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US administration proposes to weaken vehicle air pollution standards

As expected, the US administration released a proposal that would freeze rules requiring automakers to build cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars, and that would also challenge the right of states to set their own, more stringent pollution standards. The new proposal, jointly published by the EPA and the Transportation Department, would revoke the existing federal standard,… Read more »

2019 Jaguar I-PACE: An apex brand pounces on the electric crossover scene

Believe it or not, we may have a BEV SUV turf war on our hands. Many of the major automakers have announced plans to produce all-electric crossovers, including Mercedes, Volvo, Hyundai, Kia and Volkswagen – not to mention the onslaught startups like SF Motors, Faraday Future, Byton and Rivian. The all-electric Audi e-tron SUV is… Read more »

Nine-state coalition releases updated ZEV action plan

The Multi-State ZEV Task Force, which coordinates the ZEV regulations of nine Northeast and West Coast states, has released a new ZEV Action Plan for 2018-2021. The current “ZEV states” are California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and recent entrant New Jersey. (Colorado’s governor just signed an executive order committing the… Read more »

Hawaiian Electric Companies release Electrification of Transportation Strategic Roadmap

The Hawaiian Electric Companies have released an Electrification of Transportation Strategic Roadmap, which forecasts that by 2045, most personal vehicles in Hawai’i will be powered by electricity generated from renewable sources. Hawaiʽi already has the second highest rate of EV adoption in the US. According to the plan, replacing fossil fuels with electricity for transportation… Read more »

California car shoppers can now be preapproved for EV rebates

California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) is launching Rebate Now, a preapproved rebate program designed to make it easier and faster for California residents to lease or purchase EVs. The program will debut in San Diego and, if successful, will be applied statewide. Car shoppers can apply online and use Rebate Now at participating dealerships… Read more »

EV Safe Charge installation service connects the dots for EV buyers

Buying an EV can be a relatively simple task for those who have bought a vehicle in the past. Too often however, what goes unnoticed is the complexities involved in EV charger installations. Whether it is choosing the right manufacturer, finding a reliable electrician, or understanding compatibility and safety, installation for both businesses and consumers… Read more »

A redesigned Nissan LEAF arrives in 2018, joining the new generation of plug-ins

When some future author writes a book about the most influential cars in automotive history, the Nissan LEAF will be right up there with the Model T, the VW Beetle and the Tesla Model S. The LEAF was the first EV aimed at the mass market, and as of this writing, it remains the best-selling… Read more »

eMotorWerks partners with Autochargers to manufacture co-branded chargers in Canada

Charger manufacturer eMotorWerks (recently acquired by the Enel Group) has announced a partnership with Autochargers.ca to deliver co-branded EV charging solutions throughout Canada. eMotorWerks products will be available through the Autochargers.ca web store and the company’s reseller partners, which include electrical contractors and car dealerships. The eMotorWerks charging ecosystem includes JuiceBox charging hardware and the… Read more »

ABB to deliver 117 more fast charging stations for German highways

Global electronics giant ABB has received an order from energy supplier EnBW for 117 rapid charging columns to be deployed at Tank & Rast service stations on German highways. EnBW ordered 68 stations from ABB last year. The fast charging stations, which are now being installed, have a charging capacity of 50 kW and feature… Read more »

Drive Electric Northern Colorado successfully boosts EV adoption

The Electrification Coalition (EC) has released a case study documenting the nation’s first EV accelerator community: Drive Electric Northern Colorado (DENC). The EC first described its accelerator community concept in its 2009 Electrification Roadmap. The idea is to leverage public-private partnerships to drive widespread EV deployment. DENC was launched in 2013 in the Colorado cities… Read more »