Electric Vehicles http://kplu.org en Slow Uptake Of Electric Cars Prompts Calls To Extend Washington Tax Break http://kplu.org/post/slow-uptake-electric-cars-prompts-calls-extend-washington-tax-break <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The slow uptake of electric cars by Northwest drivers is prompting calls to extend a tax break in Washington state for new vehicles powered by alternative fuels. A sales tax exemption is set to expire next year.</span></p><p>Washington and Oregon have been among the best sales markets in the country for plug-in cars. But still, the number of fully electric and other alternative fuel vehicles on the road remains a tiny fraction of total registrations.</p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:54:05 +0000 Tom Banse 12975 at http://kplu.org Slow Uptake Of Electric Cars Prompts Calls To Extend Washington Tax Break Government Fleets Soon To Include More Fully-Electric Cars http://kplu.org/post/government-fleets-soon-include-more-fully-electric-cars <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Just like consumers who postponed new car buying during the recent recession, so did government agencies put off vehicle replacements. But now procurement officers are getting busy again. In this buying cycle, every Western state is under a directive to buy alternative fuel vehicles and to reduce fossil fuel use.</span></p><p>The legislation or executive order always comes with a caveat: do so, except when it's not economically or logistically possible. A western Washington driver is showing what is possible when you push an electric car to its limit.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 21:01:00 +0000 Tom Banse 11792 at http://kplu.org Government Fleets Soon To Include More Fully-Electric Cars Fueling Up For 84 Cents Per 'eGallon' http://kplu.org/post/fueling-84-cents-egallon <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/06/061113TB_Danielson_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Imagine paying less than a dollar per gallon for your commute, compared to today's statewide averages of $3.84 in Oregon and Washington and $3.80 in Idaho for a gallon of gas. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 18:02:37 +0000 Tom Banse 9054 at http://kplu.org Fueling Up For 84 Cents Per 'eGallon' Nissan electric car sales booming in Washington state http://kplu.org/post/nissan-electric-car-sales-booming-washington-state <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The automaker Nissan says sales of its fully-electric Leaf compact surpassed all other Nissan models at dealers in the Seattle and Portland areas this spring. The announcement Wednesday runs counter to the prevailing wisdom that adoption of plug-in cars has been sluggish.</span></p><p>At Nissan USA headquarters, director of electric vehicle marketing and sales Erik Gottfried says he's scrambling to ship enough Leafs to meet demand in the Pacific Northwest. The car maker juiced its plug-in sales by slashing the sticker price and offering low-cost leases. Gottfried says that was made possible by opening a domestic production line in Tennessee.</p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 19:01:16 +0000 Tom Banse 8801 at http://kplu.org Nissan electric car sales booming in Washington state AAA's roadside service goes electric http://kplu.org/post/aaas-roadside-service-goes-electric <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Driving an all-electric vehicle just got a bit more mainstream.</span></p><p>The <a href="http://www.aaawa.com/automotive/">AAA Auto Club of Washington</a> has launched a new emergency roadside service for electric cars. It now has a truck with a generator on board that can rescue drivers in the greater Seattle area if they’ve run out of charge.</p><p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 00:50:23 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8083 at http://kplu.org AAA's roadside service goes electric Ford unveiling all-new Focus electric car in Seattle http://kplu.org/post/ford-unveiling-all-new-focus-electric-car-seattle <p>Seattle&#39;s Century Link Field is again the location for the unveiling of a new all-electric car.&nbsp;</p><p>The Nissan Leaf debuted here nearly a year ago. Tomorrow morning there will be a demonstration of the plug-in technology at the charging stations near the stadium &ndash; to mark <a href="http://www.plugincars.com/ford-now-taking-online-orders-2012-focus-electric-109596.html?utm_source=feedburner">the opening of order banks </a>for owning the new Ford electric vehicle.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 21:22:22 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3063 at http://kplu.org Ford unveiling all-new Focus electric car in Seattle First responders get electric vehicle training http://kplu.org/post/first-responders-get-electric-vehicle-training <p>SALEM, Ore. - A car wreck that involves an electric vehicle or a hybrid can pose grave risks to emergency personnel. A group of first responders in Oregon got a training session Thursday on how to handle a high wattage accident.</p><p>It&#39;s no surprise that an electric car might have more electricity pulsating through it than a regular car. So, how much power does it take?</p><p>Matt Paiss of the National Fire Protection Association says an electric car can pack quite the punch.</p> Fri, 23 Sep 2011 00:35:57 +0000 Chris Lehman 2714 at http://kplu.org Electric vehicles could help store NW wind power http://kplu.org/post/electric-vehicles-could-help-store-nw-wind-power <p>RICHLAND, Wash. &ndash; As the Pacific Northwest begins to integrate more renewable energy, grid operators sometimes have trouble predicting the variability that comes with it. Researchers have found a way to use electric vehicles to help balance wind power&rsquo;s inconsistency.</p><p> Tue, 13 Sep 2011 17:35:45 +0000 Courtney Flatt 2612 at http://kplu.org Electric vehicles could help store NW wind power Electric vehicles becoming more mainstream http://kplu.org/post/electric-vehicles-becoming-more-mainstream <p>It&rsquo;s been eight months since <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/first-nissan-electric-car-delivered-pacific-northwest">Nissan made its first delivery of its all-electric Leaf</a> car to a customer in the pacific Northwest.</p><p>Now, driving an all-electric vehicle is well on its way to becoming mainstream reality. A pilot program is installing <a href="http://www.ecotality.com/newsletter/20110609_Commercial_Charging_Qwest_Field_Seattle.html">thousands of electric car charging stations</a> in the Puget Sound region and making them more available to regular folks.</p><p> Tue, 06 Sep 2011 18:24:37 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2551 at http://kplu.org Electric vehicles becoming more mainstream Oregon governor continues push for electrical vehicle tax http://kplu.org/post/oregon-governor-continues-push-electrical-vehicle-tax <p>Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has not given up on the idea of a mileage tax paid by electric vehicle owners. The tax is meant to offset the lack of gas taxes paid by people who drive electric cars.</p><p> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 16:20:57 +0000 Chris Lehman 2424 at http://kplu.org Oregon governor continues push for electrical vehicle tax Electric car study volunteers get home charging stations http://kplu.org/post/electric-car-study-volunteers-get-home-charging-stations <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-954106.mp3</p><p>Starting this week, the first of roughly 900 electric car owners in the Northwest will each have a free charging station built into their garages. The deal comes with a catch though.</p><p> Wed, 23 Feb 2011 22:15:12 +0000 Tom Banse & KPLU News Staff 860 at http://kplu.org Electric car study volunteers get home charging stations First Nissan electric car delivered in Pacific Northwest http://kplu.org/post/first-nissan-electric-car-delivered-pacific-northwest <p>The debating and waiting can now take a back seat.&nbsp; Here comes the real world test whether Northwest drivers will embrace electric vehicles.&nbsp; Carmaker Nissan has made the first customer delivery in the region of its fully-electric <a href="http://www.nissanusa.com/leaf-electric-car/index?dcp=ppn.39666654.&amp;dcc=0.216878497">Nissan Leaf</a> model.</p><p> Sat, 18 Dec 2010 00:07:00 +0000 Tom Banse 392 at http://kplu.org First Nissan electric car delivered in Pacific Northwest