The Truth About Cars » Infrastructure http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:00:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Infrastructure http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Nissan/BMW Team Up on Fast Charging; Sorry, North Dakota http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/nissanbmw-team-fast-charging-sorry-north-dakota/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/nissanbmw-team-fast-charging-sorry-north-dakota/#comments Mon, 21 Dec 2015 21:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1248313 Nissan and BMW announced Monday that they would add 120 public fast-charging stations in 19 states to significantly expand electric vehicle infrastructure for cars not called Tesla. The 120 stations would supplement to Tesla’s network of more than 200 Supercharger sites around the U.S. and Canada, placed throughout the countries that serve as a backbone for long-distance EV travel. (Coast […]

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Nissan and BMW announced Monday that they would add 120 public fast-charging stations in 19 states to significantly expand electric vehicle infrastructure for cars not called Tesla. The 120 stations would supplement to Tesla’s network of more than 200 Supercharger sites around the U.S. and Canada, placed throughout the countries that serve as a backbone for long-distance EV travel. (Coast […]

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The Future of Roads May Be in Lego-type Construction http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/future-roads-may-lego-type-construction/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/future-roads-may-lego-type-construction/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 20:00:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1115337 Dutch company VolkerWessels is proposing a new type of roadway construction that could make it easier to remove, replace or resurface streets in the near future, Gizmodo is reporting. The engineering firm is working with the City of Rotterdam to test its early concept. The streets are prefabricated and dropped into place. The roadways use a below-surface […]

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Dutch company VolkerWessels is proposing a new type of roadway construction that could make it easier to remove, replace or resurface streets in the near future, Gizmodo is reporting. The engineering firm is working with the City of Rotterdam to test its early concept. The streets are prefabricated and dropped into place. The roadways use a below-surface […]

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Volkswagen Wants to Combine Valet Parking and EV Charging [Video] http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/volkswagen-wants-combine-valet-parking-ev-charging-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/volkswagen-wants-combine-valet-parking-ev-charging-video/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 19:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1115249 In its quest to take over the world, Volkswagen wants to automate parking and charging your electric vehicle at the mall and other public places where searching for a spot to put your car is an absolute pain. Dubbed V-Charge, which is short for Valet Charge, it’s a collection of technologies — including your smartphone — […]

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In its quest to take over the world, Volkswagen wants to automate parking and charging your electric vehicle at the mall and other public places where searching for a spot to put your car is an absolute pain. Dubbed V-Charge, which is short for Valet Charge, it’s a collection of technologies — including your smartphone — […]

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Nissan, Toyota, Honda Team to Build Fuel-Cell Infrastructure in Japan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/nissan-toyota-honda-team-build-fuel-cell-infrastructure-japan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/nissan-toyota-honda-team-build-fuel-cell-infrastructure-japan/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1106169 According to Toyota, three Japanese automakers — Honda, Toyota and Nissan — are working together to build hydrogen fuel stations around for future fuel-cell cars. The program, which will subsidize fueling stations up to 11 million yen ($89,500) per year for each station, is meant to boost the nation’s infrastructure for hydrogen-powered cars. The agreement […]

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According to Toyota, three Japanese automakers — Honda, Toyota and Nissan — are working together to build hydrogen fuel stations around for future fuel-cell cars. The program, which will subsidize fueling stations up to 11 million yen ($89,500) per year for each station, is meant to boost the nation’s infrastructure for hydrogen-powered cars. The agreement […]

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Nissan: EV Charging Infrastructure Surpasses Fuel Stations In Japan http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/nissan-ev-charging-infrastructure-surpasses-fuel-stations-japan/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/nissan-ev-charging-infrastructure-surpasses-fuel-stations-japan/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:00:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1003682 Driving around Japan in your EV of choice? Range anxiety likely won’t be an issue, as the nation has more charging points than gas stations. Per The Japan Times, Nissan discovered the number of such points — including fast and home chargers — now total 40,000. In contrast, there are only 34,000 fuel stations for […]

