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  • Auto sales: Plug-in electric sales nearly double in 2013

    01/18/2014 1:10:27 PM PST · by ckilmer · 52 replies
    csmonitor ^ | January 3, 2014 | John Voelcker,
    More plug-in electric cars were sold in the US than ever before in their third year of sales. The 2013 total of roughly 90,000 electric vehicles didn't quite double the 2012 total of about 53,000,  but the numbers seem likely to grow again this year.
  • Nissan Integrity at Stake in Leaf Owners' Battery Test

    09/18/2012 1:11:20 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | September 18, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    In what looks like an attempt to avoid a potentially costly and disastrous recall of its taxpayer-funded electric vehicles, Nissan has dismissed the concerns of its Leaf customers in Arizona and other hot states by claiming the apparent loss of battery capacity is “normal.” Owners of the company’s dismal selling plug-in have banded together to collectively test their vehicles and see just how “normal” their loss of “bars” on their power indicators are. Over the weekend twelve Leaf owners – led by EV advocate and Leaf owner Tony Williams – were to conduct an extended range test in Phoenix,...
  • EVs could collapse the grid, PJM warns east coast

    06/05/2012 8:03:21 AM PDT · by bigbob · 26 replies
    Smart Grid News ^ | 6/5/12 | Unattrib
    A forum hosted by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to explore potential impacts of alternative fuel vehicles on critical infrastructure heard a good news, bad news scenario from the CEO of the PJM Interconnection, the regional grid operator. PJM CEO Terry Boston told the forum that with smart grid controls in place and re-charging properly synchronized between midnight and 7 a.m., the electric distribution system could accommodate 25 million EVs, according to coverage of the forum in the Philadelphia Inquirer. But without those controls, the scenario will look a lot different, Boston warned. "If all of those came home at...
  • Chevy Volt, Perfect Car for the One Percent, Suspends Production

    04/19/2012 12:26:19 PM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 43 replies
    http://finance.townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2012 | John Ransom
    General Motors reached another Obama milestone when they announced late on a Friday afternoon that they were suspending production of the Obama-inspired Chevy Volt for five weeks due to lack of demand. Presumably the Volt was an attempt by GM to help Obama with his pledge to put 1 million electric cars on the road in return for the tens of billions of dollars in forgivable “loans” that the company got from the Obama administration from the TARP bailout. The hybrid gas-electric vehicle gets 25 miles on a full, overnight charge and costs around $40,000. To date, GM has sold...
  • 10 Reasons Why Fisker May Be Worse Than Solyndra

    03/15/2012 10:36:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | March 15, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    Automotive and green technology advocacy Web sites areabuzz with a story about a former employee of Fisker Automotive who claims the company released its $102,000-plus Karma electric sport sedan prematurely, in order to meet targets set forth by the Department of Energy so Fisker could access funds from a $529 million loan award. This followed reports from all over the Internet that Consumer Reports purchased a Karma in Connecticut for $107,850, only to see it totally disabled before the magazine could run it through its tests. The whistleblower story originated on the pro-Clean tech Web site Gigaom.com, and was...
  • Frito-Lay/PepsiCo Cashes in On Electric Truck Subsidies

    12/08/2011 11:22:56 AM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | Devember 8, 2011 | Paul Chesser
    Last week Frito-Lay, the $12 billion snack foods division of PepsiCo, boasted it would add 10 all-electric delivery trucks in Orlando, Fla. , as part of its plan to deploy 176 such vehicles in the U.S. and Canada by the end of year. As is custom with corporate announcements that proclaim their eco-accomplishments, so as to pacify persistent climate alarmists , Frito-Lay said the vehicles would emit “zero” pollutants from tailpipes and release 75 percent fewer greenhouse gases than diesel. The ETs (electric trucks) can allegedly run 100 miles on a single charge, and Frito-Lay says the groundbreaking new...
  • Obama EV Goal Does Little to Lessen Oil Consumption

    11/30/2011 10:39:02 AM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | November 30, 2011 | Mark Modica
    Many articles written over the past year have questioned if President Obama will be able to reach his goal of having a million electric vehicles on US roads in 2015. A more important fact has been overlooked. That is, even if we get a million EVs on the roads in four years, we will have done practically nothing to reduce oil consumption in America. To be more specific, we will reduce consumption by approximately 0.15%. Is it worth the billions of taxpayer dollars spent producing controversial vehicles like the Chevy Volt in order to lessen foreign oil dependence four...
  • Ghosn: Nissan Business Plan Now Based on Government Subsidies (Green energy & EV's)

