‘Thousands’ of self-driving Bolt EVs to be deployed next year

Chevrolet Bolt EV self-driving prototype

Chevrolet Bolt EV self-driving prototype

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is a crucial car for General Motors in more ways than one.

With an EPA-rated 238-mile range and $37,495 base price (before federal, state, and local incentives), the Bolt EV considered a groundbreaking electric-car game changer.
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Tesla Model S drivers have traveled over one billion all electric miles

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It’s easier than ever to ‘drive 65’ in an electric luxury vehicle, with nearly 200 Tesla Supercharger stations strategically placed throughout the continental U.S. and another 150 elsewhere on the planet.   Continue reading… “Tesla Model S drivers have traveled over one billion all electric miles”

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Elon Musk and Tesla to unveil a new battery to power your home

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Despite Tesla not shipping nearly as many cars this quarter as they had projected, CEO Elon Musk remained upbeat during last week’s earnings call as he let some details slip about a brand new product.  Musk says that the company is working on a consumer battery back for the home.   Continue reading… “Elon Musk and Tesla to unveil a new battery to power your home”

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Audi plans to release an EV family car with a range of 280 miles by 2017

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Audi E-tron

At the LA Auto Show in California, Audi technical development chief Ulrich Hackenberg told reporters that his employer plans to release an electric car with a range of 280 miles “around 2017.” Hackenberg wouldn’t say what kind of car – or crossover, perhaps – it will be, but one report said it would be “a large car, fitting five large people with ample luggage space.” Most observers expect it to be a sedan to take on the Tesla Model S.

 

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Plug-in electric vehicles to communicate with electric companies via the cloud

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A two-way communication platform would allow plug-in electric vehicles to work with power grids.

Ford Motor Company and seven global automakers have joined together for a first-ever test of technology that will allow utility companies to communicate with plug-in electric vehicles via the cloud, an advancement that would help manage energy use and improve the efficiency of the power grid.

 

 

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Tesla becomes California’s largest automotive employer

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In California, Tesla has knocked off Toyota as the biggest auto employer in the state. Tesla employs over 6,000 people to the Japanese company’s 5,300. That lead is only likely to grow, as the EV manufacturer prepares to add another 500 jobs by the end of the year, and as Toyota begins its relocation to its new North American headquarters in Texas. The news comes barely a week after the company announced a $50 million loss during the first quarter of 2014.

 

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Electric car sales growing 100% every year

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Actually, electric car sales are growing a little bit more than 100%.

Every year more and more electric car models are hitting the market. As more consumers begin to adopt the technology electric car sales continue to improve. EV sales are currently growing at a rate of more than 100 percent a year according to a recent report.

 

 

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Who drives electric cars in the US: Infographic

Over 30% of 2013 US electric car and plug-in hybrid sales have occurred in California.

There is a pretty interesting infographic on who drives electric cars that has been published by the Wall Street Journal. The infographic highlights several interesting facts on who is driving electric cars.

 

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