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

By Brad Berman ·
May 23, 2018

Reports of Bugs and Weak Braking Plague Tesla Model 3

Nearly a year since the Tesla Model 3 went into production, road-test reviews of the all-electric compact are revealing a rash of quality problems. The most damning of the bad news comes from Consumer Reports, which reported braking distances that were “far worse than any contemporary car,” and from Edmunds, the car shopping website, which wrote: “Sixteen weeks into ownership, we’ve had so many issues with our Model 3 that we started a Google Doc to catalog various warning messages, necessary screen resets, and general failures.”

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By Brad Berman ·
May 08, 2018

Buying an Electric Car Creates a Buffer Against Rising Gas Prices

Amid global economic growth and growing geopolitical tensions, the U.S. price of oil this week topped $70 for the first time since 2014. With a resulting increase in gas prices by about 50 cents a gallon compared to last year, interest in electric cars is on the rise.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 26, 2018

Report from Beijing Motor Show: China Accelerates Its Move Toward Electric Cars

Our visit this week to the floor of the Beijing Motor Show revealed how the center of gravity in the electric-vehicle world is shifting to China. While growth in EV sales in the United States continues on a steady but incremental path—roughly one-percent of the American vehicle market—sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids in China is expected to leap from 700,000 vehicles in 2017 to more than 2 million “new energy vehicles” by next year. The number of vehicles with plugs at Auto China 2018 show was staggering, even as the current presence of EVs on Beijing’s roads is minimal.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 22, 2018

What You Need to Know About Electric Car Battery Warranties

Many electric car shoppers worry that buying an EV might mean replacing an expensive battery after a few years of use. Those worries are unfounded for a number of reasons. First, electric car batteries are manufactured to last the lifetime of the vehicle—with very few reported incidents of total battery failure. The more common (but still rare) occurrence is a significant reduction in range over time. Regardless, the key to putting your mind at ease is a better understanding of the warranties that come with all electric cars and plug-in hybrids.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 17, 2018

To Expand Electric Car Production, China Lifts Restrictions on Foreign Automakers

China said today that it would soon make it easier for foreign automakers to fully own auto factories in the country. China has long required major carmakers to partner with a Chinese firm before building a factory. The rules will be relaxed as soon as late 2018 for makers of electric vehicles—while companies producing conventional vehicles would continue to face ownership restrictions for about five years.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 11, 2018

Utilities Want More Electric Cars Charging on the Grid

Every couple years, the notion that increased use of electric cars will bring down the U.S. electric grid is revisited. The alarmist stories are ironic because utility companies want to see a steep rise in EVs—because cars that use electricity for fuel represent a new revenue source, as well as a means to shift demand for electricity to hours when the grid is underutilized.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 06, 2018

Electric Cars Face a Few Recalls and Service Bulletins—But Not for Serious Concerns

In the jittery days when the first mainstream electric vehicles were introduced, circa 2011, there was intense public and media scrutiny about the safety and reliability of battery-powered vehicles. EV advocates were concerned about the potential long-term consequences of overblown headlines following a minor isolated incident. Now, with about 800,000 electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids on U.S. roads and few defects reported, the technology is proven.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 31, 2018

Hyundai Reveals Its 250-Mile All-Electric Crossover SUV

Hyundai this week unveiled its upcoming long-range all-electric crossover at the New York International Auto Show. Since last fall it was known that the battery-powered version of its Kona small SUV would go on sale in late 2018. However, the Korean automaker in New York confirmed that it will carry a 64 kilowatt-hour battery pack capable of traveling about 250 miles on a single charge.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 26, 2018

The Ultimate Guide to Electric Car Charging Networks

A comprehensive guide to the top electric vehicle charging networks (with info about access and costs), as well as background information and high-level recommendations.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 20, 2018

In a Trend, Ford and Nissan Drop Hints about Future Electric SUVs

The automotive blogosphere is buzzing this week about Autocar's quote from Mamoru Aoki, Nissan's Europe-based design chief. "We have the new LEAF, but I think the production version of the IMx concept will become a breakthrough model," said Aoki. "The IMx is not just a concept car. In a few years, it will appear." Yet, details were scarce.

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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.