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40 Years Later: Electric Cars and the OPEC Oil Embargo

Oregon’s odd-even plan reduced the lines at gas stations during the fuel crisis in the fall and winter of 1973-74. This station was servicing cars with even-numbered last digits on their license plates on an even-numbered calendar day. Image credit: David Falcone, National Archives and Record Administration

The 1973 oil embargo triggered a mad rush of electric-vehicle research. Forty years later, we’re seeing the results

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How to Solve an Electric Car-Charging Problem? Ask Our Readers

What would happen if thousands of people in an average city eventually bought electric vehicles, and they all tended to plug in their cars for recharging during the same time of day? The spike in electricity demand could force the local utility to turn on an expensive backup power plant to generate the juice, and [...]

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U.S. Battery-Maker Says China May Lead the World in Electric Vehicles

Despite the hip advertising seen in the U.S. for electric cars such as the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf, analysts indicate that the vehicles will only make up a small percentage of the market for years to come. But a recent deal between a Boston-based battery maker and a major Chinese auto company shows that [...]

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Plugged In

Top 10 (Transport) Sights in Paris

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Few tourists travel explicitly to see a city’s or country’s mode of transportation, but I dare say that besides transport nerds such as myself, there are examples which qualify as must-see, including Japan’s Shinkansen high-speed train, Lisbon’s old tram system, and the streetcars of New Orleans, among others. While Paris is most recently known for [...]

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Guest post: Big step taken in second life for EV batteries

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by Tali Trigg Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation buys used EV batteries for use in large-scale energy storage The value proposition of electric vehicles (EVs) goes beyond switching an engine block for a battery. Part of this value lies in their ability to not only fit within, but also support society’s transition to higher use of variable [...]

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Guest Post: Energy innovation – do niche markets really matter?

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By Stijn van Ewijk In an ever changing world, technological innovation allows us to adapt, survive and thrive. Innovation can impact us adversely as well – the steam engine brought the industrial revolution and with it economic growth and prosperity as well as environmental pollution and inequality. In order to reap innovation’s full benefits, we should try [...]

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Plugged In

Photo Friday: Autolib – EVs in Paris

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This photo shows one of Paris’s electric vehicle charging stations. This station is dedicated for use by the city’s electric car share program, Autolib. Photo Credit: Photo by Hakan Dahlstrom Photography. Taken on March 31, 2013. Found using Creative Commons.  

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Plugged In

Is the Tesla Model S the safest car ever made?

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The electric Tesla Model S might be the safest car ever made. Or, at least one of the safest production cars that the U.S. federal government has ever tested. Frontal crash, side impact, and rollover – the 2013 Tesla Model S 5 HB RWD received a perfect 5-star rating across the board in National Highway [...]

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Electric Vehicle Deployment – Where Should We Be Today?

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Guest Post by Tali Trigg Electric vehicles (EVs) have come under siege in the media in the past two years, with several observers pointing to shortcomings like driving range, performance in cold weather and resale value as indicators of their imminent demise. Do we know for sure that EVs will overcome all these challenges? No. [...]

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