EV Charging

China Grew its EV Charging Network by 51% in 2017

China took even more steps towards leading the world in sustainable transport when it Grew its EV Charging Network by 51% in 2017.

Australia to Build Electric Highway Along Great Barrier Reef

Last week, the Australian government has revealed plans to build a new, 1800 kilometer-long electric highway on coastal roads running along the Great Barrier Reef. featuring free EV charging stations. The project is an effort to promote EVs in Australia as countries like Britain and France move to completely ban the sales of diesel and gas-only vehicles by 2040. “This project is ambitious, but we want as many people as possible on board the electric vehicle revolution, as part of our transition to a low-emissions future,” explains Queensland State Minister (he’s like a governor) Steven Miles. That low-emission future Miles is talking about is coming quickly, too. Just this week, the government of Great Britain said it would ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from ...

GAS2 Report: “Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want”

We here at CleanTechnica, EV Obsession, and GAS2 are launching our first report. It’s a report that was made possible by the thousands of readers who completed a handful of surveys we created to dive deeper into the electric car market. I think the report, Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want, fills a number of important information gaps, and includes many interesting findings. The intro of the report is below, or you can just download the full thing (for free) right here and read it all. The electric car market has been growing exponentially in the past few years. But it is still a small percentage of the new car market in most places, typically representing less than 1% of new car sales. What is needed to grow electric car sales to a majority of new car sal...

Tesla May Share Superchargers With Other Manufacturers

Electric cars would be more attractive to prospective buyers if charging stations were more ubiquitous, and Tesla understands that, hence its construction of the Supercharger network. The Superchargers, which charge way faster than other chargers, are for Tesla cars. However, Tesla has said it is open to the idea of sharing the Superchargers with cars of other brands. Now, Tesla is in talks with several car manufacturers about sharing the Superchargers. Elon Musk said: “We are actually in talks with some manufacturers doing just that and it will be exciting to share that news.” He also mentioned that it was a European company, but not a German one. The idea of sharing Superchargers raises some questions. For example: Are there enough Superchargers to sh...

Tesla: Supercharger Use For Road Trips Has Quintupled

Tesla Motors has been rapidly installing its Superchargers across the United States, and it is clearly bent on covering the whole country, but how often do people actually use them? I don’t know how often people actually use them. However, Tesla announced that usage rates for road trips exploded by a factor of 5 since last summer. Why? Tesla has not only been selling cars, but it has significantly increased the number of Superchargers across the world since last summer, as shown in Tesla’s tweet below. (h/t electrek) Superchargers powered 5x more road trips than last summer. We’ve got you covered so Model S can take you anywhere pic.twitter.com/kpakwUW137 — Tesla (@Tesla) September 12, 2015 Its nearly ubiquitous electric car charger presence is almost certainly helping to...

What’s Really Going On Over at Blue Indy?

Blue Indy got its official start today, launching an all-electric ride sharing service in downtown Indianapolis- but do they have all their ducks in a row?

500th Tesla Supercharger Installed

It’s crazy to think about. Fewer than 3 years ago, there were no Superchargers. Today, Tesla opened Supercharger #500 — in Moers, Germany. Incidentally, it is the same day that Consumer Reports revealed the Tesla P85D had broken its rating system, achieving 103 out of 100 points. The Supercharger network, something Tesla either didn’t think was that critical or pretended wasn’t that critical before it existed, is without a doubt one of Tesla’s huge competitive advantages. Not only is it “free,” but it’s also much more reliable, faster, and more usefully spread out and integrated than any other charging networks on the planet. It makes a US cross-country drive, a drive up and down the East Coast or West Coast, a drive from one corner of Europe...

BlueIndy Electric Car Sharing Service Begins September 2

After many delays, the BlueIndy electric car sharing service is set to begin September 2. It will have 500 cars and 200 charging stations within the city.

EverCharge Offers California Tenants EV Charging Solution

For the approximately 88 million Americans living in apartment complexes, condominiums, and other multi-tenant buildings, the challenge of charging an electronic vehicle may be enough to dissuade them from choosing electric. The thought of having an unreliable power supply and, therefore, an unreliable mode of transportation is a risk most are unwilling or unable to take. California-based EverCharge is here to help. Owners and residents face a lengthy process when it comes to installing EV charging infrastructure. Contractors, permits, blueprints, insurance, neighborhood cooperation, and finally execution — it’s a process that takes weeks, maybe months, and a lot of time out of your busy schedule. Maybe someone should just build a EV charging robot? Aside from undertaking all o...

EU Sends €€€ To Netherlands For EV Charging

As if Dutch leadership with EV incentives, EV charging, and EV sales wasn’t enough, the Netherlands just got another boost. The European Commission is set on giving the Netherlands nearly €33 million for EV charging infrastructure across the country. The funding comes from the EU’s “Green Deal” program. The program is to supplement local government and private support for green programs and projects. “Electric cars can provide real benefits to society by reducing CO2 emissions, pollution and noise,” Margrethe Vestager, EU Commissioner in charge of competition, said on Monday. “The Dutch public support scheme approved today will help make electric cars a viable alternative to citizens in the Netherlands by providing the necessary infrastructure, whi...

How Dutch Electric Car Incentives Work

Originally published on EV Obsession. In my recent trip to the Netherlands, I got to speak with a handful of electric vehicle experts. Of course, I was quite curious about EV incentives, so I probed them about those. The Netherlands is one of the top countries in the world in terms of electric vehicle sales. Per capita or relative to overall car sales (7% of car sales in June), it is probably #2, only trailing Norway (23% of car sales). But it doesn’t have clear, straight incentives for EVs like most countries with EV incentives have (like the US, which offers a $7,500 federal tax credit). So, what exactly are the incentives? I spoke with Blue Corner’s Hans Verwijs, who has been involved in the EV industry in the Netherlands for decades, as well as Karel Beckman of EnergyPost.e...

London Boosting Electric Car Incentives

Those wanting to lead the world to a cleaner future and drive on electricity in London are getting another boost. “Ultra low-emission vehicles” (basically, electric cars) are getting a further reduction in London’s congestion charge, and taxi drivers with cars >10 years of age can get a decommissioning grant to drop their polluters and go electric. Of course, part of the impetus for these new incentives is to clean London’s filthy air, and part is to help combat climate change. The plan, unveiled by Mayor Boris Johnson on Wednesday (July 22), also includes the installation of more EV charging stations. “The plans could even lead to the introduction of preferential access and lower parking charges for ULEV vehicles in some parts of London,” The Indepen...