Archive for January, 2010

01.26.2010 - by Marc Geller
Wired blogger takes on Nissan LEAF

Darryl Siry blogs over at Wired’s Autopia. He’s pretty plugged in, having worked at Tesla and consulted for CODA. He’s a bit surprised, as are all of us, that Nissan has emerged as the first big automaker to manufacture a mass-produced electric car. In his recent post, “In Race to

01.26.2010 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
Plug ’em in! (Your earbuds, that is)

It’s winter. You’re on the treadmill or the stationary bicycle at the gym, listening to your iPod or other portable digital device. Or you’re washing the dishes after dinner, ear buds feeding you the latest sounds of — what? It could be Plug In America’s podcast, with our mellifluous host,

01.22.2010 - by Marc Geller
More EVs, Faster Charging

It’s official, the Cadillac Converj is to be the second extended-range electric vehicle after the Volt. I may be most interested affordable electric cars, but this makes sense to me. I only wish GM had the smarts back in the day to have rebranded the EV1 as a Caddy and

01.20.2010 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
Finally, a Big Enviro Gets Charged Up

Environment America today released a new report, Plug-in Cars: Powering America Toward a Cleaner Future that I encourage you to download (it’s free), read, and let others know about. What a joy to read, on so many levels. The report gets it right, using the terminology that Plug In America

01.20.2010 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
Tesla Transformed the World

Although he had to contend with plenty of “static” in the 19th and early part of the 20th Century, inventor Nikola Tesla is now lauded as the historical hero who, in the 1880’s, plugged the world into alternating current (AC). Tesla by trade was a technically and mystically astute electrical

01.19.2010 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
Talking to Texans?

What do Texans know about electric cars? Quite a bit it turns out. I spent Friday and Saturday in Austin at their Climate Protection Conference and Expo. Fellow Plug In America board member, Marc Geller, and I set up our booth and spent two days talking non-stop to Texans about

01.12.2010 - by Marc Geller
News from Detroit

BMW has recognized that they simply teed up GM and Nissan to benefit from the MINI E experience. Today they announced officially that MINI E “pioneers” will be able to extend their leases until 2011. At that point the ActiveE, an electric Series 1 Beemer, is projected to be available,

01.12.2010 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
Two flavors of Volts — PHEV and EV

Plug In America leaders (and probably lots of other EV afficionados) have been suggesting to GM for quite some time now that they should make an all-electric version of their upcoming Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid (or, as they like to call it, their extended-range electric vehicle). Apparently, they were listening!

01.05.2010 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
A party year for plug-in vehicles in 2010

I was going to blog this week about some 2010 resolutions for an EV-friendly world, but we’re already four days into the year, so forget that. Instead, let’s party! We’ve got some good reasons to celebrate. This is the year that mass-production plug-in vehicles finally return to the market. In