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This Ohio city’s plan to get more people to buy el...

Columbus, Ohio, exceeded its goal of more than 3,200 new BEVs and plug-in hybrids. In 2016, the city of Columbus, Ohio, won a nationwide Department of Transportation challenge and was named America’s first smart city. This contest was not just for bragging rights, like some kind of Mensa for municipalities; the award came with $40 million in DOT funding for testing better transportation policies, with an additional $10...

Marble Cliff’s (Franklin County, Ohio) initiatives...

The village of Marble Cliff’s two electric-vehicle charging stations are being used, based on data from a company that assisted the village in purchasing and installing them. The solar panels installed at Marble Cliff’s village hall also have resulted in a reduction in the cost to power the administration building and the streetlights on the village’s north side. The charging stations were installed at two parking spaces at...

Columbus, OH exceeds EV adoption goal

Dive Brief: Columbus, OH residents have purchased 3,323 electric vehicles (EV) over the past three years, exceeding its EV adoption goals created in 2016 amid a $10 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. The grant followed the city’s win of the $40 million U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Smart City Challenge. Only 0.4% of cars sold in the Columbus-area were EVs as of 2016, a figure that...

COBALT IS CRITICAL TO THE RENEWABLE ENERGY TRANSIT...

May 14, 2020 — Its name conjures an image of vivid deep blues. But when cobalt is dug out of the ground in ore form, there’s barely a hint of the rich hue it lends its name to. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which produces more than half of the world’s supply, it takes the form of heterogenite, a dull brownish mineral that could easily be mistaken for small clods of dirt. But people die for this mineral. Children...

Electric Vehicle Sales Set to Crash in 2020 Amid C...

Global EV sales will plunge by more than 40 percent this year, Wood Mackenzie forecasts — and the coronavirus is not the only culprit. Global electric vehicle sales look set to crash this year, and the coronavirus pandemic won’t be the only culprit. Total EV sales will plunge 43 percent in 2020, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie. The 2020s are the decade in which EVs are expected to move from the margin of the...

EV groups brace for phase 2 of Trump fuel standard...

Dive Brief: The Trump Administration is set to release phase two of its fuel standard rollbacks this week in a move electric vehicle advocates fear could hinder the United States’ progress on EV deployment. In September, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued part one of its Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule, which prohibits...

Trump could roll back Obama mpg rules as soon as T...

Washington — The Trump administration is expected to finalize its plan to roll back stringent gas-mileage rules enacted by the Obama administration as soon as Tuesday. The administration’s plan is expected to call for reducing the required annual fleetwide average mpg increases for carmakers for model years 2021-2026 from the original 5% that would have required under the Obama-era rules, to a less-stringent 1.5%. The...

GM unveils 11 future EVs, new batteries and its pl...

General Motors wants to do better at telling the story of its electric vehicle development. So GM leaders invited about 150 journalists to an “EV day” Wednesday, showing 11 future EVs in its Design Dome at the Warren Technical Center. GM did not allow any photographs of the vehicles or provide any to the media. The upcoming GMC Hummer pickup hulked in one corner of the dome and the Cadillac Lyriq, a futuristic...

GLOBAL EV POLICIES BOOST SALES AS U.S. LAGS BEHIND

ME FIRST — GLOBAL EV POLICIES BOOST SALES AS U.S. LAGS BEHIND: Plug-in electric vehicle sales in European Union nations grew 54 percent last year as automakers ramp up production in response to new pollution rules, according to a new report from S&P Global Platts Analytics. That’s a marked contrast to the U.S., where analysts said EV sales dropped 9 percent. By 2021, EU rules say new vehicles from each automaker...

As federal tax credits for EVs are phased out, Ohi...

Federal tax incentives are winding down as automakers hit 200,000 in sales of electric vehicles. EVs aren’t mainstream yet, but work is being done in Ohio to encourage drivers to go electric. The federal tax credit for Tesla customers ends Dec. 31. Chevy isn’t far behind. The tax incentive to buy an electric vehicle from that General Motors brand, originally $7,500, is now $1,875 and expected to zero out by the end of March....

Trump’s Christmas Gift to Big Oil: Killing H...

The tax credit is meant to help offset the upfront cost of electric vehicles and boost the EV market. Consumers who purchase an EV can currently claim a credit up to $7,500, and the credit phases out once auto manufacturers sell 200,000 qualifying vehicles. Tesla and General Motors have both hit the 200,000-vehicle cap and had lobbied for an extension. A bipartisan proposal called for allowing a $7,000 credit for an...

Will Your EV Keep the Lights On When the Grid Goes...

Home battery systems can help during power outages. So can the battery packs rolling around in electric vehicles. EV battery packs are functionally similar to stationary systems but much larger. Last month’s preventative power shutoffs in California highlighted the vulnerability of the electricity grid to threats exacerbated by a changing climate. In the wake of the forced outages, much has been written about the ability of...

ELECTRIC VEHICLES – What we learned on the E...

After two crazy months, we’re done. The reporters of E&E News have completed the Electric Road Trip, an 8,000-mile journey in an electric car and an investigation into how electric transportation will change America. What did we learn? By interviewing dozens of people, driving a total of six cars and gathering many streams of data, we have a mountain of perspective. We even drove 2,000 miles more than we first...

GM sells shuttered Ohio plant to EV truck start-up

(Reuters) – General Motors Co confirmed on Thursday it has sold its shuttered Lordstown Assembly plant in Ohio to a start-up that has an ambitious plan to begin building electric pickup trucks by the end of 2020. Lordstown Motors Corp, which is 10% owned by Workhorse Group Inc, has retained Ohio investment bank Brown Gibbons Lang & Co and is working to raise additional capital, Lordstown Chief Executive Steve Burns...

Chuck Schumer Proposes $454 Billion Plan to Swap G...

The Senate’s top Democrat, Charles Schumer of New York, proposed on Thursday a $454 billion 10-year plan to boost the sale of electric vehicles and reduce the number of gasoline-powered cars. His plan would offer cash vouchers to entice Americans to trade in their internal combustion engine car for a car that runs on hybrid, electric or hydrogen fuel cells, according to Reuters. Schumer said in a statement that his...