The Energy Consumer's Bulletin- a New England energy news blog

A Model to Eliminate Emissions from Cars by 2035

Posted by Larry Chretien and Mal Skowron on Wednesday, March 04, 2020 @ 03:36 PM

You’ve heard that switching from a car with an internal combustion engine (ICE) to an electric vehicle (EV) reduces climate-warming emissions. But the extent of their positive impact is still understated, especially in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Green municipal aggregation

The Buzz Around Bolts

Posted by Rhys Webb on Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 12:54 PM

 

If you read our last EV owners blog, then you probably already know a little about what makes people so passionate about their electric vehicles—regenerative braking, quick pick-up, no noise, and of course, zero emissions! Because of this passion, we’ve sold a lot of cars through Drive Green, and the Chevrolet Bolt has consistently been one of the most popular. I spoke with some of our dedicated electric vehicle (EV) owners to see why they’re so committed to their Bolts.


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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Guest blog/Member spotlight

EV Envy: Drive Green Members Share why they Love Their EVs

Posted by Rhys Webb on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 09:28 AM

With electric vehicles consistently gaining more and more media attention, we wanted to share what it was that made electric vehicle (EV) owners love their cars so much. I reached out to some of our members who have purchased a vehicle through Drive Green, and they assured me that whether you’re looking to drive across the country, zip through city streets, or even replace your motorcycle, there’s an EV for you! Check out what they had to say below.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Guest blog/Member spotlight

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

Massachusetts Reinstates Consumer Funding for Electric Vehicles

Posted by Eugenia Gibbons & Anna Vanderspek on Monday, January 06, 2020 @ 11:15 AM

In November, we wrote about efforts to replenish Massachusetts’ state rebate for electric vehicles, which was then stalled in the legislature. Late the following month, lawmakers reached agreement on a proposed Supplemental Budget that included an infusion of much-needed dollars to bring back Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOR-EV), the only direct incentive offered by the state to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles. Now MOR-EV will benefit from an infusion of at least $27 million dollars per year for the next two years!

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Massachusetts, 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

Electric Vehicles 101 Quarterly Webinar Recap

Posted by Devan DiLibero on Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ 10:35 AM

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Electric Vehicles 101 Webinar on December 3! In case you missed it, you can find the recording of the webinar below.

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation

Funding for Electric Vehicles stalled at the Massachusetts State House. Call Your Legislators!

Posted by Eugenia T. Gibbons on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 @ 04:05 PM

November 20th marked the end of formal session in Year 1 of Massachusetts’ two-year legislative cycle. The remaining weeks of 2019 are considered “informal session,” during which bills may still be considered and moved, but formal activities not completed by last Thursday are largely on hold until the legislature formally reconvenes in the new year. A proposal to replenish consumer rebates for EVs is included in the supplemental budget (H.4132/S.2418) currently stalled at the State House. 

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Tags: Energy policy & advocacy, Massachusetts, Electric vehicles/Transportation

Winter is coming. But electric buses can handle it.

Posted by Paola Massoli on Monday, October 28, 2019 @ 03:40 PM

 

Green Energy Consumers Alliance has made it a priority to encourage the adoption of electric buses. This illustration summarizes our motivation:

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation, Climate change

On Transportation, the Numbers Don’t Lie and the Gridlock is not Imaginary

Posted by Larry Chretien on Friday, October 11, 2019 @ 04:37 PM

 

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Tags: Electric vehicles/Transportation