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Britain's electric utility backs earlier ban on new cars with engines, in 2030

Britain's electric utility backs earlier ban on new cars with engines, in 2030

Norway and The Netherlands started the trend a few years ago, though they're relatively tiny car markets. Then France and the U.K. joined in. China, the world's largest new-car market by far, is doing it—though the country hasn't decided when. All of those countries plan to ban, or work the... read more

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Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

If you own an electric car, what's your at-home charging from? Twitter poll results

Over the years, we've noted the paucity of solid data on the intersection of home solar energy and driving plug-in electric cars. A California-only study from 2012 still gets... read more March 8, 2018 by


 
Photovoltaic solar panel installation on house, Fremont, California   [image: Shiva Singh]

If you own an electric car, what's your at-home charging source? Take our Twitter poll

Drivers who buy an electric car that plugs into the power grid to recharge the battery often start to consider the source of their energy. A 2012 analysis from California, in... read more February 27, 2018 by


 
2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid charging at office park, Santa Cruz, California, Dec 2017

US climate action requires electric cars; utilities doing their part already

The subject of carbon dioxide emissions is hardly a simple one, especially when it comes to electric cars. They may not have tailpipes, but the electricity generated in order... read more January 30, 2018 by


 
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... read more January 30, 2018 by


 
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... read more January 22, 2018 by


 
Nikola Tesla on Serbian dinar banknote

What you need to know about electric-car namesake Nikola Tesla

This month marks the 75th year since the death of famed inventor and and electrical innovator Nikola Tesla, a man whose life is as interesting as his technical achievements... read more January 19, 2018 by


 
Wind farm outside Fort MacLeod, Alberta, Canada   [photographer: Joel Bennett]

All renewable energy types to be cost-competitive by 2020: report

Renewable-energy generation costs are falling like photons onto a solar panel. By 2020, it's expected all types of renewable-energy generation will be able to compete with... read more January 15, 2018 by


 
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in 2008, when he was governor of Texas

U.S. regulator rejects coal, nuclear bailout, says renewable energy may double by 2020

For much of last year, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry pursued a plan that, in essence, would prop up the financially challenged U.S. coal and nuclear industries. His... read more January 10, 2018 by


 
Chevrolet Bolt EV being charged outside Go Forth electric-car showroom, Portland   [photo: Forth]

No, electric cars (still) aren't crashing the grid. Again.

Remember all those brownouts we experienced last week because everyone plugged in their electric cars? No? Oh right, that didn't happen. It still isn't happening. And it's... read more January 3, 2018 by


 
APR Energy's GE TM2500 Gen 8 mobile gas turbines in Puerto Rico

Why diesel beats solar for disaster recovery in places like Puerto Rico

Call it the Ikea mindset. On populated islands, space is at a premium, just like those stereotypical Swedish kitchens you see when you stroll through your local... read more December 28, 2017 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

In Germany, neighborhood solar starts to eat away at utility revenue

Five years ago, an electric-utility think tank issued a dire warning to its members: Your century-old business model is ending. The continually falling costs of renewable... read more December 27, 2017 by


 
Electricity grid substation (Image: FirstEnergy Corp on Flickr, used under CC license)

Under Paris agreement, electric cars will hurt oil demand well before power supply: report

Electric vehicles have the potential to upend energy markets as their adoption becomes more widespread. But how much of an effect will they have? And on which specific... read more December 19, 2017 by


 
China’s all-electric cargo ship will deliver coal to powerplants. China News/Peng Yonggui

All-electric Chinese cargo ship will be used to haul coal

A shipyard in China has built what it says is the world's first all-electric cargo ship, capable of hauling 2,000 metric tons of lading some 50 miles on a single charge. The... read more December 14, 2017 by


 
Tesla South Australia lithium-ion battery storage

Tesla builds world's largest lithium-ion battery, for utility use, in Australia

Tesla CEO Elon Musk made a bet that he'd build the world's largest lithium-ion battery in Australia in 100 days. If his company failed, Musk would personally pay for the... read more November 24, 2017 by


 
Estimated U.S. energy consumption in 2016  [graphic: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory]

U.S. energy sources and uses: everything you need to know in one lovely chart

One of the interesting side effects of plug-in electric cars turns out to be a greater awareness of energy sources and uses. A 2012 California study, for instance, showed... read more November 23, 2017 by


 

 
 

 
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