Archive for February, 2010

02.28.2010 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
Gas Prices More Volatile Than Electricity Rates

“In the Driver’s Seat” brings you news and commentary from Plug In America’s board and staff. We’re considering creating a guest blog as well, which would feature posts by a selection of Plug In America’s most active volunteers. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting some samples of the

02.24.2010 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
Revenge of the NiMH Batteries?

Nearly all the talk about batteries for electric cars has focused on lithium-ion batteries in recent years, but the battery champions of the last generation of electric vehicles — nickel-metal hydride batteries (NiMH) — may be poised for a bit of a comeback. That’s the suggestion in Paul Weissler’s excellent

02.24.2010 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
BMW will build electric cars in Leipzig

It’s been crystal clear for some months that BMW would be making more EVs after getting nothing but high praise for its little 500 car MINI E experiment. Not so much for the logistical foul ups in their haste to deploy the fleet in time for valuable CARB credits, but

02.22.2010 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
Wall Street Journal Schooling Its Readers

The journalistic bastion of the business world is spreading confidence about the new era of plug-in electric vehicles through a quiz for its readers. While I could quibble with a few of their questions and assumptions, this quiz is nothing but good news. Sure, they confuse electric vehicles with plug-in

02.18.2010 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
Zan and Paul test the Mitsubishi iMiEV

Last Friday, Chelsea Sexton dropped off the cute little Mitsubishi iMiEV (pronounced I-meev) test car. She and her husband, Bob, had been driving it for a week, and now it was our turn. This version is a right-hand drive built for the Japanese market. Driving from the right side of

02.16.2010 - by Zan Dubin-Scott
The Princess(es) and the EV

The last time I blogged on these pages, my blog caused enough negative reaction that I was told to add a disclaimer unless I was certain that my views reflected those of every Plug In America board member. Well, let me just say this: Disclaimer! This blog consists of my

02.15.2010 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
Learn About EVs at the Press of a Button

My partner is in rapture with his new iTouch. The other day he suddenly discovered links to learn Korean, or pick up yoga poses, all for free. “Oh look,” he declared, “they have all the Nicholas Stern lectures.” “Wow, how about living off the grid.” His curiosity began to crescendo.

02.11.2010 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
Keep On Truckin’

Plug In America board members Paul Scott, Mike Kane and I recently had the privilege of meeting with Balwinder Samra, CEO and founder of Balqon Corporation at the company’s headquarters in Harbor City, California. Balqon Corp was founded in 2005 when AQMD and the Port of LA partnered to fund

02.11.2010 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
An EV Driver’s Favorite App

I’m a relatively new iPhone user, but I think I’ve already found my favorite app of all time — the EV Charger Finder app. Jeff Lander, who drives an electric BMW Mini, created this free app utilizing the best database of EV charging locations that exists — Tom Dowling’s evchargernews.com.

02.07.2010 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
Coda EV Hits the Streets of San Francisco

Coda Automotive brought its all-electric sedan for show-and-tell and test rides at the San Francisco Electric Vehicle Association (SFEVA) meeting on February 6. Plug In America’s Sherry Boschert, Marc Geller, and Jeanne Trombly were there to check it out. If you’ve been following the electric vehicle (EV) space for awhile,