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Driving around Japan in your EV of choice? Range anxiety likely won’t be an issue, as the nation has more charging points than gas stations. Per The Japan Times, Nissan discovered the number of such points — including fast and home chargers — now total 40,000. In contrast, there are only 34,000 fuel stations for […]

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Obama Budget Proposes Tax On Corporate Foreign Earnings For Roads http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/obama-budget-proposes-tax-corporate-foreign-earnings-roads/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/02/obama-budget-proposes-tax-corporate-foreign-earnings-roads/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 11:00:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=992842 President Barack Obama unveiled his annual budget Monday, which includes a proposition to tax corporate foreign earnings to fund the nation’s roads. Vox reports the proposal would levy a one-time tax on 14 percent of foreign earnings held by U.S. corporations, pulling in $238 billion to help supplement taxes collected at the pump. The collected […]

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President Barack Obama unveiled his annual budget Monday, which includes a proposition to tax corporate foreign earnings to fund the nation’s roads. Vox reports the proposal would levy a one-time tax on 14 percent of foreign earnings held by U.S. corporations, pulling in $238 billion to help supplement taxes collected at the pump. The collected […]

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California Planning EV Charging-Friendly Building Codes For 2015 – 2016 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/california-planning-ev-charging-friendly-building-codes-2015-2016/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/california-planning-ev-charging-friendly-building-codes-2015-2016/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 11:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=921193 Should you one day find yourself heading off to make a new life in California, and you own a plug-in vehicle, your home or apartment will already have the minimum infrastructure needed to install a charging port. The Long Tail Pipe reports the California Building Code is set to receive an update sometime between 2015 […]

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Should you one day find yourself heading off to make a new life in California, and you own a plug-in vehicle, your home or apartment will already have the minimum infrastructure needed to install a charging port. The Long Tail Pipe reports the California Building Code is set to receive an update sometime between 2015 […]

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Report: Hydrogen Gaining Ground On Electricity Within Four Years http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/report-hydrogen-gaining-ground-electricity-within-four-years/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/report-hydrogen-gaining-ground-electricity-within-four-years/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=893978 Though EVs currently hold the high ground in the zero-emission vehicle market, a new report claims those vehicles will be giving ground to hydrogen in the near future. According to The Detroit News, the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis says a number of factors are coming together to push hydrogen […]

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Though EVs currently hold the high ground in the zero-emission vehicle market, a new report claims those vehicles will be giving ground to hydrogen in the near future. According to The Detroit News, the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis says a number of factors are coming together to push hydrogen […]

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DOT Dozen Call For Congress To Focus On Long-Term Of Infrastructure Funding http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/dot-dozen-call-for-congress-to-focus-on-long-term-of-infrastructure-funding/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/dot-dozen-call-for-congress-to-focus-on-long-term-of-infrastructure-funding/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:00:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=874273 Alongside 11 former U.S. Department of Transportation secretaries, current secretary Anthony Foxx urged both houses of Congress to find a long-term solution to the funding of the U.S. Highway Trust Fund beyond what is under consideration at present. According to Autoblog, Foxx notes that while he and his comrades — going back 35 years and […]

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Alongside 11 former U.S. Department of Transportation secretaries, current secretary Anthony Foxx urged both houses of Congress to find a long-term solution to the funding of the U.S. Highway Trust Fund beyond what is under consideration at present. According to Autoblog, Foxx notes that while he and his comrades — going back 35 years and […]

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California Receives Majority Of $7M US Energy Department Hydrogen Funding http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/california-receives-majority-of-7m-us-energy-department-hydrogen-funding/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/california-receives-majority-of-7m-us-energy-department-hydrogen-funding/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 12:00:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=834377 A new gold rush in California is coming to the fore as private and public investments push hydrogen fuel cell technology forward, and the U.S. Department of Energy is the latest to enter the arena. Autoblog Green reports the DOE will be delivering $7 million in funding for the development of “lightweight, compact, and inexpensive […]

