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

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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By Brad Berman ·
March 14, 2018

Combining Solar Panels with an Electric Car

For most electric car drivers, it’s only a matter of time before this idea pops up: Why don’t I install solar panels so I can run my car on sunshine? Our research suggests that approximately one in three EV owners have solar panels that can generate electricity at home. Here are helpful guidelines.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 13, 2018

Electric-Car Incentives Are Shifting, And Vanishing in Some Cases

For the past eight years, North American car shoppers have enjoyed generous incentives for purchasing an electric car. Depending on your location, the combination of federal tax credits and local rebates could add up to $10,000 or more. However, the sand is shifting—with lawmakers imposing tighter restrictions on which buyers, vehicles, and automakers qualify for the perks. The shift represents a new phase of EV buying, in which incentives can no longer be guaranteed.

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By Brad Berman ·
March 06, 2018

EV Window Stickers Still Aren’t Helpful and It Doesn’t Really Matter

It’s been about eight years since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency redesigned vehicle window stickers to help consumers understand the efficiency of plug-in electric vehicles. At that time, we discussed the potential confusion over dumbing down window stickers with fuel-economy terms that don’t carry over to EVs. Nearly 800,000 plug-in sales later, not much has changed.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 27, 2018

Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3 Aren’t True Competitors

As the first two so-called affordable long-range electric vehicles, it’s logical to think that the Chevrolet Bolt and Tesla Model 3 are battling for the same customers. But there are key distinctions that belie the notion of the two cars being in a sales race. For starters—as Forbes made clear this week—the Model 3 is a “sporty, somewhat pricey sedan,” while the Bolt is a “more practical crossover-like hatchback.”

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By Brad Berman ·
February 22, 2018

BMW, Mercedes, and Volvo Make Progress with Upcoming All-Electric SUVs

For the past couple of years, American car buyers have had exactly one choice in a long-range all-electric SUV: the $85,000 Tesla Model X. But based on stories reported in the past few weeks, three European automakers are making progress with the development of pure electric SUVs. One or more of these vehicles, previously unveiled as concepts, could go on sale in the U.S. in the next couple of years.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 13, 2018

Subaru Will Debut a Plug-in Hybrid in the U.S. in 2018

Subaru will introduce an all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid later this year, utilizing Toyota’s plug-in hybrid system found in the Prius Prime. The plug-in Subaru is expected to retain its longitudinally mounted boxer engine—while likely adding an 8.8-kilowatt-hour battery pack that provides about 20 to 25 miles of all-electric range.

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By Brad Berman ·
February 07, 2018

Mazda, an EV-Laggard, Moves Closer to Electrification

While most automakers are developing multiple hybrids and EVs, Mazda has mostly remained on the sidelines when it comes to battery-powered vehicles. The company’s executives have insisted that its small, efficient gasoline engines provide all the necessary fuel-economy—and that future research and development should be aimed at wringing additional efficiency from internal combustion technology. However, in recent weeks, Masahiro Moro, chief executive of Mazda North America, hinted that the Japanese automaker will produce a plug-in hybrid or EV by about 2020.

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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.