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Electric vehicle adoption leads to better air quality

The main argument in favour of electric vehicles comes from the need to reduce our emissions to reduce the impact of climate change. But a new study presents evidence that EV adoption also improves air quality.

Utilities need to invest in more grid capacity to meet EV surge

Increasing demand for electric vehicles in the U.S. over the next decade will create revenue opportunities for electric utilities that invest in greater grid capacity and offer EV charging and related services, according to a study released on Tuesday.

Honda cutting production of Accords as buyers shift to SUVs

Marysville - Honda is slowing the production of Accord and Civic cars and is temporarily stopping the second shift at its Marysville, Ohio assembly plant in August in order to retool for hybrids and battery-electric cars.

U.S. electric car registrations double over the course of a year

The U.S. has seen considerable growth with electric car registrations, with the number of vehicles being registered growing two-fold between 2017 and 2018. The majority of these registrations were concentrated in the state of California.

U.S. plans to launch a nationwide EV supply chain strategy

Washington - U.S. government officials plan to meet with executives from automakers and lithium miners in early May as part of a first-of-its-kind effort to launch a national electric vehicle supply chain strategy.

Colorado launches pilot program to install smart chargers for EVs

Boulder - Colorado is working to learn more about how electric cars (EVs) can aid it in moving towards a renewable energy grid. The non-profit Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) announced last month that it is joining forces with eMotorWerks.

Honda prepares for all electric fleet launch in Europe

The future, for Honda, is electric. The car manufacturer has announced its intention to have a fully-electrified lineup available across the European Union by 2025.

Getting a glimpse of the future at Geneva International Auto Show

Geneva - Car-makers are hoping to give consumers a glimpse of the future at this year's Geneva International Motor Show as they roll out new electric cars and try to re-energize an industry facing serious challenges on several fronts.

The world's most successful EV model may surprise you

The most popular electric vehicle in the world today is not made in the U.S. or China. Even though China’s BYD and Tesla continue to vie for top dog in sales, it is Japan's Nissan Leaf, which is the most popular electric vehicle of all time

U.S. postal service tests electric trucks in California

The U.S. Postal Service has announced it is to add seven more electric delivery trucks to its already established fleet in Fresno and Stockton, California. This is to address environmental concerns with air quality.

EVs will be successful when automakers can call them profitable

Major automakers are still dependent on the profits made from high-margin conventional cars, even as they change their focus to electric vehicles. The big question surrounding the success of EVs for automakers is when will they become profitable?

Global car makers intend to spend up to $300 billion on EVs

Global car manufacturers are planning to invest huge sums to develop and obtain batteries and build electric vehicles (EVs) over the next five to ten years.

General Motors hits 200,000 EV sales in fourth quarter

General Motors hit 200,000 total electric vehicles sold in the United States by the end of 2018, reaching a threshold that triggers a phase-out of a $7,500 federal tax credit over the next 15 months.

A look back at the top electric vehicle news of 2018

As we reach the end of 2018, there has been an increased focus on global climate change, while electric vehicle manufacturers have been developing policies and EV targets that will be in line with tighter fuel emissions standards across the globe.

World’s largest lithium deposit secured for Germany

The demand for batteries shows no sign of decreasing as the rise in electronic devices, and with electric mobility options in particular, continues. To create batteries quantities of lithium are required, and Germany has secured a large supply.

Volkswagen may use U.S. Ford plants to build electric vehicles

Washington D.c. - U.S. auto manufacturer Ford is talking with Volkswagen in Washington, DC about the German auto maker possibly using Ford plants to make electric vehicles and sharing its platform with Ford in the U.S.

Key drivers for electric vehicles in 2019

Electric vehicles are set to grow considerably in 2019. Casting an eye into the new future, design company ByteSnap have put forward a set of reasons why electric vehicles and associated technologies are set to grow.

EV manufacturers provide location data to Chinese government

The Chinese government is collecting precise location data in relation to each electric vehicle driven in the country. Perhaps no surprise given the extent of state surveillance. What is surprising is that vehicle manufacturers provide the data.

Increasing lithium-ion battery power with nano-sponge

The use of a nano-porous silicon material has enabled researchers to boost the power of lithium-ion batteries by around 50 percent. This is through improving the uptake of lithium ions within the battery.

Senate bill could give electric vehicle tax credit a big boost

Washington - Tesla Inc and General Motors, which have lobbied Congress to lift a cap on electric vehicles eligible for a $7,500 tax credit, could get their way for up to four years under a new proposal from a Republican senator.

Electric cars and floods — not like peas and carrots

After Hurricane Florence dumped more than two feet of rain in parts of North Carolina people may be wondering what happens to electric cars (EV) in floods and afterwards. This is of particular concern to EV owners.

Report looks at not so environmentally-friendly impacts of EVs

Sales of electric vehicles around the world rose by 54 percent in 2017, taking global stock across the three-million threshold. And as EV sales continue to rise, you may be surprised to learn there are economic and environmental consequences to consider.

Tesla looking to build Gigafactory in Germany or the Netherlands

Palo Alto - It should not come as a surprise to anyone, but Tesla is getting serious about where in Europe it will put Gigafactory #4, according to the Wall Street Journal on Monday.

Wood Mackenzie: Global peak oil demand expected in 2036

London - As petroleum companies continue to flood the global market, a new study by oil industry consultancy Wood Mackenzie predicts that the demand for oil will start to decline as early as 2036, when autonomous cars become more popular.

Ontario shuts down EV rebates leaving Tesla owners owing $14,000

Toronto - Some Tesla customers say they now have to fork over an extra $14,000 for their new Model 3 electric cars because of Ontario's sudden decision to end an incentive program for electric and hydrogen vehicles.

GM increases Chevy Bolt EV production 20 percent to meet demand

Lake Orion - The Chevy Bolt EV has proven to be more popular than expected in the U.S., Canada, and South Korea - so much so that General Motors will increase production of the electric car by 20 percent in response to higher-than-expected demand.

Big Oil and utilities square off for piece of EV charging dollars

The world's automakers are ready to release more than a dozen new hybrid or all-electric cars by the end of 2020, and oil companies, who have for years sold gas to fuel cars are now moving into the EV sector — but so are traditional utility companies.

How electric vehicles are charged in China affects air quality

Beijing - Researchers from Harvard University and Tsinghua University in Beijing found that private electric vehicles in China can have a positive effect on CO2 reduction if owners can be incentivized to slowly charge vehicles during off-peak hours.

Intelligent solutions for the power grid of the future

Keila - The expansion of electric cars is set to place greater strain on power grids. In order to deal with the demand, smart solutions are required to control power grid supplies. Researcher have been looking at options.

Tesla batteries may retain 90+ percent charge after 160,000 miles

According to data gathered by a Tesla owners' group in Netherlands and Belgium, Tesla batteries retain more than 90 percent of their charging power even after 160,000 miles.
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