How ‘The Washington Post’ got it dead wrong

Electric car supporters and companies have responded to a slap down by the Washington Post editorial board last week, which accused the Obama Administration of wasting money to help launch electric vehicles, such as GM’s Volt and Nissan’s Leaf.

The opinion piece “GM’s Vaunted Volt is on the Road to Nowhere Fast ” accused the administration both of having “paltry” goals for electric vehicles — 1 million by 2015 — and of spending too much money on subsidies for the new technology.

Spring, a time of hope and revolution (on four wheels)

April, a celebratory time for Christians and Jews, not to mention landscapers, also is a season of hope for greenies.

This spring, like Trekkies, eco-minded people will band together at festivals to celebrate new frontiers — though they’re looking for the next new thing on this planet, in their backyard even, and won’t arrive in costume.

Eaton and Coulomb Technologies team up to expand North American EV charging network

Eaton Corporation and Coulomb Technologies announced plans today to expand the North American footprint of charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs).

The partnership will connect Eaton’s quick-charging Level II and DC “Pow-R-Stations” to Coulomb’s ChargePoint® Network, which is the largest network of independently owned charging stations in the world with more than 4,500 charging locations in North America.

Is your city ready for electric cars?

EV leader cities are shown in green; "fast followers" are designated with orange; "aggressive followers" with yellow, and followers are labeled red (Image: Electric Vehicles in America report.)

Do you want to find out if your city is getting ready for the wave of electric vehicles? Policy and environmental analysts want to know too. The Rocky Mountain Institute in partnership with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants took the lay of the landscape in America’s top 50 largest metro areas this past year, producing a report “Electric Vehicles in America.”

Green transportation innovators praised at Clinton Global Initiative

The Clinton Global Initiative is literally all over the map — working to solve poverty, promote peace, improve lives and curb pollution around the world.
But the CGI has always recognized that climate change is an overarching problem that must be addressed, or all other goals for bettering human existence will not matter.

And so, the promise of electric and other low-carbon transportation basked in a moment at the 2010 CGI meeting. Former Costa Rica President José María Figueres presented awards to several innovators for transportation advancements that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Recipients included:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car to offer EVs

Enterprise Rent-A-Car will offer electric vehicles at select rental locations in the U.S. starting in 2011, the St. Louis-based company announced today. The company will begin its EV offerings with 500 Nissan LEAFs, the first of which will be delivered in January. The company will add other electric cars to its fleet as they become available. Enterprise, which operates a network of auto rental outlets at more than 5,000 locations in the U.S., already has added about 7,000 hybrid vehicles to its fleet in recent years as it strives to be more sustainable and green-friendly.