Charging stations

  • Chevron sign

    Astroturf lobbying organizations have been a fixture of the EV opposition and anti-climate-action movement—indeed of American politics—for a long time. A new report in the Arizona Republic tells us that support for electric cars still hasn't moved us past that. Chevron is tapping its retirees to mount a letter-writing campaign in opposition to a new rule proposed in March that would require public utilities in the state to build public charging stations. One of the retirees encouraged to send a form letter blew the whistle by sharing an email from a company lobbyist in California...

  • Certified pre-owned ClipperCreek charging station in use
    Clipper Creek offers certified pre-owned charging stations

    ClipperCreek is offering two types of certified pre-owned models, the LCS, which delivers up to 24 amps of power, for $300, and the HCS, which can deliver up to 80 amps, for $400.

  • Porsche Mission E Concept  -  2015 Frankfurt Auto Show live photos
    Porsche will build network of 500 fast chargers for its Mission E electric cars

    In addition to the 189 fast chargers at dealerships, Porsche executives say the company would be partnering with other charging networks to give Mission E drivers access to 500 fast chargers across the country

  • Used 2015 Tesla Model S P85D on day of purchase  [photo: Jay Lucas]
    Why I traded my Chevy Bolt EV for a Tesla: one reader's story

    As a nation, the U.S. takes lots of road trips, because most of the country has no viable mass transit between city pairs. If electric cars are ever to enter the mass market in North America, they have to be usable on those road trips. Last year, our reader Jay Lucas of Alexandria, Virginia, wrote...

  • Traffic in China
    China plans to standardize electric-car tech nationally to expand its global lead

    Sales of plug-in electric vehicles in China were almost four times those in the U.S. last year, and the gap is expected to widen this year. The world's largest car market is engineering a massive shift over the next two decades away from cars with combustion engines toward battery-powered cars. It...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car at EVgo fast-charging station, Newport Centre, Jersey City, NJ
    Beverly Hills bans plug-in hybrids from public charging stations

    Well, that's ... interesting. The city of Beverly Hills, California, has issued new regulations for parking and electric-car charging. As of Monday, April 2, only battery-electric cars will be allowed to park and plug in at any of the city's 35 public charging stations—plug-in hybrids will...

  • Nissan Leaf electric car at EVgo DC fast-charging station

    Over the next three years, numerous long-range electric cars will come to market at prices below $40,000. That will expand the pool of potential buyers to those interested in plug-in vehicles but unwilling to consider one rated at less than 200 miles. Those new owners will learn the DC fast charging along highways to enable longer road trips remains badly signposted, operated by multiple entities ... and often expensive. DON'T MISS: EVgo, Chargepoint annual reports show growth in electric-car charging On Thursday, the nation's largest fast-charging network announced a new, simplified, and...

  • Tesla destination charging station in Bodie, California    [photo: George Parrott]
    Tesla offers some employers at-work charging stations, for its cars only

    Today, most people charge their electric cars at home, overnight. That's much harder for residents of multiple dwellings or those without dedicated off-street parking, increasing numbers of whom instead recharge during the day while parked at their workplace. Now Tesla plans to make it easier for...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car at EVgo fast-charging station, Newport Centre, Jersey City, NJ
    EVgo, Chargepoint annual reports show growth in electric-car charging

    Seven years and almost 800,000 cars after the first modern electric cars went on sale, there's still a lot wrong with the national charging infrastructure in the U.S. There's little central planning, little standardized signage or public signposting, virtually no awareness among non-EV drivers, and...

  • Chevrolet Bolt EV being charged outside Go Forth electric-car showroom, Portland   [photo: Forth]
    What will get more people to consider electric cars? Take our Twitter poll

    A recent study from the University of California, Davis suggested that awareness of available plug-in electric cars among potential buyers was no higher in 2017 than it had been in 2014. Worse, only California car owners were surveyed—and that's the state in which roughly half of all the...

  • Nissan Leaf in Scotland
    Scotland power boss: Peak charging could cause grid problems

    Vastly greater numbers of electric cars on United Kingdom roads could pose problems for the power supplies used to recharge them—if, that is, they all plug in during the day. Frank Mitchell, head of SP Energy Networks a unit of ScottishPower, said a rush to electric cars in the U.K. could...

  • Chevrolet Bolt EV being charged outside Go Forth electric-car showroom, Portland   [photo: Forth]
    GM suggests Congress fund EV charging, Toyota asks for hydrogen fueling support

    It's now abundantly clear that Tesla has created the roadmap on how to build a widespread DC fast-charging network that lets electric-car drivers travel long distances, even across the country. The Tesla Supercharger network can only be used by Tesla cars, however—and it remains entirely...

