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Plug-In SUV and Electric Bike Buyers Guide at Barnes & Noble

Posted 08-24-2015 in News by Christopher

Electric Car Insider's 2015 SUV and Electric Bicycle Buyer's Guide is now available at Barnes & Noble. The guide contains a full-page profile - including specifications and photos - of the top 30 electric bicycles and 4 new electric SUVs and cars from Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac and BMW. Our cover story is an in-depth road test and review of the new plug-in hybrid 7-passenger luxury SUV from Volvo: the XC90 T8. Also on the cover are the Optibike R8, a rolling sculpture that can tick off 100+ miles with ease, and the e-Joe Koda, a commuter bike that is thoughtfully designed and easy on the budget.

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Pacific Northwest has 10 National Drive Electric Week 2015 Events Scheduled

Posted 08-27-2015 in News by Christopher

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has proclaimed September 12th - 20th to be "Drive Electric Week". As part of NDEW 2015, the Pacific Northwest is taking part with 10 events across Oregon and Washington. From Seattle to Spokane and Portland to Lincoln City, EV enthusiasts are gathering throughout the region.

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LEDs Save Energy and Money

Posted 08-27-2015 in Articles by Christopher

Most drivers of electric vehicles are aware of the financial rewards of energy efficiency. Save energy, save money. This is the first in a series of articles about home energy efficiency strategies that, when used in conjunction with electric vehicles and solar, can dramatically reduce your energy use and increase your monthly savings. The effects can be synergistic. For example, lower total energy use means a potentially smaller investment in solar to meet your monthly power budget, or avoiding a panel upgrade if you have an older house and are near the total capacity of the panel when you install your EV charge station.

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Four Texas Cities Host National Drive Electric Week Events In 2015

Posted 08-27-2015 in News by Christopher

Four cities across Texas will be hosting events to comemorate National Drive Electric Week 2015 including Dallas, San Antonio, Houston and Katy. The Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Clean Cities Coalition and North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) are excited to host the 2015 area event. This year’s DFW event will be held on Saturday, September 19th, from 10 AM to 2 PM in section 2C (between Neiman Marcus Last Call and Saks Off 5th) of the Grapevine Mills Mall parking lot, 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy., Grapevine, TX 76051.

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

Posted 08-27-2015 in Articles by Christopher

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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North Carolina Rolls Out The Red Carpet for 9 National Drive Electric Week Events

Posted 08-27-2015 in News by Christopher

North Carolina has 9 events happening throughout the week to celebrate National Drive Electric Week. From big crowds in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville to the campus of North Carolina Univeristy-Pembroke to the bustling city of Charotte, organzers have been working hard to promote NDEW 2015.

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Porsche 918 Spyder: Million Dollar Kinetic Sculpture

Posted 08-27-2015 in Articles by Christopher

We'll leave the discussion of the rationale of driving a near million dollar race car on city streets to another day. But before we examine the vehicle’s technical merits, let's consider the motivation for building it. I asked Dr. Frank Walliser, the director of the Porsche 918 Spyder project, that question as we stood in front of the vehicle at the LA Auto Show in November 2013. Why did Porsche build this car? His answer was remarkably candid: "Because we had to show that sports cars will exist in the future." As we discussed the increasingly stringent European and US emission and fuel consumption regulations the extent of the challenge became more clear. Porsche saw an existential threat in the new standards: would it be possible to deliver the performance car experience within the new fuel consumption and emissions requirements?

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Greater Los Angeles area hosts seven National Drive Electric Week events

Posted 08-27-2015 in News by Christopher

With more than 100 electric vehicles pre-registered to be on display and with 1000s of enthusiasts expected to attend, the Los Angeles National Drive Electric Week 2015 event is promising to be one of the largest gatherings of electric vehicles in the nation again this year. The free event is on Sunday, September 13, 2015 between 11 AM and 3 PM. The event will be held at the Exposition Park on the South Lawn behind the Natural History Museum, Bill Robertson Lane between Expo Blvd. and MLK, Los Angeles, CA 90037. Test drive the latest plug-in vehicles from Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Fiat, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, and Volkswagen. Besides the test drives, this event will be the West Coast debut of the 200-mile all-electric Chevy Bolt Concept Car.

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Electrification a Pillar of Future Transportation: Chevy unveils 200 mile EV Bolt, 50+350 mile Volt

Posted 08-27-2015 in Articles by Christopher

General Motors' CEO Mary Barra strode on stage at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and made a series of bold statements about the company’s commitment to electric transportation which had the crowd, media and Internet buzzing. "Chevrolet believes electrification is a pillar of future transportation and needs to be affordable for a wider segment of customers." The message was reinforced by the reveal of the Bolt concept car – Chevrolet’s 200 mile all-electric-range EV, from inside a pillar-like cylinder lit up like a plasma lamp - or dare we say - Tesla coil.

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National Drive Electric Week 2015 Lands in the Heart of The Badger State

Posted 08-27-2015 in News by Christopher

Madison and Waukesha, Wisconsin will see National Drive Electric Week events occur on Saturday, September 19, 2015. First, there is a gathering of electric vehicles planned for out in front of the State Capital. Organizers have more than 20 vehicles registered to attend. With a month left until the event, they are hoping to draw many more. Already-registered vehicles include multiple Nissan Leafs, BMW i3s, Chevy Volts and Tesla Model S. Other registered vehicles also include a Zero Motorcycle, a Flux EM1 moped and many more cars.

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