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2016 EV Buyer's Guide on Sale at Barnes & Noble

Posted 03-30-2016 in News by Editor

The latest issue of Electric Car Insider's comprehensive EV Buyer's Guide is now on sale at Barnes & Noble and independent bookstores and newsstands throughout the US and Canada. Featuring full page profiles of all of the new electric vehicles available for purchase and lease in 2016. Also updates on electric motorcycles and bicycles. The cover features a photo of the Chevrolet Bolt, which will be available for purchase at the end of this year. Also on the cover is the Energica Ego electric motorcycle and Optibike Pioneer Carbon electric bike.



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Victory Motorcycles Empulse TT

Posted 04-29-2016 in Articles by Editor

Being named the fastest U.S.-made electric motorcycle at the 2015 Isle of Man TT Zero race is one way to introduce the world to your company’s all-new electric motorcycle; and that’s exactly what Victory did. The street-legal Empulse TT is built on the race bike's platform. Having lost the fairing, it now sports a modern, naked bike appearance.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt Review

Posted 04-28-2016 in Articles by Editor

The totally redesigned second generation 2016 Chevy Volt was recently named the 2016 Green Car Of The Year at the LA Auto Show. Judges praised the vehicle's stylish new exterior, driver-friendly interior, and completely upgraded drivetrain.



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Citizens Climate Lobby

Posted 04-28-2016 in Articles by Editor

Citizens Climate Lobby is a grassroots organization that empowers citizens to campaign for policies that use market driven mechanisms to address climate change. They propose a revenue neutral carbon tax whose proceeds are paid back to citizens in a way that encourages the use of renewable energy sources and discourages the use of fossil fuels. The organization's goal is to reduce carbon dioxide levels to 90% of 1990 levels by 2050.

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EVSE Tax Credit Extended Through 2016

Posted 04-28-2016 in News by Editor

Included as part of the tax bill signed into law in December 2015 is an extension of the federal tax credit for the installation of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE). The tax credit has been extended and will last until the end of 2016. Residential property owners are allowed a 30% federal tax credit - up to $1,000 - of the cost of the installation of the EV charging station.

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Coal Plants Closing at Faster Rate Than Predicted

Posted 04-28-2016 in News by Editor

When Sierra Club launched its “Beyond Coal” campaign in 2010, there were 523 coal-fired electricity generating plants in the U.S. To date, 222 of those coal plants have been closed. The group has also been instrumental in stopping the development of many new coal-fired plants. This is significant to environmental policy proponents because burning coal is responsible for one third of U.S. carbon emissions, which is a primary cause of climate change.

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2017 Ford Focus Electric To Feature 100-mile Range and Quick Charging

Posted 04-28-2016 in News by Editor

Ford announced the improved 2017 Focus Electric will feature a complete redesign with 100-mile range and DC fast-charging capabilities. The additional range will put the Focus in direct competition with the new longer-range Nissan Leaf, the current mainstream battery electric sales leader. Ford showed their intentions to further expand their electric vehicle portfolio by committing $4.5 billion over the next 5 years. The company promised to deliver 13 new EVs by 2020, which would mean more than 40 percent of the brand's models will be available with an electric drivetrain.

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Significant discounts appearing on Nissan Leaf

Posted 04-28-2016 in News by Editor

Nissan dealers throughout the US are starting to offer significant discounts on the all-electric Leaf sedan. Drive Electric Minnesota announced a promotion through local dealer Kline Nissan that makes the case that with Federal tax credits, a purchaser could chop as much as 40% off the purchase price. The deals include dealer discounts of $6,313 on a purchase, or $4,613 off a 3 year / 36k mile lease.

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CEC Public Charging Merit Review Workshop

Posted 04-28-2016 in News by Editor

The California Energy Commission will host a technology merit review workshop on Monday, April 25. Executives from ChargePoint and Green Charge Networks, two non-profits, one municipal utility district and one state agency will discuss the successes and challenges of electric vehicle charging technology in California. The workshop is open to participants both in person and by WebEx.

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