Electric Car Insider Magazine - Electric Vehicle and Hybrid Cars Buyers Guide

EVs have a powerful competitive advantage. Raving Fans.

 

There's something that distinguishes electric vehicles from every other segment of the automobile industry. A powerful force that has driven annual YoY growth between 60-100% every year for the past five years. A competitive advantage that has seen several of the vehicles receive the highest driver and reviewer satisfaction reports ever measured. Raving Fans.

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There's an App for that - Finding EV charge stations

 

Finding a charge station for an EV is usually really easy. Go out to your garage, pick up the coupler and plug it in. But for those infrequent occasions when you need to charge up during the day as you're out and about running errands, locating a charger takes more than just looking toward the nearest main intersection. Fortunately, there's an app for that.

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Nuvve Vehicle-to-Grid Pays EV Drivers

 

Electric vehicles already have a lot going for them. Their fuel savings versus gas-powered cars puts $632 in owners’ pockets every year, and their simplified powertrain reduces maintenance costs on the first 150,000 miles by $1,500 vis-à-vis internal combustion engines. Soon, another major perk of EV ownership may become widespread: vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology, which pays EV owners to offer up their car’s battery for electricity storage and transmission.

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Eyeballing It: Tips on Installing Your HOV Stickers

 

Are you one of those gifted types that can freehand a long, level, straight line with one smooth effortless stroke of a paintbrush? Not me. I need all the help I can get to keep things straight around here. So when it came to adorning each of our EVs with California HOV stickers, I had to resort to tricks that I learned through net wisdom and from a couple of friends that are graphic artists.

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SCE Offer Incentives To Install 1,500 EV Chargers

 

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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Audi Unveils 300-Mile All-Electric SUV

 

Audi is delivering an all-electric SUV with a 300-mile range and has announced a nationwide network of DC charging stations. The SUV will feature a 95 kWh battery pack. The SUV is Audi's first all-electric vehicle and will have a range of more than 300 miles.

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India Plans to Shift Away From Coal

 

India unveiled a plan to cut carbon emissions by 33 - 35% by 2030. They were the last major country to submit their long-term emissions-reductions plans before the start of the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Paris in December.

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Volvo Announces 100% of Models to be Electrified

 

"This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion-engine-powered car," said Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars, in a conference call outlining the company's global electrification strategy. "People increasingly demand electrified cars, and we want to respond to our customers' current and future needs." According to the release, the plan includes introducing electrification technology across their product line. The company also said it will develop a new range of all-electric cars.

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Electric Car Sharing: Drive Before You Buy or Drive Without Buying

 

Before purchasing an electric vehicle, it’s a good idea to get a few hours, or better yet a few days, behind the wheel. A quick test drive at a local dealership is really not enough time to make sure the electric car that catches your eye is also a good fit for your driving patterns and lifestyle.

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Solar Powered Parking

 

Powering your car on sunshine has been a persistent dream among electric car advocates. University of California San Diego physics professor Tom Murphy does a great job explaining why designing solar panels into a car is not a great idea is his online tutorial “Do the Math – A Solar Powered Car?” There is not enough surface area on your car, and the panels would add too much weight for the small amount of power produced. Professor Murphy also points out that putting solar panels on your residence and charging your car with the output can work out quite well.

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