Posts Tagged ‘Electric cars’

Ford’s Focus EV to be Unveiled at Consumer Electronics Show


This weekend, I am heading to Detroit, Michigan to attend the biggest, most discussed car show in the United States, the North American International Auto Show.  I am fortunate to be one of the green bloggers selected to cover the event.  Ford Motor Company is paying for my travel and accommodations at the 2-day Driving [...]

Will 2011 Be the Year of the Electric Car?


One of the hottest topics around the dinner table this Christmas (at least at my house) was the question of, “will 2011 be the year of the electric car?” My father has been involved in developing the infrastructure, working with auto manufacturers and just getting the work out to the general public, via op eds [...]

Electrifying Times: Electric Car Magazine Published in Bend, Oregon


While 2010 may be the biggest year for the electric vehicle since…. well…. ever, one man in Bend, Oregon has pinned high hopes on the alternative means of transportation for nearly a decade.  Bruce Meland has been publishing Electrifying Times, an electric car magazine, internationally (right here from Central Oregon) since 1992! Seems that there [...]

Electric Cars, Auto Insurance & Your Home


A standard wall outlet may now allow the average citizen to save a few hundred dollars a year. With the wave of electric cars soon to be hitting the market ‘en-masse’, people are preparing their homes to power these automobiles.  The question begs, do you have the right equipment in your house? Depending on the [...]

Nissan Leaf to Get 99 MPG?


There’s been some hooplah in the news recently about the projections for the new Nissan Leaf.  The electric vehicle, which will go on sale next month in 5 states in the U.S., is claimed to be able to get 99 MPG (miles per gallon) per the manufacturer’s website. The battery-powered electric car might not be [...]

Chevy Volt Commercials


After all the hype and hoopla, its time for the rubber to meet the road.  Quite literally. The 2011 Chevy Volt is officially on the market in several regions of the United States. Several new Chevy Volt commercials are inspiring consumers to go for the electric car, and hoping to dissuade naysayers from negative preconceptions: [...]

Japanese Anxious About Electric Cars


I read the other day in the New York Times that the Japanese are anxious about electric cars. Why would that be, I wondered? Turns out that Japan is one of the world’s largest auto parts suppliers.  And, with the advent of electric cars, many vehicle components that would be in demand with gasoline cars [...]

Can Electric Cars Go Mainstream?


The next 12 months will be a big test for electric cars.  After years of hype, several prominent auto manufacturers are finally releasing new electric vehicle models for sale to the general public.  The Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf are just two of several new EVs that you’ll soon see driving along streets and highway. [...]

50 Years of OPEC is Enough


You might not have realized that OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) celebrated its 50th anniversary last week.   Did we hold a big celebration?  Not so much! Back in 1960, the oil cartel was created among member nations that still control the vast amount of global oil reserves: Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.  [...]

Is Your City “Plug-Worthy”?


As auto manufacturers prepare to roll out electric vehicles starting this fall, there is a kind of match-making dance going on.  Before General Motors, Nissan and Ford decide the markets in which to introduce their EVs, they have to decide whether your city is “plug-worthy.”  Its sort of the, “if you build it, they will [...]

Getting a Charge Out of Electric Vehicles

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Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski is getting a charge out of electric vehicles!  Last week, Kulongoski helped promote a new charging station that is designed to look like a gasoline pump in Portland, Oregon. Is that what its going to take to convert drivers to electric cars? Designed by Japanese electronics maker NEC, the new EV [...]

Eco-Friendly Charging of Electric Vehicles


You might have heard a lot about electric cars this year, especially with the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf hitting the market.  But how much of a benefit to the environment are EVs?  After all, isn’t most electricity from fossil fuels? Fortunately, eco-friendly charging of electric vehicles is possible and practicable!  The U.S. is actually [...]

Nation’s First Electric Vehicle Engineering Graduate Program Offered Fall 2010

Nation’s First Electric Vehicle Engineering Graduate Program Offered Fall 2010

If you’re in the market for a green job, there are a number of specialty programs in which you can enroll to get a step up in the renewable energy world.  The courses and subjects being offered generally match real-world demand.  Which is why its so exciting to hear that the nation’s first electric vehicle [...]

GM Gets Consumers Charged Up for the Chevy Volt

GM Gets Consumers Charged Up for the Chevy Volt

Quick – which figure in the picture above is a model? If you answered the sleek, silver Chevy Volt (shown to the right), you’d be right!  I had to take a closer look at the much anticipated electric car while attending the Earth Day Climate Rally in Washington, D.C. last weekend.  Even my sports-car loving [...]

Time to “Think” About Electric Cars

Time to “Think” About Electric Cars

All-electric and plug-in electric hybrid cars are crossing the threshold from far-fetched and futuristic, to a realistic and practical alternative to fuel-based vehicles. Quite literally, its time to think about electric cars! Norway-based company, “Think” has recently announced that it will manufacture its highway-capable electric vehicle (EV) at a facility in Elkhart, Indiana this year, [...]