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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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By Brad Berman ·
April 27, 2017

Tesla Prepares for Model 3 With Expanded Charging and Service

Tesla announced this week that it plans to double its charging network by the end of 2017. It will add new locations in city centers while expanding existing highway sites so drivers don’t have to wait for access to a charger. The company said that it’s taking these steps to prepare for sales of the Model 3, its first mass-market car.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 24, 2017

Fisker Will Unveil a New 400-Mile Luxury EV in August

Famed auto designer Henrik Fisker will reveal a new luxury electric vehicle—dubbed the EMotion—on August 17. Fisker is known for his dynamic visual designs, most notably the BMW Z8 and the Aston Martin DB9. His company, Fisker Inc., describes the design of the EMotion as featuring a large curved front windscreen pushed forward, an extremely low hood, and a rear that integrates a spoiler and diffuser to aid with aerodynamics.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 21, 2017

Hyundai Offers All-Inclusive $275 Monthly Subscription Payment for Ioniq EV

In a first for the electric car market, Hyundai is offering a subscription-style plan for its Ioniq electric car. EV buyers can opt for monthly payments as low as $275 a month—including the vehicle, unlimited miles, fuel (for charging reimbursements), maintenance, initial tax, title, license, and fees. No money is due at signing after tax credits and rebates are calculated. The 36-month subscription is only offered in California.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 19, 2017

Will VW Try to Take Electric Car Leadership from Tesla?

Volkswagen has been talking about a major shift to electric vehicles ever since the revelations of the company’s diesel-emissions scandal. The company now appears to be focusing on the affordability of its upcoming EVs. “Offering our electric cars for prices similar to combustion engine vehicles really is a game changer,” said Christian Senger, head of VW’s electric vehicle program, while speaking with reporters on Tuesday at the Shanghai Auto Show.

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By Brad Berman ·
April 18, 2017

Toyota Prius Prime Is Catching Up to Chevy Volt as Most Popular Plug-in Hybrid

The best selling plug-in hybrid so far in 2017 is the Chevrolet Volt, which offers 53 miles of all-electric driving on a charge before reverting to some use of gasoline. But the Toyota Prius Prime—despite only offering 25 miles of all-electric range—is nearly as popular. The two vehicles currently stand as the second and third most popular plug-in electric cars this year.

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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.