Minnesota slated to expand electric vehicle charging network
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota will spend nearly $1.7 million from its share of the Volkswagen emissions-cheating settlement to expand electric vehicle charging options over the next two years...
$3 million for NY towns to buy zero emissions equipment
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that communities that want to promote emissions-free vehicles can apply for part of $3 million in rebates and...
New Mexico adds plug-in vehicles to core government fleet
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico was poised to add plug-in electric cars to its core fleet of government vehicles for the first time after announcing a price agreement with dealerships, moving...
Hybrid and electric car owners see $75 fee in car-tab bills
SEATTLE (AP) — Beginning this month, hybrid-vehicle owners in Washington state will start paying an annual $75 car-tab fee to finance electric-car charging stations they'll never use.
Washington state enacts $75 fee for hybrid, electric cars
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state policymakers have announced hybrid and electric car owners would have to start paying an annual $75 car-tab fee to finance electric-car charging stations.
Maryland opens first fully converted gas-to-electric station
TAKOMA PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland officials say the nation's first fully converted gas-to-electric refueling and service station for electric vehicles has opened in the state.
Minnesota moves to get more electric vehicles on roads
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota will require car manufacturers to sell more electric vehicles in the state starting in the 2023 model year, Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday, a move meant to reduce...
Electric car advocates criticize lack of charging options
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Electric vehicle advocates say the lack of charging infrastructure causes North Dakota to miss out on potential tourism and economic development dollars.
GM electric car push could mean fewer and lower paying jobs
DETROIT (AP) — If U.S. consumers ever ditch fuel burners for electric vehicles, then the United Auto Workers union is in trouble.
Gone would be thousands of jobs at engine and transmission...
Utah to award grants for electric car charging stations
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah groups can apply for state funding for electric vehicle charging stations.
The Utah Department of Environmental Quality will begin accepting applications for...
Vegas area, casinos charge ahead with electric vehicle spots
LAS VEGAS (AP) — As more electric vehicles hit the streets, additional places to charge them are popping up in Las Vegas.
Casino companies, Clark County, shopping centers and the University...
New Hampshire holds electric vehicle relay
COLEBROOK, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is holding an electric vehicle relay from Colebrook to Portsmouth.
The relay, scheduled Monday, will feature the latest electric vehicle models driven by...
Volkswagen bets big on electric. Will consumers buy in?
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen is rolling out what it bills as the breakthrough electric car for the masses, the leading edge of a wave of new battery-powered vehicles about to hit the...
Iowa soon getting electric vehicle charging stations
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — MidAmerican Energy has announced its plans to erect fast-charging stations for electric vehicles in more than a dozen Iowa cities.
Colorado OKs electric car requirement to fight air pollution
DENVER (AP) — Colorado tightened its air quality regulations on Friday, requiring that at least 5% of the vehicles sold in the state by 2023 emit zero pollution.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Electric charging stations have been introduced at the Topeka, Lawrence and Towanda services areas on the Kansas Turnpike.
MISHAWAK, Ind. (AP) — An electric vehicle startup is cutting about 30 jobs at a northern Indiana factor where it has halted plans to start production.
VW, Ford team up to make autonomous, electric vehicles
NEW YORK (AP) — Volkswagen will invest $2.6 billion into a Pittsburgh autonomous vehicle company that's mostly owned by Ford as the automakers who were once rivals deepen their partnership to...
MISHAWAKA, Ind. (AP) — An electric vehicle startup has halted plans to start production at a northern Indiana factory where it aimed to employ more than 450 workers.
NEW YORK (AP) — Ford and Volkswagen are planning to unveil details about their budding alliance to build mobility services and autonomous and electric vehicles.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont wants to increase the number of electric vehicles by more than 16 times by 2025.
Currently there are about 3,100 plug-in vehicles registered in...
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia city is trying to reduce its contribution to global warming by outfitting city workers with electric cars.
News outlets report the city of Savannah added two...
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska's largest utility offers several programs to help reduce the cost of purchasing an electric vehicle and installing a charging station.
DETROIT (AP) — Michigan utilities are launching programs aimed at boosting the availability and use of electric vehicle charging stations in Michigan.
LANDRUM, S.C. (AP) — A new electric vehicle charging station is up and running in Landrum.
The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reports the charging station was funded by a grant from the South...
Xcel works to electrify car-sharing and government fleets
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An electric car-sharing program under development in the Twin Cities is being hailed as potentially a national model for expanding access to low-emissions...
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Ford to invest $500M in electric vehicle startup Rivian
DETROIT (AP) — Ford is sinking a half-billion dollars into electric vehicle startup Rivian in a deal that has the companies working together on a new Ford electric vehicle based on Rivian...
City of Newport to seek grant for EV charging station
NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — The city of Newport wants to welcome drivers of electric vehicles with charging stations for them.
The Caledonian Record reports the Newport City Council voted this week...
