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Report: Harry Reid in favor of $10,000 federal EV tax credit

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Harry Reid says the federal government should commit more funds towards incentives for electric-vehicle purchases. We'll wait for readers' shock to sink in. Now, here are the details.

The Senate Majority Leader (D-NV) is backing President Barack Obama's efforts to raise federal incentives for EV drivers to $10,000 from $7,500, according to The Detroit News. He's also big on the US Energy Department boosting its vehicle-research budget to help bring down the cost of EVs. Reid notes that Tesla Motors' $5-billion Gigafactory, which will be built near Reno, will provide $100 billion worth of economic value to the state. He also pointed out that Tesla paid off its $465-million loan from the US Energy Department last year, nine years early.

There's a way to read this as some sort of quid pro quo for the new battery plant, since Nevada's providing about $1.2 billion (over a 20-year period) in incentives to Tesla and factory-building partner Panasonic and cutting EV prices for the average could help Tesla. But Reid has been speaking out in favor of more green cars for a while. In 2009, he helped promote a bill that would provide more incentives for people driving natural-gas powered vehicles. The year before that, Reid went on record saying that the US needed "a crash course to develop alternative and renewable energy." And in 2007, he called the debate over a more stringent Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standard pointless because, he said, they were a given.

Harry Reid in favor of $10,000 federal EV tax credit originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Official: Zero Motorcycles puts blinding polish on new 2015 lineup [w/video]

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Excuse us while we fetch our sunglasses. Zero Motorcycles has just introduced its 2015 lineup to the world and we have to admit we are a bit bedazzled. Sure, sitting on the stand at this year's Intermot, the new crop almost looks like a carbon copy of the current incarnation, which, in turn, is a refined version of its vastly revamped 2013 offerings. From the saddle, however, the polish put on these new battery-powered bikes will be blindingly brilliant.

The basic designs remain the same. The Zero S is still the brand's standard-bearer, from which is derived the very popular SR performance variant - think zero-to-60 in 3.3 seconds - and the dual sport interpretation, the DS. As well, the FX "Stealthfighter" hoon machine returns with its unique frame and swappable batteries. So, what's new? The riding dynamics. Everything that interfaces with the rider and the road has been upgraded. Absolutely everything.

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Zero Motorcycles puts blinding polish on new 2015 lineup [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Tue, 30 Sep 2014 03:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Totaled Tesla Model S is a case of buyer beware

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Getting a Tesla Model S for just $50,000 is a steal, but when it's a salvage title car and was written off as totaled by an insurance company, the bargain might not be worth the headache. That's what a San Diego man is learning now that he's having trouble getting his fancy but damaged electric vehicle to work.

Tesla has a different version of the story, of course.

Peter Rutman has spent $8,000 in repairs for his EV, but there's one important bit of help he still needs: official activation from Tesla. Rutman is steaming mad at Tesla, telling San Diego 6 that, "Tesla has created a situation where there is nowhere to go. They've blocked every avenue." Tesla has a different version of the story, of course, and says that they're happy to look at the car (and certify it to run if it's in good shape), but said in a statement to AutoblogGreen that Rutman isn't willing to sign a waiver to let Tesla's mechanics get at the car.

"We have strong concerns about this car being safe for the road, but we have been prevented from inspecting the vehicle because Mr. Rutman refused to sign an inspection authorization form. That form clearly states that in order for us to support the vehicle on an ongoing basis, we need to ensure the repairs meet minimum safety standards," the company said. You can read the full statement below.

San Diego 6 says that one of the problems is Tesla's direct-sales model, which means that there's only one place for a customer like Rutman to go for assistance: the company itself. Right now, Rutman says, a Tesla-certified mechanic has to trigger some switch before the car will charge. And that can't happen until he signs the aforementioned authorization form.

Rutman told the local TV station (video also below) that, "The document they wanted me to sign didn't indicate they were going to do any repairs to the car, or get it up and running. They can take the car. They can keep it. They can do whatever they want with it." Tesla says this isn't true, and also denies there is any sort of black list in effect.

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Totaled Tesla Model S is a case of buyer beware originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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When It Comes to Electric Car Battery Care, Quick Discharging Might Help Battery Life

When Nissan launched the LEAF electric car back in 2011, it came with the ability to recharge its 24 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack from empty to 80- percent full in around 30 minutes using a dedicated CHAdeMO DC quick charging station. At the time, rapid charging was marketed as a way for LEAF owners to […]

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Formula E’s Expansion Plans for Seasons 2 Promise Massive EV Development Potential

The FIA-approved Formula E electric car championship may be just one race into its inaugural season, but it has big plans to revolutionise the world of both motor sport and electric cars forever. That’s the message from Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag, who has just announced his ambitious plans for the second season of the […]

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European Union Adopts Set of Standards Designed to Make Alternative Fuel Vehicle Ownership Easier

As any owner of an electric, plug-in hybrid, or other alternative fuelled vehicle in Europe will tell you, support for their vehicles varies greatly from country to country and region to region, meaning that sometimes making even the simplest of trips can be a logistical nightmare. Yesterday however, the European Union took the first step in […]

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The Trouble with Electric Cars - The New Yorker

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The Trouble with Electric Cars
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For seven days, beginning on September 15th, the electric-vehicle industry sponsored an event called National Drive Electric Week. In Huntsville, Alabama, people lined up to drive a fleet of Nissan Leafs. In Golden, Colorado, they did the same for five ...

What's Holding Back Electric-Car Sales? - Wall Street Journal

What's Holding Back Electric-Car Sales?
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Electric cars aren't selling nearly as well as many predicted. Why is that? Research suggests a host of reasons—including a basic lack of familiarity, a high price tag, misconceptions about the cars—and ineffective government incentives. Consider the ...

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EU countries to set electric vehicle targets under new green car rules - Business Green

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EU countries to set electric vehicle targets under new green car rules
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Drivers of electric vehicles should be able to travel freely and recharge across the European Union by 2020, under new rules laid down by the European Commission this week. However, it remains to be seen if the new alternative directive will be ...
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