Ad-supported stations offer EV drivers free charging

As we have noted before, in order for the electric vehicle market to grow at the rates currently being predicted, the charging infrastructure will need to be an attractive proposition to consumers. We have already seen Fastned offer free, life-long charging for investors in their recharge stations. Now, Volta are proposing another means for users to get free recharges – by creating visible stations that can host advertising and sponsorship. READ MORE…

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Engadget declares Scoot the best commute option in SF! Watch the video to see the comparison (against public transit, Uber & Bolt). The video originally appeared here.  

Here’s the article from Engadget (originally published here): 

A scooter-rental startup dabbles in cars

If you live in San Francisco you’ve seen them. The red Scoot scooters buzz pass vehicles trapped in San Francisco’s increasingly frustrating traffic. The riders’ helmets sport a lightning bolt while the signage on the vehicles touts a cheap alternative to Uber, Lyft and other car-sharing services as a way to get around town. Those tiny rolling billboards are working. Scooter-rental service Scoot is currently adding an additional 150 scooters to its current fleet of 250. The new Scoot Cargos are larger and less about commuting and more about running errands. It’s a logical expansion for the company. But its future might lie beyond two wheels.

Scoot has been showing off its latest experiment, an electric Renault Twizy, at company events. The 17-horsepower, two-person vehicle puts the passenger directly behind the driver and has a small trunk. While it’s not available for purchase in the United States, one sits outside the company’s headquarters in San Francisco. It’s a huge jump from two wheels (specifically it’s four wheels). But in the rapidly changing world of urban transportation and the growth of electric vehicles, it’s something a company like Scoot should be investigating.

It won’t say much more than it’s testing out the Twizy. The company’s VP of Fleet, Mike Waltman told Engadget, “We’re constantly thinking about what would make the service more valuable for our riders.” But it’s a safe bet that if and when the Scoot car hits the road, it will work like the current Scoot fleet.

The company is far from the first to offer a car-rental service that’s based on quick trips rather than a full-day reservation. In cities like Austin, Car2Go offers a similar service that charges per mile in addition to per hour. But Scoot’s been working its way toward this inevitability for over two years.

Scoot launched its rental service in September 2012. After signing up, an instructor gives new customers a 30-minute introduction to the scooters and how the service works and the riders are off. Customers rent a scooter for a few bucks to get them across town – no motorcycle license needed. Previously, the bikes were only available at charging stations. But, a recent update added street parking in busy neighborhoods to the mix. Now the bright red scooters are more visible (not to mention easier to pick up and drop off) than ever.

Currently, Scoot is only available in San Francisco. And while it’s actively investigating other cities, it’s picked a city that’s ready to embrace a two-wheeled lifestyle. Between 2010 and 2014, according to DMV estimates, motorcycle registrations in San Francisco have increased 10.3 percent while car registrations have only increased 5.5 percent. Scoot just made it easier to join the folks getting from point A to point B quicker without having to actually buy or service a vehicle. An electric rental car could do well.

With 400 vehicles available on the streets in the next few weeks, Scoot seems to be resonating with the populace and it’s continually experimenting to see what those customers might want next. The company is already evaluating renting an electric “Super Scoot” motorcycle on a limited basis while it figures out if cars are a good fit. “Scoot is designed as a platform for light electric vehicle rental. Scooters are where we are now, but we expect that in the future there will be a broader offering set and the Super Scoot is one good example of things we’re testing in that direction,” said Waltman.

Scooters are fine in cities with mild year-round weather like San Francisco, Portland and San Diego, but to succeed in a city like New York where there are actual seasons, you need a car. Scoot’s testing the car; now it just needs to test the cities.

You can find the article here: http://www.engadget.com/2015/07/16/a-scooter-rental-startup-dabbles-in-cars/

Belize Going 100% Renewables As Part Of 10 Island Challenge

Belize Going 100% Renewables As Part Of 10 Island Challenge

By James Ayre

The Caribbean nation of Belize is now aiming to go to 100% renewables, based on recent reports — with the idea being for all of its electricity needs to be met via renewable energy, and it’s transportation sector to fully embrace electric vehicles (EVs). The announcement follows the country’s decision to join the Carbon War Room’s

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GM’s Heritage Collection: fuel cells, EVs, concept cars, and more

STIRLING HEIGHTS, Mich.—A little way outside of Detroit is the General Motors (GM) Heritage Center, an unassuming warehouse in a neighborhood of unassuming warehouses. On display inside the Heritage Center are some of GM’s 600 significant cars from its history. Concepts, first-off-the-line models, priceless racing cars, and more. Visits to the collection are by appointment only, but as we were in town this week, the company kindly invited us to come take a look at their history in the metal. What follows is a small sample of the automotive delights on show.

EVs and more

Given that this is Cars Technica, we thought it fitting to start with some of the electric vehicles (EVs) and fuel efficiency demonstrators:

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Here lurk the alternate energy and fuel efficiency concepts.

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Corvettes, Corvettes, more Corvettes, oh and some Corvairs

Not only were we lucky enough to get a couple of hours inside the otherwise-deserted collection, we were also met by Harlan Charles, Corvette’s product manager. Charles graciously spent an hour talking Corvette history and design with us. Of particular interest to Ars were all the mid-engined Corvette prototypes and concepts, as well as the legendary (and stunning) Mako Shark.

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Electric Cars Are Critical To Stopping Global Warming, But That's Not Why They'll Take Off

Electric Cars Are Critical To Stopping Global Warming, But That’s Not Why They’ll Take Off

I wouldn’t blame you if you thought electric cars weren’t green. There’s a massive misinformation campaign against them, and part of that is trying to seed doubt about one of their top advantages — that they are one of the best solutions to global warming. I’ll tackle that point below, but first, let’s get something straight: the electric car market is growing fast and set to really take off…

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IHS Offers Precise U.S. Data On Tesla Model S Registrations In The First Quarter

The Tesla Model S is the leading EV in the U.S. Market researcher IHS has revealed an exact number for Tesla Model S registrations in the first quarter of this year. Last week IHS issued its quarterly Automotive Plug-in Electric Vehicle Index. The index ranks the market share of plug-in electric vehicle (EV) and […]

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