California, utilities aim to replace as many diesel-powered vehicles as possible with electric

February 9th, 2017 by Steve Hanley Originally published on Gas2. California’s three largest utilities have filed proposals with the state’s public utilities commission that would allocate up to $1 billion in new spending to “accelerate widespread transportation electrification.” The proposals are about more than adding charging stations for light duty cars and trucks. California wants to remove as many diesel powered vehicles …

EV implementation scenario have positive social economic value based on fuel savings and jobs alone, not to mention air quality or climate change benefits

Results suggest positive total social economic value associated with increased PEV deployment, driven primarily by the private benefits of fuel savings. The net positive total social benefits for the Niche and Breakthrough scenarios are $4.7 and $9.3 billion per year by 2035, respectively. By comparison, the Aggressive and Low Cost scenarios have total social benefits estimated at $26.5 and $34.2 …

Car electrification is an irreversible trend, say auto execs

By Laurence Frost | Reuters | Sun 15 Jan 2017 | China, Europe drive shift to electric cars as U.S. lags A 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV is displayed during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., January 9, 2017. Electric cars will pick up critical momentum in 2017, many in the auto industry believe – just not in …

Hawaii bill aims for 100% clean, renewable transportation

By Cathy Bussewitz, originally published by the Associated Press.  Honolulu, Jan 18, 2017 Hawaii has the most aggressive renewable energy targets in the nation, aiming for its utilities to get 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2045. Now advocates want to extend that goal to the transportation sector to urge all forms of ground transportation to fuel …

Samsung shows new EV battery offering 373 miles of driving range, can reach 80% capacity in just 20 minutes, and is 10% lighter

Daily Mail, January 2017 Samsung SDI has unveiled a new battery for electric cars that not only has better range, but is equip with ‘fast charged’ capabilities. This high-energy density battery cell offers 373 miles (600 kilometers) of driving and can reach 80 percent capacity in just 20 minutes Samsung is hoping its new system for electric cars will fare …

Las Vegas debuts the first completely autonomous, fully electric shuttle ever to be deployed on a public roadway in the U.S.

http://lasvegas.cbslocal.com/2017/01/10/las-vegas-rolls-out-nations-first-driverless-public-transit-shuttle/ The city of Las Vegas debuted the first completely autonomous, fully electric shuttle ever to be deployed on a public roadway in the United States Tuesday. The shuttle is being launched in the new Innovation District that was recently created by the city in downtown Las Vegas. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman and other local officials were at …

Ford sees affordable EVs outnumbering gas vehicles. CEO says: “we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make people’s lives better by changing the way the world moves”

By Mark Shields, Ford CEO, 14 Jan 2017.  How Ford Will Electrify Vehicles to Make Them Better:  Ford is electrifying its most popular vehicles to make them even more capable, productive and fun to drive. Happy New Year!  As we kick off 2017, at Ford, we’re also looking further into the future. The era of more affordable electrified vehicles is dawning, …

Will the electric vehicle revolution — 37 million globally by 2025 — speed by U.S. workers, with Trump’s pro-oil cabinet?

By Joe Romm, 13 Jan 2017 Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk speaks at unveiling of the affordable, long-range Model 3, which saw a record-smashing 400,000 pre-sales. CREDIT: AP/Justin Pritchar “More than 37 million plug-in electric vehicles are expected to be in use in 2025,” Navigant Research reported this week. By then, we can expect EVs “to be cost competitive against …

50 Tips For Slowing The Electric Car Revolution

August 11th, 2016 by Zachary Shahan  His recent article “22 Ways To Delay The Electric Car Revolution” was hugely popular, but readers offered a lot more ideas and wanted me to take the list to 50, so here we are. Let’s say that, for some reason, you really don’t want humans to drive in cleaner, more enjoyable, more exciting, safer, better …