Filed under Electric Cars

The Future of the Chevy Volt

Changes are coming to the Chevy Volt, and not just design changes. From recent reports, there are two main possibilities being floated for the next generation Volt. The first is reducing the range –  internal studies indicate that current owners don’t need the estimated 50 mile electric range the car currently offers. The second is increasing the electric range. Speculation is to 60 miles. So far there hasn’t been anything solid on what a smaller battery would provide for … Continue reading

Let’s Not Get Excited

Lately the media is back to predicting the end of electric vehicles (EV). Turns out their reasons for the demise of the EV are inaccurate and like most doomsday predictions, lack context, a lot of it. So let’s provide that context. “After more than 100 years of development and several brief revivals, the electric car still is … Continue reading

A Smart Solution

I think anyone can appreciate the need for a fresh approach to solving transportation funding in Virginia, but the Governor’s latest proposal makes for simply bad policy. Governor McDonnell’s proposal would ax the current 17.5 cent tax on gasoline, replacing the lost revenue by increasing the state’s sales tax, increasing renewals by $15 per year, and adding a $100 fee for owning a hybrid or electric vehicle (EV). To understand why this is bad policy, we need to first understand the problem. That problem … Continue reading

Turning Over a New Leaf

Nissan recently announced an updated version of its first generation Nissan Leaf electric vehicle (EV). This update to me, is more than just your standard car update, it signifies that Nissan is serious about EVs. You can read all about it the changes to the 2013 model here. This post is all about  highlighting what makes … Continue reading