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June 26, 2013 | By Catherine Green, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
The electric vehicle network is expanding in both technological advances and new markets, according to representatives from the auto industry and energy community. During a press call Tuesday, Nissan North America and Bosch Automotive Service Solutions highlighted rising sales for electric cars and 240-volt charging stations. “We're on a roll,” said Brendan Jones, director of EV infrastructure strategy for Nissan. The carmaker had a record Leaf sales month in May, boasting 2,138 registrations - a 319% increase over that same month last year.
June 21, 2013 | By Catherine Green
Tesla Motors, Inc., unveiled plans Thursday night to offer a service that would swap out depleted batteries in its luxury electric cars for fully charged packs. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk took the stage inside the carmaker's design studio in Hawthorne to show off Tesla's latest effort to make the brand's Model S sedan a little more consumer-friendly. A cheeky video displayed behind Musk featured a split-screen. On the left, a man went through the motions of a typical gas fill-up.
June 20, 2013 | By Catherine Green
Bosch will produce the first wireless electric vehicle charging system, the technology supplier announced this week. The Plugless L2 System resembles a small launch pad in the middle of the floor (see a photo  here ). Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf owners - the system isn't compatible with other EV models - would simply drive over the parking pad to start charging their cars. The system includes the parking pad, a vehicle adapter to be installed in the car's undercarriage and a wall-mounted control panel to help in alignment and other standard charging-station functions.
June 14, 2013 | By Catherine Green
Projects supporting California's hydrogen fuel cell infrastructure will see a hefty boost thanks to more than $18 million in grant funding, the state's Energy Commission announced this week. The agency's dollars will go toward installing, or in some cases upgrading, hydrogen fuel stations in several counties around Southern California. Ranging in size from $1.5 million to more than $6.6 million, the five awards come through the Energy Commission's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.
June 13, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
Consumers have begun to buy fully electric cars and plug-in hybrids in numbers sufficient to help California meet its ambitious Low Carbon Fuel Standard, according to a new report. California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard, a regulatory program established under then Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, requires a 10% reduction in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels used in the state by 2020. Carbon intensity is a measure of how much carbon dioxide is spewed into the atmosphere from using a fuel.
June 11, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
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.
June 6, 2013 | By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
If history dwells at all on President Obama's trip this week to California, it will probably be because of his Friday meeting in Rancho Mirage with President Xi Jinping of China. When the leaders of the globe's two great powers meet, scribblers pay attention. But for one middle-class constituent who almost landed on Obama's agenda, the quick Western swing will be forever remembered for the meeting that did not happen, a subsequent tumble into the politico-media mulcher and what Paul Scott now hopes will be a mostly happy ending.
June 1, 2013 | By Brian Thevenot, Los Angeles Times
What would it take to get you into an electric car today? Forced by state regulators to sell more zero-emission vehicles, automakers are tripping over each other to offer consumers rock-bottom lease deals. For the first time, electric vehicles are penciling out cheaper than their gas-powered counterparts. Honda joined the price war this week by dropping the lease on its Fit EV from $389 to $259 a month. It threw in collision and vehicle theft coverage, maintenance, roadside assistance - even a charging station at your house.
June 1, 2013 | By Brian Thevenot
How they stack up: Specifications for the electric cars in our comparison test , the Honda Fit EV, Fiat 500e and Nissan Leaf.   Honda Fit EV Times' take: The right blend of performance, utility and efficiency Highs: Sport driving mode hauls more than groceries; cavernous interior room Lows: No choice of options or color; no purchase option Vehicle type: Five-door, five-passenger hatchback ...
May 30, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Honda Motor Co. is lobbing a grenade into the ongoing electric car price war, dropping the lease payment on its compact Fit EV from $389 to $259.  The 36-month lease deal requires no down payment and comes with unlimited mileage, along with free collision coverage, maintenance, roadside assistance and a 240-volt home charging station.   Honda's move, announced this morning, comes after Nissan's Leaf, Chevrolet's Spark EV and Fiat's 500e recently announced lease deals of $199 a month in an effort to entice more customers into all-electric cars.
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