There is a lot to consider when it comes to purchasing an electric-car charging station, as it can affect the ownership experience and the convenience of using the car. While some owners of plug-in hybrids may stick with the 120-volt charging cord that comes with the car, virtually all buyers of battery-electric models should install a charging station at home or where they park—if that's possible. Those who don't have their own garages or parking slots may choose to rely on public charging stations, which are generally far more durable and robust than the ones described here. DON'T MISS: How to buy an electric-car charging station: buyer's guide to EVSEs So, what are some of the best charging stations on the market? Research and tests by The Wire Cutter concludes that the Siemens Versicharge VC30GRYU is the best all-round choice for an at-home charging station. While it may not possess the most features, it's powerful enough to charge most electric cars, it's convenient, … [Read more...] about Electric-car charging stations rated: what’s best, what’s cheapest, what to avoid?
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The Department of Heavy Industry (DHI) of the Government of India, in association with the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), has launched the Scheme for Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India (FAME India). The scheme intends to achieve national fuel security, globally competitive xEV (hybrid & electric vehicle) eco-system and affordable environment friendly transportation for the future. It encompasses 4 major thrust areas - demand & supply creation, technology development, charging infrastructure and pilot projects. The National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) will be implemented over a period of 6 years, till 2020. Under it, the government aims to sell 6-7 million xEVs per year. The initial 2 year phase I of the scheme kicked off this month with the onset of the new financial year and shall last till the end of the financial Year 2016-17 with an approved outlay of Rs. 795 crore. If executed as per the plan, the … [Read more...] about FAME India: Govt. scheme for adoption and manufacture of EVs
An electric mobility enthusiast converted a Bayliner boat to electric power. Using 10 Tesla modules to build a 32-kWh battery pack, Scott Masterson's 2016 Bayliner 175 now uses an electric motor in place of the original 3.0-liter Mercruiser engine. With a top speed of about 53 mph and a range of about 25 miles, Masterson can enjoy a nice cruise on the water without the accompanying gas fumes. He says the conversion wasn't all that complicated, and it took him about three months of part-time work. Check it out in the video above, and read more at Electrek.Audi's updates to the 2017 A3 include the E-Tron plug-in hybrid. Inside the car, it will likely get Audi's "Virtual Cockpit" instrument display. The MMI infotainment system will be updated, with available Apple Carplay and Android Auto functionality. Slight changes to the headlights, taillights, and grille will make up the bulk of the exterior visual changes. Its powertrain will remain unaltered from the 2016 model, including its 83 … [Read more...] about Recharge Wrap-up: Electric Bayliner conversion, China considers EV mandates
Mahindra e2o electric car (File photo) Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) Ltd, India's largest SUV maker, is looking for a joint-venture (JV) partner in China to tap the country's electric vehicles market, Bloomberg reported on Monday. Quoting Arvind Mathew, chief executive officer of Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Pvt Ltd, the report said M&M's electric car unit, which sells electric cars in India and the UK, aims to manufacture and sell electric vehicles in the Chinese market. The report added that the unit is willing to share its powertrain technology with companies other than its parent. Mathew did not divulge which Chinese companies, if any, the M&M unit was in discussions with. Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles is not alone in its efforts to manufacture electric vehicles jointly with Chinese companies. In September this year, Fortune magazine reported that Volkswagen AG had signed a preliminary deal with China’s Anhui … [Read more...] about Here’s why Mahindra may be keen to sell electric vehicles in China
one major misunderstanding from Trump and his relationship with the auto industry. In the next four years, company CEOs, union workers, and car buyers are very likely in for a rough time – those who enjoyed the direction the industry has been going in the past eight years. Here are some of the major automotive topics that will be discussed – and potentially see change – in the near future. Fuel Economy Standards No telling what will happen here. The 54.5-miles-per-gallon level by 2025 that the Federal government and the auto industry agreed to in 2011 – and agreed that it would be difficult but possible – is under mid-term review. With a new President on the way, what might happen? Well, the The Mercury News says that Trump "is likely to rewrite or drop Obama's rules requiring automobiles to double their gas mileage standards." And the auto industry certainly says it's in wait-and-see mode, but certainly wants in on this relaxed regulatory action. Right … [Read more...] about He was confused about Ford, so what else can the auto industry expect from President Trump?
