California Builder to Offer Pre-Wired Homes for Electric Car Owners

By dancurranjr On March 10th, 2010

California-based Home builder KB Home will begin offering an option to have homes pre-wired to handle charging stations for electric vehicles, the San Jose Business Journal reported.

KB said the option is designed to ease the future installation of a station to charge an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle conveniently at home.

According to the San Jose Business Journal, California has the highest percentage of plug-in hybrid cars registered in the country.

Fisker says 100,000 plug-in hybrids a year could be built at Delaware plant

By dancurranjr On March 10th, 2010

Fisker Automotive CEO Henrik Fisker gave a presentation at the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner Monday night about his compnay’s plans to build plug-in vehicles (PHEVs) in Delaware. Over 450 people from the community where Fisker’s new plant (and General Motors’ old plant) is located heard Fisker speak about the Karma and the upcoming Project Nina vehicle. Nina, of course, is the lower-cost ($50,000?) plug-in hybrid that Fisker wants to build in and export from Delaware.

Based on local news reports, work on the plant is progressing smoothly, with “no major problems” discovered during an environmental assessment. Prototypes could be made there as early as next year, with full production – an estimated 100,000 cars a year – scheduled for 2014. As for vehicle sales, Fisker said that Europe and China could be big markets for the PHEVs, and he reminded the crowd that Fisker has announced 45 dealerships in the U.S., including Union Park in Wilmington, DE.

One bonus bit of information Fisker said during his speech: the prototype Karma that ran around the track at Laguna Seca cost $1.5 million.

SOURCE: Green AutoBlog