Archive for December, 2009

12.30.2009 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
Tailpipes or Smokestacks?

Since the holiday season is, after all, a mythical time in its own right, Plug In America decided to address plug-in vehicle mythology and publish its own “Top 12 Plug-in Electric Vehicle Myths” just in time to celebrate Christmas and ring in the New Year. See the complete list of

12.29.2009 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
2009: The Top 10 EV-related Developments

Oh, what a year it’s been for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs)! I can hardly wait to see what 2010 has in store. But first, in the tradition of end-of-year countdowns, here are my picks for the top 10 developments — good or bad — in pluggable transportation

12.23.2009 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
Going Postal

Today as my postal carrier’s rumbling old van heaved to a stop and planted itself in front of my mailbox while delivering Christmas card cheer, I could not help but imagine how much more pleasant it might be for me, the mailman and the air if that same van were

12.22.2009 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
The most EV-friendly companies

Dell headquarters in Round Rock, Tex. recently completed installation of 130 kW of solar panels in its parking lot that will generate clean power while shading roughly 50 parking spaces, JetsonGreen reported recently. They also installed two Coulumb charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles. Dell is the latest to join

12.19.2009 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
Lean Green Farming Machines

It looks like a kilowatt-driven farming revolution may be poised to take off. From Australia to America, a few innovative farmers are realizing the benefits of plugging into power. According to Autoblog Green, an Australian farmer named Michael Inwood has chosen to power his 200 horsepower truck to plant crops

12.19.2009 - by Marc Geller
Flawed PHEV report has legs

There has never been a shortage of stories in the press denigrating plug-in electric cars. Why? Because people naturally, logically believe electric cars are a good idea. Special interests who preferred to maintain the internal combustion status quo (read oil and auto companies) have long needed to plant seeds of

12.16.2009 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
Whole Foods Nickels Add Up

The San Francisco Whole Foods Market on California Street has made a substantial donation to Plug In America of nearly $1000. We can’thank the forward-thinking company and its customers, who bring in their own shopping bags. Instead of getting 5¢ back through the Whole Foods Bag Refund program, customers can

12.15.2009 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
Real. Real dumb. And, really?

The plug-in electric vehicle announcements are flying fast and frequently. As always, it’s an educated guessing game to figure out which will make it to the finish line — and when. Here’s a potpourri of interesting news, rated in order from “real” to “wish I knew”. One of the few

12.11.2009 - by Marc Geller
Yet another CARB ZEV meeting

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) met on Thursday to discuss the Zero Emission Vehicle regulation and the revisions staff was tasked with exploring for 2015 and beyond. Plug In America President Dan Davids offered testimony applauding CARB’s achievements, but faulted the agency for skewed priorities and reliance on unreliable

12.10.2009 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
Coping with Climate Change in Copenhagen

Are they really? Coping with climate change in Copenhagen? I’m not convinced that attempting to assuage greenhouse-gas guilt with carbon offsets is an effective way to stop parboiling the planet. The term “carbon offsets” does roll off the tongue in a proactively positive way. What’s not to like? Signing on