to buy an electric car in Texas: the good, the bad, and the ugly

What it took to buy an electric car in Texas: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to locate and purchase or lease a Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid somewhere in the heart of Texas oil country. Hoping to make Tom Cruise proud, I accepted the mission. But first, a bit of perspective: in 2005 I had set out to purchase a Mercury Mariner... read more

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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


 
2015 Kia Soul EV First Drive  -  Portland  -  November 2014

Kia Soul EV To Go On Sale In Five More States By This June

When the Kia Soul EV electric car debuted just over a year ago, Kia planned a fairly cautious roll out. The electric tall wagon would launch in California, and sales would... read more April 1, 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 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


 
Concept drawings for Elon Musk’s 800-mph Hyperloop

Could Elon Musk's Hyperloop Crack The Texas Tesla Sales Ban?

Tesla can't sell its electric cars directly to customers in Texas, but CEO Elon Musk still has ambitious plans for the state. As he often does, Musk dropped a bombshell on... read more January 24, 2015 by


 
2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Where Do Hybrids, Diesels Sell Best? State-By-State Data Shows Answers

If you happen to buy a new hybrid or diesel car, where are you most likely to see another one facing you across a four-way intersection? The Diesel Technology Forum--a trade... read more June 4, 2014 by


 
Austin, Texas (by Flickr user milpool79 via Wikimedia)

Texas Electric-Car Purchase Rebates Up To $2,500 To Start Soon

Texas will soon become the latest state to reward electric-car buyers with a check. The Lone Star State will implement a rebate program, announced last fall, that will give... read more May 8, 2014 by


 
2012, 2013, and 2014 Toyota Prius

Toyota's Texas Move: Prius Maker Lands In Highest-Carbon State (Updated)

Toyota announced yesterday that it would relocate the headquarters of its U.S. arm from Torrance, California, to Plano, Texas. Left unaddressed in the announcement was the... read more April 29, 2014 by


 
Houston's Tranquility Park Garage with GRIDbot charging stations

Why Oil State Texas Turns Out To Be Friendly To Electric Cars

As the land of big pickup trucks and Big Oil, Texas would hardly seem like the kind of place where electric cars could thrive. Yet the Lone Star State is one of the... read more March 31, 2014 by


 
2013 Tesla Model S

Dumb Laws From States Banning Tesla Sales

You've probably heard of electric-car maker Tesla Motors. What you may not know is that several states ban the company from opening its Tesla Stores and selling you its Model... read more February 18, 2014 by


 
Tesla owners & supporters gather in Statehouse in Austin to support company [photo: John Griswell]

Tesla Underground: Texas Franchise Rules Make Model S Owners Skirt The Law

Over the last couple of years, Tesla Motors has fought legal and legislative battles in a number of states over proposed or current state laws that try to stymie its unique... read more October 22, 2013 by


 
Tesla owners & supporters gather in Statehouse in Austin to support company [photo: John Griswell]

Tesla Testifies In Texas, Takes On State's Auto Dealers Over Stores

Texas is tough, and Texas car dealers are no exception. But electric-car startup Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA], in the person of its CEO Elon Musk, testified yesterday at a... read more April 11, 2013 by 10


 
2013 Ford F-150 Lariat

Texans Still Love Trucks, But Hybrid Sales Are Growing

Texans really like their trucks. It's one of life's constants--the sun will always rise, politicians will always lie, Texans will always buy trucks. That doesn't mean Texan... read more March 14, 2013 by 3


 
2011 Nissan Leaf plugged into an EVgo quick-charging station, Texas

Texas Latest To Consider Dedicated Electric Car Tax

If you bought an electric car to try and save a few dollars on gas, you may start to find it a little more difficult in some states. Texas is the latest to consider an extra... read more January 28, 2013 by 14


 
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


 

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