electric cars

Northwest News
7:31 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Idaho To Join Handful Of States That Charge Electric Car Owners Extra

A Tesla Model S.
Credit Ryan Block / Flickr

The federal government and many states have offered car buyers incentives to venture into the electric car market. But now some states are going in a different direction -- they’re charging owners more.  Idaho recently approved one of the country’s highest fees for electric cars.

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Electric Vehicle Parking
4:39 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Oregon Lawmakers Want To Ban Gas Vehicles From Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

An electric vehicle is charging up outside of the Oregon capitol.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 4:07 pm

We know it's illegal to park in a disabled parking spot if you don't have a permit. Now, some Oregon lawmakers want to make it a costly infraction to take a spot reserved for electric vehicles.

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Electric Cars
6:02 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Oregon, Washington Seek To Juice Electric Car Sales With More Incentives

File photo of a Nissan Leaf recharging in Tumwater, Washington.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Sat December 20, 2014 6:03 pm

A coalition in Oregon and the Democratic governor of Washington want to juice sales of electric cars by providing more state incentives.

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Electric Cars
12:25 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

West Coast Leads Surge in Electric Cars

The Nissan Leaf is a purely electric car that has become popular in the area.
Credit Photo by Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

  In all three West Coast states, transportation accounts for the largest share of climate-changing greenhouse gases. And all three states are trying to boost the number of zero-emission vehicles on their roads. This week, California passed a milestone toward that goal; 100-thousand electric cars sold in the state since the end of 2010.

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Public Charging Stations
7:18 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Electric Vehicle Industry Looks For New Ways To Pay For Charging Stations

Federal money has paid for more than 400 charging stations in Oregon.
Credit Portland General Electric

The electric vehicle industry is looking for new ways to pay for public charging stations as federal stimulus money runs out. That was one of many issues addressed at the Future Energy Conference in Portland Tuesday.

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Electric Vehicles
4:03 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Slow Uptake Of Electric Cars Prompts Calls To Extend Washington Tax Break

Nissan Leafs charge on the Washington state capitol campus Tuesday.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 3:48 pm

The slow uptake of electric cars by Northwest drivers is prompting calls to extend a tax break in Washington state for new vehicles powered by alternative fuels.

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Electric Cars
6:06 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Government Fleets Soon To Include More Fully-Electric Cars

Commuter Steve Marsh (left) of Kent, Wash. was honored Monday as the first in the nation to log 100,000 miles on an all-electric Nissan Leaf.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 5:57 pm

Just like consumers who postponed buying new cars during the recent recession, government agencies also put off vehicle replacements. But now procurement officers are getting busy again.

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Hydro Power
6:24 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Taking Back Power: Tribes Vie For Control Of Hydro Dams

The Kerr Dam with Flathead Lake behind
Credit FinalDoom

The Columbia River hydropower system is full of dams that were built over the strenuous objections of Northwest tribes. Now, two of these old projects are changing ownership -- one in Western Montana and another in central Oregon. And it’s the tribes that were once powerless to stop them, that are becoming the new managers.

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Electric Cars
4:47 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Fueling Up For 84 Cents Per 'eGallon'

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 4:04 pm

Imagine paying less than a dollar per gallon for your commute, compared to today's statewide averages of $3.84 in Oregon and Washington and $3.80 in Idaho for a gallon of gas. Eighty-four cents in Idaho and Washington -- or 96 cents in Oregon -- per gasoline gallon equivalent is how much the US Department of Energy figures it costs to recharge an electric car in each state.

The agency's assistant secretary David Danielson announced an online cost comparison calculator Tuesday for what he calls the "eGallon."

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Battery Powered Cars
5:24 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Low-Cost Leases Electrify Plug-In Car Sales On West Coast

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 3:17 pm

A couple of years ago, Democratic politicians at the state and national levels set heady goals for battery powered cars. For example, in his 2011 State of the Union speech, President Obama said, "With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels, and become the first country to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015."

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