Federal Tax Credit for Electric and Plug-in Hybrids Up To $7500

Mar 05, 2015

Electric vehicles (EVs) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) purchased in or after 2010 may be eligible for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500. The credit amount will vary based on the capacity of the battery used to fuel the vehicle. Find out if your model qualifies & how much you can save with this credit on EV models and on PHEV models. You can use Form 8936 to figure your credit for qualified EVs or PHEVs you placed in service during your tax year.



Home EV Charging Nuts and Bolts (or is it “Volts and Amps”?)

Mar 04, 2015

In general, most electric vehicle charging occurs at home and at night. Night time charging is both convenient and “green” – it occurs at a time when drivers are usually sleeping and the power grid is less stressed, often with a surplus of unused wind energy. What’s behind “home charging” – the regimen that seems like the simplest and most basic form of recharging your EV?


Your Guide to a Safe, Fast, and Thorough EV Charging Station Installation

Mar 03, 2015

So you’ve decided to take the leap and purchase a plug-in or plug-in hybrid electric car - and you’ve heard that a “Level 2” charging dock at home can reduce your charge time significantly compared to the 110V standard-outlet plug that comes with your vehicle.  You may have also heard that a Level 2 charging dock’s electrical requirement is similar to those of a clothes dryer. Sounds like an easy installation, right?

State Incentives for Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Mar 03, 2015

There are many perks to purchasing an electric car or a plug-in hybrid. Aside from the growing list of federal and state-based incentives, carpool lane access, tax credits toward the purchase of the car and its charging equipment, discount on insurance fees, and reduced EV utility rates are amongst the benefits that come with buying an alternative-fuel car.


To find out about the latest incentives available in your state, visit the US Department of Energy's site Alternative Fuels Data Center.

New Website Designed to Calculate Your Energy Cost Savings Driving an EV

Mar 01, 2015

The UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis) and the team at the Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Research Center have developed EV Explorer, a new website that helps prospective EV buyers browse through their options to see how a plug-in electric car might fit into their lives, and how different EV and gas-powered models stack up against each other.

A Must-Have App to Locate EV Charging Stations: PlugShare

Feb 05, 2015

Considered by many electric vehicle owners a must have, the PlugShare app can help you find places to charge your EV or to plan your EV trip. While on the road, you can use the PlugShare app to locate public charging stations, as well as home chargers shared by individuals, and as a convenient way to connect with other plug-in vehicle owners. It is available as a free application for iOS, Android, and web. Some of the key features include:

THE BUSINESS OF CHARGING: Commercial EV Charging Station Installations

Feb 04, 2015

Business owners and managers are realizing that the electric vehicle revolution is here - and that charging stations installed in their buildings and parking lots have the potential to add value, offer a competitive differentiation, and bring in new customers. Charging stations can be installed at the following locations and more:

  • Shopping malls and large retailer parking lots
  • Apartment buildings and condominiums
  • Places of employment
  • City-wide public charging networks
  • Fleet depots (e.g. delivery vans, public transportation, taxis, rental cars)
  • Airports
  • Hotels and restaurants
  • Car dealerships
  • Amusement parks, museums, libraries and other visitor destinations

AeroVironment’s New TurboDock Workplace and Commercial EV Charging Station Puts Control in the Palm of Drivers’ Hands with Smartphone App

Jan 15, 2015
  • Gives drivers ability to access charging stations through their smartphone
  • Easy to use, convenient, cost-effective and secure
  • Packed with features specially designed to solve commercial and workplace EV charging challenges, including recharging EVs on a typical commute in less than four hours at Level 2 (16 Amps/240 Volts)
  • Configurable, modular design offers maximum flexibility

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PRESS: Consumer Reports’ Review of TurboCord

Jun 16, 2014

Consumer Reports reviewed TurboCord noting “In response to garage tinkerers in electric car clubs, who began modifying the 110-volt (Level 1) charge cords that come with electric cars so they could be plugged into standard 220-volt electric clothes-dryer outlets, AeroVironment has introduced the TurboCord. It’s the same concept, only certified for sale and meeting all legal safety requirements.”