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Posted Thu, 07/15/2010 - 11:31am by Richard
The Oregon Electric Vehicle Association held their 2010 EV Awareness Day on Saturday, July 10. Kelli and I arrived the day before. We were told the weather had been rainy and cold, but by Friday it had turned hot and sunny. Pioneer Square, affectionately known as Portland's "living room", was barren, except for a few scattered tents hinting at the activities of the coming day. Continue reading...
Posted Thu, 07/01/2010 - 7:10pm by Linda
Just how plugged in are you going to be this summer? How about electrifying your hazy-crazy-lazy days of summer by joining Plug In America from July 26-29 for this year's Plug-In 2010 Conference and Exposition at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center? Continue reading...
Posted Fri, 06/25/2010 - 5:00am by Sherry
Th!nk was my first electric car, leased from Ford in 2002-2004. My wife and I loved that little car and were heartbroken when Ford canceled all Th!nk leases. Continue reading...
Posted Wed, 06/16/2010 - 4:51am by Paul
Dawn broke early this morning in Yokohama, and I was awake to see it since I was still on west coast time. I also couldn't sleep given this was the day I would finally get to drive the actual Leaf EV, not a converted mule like those I'd driven before. Continue reading...
Posted Sun, 06/13/2010 - 8:25pm by Linda
Eight Plug In America EV drivers recently lined up to test drive a demo Think City electric vehicle. Tim Cunningham, Sales Manager for the Western Region, met the group on June 9 at the Costa Mesa ASG Renaissance Regional Headquarters parking lot for a Q & A huddle prior to our test spins. Continue reading...
Posted Sat, 06/12/2010 - 3:54pm by Marc
Shanghai is a mind blower. Exuberant, flashy skyscrapers dot the landscape soaring above the city's overhead freeways, many claiming their place in the skyline with decorative, synchronized light shows. Immense shopping malls with every major international brand represented are packed with locals out merely for a stroll, the newly rich dressed to the nines toting Cartier bags, and tourists alike. Continue reading...
Posted Thu, 06/10/2010 - 12:28pm by Sherry
Brammo brought its electric Enertia motorcycle for test rides at the June 5 meeting of the San Francisco Electric Vehicle Association, and people seemed to like what they rode. Continue reading...
Posted Sat, 05/22/2010 - 7:57pm by Sherry
Seems my blog post last week about GM planning an all-electric version of the Volt caused a bit of a stir. Not surprising, given the way this news came out. So let me recap how it happened, and you can decide for yourself whether you believe it or not. Continue reading...
Posted Thu, 05/20/2010 - 2:58pm by Marc
This is a big deal. Biggest EV news since Carlos Ghosn got religion. I just watched the press conference where Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda announced an agreement. Toyota's investing in Tesla. Tesla's buying the NUMMI factory. The Model S and subsequent vehicles will be made at NUMMI. (Tesla won't oppose any union activity.) Continue reading...
Posted Thu, 05/20/2010 - 7:14am by Marc
VW has released some more information on its electric plans. Look for an e-Golf to be launched in 2013. 93 mile range from a 26.5 kWh lithium battery pack. Similar to the LEAF or RAV4-EV, the car weighs about 3400 pounds, a few hundred pounds heavier than the gas/diesel versions. Around the same time, VW intends to have two other EVs on offer, a smaller e-UP, and a Jetta. Continue reading...