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Automakers, electric utilities want electric-car tax credit extended

Automakers, electric utilities want electric-car tax credit extended

With Tesla likely to hit 200,000 electric cars sold in the U.S. later this year, it will begin a phasedown process during which the income-tax credits available to its buyers start to dwindle on a set schedule. General Motors is likely to hit the same cap a couple of quarters after Tesla. Now those... read more

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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

Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Soaring growth of solar power demonstrated in one chart (updated)

Sometimes a picture is truly worth a thousand words. In the case of the rapidly rising rate of solar installations for electricity generation, numerous forecasts by... read more November 20, 2017 by

Greenhouse-gas emissions of battery-electric vehicles globally in MPG equivalent [U of Michigan TRI]

Electric cars emit less carbon than average U.S. new car, everywhere in the world

When electric cars first arrived in 2011, it was a reasonable question: Aren't you just shifting emissions from the tailpipe to the smokestack? The answer is yes, but the... read more November 6, 2017 by



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