Christopher DeMorro, Author at EV Obsession

Author: Christopher DeMorro

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Britain Has Twice As Many EV Chargers As EVs… Sort Of

Two years ago, the UK government rolled out a £400 million ($633 million) plug-in car incentive package that included £37 million ($58 million) to build EV charging stations across the small island nation. By some standards, the incentives have proven a big success, with over 57,000 EV charging stations all across the UK… which was […]

Germany May Finally Support Electric Cars

Despite being home to a huge domestic auto industry that includes juggernauts like BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen, Germany offers little in the way of incentives for plug-in car buyers. There are fewer than 5,000 public charging stations across the entire nation, which has hindered sales of cars like the BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Golf. But […]

Proterra Electric Bus Breaks Records for Efficiency, Acceleration

Electric vehicles are quickly going from niche market to mainstream, and electrification isn’t merely affecting traditional passenger cars. Proterra envisions a world where massive passenger buses are powered solely by electricity, and their new Catalyst model has set records for efficiency, weight, acceleration, and gradeability. The most important mark here is of course efficiency, the […]

Nissan Exploring New Uses for Old LEAF Batteries

It is the very nature of a battery that, over time, the capacity to store electricity begins to degrade. After an electric vehicle battery has lost about 30% of its total capacity, it’s generally deemed unfit for continued use in a car and is replaced. But those batteries aren’t just scrapped and recycled for their […]

Website Changes Suggest 2016 Chevy Volt To Get 43 MPG, 106 MPGe

GM has trotted a lot of information out to the public about the second-generation 2016 Chevy Volt, including a lower price and specifications on the upgraded Voltec drivetrain. But one tidbit we’re still missing out on are official EPA MPG and MPGe numbers. Some tweaks to the Volt’s official website could hint that those numbers […]

Indy’s Plug-In “Freedom Fleet” Becomes Big Problem for Mayor

Indianapolis is a left-leaning city in a right-leaning state with a Republican mayor that has showed some surprisingly liberal tendencies. Mayor Greg Ballard made a deal with California-based Vision Fleet to replace the city’s municipal fleet with plug-in vehicles. But after cops complained that their plug-in sedans weren’t up to snuff, increased scrutiny and an […]

Chevy Bolt Aesthetic Overview

Some of the biggest questions we have about GM’s 200-mile electric car, the Chevy Bolt, pertain to its drivetrain, battery, and other mechanical and electrical bits. But every bit as important as the technical bits is the aggressive look of the Chevy Bolt, which as we see in this video overview, was designed to increase […]

Renault Twizy Sales Reunite Canada and France

“There’s no Canada like French Canada…!” are the only lyrics I remember from South Park’s Canadian-themed take on the Wizard of Oz, and the first thing I thought of when reading that the Renault Twizy would soon go on sale in Canada. HybridCars reports that the Azra Network has been selected as the distributor of […]

Nissan e-NV200 Expands To Offer 7-Passenger Seating

Over in Europe the Nissan e-NV200 is proving popular with commercial buyers wanting a low-cost electric vehicle that takes advantage of rebates and tax breaks. Initially launched as a two-seat cargo van and five-passenger people hauler, the Nissan e-NV200 is expanding to offer seating for seven due to popular demand. Sales begin soon in the […]

Volkswagen e-Golf Emissions Offset by Redwood Conservation Program

Electric cars can boast that they have zero tailpipe emissions, which is absolutely true. But the electricity used to power EVs still has to come from somewhere, and at the moment in America, that “somewhere” is usually a dirty source of energy. So until all the world is powered by hydro, solar, and wind power, […]

Toyota Starts Testing EVs For Mail Delivery

For the suits in charge of Toyota, the only clear path forward for sustainable transportation are supposedly hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. That doesn’t mean the Japanese automaker is totally ignoring battery-electric vehicles, especially for short inner-city trips. The Toyota i-Road electric three-wheeler has already started testing in a carsharing service, and now four single-seat postal […]