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June 6th, 2023

STAFF EDITORIAL: MY NIGHTMARE EXPERIENCE RENTING A TESLA

Renting a Tesla can seem like an exciting and eco-friendly option for a road trip or a special occasion. However, my recent experience with a well-known rental service and their Tesla Model 3 rental turned into a nightmare.
Written by Paul Nijssen & John King

May 30th, 2023

AUTOMAKERS ARE ROLLING OUT MORE AFFORDABLE EV MODELS. WHY?

After years of catering to the luxury market, the floodgates have opened – quite suddenly, across all major brands. Promises of budget-friendly models are everywhere, making EVs a serious contender for many Americans in the market for a new car.
Written by Suzanne Stougie

May 23rd, 2023

SCOTLAND'S FIRST ELECTRIC SEMI TRUCK IS GOING TO HAUL A WHOLE LOT OF WHISKY

Volvo Trucks and Chivas Brothers are launching a two-year pilot program that will see Scotland’s first electric semi truck transporting the country’s largest export – Scotch whisky.
Written by Michelle Lewis for electrek

May 16th, 2023

POLESTAR LOOKS FOR PARTNERS TO PROPEL THE SHIFT TO ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Polestar is emerging as a pioneer in the fight against climate change. After delivering over 51,000 vehicles last year, Polestar looks to keep the momentum going, forecasting between 16% to 46% YOY growth in 2023.
Written by Peter Johnson for electrek

May 9th, 2023

TO GET THE EV TAX CREDIT, YOU WILL NOW HAVE TO BUY AN AMERICAN BRAND

New restrictions on qualifying for the up to $7,500 credit mean that only U.S. brands currently qualify. Car buyers looking to get a tax break on a new electric vehicle will now confront an even narrower set of options and have to buy from a U.S. brand.
Written by Sean McLain and Andrew Duehren for The WSJ

May 2nd, 2023

GM TO SCRAP CHEVY BOLT, ITS MOST POPULAR AND LEAST EXPENSIVE EV

The Michigan factory that makes the Bolt EV and the larger Bolt EUV is being retooled to produce electric trucks
Written by Jeanne Whalen for the Washington Post

April 25th, 2023

EV MODELS OUTNUMBER PHEV CHOICES FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2014

Plug-in hybrid tech continues to be something that neither automakers nor regulators can completely agree on. Some, like Toyota, Volvo, BMW, and others see them as a smart, effective bridge technology to EVs while others, including GM and Honda see them, at least for now in the U.S., as an unnecessary complication in the shift to EVs. 
Written By Bengt Halvorson for Green Car Reports

April 25th, 2023

CALIFORNIA MIGHT REQUIRE BIDIRECTIONAL CHARGING CAPABILITY IN EVS

The California legislature has introduced a bill that would mandate bidirectional charging capability for all new EVs sold in the state beginning in 2027.
Written By Stephen Edelstein for Green Car Reports

April 18th, 2023

CLEAN VEHICLE TAX CREDITS: THE NEW 2023 RULES IN A NUTSHELL

The new 2023 rules for getting EV tax credits under the Inflation Reduction Act come into effect today, reducing the number of car models that qualify for the full federal tax credit. We’ll explain why that is, what the new rules are and how you can make sure your clean vehicle is eligible for the full tax credit of $7,500.
Written By Suzanne Stougie

April 11th, 2023

E.P.A. IS SAID TO PROPOSE RULES MEANT TO DRIVE ELECTRIC CAR SALES TENFOLD

In what would be the nation’s most ambitious climate regulation, the proposal is designed to ensure that electric cars make up the majority of new U.S. auto sales by 2032.
​​​​​​​Written By Coral Davenport for The New York Times

April 4th, 2023

HOW TO MAKE YOUR EV'S BATTERY GO THE DISTANCE

Most EVs are decked out with high-performance lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. These are the kind of batteries you'll already have lying around the house - in your laptop, mobile phone, cordless drill - only bigger. Your car will have a whole host of Li-ion batteries, bundled together in a neat, lightweight package, making it possible to power a whole car over hundreds of miles.
​​​​​​​Written By Suzanne Stougie

March 28th, 2023

BERKELEY HILLS RESIDENTS USE ELECTRIC CARS MORE THAN ALMOST ANYWHERE ELSE IN STATE

Two Berkeley Hills ZIP codes rank among the top 20 in California for electric car ownership.
​​​​​​​Written By Nadia Lopez & Erica Yee for CalMatters

March 21st, 2023

NEW HYUNDAI IONIQ 6 OWNERS WILL RECEIVE TWO YEARS OF FREE CHARGING FROM ELECTRIFY AMERICA

DC fast charging network Electrify America announced its latest complimentary charging program available for EV owners today. Looking ahead, future owners of the upcoming Hyundai IONIQ 6 will receive two years of free 30-minute charging sessions on its network, offering speeds up to 350 kW – perfect for the electric streamliner’s 800V e-GMP platform.
​​​​​​​Written By Scooter Doll for electrek

