hydrogenfuelnews tells us about a report that examines the history and future of hydrogen-powered vehicles. Fuel Cell Today has released a report reviewing the history of hydrogen-powered vehicles and the technology they have used and highlights the future prospects of hydrogen transportation. There is a link to the report in the article.

plugincars provides us with a list of the top 25 plug-in EVs while in Green and keen: new cars under 100g/km and £10,000 Green Motor introduces us to vehicles with both low CO2 emissions and a low purchase price.

From REVMODO we are reminded that EVs automatically collect a lot of data that is useful for both drivers and engineers.

The idea that EVs are moving from a second car to the primary car was noted by The Christian Science Monitor in Electric cars are becoming everyday vehicles and U-T San Diego Electric cars now primary vehicles.

Torque News tells us that the “real action” for electric cars is in Asia and not Detroit. Specifically China and South Korea. “Sit down, watch and enjoy Asia teaching the West a mighty lesson or two by manufacturing the next wave of electric and plug-in hybrid cars destined for our roads.”

Renewable Energy thinks EVs could strain our electricity grids while Tallahasee says Florida electric utilities expect no impact from electric cars. The latter notes “new technologies get adopted gradually, giving utility companies time to prepare increased capacity.”

The Mercury News observes that universal standards for fast charging EVs are getting no closer.

How wireless charging of EVs works is explained by techradar. The post focuses on Qualcomm’s Halo Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging which is set to launch with automaker Renault sometime in the next three to five years.

Chain Store Age reveals that US department store Kohl’s continues to roll out EV charging stations in its parking lots. It plans to expand its electric vehicle charging station initiative with 36 new stations across 18 additional Kohl’s locations by the end this year. The expansion will take place in the US states of Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. With the expansion, Kohl’s will have 101 charging stations at 52 Kohl’s locations across 14 states. Each of the  locations will have two or three parking spaces reserved for EV drivers to charge for free while they shop.

The Asahi Shimbun reports rapid-charge stations for EVs are spreading around Japan. Quick chargers can recharge the batteries of electric vehicles in 15 to 30 minutes. The number of quick chargers in Japan is currently about 1,300.  Japan Charge Network says it will set up another 4,000 electric vehicle quick-charging stations across Japan by 2020.  The company was created this year as a joint operation by Nissan Motor Co., Sumitomo Corp., NEC Corp. and Showa Shell Sekiyu KK. It will set up quick-charging stations at FamilyMart convenience stores and open new stations in expressway parking areas and at Narita Airport. JCN plans to offer them memberships with a monthly fee of several hundred yen. The members will then be able to use the charging equipment for around 500 yen (US$6.40) each time they need a charge. Another group of four petroleum companies, including JX Nippon Oil and Energy Corp., has been offering charging services in Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture. This group and JCN will allow their members to use each other’s charging facilities beginning in October. A third group, Charging Network Development Organization LLC, was established by Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co., Mitsubishi Motors Corp., Chubu Electric Power Co. and other firms. Charging Network Development indicated it will increase the number of its charging stations to about 110 in the Tokyo metropolitan area and the Kansai region and start a membership service in November. With a monthly membership fee of 1,050 yen, motorists will receive unlimited charging for their EV.

The Business Journal introduces us to PlugShare, an app that helps electric vehicle drivers find 11, 000 public charging stations across North America, as well as share their own home charging stations with fellow EV enthusiasts. According to the company that created this app (Xatori), about 1/4 of people with home charging stations are willing to share them with others. Portland, Oregon has the most public charging stations while Northern California has the most home charging stations. You can visit the PlugShare web site here.

For those in the UK autoevolution reports on Pod Point, the nation’s largest electric vehicle charging company. It has just launched the country’s very first nationwide ‘Pay As You Go’ charging system. All you need is a mobile phone. The system uses SMS to access the current 200 charging points. The network targets 750 EV charging points in place by the end of the year, and over 4,000 by the end of 2014.

The city of Saratoga, California has put in place 8 EV charging stations says the Mercury News.

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