  • 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid charging at ChargePoint station, Santa Cruz, California, Dec 2017

    Electric vehicles still make up just a tiny slice of the vehicles on the road across the United States. Still, with impending regulations and more longer-range electric vehicles soon to arrive, governments far and wide recognize the need to encourage the installation and growth of public charging stations. Just how many charging stations is enough to support the current and future crop of plug-in electric cars? DON'T MISS: PG&E launches program to install 7,500 electric-car charging stations in California According to a recent report by AutoExpress that considers that question for the...

  • 2015 Nissan Leaf, Denver, Colorado, Mar 2016  [photo: owner Andrew Ganz]
    Colorado moves to put more electric cars onto state roads faster

    A state at the forefront of U.S. electric-vehicle adoption has set an ambitious goal of nearly 1 million plug-in electric cars on its roads by 2030. Colorado, which counted 13,000 electric vehicles on the road at the end of 2017, rolled out an aggressive plan this week to achieve that goal. Its...

  • 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid charging at Crevier BMW, Santa Ana, California, Dec 2017
    PG&E launches program to install 7,500 electric-car charging stations in California

    Finding a charging station will soon get a lot easier—at least in California. America's largest electric-vehicle market will see a significant boost in the number of available charging stations in the state following an investment by its largest electricity producer. Electricity provider...

  • Allego 175 kw Ultra-E Charging Station in Germany
    Europe takes the lead in very fast electric-car charging

    Europeans will soon have the opportunity to enjoy quiet, emission-free, long-distance motoring with far shorter charge times when driving electric cars along Germany's autobahns. The charging network Allego has rolled out its first 175-kilowatt ultra-fast charging stations—dubbed "Ultra...

  • 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid charging at Paso Robles Inn, Paso Robles, California, Dec 2017
    Electric car charging on the road has to be way, way better than it is today

    A couple of weeks ago, we charged a 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid 15 times within two days. It was part of a contest during a two-day press drive for the car—though we were beaten by the team that charged their Niro a stunning 31 times in little more than 30 hours. But our experience...

  • Renault Fluence ZE charging at Better Place pubic charge spots in Israel [photo: Brian of London]
    How electric-car owners in condos can get their HOAs to OK charging stations

    It's no surprise the majority of electric-car owners today own their own homes. When you own your property, it's much easier to install a changing station in your garage, car port, or even on the wall of your home by the driveway. You only need to get permission from yourself, and possibly your...

  • 2017 Tesla Model 3, 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show

    The national EV charging network in China is growing by leaps and bounds, but that expansion has not been as standardized as in the U.S. or Europe. According to an article in October by Electrek, the confusion may get a little bit easier to navigate because Tesla will adopt a two-adapter system for Model S and Model X electric cars to be sold in China. This change means future Teslas in China will look almost as if they have a common gas door; it covers a new port on the left-hand rear side of the car. CHECK OUT: Tesla opens second huge China charging station for 50 electric cars In other...

  • Greenlots electric-car charging mobile app for use at charging station
    Electrify America contracts with Greenlots for electric-car charging sites, installations

    The $2 billion electric-vehicle infrastructure program funded by Volkswagen as part of its diesel-emission scandal settlement has picked an installer to roll out some of the first phase of its electric-car charging network. Electrify America said on Monday it would contract with the Greenlots...

  • ChargePoint Express Plus modular DC fast-charging system for electric cars, launched at 2017 CES
    Do cities have enough electric-car charging stations; are highways the 'last hurdle'?

    The availability of charging stations for electric cars, or lack of it, is often cited as one of the primary reasons holding back widespread adoption. After all, if you're going to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a brand-new automobile, you want to be sure it'll get you where you want to go...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car at EVgo fast-charging station, Newport Centre, Jersey City, NJ
    Big global companies launch EV100 effort to add electric vehicles, charging stations

    If you want to make electric vehicles the new normal, why not turn boring delivery vehicles into zero-emission boxes? That's the plan of The Climate Group's new EV100 organization, launched in October, which is focused on electrifying fleets and "making electric transport the new normal by 2030."...

  • Tesla Supercharger for city centers
    Tesla Model 3 fast-charging at Superchargers will not be free

    Before production of the Tesla Model 3 began, company CEO Elon Musk promised Tesla would offer owners some sort of free Supercharger use. Specifically, Musk said, "free long-distance charging is [included]," which led many reservation holders to believe they would receive free Supercharger credits...

  • ebee streelight charging station
    ABB electric-car charging station bills automatically: no cards or RFID tags

    Activating any given public charging station to recharge an electric car can pose something of a hassle. Yes, plugging it in is simple enough, but public charging infrastructure in the U.S. is run by multiple independent companies—meaning electric-car owners are essentially required to carry...

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