Electric Vehicle News Roundup-Aug 9
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The state DEP has released its draft plan for how to spend the $166 million in funds stemming from the Volkswagen “Dieselgate” settlement. The plan has the primary stated goal to reduce emissions, but the details of the plan are too sparse and leave room for the money to be spent on polluting fossil fuel-powered buses. Tell the DEP that Floridians are ALL IN on electric transportation! Send an email to the DEP now: http://bit.ly/VWfunds
National Drive Electric Week is coming soon: September 14-22! Events are taking shape across the country, and SACE and the Driving on Sunshine EV roadshow will be rolling out to several locations. Click here for a complete list of events.
9th Annual Clean Energy Roadshow in Georgia Albany, Atlanta, Augusta, Macon and Savannah
These two-hour seminars on current trends in alternative fuel vehicle technology, transportation and mobility for rural and urban communities are taking place across Georgia. Georgia Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols will host a guided walking showcase of alt-fuel cars, trucks and buses on display. There are six events taking place across Georgia from August through October. Register and learn more here.
A new report finds that Tesla vehicles are about 90% less likely to be stolen than the average car. Plus, even if a thief can get around the vehicle's security features, the owner can still track the car through the Tesla smartphone app.
Volkswagen is the first major legacy automaker to convert an entire factory to electric vehicle production, and the company claims it will produce 330,000 all-electric cars per year.
"Interest in electric vehicles goes beyond just wealthy consumers: 39 percent of potential buyers making more than $100,000 a year are considering an electric vehicle for their next purchase, but so are 39 percent of those making $50,000 to $99,999 a year and 31 percent of those making under $50,000 a year."
Florida Gov. DeSantis announced that electric vehicle charging stations will soon be available at all Florida Turnpike service plazas, with similar infrastructure along other major highways.
Nissan and EVgo Adding Another 200 Fast-Charging Stations For Electric Cars Nissan and EVgo are expanding their network of DC fast-charging stations for electric vehicles, with plans to add 200 new fast chargers across the U.S. According to Nissan, these chargers can recharge a vehicle's battery to 80% in just 45 minutes.
"Under an appropriations bill released by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Monday, the Transportation Department would distribute $3.5 billion over the next five years for projects that reduce carbon emissions from transportation."
Many communities of color and rural communities lack access to public charging stations for electric vehicles, leading them to be termed "charging deserts." EVHybridNoire was founded to help increase the number of diverse EV drivers on the road and address the barriers of disadvantaged communities when it comes to affordable, clean, and sustainable transportation.