PG&E Donates PHEV for Emergencies

Joanna Schroeder

On August 24, 2014, a 6.0 earthquake rocked Northern California and the City of Napa, resulting in more than 70,000 customers losing power to homes and businesses. One year later, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) donated a state-of-the-art plug-in electric hybrid truck as part of the city of Napa’s commemoration of the earthquake. The “Napa Strong 6.0/365” commemoration event …

Electric Vehicles, PHEV

EEI and DOE to Accelerate EV Development

Joanna Schroeder

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the Department of Energy (DOE) have announced a partnership that will identify and pursue collaborative opportunities to promote and accelerate the nationwide adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). During EEI’s Annual Convention in New Orleans, DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz and EEI President Tom Kuhn signed a memorandum of understanding to take a variety of joint …

Alternative Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, PHEV

Electric Vehicle Charging Standards Needed

Joanna Schroeder

With the increase of electric vehicles (EVs) on the road, aka the burgeoning of the “Electric Highway,” unified standards for public EV charging are needed. In many states, this will fall on the weights and measures officials. As more plug-in EVS hits U.S. roads, charging stations will require inspection and testing for accuracy, just like a gas station today. As …

Clean Energy, Electric Vehicles, PHEV

More Households Could Use EVs

Joanna Schroeder

According to a national survey released by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and Consumers Union, four out of 10 households could use an electric vehicle (EV) with little or no change to their driving habits and vehicle needs, While less than 1 percent of the country are driving electric vehicles (EVs) today, the survey found that 42 percent of …

Alternative Vehicles, Electric Vehicles, PHEV

For Summer Fun, Rent an Alt Vehicle

Joanna Schroeder

This summer, Disneyland is promoting energy efficiency to those coming to their famous theme park. MPG Car Rental gives California visitors a chance to try out some alternative energy cars including the Prius, the Volkswagen TDi and the fully electric Tesla Model S, winner of the 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year award. The tie-in to green cars and …

Alternative Vehicles, Biodiesel, biofuels, Ethanol, Opinion, PHEV

Plug-In Hybrids That Go the Extra Mile

Joanna Schroeder

The latest edition of of Sierra, published by the Sierra Club, features which plug-in hybrids go the extra mile. The annual Electric Vehicle Guide reviewed six vehicles: Chevrolet Volt, Ford C-Max Energi, Ford Fusion Energi, Honda Accord Plug-In, Fisker Karma, and Toyota Prius Plug-In. There is also a new, complementary online Electric Vehicle Guide. The new EV Guide brings together, …

PHEV

Hybrids, EVs Causing States to Ponder New Road Taxes

Joanna Schroeder

According to an article on Fox News, several states, with the latest being North Carolina, are looking at how to tax hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) owners. The states are trying to recoup road funding, earned via taxes at the pump. Politicians are taking the stance that all drivers, no matter what they drive, are responsible for helping to maintain …

Alternative energy, Electric Vehicles, PHEV