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Electric cars will challenge state power grids

The average electric vehicle requires 30 kilowatt-hours to travel 100 miles – the same amount of electricity an average American home uses each day to run appliances, computers, lights and …

Volkswagon wants to storm car market with cheaper electric model

Volkswagen intends to invest $50 billion in the electric and autonomous car technologies expected to reshape the industry – and said it would make battery-powered vehicles more accessible to mass-market …

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 21, 2018

The dirt on clean electric cars

Beneath the hoods of millions of the clean electric cars rolling onto the world’s roads in the next few years will be a dirty battery.

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 2, 2018

The search for battery riches in Sweden starts with this rock collection

Being home to Europe’s biggest rock collection has finally come in handy for Sweden amid the global race for the scarce metals that power electric cars.

Uber begins a push to get its drivers into electric cars

As Uber tries to build its reputation as a good citizen, it’s unveiling a new plan: get its drivers to adopt electric vehicles instead of driving cars that burn gasoline.

Getting There: Other Washington cities show more progress in fleet electrification than Spokane

In 2007, Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a law that said cities, counties and other local governments and entities had to switch their vehicle fleets to run solely on …

Fiat Chrysler unveils plan to make more electrified cars

In his last big presentation as CEO of Fiat Chrysler before retiring, Sergio Marchionne announced a big investment push to make more electrified cars, while acknowledging that traditional engines will …

Electric vehicles on the road are set to triple in two years

Teslas and Nissan Leafs are likely to become a much more common sight on the world’s roads in the next two years, the International Energy Agency says.

UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018

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.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017

GM says next generation of electric cars will cost less, go farther

General Motors is telling investors its next generation of electric vehicles will cost the company 30 percent less than current ones, making them profitable after the new version debuts in …

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 16, 2017

New charging stations to relieve ‘range anxiety’ in central Washington

Electric vehicle drivers in the center of the state should have some of their “range anxiety” eased with plans for nine new fast-charging stations.

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 11, 2017

For electric cars to take off, they’ll need place to charge

DETROIT – Around the world, support is growing for electric cars. Automakers are delivering more electric models with longer range and lower prices, such as the Chevrolet Bolt and the …

Scenic ‘electric highway’ comes through Spokane

U.S. Highway 2 across the Washington Cascades from Everett to Spokane now has the distinction of being the first electric-vehicle-friendly scenic byway in all of America. Numerous charging stations are …

Getting There: Avista opens electric car charging station in Rosalia

Avista Utilities has opened a new fast charging station in Rosalia.

Electric car factory planned in Arizona to have 2,000 workers

Electric car maker Lucid Motors said Tuesday it will build a manufacturing plant in Arizona that will begin production in 2018 as it looks to compete in the fast-growing market …

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.

No diesels need apply: Electric cars rule at Paris show

Carmakers are finding the Paris auto show , held in a city whose mayor wants to ban diesels to reduce pollution, as a fine place to show off new zero-emission …

Route 66 becoming green with charging stations, solar panels

Route 66, the historic U.S. highway made famous for attracting gas-guzzling Chevrolet Bel Airs and 1957 Cadillacs traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles, is turning green.

Despite Tesla frenzy, electric car sales are far from robust

The recent hoopla around Tesla’s planned Model 3 might lead one to think electric-car sales are surging. They’re not.

Lower-price Tesla orders reach 276,000

Tesla Motors’ CEO says worldwide orders for a new lower-priced electric car hit 276,000 during the weekend.

New rules on fuels take aim at carbon

Washington is following the lead of other West Coast states in cutting greenhouse gas tailpipe emissions as part of the global effort to combat climate change. Emissions from cars and …

Charging station on I-90 brings Spokane into Tesla universe

Going for a ride in a Tesla Model S is like taking off in a jet plane, only without the noise. “You touch that accelerator, it’s all go,” said Tom …

Getting There: $2.5 million Market Street upgrade in works

Market Street in the Mead area is slated for major improvements starting next year. The Spokane County commissioners last week accepted a $1.5 million grant from the state to rebuild …

Getting There: Feds give transit system gold star for security

Spokane Transit Authority is as good as gold, or so says the U.S. government. STA last week was presented with a “Gold Standard” plaque from the Transportation Security Administration for …

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 …

Garage may need retrofitting if you switch to electric vehicle

With gas prices rising and instability in the Middle East, the thought of an electric car in the garage might be getting more appealing. Before you jump for the new …

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 …

PNNL’s charger unit a smart buyer

RICHLAND – It’s like a personal shopper for electricity. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has developed smart technology for electric cars that might someday automatically recharge the car when power loads …

Tango out of X Prize finals

Spokane’s electric car, the Tango, was eliminated from the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize competition. Company President Rick Woodbury was one of 15 drivers who made it to the competition’s …

Drivers can get charge at City Hall

A bunch of the cutest little cars you’ve ever seen were parked outside Spokane City Hall on Thursday for a special occasion. Mayor Mary Verner took advantage of the 41st …