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By Brad Berman ·
October 16, 2017

Tesla Fires Hundreds of Workers, Amid a Shortfall in Model 3 Production

News sources reported today that Tesla fired hundreds of workers on Friday. The dismissals come as the company is falling behind on production targets for the Tesla Model 3, its all-important mass-market affordable long-range small electric car. Tesla encountered missed deadlines and production delays for its previous models, only to turn things around and produce award-winning vehicles credited for pushing the entire auto industry toward electric vehicles.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 12, 2017

Will Tesla Model Y Be Industry’s First Mainstream Electric Crossover?

American roadways are filling up with crossover SUVs—the ultra-popular vehicle segment that combines the compelling features of a car, SUV, and wagon. The dramatic rise of the crossover begs this question: When will EV buyers be able to buy one powered by electrons? Perhaps that day is coming faster, based on the recent first sales of the Model 3, the stylish, affordable long-range car from Tesla.

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By Brad Berman ·
October 04, 2017

Appliance-Maker Dyson Wants to Build an EV that Doubles Today’s Driving Range

Dyson, the British maker of innovative household appliances, last week announced ambitious plans to build an electric car by 2020. Now, in an interview with Wired, the company’s chief executive Max Conze said the company will build the vehicle from the ground up—without help from an established carmaker. Moreover, Conze said the company will greatly expand an EV’s driving range, perhaps doubling the number of miles an electric car can travel on a single charge.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 27, 2017

Hyundai Is Preparing for Big Electric Car Future, Even With Anemic Sales of Ioniq EV

Of all the electric cars available today, the Hyundai Ioniq Electric arguably provides the most compelling combination of decent range, at 124 miles on a single charge, and an attractive $29,500 pre-incentive price. But by offering the Ioniq Electric only in California, and keeping marketing efforts on simmer, the potential success for Hyundai’s EV is limited. Yet, even with anemic current sales of the Ioniq EV, Hyundai reiterated is plans for an exciting line-up of plug-in cars in the near future.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 22, 2017

Infiniti Could Reveal a New Electric Model in January

After years of promises dating back more than five years, Infiniti appears once again ready to introduce an all-electric luxury vehicle. Its previous Infiniti LE, which had become a fixture of major auto shows, was killed in 2014. Alfonsa Albaisa, Infiniti’s design chief, this week confirmed that the luxury marque will launch a standalone EV in 2019. Albaisa said it would be a new model—not a luxury version of the Nissan LEAF or an electric version of an existing gas-powered vehicle.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 19, 2017

Toyota’s New GR Performance Lineup Includes Sportier Version of Prius Prime Plug-in Hybrid

Toyota announced today that the design of the Prius Prime will add some excitement when the company introduces a high-performance version of the plug-in hybrid in Japan. While Toyota has not yet confirmed plans to launch GR option packages in the US market, the Prius Prime is the only model in the new performance GR sub-brand that is currently sold in the US. In Japan, the more stylish version of the plug-in hybrid, which offers 25 miles of all-electric range, will be called the Prius PHV GR Sport.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 15, 2017

When Will Your Tesla Model 3 Be Delivered? It Depends

The first deliveries of the Tesla Model 3 occurred in late July 2017, when 30 employees received the keys to company’s new small electric car. Yet, for the nearly half-million reservation-holders who are eager to take ownership of their own Model 3, there will be months of waiting. The most flexible buyers—those who placed early reservations and who are willing to compromise on desired features—could wait only a couple months. On the other hand, if you aren’t at the top of the waiting list and if insist on buying a specific model such as the 220-mile $35,000 variant (or if dual-motor all-wheel-drive is a must), you might not get your Model 3 until late 2018.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 12, 2017

Exclusive: At Least 100 Chevy Bolt Drivers Have Experienced Complete Loss of Propulsion

General Motors yesterday confirmed to PluginCars.com that approximately 100 Chevrolet Bolt electric cars were equipped with faulty battery cells that left drivers stranded after experiencing a complete loss of propulsion while driving. In some cases, the loss of propulsion was nearly instantaneous—with the car quickly stopping and the driver not being able to drive forward or reverse out of harm’s way. Other drivers had up to about five minutes to maneuver to safety.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 06, 2017

Nissan Unveils Second-Generation 150-Mile LEAF Electric Car

Nissan debuted the second-generation LEAF on Tuesday night. The new version of the world’s best-selling all-electric car will get a bump in driving range to 150 miles (from its current 107 miles) while keeping its price below $30,000. At the same time, Nissan toned down the model’s geeky high-tech looks of the outgoing EV—replacing it with the brand’s more conventional design features (such as its V-Motion grille, two-tone color scheme, and floating roof).The 2018 Nissan LEAF goes on sale in the US early next year.

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By Brad Berman ·
September 05, 2017

The Electric Cars at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show: What To Expect

The new season of international auto shows kicks off in Frankfurt next week. While big industry car shows are often more about sending a message than revealing actual production plans, the Frankfurt event looks promising for EV fans. There will be a few unveilings of refreshed electric car models offering new designs and features—as well as pre-production vehicles showing progress toward market introduction in the next couple of years. And of course, we can expect a few helpings of eye-candy in the form of way-out fantastical electric concepts with advanced autonomous features.

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