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  • Chevrolet Bolt EV charging at EVgo fast chargers at Chevron station, Menlo Park, California

    If electric cars need more public places to charge, maybe they could just go to gas stations. That seems to be the approach behind the latest installations of EVgo stations in California. CHECK OUT: Gas stations OK, electric-car chargers too ugly? The company, which bills itself as the largest operator of DC fast charging stations in the U.S., formed an alliance with Chevron to install up to 12 DC fast chargers at 5 Chevron stations in California. The first of these stations opened on Monday in Menlo Park, in the Silicon Valley. Others are under construction, and will offer chargers with 50...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV at Whole Foods, Frisco, Colorado
    Colorado bill aims to fine ICEholes who block charging spots

    As one of the top states in the nation for electric-car sales, Colorado hopes to do something about charging problems. In the state's General Assembly, the House passed a bill on Friday to fine drivers who park non-electric cars in any electric-car charging space $150, statewide. The bill is now...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV on I-70 in Colorado
    Mountain hardware: Testing the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV on a high-country day trip

    Colorado, which is taking steps to adopt California’s EV mandate, has always had a different wildcard factor affecting road trips: altitude. The state has the highest portions of the Interstate highway system, including routes spanning past 11,000 feet and varying several thousand feet. Even...

  • eMotorWerks JuiceBox wall mount charging Tesla Model X
    Colorado to launch smart-charging pilot program as it prepares for EVs

    As it prepares to launch an electric-car mandate in coming years, Colorado is working to learn how electric cars can help it move to a more renewable energy grid. The non-profit Platte River Power Authority announced last month that it is teaming up with eMotorWerks, which sells home smart...

  • Tesla Supercharger site in Dorno, Italy, photo by problemidiricarica.wordpress.com/
    Tesla Model 3 gets Supercharging V3 first: How about 75 miles of range in 5 minutes?

    If you road-trip with an electric car like a Tesla, you soon become acutely aware of miles per hour. That's not the miles per hour you see on the speedometer, but the rate at which the car will gain range when being fast-charged. It determines how quickly you can pull out of the charging station...

  • Ford Fusion Energi charging.
    Ford C-Max Energi, Fusion Energi owners still waiting for cooler charge cords

    Six months after Ford issued a recall over a fire risk and its charge cords, some drivers of Ford plug-in vehicles still don’t have the peace of mind of a new charge cord. The recall, issued last August, affected or the 120V AC “convenience charge cord” that Ford supplies with...

  • 2018 Tesla Model 3

    Deliveries of the Tesla Model 3 in Europe have just started. So too have some accounts of the most significant difference included in European-market versions of the electric sedan: their CCS Combo DC fast charging port. One of those first accounts has come from the European charging network Fastned, which already operates many stations with 175-kw CCS hardware. On that 175-kw hardware, Fastned showed that the Model S charged at a peak just above 125 kw. What’s especially of note, based on this graph, is that it stays at that maximum from around 10 percent state of charge all the way...

  • 2020 Subaru Legacy teased ahead of 2019 Chicago Auto Show debut
    Tesla squeeze, broadband charging, EV education, EPA science: Today's Car News

    The British parent of Virgin Media plans to use Virgin's broadband wiring to build public electric-car charging stations. Electric-car charging info site Chargeway sets up its first installations in Portland, Oregon. And the EPA appointed a noted skeptic of climate action. All this and more on...

  • Chargeway Beacon  -  Forth electric vehicle showcase, Portland
    Chargeway Beacon to help shoppers and dealers navigate past EV charging confusion

    Multiple electric vehicles arriving this year promise a driving range of more than 200 miles. While that’s great news, and it’s bound to convince more households to make the jump to a fully electric vehicle—and to take road trips with it—it presents a new challenge to...

  • Ubitricity electric-car charging cord
    Forget light poles, British firm to build chargers from cable boxes

    The future of electric-car charging may be down in the trenches. At least British broadband provider Liberty Global hopes so. The company, which owns Virgin Media, plans to start a pilot project using Virgin Media's cables and trenches that run to thousands of neighborhoods around Britain. Since...

  • Electrify America DC fast chargers
    Some of the fastest electric-car chargers were down: Would anyone have noticed yet? (Updated)

    UPDATE: As of Tuesday morning Electrify America said that it is "restoring full capacity to its entire network" after the potentially affected charging cables cleared extensive testing, and it called the original incident spurring the shutdown "an isolated event" at a private facility with a...

  • 2014 Tesla Model S in China
    US has world's second highest electric-car population

    The race is on to see which countries can sell the most electric cars in an effort to reduce global warming. As with many things counted in raw numbers, China is far ahead, with 1.28 million electric cars on the road. As with most things Chinese, however, the population numbers—of people or...

