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Don C. Brunell: The inconvenient truth about batteries

Each year Americans throw away more than 3 billion batteries constituting 180,000 tons of hazardous material, and the situation is likely to get much worse as the world shifts to …


With new CEO, VW shifts focus from scandal to future tech

Volkswagen’s new CEO said Friday that the automaker must “significantly step up the pace” as it pushes into electric and self-driving vehicle technologies and shakes up its culture in the …


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Washington’s electric vehicle sales tax break set to end

Washington state’s sales tax exemption for new electric vehicles is expected to end sometime this summer after efforts to extend the break stalled during the recent legislative session.


Getting There: The electric-vehicle buzz is real

More than 40 percent of the state’s carbon emissions come from our cars and trucks, thanks to the 60 billion miles we drove in 2016, the most recent data available …


State could use VW diesel settlement to boost electric vehicles

A state agency wants to take some $113 million Washington will receive from Volkswagen for dirty diesel engines and use it to boost the use of vehicles that produce less …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 10:32 p.m.

Western governors agree to build charging station network

Western governors say electric vehicles will be able to travel easier across 5,000 miles of highway under a new agreement promising to build a network of charging stations in seven …


Washington to spend $1 million on electric-vehicle charging stations

The state of Washington will spend $1 million to help construct 15 new charging stations for electric vehicles on some of the busiest highways.


Volvo is first major carmaker to forgo traditional engines

Volvo will begin producing electric motors on all its cars from 2019, becoming the first major automaker to forgo traditional engines that rely exclusively on internal combustion.


Tesla says its Model 3 car will go on sale on Friday

Electric car maker Tesla says its keenly awaited Model 3 car for the masses will go on sale on Friday.


UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 7:27 a.m.

China propels rise of electric ultra-high-performance cars

Want an insanely fast ride with zero emissions? Startup NIO has the car: An electric two-seater with muscular European lines and a top speed of 195 miles per hour.


Getting There: Summer road tripping can lighten your wallet

A study shows that summer road trips aren’t cheap. Many drivers spend $500 or more on them.


INL helps develop wireless electric vehicle charging system

The Idaho National Laboratory has helped develop a system to wirelessly charge electric vehicles.


Moscow drivers can plug in and turn on

Tucked in an alleyway on the University of Idaho campus is a new means for Moscow to plug in to more sustainability.


NYPD’s scooters giving way to Smart cars

The New York City Police Department has announced plans to expand its fleet of Smart cars to replace the three-wheeled scooters that officers utilized for decades.


VW sees electric car shift costing thousands of jobs

Volkswagen’s personnel chief has been quoted as telling a German newspaper that the transition to electric cars will ultimately cost a “five-digit number” of jobs at the company.


Avista to begin installing electric vehicle chargers in homes, workplaces

Avista Utilities will start installing 272 free charging systems in Washington customers’ homes and workplaces and in public areas this month. The two-year pilot program will help the utility gather …


Volkswagen steers toward electric vehicles after emissions scandal

Volkswagen announces strategy dedicated to electric vehicles.


Region’s first fast-charging electric vehicle station to open at Dave Smith Nissan

The region’s first fast-charging electric vehicle station will open this weekend at Dave Smith Nissan of Spokane.


Avista wants to install 265 electric vehicle charging stations in Eastern Washington

Avista has asked state regulators to approve a two-year pilot program that would greatly expand the use of electric vehicles in Eastern Washington, installing 265 charging stations in homes, workplaces …


Inslee wants state to trade pollution credits with Canada, buy more electric cars

Carbon pollution credits and more state vehicles that run on batteries could be in Washington state’s future, Gov. Jay Inslee said from Paris.


Getting There: Electric, hybrid cars get their day

Electric and hybrid vehicle owners are going to show off their rides during a pair of events this month. On Saturday, a group of Inland Northwest owners will be rallying …


Editorial: With Washington roads in poor shape, tax breaks need scrutiny

A dual-motor Tesla Model S can reach 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds. Even better, the Model S and its hefty price tag can reach the Washington treasury at …


Idaho at end of list for electric vehicles

BOISE – Idaho will be among the last states where electric cars will be sold, officials from the auto industry say. Representatives from Nissan Motor Co. told the Idaho Business …


Proposed fee dims spark to go green

Let’s say you go green. I don’t mean superhero green or sick-to-your-stomach green, but green as in the environment.


Getting There: Transportation open houses this week

A yearlong effort to build a cohesive plan for transportation in the Spokane region is nearing completion, and the public is going to get another chance to comment. Two open …


Getting There: Venture converts hybrid vehicles

A Richland company that specializes in energy consulting is hoping the high cost of gasoline and the desire to reduce oil consumption will fuel a new line of business. Vista …


Electric-vehicle sales forecast to remain low

All the hype about the new generation of electric cars might only reflect the passions of technology geeks and environmentalists. Auto industry research company J.D. Power and Associates said Wednesday …


Sagle duo’s goal to change energy systems with solar roads

Spending an hour with Scott Brusaw, of Sagle, just might convince you that eliminating the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels is not only possible, but likely. Brusaw and his wife, …


Buzz Kill? Running electric vehicles not as simple as plug and go

SAN JOSE, Calif. – You’ve reserved your electric vehicle and can’t wait to zip around town in an all-electric Nissan Leaf, plug-in Chevrolet Volt or one of the other models …