DC fast chargers went into service this week at four locations on the Illinois Tollway. The new charging stations, which can fill up an EV in under 30 minutes, are located at 7-Eleven stores at Tollway Oasis highway rest stops. The new towers of power were funded by the Chicago-Area EV Infrastructure Project, which… Read more »
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The charger, called the Terra Smart Connect, is a lower-priced option aimed at fleet operators, parking lots, rental companies, car dealerships and shopping malls.
Indiana-based EV start-up Bright Automotive will cease operations this week after failing to secure a federal loan to finance the production costs of its Idea plug-in hybrid delivery van. The Idea, which Bright unveiled back in 2009, is a purpose-built PHEV aimed at commercial and government fleets. GM had invested $5 million in Bright. Bright’s… Read more »
Johnson Controls has made a couple of potentially major advances in EV battery technology, which it will be displaying at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. A Ford Transit Connect Electric van powered by a Johnson Controls lithium-ion battery will be available for test drives. Johnson’s new prismatic storage cells are designed to require less installation… Read more »
The yearly Edison Awards recognize new inventions and developments in a wide range of categories. Several EV-related products are finalists this year, including the Fisker Karma, the Ford Focus Electric, and Ecotality’s Blink Level 2 charger. Winners will be announced April 26. KLD Energy Technologies has a new electric motor system that was named as… Read more »
A fleet of auto industry experts took a look in their crystal balls, and discussed their findings at the Automotive Megatrends conference in Dearborn, Michigan
Another bundle of bad news for EV startup Fisker Automotive hit the wire on Monday, as the company announced that it has put Project Nina on hold, and laid off 66 workers.
The electric 5-door hatchback is part of a study that also includes Google and Stanford University, and will provide Honda with real-world feedback on the new EV’s performance.
Rust never sleeps, we’ve heard, and neither do insurance companies when they sense a pot of “gold” ripe for “harvest” (sorry, that was the best we could do). Unigard Insurance is suing a company founded by Neil Young in connection with a 2010 fire that damaged his one-of-a-kind Lincvolt hybrid electric conversion, the Silicon Valley Mercury… Read more »
The original model, which has a range of up to 150 miles, has a MSRP of $39,900. The new 31-kWh battery option has a range of up to 125 miles and a MSRP of $37,250.