February 16, 2016
ISSUE | CLEAN ENERGY Electric car tease How long have we heard about the potential of electric cars without seeing that potential fulfilled? A commentary urged more federal and state support on top of the $7,500-per-car tax credit that helps the rich buy $75,000-plus Teslas ("Time, again, for electric cars to take center stage," Friday). That we need to pay people to buy electric cars speaks volumes. |Andrew Terhune, Philadelphia, email@example.com
February 13, 2016
By G. Wayne Miller All-electric cars were creating excitement as the 2016 car show season began with the Consumer Electronics Show and, more recently, the Philadelphia Auto Show. With shows to come in Chicago, Toronto, Geneva, Beijing, and New York City, plus many smaller regional exhibitions, battery-powered vehicles will stay in the news. It's an old story, though, dating to the automotive industry's infancy, when electrics competed with steam- and gas-powered vehicles for market share.
December 17, 2015
Drivers of electric cars can now charge their vehicles at the public parking lots at Philadelphia International Airport, the Philadelphia Parking Authority announced.Seven stations capable of charging 14 electric vehicles at any time have been installed: two on Level 1 in Garage C, two on Level 1 in Garage D, and three in the Economy Lot next to the airport toll plaza. Charging will be free until April 1. After that, rates may still be free, or there may be a $1 to $5 fee above the normal cost of parking in the lots, said Parking Authority spokesman Martin O'Rourke.
September 28, 2015 |
2015 BMW i3 with Range Extender: Plugging into a little less worry. Price: $52,750 as tested, including $1,500 for the Giga World package (19-inch wheels, universal garage-door opener), $2,500 for the Tech and Driving Assist Package (navigation and BMW Online apps), and $1,000 for the Parking Assist Package. Marketer's pitch: "Every great revolution begins with a charge. " Conventional wisdom: I'm going to get stuck somewhere, I just know it. Reality: Fairly convenient family car, but some iBugs remain.
May 9, 2015
ISSUE | SICK LEAVE Home rule forgotten I find it astounding that the rationale of State Sen. John Eichelberger (R., Blair) in trying to abolish Philadelphia's sick-pay law is that local governments should not be allowed to govern, when it's a core Republican value that local communities should be able to do so ("Phila. sick-leave law is praised," April 22). Furthermore, the state House majority leader's spokesman, Steve Miskin, contends that government should not interfere with the private sector.
March 26, 2014 |
TRENTON A New Jersey lawmaker has introduced a bill aimed at allowing electric carmaker Tesla to continue to operate under a business model banned by the state. The bill, proposed by Assemblyman Timothy Eustace (D., Bergen), would allow any electric car manufacturer licensed by the state Motor Vehicle Commission to sell directly to consumers, instead of through a dealer. Eustace said Monday that the bill was in response to a decision by the commission that Tesla has said will force it to direct prospective buyers to stores out of state.
February 15, 2013
By Charles Lane The Obama administration's electric-car fantasy finally may have died on the road between Newark, Del., and Milford, Conn. The New York Times' John M. Broder reported Friday that the Tesla Model S electric car he was test-driving repeatedly ran out of juice, partly because cold weather reduces the battery's range by about 10 percent. Broder's trip included a stretch with the conked-out car riding the back of a flatbed truck. Tesla chief executive Elon Musk tweeted on Monday that Broder's report is a "fake" and that "vehicle logs" show he "didn't actually charge to max & took a long detour.
January 18, 2013
A NDREW DAGA, 55, of Malvern, is the principal founder and CEO of Momentum Dynamics, which is developing a wireless recharging system and other technologies for electric vehicles. Last month, the 10-employee start-up, which began in 2009, announced it had wirelessly charged a Chevy Volt. Momentum's wireless charger delivers more than 20,000 watts, far more than plug-in chargers supply. Q: How did you come up with the idea for wireless charging? A: I was working on a project to deliver solar power to troops during the Iraq war, which led me to a safe, short-distance method of transmitting power wirelessly.
September 1, 2012 |
Imagine a car that consumes no oil, has no tailpipe, and can get you wherever you need to go without ever visiting a gas station. That's the promise of electric vehicles, which got a huge boost this week when the Obama administration announced that fuel-efficiency standards will be nearly doubled, to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. Pennsylvania drivers currently spend more than $18 billion a year on gasoline. Oil consumed for gasoline and other uses produces more global-warming pollution than any other energy source, and oil emissions are our largest single source of smog, particulate pollution, and other toxins that cause thousands of asthma attacks and other respiratory problems every year.
August 3, 2012 |
A California company, infused with millions of federal dollars, is offering to install free charging stations in the homes of some Philadelphia-area owners of electric vehicles. In return, it wants your data. ECOtality Inc. announced Wednesday that it was expanding its federally funded EV Project to Philadelphia, as well as Atlanta and Chicago. The two-year-old project, which is now in seven states, is aimed at developing the infrastructure to support the electric-vehicle market, while also gathering data on how EVs are being used and recharged.