  • 2019 Audi e-tron first drive  -  Abu Dhabi UAE, December 2018

    Given how often automakers expect electric-car drivers to charge at home—80 to 90 percent of the time, by most estimates—it’s surprising that more attention isn’t paid to making sure that those drivers can get the most out of home charging. With its e-tron electric SUV arriving in dealerships this spring, Audi is one of the first automakers to partner with a retailer consumers probably already trust to keep it all organized and on a tight timeline: Amazon. At an Amazon and Audi Charging Solutions page, drivers and shoppers can see three levels of home charging for the...

  • EVgo charging station in Union City, California with resused BMW i3 battery backup
    Plug-in hybrids to charge again in Beverly Hills

    Banning plug-in hybrids from public chargers is no good. That's the conclusion of a new California law signed in September, which forbids cities from restricting access to public chargers for any type of electric vehicles in the state. After making a big splash by banning plug-in hybrids from its...

  • Trinity, professional hacker [from The Matrix]
    Report: Home electric-car chargers vulnerable to hackers

    Connected home chargers can bring a higher level of convenience to the electric-car ownership experience, allowing more flexibility with remote access, charge scheduling, power-output adjustment, and even data displays. But according to the cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab, they can also bring a...

  • Hyundai Motor Group solar charging system
    Hyundai and Kia reveal solar roof tech for electric cars—or gasoline ones

    As solar cells get more efficient, powerful panels can fit on smaller areas. For those looking to use renewable energy for transportation, that means solar panels can now move from home rooftops used to power car chargers to cars themselves. In Korea on Wednesday, Hyundai and Kia revealed some...

  • ECOtality Blink DC fast charger plugged in
    Blink charging network joins interoperability push

    Beginning in early 2019, all 135,000 users of the Blink charging network will soon be able to use other charging networks as part of their membership, while Blink’s chargers will be open to easy access by a wider range of drivers with other charging-network membership cards. The...

  • ORNL wireless charging demonstration
    Wireless charging could widen efficiency edge over cords, suggests DOE lab

    Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory last week announced they've managed to transfer 120 kw of power at an efficiency of 97 percent—more efficiently than any currently available physical charging connection. A version of the 20-kw wireless charging...

  • Volvo invests in Freewire

    Volvo Cars has announced an investment in Freewire Technologies, a company that emphasizes mobile charging solutions. Freewire earlier this year attracted a $5 million investment from the petro-giant BP, which will result in Freewire’s fast-charging systems being installed at some BP stations in the UK and Europe—effectively helping fill in gaps between established charging stations. DON’T MISS: Volvo XC40 crossover SUV to be company's first all-electric car “FreeWire’s fast charging technology holds great promise to simplify the experience for customers of...

  • Audi e-tron GT prototype teaser
    Report: Audi e-tron GT electric sport coupe will fast-charge in 12 minutes

    Audi revealed last month that its e-tron GT, which is described as a “highly dynamic coupe,” will make its debut at the Los Angeles auto show in November. Although that model isn’t likely to be produced until 2020, at the earliest, it’s shaping up to be one of several...

  • Electric vehicle parking by Flickr user aaron_anderer, used under Creative Commons license
    Illegal parking in charging spots: The culprit? Electric cars

    A whole Hatfields and McCoys culture has grown up around parking in electric-car charging spaces, with electric-car drivers who need juice facing off against conventional cars—and sometimes other electrics who park there and don't plug in or stay longer than they need to. Now a study...

  • Chevrolet Bolt charging at Electrify America 350 kw charger at Home Depot in Chicopee, Mass.
    Twitter poll results: How often do you encounter a public electric-car charger that is out of order?

    Earlier this summer, we began investigating our Twitter followers' experiences with public electric-car chargers in our weekly polls. In June, we learned that more electric cars get charged at work than at public chargers. Last month, we learned that the type of public charger that electric-car...

  • 2014 BMW i3 REx fast-charging at Chargepoint site, June 2016  [photo: Tom Moloughney]
    ChargePoint invests in commercial charging for buses, delivery vans, taxis

    After opposing the settlement over diesel emissions cheating that led VW to spend $2 billion building out a nationwide network of fast chargers, and suing one of Electrify America's suppliers for patent infringement, ChargePoint, the last of the original charging-network providers for electric...

  • Mockup of Chargeway dealership kiosk to explain charging to electric-car shoppers, June 2018
    Why Chargeway matters: making EV charging comprehensible for buyers, dealers, utilities, networks

    Ask anyone what kind of fuel their next car will take, and you'll likely get one of three answers: regular, premium, or diesel. Ask that same person what kind of charging an electric car takes, and you'll probably get a blank stare. Ask a salesperson at a car dealer how he explains the different...