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Published on July 26th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


General EV News Buffet

July 26th, 2014 by  

As noted in an article yesterday, I’ve been very busy in the past month (well, months…) moving into a new home and following the birth of a sweet little cleantech lover. Inevitably, “roundup articles” of important or interesting cleantech news we didn’t cover dropped off as a result. With a big backlog of stories I wanted to share, I’m breaking them up into even more articles than normal. Here’s one on general EV news.


The Mercedes B-Class Electric will get 87 miles of range and 81 MPGe, according to the EPA. (EV Obsession)

25 utilities in 14 states offer electric vehicle incentives. Honestly, I thought many more did. (EV Obsession)

Bill O’Reilly has urged conservatives to support electric vehicles. No joke. Video included. (EV Obsession)

Mercedes & BMW are reportedly teaming up on wireless EV charging. (EV Obsession)

The Volkswagen e-Golf, which is supposed to go on sale in the US later this year, is going to be paired up with Bosch and ChargePoint charging systems when it launches. (EV Obsession)

I generally wouldn’t include fuel cell vehicle news in an electric vehicle roundup, but this one seemed worth highlighting: Toyota is seeking a safety exemption for the sale of its coming fuel cell electric vehicle (i.e., smoke & mirrors car). (Gas2)

German electronics giant Bosch claims that it won’t be long before electric vehicles have transmissions. (Gas2)

Electric vehicles and hybrids are now exempt from China’s 10% sales tax. (Gas2)

Many luxury car owners dig the idea of buying an electric car. (EV Obsession)

A Continental eBike is going into production in the 4th quarter of this year. Check out the details. (Green Car Congress)

Beach sand may turn out to be a good battery anode. (EV Obsession)

Are Detroit automakers not interested in Tesla’s patents? If so, is it because Tesla’s battery patents are already out of date? (EV Obsession)

The UK government has announced a £5 million grant for the country’s “ultra low emission vehicle (ULEV) readiness project.” (EV Obsession)

The 2015 Nissan Leaf has something up its sleeve that you might not notice at a glance — or you might notice it without realizing you notice it. That would be self-cleaning paint. (Gas2)

Puerto Ricans can now pre-order the Nissan Leaf, just 4 years after the electric car hit the US market. The price isn’t that much higher than in the US, thanks to an import tariff refund. (EV Obsession)

Speaking of the Leaf, the pioneering electric car is reportedly going “beyond” zero emissions. (EV Obsession)

This man is bringing EVs to the Caribbean. (EV Obsession)

Want a comparison of the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt? Take a look at a bullet-list from a Volt owner who recently borrowed his brother-in-law’s Nissan Leaf. (EV Obsession)

EV owners have a strong appetite for nighttime electricity. Duh, but there are graphs to show it, and who doesn’t love graphs? (EV Obsession)

Evatran and Mr. Electric are teaming up on wireless EV charging. (EV Obsession)

Jeff Cobb takes a stab at which 7 cars contribute the most to US energy independence, in the grand scheme of things (so far). (GM-Volt)

Nissan is expecting to aggressively roll out quick-charging stations across the US. (Gas2)

Beijing is currently building approximately 1,000 EV fast chargers, aiming to have one at 18% or more parking spaces. (EV Obsession)

Bhutan’s electric vehicle plan has finally been hatched. Though, details are still limited. (EV Obsession)

EV battery sales are growing exponentially. I guess that’s what happens when electric vehicles grow exponentially. (EV Obsession)

When it comes to EV sales in France, the Renault Zoe crushed it in June. (EV Obsession)

Over 500,000 electric vehicles have been sold in the US since 2010. (EV Obsession

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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort on Tesla or any other company.

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