Archive for March, 2010

03.31.2010 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
State incentives scattered across the country

The public often has the general impression that Plug In America is California-centric. Given our history and our headquarters, this is only natural. However, EV interest is thriving across the United States. We’re doing our best to support this. Plug In America members and supporters bode from small rural towns

03.31.2010 - by Paul Scott
Nissan Turns Over a New LEAF

Did I only imagine the hush that fell over the EV world today after Nissan’s all-electric LEAF hatchback pricing announcement? I fantasized that the very tree leaves– recognizing an automotive kindred spirit– stopped rustling in the spring breeze at the long-awaited news. Before incentives the Nissan LEAF — will cost

03.25.2010 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
Millions of Eager EV Buyers

In a random, nationwide survey of 1,752 U.S. adults, 26% said they’re likely to consider buying a plug-in electric car the next time they’re buying a new vehicle, according to ConsumerReports.org. That’s tremendously impressive, considering that only one highway-capable electric vehicle (EV) is on the market today, the pricey Tesla

03.25.2010 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
Nah . . . That’s Not a Tesla . . .

If there’s a better idea zapping through the universal ethers than electrification of commercial fleet vans, I don’t know what it might be. Delivery vehicles — whether USPS vans or commercial delivery vans — often meander down the same limited-range, precise path day-after-day. The benefits of commercial van electrification to

03.19.2010 - by Marc Geller
Fast charger comes to Voltageville: Envisioning the Future

In 2001 I began driving an electric car, obtaining the last of the ZEV mandate-required EVs. As I got turned on to the benefits and technological readiness of electric cars, the writing was on the wall and EVs began to disappear from California’s roads. I got enthused just as the

03.17.2010 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
Media Watchdog Just Licking Its Balls

There’s a lot of money being thrown around in the direction of electric vehicles these days, and where there’s money, there are scammers and quick-buck manipulators. One of the jobs of journalists is to protect us by checking out information before passing it on. Last week, much of the media

03.15.2010 - by Richard Kelly
Maintenance and Repair of Plug-In Vehicles

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thelastminute/ / CC BY 2.0 Julia Perry asked us on Facebook about maintenance and repairs of electric cars: “I want to know more about how these cars will be supported from a maintenance/repairs perspective (at least, that’s what my husband keeps nagging me about). Thanks.” Julia, by “these cars”, I

03.12.2010 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
Up the Creek Without a Paddle — or a Plug?

We’ve been hearing a lot about range anxiety lately. Plug In America addresses that persistent, pulse-accelerating concern in its Top 12 Plug-in Electric Vehicle Myths. In fact, range anxiety is listed as numero uno: MYTH # 1: EVs don’t have enough range. You’ll be stranded when you run out of

03.09.2010 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
Driving Without Crutches

This is the second in our short series of potential guest bloggers (if Plug In America’starts a guest blog in addition to “In the Driver’s Seat”). Chad Schwitters of Seattle describes the mental conversions that happen when one starts driving on electricity. As profiled in “Charged Up & Ready To

03.03.2010 - by Mary Kathryn Campbell
Empowerment

A few weeks ago while cleaning out some hideously cluttered household drawers, I happened upon an old greeting card that my daughter Robin gave me years ago when she was a little girl. What really struck me about this long-forgotten card, though, was the card’s Hallmark message: “If You Empower