There are only a few plug-in electric vehicles on the market, but more are on the way. Meanwhile, there are already dozen of chargers out there, also known as Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE). Sure, the EV manufacturer recommends a certain brand. But there are so many to choose from, and others that claim to be compatible with your brand of (more…)
There are clear signs that electric vehicles are becoming affordable to mainstream car buyers.
At the end of May, Honda announced a new lower price for all-electric Fit EV, which now has a lease price of $259 a month—reduced from $389 per month. It’s a sweet deal. There is no down payment, unlimited mileage, free routine maintenance, collision coverage and even a (more…)
First planking. Then the Harlem Shake. And now today’s teenagers are engaged in a new high-tech craze that’s sweeping the country: converting cars to run on electricity and batteries.
Many of the latest EV building projects operate in high school engineering programs. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, students in the electric car program at Kennedy (more…)
Sometime in the past week, the 100,000th plug-in electric car was sold in the U.S. That means it’s only a matter of time before a vibrant market for electric cars begins to emerge. Already, we can see a few dozen used EVs on eBay Motors—so it’s a great time to evaluate what’s on sale for the electric car shopper. (more…)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week issued a fuel economy rating of 119 MPGe to the Chevrolet Spark EV, making it one of the most efficient cars in the United States. The all-electric subcompact goes on sale this summer in California and Oregon. The news begs this question: What is that little “e” doing at the end of MPGe? (more…)
According to Pike Research, almost 200,000 plug-in electric cars and trucks equipped with vehicle-to-building (V2B) technology will be sold through 2020. The company said that from 2012 to 2020, investment in that space will total $279 million.
That’s a lot of money. V2B and its vehicle-to-grid (V2G) cousin (more…)
Those of us old enough to remember can recall the day when cars sold in the U.S. – even new cars — didn’t require seat belts. And the debate here was fierce; public safety advocates had their reports detailing how many lives would be saved each year, but the auto industry insisted that such legislation would ruin the industry: it would increase the cost of cars to an (more…)
A plastic material is any of a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic organic solids that are moldable. Plastics are typically organic polymers of high molecular mass, but they often contain other substances. How about mostly sulfur? A new chemical process can transform waste sulfur into a lightweight plastic that may improve batteries for (more…)