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Nissan’s $3,500 LEAF rebate gets local utilities involved in increasing EV awareness

If you pay an electric bill (and who doesn’t?), keep your eyes open for a message from your local utility announcing that you can take advantage of a $3,500 rebate on a Nissan LEAF. Nissan has been partnering with various utilities around the US to offer customers a special rebate. The rebate comes from Nissan,… Read more »

Existing Tesla Superchargers are now cranking out more power

As charging technology improves, power levels are going up, and charging times are coming down. As usual, Tesla is at the forefront of this trend (for now). The company recently launched the next-generation Supercharger V3, which is capable of charging at rates up to 250 kW. Tesla also announced plans to increase the power levels… Read more »

Electrify America opens California’s first 350 kW charging station

Electrify America is building a nationwide fast charging network that will be ready for the next generation of EVs, supporting charging speeds of up to 350 kW. So far, only the upcoming Audi e-tron can take advantage of this level of power, but EA isn’t waiting around – it has opened a charging station at… Read more »

Rivian reveals impressive electric pickup truck and SUV

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, pickup trucks are popular – they made up 16% of US auto sales in 2017 (per Trucks.com). If EVs are to move into the mainstream, somebody needs to produce a mass-market pickup. Startups Workhorse, Havelaar and Bollinger have pickups in the pipeline; Tesla has been talking; and Ford finally feels… Read more »

Envision Solar earns European patent for EV ARC portable solar charging station

San Diego-based Envision Solar has announced that the European Patent Office has approved a patent for the company’s EV ARC product line. Envision recently announced the issuance of a Chinese patent for its EV ARC product and a US patent for its Transformer ARC product. The company’s EV-Standard and UAV ARC are in advanced stages… Read more »

Audi and Umicore test closed-loop process for recycling EV batteries

Audi and Umicore, a materials technology and recycling group, have successfully tested a closed-loop approach for recycling components of high-voltage batteries. The companies’ research has shown that 95 percent of raw materials contained in batteries – including cobalt, nickel, and copper – can be recovered and reused for new products. In a closed-loop recycling approach,… Read more »

As EPA moves to water down fuel economy standards, GM tries to change the subject

The Trump administration is determined to roll back US fuel economy standards, but for now at least, it will have to go through a complex legally mandated process, including a period of public comments, a customary formality that ended last week. Also last week, GM issued a press release in which it made no comment… Read more »

Regenerative braking: A closer look at the methods and limits of regen

All motors are generators, the old saying goes, with the caveat that few types are equally good at both modes of operation, and some are downright awful as generators (a classic example being the single-phase shaded pole induction type, used in myriad small appliances the world over). Fortunately, both types of AC motor commonly used… Read more »

County of San Diego to deploy Envision’s grid-independent solar charging station

The latest customer for San Diego-based Envision Solar’s solar-powered, grid-independent charging stations is right in the company’s back yard. The County of San Diego plans to deploy an EV ARC charger at its Department of General Services to serve its electrified fleet vehicles. The EV ARC fits inside a parking space without reducing available parking,… Read more »