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By Brad Berman ·
July 11, 2017

State Incentives for Electric Cars Are Off Again, On Again

The California Clean Vehicle Rebate program this month is putting new applicants for its incentives on a waiting list. The hiatus in payments could last until September when a new legislative session begins. Because priority is given to qualified lower-income applicants, only needs-based applications are currently being processed. California experienced the same hiatus in payments last year until it was restored months later. Other states—including Georgia, Utah, and Colorado—also temporarily suspended or eliminated for EV incentives.

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By Brad Berman ·
July 06, 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 ·
July 06, 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 ·
July 05, 2017

It’s Crunch Time for Tesla as First Model 3 Units Hit Production

The much-anticipated Tesla Model 3 will start rolling off the production line this week, about two weeks earlier than planned. That marks an important milestone for the company—and for the electric vehicle industry—as Tesla gets closer to its goal of becoming a producer of mass-market electric cars.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 27, 2017

Volkswagen Reveals Two More Long-Range Electric Cars in the Works

Volkswagen unveiled its all-electric I.D. Concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and its I.D. Crozz crossover concept in Shanghai in April 2017. The four-door I.D. Crozz, displayed in Shanghai, is expected to travel more than 300 miles on a single charge. It is slated for production in 2020. This week a slide presentation leaked via Autoblog Netherlands revealed two more new models heading to the US market sometime between 2019 and 2022. The two models, the I.D. Lounge and I.D. AEROe, appear to be a full-sized SUV and a small hatchback respectively.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 21, 2017

Electric Cars Rack Up Nearly Perfect Safety Ratings

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV was on Tuesday awarded a “Top Safety Pick” award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). It became the first 2017 model-year EV to be awarded as a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. Like other previously tested EVs, the Bolt scored high on nearly every crash test but fell short on the quality of its headlights.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 15, 2017

Following Chevy and Tesla, Asian Carmakers Plan for Long-Range EVs

The new era of affordable long-range electric cars was launched when the 238-mile Chevrolet Bolt went on sale in December. By the end of 2017, the Bolt will be joined by the Tesla Model 3, which will offer similar range for a similar price of about $30,000 after tax incentives. Those two models put American car manufacturers in the lead for practical long-range EVs. But, based on statements from executives from Asian carmakers, car shoppers will soon have the choice of similar long-range EVs from Nissan, Hyundai and others.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 13, 2017

Chrysler Recalls Pacifica Plug-in Hybrids

Chrysler issued a voluntary recall this week of its 2017 Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid, the industry’s first minivan available as a conventional and plug-in hybrid. Sales of the model began in April of this year. Just three months later, the company received reports from customers about a loss of propulsion. The problem could increase the risk of an accident, although no incidents or injuries have been reported. Owners can call 800-853-1403 for further details.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 09, 2017

Chevy Bolt Will Be Available Nationwide by August

General Motors announced this week that it will accelerate its plans to sell the 238-mile Chevy Bolt electric car throughout the United States. All authorized dealerships nationwide can now order the Bolt for deliveries in August rather than September, as previously planned.

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By Brad Berman ·
June 07, 2017

Seven New Plug-in Hybrids Arriving This Year, 100 Models by 2021

The market for plug-in hybrid vehicles is set for transformational growth, according to a report released last week by Frost and Sullivan. “The plug-in hybrid market is set for high demand and growth,” said Pooja Bethi, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan. The firm forecasts that 100 new plug-in hybrid models would be launched by 2021. About seven models are coming this year, from BMW, Cadillac, Honda, Hyundai and Volvo.

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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.