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The Economics of EV Charging Stations

March 17, 2015 by Maximilian Auffhammer

EV Infrastructure Economics

I live in Silicon Valley, and here EVs and Plug-in hybrids are everywhere. As the minority academic economist in this crowd, I'm always on the lookout for sources of inefficiency and how to get rid of them. The most sobering realization I had after purchasing my shiny new ride is the dearth of charging stations.[read more]

Open Standards Needed to Facilitate EV Charging and Demand Response

March 10, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Open Standards for Infrastructure


Greenlots is a global EV charging and network management company. Greenlots is a leading advocate for open standards in EV charging and their SKY Smart Charging platform is the only enterprise management solution that enables demand response to help utilities manage power loads on the grid.[read more]

Public Push can Spur Private Investment in EV Charging

March 9, 2015 by Nick Nigro

EV Charging Support

For electric vehicles (EVs) to hit the mainstream and make a meaningful contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, they’ll need a robust public charging infrastructure that lets drivers go where they take gasoline-powered cars now.[read more]

EV's Plus Solar Equals Disruption

March 9, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence

Prior to Tesla, when we thought of electric vehicles (EV’s) it often conjured up images of Jetson flying cars or funky looking contraptions that were really glorified golf carts. They were anomalies that might have made you smile when someone drove past. That is not the case anymore.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On Utilities' Role in the EV Charging Market

March 1, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Utilities and EV Charging

Power utilities are starting to get into the EV charging business. Utilities are motivated to make electric cars viable and in doing so shore up demand for the power they sell. But growth of EVs has been hampered by a lack of charging infrastructure.[read more]

California Utilities Likely to Be Back in the EV Charging Business

November 20, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Three years ago, the state of California banned utilities from becoming investors in public EV charging, saying they represented an unfair competitive threat to independent parties in a still-nascent market. But now the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has proposed lifting that ban.[read more]

Firsthand Lessons on Public Charging for EVs

October 8, 2014 by Nick Nigro

EV Charging Experience

Washington, D.C., is well-situated for day trips with mountains, forests, beach and bay all a short drive away. On a recent weekend, I was lucky enough to tool around in style. BMW lent me their new electric car – the i3 – and asked that I race it around the DC metro region.[read more]

Tesla Trumps Toyota 3: Why Electric Vehicles Are Beating Hydrogen Cars Today

August 27, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Tesla and Toyota

While electric vehicles have experienced a marketplace renaissance in the last decade, hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles have not. Multiple models of EVs (like the Tesla and Nissan Leaf) and plug-in EVs (like the Chevy Volt) are selling in this country and around the world, but there are no commercial consumer FCVs yet.[read more]

The Great Electric Company Growth Opportunity

July 24, 2014 by Elias Hinckley

Utilities and Growth Choices

Energy use in the United States can be split into two large (very, very large) pies. One is electricity for use in homes, buildings, and industry, and the other is transportation, which is powered primarily by liquid fuels (gasoline and diesel) from oil.[read more]

5 Non-Tesla EV Stories: BMW, Motiv, Proterra, Harley-Davidson, Boston Power

July 5, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Electric Vehicle Diversity Growth

Tesla is the marque in many automaker's sights. And since Tesla's plan is to build a lithium-ion battery factory bigger than the world's current lithium-ion production capacity -- the company is also one of the potential big players in the race to distributed storage and battery-based grid support services.[read more]

Tesla's Elon Musk Declares 'All Our Patent Are Belong to You'

June 20, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Tesla Patent Release

In a recent blog post entitled, "All Our Patent Are Belong to You," Tesla CEO Elon Musk tore down the patent wall. Musk emphasized that the liberation of the patents will help Tesla in recruiting the best technical talent despite "some wide-eyed looks" from people on the board and management team.[read more]

Charge Ahead Initiative Passes Another Key Vote

May 2, 2014 by Max Baumhefner

California Energy Legislation

The Charge Ahead California Initiative aims to deploy, at a minimum, one million electric cars, trucks, and buses in the state within the next ten years, and to ensure that all Californians benefit from the increasing electrification of the transportation sector.[read more]

A Year with a Leaf

March 30, 2014 by Lou Grinzo

At breakfast this morning, my wife reminded me that we picked up our Nissan Leaf exactly one year ago. Since I was looking for time to write a summary of our first year in electric vehicle-land, this anniversary looks like as good an excuse as any.[read more]

Are Ford and SunPower About to Make the Grid Irrelevant for EV Charging?

January 4, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

EV Charging

A couple months ago, we asked if electric vehicle services could help an automaker like Ford disrupt the relationship between electric utilities and their customers. The answer, according to Mike Tinskey, director of Ford's global electrification division, was probably not.[read more]

Will Electric Cars Help or Hinder Climate Action?

January 1, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson

Electric Cars

One of the nice things about not blogging over the holiday period has been the chance to catch up on other blogs. Llyod Atler’s December pieces in particular have been fascinating, including an invitation to discuss the question ‘Are electric cars going to make it harder to fix our cities?‘[read more]