electric cars http://kuow.org en Slow Uptake Of Electric Cars Prompts Calls To Extend Washington Tax Break http://kuow.org/post/slow-uptake-electric-cars-prompts-calls-extend-washington-tax-break <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/01/012814TB_EVtax_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The slow uptake of electric cars by Northwest drivers is prompting calls to extend a tax break in Washington state for new vehicles powered by alternative fuels.<p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:14:23 +0000 Tom Banse 27849 at http://kuow.org Slow Uptake Of Electric Cars Prompts Calls To Extend Washington Tax Break Government Fleets Soon To Include More Fully-Electric Cars http://kuow.org/post/government-fleets-soon-include-more-fully-electric-cars <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/12/121613TB_Leafs_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Just like consumers who postponed buying&#160;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">new cars during the recent recession, government agencies also put off vehicle replacements. B</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut now procurement officers are getting busy again.</span><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:53:59 +0000 Tom Banse 25621 at http://kuow.org Government Fleets Soon To Include More Fully-Electric Cars Low Cost Leases Electrify Plug-In Car Sales On West Coast http://kuow.org/post/low-cost-leases-electrify-plug-car-sales-west-coast <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/06/060513TB_EVleases_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A couple of years ago, Democratic politicians at the state and national levels set heady goals for battery powered cars. For example, in his 2011 State of the Union speech, President Obama said, "With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels, and become the first country to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015."<p>Oregon piggybacked on that with a state goal of 30,000 plug-in cars by 2015. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 17:28:17 +0000 Tom Banse 14449 at http://kuow.org Low Cost Leases Electrify Plug-In Car Sales On West Coast Nissan Electric Car Sales Booming In Pacific Northwest http://kuow.org/post/nissan-electric-car-sales-booming-pacific-northwest <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/05/051513TB_NissanLeaf_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a> <P>The automaker Nissan says sales of its fully electric Leaf compact surpassed all other Nissan models at dealers in the Seattle and Portland areas this spring. The announcement Wednesday runs counter to the prevailing wisdom that adoption of plug-in cars has been sluggish.</P> <P>At Nissan USA headquarters, electric vehicle marketing &#38; sales director Erik Gottfried says he's scrambling to ship enough Leafs to meet demand in the Pacific Northwest. Thu, 16 May 2013 15:53:26 +0000 Tom Banse 13195 at http://kuow.org Nissan Electric Car Sales Booming In Pacific Northwest What’s The Future Of Cars? http://kuow.org/post/what-s-future-cars <p>Our car expert Ashly Knapp says in the not-too-distant future your car will be driving itself. Ross Reynolds sits down with Ashly Knapp to find out more about the latest auto trends. And Ashly Knapp answers your questions about auto-buying.</p><p> Mon, 06 May 2013 18:51:14 +0000 The Conversation with Ross Reynolds 12591 at http://kuow.org What’s The Future Of Cars? Electric Cars, Isabel Allende, And President Obama's Sister http://kuow.org/post/electric-cars-isabel-allende-and-president-obamas-sister <p></p><p><strong>Electric Car Company Under Congressional Scrutiny</strong><br>Fisker Automotive is the latest beneficiary of the Obama Administration’s push for renewable energy to flounder. The electric car startup <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/24/business/fisker-broke-down-on-the-road-to-electric-cars.html?nl=todaysheadlines&amp;emc=edit_th_20130424&amp;_r=0">recently fired 75 percent of its workforce</a> and hired bankruptcy advisers. Congress is asking questions about the propriety of federal loans to the politically well-connected company.</p><p><strong>A Conversation With Writer Isabel Allende</strong><br>Isabel Allende is a world-renowned writer, with 19 books in 35 languages. Her latest is "Maya’s Notebook," a tale that revolves around a descent into addiction and a rebirth through the love of family and place.</p><p><strong>A Conversation With President Obama’s Sister, Maya Saetoro-Ng</strong><br>A famous sibling can be a blessing or a burden. <a href="http://seattletimes.com/text/2020752174.html">Maya Saetoro-Ng</a> is the half-sister of President Obama. She uses her perspective as a history teacher to analyze how her brother’s presidency will be remembered.</p><p><strong>Seattle Theater’s Power Couple</strong><br>Seattle theater audiences know R. Hamilton “Bob” Wright from his long career onstage acting and of late, directing. Wright’s wife, Katie Forgette, is also a fixture on Seattle stages as an actress and now a playwright. Forgette’s newest play has opened at <a href="http://www.acttheatre.org/Tickets/OnStage/AssistedLiving">ACT Theatre</a> directed by husband Bob Wright.</p><p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Weekday With Steve Scher 11957 at http://kuow.org Electric Cars, Isabel Allende, And President Obama's Sister Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg On America's Favorite Insult http://kuow.org/post/linguist-geoffrey-nunberg-americas-favorite-insult <p></p><p>In “Ascent of the A-Word,” linguist and "Fresh Air" commentator&nbsp;<a href="http://geoffreynunberg.com/">Geoffrey Nunberg</a> considers a word that has divided, offended and fascinated its users for the last 60 years. What is its essence? And what does it say about our values, impressions and relationships with other people? Nunberg joins us to discuss one of the culture’s most commonly hurled vulgarities and its place in society.</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 1695 at http://kuow.org Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg On America's Favorite Insult