Just over 10,000 Chevy Volts, Nissan Leafs, Teslas and other electric vehicles quietly plied Maryland’s roads last year, but the state wants to expand that number to 300,000 by 2025.To help the state achieve that ambitious goal and support the growing popularity of these plug-in electric vehicles, utility companies are proposing to spend $104 million to support a statewide network of charging stations.The program, supported by environmental groups and other stakeholders, would help build out a network of 24,000 residential, workplace and public charging stations, constituting the nation’s largest except for California’s. Utility customers would be asked to pay 25 cents to 42 cents more a month to support the program, currently a proposal pending before the state’s Public Service Commission.“We see this as an extension of the service we offer,” said John Murach, Baltimore Gas & Electric Co.’s manager of energy efficiency programs. “We … [Read more...] about Maryland’s utilities propose spending $104 million on statewide electric-vehicle charging network
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As Round 2 of MSF Racing Series approaches this coming weekend, the entry list has been finalised and we’re looking at some astonishing numbers of vehicles that will be racing in what is without a doubt the biggest racing series in Malaysia today. Participating vehicles include a whopping 195 racing cars, 60 superbikes in the brand new, first ever MSF Superbike racing, 10 Caterhams from the Caterham Motorsports Asia series, and 20 drift cars taking part in the MSF Drift Gonzo support event on Saturday. MSF Superbikes Legendary Malaysian superbike racer Oh Kah Beng attended a briefing organised for the new riders earlier this week. “Race hard, race smart, be safe, and don’t forget to have fun!” exclaimed Kah Beng, who went wheel-to-wheel with the world’s best in the mid-80s at the now defunct Batu Tiga circuit and around Australasia. With his support and blessing, the MSF Superbike riders are hyped and ready to rock and roll. The Super400 category of MSF … [Read more...] about Malaysia Speed Festival (MSF) Racing 2018 Round 2 sees huge entry list, promises epic racing weekend!
The Auto Expo 2018 in New Delhi was characterised by the absence of a few of the biggest brands including the likes of Volkswagen Group, Nissan, Bajaj and Royal Enfield. However, the OEMs who did make it this year made sure that their Electric Vehicle (EV) offerings and long term roadmap was out there to be seen by everyone. The most eagerly awaited entry was Kia Motors and they certainly did not disappoint.Kia Motors India showcased its entire line-up of vehicles introducing the Indian customer to its range of compact hatches, luxurious sedans and SUVs. Kia will launch its first offering in India in 2019.The 2018 edition of the Auto Expo saw the highest number of EV showcases by OEMs across vehicle segments, including two- and three-wheelers apart from passenger and commercial vehicles. The message is very clear – that all mainstream OEMs are ready with their EV models should the Indian market demand a diverse range of electric mobility offerings. Passenger Vehicles – … [Read more...] about Electric vehicles plugging into the Indian automotive grid for the long-term
(TTAC Hot Takes are video roundup posts which will occur whenever we can get Michael Accardi into hair and makeup. These posts are a mandate of our VerticalScope overlords, who are fascinated with the new video medium of YouTube. Watch our other videos here.)There are incentives and grid girls this week, but only one of those things isn’t banned. Michael has more info: Video Acting Premium Select CommentsFreedMike and other commenters agreed with Jack that the best Chevrolet Spark is a used one:I actually looked at this and a Versa for my daughter. Jack’s right on the money here – it’s a thoroughly decent little car, and it’s radically better to drive than the Versa.If she could pick a mildly used one up for seven or eight grand, she’d have a great little commuter-mobile for her first few years of post-college employment.After our QOTD about your worst commute, commenter Babe Ruthless had a grisly story from a massive accident in Rio de … [Read more...] about TTAC Hot Takes: February Is Awfully Cold for a Grid Girl
Autoweek in review is where we bring you the biggest stories in the car world that you might have missed this week. Whether you were actually getting some work done or you stepped away from your computer for a moment, here's your chance to catch up and have something cool to talk about over the weekend. Road racing veteran Townsend Bell's home robbed during Rolex 24 Upon returning home from the Rolex 24, Townsend Bell received news from his wife that their home had been broken into, with most of his racing memorabilia stolen.Bell told the Associated Press on ... Watch Jay Leno drive a 1913 Bugatti Type 22 Bugatti’s latest -- the Chiron -- might be the talk of the super-luxe crowd, but the most recent star of Jay Leno’s Garage may be even cooler. The comedian-turned-internet-video-star ... 2018 Mazda CX-3 essentials: More style than space What is it: Mazda's smallest crossover utility aims to stand … [Read more...] about Autoweek in review: Everything you missed January 29 – February 2, 2018