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For all the advances in electric car technology, sales of plug-in cars still represent only about one percent of the new car market. For years, common wisdom suggested that high purchase prices and low driving range were holding back EV sales. But the Chevy Bolt—with 238 miles of range and a post-incentive price around $30,000—was supposed to change all that when it went on sale last December. Unfortunately, that does not appear to be the case.
Utah’s Supreme Court this week denied Tesla the right to sell its vehicles directly to consumers. The ruling will force Tesla to rely on independent dealerships in Utah. The state’s residents can order from Tesla online, or make a trip to one of the neighboring states that allow Tesla to offer direct sales. The ruling is a setback for Tesla after it opened a $3 million showroom in Salt Lake City in 2015.
If you’ve been thinking about making the switch to an electric car, but have concerns about how far you can drive before needing to recharge, then you should consider a plug-in hybrid. But which of the nearly 20 plug-in hybrids is right for you? Consider these four factors to help you make the best choice.
Electric car owners with a 240-volt supply of power in the garage or driveway can refuel a battery-powered vehicle with ease. Plug your car in before going to sleep, and wake up to a full battery in the morning. That beats going to the gas station—for both convenience and cost. But approximately one in four Americans lives in a multi-unit building without a dedicated parking spot, while many home renters have landlords unwilling to install EV charging. Are they completely out of luck?
“Honda’s goal for the Clarity is to make electrified vehicles a true volume pillar,” said James Burrell, vice-present of environmental business development. The Fuel Cell version, which is available for lease now, will only be offered in California and in low volume. But here’s the exciting development for plug-in drivers: The Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will offer 40 miles of all-electric range.
Are you currently leasing a Nissan LEAF? If so, Nissan is offering to extend your lease until the next-generation 2018 LEAF becomes available later this year. And you could get three months of courtesy payments on the extension.
There’s good news for EV shoppers who are waiting for long-range electric cars like the Tesla Model 3, the Audi E-Tron Quattro and the second-generation LEAF. The price of a used Tesla Model S—a big, gorgeous, fast, long-range EV that has been on the market since late 2012—is dropping to what new-car buyers will pay for upcoming models with less range and space. Should EV shoppers consider a used Model S?
Volkswagen announced last week that the new 2017 Volkswagen E-Golf will increase its driving range by 50 percent compared to the outgoing 2016 model. The 2017 E-Golf will use a 35.8-kWh battery pack to provide an EPA-estimate average driving range of 125 miles—offering 130.3 miles in the city and 117.7 miles in highway driving. The 2017 E-Golf goes on sales in the spring.
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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Seven Things To Know About Buying a Plug-In Car
A few simple tips before you visit the dealership.
Incentives for Plug-in Hybrids and Electric Cars
Take advantage of credits and rebates to reduce EV costs.
Buying Your First Home EV Charger
You'll want a home charger. Here's how to buy the right one.