    10/25/2011 2:32:29 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | October 25, 2011 | Paul Chesser
    While sales of the Chevy Volt languish, the maker of the all-electric and better-selling (but not great-selling) Nissan Leaf maintains that his company’s fortunes and that of his alternative vehicle have a promising future – with two big “ifs.” Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn told Reuters he expects 2012 sales to surpass this year, barring “economic 'armageddon'” and “ a 'Lehman-style' crisis.” According to Ghosn, “the highest level of uncertainty is Europe,” but he is confident “that 2012 will be another record year for the car industry no matter what Europe does." But anyone paying attention to the debt crisis...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Chevy Spark EV To Be Made in Korea

    10/14/2011 9:24:38 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 1+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | October 14, 2011 | Mark Modica
    After enduring years of Chevy Volt hype, we now get a new "new best thing" from General Motors in the form of an electric version of the Chevy Spark. And I have it on good authority that the Spark will be made in Korea. The media seems to be pretty excited about the prospects for yet another green vehicle entry from Government Motors, despite the fact that the Volt did not exactly live up to the hype. Well, fool media once, shame on GM; fool media twice, shame on media. What is the motivation behind GM producing yet another...
  • BMW North America CEO: Electric vehicles "won't work for most people"

    04/26/2011 12:13:47 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 48 replies
    Autoblog Green ^ | 04/25/2011 | Eric Loveday
    BMW North America chairman and chief executive officer, Jim O'Donnell, told the Detroit News that he's "far more optimistic" about diesel vehicles boosting the automaker's U.S. market share than electric vehicles (EVs) and added that the U.S. government should cancel its $7,500 tax credit for electrified autos: "I believe in a free economy. I think we should abolish all tax credits. What they are doing is putting a bet on technology, which is not appropriate. As a taxpayer, I am not sure this is the right way to go." But that's not all that O'Donnell had to say. The CEO...
  • Greenest cars: natural gas Honda Civic GX, Nissan Leaf electric and, just barely, Chevrolet Volt

    02/15/2011 10:05:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies · 1+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | 2/15/11 | Tiffany Hsu
    For a list of the greenest 2011 model-year vehicles, there sure are a lot of traditional gasoline engines among the top 12 cars ranked by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The council's 14th annual ratings of the most eco-friendly cars on the market include internal combustion models such as the Smart Fortwo, the Ford Fiesta and the Hyundai Elantra. (Snip) The battery manufacturing and disposal processes -– which can be emissions-laden and toxic -– were also factored into the calculations and knocked electricity-dependent vehicles down a few rungs.
  • US Auto Dealers Resist White House Plan For Plug-In Tax Credits

    01/27/2011 11:57:13 AM PST · by Skeez · 19 replies
    FOX Business ^ | 01/27/2011 | Josh Mitchell
    WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- U.S. auto dealers are resisting a White House proposal that would require them to temporarily cover federal tax credits for consumers who purchase plug-in electric cars. The government currently offers tax credits of up to $7,500 for the purchase of electric vehicles. Consumers claim the credit on their tax returns. The White House proposed this week allowing consumers to receive the rebate at the dealership, with dealers temporarily covering the credit and being reimbursed later by the federal government. The change would lift sales of plug-ins, the White House said. The National Automobile Dealers Association, a trade...
  • Big City Liberals Are Flunking Out of the Electoral College

    08/07/2010 11:45:18 PM PDT · by ak267 · 5 replies · 1+ views
    What is it about the founding fathers that the left finds so offensive? The founders put great thought into the structure of our republic, so why reject the wisdom behind the Electoral College? Are population centers trying bypass the Electoral College and crowd out smaller states? Stephen Green, Scott Ott and Bill Whittle discuss the U.S. Constitution on this edition of Trifecta.
  • The Detroit Electric

    04/26/2009 4:04:16 AM PDT · by NavVet · 99 replies · 1,853+ views
    Detroit Electric ^ | 26 April 09 | Detroit Electric
    Good news fellow conservative EV enthusiasts. This venerable American company that was a leading auto maker about 100 years ago has reinvented itself. New models are being designed by European Engineers and are being built in India, so that they can be in a showroom near you soon. Just curious, global warming BS aside, how many Freepers would pay 23K (112 mile range) or 33K (300 mile range) for an all electric sedan with a range of 150-300 miles if it cost between $2.00 and $4.00 worth of electricity to achieve that range. (charging time would vary depending on type...
  • Tesla Model S Electric Car

