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    Official: 8 automakers, 15 utilities collaborate on open smart-charging for EVs
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    We're going to lead with General Motors here. GM is one of eight automakers working with 15 utilities and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) at developing a "smart" plug-in vehicle charging system. Why did we start with GM? Because it's the first automaker whose press release we read ...

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    Report: Drive an EV and you, too, can pay the equivalent of 75 cents a gallon
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    One in six households can party like it's 1979 by purchasing a plug-in vehicle. Add a thumpin' sound system to that vehicle and you can celebrate by pumping out an appropriate hit from that year, too. We think Chic's Good Times would be appropriate. Thanks to special rates for households with ...

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    Official: Minnesota scores first-in-US statewide EV charging discount rate
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    The Land of 10,000 Lakes is now No. 1 when it comes to cutting electric-vehicle recharging rates. Minnesota has become the first state in the union to require investor-owned utilities to offer consumers discounted rates for EV charging during off-peak hours. You betcha. More than 1.3 million ...

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    Read This: ​Electric vehicles will widen emissions gap with conventional cars
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    Despite some claims to the contrary, green cars will get downright emerald when it comes to environmental friendliness, as electric production gets cleaner, according to a recent Natural Resources Defense Council blog post. Electric vehicles contribute as much as 53 percent fewer ...

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    Report: Go ahead Texas, charge up with TXU Energy's 'Free Nights'
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    If the Lone Star State gets any more giving with its free power for electric-vehicle drivers, all your exes may live in Texas, too. Dallas-based TXU Energy is starting a new plan to use some of its excess wind energy by promoting a "Free Nights" program. As you might suspect, it lets EV-driving ...

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    Official: Hawaii HECO utilities will cut charging rates to encourage EVs
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    One of the smallest US states continues to be one of the biggest proponents of electric-vehicle adoption, and is now offering special electric-use charging rates for folks who install EV charging stations. The Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) has received approval from the state's Public Utilities ...

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    Report: French nuclear power grid could be strained by electric vehicles
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    File this under the "if it's not one thing, it's another" department. France, whose largest automaker Renault is already addressing concerns over what may be less-than-expected demand for electric vehicles, has a power grid that may be insufficient should consumers adopt plug-in vehicles in ...

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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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    Report: New Colorado law makes it easy to sell electricity to EVs
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    There's an old problem on the law book that has hindered plug-in vehicle adoption in the U.S.: figuring out who has the rights to sell electricity. Traditionally, in many areas, only utilities have that right because of, we've heard, unscrupulous landlords who overcharged their tenants. Of ...

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    Chevrolet to partner with Con Edison for Volt demonstration test in New York
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    2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Here's some new our friend Lyle Dennis at GM-Volt will be glad to hear. At the New York Auto Show this week, Chevrolet will announce that Con Edison, the utility that serves the New York metropolitan area will be one of the ...

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    Who should get carbon credits, automakers or utilities?
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    Toyota Prius PHEV - click above for high-res image gallery
    Governments everywhere are trying to use a carrot and stick approach to get reductions in emissions, particularly when it comes to greenhouse gases. The stick is well-known approach: fail to miss the requirements and you pay a fine. For ...

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    GM teams up with utilities to prepare plug-ins.
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    The Wall Street Journal has published a very interesting article that states that GM is teaming with a dozen electric utilities operating in 40 states to prepare the arrival of its plug-in model (the Volt, if you didn't remember the name). From the business point of view, the article states that ...

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