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500,000 Plug-In Cars and National Drive Electric Week
09.08.2016 - by MK Campbell
500,000 Plug-In Cars and National Drive Electric Week

A few years ago, it would have been a pipe dream to imagine that there would be 500,000 plug-in cars on the streets of the United States—and more than a million worldwide. But we are now poised to cross this big threshold in the coming week. (If you are a

Electric Cars and the Grid
08.12.2016 - by John U’Ren
Electric Cars and the Grid

Left: Guest Blogger Andy Silber with his wife, Catherine, and her dog, Montse, at Mount Si outside Seattle, WA One of the things that we hear as owners of electric vehicles (EVs) is that we’re just causing more coal and gas to be burned. Is this a fair complaint today

Better
08.05.2016 - by Joel Levin
Better

I have just returned from the EV Roadmap Conference in Portland, now in its 9th year. There was one word that I heard there, over and over, from a variety of speakers and I have been thinking about it quite a bit since then. The word is better. The real

National Drive Electric Week On Track To Break Records
07.15.2016 - by Joel Levin
National Drive Electric Week On Track To Break Records

The organizers behind the sixth annual National Drive Electric Week – Plug in America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association – announced new details for the annual event designed to accelerate the national adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (EV). Through test drives, parades, news conferences and announcements of

An Autumn to Remember
07.06.2016 - by Joel Levin
An Autumn to Remember

The electric vehicle world will be taking some big steps forward this autumn. Four new vehicles are expected out from manufacturers near the end of the year that each push the envelope in some interesting ways and fill market niches that are still barren. So if your lease is expiring

Workplace Charging Webinar Recording
07.05.2016 - by MK Campbell
Workplace Charging Webinar Recording

On June 27, webinar attendees joined Plug in America and the State of Massachusetts in promoting the Commonwealth’s efforts to accelerate adoption of electric vehicles by focusing on the benefits to employers and their workers in providing charging spaces and how to create a viable program. Webinar Agenda: Massachusetts Drive

EV Excellence Awards at the California State Science Fair
05.27.2016 - by MK Campbell
EV Excellence Awards at the California State Science Fair

This year at the annual California State Science Fair one of our directors, Jay Friendland, judged 940 projects and awarded a total of four students with the Plug In America EV Excellence Award. These students won because of their projects’ innovation and relevance to Electric Vehicle (EV) technology. The first

Scientific American Misses the Mark on Electric Vehicles
05.25.2016 - by Joel Levin
Scientific American Misses the Mark on Electric Vehicles

Last month, David Biello wrote an article in Scientific American entitled “Electric Cars Are Not Necessarily Clean.” Biello found that electric vehicles (EVs) “are only as good as the electricity that charges them” and concluded that their environmental benefit is modest at best. Unfortunately, he entirely missed the true beauty

Ten Things I Discovered When I Got an Electric Car
05.06.2016 - by Joel Levin
Ten Things I Discovered When I Got an Electric Car

1. Merging onto the highway can be the best part of the trip. The ability of an electric motor to give maximum torque from low speeds completely changes the experience of zipping onto a fast-moving highway. This is one EV secret that no one talks about. 2. Everyone is curious

The Electric Car Goes Big
04.06.2016 - by Joel Levin
The Electric Car Goes Big

This past week was unprecedented in the history of the automobile. Tesla Motors began accepting orders on the Model 3. In three days, they took some 300,000 reservations for the car, each with a $1,000 deposit. If they all come through, that equates to over $10 billion in sales–in three