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June 3, 2012 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eighteen months ago, Philadelphia entrepreneur Norman P. Zarwin opened an electric-vehicle charging kiosk at a gas station he owns on Columbus Boulevard. If he built it, he figured, electric vehicles would come. They haven't. "There's not a lot of use on it because there's not a lot of vehicles," Zarwin said. Despite the enthusiasm for electric vehicles, the marketplace has not exactly caught on fire. PhillyCarShare received a $140,000 state grant in late 2010 to build 20 vehicle charging stations, but it only deployed its Chevy Volts in recent months.
NEWS
January 24, 2013
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is making $1.5 million more in grants available to buyers of electric vehicles. DEP announced Wednesday that once it reaches its milestone of awarding 500 $3,500 rebates for some plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery-electric vehicles, it will extend the program by offering rebates up to $3,000 to buyers of the next 500 EVs. Buyers of popular models such as the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus...
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December 13, 2012 | By Rick Callahan, Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis wants to become the first major city to replace its entire fleet with electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in a move the mayor says is designed to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign-produced fuels, city officials said Wednesday. Mayor Greg Ballard signed an executive order Wednesday mandating the city to replace its current sedans with electric vehicles. The city will also work with the private sector to phase in snow plows, fire trucks and other heavy vehicles that run on compressed natural gas, and it will ask automakers to develop a plug-in hybrid police car as one doesn't yet exist.
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May 18, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Adam Supplee drives his Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid each weekday from his Collegeville home to work in Phoenixville. Usually, he drops it off at the electric car charging station at the Phoenixville Municipal Building parking lot and walks to work. But when Supplee returned to the lot from a meeting Thursday afternoon, he found a Nissan Leaf and a Ford C-Max using both available plugs - a first since the free stations opened in October. "I was kind of pleasantly surprised," said Supplee, 42, a landscape architect.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Energy Department on Tuesday launched an online tool to promote electric vehicles by comparing the costs of fueling an EV vs. driving on gasoline. According to the state-by-state comparison, the eGallon price in Pennsylvania is about $1.21, meaning that a typical electric vehicle could travel as far on $1.21 of electricity as a similar vehicle could travel on a gallon of gas. In Delaware, an eGallon is $1.29 and in New Jersey, where electricity is more expensive, an eGallon is $1.51.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2012 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Behind the wheel in an empty spot of his Cherry Hill law firm's parking lot, Peter Spirgel grinned wickedly. Then he floored it. Whooah! The Tesla sedan - a Model S Performance, for those who attend to such details - shot from a standstill. Just eight days into ownership, Spirgel was still like a giddy kid, noting the luxury details, the 17-inch screen that governs everything - "like driving an iPad" a friend said - and, not least, the engineering marvel of a top-end electric car. When Spirgel took delivery, he became another statistic, albeit a snazzy one, in the growing electric-vehicle marketplace.
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October 19, 1997 | By Geoff Mulvihill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
No need to fill it, no need to check the oil. The only routine maintenance for this car is keeping air in the tires; the only fluids are for the brakes and the windshield. Turn the ignition key on this gutted Geo Metro, and it starts almost silently. This might be the vehicle of the future, these electric cars. Commuters who work at seven South Jersey companies will be trying the cars to see if they are a practical alternative to gasoline-powered cars and to encourage the use of public transit and carpools.
BUSINESS
November 12, 2010 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Call it the Field of Dreams business model: Build it and they will come. A Philadelphia entrepreneur and gas-station owner has installed what is being billed as Pennsylvania's first commercial electric-vehicle-charging station in South Philadelphia. For now, anybody with an electric vehicle can fill up for free. How can Norman P. Zarwin afford to give away power? Easy. There are no electric vehicles here in need of a charge. But Zarwin, cofounder of U-Go Stations Inc., reckons it is only a matter of time before EVs flock to his Liberty Service Station at 1600 S. Columbus Blvd.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
A grant of nearly $2.6 million will bring emissions-free electric buses to Philadelphia streets. "We looked at the economics, and we looked at the impact on the environment, and we thought on both fronts this was a good decision for the authority," said Rich Burnfield, SEPTA's deputy general manager. The Federal Transportation Administration grant, announced Tuesday, will help pay for 25 electric buses from Proterra, a California-based manufacturer. Matt Horton, one of the company's senior vice presidents, said SEPTA's order was one of the largest from a major transit agency.