Electrifying city fleets isn’t as improbable as some think
COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — For a suburban Minnesota police department, the idea of an electric police car is so far-fetched it was the punchline of an April Fools' Day prank on social...
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — In a symbolic first, electric cars outsold fossil fuel-powered ones in Norway last month.
Christina Bu, the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association's general...
Insider Q&A: Head of EVgo aims to clean up transportation
NEW YORK (AP) — Cathy Zoi has been promoting clean energy in the power sector for decades, holding leadership posts in both business and government.
GM announces jobs, electric vehicle after Trump criticism
ORION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Less than a week after a series of critical tweets from the president over an Ohio plant closure, General Motors is announcing plans to add 400 jobs and build a new...
BOSTON (AP) — Environmental advocates are pressing for an increase in the infrastructure needed to support electric vehicles in Massachusetts.
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's House has endorsed legislation that would charge owners of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles an annual fee.
Vermont plans electric vehicle tax to fund road repairs
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont officials are considering an electric vehicle tax to help fund road repairs.
The Times Argus reports the state Agency of Transportation says it is bringing...
Nebraska could raise registration fees on electric vehicles
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Motorists who register an electric car in Nebraska could end up paying higher fees under a bill presented to a legislative committee Tuesday as a way to compensate for lost...
Minnesota officials call for 200K electric vehicles by 2030
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota transit officials envision 200,000 electric vehicles to be cruising down state roads in about a decade, a big jump from the 6,000 now.
Bill allows state to operate electric car charging stations
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State agencies would be able to operate charging stations for the growing number of electric vehicles on Virginia roads under legislation approved by the General Assembly on...
Maine governor adds boost to major power line project
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gov. Janet Mills is throwing her support behind a 145-mile transmission line across western Maine to supply Canadian hydropower to electricity consumers in Massachusetts,...
Bill outlaws blocking electric vehicle spaces
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's House wants to make it illegal to block spaces meant for charging electric vehicles.
Representatives approved the bill 63-27 on Thursday.
The measure requires the space to be designated for electric vehicle charging. A vehicle in that space must be "connected for electric charging purposes."
Electric vehicle drivers could soon travel farther in Idaho
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Electric vehicle drivers in Idaho must still stick close to their home cities, but a state official said Thursday that could change in the next two to three years as more charging stations are built and technology advances.
John Chatburn of the Governor's Office of Energy and Mineral Resources told lawmakers that Idaho has a program to put in charging stations on major travel routes to add to those that already exist.
AAA: Cold weather can cut electric car range over 40 percent
DETROIT (AP) — Cold temperatures can sap electric car batteries, temporarily reducing their range by more than 40 percent when interior heaters are used, a new study found.
The study of five electric vehicles by AAA also found that high temperatures can cut into battery range, but not nearly as much as the cold. The range returns to normal in more comfortable temperatures.
Lyft offers electric vehicle options for riders, drivers
NEW YORK (AP) — Lyft passengers will soon be able to request a ride in an electric or hybrid vehicle when they're planning a trip.
The ride-hailing company is launching the feature first in Seattle and then in other cities. The option will show up when passengers are choosing between available Lyft vehicles and it will not cost more for riders than traveling in a car with an internal combustion engine.
Wyoming may boost fees for electric, hybrid vehicles
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — People who own electric vehicles would need to pay more for not using gasoline under a bill making its way through the Wyoming House.
The House gave initial approval to the bill Wednesday.
Wyoming requires plug-in electric cars to have a decal that costs $50 a year. The measure would increase that fee to $200 a year.
North Dakota Senate wants fees on electric, hybrid vehicles
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Senate has endorsed legislation that would charge owners of electric and hybrid vehicles an annual fee.
The Senate approved the bill 26-19 on Tuesday. It now goes to the House for consideration.
Grand Forks Republican Sen. Curt Kreun sponsored the measure. He says all vehicles contribute to wear and tear on the state's roads and drivers of electric and hybrid vehicles should pay their fair share.
On the road to make an affordable car, Tesla cuts jobs
Tesla will cut 7 percent of its workforce as it tries to lower prices and break out of the niche-car market to produce an electric vehicle that more people can afford.
Tesla's cheapest model right now is the $44,000 Model 3, and it needs to broaden its customer base to survive.
Colorado’s Polis promotes electric, zero-emission vehicles
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's new governor is taking several steps to promote the use of electric and zero-emission vehicles.
Gov. Jared Polis said Thursday the steps are part of his efforts to combat climate change.
That includes a goal to achieve 100 percent electricity generation from renewable sources by 2040.
The Democrat says promoting electric vehicles, buses and trucks is essential to that goal.
Detroit show has SUVs, horsepower, but electric cars are few
DETROIT (AP) — Automakers have promised to start selling hordes of electric cars in the next few years, but only two will be unveiled at the big Detroit auto show that kicks off this week — and those aren't even ready for production.
Meanwhile, there will be plenty of SUVs and high-horsepower sports cars on display as cheap gasoline helps SUV and truck sales continue their dramatic climb.