Posts Tagged ‘electric vehicles’

Smart Phones? Meet the EN-V, One Smart Vehicle!

GM's concept vehicle: EN-V

Fresh back from the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) this week in Detroit, Michigan, I can tell you that the hottest thing this year is electric cars.  Every manufacturer on the floor displayed a new EV or PEHV that is either available for sale now, or will be coming out soon. But one new [...]

Electric Car-Friendly Scenic Byway to be Created in Washington State


The first of its kind in the nation, an electric car-friendly Scenic Byway will be created in Washington State.  Its no accident that the Evergreen State will be the site of a green highway.  Infrastructure for electric vehicles has been best established along the West Coast of the United States, laying the groundwork for a [...]

Electrifying Detroit at the North American International Auto Show


I am just returning from the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.  As a guest of Ford Motor Company, I was able to hear about – not only the new electrified vehicles from Ford – but also to tour the facilities and check out other EV offerings from a wide range of auto [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Tesla and Toyota: Electric Car Marriage Made in Heaven?


This week, the electric car dreams of many Americans appeared to be coming true.  While the Tesla 100% Electric Roadster is currently one of the only viable EVs on the road right now, the price tag is a bit too steep for most of us. But hold your electric horses…. Tesla Motors has announced they [...]

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 [...]

BMW Excites Customers with its Electric Mini E

BMW Excites Customers with its Electric Mini E

Is your next car going to be an electric vehicle?  Are you getting tired of waiting for EVs to hit the market?  If you are one of the 450 people selected by BMW last year to lease the all-electric Mini E, your wait is over! The sporty, speedy Electric Mini Cooper currently is zipping around [...]

Electric Car Drag Racing: Rednecks Gone Green?

Electric Car Drag Racing: Rednecks Gone Green?

While the rest of the country has NASCAR, here in the Pacific Northwest, we host the National Electric Drag Racing Association.  No gasoline here…. just great green racing experiences. At the Portland International Raceway, people from all over come to cheer on their favorite EV at the electric car drag racing! Are we in danger [...]