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A new gold rush in California is coming to the fore as private and public investments push hydrogen fuel cell technology forward, and the U.S. Department of Energy is the latest to enter the arena. Autoblog Green reports the DOE will be delivering $7 million in funding for the development of “lightweight, compact, and inexpensive […]

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BMW: China To Be Largest EV Global Market By 2019 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/bmw-china-to-be-largest-ev-global-market-by-2019/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/bmw-china-to-be-largest-ev-global-market-by-2019/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 12:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=834009 Though Chinese consumers have been slow to adopt electric vehicles thus far, BMW believes China will become the largest global market for EVs by 2019 at the earliest. Bloomberg reports the automaker entered into a joint venture with municipal power company State Grid Shanghai, installing public charging infrastructure at the city’s former World Expo site […]

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Though Chinese consumers have been slow to adopt electric vehicles thus far, BMW believes China will become the largest global market for EVs by 2019 at the earliest. Bloomberg reports the automaker entered into a joint venture with municipal power company State Grid Shanghai, installing public charging infrastructure at the city’s former World Expo site […]

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Obama Administration Delivers $302 Billion Transportation Funding Proposal Before Congress http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/obama-administration-delivers-302-billion-transportation-funding-proposal-before-congress/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/obama-administration-delivers-302-billion-transportation-funding-proposal-before-congress/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:00:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=812826 A $302 billion, four-year plan to fund the U.S. Highway Trust Fund — and, in turn, any road and transit projects on the table during the period — was brought before Congress by the Obama administration through the U.S. Department of Transportation. Bloomberg Businessweek reports the proposal would add $87 billion on top of what […]

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A $302 billion, four-year plan to fund the U.S. Highway Trust Fund — and, in turn, any road and transit projects on the table during the period — was brought before Congress by the Obama administration through the U.S. Department of Transportation. Bloomberg Businessweek reports the proposal would add $87 billion on top of what […]

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Dr. Z Expects a Decade of Disappointment For Fuel Cell Technology http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/dr-z-expects-a-decade-of-disappointment-for-fuel-cell-technology/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/dr-z-expects-a-decade-of-disappointment-for-fuel-cell-technology/#comments Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=704586 At a round-table discussion with reporters during last week’s Detroit Auto Show, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche proclaimed that any consumer wanting to be green with fuel cells had better be prepared for a decade of disappointment with the technology. Zetsche said there were cost issues with the process for creating fuel cells — Daimler’s three-way […]

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At a round-table discussion with reporters during last week’s Detroit Auto Show, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche proclaimed that any consumer wanting to be green with fuel cells had better be prepared for a decade of disappointment with the technology. Zetsche said there were cost issues with the process for creating fuel cells — Daimler’s three-way […]

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Foreigners May Pay Toll to Storm the Autobahn http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/foreigners-may-pay-toll-to-storm-the-autobahn/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/foreigners-may-pay-toll-to-storm-the-autobahn/#comments Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=676130 If you happen to live outside of Germany, you may soon find yourself paying a toll to do your best Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise impressions on the Autobahn. The reason? While residents living in the nine countries surrounding Germany make extensive use of the Autobahn in their travels, the Germans are left footing the […]

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If you happen to live outside of Germany, you may soon find yourself paying a toll to do your best Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise impressions on the Autobahn. The reason? While residents living in the nine countries surrounding Germany make extensive use of the Autobahn in their travels, the Germans are left footing the […]

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EVs Too Pricey For Most Consumers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/evs-too-pricey-for-most-consumers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/evs-too-pricey-for-most-consumers/#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2013 13:20:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=668634 Based upon a survey of 1,084 conducted by Boulder, Colo. firm Navigant Research, it would appear most won’t be in the market for EVs anytime soon due to the price of admission being too rich for their blood… for any EV. According the survey, 71 percent plan to spend less than $25,000 on their next […]

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Based upon a survey of 1,084 conducted by Boulder, Colo. firm Navigant Research, it would appear most won’t be in the market for EVs anytime soon due to the price of admission being too rich for their blood… for any EV. According the survey, 71 percent plan to spend less than $25,000 on their next […]