“The electric things have their life too. Paltry as those lives are.”Phillip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?At the High School I attended, progress reports were never a good thing. Halfway through each term, students who were averaging a D or lower would receive a print-out of their grade accompanied by a line from the teacher explaining how the miscreant in question was failing to live up to expectations. True to form, the White House’s just-released “One Year Progress Report” [PDF] on President Obama’s “Blueprint For A Secure Energy Agenda” includes some devastating evidence of abject failure. But unlike my post-progress report conversations with the parental stakeholders, Obama has a lot more to explain to voters than a simple “insufficient homework turned in.”Just over a year ago, in his 2011 State Of The Union, President Obama unveiled plan to stimulate “One Million Electric Vehicles By … [Read more...] about Blind Spot: Obama No Longer Dreams Of Electric Cars
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, under the leadership of administrator Scott Pruitt, is reopening the review of 2022–2025 standards that had been closed by the previous EPA administration ahead of the original timeline. While that alone could affect the future market—and automakers’ research and development decisions for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids—there’s another dark cloud hanging on the electric-car horizon: Plug-in vehicles of all kinds are bound to be a little bit dirtier over their lifetime than they might have been.That’s because electric cars are only as clean as the electricity used to charge them. With the expected dissolution of the Clean Power Plan, after an EPA review initiated by President Trump’s “energy independence” executive order this week, it’s likely that some states could take considerably longer to clean up their power generation. There would no longer be … [Read more...] about Proposed Regulatory Changes Mean Electric Cars Could Face a Dirtier Future
Mention Cummins, and whether you associate the name with pickup trucks—such as the Ram 2500 or the Nissan Titan XD—or with semis, you almost certainly think diesel. Now, weeks before Tesla is expected to reveal details of its much anticipated electric semi, Cummins has essentially beaten it to the punch with a fully electric Urban Hauler Tractor that the company says previews “a series of next-generation, energy-diverse products.”Cummins says that the truck, called the AEOS and termed a concept, has a “state-of-the-art battery pack” with improvements in energy density, driving range, and charging rate compared with other electric vehicles. With 140 kWh, the pack brings a range of just 100 miles—although Cummins says that’s extendable to 300 miles with additional (modular) battery packs.The Indiana company also plans to offer a range-extending engine generator option; it claims that such a setup offers a 50 percent fuel savings … [Read more...] about Electric Big Rig: Cummins Shows Battery-Powered Semi before Tesla
Barack Obama may see his automotive legacy forever enmeshed in the once unpopular automotive bailout of 2009 (although it was President George W. Bush who signed the bill for the program in the waning days of his tenure), but taking a longer view, he might be seen as the plug-in president. From the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which allowed various incentives and credits for electric vehicles and infrastructure, to his 2011 State of the Union announcement to increase grants and aim for a goal to put a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015, Obama has been bullish on EVs all along.That 2015 goal, of course, proved to be overly ambitious—we passed a million EVs worldwide late last year—yet it hasn’t tamped down the administration’s enthusiasm for EVs. Instead, it has led to a more expansive, holistic approach that endorses electric-vehicle technology from the power station to the pavement. The release of a briefing and fact … [Read more...] about Obama Plugs In to an EV Legacy, Funds National Plan for Fast Charging and Battery Research
At a one-day workshop Tuesday sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission to discuss the future of automobile dealers in the U.S., executives from General Motors and Tesla jabbed at each other over electric car sales.GM CEO and Chairwoman Mary Barra touted the new Chevrolet Bolt as being one of the few all-electric cars that could be purchased in all states.Later, at a direct-sale discussion, a lawyer for Tesla chided Barra by saying that it was GM’s persistence in shaping dealer law nearly a century ago that has forced Tesla out of six states including Michigan and Texas.“Because they voluntarily chose generations ago to use a certain business model, (GM thinks) everyone that comes after should be required as a matter of law to use the same model,” Tesla lawyer Todd Maron said Tuesday.The FTC held a daylong workshop on the future of automotive distribution in Washington D.C. to discuss direct sales and how future autonomous cars could be sold. Elio Motors’ Vice … [Read more...] about General Motors, Tesla Spar Over Electric Car Sales