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British Columbia Brings Back Electric-Car Purchase Rebates

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 culmination of months of behind-the-scenes efforts by electric-vehicle advocates throughout the province. The so-called Phase 2 of... read more

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President Obama inspects the 2011 Chevrolet Volt

Energy Secretary Confirms: U.S. Will Fall Short Of Obama Goal Of 1 Million Electric Cars By 2015

In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama set the goal of putting 1 million plug-in electric cars on U.S. roads by 2015. So with 2015 upon us, will the... read more January 23, 2015 by 


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

Japan Eases Laws, Boosts Incentives For Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Cars

The Japanese government plans to aggressively promote hydrogen fuel-cell cars, by easing regulations related to the technology, constructing more fueling stations, and... read more January 15, 2015 by 


 
2013 Chevrolet Volt in Venice, California [photo: Chris Williams]

California Goal: Cut Petroleum Use For Cars In Half By 2030

California already leads the nation in policies advocating zero-emission vehicles. It's home to more electric cars than any other state, and its environmental regulations are... read more January 7, 2015 by 


 
Daan Roosegaard's designs for safer highways

Low Gas Price An Opportunity For Higher Gas Tax? Not A Chance

With gasoline costing 40 percent less than it did just six months ago--and under $2 a gallon in many states--you might think this would be a good time to discuss raising the... read more January 5, 2015 by 


 
Venucia E30 (Chinese version of Nissan Leaf electric car), Guangzhou Auto Show [photo: ChinaAutoWeb]

China Extends Electric-Car Incentives As Shenzhen Caps Registrations

As China attempts to grapple with its rampant air pollution, the national government and municipal authorities are taking increasingly aggressive measures to encourage... read more January 1, 2015 by 


 
Fast Charging 2011 Nissan Leaf

Electric Vehicles Come Out Ahead Of Gas Cars On Taxes--Except In One State

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... read more December 23, 2014 by 


 
Traffic

Milan Pays Drivers To Leave Cars At Home, Take Public Transit

Traffic often finds its own balance: Cars will flow onto less-crowded roads, while drivers will avoid congested routes or--to some degree--change their driving habits and... read more December 16, 2014 by 


 
Bolloré BlueCar electric car used for Autolib' car-sharing service in Paris, September 2012

Imagine Electric-Car Charging Stations Every 25 Miles; France Will Have Them

How abundant would electric-car charging stations have to be in order to dispel range anxiety entirely? A network of roads with charging stations every 25 miles would seem... read more December 16, 2014 by 


 
2013 Tesla Model S on Chilcotin Highway, Canada [photo: owner Vincent Argiro]

Buying Electric Cars: Quebec Launches Carrot-And-Stick Program

Financial incentives and perks like access to carpool lanes have become a powerful tool in encouraging people to switch to electric cars. But could penalizing them for buying... read more December 7, 2014 by 


 
BMW i3

Germany To Boost Incentives Toward 1-Million Electric-Car Goal By 2020?

When it comes to electric-car incentives, Germany hasn't had policies as aggressive as those in some other European countries. Yet Germany has a goal of putting 1 million... read more December 5, 2014 by 


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

Days Numbered For Dirtiest Diesels In Europe; France To Phase Out Diesel Fuel

For many European cities, diesel exhaust emissions have become a health as well as an environmental problem. So in addition to promoting electric cars or alternative forms of... read more December 2, 2014 by 


 
Seattle Center as night falls (photo by Jeffery Hayes)

Washington State To Give Electric Cars Tax Breaks, Carpool-Lane Access?

Several states have tried to boost electric-car adoption with cash incentives, tax breaks, and perks like carpool-lane access. The West Coast states of California and Oregon... read more December 2, 2014 by 


 
2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013

The Netherlands: Well-Suited To Electric Cars, And Eager To Have More

When it comes to electric-car adoption, a supportive government willing to offer significant incentives is often one of the most effective ways to get these cars in... read more November 21, 2014 by 


 
Beijing smog

Beijing's Privileged Electric-Car Registrations Fail To Attract Interest

China's air-pollution problem is apparent to anyone watching coverage of this week's summit meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group. Or, for that matter, any... read more November 14, 2014 by 


 
2015 Kia Soul EV

Want $24,800 In Incentives To Drive Electric Cars? Head For Korea

Electric-car incentives are nothing new, but the city of Seoul has taken an unusual and more aggressive approach as it tries to get more of its residents into zero-emission... read more November 10, 2014 by 


 

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