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Rotten Roads Ahead: U.S. Infrastructure Is Falling Apart http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/rotten-roads-ahead-u-s-infrastructure-falling-apart/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/rotten-roads-ahead-u-s-infrastructure-falling-apart/#comments Wed, 13 Feb 2013 17:48:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=477376 The U.S. transportation system is in danger of falling apart, and will take down the economy with it, Bill Shuster, chairman of the House of Representatives Transportation Committee, said today while Reuters was keeping notes: “If we don’t deal with this issue at some point, as I said, we will reach a tipping point and […]

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The U.S. transportation system is in danger of falling apart, and will take down the economy with it, Bill Shuster, chairman of the House of Representatives Transportation Committee, said today while Reuters was keeping notes: “If we don’t deal with this issue at some point, as I said, we will reach a tipping point and […]

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US House Committee Blasts National Toll Road Bank Proposal http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/us-house-committee-blasts-national-toll-road-bank-proposal/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/us-house-committee-blasts-national-toll-road-bank-proposal/#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2011 14:31:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414723 A top congressional leader on Wednesday made clear his opposition to President Obama’s idea of spending $10 billion to create a national infrastructure bank (view details). The bank, part of the White House jobs bill, would offer public subsidy for the financing of “public private partnerships” — which most often would take the form of […]

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A top congressional leader on Wednesday made clear his opposition to President Obama’s idea of spending $10 billion to create a national infrastructure bank (view details). The bank, part of the White House jobs bill, would offer public subsidy for the financing of “public private partnerships” — which most often would take the form of […]

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Credit Ratings Agency Warns of Tolling Troubles http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/credit-ratings-agency-warns-of-tolling-troubles/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/credit-ratings-agency-warns-of-tolling-troubles/#comments Thu, 15 Sep 2011 14:59:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=411321 Toll roads at one point appeared to be unstoppable. Steady growth in traffic yielded rapidly rising profits, especially for pioneers in the field such as Australia’s Macquarie Bank where executives became so rich from deals that included the leasing of US roads that it was dubbed the “millionaires’ factory.” That all changed when the recession […]

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Toll roads at one point appeared to be unstoppable. Steady growth in traffic yielded rapidly rising profits, especially for pioneers in the field such as Australia’s Macquarie Bank where executives became so rich from deals that included the leasing of US roads that it was dubbed the “millionaires’ factory.” That all changed when the recession […]

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How Much Do You Pay To Park? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/how-much-do-you-pay-to-park/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/how-much-do-you-pay-to-park/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2011 19:02:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=402729 Colliers International has come out with its 2011 parking survey results for North America [PDF] and the world [PDF], and you might be surprised by what people pay on average to let their car sit somewhere. The global expensive parking crown (on a monthly basis) goes to London’s West End, which runs a cool $1,014 […]

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Colliers International has come out with its 2011 parking survey results for North America [PDF] and the world [PDF], and you might be surprised by what people pay on average to let their car sit somewhere. The global expensive parking crown (on a monthly basis) goes to London’s West End, which runs a cool $1,014 […]

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Better Place Opens First European Battery Swap Station, Expands To Australia http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/better-place-opens-first-european-battery-swap-station-expands-to-australia/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/better-place-opens-first-european-battery-swap-station-expands-to-australia/#comments Wed, 29 Jun 2011 00:30:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=400771 Though it doesn’t get the play it deserves in the auto media, Project Better Place is one of the most ambitious, potentially disruptive plays anywhere in the world of cars, uniquely positioning itself to eliminate the biggest shortcomings of electric vehicles. TTAC was on hand when the “end-to-end” EV services firm opened its first battery […]

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Though it doesn’t get the play it deserves in the auto media, Project Better Place is one of the most ambitious, potentially disruptive plays anywhere in the world of cars, uniquely positioning itself to eliminate the biggest shortcomings of electric vehicles. TTAC was on hand when the “end-to-end” EV services firm opened its first battery […]

