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  • Nissan Leaf taxis

    The availability of charging stations for electric cars is likely to remain a major factor for many would-be owners as plug-in cars become more popular. While the United States boasts tens of thousands of charging stations, some areas remain better-covered than others. Unfortunately for taxi cab drivers in Washington D.C., the lack of charging stations has become a major issue. DON'T MISS: Gas stations aren't a model for electric-car charging: ChargePoint CEO Cab drivers in Washington, D.C., were thrilled to learn the district would offer $10,000 subsidies towards the purchase of an electric...

  • Senator Rob Portman drives Chevrolet Bolt EV
    Advocacy group takes electric cars to Capitol Hill to inform lawmakers

    The best way to change perceptions about electric cars is to put novices in the driver's seat—quite literally in this sense. The advocacy group Plug In America went to Capitol Hill recently, with a barrage of plug-in electric and pure battery electric vehicles, in an effort to educate...

  • Money, money, money
    Cash Prize For Tech To Reduce Oil Use From DC Lobbying Group

    Among the many advocacy and lobbying groups that weigh in on automotive and energy policy matters in our nation's capital, Secure America's Future Energy (SAFE) isn't necessarily among the most high-profile. But now the group is offering something that should make civilians sit up and take notice...

  • 1914 Detroit Electric car, owned by GE scientist Charles Steinmetz, Schenectady, NY, June 2011
    Where Are The Electric Cars Today (In CA!)? How About 100 Years Ago?

    Today, California is generally accepted as the hub for electric car activity. Not only are high-profile electric car companies like Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] based there, but healthy incentives and clement weather make owning an electric car in the Golden State about as easy as anywhere else in the...

  • Gina McCarthy, nominee for Environmental Protection Agency administrator
    Nominee To Head EPA Had Key Role in 2025 Gas-Mileage Rules

    It's long been known that Lisa Jackson, the current administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, would step down now that President Obama is in his second term. But while Jackson had four years in the spotlight, somewhat less is known about Gina McCarthy, the woman designated to...

  • 'Oil Barrels, 2008' (detail) by Chris Jordan
    Forget The Planet: Electric Cars Are Energy Security, Lobbying Group Says

    Fresh off our piece yesterday looking at different motivations for buying plug-in cars comes more proof that it's not just early adopters and uber-greens who think driving electric makes sense. Industry trade journal Automotive News (behind a paywall, unfortunately for our readers) has published a...

  • Xenon Difluoride battery

    The electric motor is a great invention, but it's entirely limited by the power that the battery can feed to it, and that power is limited by the amount of energy the battery can store. Battery technology is in constant development behind the scenes, though, and the latest to emerge in research at Washington State University promises to be the most powerful non-nuclear energy storage ever. We're used to Nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium-Nickel (Li-Ni) batteries, and Lithium-ion (Li-Ion), as you'd find in cars such as the 2011 Nissan Leaf and 2011 Chevrolet Volt. Now meet the Xenon...

  • Toyota Prius at US Capitol, by Flickr user Izik
    Senate Energy Bill: $$$ for Natural-Gas Vehicles, EVs Get Less

    If there's even a chance for the U.S. Congress to pass an energy bill this year, it's going to be a long and tortuous slog. But the first cut at legislation, introduced yesterday, offers $4 billion for infrastructure and subsidies for natural-gas vehicles (NGVs), but just a tenth of that for the...

  • Public Charging Station for electric cars, courtesy Mitsubishi Motors
    Washington State To Fit I-5 With EV Charging Stations

    I'm on the highway to ... Canada. Yes, Canada, via its southern neighbor, Washington state. Washington state has a plan, and that plan is to build electric vehicle charging stations. By this fall, the State of Washington plans to turn a 275-mile section of Interstate 5 (running from Oregon to...

  • Bruce Richter drives the 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport
    Senate Panel Backs EV Bill; Global EV Initiative Launched

    Electric vehicle manufacturers will be energized this week by the news that a bipartisan Senate panel has just given their approval to a proposed plug-in vehicles bill. Although not final, as the bill needs approval first by the full Senate and then the House and Senate, the measures introduced in...

  • 1985 Buick Century, Gross Polluter, by Flickr user head36
    UPDATE: Senate, House Agree On Cash-For-Clunkers Terms

    Late Tuesday night, we reported that the House had passed a bill by Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH) to institute a "Cash for Clunkers" tax credit scheme. Now the Detroit News and other sources report that, just two days later, it appears the Senate and House have agreed to include $1 billion to fund the...

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