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

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

Posted 05-23-2016 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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Gocycle: Lightweight electric bicycle a marvel of design

Posted 05-24-2016 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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Pacific Coast SunTrail Route: Scenic Highway 1 Made Accessible to Electric Cars

Posted 05-23-2016 in Articles by Editor

To adventurers familiar with the beauty of the central and northern California coast, the drive along Highway 1 is one of the most attractive road trips in the United States. It is the kind of journey that is so enjoyable, people often consider the drive to be the main event, as much as time spent at one of the idyllic destinations along the route.

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India Plans to Shift Away From Coal

Posted 05-23-2016 in News by Editor

In October 2015, India unveiled a plan to cut carbon emissions by 33 - 35% from 2005 levels by 2030. They were the last major country to submit their long-term emissions-reductions plans before the start of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Paris in December.

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Utility Programs for EVs: Save 25-35% with Special Rates For Electric Vehicle Owners

Posted 05-23-2016 in Articles by Editor

Unless, like me, you get a shock every time you open your electric bill, you probably don’t think all that much about your local utility. It's one of those services that have become so reliable that most people take it for granted, like the sun rising every morning. Thanks to special rates from utilities, electric vehicle owners could save between 25-35% on their electricity bills.

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

Posted 05-23-2016 in Articles by Editor

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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Leaf Vs. Volt: Who's the Green Champion?

Posted 05-22-2016 in Articles by Editor

For the last five years, the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and the all-electric Nissan Leaf have been the two best-selling mainstream electric vehicles in the U.S. By the end of November, the Leaf had sold nearly 16,000 units while the Volt has sold close to 13,500. 2016 sees a totally redesigned Volt hitting showrooms. And even though the Leaf won't change its appearance, Nissan will be offering an extended range version. The 2016 Leaf will offer 107 miles of all-electric mileage. The new Volt improves its EV range and will be able to go 53 miles without ever needing to burn any fossil fuel. When the gasoline engine kicks in on the second generation Volt, it offers better fuel efficiency with an estimated 42 MPG.

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Electric Personal Transportation Devices

Posted 05-24-2016 in Articles by Editor

When self-balancing electric personal transportation (PT) devices were introduced in 2001, they were enthusiastically heralded as the next big thing in personal transportation. While predictions of fundamentally changing human locomotion have fallen short, there continues to be a growing number of new PT devices that fill a niche no other type of vehicle can.



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Stationary Storage: Time shifting solar energy to meet peak demand

Posted 05-23-2016 in Articles by Editor

Like all product purchase decisions, the higher initial costs for a quality product may be offset by lower operating costs or longer life, so be careful to calculate and discuss total cost of ownership with your system designer



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Citizens Climate Lobby

Posted 05-23-2016 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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