All the News, Reviews, Guides and Reports on Electric Cars

By Brad Berman ·
January 16, 2018

The Tricky Balance Between EV Range and Cost Continues in 2018

CNN last week declared that 2018 will be “the year of the electric car.” This proclamation happens nearly every year—despite the fact that electric cars remain about 1 percent of the new-car market. CNN rightly states, “Americans (in 2018) will finally be able to buy reasonably affordable and widely available electric cars that can hold enough power to breeze through their daily routines with no worries.” Perhaps the news organization is pointing to the new breed of longer-range EVs. But other signs indicate that we are more likely to see steady growth rather than a quantum leap in EV adoption.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 12, 2018

Study: On Average, EV Fuel Costs Are Less Than Half Compared to Gas Cars

Researchers from the University of Michigan published a study this week about the relative costs of driving an EV versus a gas car. While it’s widely accepted that a key advantage of a plug-in car is its use of cheap electric fuel, calculating exactly how much you will save is a tricky proposition. That’s because the cost of electricity can fluctuate depending on where you live, the time of day that you charge, and even the season. The Michigan study revealed that—on average and based on recent gas and electricity rates—owners of gas car pay 2.3 times more than EV drivers, representing average annual savings for electric cars of more than $600.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 10, 2018

Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid SUV Hits Dealerships

After nearly five years of delays and recalls, Mitsubishi dealerships are now selling the Outlander Plug-in Hybrid. The company reported the first 100 sales in December. “The highly anticipated Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle just began shipping to our dealers,” said Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, MMNA. The Outlander Plug-in Hybrid also went on sale in Canada in late 2017.

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By Brad Berman ·
January 02, 2018

In 2018, Number of Available Plug-in Cars Will Grow Beyond 50 Models

As we embark upon 2018, there are more than 40 plug-in vehicles available to American consumers. Nearly 10 new models, mostly plug-in hybrids rather than pure electric cars, were added to dealerships over the course of last year—giving car shoppers an unprecedented amount of choice among vehicles that are powered by electricity. That trend is likely to continue this year, with another 10 or so models scheduled for introduction this year.

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By Brad Berman ·
December 28, 2017

Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars

We're doing our best to track the growing list of federal and state-based incentives for purchasing an electric car or plug-in hybrid. See how much you can save to get behind the wheel of an electric-drive plug-in vehicle.

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By Brad Berman ·
December 28, 2017

Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars

We're doing our best to track the growing list of federal and state-based incentives for purchasing an electric car or plug-in hybrid. See how much you can save to get behind the wheel of an electric-drive plug-in vehicle.

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By Brad Berman ·
December 27, 2017

Hyundai Begins Big Rollout of Plug-in Vehicles Over Next Five Years

Hyundai plans to introduce as many as five new so-called green cars in the next five years, according to Lee Ki-sang, the company’s senior vice-president. Most of them are expected to be pure electric cars. Within eight years, it will offer as many 38 vehicles that are powered by electric, hydrogen, or hybrid powertrains, according to statements from executives earlier this month. Most immediately, the 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In goes on sale in the coming weeks.

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By Brad Berman ·
December 20, 2017

Sales of Improved Second-Generation Nissan LEAF Begin in January

Nationwide sales of the new 2018 Nissan LEAF begin in a few weeks. Production of the much anticipated second-generation LEAF—offering as much as 150 miles of driving range—started last month in Smyrna, Tenn. Cars will start to arrive at dealerships in all 50 states in January.

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By Brad Berman ·
December 15, 2017

Buying Your First Home EV Charger

It’s not rocket science, and you should not overthink the selection and installation of a home charger, also known as an EVSE. That said, there are important differences to consider.

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By Brad Berman ·
December 15, 2017

Buying Your First Home EV Charger

It’s not rocket science, and you should not overthink the selection and installation of a home charger, also known as an EVSE. That said, there are important differences to consider.

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New to EVs? Start here

  1. Seven Things To Know About Buying a Plug-In Car
    A few simple tips before you visit the dealership.
  2. Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars
    Take advantage of credits and rebates to reduce EV costs.
  3. Buying Your First Home EV Charger
    You'll want a home charger. Here's how to buy the right one.