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December 2009

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Tailpipes or Smokestacks?

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 Tailpipes or Smokestacks?
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Since the holiday season is, after all, a mythical time in its own right, Plug In America decided to address plug-in vehicle mythology and publish its own "Top 12 Plug-in Electric Vehicle Myths" just in time to celebrate Christmas and ring in the New Year.

Coal-fired power plant Since the holiday season is, after all, a mythical time in its own right, Plug In America decided to address plug-in vehicle mythology and publish its own "Top 12 Plug-in Electric Vehicle

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2009: The Top 10 EV-related Developments

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 2009: The Top 10 EV-related Developments
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Oh, what a year it's been for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs)! I can hardly wait to see what 2010 has in store. But first, in the tradition of end-of-year countdowns, here are my picks for the top 10 developments -- good or bad -- in pluggable transportation in 2009, listed from least to most important.

Oh, what a year it's been for electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs)! I can hardly wait to see what 2010 has in store. But first, in the tradition of end-of-year countdowns, here are my picks for the top 10 developments -- good or bad -- in pluggable transportation in 2009, listed from least to most important. Do you think I got it right, or would your list be different?

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A New Group in Washington Paves the Way

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 A New Group in Washington Paves the Way
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A few of our Plug In America team recently met with Robbie Diamond, CEO of the Washington DC-based Electrification Coalition. This group is relatively new and known for two things so far. The Coalition is led by a hefty advisory board of "who's who" in the business world including Frederick Smith, Chairman and CEO of Fedex Corporation, and Peter Darbee of PG&E.

A few of our Plug In America team recently met with Robbie Diamond, CEO of the Washington DC-based Electrification Coalition. This group is relatively new and known for two things so far. The Coalition is led by a hefty advisory board of "who's who" in the business world including Frederick Smith, Chairman and CEO of  Fedex Corporation, and Peter Darbee of PG&E.

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Going Postal

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 Going Postal
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Today as my postal carrier's rumbling old van heaved to a stop and planted itself in front of my mailbox while delivering Christmas card cheer, I could not help but imagine how much more pleasant it might be for me, the mailman and the air if that same van were electric.

US postal Ford vanToday as my postal carrier's rumbling old van heaved to a stop and planted itself in front of my mailbox while delivering Christmas card cheer, I could not help but imagine how much more pleasant it might

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The most EV-friendly companies

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 The most EV-friendly companies
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Dell is the latest to join a select number of forward-thinking companies that are instituting policies that are friendly to electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), whether they're solar-powered charging stations, incentives for employees to buy EVs and PHEVs, incorporating EVs and PHEVs in company fleets, or support for organizations like Plug In America that work to accelerate the shift to electric drive.

Dell headquarters in Round Rock, Tex. recently completed installation of 130 kW of solar panels in its parking lot that will generate clean power while shading roughly 50 parking spaces, JetsonGreen reported recently. They also installed two Coulumb charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles.

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Lean Green Farming Machines

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 Lean Green Farming Machines
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It looks like a kilowatt-driven farming revolution may be poised to take off. From Australia to America, a few innovative farmers are realizing the benefits of plugging into power.

Electric tractor 2 It looks like a kilowatt-driven farming revolution may be poised to take off.

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Flawed PHEV report has legs

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 Flawed PHEV report has legs
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There has never been a shortage of stories in the press denigrating plug-in electric cars. Why? Because people naturally, logically believe electric cars are a good idea.

There has never been a shortage of stories in the press denigrating plug-in electric cars. Why? Because people naturally, logically believe electric cars are a good idea.

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Whole Foods Nickels Add Up

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 Whole Foods Nickels Add Up
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The San Francisco Whole Foods Market on California Street has made a substantial donation to Plug In America of nearly $1000. We can thank the forward-thinking company and its customers, who bring in their own shopping bags.

Whole Foods meg Zimbeck The San Francisco Whole Foods Market on California Street has made

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Real. Real dumb. And, really?

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 Real. Real dumb. And, really?
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The plug-in electric vehicle announcements are flying fast and frequently. As always, it's an educated guessing game to figure out which will make it to the finish line -- and when. Here's a potpourri of interesting news, rated in order from "real" to "wish I knew".

The plug-in electric vehicle announcements are flying fast and frequently. As always, it's an educated guessing game to figure out which will make it to the finish line -- and when. Here's a potpourri of interesting news, rated in order from "real" to "wish I knew".

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Yet another CARB ZEV meeting

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 Yet another CARB ZEV meeting
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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) met on Thursday to discuss the Zero Emission Vehicle regulation and the revisions staff was tasked with exploring for 2015 and beyond. Plug In America President Dan Davids offered testimony applauding CARB's achievements, but faulted the agency for skewed priorities and reliance on unreliable information and projections.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) met on Thursday to discuss the Zero Emission Vehicle regulation and the revisions staff was tasked with exploring for 2015 and beyond.   Plug In America President Dan Davids offered testimony applauding CARB's achievements, but faulted the agency for skewed priorities and reliance on unreliable information and projections.