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Electric Vehicle Charging Gets a Boost

Buy an electric vehicle now, before there is a big charging network, or wait for a bigger charging network? Some of that debate will be taken off the table as utilities add charging capacities in their service territories. One effort is the…

EV Charging Will Not Channel Gasoline Stations

Fill’r up? That message will stay the same whether the filling station is gasoline or electric, but that’s about where it stops. I got to thinking about the old service stations I recall from my youth, and even the changes I saw while working…

Quick Take – E-Trash Trucks Are on Carolina Roads

Two North Carolina cities made national news recently as they started using trash trucks run by electricity, not petroleum. The Wall Street Journal ran a story October 7, Electric Trash Trucks Are Coming Quietly to Your Town. Quietly is a…

States Are Evolving Electric Vehicle Fees

When drivers do not use gasoline they do not pay gasoline tax. Seems obvious, of course, but state lawmakers are wrestling with that. Electric vehicles (EV) use the roads that gasoline taxes are supposed to maintain. Some states have enacted…

Quick Take – Electric Vehicles Trickle Our Fancy

Electric vehicle (EV) buyers need confidence that they won't have to worry about finding places to charge them when needed. That was the observation from an investment site recently. ECC noticed that column because we just ran several electric…

Quick Take - The Where and When of Vehicle Charging – Part 1

How to charge an electric vehicle is one thing, where and when to charge it is also on the table. Today, the when. Here’s the story that raises the issue for us: Appalachian Power will offer first Virginia electric car time of day charging…
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Quick Take - It's National Drive Electric Week

“It’s National Drive Electric Week, and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives are demonstrating their continued commitment to promoting electric vehicles (EV), and their many benefits, with a $1 million investment in rural electric vehicle…
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Quick Take - Cary, NC, Police Chief Electrifies Citizens

The police chief of Cary, NC, is creating a buzz. That is because she drives an electric police vehicle. CBS17, WNCN-TV, reported the story July 18. Neat story. Toni Dezomits became chief in mid-June, after 22 years on the force. She started…

QUICK TAKE – Electric Vehicle Pollution - Possible?

Electric vehicles are emission-free, right? Kind of. Here’s the headline: “Electric cars won’t save the planet without a clean energy overhaul – they could increase pollution.” Some countries plan to eliminate cars running on…

QUICK TAKE - A Different Kind of Fuel Shortage?

Old enough to remember the gasoline shortage? Maybe a new angle on a fuel shortage is coming up. Lithium. It is the stuff of batteries in cars, cell phones … and the race is on between China, the country that controls two-thirds of the…