August 3, 2013 |
Electric cars will probably remain a tiny niche of the auto industry until drivers see a serious expansion of charging stations. But you can't just put one on every corner next to the gas station. The cars can take hours to fully charge, which would create a big parking problem, among other issues. Even if consumers bought electric cars in droves tomorrow, the infrastructure to keep them rolling would look much different. Charging starts at home, with a charging station that can cost drivers $500 to $2,000.
June 11, 2013 |
People who drive electric cars pay the equivalent of $1.51 per gallon of gas in fueling expense in California but only 83 cents in North Dakota, according to new federal government figures. The Energy Department data show the wide variability between states in the cost savings for charging electric vehicles. The national average is $1.14. The data are available on a new calculator that is part of the Energy Department's launch of eGallon -- a way for consumers to compare the cost of fueling electric and gasoline vehicles.
December 10, 2009 |
In a move that will be watched carefully by newspapers struggling to find a viable financial model in the digital age, entertainment industry publication Variety today will begin charging readers for access to the news and information on its website. The return to erecting a "pay wall," though anticipated, nonetheless could be risky because several online competitors -- including the Hollywood Reporter, Deadline, the Wrap and the Los Angeles Times -- offer similar content without charge, potentially undermining Variety's ability to get subscribers to pay. Although it's one of the first publications to make the move to cut off unpaid access to its site, many others are examining the issue as advertising migrates from print to the Internet.
April 8, 2013 |
San Francisco-based Ecotality Inc., which operates the nation's second-largest network of public electric charging stations for vehicles, announced today that it plans to install 225 new chargers at Kroger Co. stores in California and Arizona. Kroger is the country's largest grocery chain, and includes Ralphs and Food 4 Less. It will invest about $1.5 million to install Ecotality's Blink charging stations and DC Fast Chargers. The installations in California will be made in Los Angeles and San Diego.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 1997 |
An Orange County hospital has plugged into the new age of electric, emission-free engines by installing a charging station for electric vehicles on its grounds. Saddleback Memorial Medical Center recently opened its new self-serve charging station to the public. Doctors, patients and the public may pull into the parking lot in front of the hospital's emergency room at any time to charge their electric vehicle batteries free. No more smelly gas or dirty hands, as in regular gas stations, just clean electricity.
July 18, 2010 |
Travelers may grumble about the high cost of flying, with charges for bags, seat selection and other services that once were free. But for many fliers, the fleecing starts at the airport, where they often face higher prices and fees for food, beverages, car rentals and taxi rides. Some expenses are tough to dodge. If you're juggling lots of luggage, you may need a taxi. Although off-airport outlets typically charge less for car rentals, you'll burn through money and time getting to them.