December 2015: Best Month Ever for Electric Vehicle Sales in U.S., Despite Incredibly Low Gas Prices

By Gina Coplon-Newfield :sierraclub – excerpt

In December, when gas prices were the lowest they’ve been since 2009, U.S. consumers bought more electric vehicles than in any month ever. That month, 13,650 drivers bought or leased a new Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S, Chevy Volt, Ford Fusion Energi, BMW i3, i8 and X5, or the many other models available. These fortunate people and their families will rarely, if ever, stop at a gas station. The December sales height marks a more than 10-percent increase from last December, which previously held the record for highest monthly sales of electric vehicles…

Plug-in electric vehicles are a clean, affordable choice over the gasoline-fueled conventional vehicles that are leaving our air dirty, our families sick, and our climate in peril. Even when considering the emissions from the electricity sources used to charge the vehicles, nationwide, EVs are significantly cleaner than conventional vehicles…

December’s record-breaking EV sales (after a strong November showing too) demonstrate that 2016 could be a big year for EVs and their happy drivers. I think we’re headed in the right direction, but we need to do more to pick up the pace(more)

Solar-Supplied EV Charging In San Francisco… For Free!

By : cleantechnica – excerpt

Originally published on Solar Love.

Three free solar-powered recharging stations for electric vehicles, provided by Envision Solar of San Diego, are coming to San Francisco in 2015 thanks to a grant from the 11th Hour Project, whose mission is to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and accelerate the production and adoption of renewable energy…

Each Envision solar charging station is self-contained and requires no connection to the local grid. It is built on a Ballast Traction Pad — a base heavy enough to withstand winds up to 120 mph — and has a solar array that follows the sun to maximize energy collection. The base also serves as a parking area for cars being recharged. Installation involves simply setting a station down in a suitable area and deploying the solar array, much the way a satellite deploys its solar collectors once in orbit… (more)