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Oregon: Study Finds Light Rail System Rarely Used http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/oregon-study-finds-light-rail-system-rarely-used/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/oregon-study-finds-light-rail-system-rarely-used/#comments Tue, 17 May 2011 13:47:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=395120 A study released earlier this month by the Cascade Policy Institute questioned whether pricey mass transit options in Portland, Oregon are really being used by the public. The city has been a leader in securing funding for various forms of passenger rail and trolley systems. The Obama administration, for example, pledged $745 million in federal […]

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A study released earlier this month by the Cascade Policy Institute questioned whether pricey mass transit options in Portland, Oregon are really being used by the public. The city has been a leader in securing funding for various forms of passenger rail and trolley systems. The Obama administration, for example, pledged $745 million in federal […]

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House Transportation Committee Blasts Transportation Stimulus http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/house-transportation-committee-blasts-transportation-stimulus/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/05/house-transportation-committee-blasts-transportation-stimulus/#comments Thu, 05 May 2011 14:35:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=393757 One of President Obama’s signature achievements, passage of $812 billion in stimulus funds at the height of the recession, was labeled a failure by the chairman of the US House Transportation Committee, which had jurisdiction over about eight percent of the projects funded. In a hearing yesterday, Representative John Mica (R-Florida) explained that the money […]

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One of President Obama’s signature achievements, passage of $812 billion in stimulus funds at the height of the recession, was labeled a failure by the chairman of the US House Transportation Committee, which had jurisdiction over about eight percent of the projects funded. In a hearing yesterday, Representative John Mica (R-Florida) explained that the money […]

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Inside Israel’s First Battery Swap Station http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/inside-israels-first-battery-swap-station/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/inside-israels-first-battery-swap-station/#comments Tue, 29 Mar 2011 18:13:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=388962 When Better Place launched their Visitor Center in Tel Aviv, the attending journalists’ fingers couldn’t keep up with all the numbers and the promises flogged by the company chiefs: tens of battery switch stations to be built, hundreds of charging stations to be deployed and a thousand cars to be sold to Israeli customers each […]

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When Better Place launched their Visitor Center in Tel Aviv, the attending journalists’ fingers couldn’t keep up with all the numbers and the promises flogged by the company chiefs: tens of battery switch stations to be built, hundreds of charging stations to be deployed and a thousand cars to be sold to Israeli customers each […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: The State Of The EV Infrastructure Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-the-state-of-the-ev-infrastructure-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-the-state-of-the-ev-infrastructure-edition/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2011 20:23:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=387684 Good news! Google Maps will now point you to the nearest “electric car charging station” if you search for same, reports CR. [Google] is working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which is developing a database of available charging stations (known as EVSEs, or electric vehicle supply equipment) around the United States. Installers of EVSEs […]

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Good news! Google Maps will now point you to the nearest “electric car charging station” if you search for same, reports CR. [Google] is working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, which is developing a database of available charging stations (known as EVSEs, or electric vehicle supply equipment) around the United States. Installers of EVSEs […]

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Rear-Drive Holdens Meets Battery-Swap In Australia http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/rear-drive-holdens-meets-battery-swap-in-australia/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/02/rear-drive-holdens-meets-battery-swap-in-australia/#comments Thu, 24 Feb 2011 22:06:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=385078 For most Americans, the appeal of electric vehicles is somewhat blunted by the fact that they tend to be small, European-style hatchbacks rather than large, red-blooded “American-style” sedans. But what if large, rear-drive electric sedans were developed, using battery-swap technology that could allow battery-leasing business models and instant range-extension? Might Americans rethink a few of […]

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For most Americans, the appeal of electric vehicles is somewhat blunted by the fact that they tend to be small, European-style hatchbacks rather than large, red-blooded “American-style” sedans. But what if large, rear-drive electric sedans were developed, using battery-swap technology that could allow battery-leasing business models and instant range-extension? Might Americans rethink a few of […]

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