    03/27/2009 2:28:12 PM PDT · by NavVet · 67 replies · 2,002+ views
    Tesla Motors ^ | 27 Mar 09 | Tesla Motors
    With a 300-mile range and 45-minute QuickCharge, the $49,900 Model S can carry five adults and two children in quiet comfort – and you can charge it from any outlet, without ever stopping for gas. World’s first mass-produced electric vehicle offers performance, efficiency and unrivaled utility, making it the only car you’ll ever need.
  • BYD Launches China's First Electric Car For Nearly $22,000

    12/15/2008 5:40:24 PM PST · by CE2949BB · 13 replies · 904+ views
    AHN ^ | December 15, 2008 | AHN Staff
    Shenzhen, China (AHN) - China's BYD Co., which is 10 percent owned by U.S. investor Warren Buffett, said Monday that it has launched the world's first homegrown electric, mass-produced plug-in hybrid car.
  • New Michelin tech puts power to the wheels

    12/04/2008 7:04:04 PM PST · by Flavius · 26 replies · 3,014+ views
    cnet ^ | 12/1/08 | na
    Issues with battery tech aside, electric motors allow for the creation of much simpler vehicles, without the need for exhausts, cooling systems, or complex lubrication schemes. The next logical step for electric vehicles is to move the electric motors into the wheel hubs themselves, replacing driveshafts, transmissions, and differentials with much lighter wires and switches. The primary problem with this configuration is the huge jump in unsprung weight that comes with mounting heavy electric motors inside of the wheels. Michelin Tires thinks it may be a step closer to solving this problem with its Active Wheel technology, unveiled at the...
  • Chrysler: Half of all cars electric by 2020

    09/30/2008 10:35:32 AM PDT · by shove_it · 27 replies · 493+ views
    autobloggreen ^ | 9/29/2008 | Jeremy Korzeniewski
    We've taken a good look at each of the three electric vehicle concepts that Chrysler took the wraps off of last week, plus one extra for good measure. For various reasons, none of these vehicles really seems quite ready for prime time - one is based on a Lotus sportscar chassis, two require huge battery packs and the last is limited to 25 miles per hour. Tough bring those to market. Still, Chrysler says it plans to launch one of them by 2010 in the U.S. with European delivery scheduled a bit later. We'll see. If that does happen, Chrysler's...
  • Chrysler Unveils Fleet of Electric Vehicles

    09/23/2008 8:35:34 AM PDT · by Scutter · 59 replies · 1,665+ views
    CNBC ^ | 9/23/2008 | CNBC
    video here.
  • Trust Driving 4 Percent McCain Lead in Buckeye State [OHIO]

    09/15/2008 12:03:47 AM PDT · by tomymind · 5 replies · 161+ views
    marketwatch.com ^ | Sept. 15, 2008
    Suffolk University Poll Shows Ohioans Identify with Palin BOSTON, Sept 15, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- With just 51 days remaining in the 2008 Presidential campaign, the Republican ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin holds a 4-point lead in the key state of Ohio, according to a poll released today by Suffolk University. McCain-Palin led the Democratic ticket of Barack Obama-Joe Biden 46 percent to 42 percent. More respondents identify with Sarah Palin than with the other candidates. Asked which of the four candidates is "most like you," 31 percent said Palin, followed by Obama (22 percent), McCain (21...
  • Updated 411 Obama vs. McCain Electoral Map Preview 09.09.08

    09/09/2008 1:39:17 AM PDT · by tomymind · 73 replies · 647+ views
    411mania ^ | 09.09.08
    How do things look now? Obama - 273, McCain - 265 So where does the race stand now? We've seen a lot happen in the past 30 days. Obama picked Joe Biden as his VP, we got a pretty successful Democratic convention, McCain picked Sarah Palin as his VP, and we got a pretty successful Republican convention. The end result of everything, at this point, seems to be a slight boost for McCain nationally. However, all polling done in swing states since the end of the conventions indicates that the race remains basically the same. I'm also going to go...
  • Mercedes Plans Electric Car by 2010

    06/21/2008 7:21:54 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 40 replies · 327+ views
    Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ^ | June 22, 2008 | Henning Peitsmeier, Susanne Preuß und Holger Steltzner
    General Motors will den Chevrolet Volt schon 2010 für rund 30.000 Dollar auf den Markt bringen. Was wird ein Steckdosen-Smart kosten? General Motors intends to market the Chevrolet Volt as early as 2010 for around $30,000. How much will a plug-in Smart cost? Wir planen für das Jahr 2010 einen Elektro-Smart und für dasselbe Jahr auch ein Mercedes-Modell. Über den Preis ist noch nicht endgültig entschieden. Das hängt davon ab, ob wir die Autos mit den Batterien verkaufen oder ob die Batterien geleast werden. We are planning an Electro-Smart for the year 2010, and for the same year also a...
  • Stark Joins in $10 Million Round For Peoria, Ill.-Based Firefly Energy

