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Critics: $2.4 Billion in Electric Car Grants Were Biased

By Brad Berman ·
August 07, 2009


The Department of Energy showed bias toward large well-capitalized companies when choosing recipients of $2.4 billion in grants to support electric-drive vehicles and batteries, according to critics of the DOE program. It left small more needy start-up companies—with innovative and promising new technologies—in the cold.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 05, 2009

Obama Invests $2.4 Billion in Plug-in Cars and Batteries


The Obama administration announced today $2.4 billion in grants to car companies and battery-makers, setting the course for US manufacturers to build next-generation auto batteries for hybrid and plug-in cars. The spending is the US government’s bet on battery-powered vehicles—an attempt to overcome the challenges of creating small, lightweight, reliable and affordable rechargeable hybrid and electric car batteries, as well as the infrastructure to allow drivers to bypass gas stations and charge their cars from the electric grid.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 03, 2009

Blogosphere Responds to Nissan’s Electric Car


No longer an amorphous concept, Nissan’s electric car can now be stacked up against other hybrids and plug-in cars for its look and feel, features, and likely cost. The reviews from the blogosphere—usually an irreverent crowd—were mixed.

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By Brad Berman ·
August 01, 2009

First Photos and Video of All-Electric Nissan Leaf

After months of anticipation, Nissan today unveiled the Nissan Leaf, a medium-size all-electric hatchback that seats five adults and has a range of 100 miles. Check out first photos and video.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 29, 2009

Confusion Over MPG Ratings for Electric Cars


What will fuel-economy numbers look like on the window stickers of electric vehicles coming to the US market next year? Trying to find the answer could short-circuit your brain.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 23, 2009

Mini Electric Car Drivers: BMW “Botched” Program


As we reported last month, BMW has encountered several problems with its program to evaluate the all-electric Mini E with real-world drivers. The program continues to stumble, as drivers and activists accuse BMW of establishing the program merely to meet regulations, while delivering a sub-standard product. Meanwhile, BMW is planning to deliver the City—its first production electric car—in 2011.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 21, 2009

Canada Takes Lead on Electric Vehicle Policy

In recent weeks, the city of Vancouver and the province of Ontario have taken two bold steps toward the electrification of Canadian automobiles. Though neither law will ensure the success of plug-in cars in Canada, they show a genuine determination on the part of a coalition of city planners, lawmakers, businesses, and green car activists to lead the world in electric vehicle adoption. So far, at least from a policy standpoint, they're getting results.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 14, 2009

Study Reveals Myths about EV Recharging Infrastructure

In the auto industry’s struggle to re-invent itself as innovative, high-tech, and environmentally friendly, car companies have fixed on the idea of plug-in hybrids and electric cars as a solution. What hasn’t been worked out is the fundamental question of how and where a million plug-in vehicles will find juice for their cars. Pike Research, a renewable energy research and consulting firm, identified a number of critical myths about how electric car charging will unfold by 2015.

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Car-Share Companies Plug In

By Brad Berman ·
July 08, 2009

Zipcar, the world's largest car-sharing service, announced yesterday that it will bring an all-electric vehicle "pod" to central London. Two weeks ago, AltCar began offering the Maya 300, a small neighborhood electric vehicle, for loan in Baltimore's Inner Harbor district. Several companies are currently testing the durability and profitability of offering plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles in their fleets.

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Plug-in Hybrid Fever Spreads, Despite Cost

By Brad Berman ·
July 07, 2009

Hyundai Blue-Will Plug-in Hybrid

Mostly everyone agrees that the next big leap in hybrids—the capacity to plug-in to the grid and run mostly on electricity—will be expensive. But that’s not stopping major automakers from pushing forward with plug-in hybrids.

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New to EVs? Start here

  1. Seven Things To Know About Buying a Plug-In Car
    A few simple tips before you visit the dealership.
  2. Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars
    Take advantage of credits and rebates to reduce EV costs.
  3. Buying Your First Home EV Charger
    You'll want a home charger. Here's how to buy the right one.