June 3, 2012 |
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.
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...
December 13, 2012 |
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.
May 18, 2015 |
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.
June 12, 2013 |
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.
December 4, 2012 |
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.
October 19, 1997 |
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.
November 12, 2010 |
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.
April 21, 2016 |
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.
September 25, 2012 |
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?