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    Report: Hubject wants to expand EV-charging payment system across Europe
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    Hubject, the collaboration between a half-dozen German companies that earlier this year proposed a standardized electric-vehicle charging payment infrastructure for Germany, is now thinking even bigger. BMW, Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler, Bosch and the other companies in the collective are looking ...

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    Official: U of British Columbia touts cheaper, more efficient wireless EV charger
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    Oh, Canada. Our neighbors to the north say they've come up with a cheaper, more efficient wireless charging system for electric vehicles. Specifically, engineers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have developed a way to wirelessly charge a vehicle that cuts frequency by 99 percent, an ...

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    Ford's EV Etiquette rules make for kinder, gentler plug-in drivers
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    Don't Bogart your buddy's electricity without offering to buy it. That's just one of the "rules" Ford is dispensing as part of a primer on etiquette for recharging electric-drive vehicles. The automaker has created a list of manners for recharging as well as a placard EV drivers can put on ...

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    Report: Is $1/hour the right price for plug-in car charging? Industry says yes
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    Owners of public electric-vehicle charging stations would do well to bill their customers about a $1 per hour. That's the rate where they can make money but won't make EV drivers feel gouged, according to the Christian Science Monitor reports, citing several members of the EV charging station ...

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    Official: Only 6% of U.S. utilities offer electric vehicle tariffs
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    The feds may be willing to make some financial concessions to encourage electric-vehicle use, but utility companies? Not so much. Just six percent of U.S. utilities offer special electricity rates for plug-in vehicle drivers charging their vehicles at home, according to a report released this ...

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    Official: GM testing OnStar feature to boost renewable-energy charging in Chevy Volt
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    General Motors is developing a feature for its OnStar navigation service that will allow Chevrolet Volt owners to better match recharging patterns for the extended-range plug-in vehicles with the availability of renewable energy. GM is working with utility company PJM Interconnection on the ...

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    Study: Asia-Pacific region to get majority of DC quick-charge stations
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    DC quick-charge stations are robust units that promise to recharge plug-in vehicles from zero to 80-percent capacity in less than 30 minutes. While not required for EVs to work, these units make the concept of cross-country-capable electric vehicles believable and long distance electric-only ...

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    Report: 4,000 Chargemaster plug-in vehicle chargers coming to UK in Polar deal
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    It's time for the UK to go Polar. That's the name of a new scheme that calls for a UK-wide network of plug-in vehicles charging points to be installed. What's even more interesting is that every penny of the Polar initiative comes not from the government, but from private investments. The ...

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    Automakers working on universal electric vehicle port for all charging levels
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    How many plug ports does the electric vehicle industry need? One more, apparently. German automakers Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen – in conjunction with General Motors and Ford – will unveil the Combined Charging System at the 15th International VDI-Congress and ...

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    Eight tips to extend electric vehicle battery life
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    Is battery longevity a legitimate concern? You bet it is. With plug-in vehicles, their unproven battery technology could be the cause for constant worry among individuals, first among them the owners. Sure, lengthy warranties are attached to most plug-ins, but are there simple techniques to ...

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    Nissan looks to corner quick-charge industry with half-price unit
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    Nissan has teamed up with leading European firms, including Circutor, DBT, Efacec, Endesa and Siemens, to speed development and installation of public-access quick-charge stations across Europe. This agreement centers on the widespread deployment of Nissan's sub-$10,000 quick-charger, a unit ...

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    350Green, Coulomb team to install 400-plus charging stations across U.S.
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    Plug-in vehicle charging stations are still a bit of a rarity here in the United States and, while 400 additional chargers won't make for a nation that's blanketed with the technology, we'll certainly take all the charging points we can get. 350Green is teaming up with Coulomb Technologies to ...

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    European automakers propose global plug-in connection standard
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    The European automotive industry has agreed on a common system for charging plug-in vehicle throughout Europe. The ACEA, Europe's automobile manufacturers' trade association, aims to standardize one type of connector for all plug-ins sold in Europe. ACEA's secretary general, Ivan Hodac, ...

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    Study: Where to charge up your electric vehicle? At IKEA and at home
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    An overwhelming majority of drivers, if they actually owned a plug-in, are pretty sure they will charge their electric vehicles at home, according to a Chartwell study. Chartwell's survey of 1,500 North American consumers – not necessarily owners of electric vehicles – reveals that ...

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    AeroVironment installs its first charging station in Hawaii
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    Environmentally conscious vacationers will likely be thrilled to know that if they rent a plug-in vehicle in Hawaii and stay at the Marriott Waikiki, then they will have no problem juicing up their vehicle since AeroVironment has installed a charging station on the hotel's grounds. Apparently, ...

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    Nissan reveals sub-$10,000 quick charger
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    Nissan Motor Co. revealed what might just be the world's cheapest quick-charge station. Priced below $10,000 and set to go on sale in November, Nissan's newly-developed quick-charge unit takes up significantly less space than most competing Level 3 chargers and is supposedly easier to install, ...

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    Report: Why 110-volt charging makes sense for some plug-in vehicle drivers
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    This question should be on the FAQ for new plug-in vehicle owners: should I shell out $2,000 for a wall-mounted 240-volt charging station that can fully recharge my electrified vehicle in approximately eight hours, or will a much less costly 110-volt setup suffice? While there's no set-in-stone ...

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    Nichicon develops world's smallest quick-chargers
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    A relatively unknown Japanese firm, one that goes by the name of Nichicon, has developed and will soon launch what it says are the world's smallest quick-charge stations for plug-in vehicles. Nichicon's NGQ-A202 and NGQ-A302 use what the firms calls "advanced module technology" to shrink down ...

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    DOE helps standardize EV charger permit process with online tools
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    Electric vehicles are a relatively new thing here in the United States (as long as you ignore vehicles like the short-lived EV1 and the first-gen RAV4 EV and the whole EV thing back in the early 1900s). The current generation EV are so new, in fact, that many cities do not have a standardized ...

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    Cars.com gets a roadside charge from Real Power
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    Compared to the rather sparse infrastructure of charging stations, gas pumps are practically ubiquitous. Even so, gas-powered drivers know it's not uncommon to overlook that little flashing light next to "E" until your V-8 is running as quietly as any electric motor... for a very short ...

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