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  • Rendering of Renault Electric Vehicle Experience Center, opened in Taby Centrum, Stockholm, Feb 2018

    How to sell electric cars in these early years poses a quandry for all automakers. Tesla chose to avoid existing franchised dealerships and set up its own "stores," where shoppers can learn about plug-in electric vehicles, and their advantages, and have questions answered by Tesla representatives. Buyers then order online. Other makers have had less success with dropping an electric car or two into dealerships accustomed to gasoline vehicles. DON'T MISS: Car dealers are woefully unprepared for electric vehicles: study Today, Renault will open its first electric-car-only showroom to display...

  • Plug'n Drive Education Center Toronto
    Electric-car discovery, education centers are now a thing

    Breaking with routine and tradition is never easy, especially when it comes to buying, owning, and operating a vehicle powered by an internal-combustion engine. Around the world, roughly 1 billion vehicle owners stop at fuel stations and keep cars powered by fossil fuels running—and have done...

  • Chevrolet Bolt EV being charged outside Go Forth electric-car showroom, Portland   [photo: Forth]
    Go Forth Electric Vehicle Showcase in Portland: lessons learned

    One of the challenges in getting car shoppers to consider plug-in electric vehicles is the education required. Tesla attacked this problem head on, opening its stores in malls and other sites where potential future buyers could dip their toes in and start to learn about electric cars without being...

  • Chargeway electric-car charging symbols for Chevrolet Volt, BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S
    Chargeway: the best electric-car idea you've never heard of

    Pretty much everyone knows how to put fuel into a conventional car. You pull up to the pump, open the vehicle's fuel door, put a credit card into the pump, select diesel or one of three grades of gasoline, lift the hose, and pump. (In New Jersey and Oregon, someone else does this for you.)...

  • 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, road test, California coastline, Sep 2016
    McKinsey suggests ways automakers could kick-start electric-car demand

    Despite steady increases over the past few years, electric cars still represent only a tiny fraction of new-car sales. There are no shortage of theories as to why that is the case. Some electric-car advocates blame manufacturers for not adequately promoting the vehicles, while many within the...

  • Electric Avenue charging stations in Portland, Oregon [photo: Portland General Electric]
    Oregon's largest utilities plan to boost electric-car adoption

    It's clear that after several years of electric-car sales, electric utilities see a role to be played in providing the infrastructure to make them practical. Two weeks ago, California utility PG&E received approval to install 7,500 public charging stations for plug-in vehicles. Now, Oregon's...

  • Rendering of future Drive Oregon storefront in downtown Portland for education about electric cars

    The U.S. Department of Energy announced Monday that it would award almost $1 million to Drive Oregon over three years, to fund a regional marketing campaign that will promote the benefits of electric cars to regional consumers. The advocacy group plans to set up a permanent storefront in downtown Portland that will showcase a variety of electric vehicles and charging equipment. It will be located across the street from Electric Avenue, the city's array of charging stations for plug-in cars. DON'T MISS: Most electric-car-friendly U.S. cities: new ranking puts Portland on top The staff inside...

  • Green Car Reports editor John Voelcker discusses Electric Car Myths & Realities, March 2013
    Electric-Car Myths & Realities And NYC Rollout Plans (Videos)

    If you publish thousands of stories a year, sometimes you get asked to speak to groups of people about your topic. Which is how we came to talk about electric cars and try to allay some popular myths to a group of New York City activists called the Sane Energy Project. In the person of cheerful...

  • Smart driving with the Chevrolet Cruze
    How Much Myth-Busting Will The Chevy Cruze Diesel Need?

    Europeans love diesel cars. For them, diesels are robust, get great gas mileage, and in some places, cost less to run. Traditionally, Americans distrust diesel passenger cars. With the exception of the few percent of car buyers who drive around in oil-burning cars from companies like Volkswagen...

  • 2011 Chevrolet Volt Production Line
    Get A Degree In Electric Cars At The University Of Colorado

    Interested in a future working with electric cars? A new degree course at the University of Colorado could be right up your (electric) avenue. With the help of a five-year, $954,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, the University will be running a master's level course in electric car...

  • Energy classroom, courtesy of USACE Europe District
    Things We Read, And Like: 'Why We Need Energy Literacy'

    Many readers on this site are concerned with miles per gallon, or how much fuel their car uses. And while any site called Green Car Reports is bound to have an environmental tilt, most car buyers are far more concerned with saving money than saving the planet. Nonetheless, we're all about making...

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