March 14th, 2023

VOLKSWAGEN ANNOUNCES FIVE-YEAR $193 BILLION INVESTMENT AS ELECTRIFICATION GATHERS PACE

Volkswagen on Tuesday announced plans to invest 180 billion euros ($192.6 billion) between 2023 and 2027, with more than two thirds targeting “electrification and digitalization.”
​​​​​​​Written By Elliot Smith for CNBC

March 7th, 2023

FORD TRIPLING F-150 LIGHTNING, DOUBLING MACH E PRODUCTION
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Despite an ongoing pause in F-150 Lightning production, Ford says it will boost output this year in response to overwhelming demand. Ford aims to triple Lightning and double Mach-E production as consumers continue gravitating toward its popular EVs.
​​​​​​​Written By Peter Johnson for electrek

February 28th, 2023

THE GREAT AND GOOD OF BANNING NEW ICE CARS IN 2035

Internal combustion engine (ICE) cars are notorious carbon emitters, causing global temperatures to rise, that much we know. By adopting EVs wholeheartedly, we have a chance to reduce carbon emissions and avoid climate catastrophe. It’s the main reason why governments the world over are pledging to stop selling new gas-powered cars by 2035.
​​​​​​​Written By Suzanne Stougie

February 21st, 2023

EUROPE IS GOING 100% ELECTRIC IN 2035 - HERE'S HOW TO GET IT DONE!

First the European Union, now New Jersey… The world is swiftly following California’s lead, aiming for zero emissions from new cars and vans by 2035. In this blog post, we’re taking a look at the latest headlines, heralding the end of combustion engines the world over. And what’s needed to actually get us there.
​​​​​​​Written By Suzanne Stougie

February 14th, 2023

ELECTRIC VEHICLE SALES TOP $1 TRILLION IN WAKE-UP CALL FOR CARMAKERS

Global spending on electric vehicles is surging. According a new report published by BloombergNEF on investment in the energy transition, annual spending on passenger EVs hit $388 billion in 2022, up 53% from the year before.​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​Written By Colin McKerracher for Bloomberg

February 7th, 2023

ELECTRIC CAR BATTERIES GET A SECOND LIFE STORING SOLAR POWER

A California energy startup has turned more than a thousand electric vehicle (EV) batteries into solar power storage capsules, in an intriguing effort to prove out an alternative to traditional recycling.​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​Written By Alex Fitzpatrick from Axios

January 31st, 2023

RANGE ANXIETY

It's been called 'one of the major psychological barriers preventing many people from getting an EV', making it an important concern to tackle in our quest to go electric. Range anxiety, or the worry that you won't make it to your destination (or the next available charging unit) before your EV's battery runs out, is a barrier for many drivers when seriously considering an electric car.
​​​​​​​Written By Suzanne Stougie

January 24th, 2023

YES - EVS ARE SAFE! LET US TELL YOU WHY!

We are all creatures of habit – it’s in our genes. Sticking to what we know makes us feel good and secure. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then, that the e-revolution is filling a lot of us with dread. One of America’s main worries about electric cars (besides a higher sales price) has been a lack of safety. Scaremongering news reports of the past have focused on exploding batteries, first responders getting electric shocks after EV accidents and the dangers of the ‘quiet car’ to pedestrians.
​​​​​​​Written By Suzanne Stougie

January 17th, 2023

THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF ICE CARS

When it comes to the health of our planet, ordinary, gas-fueled cars are bad news. They give off greenhouse gases (GhGs), warming up the earth and causing human-made climate change. They damage our food crops ad threaten our health and livelihoods. According to the UN, in the years from 2010 to 2019, an estimated 23.1 million people worldwide were displaced each year due to weather related events. It's a pretty dire situation.​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​Written By Suzanne Stougie

January 10th, 2023

MERCEDES-BENZ WILL BUILD A $1 BILLION EV FAST-CHARGING NETWORK IN THE US

Working with ChargePoint, it will install more than 2,500 chargers at 400 sites by 2027.
Written by Jonathan M. Gitlin for ARS Technica

January 3rd, 2023

HYUNDAI NO LONGER SELLING ICE CARS IN NORWAY

Hyundai will stop selling any cars with ICE engines in them, including plug-in hybrids, in Norway starting 2023
Written by Jameson Dow for electrek

January 3rd, 2023

CEC APPROVES $2.9 BILLION INVESTMENT FOR ZERO-EMISSION TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE

The California Energy Commission (CEC) today approved an unprecedented $2.9 billion investment plan that accelerates California’s 2025 electric vehicle (EV) charging and hydrogen refueling goals. The funds will support the deployment of thousands of zero-emission trucks, school buses and transit buses to deliver clean air benefits to communities hit hardest by the impacts of pollution from medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
News release from energy.ca.gov