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Smart EV Charging Habits

Posted by Mal Skowron on Friday, May 08, 2020 @ 02:00 PM

One of the most understated benefits of driving an electric vehicle (EV) is never stopping at a gas station again. In addition to saving money compared to gasoline, EV charging is the more convenient option for many drivers. Here’s why – and how you can get the best performance out of your battery.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Webinar Recap: Buying a Pre-Owned Electric Car

Posted by Mal Skowron on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 @ 09:57 AM

Electric vehicles (EVs) are more affordable than ever thanks to advances in battery technology. The availability of pre-owned EVs also makes driving on electricity accessible to consumers with any budget. Green Energy Consumers hosted a webinar on March 25 to give advice on how to purchase a pre-owned electric car. You can watch the full webinar & read a summary here.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Electric Car Tax Credits, Explained

Posted by Mal Skowron on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 @ 08:45 AM

It’s tax season, and though you probably didn’t want to fill out another IRS form, Form 8936 (Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit) is worth the effort. The federal tax credit for electric vehicles (EVs) allows you to claim up to $7,500 on your returns for buying a new electric car. Here’s what you need to know about the federal tax credit and how to take advantage of it.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

What to Expect in the World of Electric Cars in 2020

Posted by Mal Skowron on Wednesday, January 08, 2020 @ 11:33 AM

After record sales numbers in 2018, the market for electric vehicles (EVs) experienced only modest growth in 2019. Most EV sales this past year (like last year and the year before that) were Teslas in California, but with an expected 19 million EVs to hit the road in the US by 2030, the tipping point for widespread vehicle electrification is near. Here are seven reasons that EVs should be on the upswing in Massachusetts and Rhode Island starting in 2020.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Webinar: Everything you need to know about EV charging

Posted by Mal Skowron on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 @ 04:42 PM

There are many reasons to switch to an electric car - lower carbon emissions, less engine maintenance, and smooth handling, to name a few. But even if you’re sold on the consumer benefits of driving on electricity, it can still be a little intimidating to learn how to charge when you’re used to refueling with gasoline.

“Charged up: Everything you need to know about EV charging” is a 50-minute long webinar to make your transition to an electric vehicle as smooth as possible. View the whole webinar below.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Autonomous vehicles need to be electric.

Posted by Mal Skowron on Tuesday, October 08, 2019 @ 02:45 PM

In May 2019, Providence welcomed a fleet of autonomous shuttles to offer free transit service for a five-mile loop between Providence Station and Olneyville Square. The pilot program, called Little Roady, is a collaborative effort between the Rhode Island Department of Transportation and May Mobility, a Michigan-based tech company that has deployed autonomous shuttles in Detroit, Michigan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Columbus, Ohio.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Deep Dive into Electric Vehicle Batteries: Webinar Recap

Posted by Mal Skowron on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 @ 03:16 PM

In our September 11 webinar, we took a deep dive into electric vehicle (EV) batteries to understand the technology and how it will impact the automotive industry in the next decade. Find a recording of the webinar and a brief summary below.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Talking about climate change helps fight climate change

Posted by Mal Skowron on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 @ 04:05 PM

Here at Green Energy Consumers Alliance, we believe in practical ways for people to make green energy choices. You’re probably already aware that there are dozens of decisions you can make in your life to reduce your carbon footprint. But the carbon footprint of other people? As described in the news recently, it turns out that we can get others to act on climate by simply talking with them about it.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Climate change

Fast Charging - the Final Piece of the Charging Puzzle

Posted by Mal Skowron on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 @ 11:23 AM

Most drivers have probably had at least one experience in which they asked themselves, “Am I going to run out of gas?” Range anxiety, or the fear a car will run out of fuel before it reaches its destination, is not unique to electric cars. It is, however, a commonly-cited reason that drivers use to justify driving gasoline-powered cars when their electric counterparts are cheaper to own, better for the environment, and more fun to drive.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

EV Charging 101

Posted by Mal Skowron on Monday, June 24, 2019 @ 11:21 AM

In my previous blog post, I wrote about the role better battery technology could have in the proliferation of electric cars. Cheaper batteries will lower electric vehicle (EV) sticker prices while improving range.

But range isn’t the only figure that matters. If you believe that there is going to be a day where most vehicles are powered by electricity (like we do at Green Energy Consumers), then understanding charging is crucial to plan for this future and make sure our infrastructure can meet the demand. As more consumers consider buying an EV, understanding the basics of EV charging will help assuage “range anxiety” and make the transition smoother. So, what’s important to know about EV charging?

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation