Over Half of All-Electric Vehicle Sales in 2016 Were Large Cars and Standard SUVs

All-electric vehicles (EV) come in many different size classes, but the largest share of EV sales in calendar year 2016 were large cars (35%) and standard sport utility vehicles (SUV)(23%). Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) sales were mainly compact and midsize cars, with 42% and 40% of the market share, respectively. Of the nearly 347,000 hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) sold in 2016, close to three-quarters were midsize cars. There were 17.3 million light vehicles sold in the United States in 2016, more than half were SUVs, pickups, and vans.

Electric Car Charging: The Basics You Need to Know

The number of plug-in electric cars on North American roads grows every year, and with them come new buyers. Each new electric-car driver will have a few things to learn, so we’ve rounded up some tips on how, where, and when to charge up that new plug-in vehicle. Whether you’re already an owner, considering the purchase of a new or used battery-electric or plug-in hybrid car, or just curious, here’s what we think you need to know. The first thing you’ll need to understand is the difference between the three types of charging…

Grant Funding Offered to Help Businesses Install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

El Dorado County Air Quality Management District is seeking proposals, from businesses to receive grant funding to install chargers at their businesses for public use.

California Utilities Submit $1 Billion of Electric Car Projects to Regulators

California continues to lead the United States, and in some ways the world, in efforts to reduce and eliminate harmful emissions from road vehicles. Following the lead of Governor Jerry Brown, the state legislature and regulatory agencies have set aggressive goals to reduce emission of climate-change gases, primarily carbon dioxide. That will be accomplished by boosting the number of zero-emission vehicles sold in the state, either battery-electric or hydrogen fuel-cell cars and light trucks. Now, three large public utility companies have released programs and investments aimed at achieving those goals. And their total tab will be roughly $1 billion, meaning this isn’t just a handful of electric-car charging stations sprinkled here and there…

Electric Vehicle Summit Promotes More Electric Vehicles on Nevada's Roads

How to propel transportation’s electric future was the main topic at the Electric Vehicle Summit in Las Vegas on Wednesday. The summit at the Regional Transportation Commission’s Mobility Center included a panel discussion of industry leaders speaking on electric vehicle policies and funding for energy-efficiency programs. Although still relatively small compared to other states, the electric vehicle industry in Nevada is ripe for growth, according to Marie Steele, manager of electric vehicles and renewable energy for NV Energy…

Tahoe Striving to be Electric Vehicle Friendly

Electric vehicle readiness is on its way to the Tahoe-Truckee region. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Truckee-Donner Public Utility District, an independent consultant team and a Plug-in Electric Vehicle Coordinating Council have all partnered to accelerate transportation electrification in the region. Vehicle technologies in the United States and around the world are in a phase of rapid change. The last six years have seen the introduction of self-driving cars, mass production of electric vehicles, and new vehicle sharing. Electric vehicles are booming and this area has a chance to become the “electric highway in the sky.” Millions visit the region and transportation has impacted air quality and become the second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. To counteract the tendency to negatively impact the nature of our surroundings, regional planners are leading an effort to encourage the use of plug-in electric vehicles…

The Electric Cars Available Today, How Much They Cost, and How Far They Go -- In One Chart

So you want an electric car. You’re not alone — surveys show that consumer interest in EVs is steadily rising. People are slowly becoming convinced that EVs are real, not some distant techno-future. But consumers are also confused. There’s a lot of hype and misinformation floating around about EVs. I thought it would be helpful to share this simple chart, from the folks over at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. It shows the battery electric vehicles, or BEVs (not hybrids or plug-in hybrids) currently available and coming soon, how much they cost, and how far they can go on a charge…

Electric Car Sales Remain Ahead of Hybrids After Five Years

A recent survey of car buyers suggests that consumer interest in electric cars is rising, and is highest among young adults. They’re the car buyers of the future, so that would seem to be good news for the long-term prospects of plug-in cars. The information came from the second annual survey on electric cars conducted by the Consumer Federation of America. But the one chart contained in the CFA’s September press release may have said more about the prospects for electric cars than the rest of the words. It simply compared the sales of plug-in vehicles—both battery-electrics and plug-in hybrids combined—to those of hybrid cars over the first five years each were on sale…

Electric Vehicle Car Show

Lake Tahoe Summer Kick-off

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Celebrate Memorial Day and electric vehicles at the Lake Tahoe Summer Kick-off Car Show. This event is free to attend and free to enter electric vehicles of any make and model.

Located at the Heavenly Village on Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe from 12 – 6pm, this new addition to a classic car show is your chance to see the latest technology, show off your electric vehicle street cred, or even shine up and show off your trusty EV that keeps on going.


Download the registration form and bring the completed form to Lake Tahoe to the check-in booth in the Heavenly Village (corner of Heavenly Village Way and Highway 50) by 10am on Saturday, May 26th.

Electric Vehicle Poker Run

Date: Saturday, April 21st
Time: 11:00am to 5:00pm
Starting Location: Tahoe Regional Planning Agency booth at The Village at Squaw Valley

Electric vehicle drivers can celebrate Earth Day while taking a poker run inspired scenic cruise around Lake Tahoe on Saturday, April 21. TahoeAlternativeFuels.com is hosting the free activity from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. as part of its ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the ease and accessibility of driving plug-in electric vehicles in the Tahoe-Truckee Region. Drivers of any electric vehicle are invited to participate in the poker run, enjoy food and drink specials, free charging, and compete for prizes in best hand, worst hand and best mileage/efficiency categories.

Registration and the first card of the poker run will take place at the Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Celebration at the Village at Squaw Valley, in the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency booth at 11 a.m. Then it’s off to downtown Truckee for the second stop in the poker run at the train depot’s charging lot. Hosted by the Town of Truckee and Tahoe Donner Public Utility District, this stop offers free charging, give-aways, and plenty of nearby points of interest to peruse.


Poker Run participants can enjoy a 15% Earth Day Lodging Rate during Earth Day weekend! This discount is available by making a reservation with Squaw Lodging by phone only. Call (866) 818-6963 and ask for the special Earth Day Lodging Rate.

Tahoe Truckee Earth Day

Date: Saturday, April 22nd
Time: 11:00am to 5:00pm
Location: The Village at Squaw Valley
Celebrate and promote the region’s unique beauty! The Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival is a volunteer run, non-profit event to recognize, celebrate and promote the region’s unique beauty. Come to the Village at Squaw Valley on April 22, 2017 from 11am to 5pm for fun, live music and entertainment, and to learn how to preserve and protect our local and global natural resources.

Liberty Utilities' Electric Vehicle Summit

Date: Monday, April 24th
Time: 9:00am to 2:00pm
Location: North Tahoe Events Center, 8318 No. Lake Blvd, Kings Beach, CA
Liberty Utilities will host its first-ever Electric Vehicle (EV) Summit featuring presentations by key stakeholders and displays of Tesla vehicles, a Proterra 40-foot electric bus, and a ChargePoint EV charging station. Co-sponsors of the event include the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA), ProTerra and ChargePoint.
8:30 am: Check-in
9 am – 12:30 pm: Presentations
12:30 – 2 pm: Interaction with vendors and test drives
The public is invited to attend, but pre-registration is required as seating is limited. Anyone who has not pre-registered will not be able to attend the presentations. To register, contact Kathy.carter2@libertyutilities.com by April 19th.

South Lake Tahoe Earth Day

Date: Saturday, April 29th
Time: 10:00am to 3:00pm
Location: Bijou Community Park
Earth Day recognizes, celebrates, and promotes our region’s unique beauty while educating the public about local environmental issues. Bring your friends and family to learn about ways to counteract global climate change through recycling and composting, alternative energy, water conservation, sustainability, and reducing our ecological footprint. Enjoy local live music and dance, swing through the Kid Zone to make some recycle-themed arts and crafts, or get your face painted, and be sure to support or wide array of educational booths and local vendors. Food and local crafts will be available for purchase, and don’t forget to buy some raffle tickets for our huge Earth Day raffle!