When AltCar started in 2005 alternative fuel vehicles seemed like a fading dream. This was a time when bigger was better. Big SUVs were making big money for automakers and you could get a $6,000 IRS tax rebate for purchasing one. The Honda natural gas Civic was the only natural gas fuel vehicle offered by any automaker. There were very few natural gas conversions available, the only hybrids were the Prius, Insight and Escape and the major automakers had reduced or entirely dismantled their alternative fuel and electric vehicle programs.
Craig Matthew Childers, an engineer with the California Air Resources Board who championed electric vehicle technology, died Aug. 22 of a sudden cardiac event, his family said. He was 57.
What would it take to get you into an electric car today?
Forced by state regulators to sell more zero-emission vehicles, automakers are tripping over each other to offer consumers rock-bottom lease deals. For the first time, electric vehicles are penciling out cheaper than their gas-powered counterparts.
Sometime over the weekend, the electric-car movement is going to hit a major milestone: 100,000th plug-in car in the U.S. is likely to be sold.
So says Plug-In America, an advocacy group that that is doing its best to point out how electric cars are starting to make an impact on America’s highway. But is the adoption happening fast enough?