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Who Killed the Urban Electric Car?

July 15, 2015 by Matt Conway

EV Infrastructure

Electric vehicles offer one of the most promising options for improving the livability of urban environments. The benefits of switching to electrics in densely populated areas include improved air quality, reduced engine fluid run-off pollution and less risk of ground water contamination from petroleum storage.[read more]

Renewable Microgrid Charging Networks will Provide Clean Power for Electric Vehicles

April 29, 2015 by Arnaud Henin

Microgrids and Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles are gaining traction in markets. Most car manufacturers now offer electric vehicles and the charging infrastructure is rapidly being constructed and installed. Electric vehicles and the broader trend of electrification of transport only makes sense in areas where the power sector has been de-carbonized.[read more]

Can EV Chargers Earn Enough Money on Grid Services to Give Them Away for Free?

April 22, 2015 by Jeff St. John

EV Chargers and Infrastructure Expansion

Plugged-in electric vehicles could overload neighborhood transformers and drive up peak demand on already-stressed grids. Or, they could wield their influence in ways that brings the grid into better balance than it is today. So say companies trying to develop technology and business models around EV charging.[read more]

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]

Public Policy, Private Investment Needed to Keep EV Market Growing in 2015

January 13, 2015 by Nick Nigro

EV Policy and Investment in 2015

Sales of electric vehicles (EVs) were up 25 percent last year, and automakers are looking to boost sales further in 2015 with new and updated models. Growth in the EV market will require smart public and private strategies to expand charging infrastructure so motorists don’t have to worry about running out of juice.[read more]

Electric Vehicles: CPUC Says California Utilities Can Own Charging Infrastructure

January 12, 2015 by Chris King

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Ownership

The shift toward electric vehicles is rolling forward in California among consumers, and regulators are weighing in. Just before Christmas, the California PUC overturned previous policy and issued a new decision allowing the state's utilities to participate in providing electric vehicle charging infrastructure.[read more]

Several States are Adding or Increasing Incentives for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

December 14, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

EV Charging Station State Support

During the past few years, several models of plug-in electric vehicles, including battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, have been introduced in the light-duty vehicle market, but are limited in driving range. Charging infrastructure is crucial to the success of these kinds of vehicles.[read more]

Clean Energy Banks Could Foster Private Investment in Charging Stations

December 8, 2014 by Matt Frades

The electric vehicle market got good news this fall with the announcement that dozens of non-profits, schools, and utilities are purchasing electric fleets and installing workplace charging stations. The challenge is to encourage more fleet operators, and the general public, to adopt EVs on a similar scale.[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]

Will Nissan's Free EV Charging Rival Tesla's Supercharger Network?

July 18, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

If you drive a Nissan Leaf, you already don’t have to worry about paying for gas, which is hovering near $4 per gallon in much of the United States. Now, you don’t have to worry about paying for the electrons that fuel your car when you’re out on the road either.[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]

Combining Electric Cars with Smart Grid Technology

June 2, 2013 by Joseph Romm

charging infrastructure

Electric cars are one of the key pieces of the renewable energy economy of the future, but so far, there hasn’t been much investigation into how smart grid technology could help with electric car charging infrastructure.[read more]