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

By Brad Berman ·
May 31, 2017

New EPA Data Shows That EVs Are Very Clean, And Getting Cleaner

EV critics are fond of explaining that the energy to power an electric car has to come from somewhere. They make the argument that EVs plugged into the grid in coal-dependent regions of the US aren’t nearly as clean and green as you might imagine. The Union of Concerned Scientists went back to the drawing board with new EPA data on emission from electricity generation and today published its findings: For more than 70 percent of Americans, driving an EV results in fewer emissions than a 50-mpg gas-powered car.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 25, 2017

One Week Before Unveiling, Tesla Model 3 Specs Are Revealed

With one week to go before Tesla unveils a production version of the Tesla Model 3, more details are emerging about the company’s upcoming $35,000 EV. The unveiling will take place at a VIP event at Tesla’s Fremont factory on June 2 and 3. Regarding performance, we now know via leaked internal company documents that the Model 3 will accelerate to 60 mph in a brisk 5.6 seconds—right in line with the 75-kWh version of the Model S.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 23, 2017

Southern California Edison Offers $450 to EV Drivers, Even Second Owners

Southern California Edison, which provides electricity to 14 million people, this week started offering a $450 reward to customers who drive plug-in vehicles. Utilities in California, and other states such as Georgia and Florida, have offered perks and special rates for years—but the new SCE incentive makes second and third owners of a vehicle eligible for the payment.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 19, 2017

Second-Generation Nissan LEAF Will Be Revealed in September

A completely redesigned future version of the Nissan LEAF will be unveiled in Tokyo on Sept. 6. To build excitement, Nissan has released a teaser image (of the headlight) in advance of the September event. The company—once considered the leader in electric vehicles—said the image is “the first in a series of photos and informational briefs scheduled this summer in preparation for the global reveal of the new Nissan Leaf later this year.”

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By Brad Berman ·
May 17, 2017

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 ·
May 15, 2017

Employers Adopt Cost-Effective Approaches to EV Workplace Charging

As electric vehicle adoption continues to grow, carmakers and government agencies are increasing their support of public EV charging infrastructure. While much of the attention is focused on public charging—especially fast charging along highway corridors—the importance of workplace charging is also on the rise. Considering that employees often park their car for long periods, workplace charging can be one of the most useful and cost-effective ways to encourage electric car adoption.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 12, 2017

Tesla Makes Progress in Pursuit of a Battery Breakthrough

A researcher working for Tesla said this week that the life of electric car batteries could be extended to 20 years of use. Jeff Dahn of Dalhousie University, based in Nova Scotia, said that battery life—how cells maintain their capacity over time—is one of his four critical interrelated research goals. The other three are lower costs, increased energy density and improved safety.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 09, 2017

Volvo Reiterates Big EV Plans, Starting in 2019

Volvo wants to be a leading manufacturer of electric vehicles. The EV goals expressed by the Swedish automaker, which is owned by Chinese company Geely, echoes similar claims by several manufacturers such as BMW, Ford, and Volkswagen. These carmakers have announced big plans but have not yet produced electric cars in significant volumes. The first test of Volvo’s commitment will be delivering on its plans to debut its first all-electric model in 2019.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 05, 2017

First Spin in 2017 VW E-Golf: What We Learned

Volkswagen announced in March that the upcoming new 2017 Volkswagen E-Golf will increase its driving range by 50 percent compared to the outgoing 2016 model. That’s a big and important jump in range from 83 to 125 miles. We had a chance yesterday to take a pre-production E-Golf on a roundtrip 90-mile spin from Sonnen Volkswagen in San Rafael, Calif., to Half Moon Bay. It’s that length of trip that would be questionable in the 2016 E-Golf but was a no-brainer in the 2017 model.

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By Brad Berman ·
May 03, 2017

Excitement Builds for Tesla Model 3, Weeks Ahead of Official Launch

The production version of the Tesla Model 3 is expected to be shown off on June 2 and 3 to Tesla VIPS and a select number of existing Model S and Model X owners, ahead of an official launch in July. The first unveiling took place more than a year ago, but cameras were not allowed. Of course, unofficial images emerged—and spy shots continue to surface.

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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.