Five years ago, President Barack Obama announced a national goal to have one million electric vehicles (EVs) on the road by 2015. Although we know now that the goal was too ambitious, the United States is making some progress in alternative vehicle market. Based on sales through the end of August 2016 the United States…Read More
Consumers in California have led the way with owning electric vehicles (EV). More than half of the EVs in the United States are registered in the state and increases are expected. California Gov. Jerry Brown has stated a goal of increasing the number of EVs on the road to 1.5 million by 2025. With aggressive…Read More
As driverless cars are getting closer to becoming a reality, The Wall Street Journal‘s Theo Francis asks a reasonable question: How will auto insurance companies charge their customers for coverage? The answer: they don’t know, but they are warning their investors it might really pose a threat to their business models. One California-based auto insurance…Read More
This year’s Detroit Auto Show, the auto industry’s biggest annual event, showcased a significant emphasis on hybrid and electric vehicles (EV). Nearly every major auto manufacturer had a hybrid or EV model that was featured at the event held in early January 2015. Chevy unveiled the Bolt concept EV car that will be on the…Read More
States are increasing and incentivizing the installation of electric vehicle charging stations, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration. Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), battery electric vehicles (EVs), and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), all require regular battery charges to sustain use. PEVs need to be charged every 60-200 miles. Only 174,000 of the 226 million registered…Read More
Georgia ranked 4th in the nation in electric vehicle (EV) registrations last year. Government incentives had a lot to do with that, with buyers eligible for a $5,000 state tax credit on top of a $7,500 federal credit. Now the state legislature is considering eliminating the state credit. A second proposed legislative change would allow…Read More
The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) requirement was enacted last year by the Obama Administration, which mandates that all new vehicles must average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. This means that the fuel efficiency of cars and light trucks will nearly double in a pretty short amount of time. Achieving this requirement will require considerable numbers of alternative fuel vehicles on the road. Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) are slowly emerging as a viable alternative to gas-powered vehicles, however, there are currently barriers that are in the way of wide-scale deployment.
According to a report by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), the challenges facing PEV deployment can be separated into three categories; vehicle appeal, charging build-out and finance, and impacts on the electrical grid and transportation funds. Here is a quick synopsis of each barrier.Read More
Tesla Motors is ambitiously attempting to make electric vehicles (EV) as practical as gas-powered vehicles. As Don Soifer wrote about previously, Tesla opened a network of “supercharging” stations late last year that are capable of charging the battery of an EV, specifically the Tesla Model S, halfway in approximately 30 minutes. In May, Tesla Motors announced that it had cut the charging time down to just 20 minutes. Now Tesla Motors is saying that soon the time to FULLY charge an EV battery will take just 5 minutes – placing it on par with the time it takes to fill up a tank of gas in a regular car.
There are a few challenges with charging a battery so rapidly including overheating the battery. Tesla has been able to curtail this issue by designing and building all of the key components itself – creating a special set of systems including the chargers, electronics for monitoring the battery pack, and a cooling system – all of which are built specifically for
Tesla Motors EVs.
Another challenge is improving the interface of the electrical grid. Currently, some locations on the grid can only handle 120 kilowatts of charging. Tesla plans to equipRead More
Wondering how much money can be saved on fuel by switching to an electric vehicle? The Department of Energy’s (DOE) new eGallon calculator can provide the answer. DOE estimates that it costs three times less to drive an electric vehicle than a similar vehicle that runs on gasoline, if the owner has a place to charge the battery.
The eGallon calculator takes the average miles-per-gallon figure of a vehicle and then compares the cost of driving an electric vehicle the same distance. The current U.S. average for gasoline is $3.05 per gallon and $1.04 for an eGallon, a significant difference.
A drop down menu on the eGallon website compares the costs on a state-by-state basis since electricity and gasoline prices vary regionally. One of the lowest eGallon states currently is North Dakota, at $.03 per eGallon as opposed to $3.04 for gasoline. TheRead More