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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.

What are the best selling points for mass-produced EVs today?

We have now entered the age of "mass-produced" electric vehicles, with nearly 1.3 million EVs sold globally in 2017, an increase of 57 percent over 2016 EV sales. What innovations determine this growth, and which benchmarks are important to consumers?

Vancouver hosts 2018 International Auto Show through April 1

Vancouver - The 2018 Vancouver International Auto Show roared into town on Wednesday - with over 400 new vehicles and some of the most exciting, fastest and flashiest cars in the Show’s 98-year history,

U.S. move to EVs will aid in fixing climate policies

According to Climate Action Tracker, America's climate policies as outlined in the Paris international climate Agreement are rated as “critically insufficient."

Ford Motors to boost investment in electric and hybrid cars

Speaking at the Detroit Auto Show on Sunday, Executive chairman Bill Ford announced the auto giant plans to invest $11 billion in bringing 24 plug-in hybrids and 16 fully electric vehicles to market by 2022.

The Chevy Bolt is completely crushing the Tesla Model 3

Chevy sold over 3,000 Bolts in December. Tesla will likely sell fewer Model 3's than that for the entire fourth quarter. If the sales trend continues, Chevy could be selling 5,000 Bolts per month by mid-to-late 2018.

We're nowhere close to an electric vehicle infrastructure plan

As Hurricane Irma barreled toward Florida in September, Governor Rick Scott told residents “you need to go right now," setting in motion an evacuation of 3.0 million people, leaving gas stations empty. But what if all those cars had been electric?

Global electric car sales surge to record in 3rd quarter

In the third quarter of 2017 electric vehicle (EV) sales soared 63 percent higher than the same period last year setting a record. The uptick was mainly fueled by rising demand in China.

Global oil demand only to decline slowly despite more EVs

Paris - In a new report the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) says that the demand for oil will decline only modestly in spite of the increasing use of electric vehicles (EVs) over the next two decades.

Tesla tells Model 3 reservation holders delivery dates delayed

Tesla reservation holders say their delivery window to receive the Model 3 has been pushed back by one month. Tesla has struggled to mass produce the highly-anticipated vehicle, citing issues with two production lines at its Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada.

Study shows electric cars emit 50 percent less GHG than diesel

A new study has calculated the total lifecycle emissions of an electric car, including its manufacture, battery manufacture, and all of its energy consumption, to show electric vehicles emit 50 percent less greenhouse gasses than diesel vehicles.

Dead lithium batteries from EVs create a problem for China

Shanghai - A Shanghai recycling plant will be faced with recycling piles of dead lithium ion batteries after spending years dismantling old television sets and computers. The dead batteries result from China's emphasis on introducing more electric vehicles (EVs).

Electric car maker Tesla to build a plant in China

Shanghai - Tesla is reported to have made an arrangement with the Shanghai city government to build a manufacturing plant in the free-trade zone of the city.

Shell to buy leading electric vehicle charging provider NewMotion

Amsterdam - One of the world's largest fossil fuel companies, Royal Dutch Shell, has signed an agreement to purchase Amsterdam, Netherlands-based NewMotion, one of Europe's largest electric vehicle charging providers.

Volkswagen to invest $1.7 billion in electric truck technology

VW’s trucks chief Andreas Renschler, speaking on the sidelines of a company event in Hamburg on Wednesday said Volkswagen will invest 1.4 billion euros ($1.7 billion) in new technologies including electric trucks and buses by 2022.

Toshiba announces new SCIB battery with ultra-rapid recharging

Toshiba engineers have cracked the Holy Grail of electric vehicle batteries by creating a Li-ion battery variation that just might deliver on not only a long range of travel but a really short recharge time.

GM and Ford announce major electric vehicle plans

With China moving to ban gasoline-powered vehicles in the near future and California planning to do the same, automakers in the United States and worldwide are scrambling to embrace electric vehicles.

Vacuum maker Dyson announces plans for its own electric car

London - British vacuum cleaner maker Dyson's announced that it is working on what it calls a “premium” electric car that will go on sale in 202. Dyson's car may be the very nightmare the automotive industry has been fearing.

Op-Ed: Electric car production needs clean electricity production

While electric cars are good for the environment in that they do not have polluting exhaust as do gasoline and diesel vehicles, they nevertheless can have negative effects on the environment.

Producers struggling to keep up with demand for lithium

As the demand for lithium for storage batteries increases, it has created pressures on the lithium mining and processing sector. No one was prepared for the demand as electric car sales went from near zero a decade ago to over half-a-million last year.
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