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.
With electric vehicles still largely a niche product – even a hologram of Thomas Edison acknowledged “the transition will still take some time” — companies with all-electric offerings recognize the importance of competing for your attention, if nothing else.
Hybrid and electric vehicles are not necessarily renowned for their performance, but this year, competitors in some of the world’s most prestigious motorsports events are turning that perception on its head.
A 50-kilowatt solay array went online at Western Michigan University this year, and now 15 EV charging stations are drawing power from the sun.
General Electric’s new test track in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, aims to sell fleet buyers on the virtues of electric and alternative-fuel vehicles.