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EV and Solar Charging Buyer's Guide on Sale at Barnes & Noble

Posted 02-01-2016 in News by Editor

Electric Car Insider's 2015 Solar Charging Buyer's Guide is now available at Barnes & Noble. The guide contains a full-page profile - including specifications and photos - of the top solar panels and residential vehicle charging stations along with new electric vehicles, bikes and motorcycles. Our cover story is an in-depth review of the second generation plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt. Chevy has taken their class-leading PHEV and increased the all-electric mileage and improved fuel efficiency while giving it an all-new eye-catching exterior and redesigned interior. Also on the cover are the Empulse TT electric motorcycle from Victory, the storied American brand known for cruisers that compete with Harley-Davidson, and the NYX carbon fiber frame kit, an ebike frame that lets the rider choose their perfect components for a grail build.

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Gocycle: Lightweight electric bicycle a marvel of design

Posted 01-29-2016 in Articles by Editor

Riding the Gocycle G2 was one of the most eagerly anticipated test rides I’ve ever done. I have been searching for a small and light folding electric bike for years. Everything was too big, too heavy or both. I wanted a bike I could carry inside my car, so that when I went to the beach or a local park, I could take it with me without the hassle of a bike rack, both on the trip and when I wanted to lock it up. A lightweight folding bike is also great to use for trips on the trolley, can be more easily checked on commercial flights and can be easily stowed on a boat. The most stringent size and weight limitation was trying to find a bike that would fit into the very small cargo space of my two seat Diamond DA20 airplane.

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SDG&E To Install 3,500 EV Charging Stations

Posted 02-03-2016 in News by Editor

The California Public Utilities Commission approved a program that allows San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to install 3,500 electric vehicle charging stations in 350 locations throughout the San Diego and south Orange County areas. SDG&E will install at least 10 percent of the chargers in disadvantaged communities.

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VW Vehicle Development Restructuring Focuses on BEV

Posted 02-02-2016 in News by Editor

The Volkswagen brand has restructured its vehicle development organization. The new development structure is grouped into four vehicle types: battery electric, small cars, compact vehicles, and mid- and full-size vehicles. Battery Electric Vehicles will be headed up by Christian Senger, who moves to VW from parts supplier Continental AG. Other development groups include: Small Cars like the Polo and Up!, headed by Product Management Chief Klaus-Gerhard Wolpert; Compact Vehicles like the Golf will be developed by Electrical Systems Purchasing Manager Kalheinz Hell; and Mid- and Full-Size Vehicles like the Passat and Touareg will be led by Product Control Chief Dr. Elmar-Marius Licharz.

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California EV Incentives Changing

Posted 02-01-2016 in News by Editor

In January, the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Program announced new income based caps for high-income buyers as well as increased incentives for lower-income buyers. The new rules are expected to go into effect in March. In January, the California Clean Vehicle Rebate Program announced new income based caps for high-income buyers as well as increased incentives for lower-income buyers. The new rules are expected to go into effect in March.

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SCE Offer Incentives To Install 1,500 EV Chargers

Posted 02-01-2016 in News by Editor

The California Public Utilities Commission has green lighted a program by Southern California Edison to incentivize the deployment of approximately 1,500 public electric vehicle charging stations. The plan also includes education and outreach in support of electric transportation. The approval by the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) marks a change in policy. Previously, the state of California had banned utilities from becoming investors in public EV charging, saying they represented an unfair competitive threat to independent parties in the growing EV charging station market.

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Electric Bicycle Mid Drive Motors

Posted 02-01-2016 in Articles by Editor

It wasn’t long ago that anyone who was looking knew you had a mid-drive motor on your electric bike. The coffee can hanging off the bottom bracket was a dead give away. Today though, mid-drive motors have become more elegant in their design. And with the growing number of mid-drive system manufacturers designing systems for use by bicycle manufacturers and DIYers, mid-drives are showing up on more and more electric bikes. Part of the appeal of mid-drive systems is their natural feel.

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Volvo States 10% of Sales to be Electrified by 2020

Posted 02-01-2016 in News by Editor

"We believe that the time has come for electrified cars to cease being a niche technology and enter the mainstream," said Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars, in a release from the end of 2016 outlining the company's global electrification strategy. "We are confident that by 2020, 10% of Volvo’s global sales will be electrified cars." According to the release, the plan includes introducing more plug-in hybrids across their product line. The company also says it will develop a new range of smaller electric cars and build an all-electric car for sale by 2019.

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EVs Produce Fewer Emissions Throughout Lifecycle

Posted 02-01-2016 in Articles by Editor

The argument that EVs powered from the grid aren't really any more eco-friendly than internal combustion engines burning fossil fuels continues to be debunked. Studies by the Union of Concerned Scientists, the University of Minnesota, and Carnegie Melon University all show EVs produce fewer emissions than gasoline-burning cars throughout the lifecycle.

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Nissan CEO Ghosn makes climate change declaration: "We must do more"

Posted 02-01-2016 in News by Editor

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn declared "The time for debate is over" and the time is now to address climate change. The bold statement was made in a guest column he posted on Forbes.com in December 2015. The post was written following the 2015 Paris Climate Conference and helped explain why Ghosn and 12 other automotive CEOs committed publicly to help decarbonizing automotive transportation. In his post he wrote "If the world is to reduce manmade greenhouse gas emissions that are the cause of global climate change, we must accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy now, starting with cleaner transportation."

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