Monthly archive - October 2012

Electric Car Sales Increase 228 Percent

Electric Car Sales Increase 228 Percent

By Max Baumhefner

Automakers operate on a different calendar, in which the 2012 model year recently came to a close.  As my colleague, Luke Tonachel, explains, this was the year of the green car, with record new fleet fuel efficiency, a 55 percent increase in hybrid sales, and more than a three-fold increase in plug-in electric car sales.  The last of those three records might come as a surprise to some, given the prevalence of stories pronouncing the electric car dead on arrival.  While it’s true that plug-in electric car sales still represent a very small fraction of total auto sales, model year 2012 saw about 38,000 Americans buying plug-in cars.*  That’s a 228 percent increase over model year 2011.*  Not bad for a new technology, introduced as the country recovers from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

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ChargePoint Joins Green Parking Council

ChargePoint Joins Green Parking Council

ChargePoint today announced it has joined the Green Parking Council.  The Green Parking Council is a not-for-profit organization providing leadership and oversight of the green conversion of parking facilities to sustainable, environmentally responsible assets.  As GPC’s newest Bronze Level member ChargePoint will encourage new, alternative parking practices and green conversion of parking facilities for electric vehicles. ChargePoint is the world’s largest network of independently owned charging stations for electric vehicles.

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Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Car For Korea As Well As U.S.

Chevrolet Spark EV Electric Car For Korea As Well As U.S.

By John Voelcker

While it was announced a year ago, the Chevrolet Spark EV electric car still hasn’t formally been shown by General Motors.

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$199-A-Month Lease On 2012 Ford Focus Electric Matches Nissan

$199-A-Month Lease On 2012 Ford Focus Electric Matches Nissan

By George Parrott

The battle of low-cost electric car leases has expanded: Ford is now enticing new customers to its 2013 Ford Focus Electric with offers as low as $199 per month.

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