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Energy Consumer Weekend - EV Edition

Electric vehicle companies want drivers to give EVs a try. Maybe if they get people behind the wheel once, buying an EV will be a done deal. It is National Drive Electric Week, a promotional time for car companies to get people to try…

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…

Electric Vehicles Exemplify a Southeast Dilemma

Can a region be a leader and not-so-much a leader in energy at the same time? Yes. That was suggested about the Southeast. Automakers have put plants across the Southeast, much to the delight of economic developers. Electric vehicles (EV)…

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…

Quick Take – Gasoline Station Goes All-Electric

It is a first. A gasoline station has converted to being an electric vehicle charging station. 100%. The photo shows the station for its grand re-opening. RS Automotives in Takoma Park, Maryland, has been around since 1958. Since 1997 the…
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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…
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An Energizing Benchmark for Electric Vehicles

The U.S. will have its one-millionth electric vehicle (EV) purchased in this month.  The news of more EVs needs to be looked at in context of all vehicles out there, consumer choice and infrastructure. There were 272 million vehicles…
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Thanks for Driving a Hybrid!

When I first purchased my hybrid Ford Fusion in 2013, I was starting a position with a one hour commute from Hilton Head, South Carolina to Savannah, Georgia. The drive was mostly on two lane roads, some not very safe. So, I was seeking…