The Big Three automakers and the U.S. Department of Energy are banking on Illinois startup company SiNode Systems to help them develop the light, energy-dense batteries needed to accelerate the spread of electric vehicles, increasing the distance electric vehicles can drive between charges and making the technology more affordable.
Much of the nation’s vehicle fleet could be converted to run on electricity with hardly a ripple felt by the power grid, according to recent findings by the Rocky Mountain Institute.
Minnesota’s largest energy cooperative announced today that electric vehicle owners in its territory can use wind power to offset the electricity used to charge their cars at no additional cost.
In Minnesota, the state Pollution Control Agency (PCA) and organizations such as the Great Plains Institute are helping businesses make smart decisions as they pursue workplace EV charging.
A utility is planning to build 1,000 public charging stations in the Kansas City metro area by midsummer. That’s more than currently exist in the states of New York, Massachusetts or Illinois.
As electric vehicle sales rev up, there are concerns that more battery-powered and plug-in hybrid cars might disrupt the nation’s power grids. But a recent study should ease those concerns.
Numerous peer-reviewed articles have reached the same conclusion — from cradle to grave, electric cars are the cleanest vehicles on the road today.
As solar panels and electric cars catch on among consumers, managing the grid becomes an increasingly vexing challenge for utilities.
Chicago has often been called the nation’s candy capital, murder capital, basketball capital, steakhouse capital and even the capital of “false confessions.” Now Chicago boosters are planning to add the title “battery capital” to the list.
Electric vehicle technology has a bright future, says a leading industry analyst, but the focus for the near future will continue to be developing internal-combustion engines that meet tightening economy standards while still being affordable to consumers.