    12/05/2006 1:30:30 PM PST · by Red Badger · 3 replies · 437+ views
    www.midwestbusiness.com ^ | 11/13/2006 | ADAM FENDELMAN
    PEORIA, Ill. – Batteries have a very simple job: to work and to last. Just as today’s computer processor is nearing its theoretical limit, experts say current widespread battery technology is also approaching its ceiling. That imminent reality has motivated a wide array of companies to develop advancements that travel down various lines of thinking. Beyond lithium-ion power, some believe fuel cells are the future while others swear by a more hybrid approach. Others, like a small firm in Peoria, Ill. with 26 employees, are taking roads less traveled. Firefly Energy is going the route of developing new technology based...
  • Vote for Edwards instead of Kerry shocks Minnesota Electors

    12/14/2004 9:31:06 AM PST · by jimthewiz · 126 replies · 9,064+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 12/14/04 | Dane Smith
    Voting irregularities were few in Minnesota this year -- until it really counted. Defeated Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry likely is going to get one less electoral vote nationally than he should have -- 251 instead of 252 -- because of an apparent mistake Monday by one of Minnesota's 10 DFL electors. One of the 10 handwritten ballots cast for president carried the name of vice presidential candidate John Edwards (actually spelled "Ewards" on the ballot) rather than Kerry. "I was shocked ... this will go in the history books," said Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer, who presided over a...
  • Bush Wins, Again (LA Slimes editorial)

    12/13/2004 2:01:47 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 41 replies · 1,777+ views
    LA Times ^ | December 13, 2004
    And you thought you were done with the 2004 election. Today the electoral college formally meets to reelect George W. Bush as president. Barring any last-minute surprises, the vote should be 286 for Bush, 252 for John Kerry. This ratification will elicit yawns instead of the outrage it did in 2000, when the electoral college went for the loser of the popular vote. But don't think 2000 was such an anomaly. The country barely dodged a bullet this time around. Had 59,388 Ohioans switched from Bush to Kerry, 2004 would have repeated the acidic result of the electoral college winner...
  • Electoral College Today(Vanity)

    10/28/2004 6:15:40 PM PDT · by MichelleWSC · 60 replies · 1,521+ views
    Vanity | 10/28/04 | MichelleWSC
    While I was playing around with the EV map plugging in various states this is what I came up with as I see it today. Bush States = TX(34), LA(9), OK(7), AR(6), MS(6), AL(9), GA(15), SC(8), NC(15), TN(11), KS(6), NE(5), SD(3), ND(3), MT(3), WY(3), MO(11), ID(11), KY(8), VA(13), WV(5), AK(3), AZ(10), CO(9), UT(5), NV(5), ID(4), NM(5), FL(27) Total = 259 Kerry States = CA(54), OR(7), WA(11), NY(31), VT(3), ME(3), RI(4), MA(12), CT(7), DE(3), MD(10), DC(3), IL(21), Total = 171 Remaining States = HI(4), MN(10), WI(10), IA(7), MI(17), OH(20), PA(21), NJ(15) NH(4) Bush has roughly 259 EV's and needs 12 which...
  • Maine Could Split Its Electoral Vote

    10/12/2004 11:41:19 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 53 replies · 1,711+ views
    Newsday ^ | October 12, 2004 | David Sharp
    PORTLAND, Maine -- People who live here say there are two different Maines -- the liberal, populous and wealthy southern coast and the conservative, sparsely populated and poorer north. Those different Maines could split its four electoral votes by awarding one candidate three votes and the other candidate the one remaining. That lone electoral vote could determine the election: in 2000, George W. Bush defeated Al Gore 271-266, barely collecting the 270 electoral votes required for victory. Under state law, Maine awards two electoral votes to the statewide winner and one apiece to the winner in each of its congressional...
  • UNEMPLOYMENT and the BUSH v GORE MAP ANALYSIS

    11/24/2003 12:10:19 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 17 replies · 404+ views
    Interesting map of Unemployment in last week's Time magazine. Looks like unemployment may not be much of an issue in PA, IA, MN (states lost by Bush), but could be in other areas. Feel free to comment: