electric utilities

 
Why Oil State Texas Turns Out To Be Friendly To Electric Cars

Why Oil State Texas Turns Out To Be Friendly To Electric Cars

As the land of big pickup trucks and Big Oil, Texas would hardly seem like the kind of place where electric cars could thrive. Yet the Lone Star State is one of the friendliest for plug-in cars which, according to a recent Navigant Research post, have a powerful ally there: utility companies. There... read more

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Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Electric Cars & Solar: Will They Make Gasoline & Utilities Obsolete?

These are interesting times in the automotive and electric-utility businesses. While the reasons are different, it turns out they may intersect. It's been quietly discussed... read more January 23, 2014 by


 
Two BNSF locomotives hauling coal trains meet near Wichita Falls, Texas

TVA To Cut Coal Use For Energy Generation By Half

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) plans to significantly reduce its use of coal for energy generation. The TVA will shut down eight electricity-generating units that... read more November 19, 2013 by


 
GE WattStation Electric Car Charging Station

PG+E Data: Electric Cars Have Almost No Grid Impact So Far

Electric cars lessen dependence on fossil fuels, but what effect are they having on power consumption? The concern often comes up that large numbers of electric cars will... read more November 6, 2013 by


 
Plug-in electric cars at PSE+G facility in Newark, New Jersey

How One Electric Utility Encouraged Employees To Use Plug-In Cars

While workplace charging is still a work in progress at most companies, a few progressive corporations and nonprofits now offer incentives to employees to commute in plug-in... read more October 31, 2013 by


 
Power plant

The Next Big Emissions Battle Is Not Cars; It's About Coal

The rules for vehicle gas mileage are pretty much locked down from now through 2025. The math is complicated, but vehicles in 2025 will have to reach a fleet-wide average of... read more October 8, 2013 by


 
Two BNSF locomotives hauling coal trains meet near Wichita Falls, Texas

Is The Writing On The Wall For U.S. Coal?

What will power your plug-in car in a few years? If new EPA regulations go into effect, it may not be coal. Next week, the EPA is expected to set limits on greenhouse gas... read more September 16, 2013 by


 
Power plant

Coal Makes Electric Cars Bad? No, Plug-Ins Show Coal As Bad

Every so often, electric-car skeptics will attack the idea of using grid electricity to power a car by bringing up coal. "Yeah," the argument goes, "but you're just burning... read more September 13, 2013 by


 
Power lines (Photo by Flickr user vladeb)

Southern California Utility Girds For 350,000 Electric Cars

One of the long-standing concerns over electric cars is just how much demand the electricity grid would have to cope with should millions of people start plugging in every... read more August 12, 2013 by 25


 
Front page of The Electric Generation website

Hey, Electric-Car Fans: Are You 'The Electric Generation'?

Marketing plug-in electric cars isn't all that easy. There are many different reasons people buy electric cars, and for the mass market, the high prices against gasoline cars... read more August 5, 2013 by 47


 
2013 Tesla Model S

Does The Tesla Model S Electric Car Pollute More Than An SUV?

Does the supposedly clean, green Tesla Model S really pollute more than a gas-guzzling Jeep Grand Cherokee sport-utility vehicle? That's what one analyst has claimed. In an... read more May 31, 2013 by 126


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Will Solar Panels Destroy Electric Utilities' Business Model? Yes, They Say

Technology can be a real drag. CDs killed cassettes. MP3s killed CDs. Video killed the radio star. Bummer. Now, a new threat looms in the dark pit we call progress: solar... read more May 31, 2013 by 71


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt 240V charging station

Charge Your Electric Car For Less: Switch Off Unused Appliances

One of the reasons people make the switch from a gasoline car to an electric car is to benefit from the reduced running costs. With some careful planning -- and special time... read more July 19, 2012 by 12


 
2011 Nissan Leaf plugged into an EVgo quick-charging station, Texas

$100 Million For Electric-Car Charging: Devil, Meet Details

You'd think that $100 million of electric-car charging stations in California would be a good thing, right? While an agreement announced last month may disturb California... read more April 10, 2012 by 23


 
Lithium-ion battery pack for 2011 Chevrolet Volt

A New Life On The Grid For Tired Chevy Volt Battery Packs?

The lithium-ion battery pack in the 2011 Chevrolet Volt is backed by an eight-year, 100,000 mile warranty. The engineers behind its development will be the first to tell you... read more July 21, 2011 by 5


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt

California Looks To Ensure Power For Electric & Plug-In Cars

California has pioneered much of the clean-air legislation in the country, and it's leading the push for zero-emission electric and plug-in vehicles. But the state has also... read more July 15, 2011 by 2


 

 
 

 
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