Electric Vehicles

Harley-Davidson introduces electric motorcycle

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Harley-Davidson has introduced its first electric motorcycle, a sleek, futuristic bike that sounds like a jet airplane taking off and can go from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds.

The bike isn't in production yet. Instead, the public will get its first look at handmade demonstration models at an invitation-only event Monday in New York. The company will then take the models on the road for riders to try and provide feedback. Harley will use the information to refine the bike, which might not hit the market for several more years.

Tesla opening access to its electric car patents

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors is giving other companies open access to its patents to accelerate the development of electric vehicles.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Thursday the company will share several hundred patents and won't sue those who use them.

"If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal," Musk wrote in a blog on the company's Web site.

Auto industry gets serious about lighter materials

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Roofs made of carbon fiber. Plastic windshields. Bumpers fashioned out of aluminum foam.

What sounds like a science experiment could be your next car.

While hybrids and electrics may grab the headlines, the real frontier in fuel economy is the switch to lighter materials.

e-Golf to be Volkswagen’s entry into US electric car market

Source: 
Los Angeles Times

Volkswagen will enter the all-electric car market in the U.S. in November, with the introduction of the e-Golf in ten states and the District of Columbia at a price tag of around $35,000 before any reductions from incentives, the Los Angeles Times reports.

8 states release action plan to promote clean cars

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eight states on the East and West coasts released a plan Thursday for working together to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the nation's roads by 2025.

The so-called "action plan" follows last year's memorandum of understanding announced by the governors of the states, including California and New York.

The other states in the pact are Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont. The states represent about 23 percent of the U.S. auto market.

Long-term uncertainty nets Tesla a junk rating from S&P

Source: 
Bloomberg

Tesla shares may have quadrupled in value in 2013 but Standard & Poor’s has slapped the electric car maker with a B- junk rating because of the company’s uncertain long-term prospects and niche market position, Bloomberg reports.

Pa. turnpike has 4 car charging stations but budget holding up additions

Source: 
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Budget issues are holding up plans to install electric car charging stations in 17 service plazas on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, although four are now operating, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

GM passes 400 corporate electric car charging stations

Source: 
The Hill

Workplace charging stations will encourage more employees to use electric cars, a top GM official said in a statement, as the automaker passed the 400-mark in the number of stations it has installed in its own workplaces, The Hill reports.

GreenTech CEO says company back on track to produce cars

Source: 
The New York Times

After a diversion – and Securities and Exchange Commission investigation – because of former chairman Terry McAuliffe, GreenTech CEO Charles Wang told The New York Times his company will now move ahead producing and marketing cars, ranging from supercharged to small plug-ins.

Bollore unveils Indianapolis electric car station

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A French company unveiled an electric car charging station Monday that's the first piece of a car-sharing service set to debut late this year in Indianapolis, giving drivers a chance to rent plug-in electric cars for errands and short excursions.

Bollore Group Chairman Vincent Bollore joined Mayor Greg Ballard for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the downtown charging station that's part of Bollore's $35 million plan for the system. The men also tried out a kiosk like those drivers will eventually use to rent one of the company's Bluecars.

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