Smart grid’s Silver Spring to unveil Prius charging technology

In the latest example of the opportunities created by the rollout of electric vehicles, smart grid networking player Silver Spring Networks announced it will unveil a prototype tomorrow of a charging station enabled with its technology for the 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid (pictured).

Cars connected to the cloud: The all-electric Nissan Leaf

In a move that shows off the latest push among automakers to bring cars to the digital age, Airbiquity and Hitachi Automotive Systems showcased a connected services technology system for electric vehicles at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today.

Projects in 2010 took aim at cleantech’s chicken-and-egg dilemma

Green technologies can face expensive and complicated chicken-and-egg questions when it comes to infrastructure. Which comes first, the electric car or the charging station? The wind farm or the transmission lines? There have been some notable efforts this year by companies to take the first leap. Here are a couple worth watching in 2011:

VentureBeat’s best and worst of cleantech in 2010

It’s been quite a year for energy-related investments and other ventures looking to make some green from green. Here’s a look back on the biggest successes and flops of 2010.

ActaCell nabs $3 million for cheaper, better batteries for hybrids

Recently, we wrote about the move in the private sector to use electric and hybrid delivery trucks. Companies like FedEx and Frito Lay are tapping into benefits of greener cars — even ahead of the broader consumer market because they’re a hedge against volatile diesel prices and can pay returns more quickly.

Will charging infrastructure be the electric car’s speed bump?

This year — and next — will be a busy one for arrival of electric cars. The Ford Focus Electric and Coda’s sedan are slated for launch by 2011. The Nissan Leaf is slowly making its way to buyers in the U.S. and Europe, the Wheego Whip and LiFe are on sale in New York, and the partially electric Chevrolet Volt is on dealer lots now.

Tesla stock drops 16 percent, analysts pile on worries

As VentureBeat suggested on Thursday, the entry of new shares onto the market today has caused Tesla’s stock to drop.  The stock is trading down 16 percent today now that  the 180-day  post-IPO lockup period has ended and insiders are free to sell their shares.

Ding-ding-ding! Electric cars likely to be required to make noise

In one particularly hilarious scene in the TV show Weeds, Mary-Louise Parker’s soccer mom/drug dealer character inspires a scary drug lord to buy several Toyota Priuses after he successfully carries out a drive-by shooting while riding in hers. The selling point? The quietness of the hybrid.

Idiocy: EPA rates 2011 Nissan Leaf ‘gas mileage’ at 99 MPG

So it’s come down to this, has it? The U.S. car-buying public is apparently so stupid that the Environmental Protection Agency has to rate the efficiency of an all-electric car that burns no gasoline in … miles per gallon.

“Unlimited juice” electric vehicle charging plans: Good idea or exploitation?

We often get asked by readers just how much it will cost to run an electric vehicle (EV). And while we’re able to say that an EV costs less to run once purchased than a gasoline car we’ve had to guess refer them to their local utility company for exact pricing.

Will trucks and buses beat cars in the electric race?

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Why Texas may be a better electric car state than California

When power plant heavyweight NRG Energy announced yesterday that it would invest $10 million in the rollout of the nation’s first privately-financed electric vehicle charging network it also revealed that the city it would debut in would be … Houston, Texas.

Why startup Coda thinks it can compete against Big Auto

I just spoke to electric car startup Coda’s interim CEO Steven “Mac” Heller, who is stepping in since former chief executive Kevin Czinger stepped down. Heller talked to us from Los Angeles Auto Show, where Coda is showing off its all-electric sedan — and where automotive titans like Toyota and Honda have also unveiled their electric cars.