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Audi e-tron quattro EV to have 311-mile range

By on Aug 20, 2015 in Electric Vehicles |

Audi has announce that it plans it’s own EV design to compete with the Tesla Model X.  The Audi E-tron quattro will be an SUV and one of the few vehicles planned with a 300+ mile range.  The combination of an SUV sized vehicle with a range over 300 miles makes the e-tron quattro a first.  Tesla’s Model X plans a 270-mile range in a crossover format.  The smaller...

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Better Materials lead to Better Batteries

By on Aug 14, 2015 in Electric Vehicles |

This recent blog post by Ian McClenny at Navigant Research discusses some of the recent developments in battery technology. http://www.navigantresearch.com/blog/a-better-battery-through-better-materials The post discusses some of the history of batteries.  How Lithium Ion battery technology made the 275 mile range EV a reality and 80 mile range EVs a price effective...

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EV Sales for July are down

By on Aug 10, 2015 in Electric Vehicles |

For the second month in a row, EV Sales are down for both month-to-month and year-to-year sales.  As with last month, the causes are similar. No major new introductions.  Just the new Mercedes S550 Plug-in Hybrid. The end in production of Toyota plug-in vehicles in favor of fuel-cell vehicles that are not available yet. The switch over of production in both the Volt...

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California to eliminate gas burning cars by 2050?

By on Aug 4, 2015 in Electric Vehicles, Environment |

California regulator Mary Nichols is looking to transform the auto industry.  In order to meet emissions reductions in California, the state will need 100% of vehicles to be zero emissions or almost zero emissions by 2050.  As a practical matter, that means that all vehicles sold in California will need to be battery electric vehicles, plug in hybrid vehicles, or...

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Drive Electric Week 2015 comes to Santa Rosa Sept 13

By on Jul 8, 2015 in Electric Vehicles |

Drive Electric Week – the annual show-and-tell event for Electric Vehicles (EVs) is coming to Santa Rosa’s Coddingtown Mall on Sunday Sept 13 from 11am to 4pm. Curious about Electric Vehicles? They’re not only fun to drive and good for the environment, they’re also cost effective!  Learn more at the Expo. Admission is FREE! Ride in or drive a variety of electric...

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EV vs Gas – Part 2 Emissions

By on Jun 26, 2015 in Electric Vehicles, Environment |

Several articles and studies have been done recently regarding whether electric vehicles (EV’s) are really green. Are gas cars better for the environment? If we could switch to battery electric vehicles, should we? In reviewing this question, there are three areas that I feel merit review: Energy efficiency Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions Cost comparison Each is...

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