Salt Lake City removes EV charging fees to encourage use

By Katie Pyzyk. March 7, 2018, first Published on Electric vehicle (EV) owners in Salt Lake City can now get a free charge, thanks to the city’s repeal of user fees at its EV charging ports. The move is an effort to encourage residents to use the stations and purchase EVs. Since the installation of 28 charging stations a year ago, customers had …

Down the road, 70-90 percent of all driver fueling will be done either at home or work

Clean Technica, March 11th, 2018 by Jake Richardson. Also Frito-Lay and FedEx are piloting electric vehicle trucks. UPS recently announced its plans to deploy 50 plug-in electric delivery trucks on urban routes across the country. These trucks will help to make its fleet cleaner and quieter and are another step toward large-scale industry adoption of EV fleets. Cities such as Chicago, Palo Alto, and …

EVs can help the grid and flatten demand with time of use incentives

By Dan Murtaugh  and Mark Chediak, Bloomburg February 25, 2018 Electric cars won’t tax grid if they charge at off-peak times Adding EVs to peak power demand reduces environmental benefits It’ll take more than just driving an electric vehicle to save the environment. You’ll have to charge it at the right time, too. Put simply, if the world’s drivers plug in an …

Car industry, not lack of charging, ‘holding back electric car market’

By Adam Vaughan, The Guardian, Tue 27 Feb 2018   Two electric cars are topped up in Glasgow. In Scotland the average driver is three miles from a point. Photograph: Kenny Williamson/Alamy The rise of electric cars in Europe is being hampered by a lack of models for consumers to choose from rather than a lack of public recharging points, according to energy companies and …

Electric vehicles are cleaner than combustion vehicles everywhere, including China

Excerpt from Forbes Feb 2018 Electric vehicles are definitely growing around the world, and will top 300 million shortly after 2040, according to the International Energy Agency. UPS just announced a partnership with Workhorse to build about 35,000 electric vans for its delivery fleet based, in part, on how much easier it is now to charge them. This is extremely important because a third …

Electric vehicles can be a grid asset, but only with planning

Excerpt from Smart Cities Dive, Jan 2018 Matteo Muratori, a transportation and energy systems engineer at NREL, concludes in a new paper titled “Impact of Uncoordinated Plug-in Electric Vehicle Charging on Residential Power Demand,” that just a few vehicles in the same geographic areas could put stress on residential distribution transformers. And for a number of socio-economic reasons, electric vehicle adoption includes …

Tesla EV truck/semi-charging will be a collaborative venture

Tesla is collaborating with Anheuser-Busch, PepsiCo and United Parcel Service Inc to build on-site charging terminals at their facilities as part of the automaker’s efforts to roll out the vehicle next year. Details of the partnerships, which have not been disclosed previously, are still being hammered out, but include design and engineering from Tesla, the companies said. They declined to …

Don’t Be Caught Unprepared for the EV Tsunami

The good news is that if EV charging is done right, meaningful cuts in emissions from the U.S. transportation sector can begin to be made, and the load of charging stations can be managed to optimize the grid and reduce the cost of electricity for all customers while simultaneously increasing the grid’s ability to absorb a larger share of clean …

EV charging, convenience, and supporting the grid

Convenience: The True Challenge Of Electric Vehicle Adoption By Samantha Tung, 4 Oct 2017  In Electric Cars, EV Industry Factors Encouraging Electric Vehicle Adoption With fires across the western United States, historically dangerous hurricanes in the Caribbean and flooding in South Asia, the conversation regarding climate change has ramped up in recent months. It’s difficult to point towards natural disasters in one calendar …

Electric Vehicles Are Here. Now We Need to Figure Out How to Charge Them

Justin Worland, Time Magazine, 12 Oct 2017 In the century since the dawn of the mass-market car, more than 100,000 gas stations have popped up along the country’s 4 million miles of roads and highways–and a stop to refuel became a crucial part of the quintessential U.S. road trip. But the heyday of the gas station as a place to …