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Eight-state coalition forms to provide spark for electric car industry

States form coalition to support electric cars (via The Christian Science Monitor) A Nissan Leaf tops off it’s battery in Central Point, Ore., at one of the charging stations along Interstate 5. The Leaf is one of several electric cars that qualify for a sizable federal tax credit. (Jeff Bernard/AP/File)…

An electric car — the Model S — tops registrations in Norway for first time

An electric car model has topped the list of new car registrations in Norway for the first time, a car industry group said Thursday. In the month of September there were 616 registrations of the high-end US-made Tesla S, accounting for 5.1 percent of the total, according to Opplysningsraadet for…

Renault teams up with electric car-share service

French automaker Renault and the Bollore family group that runs a successful pay-as-you go electric car network in Paris, are teaming up to develop technology. In a statement, the groups said they had agreed to develop car sharing systems for electric cars and cooperate on the manufacturing of the Bollore…

More than 50 percent of electric cars sold in the U.S. are in 5 cities

You have probably heard of certain cities which have particularly high electric car ownership rates, often due to their generous incentives. Can you name which five cities have over 50% of the electric cars sold in the US? Here’s the list: Los Angeles…  …

Will electric cars ever enter the mainstream?

Pardon my metaphor, but is the tank half-empty or half-full when it comes to electric cars? The bad news: start-up electric-car makers Aptera, Better Place, Coda and Fisker are out of business, or close to it. Of the 14.4m cars sold last year in the US, only 52,835 – one…

Demand for electric cars remains low despite tech advances

The road has gotten bumpier for electric cars, with Coda Automotive, one of what had been a promising crop of electric car startups, filing for bankruptcy protection this month. High-end electric car maker Fisker Automotive, which has had financial woes for months, announced meanwhile it was laying off 75 percent…

Portable chargers, boosters to ease electric car objections

Chevrolet Europe’s president Susan Doherty drives to work every day in an electric car, and thanks to a recharging station at work, she never worries about running out of power. For most other people, however, it remains a challenge to find electric charging stations to refuel. As a result sales…

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