It's a very reasonable question: electric cars themselves have no tailpipe emissions, but what about the power plants used to recharge them? After more than a dozen studies and five-plus years of plug-in car sales, we know the answer. In North America, an electric car charged on even the dirtiest, most coal-intensive electric grid in the nation has wells-to-wheels carbon emissions no higher than that of a very fuel-efficient car. DON'T MISS: Are Electric Cars Really Bad For The Planet? Simple Math Says No (Feb 2012) In the best of cases, electric cars charged on very clean grids have such low...
New York adds electric-car purchase incentives, Minnesota may follow
New York is adding electric-car incentives, and Minnesota may soon followStephen Edelstein
Minnesota Energy Coop Offers Renewable Power To Electric-Car Owners, At No Extra Cost
Many electric-car owners start to think more seriously about the source of their electricity when they plug their cars in to recharge. And at least in California, data show that owners of plug-in electric cars have far higher interest in photovoltaic solar panels than drivers at large. Now a...John Voelcker
Minnesota Tesla Owners Show Banned Model S To Iowa Electric-Car Shoppers
Suppose auto dealers in a neighboring state pressured their DoT to make Tesla Motors stop giving test drives of its Model S electric car--the same kind it now offers in more than a dozen other states. What would you do? If you were you a group of Tesla owners in Minnesota, you might just take...John Voelcker
Minnesota Leads Nation, Mandates Off-Peak Electric-Car Charging Rates
Minnesota is the first state to mandate special off-peak charging rates for electric cars.Stephen Edelstein
Tesla Wins One In Minnesota: Bill To Ban Its Stores Defeated
Like a lot of news from Tesla, this came in the form of a tweet by CEO Elon Musk on Friday morning. It read, in its entirety, "Minnesota auto dealers tried to pass legislation to block Tesla stores. Bill was just defeated in Senate. Thanks MN!" And indeed, a Minnesota Senate committee voted down...John Voelcker
Let's be real: How many of you out there have ever driven a single mile on E85 ethanol fuel? Very, very, very few of you, most likely. The fuel composed of 85 percent ethanol blended with 15 percent gasoline is available only in a handful of Midwestern states. Yet a bill now under consideration by a panel in the U.S. Senate would mandate that 90 percent of vehicles sold in the U.S. by 2016 be capable of running on E85, or what are known colloquially as "flex-fuel" cars. The measure was introduced in January by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), and is cosponsored by three other farm-state senators...