News & Articles on Electric Vehicles

We’ve made great strides in moving the electricity sector toward renewable energy. However, transportation remains a major source of air pollution and global warming gases. If we are to make a transition to renewable energy, we will need to electrify as much of the economy as we can, including transportation. Electrified rail is one means, electric vehicles (EVs) are another. The focus here is mostly on our experience driving EVs. We’ve been driving electric since the fall of 2014.

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You’re Being Lied To. The EV Market Hasn’t ‘Stalled’

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You’ve heard it everywhere, or some variation of it. It’s never a contest claim, but an obvious truth, often leading into the meat of the sentence. “As EV growth stalls” or “In a market where consumers prefer hybrids to EVs.” The message is always clear: The EV revolution has burned out. Proceed to business as usual. There’s only one issue with that messaging: It is absolutely false. You’re being lied to. EV sales aren’t stalling here. In a “down year,” where growth has been slower than expected, EV sales are handily outpacing conventional car sales growth, both at home and abroad. The revolution is in full swing. It might just take a bit longer than anticipated. But “slower than expected growth” and “stalled progress” aren’t synonymous.

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Sceptics say EVs will overwhelm the grid. In fact, they could be part of the solution

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Jasper Jolly

In recent months British net zero-sceptical newspapers have warned that the shift to EVs would “risk overwhelming the grid, and threaten catastrophic blackouts” when intermittent sun and wind fail to provide the necessary power. Another article claimed: “It won’t take an enemy power to put us all in the dark – just energy customers doing normal things on a normal winter’s evening.” Yet many of the people working in the electric car industry think these fears may be misplaced. They argue that the shift to electric cars offers an exciting – and potentially lucrative – chance to build an energy system that is smarter, as well as greener.

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The Ultimate Guide to EV Road Trip Planning

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Plug-in America

While it can be scary to try something new, there’s some comfort in knowing you’re not the first person to take a road trip across the U.S. in an EV. In fact, people have been doing it for more than 10 years. If you have any anxiety, just take a deep breath and give yourself some credit for researching this topic in the first place. We asked EV drivers across the country and our staff for their best tips to compile this comprehensive resource for first-time EV road-trippers and those interested in learning how the experience differs from gasoline-powered cars.

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The Facts Are In: It’s Not Looking Good For Internal Combustion

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The “EV slowdown” is overblown. It’s internal-combustion cars that are on their way out. When you look past the gloomy headlines and take a broader view, a clear trend emerges: The internal combustion engine is dying out.

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Capacity of 2020 Bolt with New Battery after 20,000 Miles

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Paul Gipe

I’ve tracked battery degradation in the EVs we’ve driven during the past decade. The short answer is that our Nissan Leaf lost a lot, our Chevy Bolts not so much. Since switching to the Bolts, we’ve traveled nearly 70,000 miles on three different batteries. Each battery has lost about 5% of its capacity over 20,000 to 30,000 miles. Importantly, this modest capacity loss hasn’t affected how we use the cars or how far we can drive them.

Little Book Of Ev Myths

The Little Book of EV Myths: 25 pages of succinct myth busting by the pros behind the Fully Charged Show and Stop Burning Stuff.

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“There are more myths surrounding electric cars than Elvis Presley. That’s the way it feels anyway. Everything from EVs pollute more than ICE, batteries fail, the grid won’t cope, they catch fire more than combustion cars and that hydrogen, not batteries, is the future. EVs may not be for everybody, but we know that the technology works and has proved reliable for [millions of] owners who drive EVs every day.”

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