10/01/2013, Three members of the Palo Alto city council have reportedly proposed a change in the city’s building code that may require new houses to have electric vehicle chargers built-in. Palo Alto Online News reports that city Mayor Greg Scharff, Vice Mayor Nancy Shepherd and council member Gail Price have recommended these changes to be made so that Palo Alto’s reputation as a “national leader in green technology” is further bolstered. When […]
03/11/2013, Wireless charging is convenient and is the way forward to meet the challenge of keeping electric vehicles charged. Qualcomm is putting its wireless charging platform through real-world tests by experimenting its Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC) technology with a fleet of 50 vehicles in London that includes Delta Motorsport Delta E4 Coupé and Renault’s Fluence ZE EV. As with most wireless charging technology, WEVC uses inductive charging technology. The […]
03/04/2013, [CeBIT 2013] Today at CeBIT, I met with Alix Bowman and Rob Cotter from Organic Transit, the green transportation company behind ELF, an innovative solar / pedal hybrid vehicle. This egg-shaped tricycle can be powered by an electric engine when needed or using pedals just like a bicycle. The durable shell comes fully equipped with lights, signals and mirrors just like a car, and the battery pack can be recharged […]
04/23/2012, Electric vehicles are definitely the way to go if we were looking to do our part in saving the environment by reducing our carbon emissions, and apparently China shares those sentiments as well and has announced the country’s goal of putting out 5 million electric vehicles on its roads by the year 2020. As a short term goal, the country is looking to sell at least 500,000 hybrid or electric […]
12/02/2011, Earlier this year in May, a routine crash test of GM’s Chevy Volt ended with the vehicle catching fire several weeks after the incident. This prompted an investigation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to see if Chevy Volt owners were at risk and if a recall would be necessary. Now it seems that GM has announced that they will not be hitting their sales target of 10,000 […]
11/18/2011, If you like the look of the current Honda Fit model, the good news is that come Summer of 2012, you will be able to get your hands on an EV model of the car if you live in California or Oregon. However for those living in the East Coast, you will have to wait your turn as the Honda Fit EV will only arrive to six markets in the […]
11/15/2011, If you ever saw the need to monitor the charging of your EV remotely, Toyota has announced the H2V Manager that will allow you to monitor the charging of your Toyota Prius via the television, PC or smartphone. This is one of the features that Toyota is advertising in order to make their home car charging tool more appealing to the public.
10/12/2011, General Motors has announced that come 2013, their urban minicar, the Chevy Spark, will be made available in the US market, but the kicker is that it will only be available in limited quantity and for select types of drivers only. By select drivers, it appears that unlike other electric vehicles (EV), the Chevy Spark is being aimed at drivers who live in an urban area and who have predictable […]
10/07/2011, One of the reasons people aren’t as willing to adopt electric vehicles (EV), is probably due to its power output isn’t up to par with most fuel-powered cars, unless of course you go for a Tesla S EV, which is incredibly expensive and probably not for everyone. The fact that you only have a limited driving range before requiring another charge is a hassle that many car owners can do […]
10/06/2011, Driving a hybrid/electric vehicle isn’t the same as driving a regular fuel-powered vehicle. The point of hybrids and EVs is to minimize the use of fuel, which is not only greener but could potentially be more efficient in terms of mileage, although the latter seems to apply more to hybrids than EVs which have a set range before needing to charge. Either way, with hybrids and EVs possibly being the […]
10/05/2011, With electric vehicles (EV) slowly, but surely, kicking off, Kia has decided to launch one of their own and is expected to rollout the vehicle by the end of 2011. No word on what the name of their EV will be, but the project has been dubbed with the codename “TAM”. Kia’s EV is also expected to be based on Hyundai’s i10 BlueOn electric minicar (pictured above).
09/19/2011, If there is one thing that may be holding people back from embracing electric vehicles with open arms, is the fact that it seems to be unnecessarily troublesome to drive one around. Not only is the range on EVs ridiculously short, but their charge times are incredibly long too, making it inconvenient and always having to plan your journey. Now the concept of roads which constantly keep your EV charged […]
09/16/2011, Environmentally conscious vacationers will be pleased to know that if they want to rent an electric vehicle (EV) or drive their own to Hawaii, if they were to stay at the Marriott Waikiki, they will have no problems charging their vehicle as AeroVironment has installed an EV charging station on the hotel’s premises.
09/02/2011, Fisker Automotive has recently announced that they have inked a deal with BMW for their second-generation line of plug-in hybrid (a car that charges by plugging into an electric power source, but at the same time features as internal combustion engine) cars. The manufacturing is expected to take place next year and according to the deal, BMW will be providing up to 100,000 engine units per year at peak volume.