NEWS
September 25, 2012 | By Tom Johnson, NJ SPOTLIGHT
In New Jersey last year, 236 electric vehicles were sold, a seemingly huge increase over the previous year, when consumers bought only six plug-in cars. The numbers aren't thrilling automotive retailers. They face increasingly tough mandates to sell so-called zero-emission vehicles, a requirement they say will be difficult to meet unless the state puts in place the infrastructure necessary to spur consumers to switch to alternative fuel. But what type of infrastructure should that be?
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April 21, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
A grant of nearly $2.6 million will bring emissions-free electric buses to Philadelphia streets. "We looked at the economics, and we looked at the impact on the environment, and we thought on both fronts this was a good decision for the authority," said Rich Burnfield, SEPTA's deputy general manager. The Federal Transportation Administration grant, announced Tuesday, will help pay for 25 electric buses from Proterra, a California-based manufacturer. Matt Horton, one of the company's senior vice presidents, said SEPTA's order was one of the largest from a major transit agency.
TRAVEL
June 1, 2015 | By Tom Koppel, For The Inquirer
ZERMATT, Switzerland - Panoramic windows revealed wondrous sights as our train zigzagged up a steep, sinuous valley. Picturesque old villages such as St. Niklaus, with its gilded church dome, flanked a river seething with rapids. The surrounding peaks, some topping 14,500 feet, loomed ever higher. My wife and I were riding the fabled Glacier Express, climbing through the southwestern Swiss canton of Valais. Our destination: Zermatt, at the foot of the Matterhorn. Half the fun of touring Switzerland is getting around on its altitude-defying transport systems.
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May 18, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
Adam Supplee drives his Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid each weekday from his Collegeville home to work in Phoenixville. Usually, he drops it off at the electric car charging station at the Phoenixville Municipal Building parking lot and walks to work. But when Supplee returned to the lot from a meeting Thursday afternoon, he found a Nissan Leaf and a Ford C-Max using both available plugs - a first since the free stations opened in October. "I was kind of pleasantly surprised," said Supplee, 42, a landscape architect.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here's a clever way to secure a parking spot on Philadelphia's congested streets and help save the planet, too. Buy an electric vehicle. Under a little-publicized program, EV owners can apply to the Philadelphia Parking Authority to install a curbside charger in front of their homes. If approved, the PPA will mark the spot with EV-only parking signs. It's more effective than the time-honored trick of using lawn chairs to save a parking spot. And it's backed by the authority of legions of eager PPA enforcement officers.
BUSINESS
September 6, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Governor Corbett on Thursday announced nearly $4 million in Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants, including $1.6 million to local governments, nonprofits and companies in Southeastern Pennsylvania that are switching vehicles to compressed natural gas (CNG), propane, or electric. Bimbo Bakeries, which has operations in Montgomery County, received one of the largest grants in the state: $789,750 to convert 81 delivery vehicles to CNG. The Greater Philadelphia Clean Cities program will receive $488,000 divided among seven recipients to acquire 34 propane vehicles and 31 CNG vehicles.
NEWS
June 28, 2013
Ikea is enlarging its sustainability footprint in the region with plans to add a total of six electric vehicle charging stations at its home-furnishing stores in South Philadelphia and Conshohocken, and its U.S. corporate office, also in Conshohocken. Through a partnership Ikea already has with ECOtality Inc. in San Francisco, specialists in clean electric transportation and storage technologies, the Swedish retailer will add a total of 24 Blink charging stations to eight U.S. locations beginning in July.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The U.S. Energy Department on Tuesday launched an online tool to promote electric vehicles by comparing the costs of fueling an EV vs. driving on gasoline. According to the state-by-state comparison, the eGallon price in Pennsylvania is about $1.21, meaning that a typical electric vehicle could travel as far on $1.21 of electricity as a similar vehicle could travel on a gallon of gas. In Delaware, an eGallon is $1.29 and in New Jersey, where electricity is more expensive, an eGallon is $1.51.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2013
In the Region Pa. gas royalties hit $731M in 2012   The Allegheny Institute for Public Policy estimates that Pennsylvania royalty income from Marcellus Shale natural-gas development amounted to $731 million last year, a 6,600 percent increase in five years. Royalties to mineral-rights owners are a percentage of the market price of natural gas, and the increase is even more remarkable because the average price of natural gas in 2012 was $2.83 per thousand cubic feet, or less than a third the 2008 price of $8.90.
NEWS
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.
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