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VW Campaign Highlights Lifestyle Benefits of EVs in Addition to Benefits to Society

As part of Volkswagen’s campaign to highlight features and benefits of driving electric, this week the company released a series of videos expressing the message “Before it can change the world, it has to change yours.” The intention of the campaign is to deemphasize important yet amorphous benefits such as …

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Thin-film solar cells in panoramic glass roofs of Audi models: Audi and Alta Devices, a subsidiary of the Chinese solar-cell specialist, Hanergy, are working together on this development project. With this cooperation, the partners aim to generate solar energy to increase the range of electric vehicles.

Audi to Introduce Solar Roofs, Improve Fuel Efficiency and EV Range

Audi today announced a plan to increase the range of the company’s electric vehicles by generating onboard solar energy using thin-film solar cells. Audi and its partner, California-based Alta Devices, a subsidiary of the Chinese solar-cell specialist Hanergy, are taking an incremental approach and will first integrate Alta’s efficient, thin, …

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Hyundai’s Ioniq EV Delivers Ultra-Low Total Cost of Ownership With Novel Recharging Credit

Recognizing that electric vehicle customers expect a charging plan with their new cars, Hyundai is now offering the “Ioniq Unlimited+” subscription program for the company’s Ioniq Electric (currently available in California only). The subscription program is unique in the industry because it wraps into the lease payment a reimbursement for …

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Debate Flares Over Electric Grid Fuel Supplies

In a thinly-veiled swipe at renewable energy resources, Energy Secretary Rick Perry is reportedly ordering a study to determine whether the proliferation of renewables is threatening grid reliability by causing baseload (i.e., coal) resources to retire prematurely. The target of the report is not renewables, per se, but rather the compensation …

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Utility Rate Structures Challenge Electric Vehicle Fast Charging

According to a report issued by EVgo and Rocky Mountain Institute, today’s electric utility rate structures generally present major, if not insurmountable, challenges to the commercial viability of Direct Current (DC) fast charging of electric vehicles. To solve the problem, utility tariffs must be amended to recognize the rapidly evolving …

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