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Steve Hanley writes about the interface between technology and sustainability from his home in Rhode Island. You can follow him on Google + and on Twitter.

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Chevrolet’s Shanghai EN-V 2.0 Carsharing Program Is A Hit

May 24th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

When it comes to carsharing programs, Chevrolet may not be the first company you think of. Yet it is actively involved in several testing programs and is ramping up its Maven carsharing business in the US. The company says it expects to include autonomous versions of its Chevy Bolt electric car in the Maven network next year

Mark Fields Out At Ford — Who’s Next In Big Auto?

May 22nd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Mark Fields, CEO of Ford Motor Company, has been pushed aside by the company and several of his top lieutenants are busy updating their resumés. Joe Hinrichs, currently head of operations for the Americas; Raj Nair, the global technology and product development director; and Mark LaNeve, head of sales, service and marketing, are all subject to being fired or reassigned according to company sources

Tesla Model 3 Coming In July, Sweet Autopilot Updates In June (#ElonTweets)

May 22nd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

When Elon Musk said last year that production of the Tesla Model 3 would begin in July of 2017, everyone rolled their eyes and snickered up their sleeves. After the Model X fiasco, the conventional wisdom said projections by the serial entrepreneur were always wildly optimistic. July? More like December, if past experience is any guide. Even Musk admitted the timetable was ambitious and that actual production by late in the third quarter was more realistic

Carbon Emissions Fee Proposed By Environmental Groups In Washington, DC

May 21st, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Climate activists in Washington DC are advocating for a law that would impose a fee on carbon emissions. The money raised would be paid out to the citizens of the district, help fund clean energy initiatives and lower property taxes on businesses. Supporters say it would promote job growth while lowering emissions.

California Electric Car Sales Up 91% (1st Quarter)

May 20th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

The data is in. It has been sliced and diced six ways to Sunday and now it can be told. EV sales in California during the first quarter of 2017 were up 91% compared to the same quarter a year ago. Industry observers give much of the credit to the Chevy Bolt, the first all-electric car from General Motors that went on sale in the Golden State last December. 2,735 Californians opted for the Bolt in the first quarter of the year. Rebecca Lindblad, a Kelley Blue Book analyst, said the Bolt — with its 240 miles of range — brings a “new element” to the electric car market

UBS: Chevy Bolt Powertrain $4,600 Cheaper Than Thought, Tesla Model 3 Likely To Be Profitable

May 20th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Analysts for UBS have torn apart a perfectly good Chevy Bolt to see how it is put together. What they found led them to make this rather startling announcement: the “total cost of consumer ownership [of electric cars] can reach parity with combustion engines from 2018." Notice that doesn't mean an electric car and a conventional car will cost the same to buy new. It means they will cost the same to own, figuring in maintenance, cost of fuel, insurance, and all the other factors that are part of the total cost of ownership

BMW Now Charging Electric Cars Via Light Poles

May 20th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

A year ago, BMW's carsharing program known as ReachNow folded up shop in San Francisco and moved to Seattle. The service began with 370 cars, including electric BMW i3 sedans and conventional 3 Series and MINI offerings. A year later, the ReachNow fleet has grown to more than 700 cars and expanded to Portland and Brooklyn. It now has more than 50,000 members

California Electric Car Subsidies May Shift To Point Of Sale Subsidies

May 20th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

California is about to begin testing a new "point of sale" clean vehicle rebate plan in San Diego. Under the present rules, people who purchase a qualifying EV can get a check back from the state for up to $7,000, depending on their income level. California started indexing its rebate program to income level a few years ago to avoid the charge that the incentives the state was offering were mostly benefiting wealthy tech tycoons and Hollywood stars replacing their Porsches with Teslas. The state is much more interested in encouraging low-income families to give up their inefficient and pollution-belching commuter cars and drive a low- or zero-emissions (and far safer) car instead

Selling Electric Cars Sort Of Important To … Selling Electric Cars

May 20th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Is it true that people aren't interested in buying electric cars, as Ford CEO Mark Fields claims? EV sales are hovering around 1% of the market in the US despite all that has been written about them and significant increases in the number of electric car charging stations available. "Ah hah!" Fields and his colleagues say. "See? We told you so." Gina Coplon-Newfield, the director of electric vehicles initiative at the Sierra Club sees things differently. “When manufacturers say buyers aren’t interested in buying electric vehicles, it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy,” she says

Why Electric Truck From Ground Up > Electric Conversions (Workhorse Story)

May 20th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

When the Workhorse W-15 plug-in hybrid electric truck was unveiled to the public at the ACT Expo in Long Beach, the folks from InsideEVs (like our own Kyle Field) had an opportunity to sit down with Workhorse CEO Steve Burns for an extended interview. The specs for the W-15 are now known — 60 kWh battery, 80 mile range, 0–60 in 5.5 seconds, stainless steel chassis, onboard range extender engine supplied by BMW. What isn't so well know is how Workhorse began and how it got to where it is today

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